What IT Companies Must Know about Content Marketing

(This is the first of a two-part blog on effective content marketing. If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) As an occasional contributor and one-time webinar participant for the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), I’m always eager to read the organization’s research. Given that W2 Communications is a high-tech PR agency, I found the “2014 […]

What “The Godfather” Teaches Us about Business — and Content

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Depending upon one’s perspective, they were either a group of enterprising olive-oil importers or the most notorious crime family in the history of cinema. They were the Corleones. And “lessons learned” from the three Godfather movies still convey much relevance today in the business world. After […]

Why PR Teams Need In-House Training

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) How much money do organizations invest in external trainers and educational seminars a year? Actually, U.S. companies will spend $156 billion a year on employee training alone, according to the American Society for Training and Development. But recently at W2 Communications, it only cost the price […]

Content Director Featured in Top B2B Pub

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) What are the rewards – and pitfalls – of hiring ex-journalists as content marketers? Dennis McCafferty, W2 Communications Director of Content, was recently featured in an article in a prominent website, The B2B Marketing Mentor, to share his thoughts on this topic. B2B Marketing Mentor is […]

Avoiding the ‘7 Sins’ of Content Marketing

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Despite all of the ‘science’ that gets tossed out there about content marketing – such as proven techniques to get optimal SEO, ROI on content spend, etc. – we’re still talking about a pretty subjective practice here. Which means different perspectives will shape the final effort. […]

Key Journalism Skills for Content Marketing

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) As posted here previously, I recently contributed this Content Marketing Institute piece about the growing trend of recruiting former journalists to help execute brand-content promotion. Many of these ex-reporters are hired on a contractual, freelance basis, and others – like me – do it fulltime. Either […]

Essential Steps of a Thought Leadership Plan

(The following is the second of a two-part blog on Thought Leadership PR/communications campaigns. If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) To create impactful brand messaging in a lasting, meaningful way, we must aim high. In today’s media environment, this means elevating your clients to the level of Thought Leader. So how do you […]

Driving Value into a Thought Leadership Plan

(The following is the first of a two-part blog on Thought Leadership PR/communications campaigns. If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) To emerge as an in-demand Thought Leader within the IT industry, it’s essential to communicate the unique value proposition that your company brings to its niche. Blazing a path toward distinguished innovation, after […]

How Marketing Fails during “Prime Time”

(This is the first of a two-part blog about creating brand distinction. If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Security Experts founder Winn Schwartau stirred much discussion earlier this year with a controversy-charged column on the RSA Conference. Now, it isn’t often that a respected leader such as Schwartau inspires such a lively debate […]

Is Your Company Ready for Aggressive PR?

(If you like this blog, please share it. Thanks!) Technology companies are super-charged to push forward with new and dynamic ways to innovate and connect with customers. Passive organizations need not apply. If they did, they wouldn’t survive. Given this reality, our high tech PR agency frequently meets with clients who typically express the need […]