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Five Cause Marketing Campaigns that Made Waves in 2018

by TVG Staff Every year, we see public relations campaigns that have a big impact on society. When campaigns combine philanthropic efforts with awareness– also called cause marketing– they can make major waves in our lives. Many businesses had a great year in 2018 for not only ‘talking the talk’ but also ‘walking the walk.’   Here are five of our favorite cause marketing campaigns from 2018:  McDonald’s Flip Day for International Women’s Day    McDonald’s Read More

What’s the Buzz? Part 3: Branding/Creative Buzzwords

What’s the Buzz? Part 3: Branding/Creative Buzzwords By TVG Staff Branding and creative departments within agencies use their own language, which can seem complicated to those outside of the field. Understanding these buzzwords can help you better communicate what your company needs for branding, or what #PRpros are trying to tell you. We’ve created a Read More

Buzzwords Blog Series, Part 2: Social Media Buzzwords

by TVG Staff Social media doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary. People use social media to communicate authentically and immediately with audiences. However, there are many words and terms in social media that may be confusing. Here at TVG, we’ve created a glossary of common terms from the world of social media to help Read More

Five FREE New Year’s Resolutions

New Year, New Habits: Five FREE New Year’s Resolutions By TVG Staff A new year brings new opportunities to better yourself. Although weight loss supplements and gym memberships are out there, they won’t be as easy on your budget as these five New Year’s Resolutions that won’t cost you a dime. Read Everyday We subscribe Read More

Part 1: PR Buzzwords

by TVG Staff The business world is notorious for using jargon and industry-specific language, and PR is no exception.  Understanding this can help you better communicate what your company needs, or what your communication professionals are trying to tell you. Here at TVG, we’ve created a glossary of common terms used in the world of Read More

Communications Audits Explained: Part 2 – Communication Strategy

By TVG Staff So, you’re re-thinking your company’s communications strategy. Let’s say that you started with the social media audit, but now it’s time to consider other things to make your efforts more successful and achieve the goals you’ve outlined for your communications strategy. Meetings, emails, calls, texts and press releases can all be part Read More

Communications Audits Explained: Part 1- Social Media

By TVG Staff When people unaware of your company look you up, one of the first things they’ll find are your social media profiles. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure that your social media is up-to-date and accurately represents your company’s goals and culture. To make the most of social media platforms, Read More

Snapchat’s Fantastic Filters and How to Use Them

It may seem counter-intuitive to think that Snapchat, notable for its vanishing messages and stories, could have a lasting impact on an audience. Yet brand after brand have showcased their products on the app, vying for the attention of the social network’s 188 million users. While the pictures themselves may not last long, the impression Read More

How to Find Your Brand Voice

Creating a Voice for Your Brand To any developing writer, the goal of establishing their “voice” is one that is both all-important and extremely confusing. The term “voice” is often thrown around without any explanation about what it means, or how a writer can work to make theirs consistent and unique. Voice can be complicated Read More

TVG Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Changes over the years In the winter of 1998, most of the world was buzzing about the ongoing Winter Olympic Games being held in Nagano, Japan. But the Vandiver Group was buzzing with a different sort of news—the first community newsletter, Updates, had been written and printed for distribution. At the Olympics, the U.S. took Read More

Sales: The Forgotten PR Skill

By Laura Vandiver, TVG Senior Research Strategist There are many skills required to be a fantastic PR practitioner. Great communication skills, of course, top the list. But it also helps to have social media savvy, be a crisis navigation expert, understand the media and how to deal with them, be a fantastic writer, and also Read More

THE VIDEO INTERVIEW: PART 2 – YOU, THE INTERVIEWEE

The Video Interview Part Two: Being Interviewed by Rich McEwen, TVG Media Specialist There are techniques you can use as the subject of a video interview to make sure you communicate your message in a way that is concise and easy to edit. Know your story. Know in advance what your key message points are Read More