SEEING AIN’T BELIEVING

We should have seen this coming. In the February, 1982 issue of National Geographic magazine, the cover was a photo that included images of the pyramids in Egypt. Just one problem. One of the pyramids was not where it was supposed to be. Because the original photograph was shot horizontally, and the cover is vertical, Read More

Are You Memorable? If You Can Tell a Good Story, Chances are Yes!

Think about the last time you went to a convention or conference. What was the most memorable part?  Was it a speaker, a certain booth or a sponsor giveaway? If you remember certain things but not others, it may be because you didn’t find the rest of the items memorable At TVG, we coach our Read More

How to Create a Compelling External Newsletter

External Company Newsletters: A Guide  Last month we talked about internal company newsletters and what your employees want to know. Now, it’s time to think about your external company newsletter. But where do you start? First things first.  Think about your audience- the community around you, the people who are connected to your company, and Read More

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

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

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

How to Write a Press Release

Crafting a Press Release: Six Steps to Keep in Mind By Andrew Woodcock, TVG Account Executive The backbone to being a good PR pro is being a good writer. I’ve heard it countless times: if you don’t know how to write, you won’t be hired by a PR firm. And it makes sense: writing is Read More

Millennials in the Digital Space

“How Do I Reach These Kids?”: Millennials in the Digital Space By Nathan Shryock, TVG Manager of Digital Strategy The Millennial generation has adopted a very unique habit of forming digital communities. These communities are made up of online social groups of people that share a common interest and are often tied to a person’s identity. Read More

Messaging: A New Era of Business Communications, Part 2

Best Practices for Businesses Using Facebook Messenger By Nate Shryock, TVG Manager of Digital Strategy In Part 1 of this blog series, we outlined how messaging apps can be useful business tools. Today, we’ll explore some best practices for businesses who want to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with their customers. Respond promptly Facebook publicly displays Read More

Messaging Applications: A New Era of Business Communications (Part 1)

Messaging Applications: A New Era of Business Communications (Part 1) By Nate Shryock, TVG Manager of Digital Strategy We’ve all had experiences with people who spend too much time on their phone. Family dinners, dates, Friday night outings… it is no secret that people are often preoccupied with their digital lives. As individuals, this is Read More