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Promotional Dos & Don’ts

Every event you’ve ever attended, you have heard about from some place or another like the radio, the newspaper, or maybe even a flyer. And what’s it called when an event planner let’s everyone know about an event?

That’s right, kiddos. Promotion!

Whether your event is large or small, I’m here to offer the basic dos and don’t to handling its promotion.

Advertising:
Do– Stay consistent. Don’t let potential attendees miss out because they didn’t hear about it. Find multiples advertising mediums and avenues including social networks, community calendars, and radio promos to let the public know.
Don’tSpam. If you post about your event on your Facebook page three times a day, people will become so sick of hearing about it that they may resent your spam and then not attend. Remind your potential attendees when the event is approaching but never annoy them.

Invites:
Do– Send an invite or promotional flyer to a specific group of your target demographic.

Don’t– Be vague or bland. Salutations such as ‘Dear supporter’, ‘Dear business owner’, and ‘To whom it may concern’ are not appropriate when sending invites. Think about how special you would feel if you received a basic invitation not addressed to you. Do they event want you there?

Press Releases:
Do– Take advantage of them! Even if only one or two local newspapers or news programs share a story on your event, that’s promotion. Why would you turn down free promotion?? So take the time to write a story that sounds interesting to you with a catchy title. It takes less work to edit a story than write one from scratch so it’s more likely that it’ll get published.
Don’t– Pull media. Put the bare minimum of general details in your press releases if you must, but if details are still being decided upon, do not include them. You can add information to your promotional efforts but you should never take away information. You never know who has already seen your posters.

As usual, good luck!

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Smart Marketing & Promotion

So you’re promoting your event, product, service, television show, radio hour, one-man crystal ball reading gorilla whisperer. Whatever it is, you need to know how to promote it properly!

The lesson of this blog is that you have to be creative. The key to marketing or promotion is interaction with the target public.

Example time! Delmarva Public Radio recently changed its programming and one of the new radio shows is called e-Town. The show focuses on community, ideas, and music.

With new shows comes new swag. And if you’ve been following my blog, then you already understand the importance of swag. The promotional people over at e-Town sent DPR some e-Town CDs and stickers as well as several e-Town bandanas. Now, the task was to find a way to promote the show and engage the listeners too.

The result? Drum roll please…

We decided to have listeners and staff members at the station take home the bandanas and take pictures of their pets wearing them. I then created the article and Facebook album, “Where’s Your Bandana?” encouraging listeners to pledge now and receive an e-Town bandana. Once received they would take a picture of their pet wearing the bandana and DPR would add it to its Facebook album of pets.

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Jasmine’s e-Town bandana.

Try to find a way to encourage your target public to become involved in the promotion of your event or product. Request that they take pictures with your product to submit. Or plan a contest after which you’ll have fans choose the most creative picture. Whatever it is, just engage them!

In the case of e-Town, If there is one thing that the internet loves more than trolling people, it’s cats.

Good luck!

Are You On Foursquare?

The mayor is in the house! You’ve earned a new badge! Here’s a popular tip!

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Image credit: http://www.aim.org

If you are unfamiliar with Foursquare, the location-based social networking site, then you may not know what any of the above means. But you will! Because you should!

Foursquare Basics

1.) It’s an app! Foursquare is an application on smart phones that is free to download. It taps into your phone’s GPS and shows you a list of businesses, places, or general locations in your area.

2.) Checking in. Choose the location you are visiting and the app will check you in to that place, allowing you to include a status about what you are doing as well as pictures you would like to attach.

3.) Mayors. The person who has checked into a certain place the most number of times is automatically the mayor of that location. Anyone can be the mayor!

4.) Points/ Badges. Points and badges can be achieved for several reasons and are used to encourage you to frequently use Foursquare. Certain first time check-ins at movie theaters or radio stations will earn you more points which can eventually lead to business perks!

5.) Tips. After each check-in a tip or comment from a Foursquare user who previously checked in to that location will appear. It’s common to see food recommendations if you are checking in to a restaurant.

Benefits of Foursquare for Your Event or Business

1.) Free Promotion. By claiming your location or business on Foursquare you can post on its behalf. You will also receive window clings and decals to let your attendees or customers know that you are on Foursquare and that they should check-in! The check-in will show to all of their Foursquare friends and spread awareness of you.

2.) Customer Loyalty. Creating coupons and rewards based on recurring check-ins rewards loyal customers and encourages new customers to continue to check-in spreading the word of your business. Examples listed include a free drink for a first time check-in or 10% off on the third. This can also include the creation of badges and moral boosters.

3.) Demographics. If you claim your business on Foursquare, the website will send you emails detailing who is typically checking in at your location. This should help you narrow down your target demographic or audience and better tailor your marketing or advertising.

Google “Foursquare business benefits” and you’ll find tons of great articles like this will helpful tips.

Now, get on Foursquare and claim your listing. Your business or event will thank you for it!

Podcasting with Nonprofits

Have you tried podcasting? Here’s some great advice for nonprofits on fundraising.

Why No One Responds to Your E-mails

Let’s face it. No one responds to your e-mails.

If you have any marketing or sales experience, you know this for a fact. But in the public relations field, e-mail is one of the fastest ways to communicate a message, make an impression, or promote an event or organization. So what are we doing wrong?

First: If you haven’t already, you need to create an e-mail signature. Go into the basic settings of your email account and there should be an html box that will allow you to insert a signature. If you can’t find this setting, try searching the word “signature” in the help section. Once you find it, do not just type in your name. You should include all necessary information about your company and position, education if necessary, and contact information. For example:

Michelle Malinger
D
elmarva Public Radio

Membership Assistant

Salisbury University 2013
Communication Arts Major 

410-555-5555
mmalinger1@gulls.salisbury.edu
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mmalinger

This establishes you as a professional and gives information to those you may want to contact you in the future.

Next: Throw your mind back to primary school. When you wrote your first Valentine, what did it say?

Dear Ryan,
I like those new shoelaces your mom got you. Be my boyfriend.
Love,
Michelle

You had a salutation and a closing. Don’t be afraid to write them again! A “Greetings” or “Good morning” shows your personality and a “Sincerely” or “Regards” politely brings your e-mail to a close. These simple steps make you sound a thousand times more professional and are actually aesthetically pleasing when you look at your finished product.

Also: Don’t neglect your subject line! How often have you trashed an e-mail before even opening it? All the time, right? The key to a successful e-mail is making the recipient want to open it. Make them curious. Show them how they will benefit from your connection. For example, if you’re inviting them to a fundraising event for Salisbury University’s soccer team, tell them “Your classmates need your help.” Or something that will invoke a sense of obligation to their school community.

Finally: Make it short and sweet. In a fast paced world, we scan articles and e-mails when we actually care what they are saying, not to mention something we may disregard as unimportant to us. The recipient will ask “what’s in it for me” (WIIFM?) and you should answer immediately. Even if it’s an emotional benefit or recognition from peers. Be honest and to the point. Tell the necessary dates if it is an event and provide contact information even it is provided in your signature.

If you can successfully master the art of e-mailing, your response rates will improve greatly and fewer e-mails will need to be sent. Work smarter, not harder! Good luck!

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