In many episodes of The Brand Ambassadors, the topic of social media has been discussed to varying degrees and the importance it plays with audience outreach and engagement. This week, Merritt and Gary welcome Kristelle Siarza, the founder and CEO of Siarza Social Digital, to break down the elements of a good social media campaign.
Successful people - whether they are in public relations, finance, business startups, government and so on - will always tell you their success depended on having a solid strategy. However, a lot of them won’t tell have realistic and practical their strategies were. Absolutely every endeavor needs a strategy, but how many of those endeavors built a detailed, overly comprehensive strategy that immediately went into a bookshelf somewhere, never to be seen again.
Media organizations operate on many fronts, including print, digital, video and social media, to get information to consumers. If you’re trying to get your information to those media organizations, and those readers, it helps to know how they work.
Every time technology brings us new ways to communicate, marketing and public relation pros have found ways to integrate that tech into their strategies for getting messaging in front of audiences. Today we turn printed books into audiobooks; lectures and TEDTalks become podcasts, videos, and blog posts; and the range of options is limited only by imagination and audience preferences.
Part of developing a strong brand involves knowing your audiences and having a reliable outlet for credible, authentic communication. Well-branded organizations put a lot of work into developing lines of outreach to clients, consumers and others through a number of methods that can include traditional and digital newsletters, email marketing, events, webinars and the list goes on. However most marketers and PR pros will tell that despite its current issues and challenges today, social media still reigns supreme for developing and building a community of individuals looking for what your organization has to offer.
Partner marketing focuses on communicating value to, with and through resellers, distributors, alliance partners, agents and other third-type companies to help market and promote your organization. No matter what you offer, when it comes to partner marketing, there are two important questions that all parties need to answer: What’s in it for them and why should they care?
There’s more to a small business than a great idea that people are excited about. It takes business savvy, sales funnel strategies, product or services delivery processes, financing. It takes guts because starting a small business is really a leap of faith.