Stand Out: Strategic Publicity Practices

Want to break through the clutter? Use these media relations tips to help your business stand out and gain a competitive advantage. Know your audience: Your target always impacts your strategy. For instance, do they use social media? Read blogs? Prefer traditional media? Drill down further: Which specific print, broadcast and online properties attract your […]

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Pinpoint Your Target Audience

Tired of playing hide and seek with your target market? To identify a suitable target, successful entrepreneurs recommend these tips: 1. Pick an audience you can relate to. Choose and audience you understand and admire — then tailor your product to their pain points. 2. Consider long-term potential. Among customers that will adopt early, which […]

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Recipe for a Strategic Communications Plan

A strategic communications plan mixes together all your communication vehicles to accomplish your mission. Its methodical recipe helps you get the results you want. Key ingredients of a communications plan: Executive summary: Write this section last and limit it to one page. Communication process description: Provide information to help decision makers who are not trained […]

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Timeless Strategic Writing Tips

Whether we write for the web or print, copywriting is about understanding your audience and addressing its needs. That’s why these century-old copywriting tips are still valid today: Focus on benefits: Tell your target why they need your product or service Listen closely: Understand your audience’s needs so you know how to fulfill them Skip […]

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Write Like a Strategist

To accomplish your business goals, you need written copy that prompts your audiences to think and act differently. Use these writing best practices to keep your audience interested and engaged: Challenge yourself to think of your audience’s point of view Use an outline that is clear, focused and logical Get straight to the point; start […]

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Strategic Thinking: A Competitive Advantage

Before I write anything, I make sure I understand my clients’ business objectives. This practice helps me align my writing with solutions to the problems that keep CEOs awake at night. It’s worth the effort to consistently consider the big picture before you communicate. Strategy matters to your competitiveness because it helps you: Sort through […]

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Communication Vehicles Checklist

Is your communications plan effectively reaching your audience? Use this checklist to identify other communication vehicles that will maximize your marketing impact. Advertising Annual reports Banner ads Blogs Brochures Business cards Business proposals Business case studies Case studies Collateral Company profiles Contests Corporate booth (for trade shows) Coupons Direct mail Editorial calendar eBooks Elevator speech […]

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Objective Clarifier Tool

Aligning your communications with your corporate strategy makes the best business sense. To make sure your communications are effective, you need clear objectives. Use these questions to create results-oriented communications: Briefly describe the business challenge/opportunity What does success look like? List your corporate objectives (e.g. vision, strategic objectives) List your communication objectives (ensure they are […]

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7 Tips for Strategic Copy

To create copy that gets results, use these tips: Focus on your audience: what do they want? Make your point up-front Keep your objective or call to action clear Emphasize your benefits Answer the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, why) … and how Use simple keywords and short, clear sentences Limit the number of […]

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Case Study: Strategic Language

Communication Challenge: A brilliant client of mine held itself back by using academic and technical language on its website. The copy was more suitable for post-graduate English or IT professors than its true audience. In fact, a readability test tool suggested readers would need 17 years of formal education to comprehend the copy! Strategic Solutions: […]

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Strategic Thinking: What’s in it for me?

My peers and former colleagues ask, “Why should I bother to think strategically? Isn’t that my boss’ job?” I say thinking strategically is one of the best things you can do for your career. Once you show how your communications offer concrete solutions to the problems that keep the CEO up at night, people start […]

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First Things First: Communications Basics

It’s no coincidence that the most successful companies communicate effectively. Clear communication saves time, effort and headaches. Market leaders know that before they can achieve their business goals, they need strong relationships with their employees, customers and the public. To build those strong relationships, an organization must first apply these communication fundamentals: Know your subject: […]

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