3 Tips to Ensure Conference Success

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Industry conferences and events play a critical role in any public relations strategy. At our high-tech PR agency, our clients attend a variety of trade shows throughout the year, from RSA to Black Hat to the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit. After more than a […]

“Pin” Your Way to Customer Engagement

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Most organizations recognize the value of establishing a presence on at least one social-media platform today for marketing purposes. However, sites such as Pinterest and Instagram remain somewhat of a mystery. They’re occasionally dismissed as the domain of teens and other social-media junkies. But it would be a […]

4 Great Ways to “Meet the Press”

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) At our high tech PR firm, we’re constantly discussing and evaluating best practices for reaching out to members of the media. And because we’re so connected here, we’re able to help stage popular Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) events such as “Meet the Press.” After all, […]

Inside Baseball: How IT Transforms How Reporters Work

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) We get all kinds of interesting visitors here at our high-tech PR firm. Some of them, in fact, are journalists who have – on the surface – little to do with IT. But that would be a misimpression. Because if you’re a working reporter, the latest in […]

Why Twitter is a ‘Must Attend’ Party

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) With 250 million unique visitors a month, Twitter has emerged as the second largest social media site (Facebook is ranked #1, with 750 million unique visitors). Yet, when it comes to integrating Twitter into an organization’s marketing plan, there’s often resistance and even skepticism. “What are […]

How to Get the Most from Social Media

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Organizations are still struggling with social media: They realize it’s great for customer connectivity/response and brand recognition/loyalty. But they face difficulties in establishing effective policies and procedures that ensure that employees are sending the right messages out there. For evidence, look no further than the world […]

How to Direct a Viral Video

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) The challenge: Produce a video for an American Airlines called “Flights.Camera.Action.” Dazzle the judges with creativity and comic genius. Oh, and do it within two weeks. The prize: 80 free roundtrip tickets. Wait. Was that “free” roundtrip tickets? Count us in. This is why I love […]

How PR Pros Should Engage Reporters

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) In my early years of journalism, I once worked for an editor who wanted to get rid of every chair in the office. Why? Because, in doing so, he’d force his reporters to go out and conduct in-person interviews. He never actually removed the chairs. But […]

Five Minutes With … Lisa Dezzutti on Getting Fed IT Work

 (If you like this podcast, please share it. Thanks!) In this era of Tweets, webinars and hyper-mobility, would you believe that federal agency IT decision-makers can’t get enough of … print articles in industry pubs? And trade shows? Yep. While they also depend greatly upon online content, social media and other digital resources, they still […]

A “Novel” Approach to Media Strategies

 (If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) It’s not every day that we get a highly influential technology journalist and a published crime novelist in our offices. Then again, there’s always something cool and interesting going on at Welz & Weisel Communications – officially recognized as a great place to work in the […]