Since the start of the pandemic, you’ve probably seen dozens of health communications messages. Maybe it was an advertisement for hand sanitizer, a doctor on television talking about the COVID vaccinations or variants, and discussions on continued mask wearing. In each of these instances, the purpose of the messaging or campaign is to get people Read More
Pitch Perfect: Four Tips to Get the Media to Use Your Pitch
It’s a technique that’s been used for years by public relations firms and marketing companies: pitch a news story idea or subject matter expert to a media outlet in the hopes that they’ll talk with and/or about your client in a positive light. It’s a proven method for helping to shape the public’s (or the Read More
Professional Development is Worth the Effort
I’ve long considered myself a lifelong learner. I’m passionate about constantly improving my skillset. I love the process and challenge of learning new things, and then figuring out how to apply them in various areas of my life. I get excited when I hear about a new conference, webinar or training I can participate in, Read More
Is TikTok Right for Your Brand?
At the end of 2019, pre-Covid, when I could walk into my manager’s office, I declared, “I want to make a TikTok account for our brand.” My manager at the time was a bit more hesitant. How did we know TikTok was going to be or stay relevant? Sure, more brands were getting on the Read More
The Engineering of Story Mining – Look Below the Surface & Have a Process in Place
I’ve had the opportunity to talk a lot about storytelling for several years. Storytelling is key to making sure your information is memorable. The question we get from many people is not just how we tell stories, but how we find them. The key is a process we call story mining. Just like mining for Read More
Ready or Not, on the road again. The Travel Industry is Coming Back.
Globally, the pandemic hit all of us. In the business world, we experienced furloughs, layoffs, scope changes and stay-at-home orders. The travel industry, from the airlines and airports to hotels, resorts, destinations and conferences, took the brunt of that pullback. Nearly 100% of budgets and travelers were gone in an instant. Fast forward to today Read More
In 2020, You Need a Good, Flexible Backup Plan
One thing is certain this year — 2020 has been a year unlike any other. For many, certainty has turned to uncertainty as COVID-19 changed the business landscape in both the short- and long-term. For months, our normal communications for clients were anything but normal. Business meetings moved online. Offices became vacant as we worked Read More
What does the Media want in Times of Crisis?
The sudden onset of the coronavirus pandemic this spring caught most business owners and organizational leaders by surprise. Seemingly overnight, they were forced to make very important decisions, including how to keep their employees and volunteers working, whether to remain open to the public, and, in some cases, whether or not to trim payroll through Read More
Communicating in a Crisis
In these uncertain times, the news on the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is changing by the hour. New cases are announced, new borders are closed, and new health precautions are enacted. Terms like “social distancing” and “quarantine” have become mainstream, while home schooling has an entirely new definition as many schools have closed their doors in Read More
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
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