Benefits of media coverage

Despite the fragmented nature in which people receive information today, there’s still value in using media relations to secure a positive story in traditional media outlets. Some of the benefits of media coverage on a TV or radio station, or in a newspaper or magazine include: Visibility. In my hometown of Minneapolis, the Star Tribune…

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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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Fellows share wisdom at Minnesota PRSA event

Chalk it up to Minnesota humility. Despite the immense public relations wisdom and experience present during a recent Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) “Breakfast with the Fellows” event, there was an air in the room of helping one another and advancing the public relations profession. “I’m old, retired and insignificant,” joked Lowell F.…

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Minnesota PRSA’s fortuitous sports PR event

By Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC   In a week when NFL players’ alleged misdeeds dominated the headlines, the breakfast event hosted by the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on sports public relations and communications was fortuitous indeed. The event, held at Target Center (home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx), featured members of the Minnesota Timberwolves and…

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Webinars for IT buyers

Interested in capturing the attention of IT buyers? These facts will help you understand how IT buyers watch and share webinars. Seventy-five percent of IT buyers use webinars for their jobs. In fact, it is the most popular information format. Moreover, 60 percent of IT buyers attend webinars weekly or monthly, whereas 39 percent attend only…

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