Sat.Jan 26, 2013 - Fri.Feb 01, 2013

Getting an Edge; Why Your Elevator Speech is Crucial to Job Search

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Landing an interview, let alone a job has never been tougher as we enter 2013. Job seekers still outnumber jobs available by four to one, not very good odds. And one of the biggest obstacles job hunters face is how to present and describe themselves in simple yet compelling language. Do you know who you are? This is what is commonly known as the 30-second elevator speech, a two to three sentence verbal description of who you are, what you do and what is your value.

Streak: Possibly the Best CRM System for Small Business

Waxing UnLyrical

Remember when someone would say “CRM” and (y)our eyes would glaze over? CRM, public relations and small business. While it’s now a huge industry, good CRM ( customer relationship management ) is a practice that many of those who are forward-looking-and-thinking PR pros (such as WUL’s own Kirk Hazlett , to name just one example) are meticulous about.

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5 Community Management Tips on Community Manager Appreciation Day #CMAD

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In addition to being Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD for all you hashtag fiends), today is also the day: Henry VIII died (1547, and women all over England breathed a sigh of relief). the word “serendipity” was coined (1754, and ’tis true, ’twas not a word before Horace Walpole used it in a letter to Horace Mann ). Elvis Presley made his first U.S. TV appearance (1956, on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, and thank goodness he did!).

What Playing the Oboe Taught Me About Building My Own PR Practice

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I came into communications via a rather round-about path: I enrolled in a Bachelor of Music program for oboe performance. It was through my love of music that I discovered my passion for branding, public relations, and social media. Without any communications, journalism, or marketing classes under my belt, and working to build my own consulting practice over the last two years, I’ve had to push myself, think outside the box, and create my own systems from scratch.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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Three Tips on Hiring a PR Firm

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Last week Ryan Derousseau was kind enough to publish a Q&A with me on what businesses should take into consideration when hiring a PR firm. He asked some very thoughtful questions, and I did my best to answer as thoughtfully. Image: janetmck via Flickr, C C 2.0. Here are a couple of excerpts: First, what can a company thinking of hiring an agency, expect in terms of service that they have been missing by running PR in-house?