What does it take to successfully plan and execute a campaign or an event? When should you begin? Who needs to be involved and how do you divide responsibilities? How do you measure success? All questions faced by solopreneurs, large corporations, government agencies and nonprofit charities.
Most experts will tell you that there are no better cheerleaders for your brand than the people who help make and keep it a reality. But the question is how do you turn employees into “brand ambassadors”? The answer lies in solid internal communication and what Use Conflict author and this week’s guest, Dave Gerber, calls “positive conflict.”
Despite all the planning and preparations, natural – and man-made – disasters are difficult for communication and public information professionals to manage. They are faced with helping first responders do their jobs, informing the public and keeping them calm, and getting the right information out that supports public safety and possibly evacuations. The Kilauea volcanic activity on the island of Hawaii is a classic example.
In this episode of “The Brand Ambassadors,” Merritt and Gary explore the challenges faced by corporate, military and government communicators face when Mother Nature decides to remind humanity who’s really in charge. They are joined by Christian Gearheart, Vox Optima’s digital communication and imagery specialist, who reaches back to his days working with the U.S. Forestry Service as a public affairs specialist.
Whether you love them or hate them, trade shows and special events are truly unique communication options for engaging, face-to-face marketing. Special events and trade shows are an integrated selling tool – sales, technical, live demonstrations, executive suite management and collateral material all come together in a forum where statistically 83 percent of attendees have some level of buying power.
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.
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.