Educate Prospects to Cultivate … and Keep … Clients

By Nancy Marshall Don’t you hate getting calls from people you’ve never met before who start out by saying, “How’re you doing today?” You know right away it’s a cold call and they really could care less how your day is going. When this happens to me, I’m turned off right from the start. Cold […]

How a strong network helped save the day

A couple years ago, I was devastated when my agency lost a large contract we had held for nearly 20 years. I felt my world was crashing down. One of my long-time professional and personal friends said, “Don’t worry, Nancy, your network will take care of you.” We began reaching out to our network to […]

The Language of Journalism

By Jen Boes, Communications Strategist Unless you have worked as a journalist or public relations professional, you are probably not very familiar with AP style. So why should you care about it? If you generate content or are in charge of approving content that will be disseminated to the media (i.e., press releases, press kits, […]

Building Your Brand is a Long-Term Investment

Cultivating a brand is a lot like growing a garden. Establishing a thriving brand takes time and if you don’t continue to tend to it once it’s established, it will begin to lose its luster. No matter what industry you are in and no matter what your product or service happens to be, your brand […]

Are you Ready for Mobilegeddon?

Well, Google is doing it again, but this time with fair warning — in February they announced that on April 21 there will be a significant algorithm change that will impact search traffic from mobile devices. In their words: “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This […]

Perception and #TheDress

By Marshall Communications Account Executive Jessica Donahue Toward the end of February, the Internet went wild with a dress that will forever live in infamy (which, by the way, is black and blue). While we could debate the color of “The Dress” for hours on end, the whole ordeal really proved how differently people perceive […]

Personal Branding is a Necessary Part of Business in Today’s Online World

By Nancy Marshall, The PR Maven® What is a brand? I can tell you what it’s not. It’s not a company’s logo or a company’s tagline. It’s not the golden arches or the Nike swoosh. It’s not the Michelin man or the Big Green Monster.It’s actually the way that customers and the public think and […]

Your Personal Brand Comes from Your Heart

"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."  —T.D. Jakes

5 Tips for Writing More Effective PPC Ad Copy

By Ebb Walton, Marshall Communications Online Marketing Specialist If you have ever run a Google AdWords campaign, you know how difficult it can be to effectively communicate your message. You have 95 characters to explain who you are, what you are offering, and why people should choose you over the competition. As a point of […]

What’s Your Superpower?

There’s an old saying, “Find a career that you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Or this one… “Figure out what you love, and find someone to pay you to do it!” When it comes to branding yourself, it’s wise to do some introspection to figure out your superpower. […]

Acceptance Speech for Kennebec Chamber President’s Award

These are the brief remarks I made to a crowd of nearly 900 people on January 23, 2015 upon receiving the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce President’s Award for my contributions to the chamber membership. Thank you, Peter, and thank you to the Chamber board and membership for this amazing honor tonight. Usually I’m the […]

Dr. Jim Taylor: A sports psychologist who has personally branded himself (without even knowing it!)

I was at a ski race over the weekend at Stowe, Vermont, cheering on my two sons, Jamie and Craig, as they competed in college races. While I was in the base lodge waiting for the second run, I was introduced to Dr. Jim Taylor, who I’ve known of for years as an expert in […]