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6 Proven PR Tactics for Small Businesses on a Shoestring

Message to small businesses owners:  “You don’t have to suffer in silence.” Organizations operating on a shoestring marketing budget and skeleton staffs can come across as larger than life by mastering a few simple and cost-effective “guerrilla PR” tactics.  Because many smaller organizations don’t have dedicated in-house PR resources, their CEOs and marketing leads have […]

Keys to an Efficient Content Marketing Strategy

Guest post by Noel Watts, an accomplished business development executive within the mortgage banking industry with more than 18 years experience in a range of progressively responsible leadership positions. I was talking with a friend recently about adding a blog to his website to generate web traffic through content marketing. His company specializes in writing industry […]

Small Businesses: Repurpose (Content) or Perish

For a small business or organization, generating original marketing content with any level of frequency is a significant undertaking. But the return on investment is dramatically increased when that content is routinely repurposed.  Results will include a dramatic reduction in marketing costs (always top of mind with small businesses) and expanded audience reach. So what […]

Owned Media: Helping Companies Beat 4-1 Odds

A friend, father of a communications student, told me last week that there’s four public relations professionals for every journalist.  4 to 1.  I didn’t research the stat myself, but took a leap of faith that the student’s professor who revealed the stat knew what he or she was talking about. 4 to 1. At […]

Let’s End the Press Release Relevance Debate — Please?

Journalists who call the press release a useless relic of the past and the PR pros who label it a La-Z-Boy solution to communications continue to miss the point when it comes to this oft-maligned tool.  In fact, as I have discussed in previous posts, the folks at Business Wire and PR News Wire are […]

3 Stories That Write Themselves

A story that writes itself. During my newspaper reporting days (about 100 years ago), that’s what we used to call a story that seemingly dropped out of the sky:  a story that writes itself. For such a story, which falls on a reporter’s lap once in a blue moon, all one had to do was sit […]

Pilot Communications Group

Announcing Pilot Communications Group, LLC

It’s ironic that after helping to launch and promote dozens of companies over the years, writing this announcement post about the official introduction of Pilot Communications Group, LLC didn’t come very easy. I guess in part it’s the “cobbler’s children have no shoes” syndrome. Historically, communications agencies are notorious for neglecting their own marketing and find […]