Assuming that you need to stick to dry language and a certain format when drafting a press release can limit the appeal (and ultimately the success) of your message. Press releases have the potential to reach huge audiences, and constituents of every stripe.
“We’re kind of stuck on making an old format meet a new purpose,” notes Jeff Domansky, CEO of Peak Communications and author of the popular public relations blog, …
A comprehensive social media survey by the Pew Research Center conducted over several years to evaluate who uses social media and which platforms has been released.
Among adults, Facebook gets the most use. Percentage of adults preferring social networks are:
- Facebook, 67%
- LinkedIn, 20%
- Twitter, 16%
- Pinterest, 15%
- Instagram, 13%
- Tumblr, 6%
Women use social media 9% more than men do.
Check out what Deborah Brody has to say about making the most of your business cards.
In this age of smart phone bumps and cloud-based contact lists, it may seem a bit old-fashioned to advocate for the business card. But the business card should be the ace player in your budget marketing arsenal. A business card is cheap (relatively speaking), portable and useful. It gets your information right into the hands (and hopefully, databases) of the people you connect with. Done well, a business card keeps you connected with your prospects and brings you business.
However, not any old business card will do. You should spend time (and money) to get this little piece of marketing real estate done right. If someone picks up your business card from a pile of cards, it should be immediately obvious who you are and what you do. Following are some tips to make the most of your business cards.
Spend the money to get professional graphic design. You could do this as part of a letterhead and/or logo package, if you are just starting out. You aren’t like everybody else, so why have a non-customized card? Make sure to use your colors, logo and maybe even an image.
Print your cards professionally, on good paper stock. Nothing says unprofessional more than flimsy cards printed on your ink jet printer. There are many online, digital printers that will do your cards for a fraction of the price you would pay a traditional offset printer, while making them look spectacular.
Make the best use of the space you have. This means using the back of the card, perhaps to list your services, provide your bio, offer a discount code or even have a version of your card in a different language.
Include as much information as possible, thinking of what would be relevant to someone looking to do business with you.
Information that must be on the business card includes:
- Your name and title
- Organization or business name
- Email address
- Tagline and/or short description of what your organization does (if not obvious from the name)
Other items you may consider adding:
- Twitter handle
- LinkedIn information
- Testimonials from clients
- Skype information
Finally, a word about design: Some folks get uber creative with their business cards, and in some cases, that helps to bolster their brand or show off their design chops. However, weird card shapes may be a conversation starter or be more memorable, but they are less likely to fit in conventional card holders or card scanners. Keep that in mind. Same goes for the layout. I prefer a horizontal layout, since that is how most cards are read.
I wasn’t the only social media denizen who scratched their head and said “Really?” in response to the SEC’s ruling a few days ago that cleared the way for public companies to disclose material news via social networks. It turns out I was in good company, as many others looked in askance at the ruling too, including Fortune’s Dan Primack (“
Remember, direct mail and email still beat the pants off social media when it comes to ROI. As much as I love social media, I strongly suggest brands and nonprofits continue to use direct mail; print, broadcast, and online advertising; print collateral (don't neglect your signage!); and email marketing, along with good, old-fashioned PR to keep front and center with your target audiences. And don't forget to update those websites and YouTube channels! All these work together, folks...
Happy Birthday to moi!
I probably won’t be profiled in Washington Business Journal anytime soon. Doesn’t mean I can’t answer the questions. You can do practically anything you want on your birthday…
What do you really want for your birthday? I want to be told “Happy Birthday” 48 times. I hope I get Lana del Rey’s Born to Die CD, the Paradise edition.
What was your first job? I was a child actress. I got my first paycheck when I was six years old.
What’s the biggest misconception you deal with in your work? That Fletcher Prince is a large firm with a lot of employees. So, I get a lot of sales calls for stuff I don’t need.
Best business decision? Creating a short business name everyone can remember that doesn’t have too many characters to fit into social media profiles.
Your most interesting work project? My video interview program, Conversations in Public Relations.
Client you want to have? A ballet company.
How do you recover from failure? I go out for ice cream.
Guilty pleasure? Shopping at Claire’s for clip-on earrings because I don’t have pierced ears.
If you could trade places with a person for a day, who would it be? The President.
Favorite hobbies? Blogging and road trips.
Pet peeve? Men who don’t take their hats off indoors. It should be a punishable offense.
What’s on your iPod? Keane, Al Green, Metric, Watson Twins, Bryan Ferry, Florence + the Machine, Zero 7, Linda Ronstadt, Adele, and so many others.