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You just never know where a story is going to stick

By Leo Valiquette

Last week, I spoke about how many PR practitioners fear to pick up the phone or otherwise attempt to engage with media beyond simply hitting “send” on a media release.

I want to follow up by emphasizing that, for a PR program to be effective, it must be consistent, persistent and applied over a period of many moons and fiscal quarters. Because, frankly, there is no telling where a story may stick or when a notable journalist may come out of the woodwork asking for the perspective of your organization’s brain trust on some timely and relevant issue.

Public relations or, to be more precise for our purposes here, media relations, can be broken into two general categories. First, there is the transactional effort, where the goal is to get media to pick up on a breaking news item that doesn’t have much of a shelf life. The second is building a rolodex factor by positioning your organization, or key individuals within your organization, as go-to resources the media can rely on for comment and insight on specific subjects.

These two categories are not silos. Every time you reach out to a journalist the effort contributes to building that rolodex factor, even if the justification for your call is a news item that will be as stale as month-old bread by tomorrow.

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Do your PR people suffer from telephobia?

By Leo Valiquette

Just when I think it’s a dead horse that has been well and thoroughly flogged on this blog, I have a conversation with someone who gives it a fresh gasp of life.

It comes back to this: The real effort in a public relations launch begins when you hit “send” on the media release.

And yet, here I was this very morning, having a conversation with a new client about an upcoming PR launch that illustrated, once again, that too many practitioners in the trade would have their clients believe otherwise.

It was a typical touch base kind of phone call, in which I outlined the process of the standard Ramp Up and Roll Out media launch that is a fundamental part of what we do through our affiliated inmedia PR practice.

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Does your business suffer from multiple personalities?

By Leo Valiquette

There’s a fitness club in my neck of the woods that broke away from its corporate mothership and rebranded itself with a new name a couple of years ago. I shake my head every time I visit the place and still see the mothership’s name on the company vehicles and on the guest wi-fi account.

It’s all the more painful because it’s a former client I worked with to develop new brand messaging and promotional copy.

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January roundup: What does it take to get technology to market?

By Leo Valiquette

We were back at full steam last month after a welcome holiday break in December. In addition to our usual counsel about effective and strategic marketing practices, we featured guest posts on topics ranging from the ongoing patent battle between Apple and Samsung to regional economic development, how music affects the brain and the future of venture capital in Canada. There was even something about bootleggers, smugglers and a certain big football game.

In case you missed any of it, here is a handy recap of our posts, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

Jan. 8: Five new year’s resolutions all marketers must adopt, by Francis Moran

Jan. 15: The revitalization of the Canadian venture capital sector, by Chris Arsenault

Jan. 16: Let me wave my magical content wand, by Tara Hunt

Jan. 29: It takes more than bricks and mortar to build a regional economy, by Denzil Doyle

Jan. 22: A primer on strategic thinking, by Caroline Kealey

Jan. 09: When the cat’s already out of the bag …, by Leo Valiquette

Jan. 30: Bananatag discovers the marketing power of good press, by Fiona Campbell

Jan. 21: Music and the brain, by Bob Bailly

Jan. 14: Making the business case, face to face, by Leo Valiquette and John Hill

Jan. 04: First-time entrepreneurs: There are big ideas, and then there are doable ideas, by Alexandra Reid

Jan. 28: Do you know what your customer actually wants?, by Maurice Smith

Jan. 24: Customer service must be a deliberate strategy, by Francis Moran

Jan. 23: Brand marketing that is inspired, but not imitative, by Leo Valiquette

Jan. 10: It takes a village … to succeed in social media, by Megan Totka

Jan. 31: Super Bowl weekend: That time of year when a marketer’s fancy turns to thoughts of…advertising?, by Francis Moran

Jan. 17: A year in the life of bringing technology to market, by Francis Moran

Jan. 02: Apple vs. Samsung: U.S. Patent Office – Challenges to patent validity, by David French

Jan. 03: Holiday lessons for anyone trying to get their tech to market, by Leo Valiquette

Image: The Printable Calendar

Brand marketing that is inspired, but not imitative

By Leo Valiquette

There was an interesting story in the Globe and Mail last week that got me thinking about the distinction between product marketing and brand marketing.

The Globe’s Susan Krashinsky was writing about Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry and how the province’s efforts to brand itself with a memorable advertising campaign has provoked the best form of flattery possible – plagiarism.

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