Maine PR Pro Publishes Book for Small Businesses

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2015

Contact:
Juli Settlemire, Business Manager
Nancy Marshall Communications
jsettlemire@marshallpr.com; 207-623-4177

AUGUSTA, Maine - Nancy Marshall, CEO of Nancy Marshall Communications and a 32-year veteran of the public relations industry, has published a new book about public relations for small businesses.

CEO, PR Maven® and author Nancy Marshall

CEO, PR Maven® and author
Nancy Marshall

Premiering at #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases in Public Relations, Marshall's PR Works! teaches readers how to develop a successful public relations strategy through the combination of technology and old-school techniques like relationship building. In the book, Marshall, known as The PR Maven®, lays out the process of establishing a cost-effective and measurable public relations program step-by-step. The book also provides numerous examples of PR tools businesses can use as templates when implementing their own PR tactics.

Marshall said, "I was inspired to write this book because I've seen so many business owners make the mistake of staying behind their computers and relying solely on technology to build a name for themselves. Building a network of personal relationships is still a very large part of the PR pie."

The book also encourages small businesses to look at the big picture when it comes to PR, marketing and advertising. PR Works! emphasizes the importance of having a strategy to ensure all initiatives are communicating the same messages and working toward the same goal. It also provides a detailed outline of what the strategy should look like and methods of measuring success. The outline is based on Marshall's own Marshall Plan® process, a system she created to help her clients develop measurable PR strategies tailored to their organizational goals.

Over the last decade, public relations has begun to take a much more prominent role in the communication strategies of big businesses. Senior level marketers surveyed by the Council of Public Relations Firms and Advertising Age said they perceive public relations to be most valuable tool in supporting product marketing and product launches (72 percent). PR Works! enables small businesses to adopt many of the same basic PR practices that have helped big businesses strengthen their brands and increase sales.

Other questions answered in the book include how does public relations work, how to tell a company's story, how to get results from social media, how to increase website traffic, how to generate positive media coverage, how to build a personal network, and how to create a PR team.

Early reviews have hailed its publication. Tami Kennedy, former director of communications for Shipyard Brewing Company, said, "This book not only provides tips and advice, it also gives you a road map and examples for each and every step in the process. It is a straightforward, accessible, and practical guide for wherever you are in the public relations process."

Marshall will be promoting the book through an upcoming book tour and speaking engagements. It is available for purchase on www.amazon.com. For more information, contact Juli Settlemire at jsettlemire@marshallpr.com.

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CEO, PR Maven® and Author Nancy Marshall

About Nancy Marshall Communications:
Nancy Marshall Communications has handled public relations and marketing for numerous companies and organizations over its 24 years of operation, including current clients Discover New England, Carrabassett Valley Academy, Delta Ambulance, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association and the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, among others. Marshall has seen how the development and implementation of a practical, coordinated marketing communications strategy can make a significant and measurable impact on an organization and help it achieve its strategic goals. For more information, please visit www.marshallpr.com.