Milldam Minute

Managing Client Expectations

Managing Client Expectations

I was recently reminded how important it is to always set client expectations and to manage those expectations throughout the life of a campaign or project.  While these prearranged guidelines are arguably even more important when it comes to PR, mostly due to the unpredictability of media coverage, I believe that there are a few points to setting expectations that can be applied to just about every professional services provider. As with most things, communication […]

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First Impressions

First Impressions

You know how important social media campaigns and profiles are to supporting your public relations campaigns. One way to indicate this importance to your company’s stakeholders is through the use of social media analytics. However, analytics can’t serve anybody if you’re unable to explain what they mean. While the most popular social media platforms (and those best used for B2B social media campaigns) host their own analytics, it can be challenging to parse through the […]

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Don’t Skip Press Briefings

Don’t Skip Press Briefings

Does it surprise you that this is an issue that PR firms sometimes have to grapple with? More often than not, our clients appear at press briefings on-time and prepared to talk with important reporters and analysts in their industries. However, there are times when an executive isn’t able to make it to her briefing or a director vanishes right before his scheduled interview. Over the years, we’ve heard a wide variety of justifications when […]

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Steps for Successful Media Relations

Steps for Successful Media Relations

As PR practitioners, it’s our job to ensure that our clients get coverage in leading publications that their target end-users and other stakeholders read.  One of the best methods for getting that coverage is to forge relationships with key reporters; also known as media relations. There are a number of ways to engage with the media members that cover the products or services that your company offers. The most important things to keep in mind […]

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The Art of the Pitch

The Art of the Pitch

Most companies understand the value of a successful press release. Quantifiable results can be seen in the number of press outlets that published the news, ran the release in its entirety, interviewed the contact to learn more, or incorporated its key points into a larger story. Crafting an informative release is one of the fundamental duties of a PR firm, but often minimized or forgotten is the next crucially important step: pitching. Pitching a press […]

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4 Signs Your Press Release Worked

4 Signs Your Press Release Worked

Everyone’s goals for sending out a press release can vary. Depending on the news being announced, you may be interested in catching the attention of a particular group of stakeholders, raising the profile of your work in a specific industry, or positioning your company for an acquisition. Regardless, there are a couple of benchmarks you should be monitoring to determine a base-level of success for each press release that you issue. Some initial indicators of […]

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Top 3 Blogs of 2016

Top 3 Blogs of 2016

If you’re going to take the time and effort to write a company blog, the posts should resonate with your target audience. In keeping with this goal, the Milldam Minute posts in 2016 shared PR insights, tips, ideas, and strategies that we thought helpful or interesting to our readers. As we think about the topics that we’ll be writing about in 2017, we reviewed our own analytics to identify the top 3 most read blogs […]

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Blurring The Lines:  Getting The Most Out of Your Business Trips to Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Blurring The Lines: Getting The Most Out of Your Business Trips to Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Since we’re just getting over the holiday rush and everyone is starting to think about their New Year’s Eve plans, I thought I would lighten things up a little and discuss some of the hotspots I enjoyed this year when visiting two of my favorite destinations for work:  Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Due to the high number of trade shows that our clients attend, I had the opportunity to visit both locations quite a […]

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Developing a Basic Public Relations Plan

Developing a Basic Public Relations Plan

As 2016 is rapidly coming to a close, businesses are in the midst of planning for 2017. Mapping out your PR strategy for the next year is a key step in bringing positive attention to your work. It makes sense; most of your other essential departments don’t just “wing it,” right? Finance develops a budget to follow for the year, production creates manufacturing schedules and sets launch dates for new offerings, and marketing maps out […]

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