Is AI The Future Of Retail?

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Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Advocate.  I have been provided with access to some of the company’s new technology – a Surface Book 2 – for evaluation purposes, as well as getting privileged access to some Microsoft Canada executives.  In return, Microsoft has asked that I share any opinions and insights with readers of thisContinue Reading

Traditional public relations model doesn’t work

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The PR industry is hiding a dirty little secret that it doesn’t want you to find out about.  Don’t tell anybody I told you… but the traditional PR ‘sausage factory’ of client win… press release… e-mail/wire distribution… media outreach… interview… coverage… product release… press release… email/wire distribution… media outreach… interview… coverage… [repeat to fade] doesn’t work anyContinue Reading

A public relations + marketing checklist for startup & smallbiz founders

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A  read lots of articles about public relations for startups and early-stage businesses, offering entrepreneurs tips and advice on how to best promote their companies.  Most of them focus on the media piece [the publicity] rather than the public relations part [the relationship building] but this piece from Founderdating.com, written by Talentbin’s Peter Kazanjy stoodContinue Reading

Why nobody trusts press releases

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Research by a PR company claims that press releases are the most trusted source of company information.  I’m not convinced. Update: April 27 I’ve received no response to my tweet asking for clarification on the data. Watch another THINK PR Espresso for help with PR, marketing and publicity strategy.     AUTHOR DETAILS Lyndon Johnson is theContinue Reading

The Repetition Myth of Public Relations

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 There’s a myth started by the public relations industry that the more you repeat something the more credible it becomes. But, is it true?  That’s the topic of today’s THINK Public Relations Espresso. Watch another THINK PR Espresso for help with PR, marketing and publicity strategy?     AUTHOR DETAILS Lyndon Johnson is the founder andContinue Reading

Most PR + Marketing is Publicity

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Last year I wrote a blog post about how I felt that most PR was either marketing or publicity.  In this edition of the THINK PR Espresso I revisit the topic and see whether anything has changed. Watch another THINK PR Espresso for help with PR, marketing and publicity strategy.       AUTHOR DETAILS Lyndon JohnsonContinue Reading

What Is Positioning?

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Positioning is a challenge for every small business. It is especially difficult when both the competition and prospective customer are large organizations. Effective positioning in these situations is about focusing on the value you can offer that a larger organization cannot.  Small businesses also have the advantage of being flexible, in terms of approach, modelContinue Reading