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Employee Communication Success Starts With The CEO
In a successful organization, communication is everyone’s job. From the C-suite to the production line, everyone acknowledges and accepts their roles to receive and comprehend information, and to provide and accept feedback. To establish this kind of healthy, two-way communication throughout a company is a challenging yet easy task, and it starts with one person — the CEO. Research and real-world experience have taught us that employees want to hear from the CEO on the company’s vision, direction...


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Linhart Public Relations Promotes Emma Garten, Adds News Digital Team Member

DENVER, Colo., August 12, 2014 – Linhart Public Relations, a national public relations, digital media and corporate communications counseling firm based in Colorado, promoted Emma Garten to senior account executive and hired Kathryn Miller as digital coordinator. Garten, who was previously account executive, will continue to provide communications counsel and media relations support to several…

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Effective Employee Communication Begins With A Structured Yet Flexible Plan
Creating a comprehensive plan to address immediate communications priorities while remaining flexible enough to accommodate unforeseeable needs may sound like a tough order, but it is possible as long as you take the time to organize your tools and establish a communication rhythm first. As we covered in Ward to the Wise last week, for any internal communication program to be successful you must first discover your true employee communication needs. An Employee Communication Survey is an efficient...


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HTS Appoints Six Principals to Lead Continued Growth in North American Commercial HVAC Market


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Aggreko’s Hole-In-One Power and Cooling Services Supplies the 2014 PGA Championship


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Revenue Versus Principles

The Guardian's recent article entitled "World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers" brought to the fore again the dilemma that all agencies face at one time or other -- courage to turn away revenue (business) or confront a collective conscience angst, with a shrug. (Read More->)


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Outside the Linhart PR Office: Three Questions with Ashley Campbell

In our ongoing series, here’s what Ashley Campbell, account supervisor, told us about her life outside of the office: What is your favorite hobby and why? It’s hard to pick a favorite hobby – assembling ‘Thomas the Train’ sets, reading Dr. Seuss, running through sprinklers, playing with monster trucks…I guess I should mention my two…

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Linhart Public Relations’ Kelly Womer to be Inducted into PRSA’s Esteemed College of Fellows

DENVER, Colo., July 22, 2014 – Linhart Public Relations’ vice president and partner, Kelly Womer, APR, ABC, has been elected to the prestigious Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows. The College of Fellows, founded in 1989, is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations…

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Outside the Linhart PR Office: Three Questions with Paul Raab

In our ongoing series, here’s what Paul Raab, senior vice president and partner, told us about his life outside of the office: What do you enjoy collecting? Paintings and prints. On a whim, I purchased an antique equestrian print as a gift for my wife, Sue, in a dusty shop in the French Quarter years…

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The Blurring Of Journalism, Again…
Since time immemorial, sharp reporters/editors would basically stop at very little to get a scoop on a breaking news story for their publications.
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Klondike Launches “The Best Ice Cream Bar Ever Conceived”


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lynda.com appoints Kaizo to support expansion across EMEA
Kaizo has been appointed by lynda.com, a leading online learning company, to deliver an integrated communications programme and support the company’s growth plans outside the United States. In 2013, lynda.com received $103million of private equity funding to expand globally. Kaizo’s …
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Harnessing the Social Power of Your Biggest Fans

brand ambassadorThe concept of brand “superfans” is not necessarily a new one. Consumers all over the world have been talking about their favorite companies and products online, advocating for products and services, and have been doing everything they can to spread the word about brands they are passionate about. Whether it be videos, pictures, tweets, or posts, authentic endorsements by brand ambassadors go a long way. Adobe recently used Vine to capture executives at industry events and engage in real time marketing. The video not only portrayed Adobe’s active participation in the industry, but also presented Adobe’s culture in an engaging way, showing that the employees are relatable and fun people. This content is now available to brand ambassadors who are able to share the videos and use the content as part of their advocacy, ultimately influencing the minds of potential customers and increasing sales. Few realize that utilizing superfans can translate into great rewards for B2B companies as well those that market to consumers. Businesses want to partner with companies that are staffed by smart and fun people and are engaging and innovative in both the nature of their work and company culture, and Adobe’s Vine video truly captures that essence. It is important to keep in mind that brand ambassadors are able to create their own powerful content. In order to truly harness the power of connecting with their biggest fans, B2B companies must provide ambassadors with the right tools by creating content specifically for their superfans and publishing this content on the right platforms. The goal is to make the content ready for the ambassadors to share, since once advocates are equipped with the right tools, they can take over in creating buzz around the brand. Adobe’s Vine video is not only compelling, but it is also ready to be shared across multiple platforms. Employing superfans is not limited to consumer marketing. B2B companies can build relationships with potential customers, communicate the value of the organization, and increase sales by utilizing brand advocates- the people who already love the product and the brand. It’s time to connect with your biggest fans. Are you up for the challenge?



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Kaizo helps Imago Techmedia to build IT infrastructure show IP EXPO Europe
Kaizo has been appointed by Imago Techmedia, the cutting-edge event organisers behind IP Expo EUROPE and Connected Business. Kaizo will initially support the team in delivering a bigger, better IP EXPO Europe show for 2014. With backing from London & Partners, IP …
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Outside the Linhart PR Office: Three Questions with Robin Zimmerman

In on our ongoing series, here’s what Robin Zimmerman, senior account executive, told us about her life outside the office: What nonprofit organization do you enjoy volunteering for? How did you get involved? What’s the latest thing you are doing for them?  I’ve been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBS) for nearly…

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Kaizo Summer Sizzle 2014
The sun shined, the drinks flowed and a great night was had by all! A massive thank you to all those who attended and made it the best Kaizo Summer Sizzle yet. We hope you enjoyed the night as much …
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The Who, What, Where, and Why of Content Strategies

chess figurinesCreative content budgets are expected to swell this year, but most businesses are still struggling to string together an effective content strategy. Before jumping in to your next campaign, consider the who, what, where, and why of your content strategy:

1. Why? Developing a strategy is critical to the success of your content. Content can go a long way, but only if it’s aligned with your goals. Don’t just create content for content’s sake or to keep up with whatever your competition is doing. A well thought out strategy gives you a definitive plan of action, and a higher probability of moving your buyers through the funnel.

2. Who? Know who will be receiving which pieces of content. It may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how many businesses don’t adequately segment their databases. Separating industries is important, but identifying where buyers are in the sales funnel will help you share the right content with the right people.

3. What? “Content” is a fairly vague term that encompasses several different types of collateral—blog posts, whitepapers, infographics, case studies, etc.—and each type has its own purpose. For example, you probably wouldn’t create an elaborate infographic for a commentary on an industry news story that’s better suited for a blog post. By making sure your content is in the right form, it becomes easily digestible and more likely to be meaningful to your recipients.

4. Where? Sales emails should be a no-brainer, but don’t forget to meet your buyers where they’re most active on social. By keeping tabs on social conversations, you can share relevant content when your buyers want it most.

Bonus: How? How can you guarantee a successful content campaign? In all honesty, there’s no guarantee that your content will be successful —and that’s okay. Marketing is full of trial and error scenarios, and content creation is no different. But before diving headlong into content creation, take a step back and make sure you have a clear understanding of the who, what, where, and why of your content strategy. To learn more about using content to connect with your buyers, check out “How B2B Prospects Consume Content.



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Kaizo helps raise online profile for Society of Biology
Kaizo has been appointed by the Society of Biology, to raise the online profile of the Society’s Degree Accreditation Programme, which highlights the degrees that have the potential to educate the life science leaders and innovators of the future. The Society of …
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Movebubble finds a home at Kaizo
Kaizo chosen to help launch the Shoreditch property tech start-up New online platform for property rental, Movebubble, has appointed Kaizo to help launch its service to landlords and renters in the UK. Movebubble, which offers a range of free tools …
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Starbucks Trail Blazes Education For Its Employees
As the battle for raising the minimum wage rages on in Washington, DC, with not too much hope for a resolution for the underemployed to get out from under, along comes an innovative corporation with an idea that trumps Congress’ endless battle. (
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The Art of Survey Creation

Executing survey campaigns can be extremely effective for our clients. The data gleaned from market surveys can be turned into press releases, market briefs and infographics, and, equally importantly, used in email marketing, sales presentations and media campaigns.

These surveys can help emphasize a company’s value, highlighting new trends in the industry and demonstrating an understanding of what’s driving them. Furthermore, the results often have a long shelf-life, with other businesses, articles and reports referencing the data more than a year later.

Given the value these surveys provide, it’s simple to say, “let’s just run a survey.” But, it’s important to ask a few questions before diving in.

  • Do we even need a survey? Understand the goal of your survey and what important industry questions and topics the data will address.
  • What story will the data tell? It’s easy to get lost in a flurry of potential questions when brainstorming for a survey campaign, but focus on building an intriguing story from the survey data.
  • Where is the controversy? Nobody is going to find interest in a survey that explains that 99% of people like sunny days more than rainy days. Finding survey data that bucks conventional thinking or highlights a new trend is far more useful than a survey that backs up what people already know.
  • Why? It’s easy to highlight the survey data, but always offer the reasoning behind the data. If 90% of respondents are saying one thing, offer an explanation and an idea for how to capitalize on that.

Survey strategy, like other facets of marketing, are constantly evolving. Don’t forget to take a temperature check every now and then to make sure your survey tactics are still relevant. Just this week at Corporate Ink, our team sat down for a discussion on the best tactics for creating a successful survey campaign, sharing some of our successes and failures and reiterating the core questions behind any survey.

By: Gil Haylon Twitter: @GilHaylon


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Wake Up, Live Más


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So Who’s in Your Framily?

Yeah, there could be a new word. It might last for today’s social minute, or become another meme. In case you’ve been sleeping (or not watching commercial TV), it comes courtesy of Sprint, which has figured out that our shared hunger for community and connection is coinciding with a rapidly changing sense of just who our family might be.

Enter the Framily – friends and family. For Sprint, and maybe us, too, it’s a new way to re-define our connections, and loyalty.

What’s the PR lesson here? Spending a lot of money always helps penetrate the social conscience. But it goes much, much further when it also hits the emotional convergence of personal and business needs. That’s when you can change how even the most skeptical consumers think about their worlds – and your product. Even the most wary – like IT buyers – drop their barriers when a messages resonates on a personal level. That’s why it’s so important to understand what makes business buyers tick on a personal, emotional, and professional level.

In terms of Sprint’s rapid success, I give a lot credit to the person who figured out the connection between our ‘sharing economy’ and how we connect in other ways. (Start with AirBnB, Aero, KickStarter, and CitiBikes, all just the beginning.)

I’m not sure I would have thought of it. Now I’m wondering how B2B companies can move to the center of this concept. It’s more than online communities, user groups and advisory boards. Software companies started this a couple of decades ago, with OpenSource. That means the culture is there, and the users – well, they’re already sharing apartments, bikes, cars and phones.

 



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3 Signs You Need a Marketing Automation Tool

Have you considered making the leap to a marketing automation tool like Pardot, Marketo, Hubspot or Act-On? Deciding to use a new technology can be a daunting decision. If you’re wavering on your decision, check out these three signs that you might benefit from a marketing automation tool.

1. You’re in desperate need of better leads

Congrats if you have a database with up-to-date leads and a full pipeline. But for those of you who are digging through dirty, outdated data and duplicates, don’t worry, it happens. There are a plethora of tools on the market that can help you clean up your data, but the best way to maintain a clean database is to use a marketing automation tool.

With marketing automation you can use tools like form builders to glean important information about your inbound leads. Once you have them in your marketing automation program, you’ll be able to keep tabs on who’s engaging with your content and who are the strongest leads for you.

2. You’re consistently a step or two behind your prospects

One of the keys to successfully selling into your prospects is anticipating their needs. Marketing automation tools provide consistent and automated alerts about the activities that your prospects are taking online and in email. Additionally, you can also set up automated actions so that they can quickly receive another piece of relevant information – without any human delay.

3. There’s lack of internal communication 

In a perfect world, sales and marketing are perfectly in tune and working together to engage and nurture leads. The reality is, though, that everyone is often so focused on their individual to-do lists that communication quickly flies out the door.

Using a marketing automation tool gives marketing departments visibility into the effectiveness of their efforts, and also into the steps that sales took with the leads. It can also improve communication within sales departments – ensuring that no prospect is being unknowingly nurtured by two salespeople.

For help deciding which marketing automation tool fits your needs, check out our post “What to Look for in an Email Automation Platform.”

 



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