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Jul 25, 2017

by Juli Settlemire, NMC Business Manager 

You know you’re getting older when you injure yourself while sleeping. It’s embarrassing and doesn’t make for a great story. I know that I need to eat right, exercise and manage my stress — but somehow all of my good intentions devolve into “should’ve known betters.”

So I drink extra water when I take another NSAID and vow to do...

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Jun 20, 2017

Small businesses often rely on their websites for their success in a world where everything can be found online. Yet how can you make your site stand out in a crowd? Okay, not a crowd, more like everyone. For many people, it can seem like a daunting task to make your website the most search engine-compatible that it can be. Here at NMC, we’ve got some good news.

While there are certain...

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May 18, 2017
Spread good news

By Liz LeClair, NMC Account Coordinator

The hot topic, the scoop, the buzz, the gossip—in other words, the news. It’s always been, and always will be what people talk about. Whether it’s real, fake or in between, news is all around us every single day. As members of the PR and marketing field, we have the opportunity to contribute to news feeds. It’s a privilege that, when used in a...

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Apr 25, 2017
User-generated content

by Megan Crowder, NMC Account Coordinator

As you know, in today’s marketplace social media should be one of your top priorities when it comes to building relationships with current and prospective customers. Digital marketing and communicating your brand and business messages to target audiences is efficient and effective using social media. For some, taking the plunge and adding social...

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Feb 22, 2017
digital camera

So, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is a video worth?

When it comes to public relations, the use of video and live streaming of events on the internet is invaluable. Video is so much more powerful than a photo and is becoming more of the standard for major companies on their websites and on social media. Need proof? In December 2016, YouTube was ranked as the second most popular...

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Dec 22, 2016
The Benefits of Having a Planned Social Media Strategy

by Megan Crowder, NMC Account Coordinator

If it’s not already, social media should be top of mind when it comes to creating and implementing a successful marketing plan. With the advent of the internet and the growing number of users, once social media was introduced its use exploded. Social media encompasses everything from blog posts, forums, business networks, web gaming, photo...

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Nov 30, 2016
The Benefit of Having an Integrated PR and Social Media Program

By Megan Crowder, Account Coordinator

With traditional public- and media-relations outreach there wasn’t the plethora of digital and social media available that there is today. Writers were pitched based on connections and topics based on articles in the newspaper and on the television. Since the introduction of the digital landscape, there are many more resources available to public...

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Nov 17, 2016
Account coordinator Megan Crowder and account assistant Courtney Moulton reviewing a Facebook ad
NMC account coordinator Megan Crowder and account assistant Courtney Moulton seting up a Facebook ad.

What if we told you that an ad for your business could pop up on the Facebook feeds of consumers who are currently traveling in Portland, Maine, are between the ages of 30-55 who speak English and/or French and are interested in wine, fine dining and sailing? Pretty specific, wouldn’t...

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Oct 12, 2016
Clay Center subject line example

By Greg Glynn, Account Executive

What is the most important thing that can happen when you send an email? Have the person buy your product? Respond that they are coming to your upcoming event? Or perhaps spread the word about your organization and forward your e-newsletter to a friend? These are all great outcomes from an email, but you won’t get the outcome you want if the person never...

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Sep 26, 2016
The Anatomy of a Successful Media Pitch

Pitching the media is a bit of a gamble. There’s really no guarantee that a journalist is going to pick up on your story idea, no matter how great it is.

Think of all those emails you get in your inbox every day that are pitching some sort of new product or special deal. Some of those emails might contain really awesome offers. The problem is, we get so many that we’ve become...

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Aug 22, 2016
Press release tips

Are press releases still relevant in these days of instant news via the web and social media? Absolutely! This traditional piece of a public relations strategy remains one of the most effective ways for your news to make its way in front of the media before being distributed to your target audiences. But writing and distributing a press release is just the first step—how do you increase your...

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Jul 7, 2016
NMC post using hashtags

by Courtney Moulton, NMC Account Assistant

Have you ever wondered why so many businesses are using hashtags in their social media posts, and if your business would benefit from having a hashtag? If you want to grow and brand your social media presence, engage with your fans, turn potential customers into your biggest promoters, and learn what people are saying about you, creating a...

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Jul 7, 2016
NMC 25th Anniversary Open House

NMC held an open house to celebrate our 25 year anniversary and our new office space. Thank you to all who helped us celebrate and here's to many more years to come. You can view our photo album here.

Photos by Bob Bailie

May 23, 2016

What is a message map?

A message map is a highly effective, one-page communications tool that ensures every employee – from senior management to front-line staff – is talking about your company and its brand the same way, every time, when they are dealing with the media, potential clients, the general public, and other audiences important to your organization.

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Apr 1, 2016
On site and Off site SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is really of set of strategies, techniques and tactics used to increase the number of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine, including Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. It is common for Internet users to not click through pages and pages of search results, so where a site ranks in a search is...

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Mar 21, 2016
Social influencers

By Anna McDermott, NMC Content Creator

Influencer marketing is all the buzz lately but, as with so much of social media interaction, it can be daunting for a small business owner to try to do it. Good news — it’s actually pretty easy and the NMC Report is here to help.

You already know what your brand is — and who you want to target in traditional marketing — but word-of-mouth...

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Feb 19, 2016
What is great content octopus

You have heard many of us here at NMC tout the notion of “great content” for your website. We are very passionate about this because it is so very important for the visibility of your site in search engine listings. But what is great content? What does that really mean or entail? We thought it might be a good idea to put on our scuba gear and dive into the topic a bit deeper for you.

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Jan 22, 2016
Bounce rate

If you have a website, you have probably heard the term “bounce rate.” Was the voice that uttered that phrase light and happy, or did the tone convey dark clouds and gloom? What is a bounce rate? Why do you care about it? And what constitutes a “good” or “bad” bounce rate? Please, read on…

What is a bounce rate?

The technical definition of “bounce rate”...

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Jan 21, 2016
Provide answers with content marketing

By Megan Crowder, NMC Account Coordinator

In the world of new media and integrated marketing strategy, content marketing should be on the top of your list. When consumers are looking for answers or looking to try something new, they turn to the Internet first. Creating valuable content will drive profitable action toward your brand, engage followers and create those relationships that...

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Jan 18, 2016
Swimmer

By NMC Account Coordinator Megan Crowder

When I proudly stated, “I love Mondays,” one day in the office, I got the same stare I get when I say, “I don’t like whoopie pies.” My Mainer co-workers must think, “This Michigander is weird.” But, I do really love Monday and not because it has the best hashtag of the week – #MotivationMonday – although I do think it gives #ThrowBackThursday a...

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