Since 2000, teamworks communication management has worked closely with a group of incredibly talented communication professionals from all across North America who collectively form PRConsultants Group. Starting with our first multi-market project for Barnes & Noble.com, and continuing through other national campaigns for organizations such as Cold Stone Creamery and Make-A-Wish America, we continue to be impressed with the breadth and depth of communication expertise these colleagues bring, along with geographic reach for feet-on-the-street execution.
Recently, some 50 members of PRConsultants Group gathered in Houston for the network’s annual conference. This event changes locales each year, providing members from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada with opportunities for professional development and face-to-face peer networking. We love this conference as it is such a strong ... ⇢ read more
By Jennifer Evans, Principal of The CKP Group in Houston, Texas.
My spouse and I work in different environments. He leads a technical team in the oil and gas industry. I spend my time at The CKP Group building robust communications efforts for clients. Still, we frequently “talk shop” and share best practices. There are two things we both detest: rudderless meetings and ineffective or missing measurement.
Meetings that matter
Meetings should be meaningful and strategic. Most meeting appointments originate from either an information gap or a problem that needs to be solved. Face time is key to relationship management whether it comes through video calls or traditional settings, and non-verbal cues foster connection. This is not an “older generation” preference. I recently surveyed communications colleagues and peers and found there was an overwhelming desire from ... ⇢ read more
By Amy Kossoff Smith, Write Ideas, Inc., and Founder/Editor PRCG Powerlines
Boots and lots of brainstorming were on the ground in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, this year for the PRConsultants Group Annual Conference. More than 40 of the network’s markets attended for professional development, networking, and of course, some great Tex-Mex food. Themed, “Not the same old bull,” there was a healthy dose of humor and Southwestern fun as we held our annual crash course in PR education together.
Here are highlights from this year’s conference:
Cousin Eddie, the infamous befuddled relative from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, is someone who makes the hair on the back of neck stand on end.
Cousin Eddie will say and do the most outlandish things that leave you forcing a smile, scratching and shaking your head, and questioning the integrity of your family.
In marketing terms, Cousin Eddie is not relevant and does not succeed in connecting with his intended target markets.
More on Cousin Eddie in a moment.
This year, my “year end” mail started to arrive a few weeks before Thanksgiving. You know those stamped deliveries in the ⇢ read more
By Deb Trivitt, President, Trivitt Public Relations
Omaha Gives 2013 was a recent opportunity for Omaha non-profits to raise money via a social media campaign orchestrated by the Omaha Community Foundation.
This one day fundraiser (yep, just 24 hours) was hugely successful for some agencies and woefully disastrous for others. I have two nonprofit clients. One in each category. What was the difference? Why did one raise $23,000 and the other $3,000. I think this video, ⇢ read more
By Barb Harris & Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management
There’s always been an appropriate tension between what nonprofit agencies spend on their mission and what they spend on administration. And certainly, that’s a ratio one should consider in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of a charity. But, the tendency to adhere too rigidly to the “spend as little as you can on admin” often backfires. As any for-profit business understands, sometimes you have to invest dollars in order to generate more funds. That means expenditures in facilities, staff, capacity, advertising, and yes, public relations. While nonprofits don’t think in terms of “profits” per se, they do h ... ⇢ read more
- Day One, after a team brainstorm (get ready to be wo ... ⇢ read more