My experience using #amazongiveaway

In April I published a book of life lessons I learned from my 93-year-old grandfather, Maynard Johnson. While thinking about ways to promote the book, “Maynard’s Memories: Life Lessons from the Developer of Airlake Industrial Park in Lakeville, Minnesota,” I learned about Amazon Giveaway, an offering from the Internet giant that provides anyone the opportunity to…

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Social media expanding into a community

By Aliki Vrohidis When revamping a brand or taking it to the next level, many managers and executives see the importance of giving social media an overhaul. However, what was once limited to creating a Facebook page has expanded to so much more. At Minnesota PRSA’s most recent event, we sat down with Periscope to…

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Book Review — ‘Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months’

Melinda Emerson’s “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months” book is the perfect go-to guide for individuals wanting to leave corporate life and transition to becoming an entrepreneur. Now in its second edition, she covers everything that I had to learn very quickly when I was laid off in 2010 and subsequently decided to start…

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Skogrand PR Solutions seeks PR intern

Independent public relations/social media/search engine optimization consultancy Skogrand PR Solutions is looking for an intern. You would be working with Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC, the 2012 president of Minnesota PRSA and 2013 chair of the PRSA Midwest District. Brant has more than 20 years of experience on both the agency and corporate sides of public…

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What makes a video go viral

By Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC   While there doesn’t seem to be a formula to guarantee that a video will go viral, researchers have found some commonalities among hits across the Internet. In a recent article by Natalie Kitroeff of the New York Times, she highlighted the following findings from researchers: Emotion is key. The video can cause either…

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