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Dec
2015
Comments Off on The Certifications You Need to be a Digital Marketing Expert

The Certifications You Need to be a Digital Marketing Expert

Jennie Ford Stevens Strategic Communications (SSC) is thankful to have hard-working and results-driven employees. When it comes to working in the digital age, continued education is even more critical. We encourage our employees to embrace opportunities that enhance their talents and deepen their skills. One of the most educated and driven women on our team is our Director of Digital Marketing, Jennie Ford. Since joining…

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Dec
2015
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Inbound Marketing Video Tips

Inbound marketing is an effective way to connect with potential customers and strategically deliver information. One of the most successful tools is video. According to a recent Hub Spot article, the amount of videos posted to Facebook has grown 75% over the last year. On Twitter, visuals also produce 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets. Although you can’t deny the potential…

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Jul
2015
Comments Off on Five Reasons to Create a Social Media Editorial Calendar

Five Reasons to Create a Social Media Editorial Calendar

It is always easier to reach your destination when you know where you want to go. Social media editorial calendars can map your social media strategy down a successful path. Not convinced? Here are five reasons why social media editorial calendars work for us and why we suggest adding them to your social media strategy. 1. Organization With all of the content available online, it…

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Jun
2015
Comments Off on Four ways to Connect with your Social Media Followers Offline

Four ways to Connect with your Social Media Followers Offline

Social media management can be time consuming and expensive. For many the real value isn’t something they can clearly see. If your goal is to turn likes into more bricks and mortar customers, or you want to get a sense of a return on your investment, consider these ideas. 1. Exclusive Offers: Typically, your social media followers are already customers. However, they may have not…

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3

Nov
2014
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Mayor Tom Menino: A Castle Tribute

Guest Blog By: Sandy Lish | @slishcastle Everyone in our office stopped what they were doing when we heard about the passing of our beloved former Mayor Tom Menino. Although it was not a surprise—it had been announced a week ago that he was discontinuing his cancer treatments and was in hospice care—it still felt like a punch to the gut. For some of our younger team,…

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Sep
2014
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PR Insider: PR is the new SEO

Guest Blog by: Uwe Schmidt, president of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) While Google has changed the search algorithms three times between 2011 and 2013, the latest one seems to be causing the most headaches to SEO specialists since it focuses mostly on content. And that’s – alas, dear techies! – first and foremost no technological approach. It’s an opportunity for PR professionals (who develop key…

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Aug
2014
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Press Releases Generate More Favorable Reviews Than Paid Advertising

A well-written press release generates far more impressions and favorable reviews than paid media (i.e. advertising). The most critical advantage public relations offers is “believability.” When your message appears as editorial (both online and offline), it carries with it the implied third-party endorsement of the publication’s editor. Think about. Which of the following carries more weight in your mind? Which is more credible? a. A…

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Aug
2014
Comments Off on Why Building Relationships with Editors is So Critical

Why Building Relationships with Editors is So Critical

Getting content (e.g. press releases, feature articles, case studies, etc.) placed in the media is highly dependent upon developing relationships with editors. If you can become a trusted source for quality content, editors will actually seek you out for editorial. Over the past two decades Stevens Strategic Communications (SSC) has been fortunate to develop key editorial contacts all over the globe. Below are some of…

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Aug
2014

Breaking News: Ed Stevens, APR+M Assumes Three Industry Leadership Roles

Ed Stevens, APR +M, has just been named President-Elect of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), the fourth largest group of independent PR firms in the world. He has served PRGN as Marketing Officer for the past four years. “I am honored to be selected by the people who have helped my clients grow their businesses both internationally and domestically. We have some of the…

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May
2014
Comments Off on Fixing Data Breach PR- Guest Post by David Fuscus of Xenophon Strategies, Washington, DC

Fixing Data Breach PR- Guest Post by David Fuscus of Xenophon Strategies, Washington, DC

“Year of the Retailer Breach” was how Verizon recently described 2013 in their annual Data Breach Report, saying that it “was a year of transition… to large scale attacks on payment card systems”. The report documented 1,367 confirmed data breaches, the largest and most infamous of which was the massive amount of customer information stolen from Target during the busy Christmas shopping season. Target’s initial handling…

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