Authors… Marsha of PR Insider & EMSI Public Relations Is Back With Year-End Sound Advice for all of us!


“Authors, with so many years of experience behind us – not to mention the availability of calendars – you would think we would be better prepared for what’s about to come. Yet, year after year, many of us act astonished and caught unaware by this annual, easily predictable time of year that still somehow manages to sneak up on us.”

Once again, it’s the last quarter! Suddenly, the holidays are here! And before we know it, 2018 will have arrived and just like in the past we’ll be wondering where those final months of the year went and whether we made the most of them when we had the chance.

And too often we will shake our heads as we realize that we could have accomplished so much more with the right planning.

If only…

So before 2017 really starts winding down – and disappears for good – let me suggest a few things you can do with your year-end PR efforts that will help you feel that you did indeed make the most of the moment:

  • First, put your marketing hat on. Think about the media outlets you can get your message in front of right now and in the coming weeks. Don’t limit yourself! Think print, both traditional and online. Think radio and TV. Think social media. Also, brainstorm on your own or with others to come up with ways you might be able to tie your message to the holidays, to year-end planning or to resolutions for the New Year. A financial professional, for example, could pitch something like: “4 Resolutions That Will Help You Become Financially Fit in 2018.”
  • Think about consumers. Understand that the end of the year is when many people could be in the market for what you have to offer. Obviously, people are in a shopping mood, but they are also having their own thoughts about what they need to accomplish before the year ends or what they hope to achieve early in the New Year. That means there’s a good chance they are thinking about the products or services that you provide, so this is a good time to make sure your brand is in front of them.
  • Act early. If you want to be part of the media’s holiday and year-end coverage – and you do! – you can’t wait until the holidays are upon us to start pitching your ideas to them. You can’t wait until two days before Thanksgiving to send a newspaper your great recipes for side dishes for the big meal. They already have such feature articles planned out far in advance. In that particular example, they probably would have already published the feature by that point. So don’t delay! When it comes to pitching the media with holiday and year-end ideas, you have to be like those retail stores that start displaying holiday merchandise long before many of us are even thinking about holidays. And Books make great holiday gifts!

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    So don’t let these final months, weeks and days of 2017 catch you unaware. When it comes to marketing and the last quarter of the year, we’re all somewhat like a football team in the waning minutes of a game. We may have accomplished a lot up to this point, but there’s still much to do before the final horn sounds.

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NOW, another area we need to think about now that 2017 is winding down?

Marketing, Tax Deductions And Making Plans For 2018…

Just this week I was talking with a long-time client who was looking ahead to the direction he wants his publicity to take when we all head into 2018. The client definitely is planning to be active and signed on for 60 radio interviews that won’t even take place until the New Year has begun. Maybe that sounds like he and his publicity efforts are getting ahead of themselves – after all, 2017 still has two months to go – but actually, it’s smart planning.

Getting your publicity strategy lined up well in advance is, of course, a good idea on its own merits, but there’s a bonus when you spend those 2018 marketing dollars before Dec. 31. You get an immediate tax write-off for 2017! Good promotion coupled with tax savings makes for an excellent start to any year.

Make Sure The Year Ends With A Marketing Bang – Not A Whimper

And the time to start thinking about your 2018 marketing is now. Publicity should not be a last minute add-on after everything else is set. It needs to be an integral part of your marketing plan as you set goals for the New Year.

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why:

Publicity has power. I can’t stress this point enough! Every day we see what it does for our clients when their names appear in such top-tier publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes and others, or we land interviews for them on radio shows or TV broadcasts. And those who leverage that publicity and the credibility it buys have the greatest success in harnessing that power to build brand recognition.

Don’t forget social media. Traditional media is still very integral to your marketing efforts, but social media is also a key player that you can’t afford to neglect. For one thing, it’s an area where you have the greatest control over your message because you can tweet and post whenever you like. It’s also one of the best ways you can leverage your publicity. Sharing your media interviews and coverage with your followers provides social proof of your expertise and validity of your brand.

Past publicity can’t support you forever. Marketing is just one more area in life where you can’t rest on your laurels – or your press clippings! You quickly become old news if you don’t stay in front of your audience. Too many times I have seen people go heavy with a publicity campaign for just a few months and then sit back and think that should do it. Sadly, it just doesn’t work that way. You’re probably familiar with the adage “out of sight, out of mind.” PR works in the same way. If you don’t stay on top of things, there’s a good chance your competitors will and they will be the ones your potential clients or customers will encounter in the media!

So as you look to 2018 think about how marketing will fit in with your other plans and, if at all possible, pay for that marketing now and save the receipt for your 2017 tax returns. Spending those marketing dollars before the ball drops in New York might be one of the wisest financial planning moves you can make.

Foresightedly yours,

 

Marsha Friedman, CEO & Founder:

Marsha Friedman doesn’t like sitting still. As a prominent businesswoman, she has run her public relations firm successfully through prosperity and adversity, ironically having one of her best revenue years in the midst of 2009’s recession. As a publicity expert, she has authored the book Celebritize Yourself.
Marsha Friedman launched EMSI – in 1990. Her PR company represents corporations and experts in a wide array of fields such as business, health, food, lifestyle, politics, finance, law, sports, and entertainment. Some of the more prominent names on her client roster are Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, and the famous Motown Group, The Temptations.

She consults individuals and businesses on a daily basis and is frequently asked to speak at conferences about how to harness the power of publicity.

 

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How Can I Supercharge My Social Media Efforts?

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Now that is a great question author’s ask me all the time. And it is why I have a page here on my blog for author’s to use to know where to be on social media to promote your books effectively. But Marsha is an expert in this area and so I wanted to have her give us all that advice from a more PR perspective. So let’s get right to it!

Why You Should Use Social Media to Build Your Opt-In Email List!


By now, everyone knows that social media is a key component to any marketing campaign. At least if you’ve been reading these newsletters you do. But aside from the obvious benefits of outreach and awareness, there is something else you can be doing with your social networking campaign that can supercharge all of your efforts: build an opt-in email list.

I know from my own experience that social media marketing has enabled me to increase my email list by thousands, with those on the list continuously receiving my newsletters that carry my advice, my tips, and my message.

My newsletter helps my social media contacts remember me and what I do, not because I am actively selling and promoting myself. Like my social media strategy, I use these pieces to add value to the lives of the people on my list. My formula is simple – if some of you like what you read, when you have the need and the resources and are considering using a PR firm, you might consider my company. And that’s it. What’s more, I know it works, because I’ve used this formula to build a thriving 27-year-old business.

Adding value for my clients is the real reward I have enjoyed by combining my email and social media marketing efforts. So how can you do this? Let me share a few actions that we find are successful.

  • Join Targeted Discussions and Post Valuable Content. Within your social networks, stay abreast of trending topics and discussions that your target audience will find relevant. Become part of these discussions using valuable content, making use of trending hashtags when possible to demonstrate your professional expertise and drive people to your website. Take care to make your posts short and interesting. Making the headline a question can encourage responses, or use words that contain phrases like “tips for” or “strategies for.” If your content links back to your website, tease the information that will be available once they click through to encourage better click-through rates.
  • Make Sure Your Website is “Opt-in” Friendly. Make sure your opt-in form is prominent throughout your website, with a message telling visitors that when they sign up for your list, they will receive helpful information as opposed to junk mail. You can also include incentives to help encourage people to opt-in. E-books or whitepapers work nicely.

  • Invite Everyone – But Don’t Pester! On some networks – like Twitter and LinkedIn – you can directly message new followers or connections and invite them to become part of your newsletter. Make these messages short, but friendly and try to maintain a tone that doesn’t seem one-size-fits-all. This can help increase your signup rate significantly. On networks that don’t offer the same level of access, weave signup call-to-actions in your content calendar. Try to limit this activity, and be sure to avoid being overly promotional. Again, ensuring your site is opt-in friendly will allow you to encourage signups just by sending followers to content on your site.
  • Be Consistent in Your Social Networking! The key to making points 1 – 3 above really work is to stay active in your networks. If you are only an occasional visitor, you might as well “stay home.” In order to reap the rewards of these strategies, post often and wisely, and pay attention to your group members.

That’s how it all fits together. Social media is not the next big “thing.” It’s now part of the foundation of a good marketing campaign, as intractable as advertising and public relations.

Hope this helps!
Marsha

P.S. If you’d like professional help getting interviews with the media, we’ve been arranging interviews for our clients on radio and TV, and obtaining editorial coverage in newspapers and magazines for more than 26 years. We also offer a comprehensive social media marketing program for select clients, where we do it all for you. If you’re interested in our help, please call us at 727-443-7115 Ext. 231 or  (800) 881-7342 or send me an Email: info@emsincorporated.com We’d love to hear from you!

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Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon