Fresh Touch Publicity is excited that we were selected as a top 200 PR Agency by Richtopia; our exact rank was 181. According to their website, the list is an automatic algorithm based on social media influence, Klout scores and a secret recipe. Also, they take into account various metrics from Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Youtube, LinkedIn and Instagram. This list gets updated once a year.
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Memphis, Tenn. – Fresh Touch Publicity’s Principal Owner TJ Jefferson is beginning the fiscal year with four opportunities to expand her brand in front diverse audiences.
She kicks off August 12 with speaking to 12 mentors and their mentees from the local nonprofit organization Girlz Life about “Social Media Responsibility” with an interactive activity that will start the conversation between the mentors and mentees.
Next, TJ will moderate the “Redefining Philanthropy” session during the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s “Uniting to Lead” Empowerment Conference at the Hilton Hotel on August 23. She sits on a few nonprofit boards, such as MULYP, and she organizes her own fundraiser every year for a local nonprofit organization through FTP’s “The Simply Giving Project”.
“Initially, TJ was on the panel but we asked her to moderate because she has such a great personality,” MULYP President Cynthia Daniels said.
The “Memphis Startup” group meets monthly at the University of Memphis and TJ will be speaking to them about Public Relations and its importance for the long-term goals of any business.
TJ ends the month with Fresh Touch Publicity hosting an encore presentation of the “The Social Media Circuit Training” workshop August 30. The interactive workshop gives quick social media know-hows to incorporate into businesses and nonprofit organizations’ profiles immediately.
“All of these opportunities show me that it’s time to step from behind FTP,” TJ says. “This day in business, people don’t buy in to company brands alone; they buy in to people.”
You read that headline correctly. Yes, I know the difference between “no” and “know”. On the Public Relations consultant side we hear or have heard “no” quite often from potential clients, reporters, editors, potential sponsors, celebrity publicists and the list goes on. In our industry, you must have tough skin to endure closed door after closed door. Furthermore, we must have the know-how to ensure our clients still are getting their public relations wants and needs, but we must have the gumption to tell them, realistically, how to get there. Rarely, do we get an opportunity to say “No” ...until now. Here are three Tips to “No” your way into a successful PR Campaign.
“NO, WE CAN’T DEAL WITH THE BUDGET LATER.”
You will not have a successful anything without knowing what you can or can’t do, monetarily. Creativity only goes as far as the budget allows it to go. Meaning you have to have some monies set aside for the public relations campaign. Keyword is campaign. You don’t see politicians running a campaign without some money. Hence, you can’t navigate your public relations campaign without allocating the costs. Obviously, the bigger the budget, the less favors and coercing your public relations consultant has to do but either way, a budget must be addressed, first and foremost.
“NO, WE CAN’T MOVE UP THE DEADLINE.”
Your public relations campaign should detail a timeline with SMART Goals, strategies, and tactics. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time. The point of the timeline is because everything needs to happen in a strategic timeframe. A great public relations campaign can take up to six months to get some traction; it is not an overnight process. Research and consistency is what builds that traction. We always ask our clients do they want a “quick buzz” or a “timeless brand”. The timeless brand is going to need to meet the deadline set and not push it up because the client is just anxious.
“NO, WE CAN’T IGNORE WHAT YOUR AUDIENCE WANTS.”
Just because you like it doesn’t mean that’s what your audience wants. You may like Facebook but your targeted audience likes Instagram. You may want to be interviewed on the local ABC affiliate news broadcast but your audience listens to a local internet radio show. Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Being able to connect with your audience is better public relations for your Brand.
Let Fresh Touch Publicity help you connect directly to your audience. We can consult you on what to do and how to execute a successful PR campaign. Contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ve heard the cliché “time is money” but now that you’re an entrepreneur – for profit or nonprofit- has that saying hit home yet? We aren’t talking about the emotion love that you feel for your significant other, family, and friends. Our L.O.V.E. is the acronym for “Loss Of Valuable Energy”. Energy means: the capacity for vigorous activity; available power—an adequate or abundant amount of such power.
We know that as a business owner or nonprofit director, it saves money to file your own paperwork, answer calls, take messages, respond to all email inquiries, count inventory, write out contracts, update social media, clean the restroom, etc. By doing all of that, you are exhausting unnecessary energy that should be redirected into handling your primary responsibility, which generally is bringing in more clients or raising awareness. Seriously, what is the point of having your file cabinet in order if there is nothing new to put in it? Or, the fact that you got four new followers on Twitter from out of state but the neighbors next door to your office don’t know who you are or what you do? Don’t get tied down in the mundane tasks of the day and you aren’t exhausting your energy towards bringing in revenue to sustain your for-profit business or nonprofit organization.
Obviously, an increase in revenue allows you to use the money for help such as hiring a professional virtual assistant on a contractual-timed basis or a per-project basis. A professional virtual assistant provides administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office. If you’re going to save money, hiring a virtual assistant would be the way to go instead of doing it yourself. As the employer, you do not have to pay employee-related taxes, insurance/benefits, equipment or supplies; they usually have their own equipment. If you have a nonprofit organization, use your volunteers to tackle those routine office tasks a couple of times a week.
You can hire Fresh Touch Publicity to handle your social media postings, write and design your newsletter and update your blog and/or website. All you would need is to take a few minutes out of your week to give us an update on what’s going on as you’re bringing in new clients and more awareness to your brand and we can handle the rest. We want you to love what you’re doing but not fall into those statistics of a failed business because of your L.O.V.E.