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#AskJon: How can I prepare my CEO for a TV interview?

So, I recently had to work with my daughter, who is working on a project, and coaching her through being on television. And, not to say that CEOs or 17-year-old girls meet somewhere, but the premise is pretty much the same. You want to start with a couple of different basic premises, either the old who, what, when, where and why, and how to communicate those things right off the top, or think about what are the three things, no matter what the reporter asks, you want to communicate. And then you work with your CEO to make sure that …

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Add This New Element to Your Next Media Advisory

I love a good media advisory. Done well, it should communicate to journalists what to expect at an event, the types of video and audio that will be available, the on-site spokespersons and other relevant logistics. This is done through the five basic journalistic elements: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Over the past year, I’ve begun to add a new section to media advisories: social channels. If a journalist covers your event, whether it’s a press conference or a special function, it’s likely they’re going to share the fact that they are covering it on their social channels. So, …

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5 Ways You’re Doing Corporate Videos Wrong

There are so many ways corporate videos can go wrong, yet if done correctly, video can be a game changer for your brand. In fact, Cisco projects that video traffic will account for 82 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2021. The time for video is now! Not quite. To rephrase, the time for good video is now. Here are five ways you’re doing corporate videos wrong and respective examples to back them up. And while most of these examples are humorous, there’s an important takeaway to all of them. Your video is painfully long. Ernst & Young should …

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#AskJon: Why is my content marketing strategy failing?

So, the main reason that we find that content strategy fails for clients is because they didn’t take the time to plan out, not only their strategy, but what their goals and audiences are on the front end. So, if you’re seeing and not getting the results that you’re hoping for, take a step back and revisit a) did I set out goals to begin with, b) do I have audiences that we’re really writing for and c) do I have an amplification strategy that really makes sense for a) and b). For example, you can write the best content …

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Finding a Seat at the (Head) Table for PR

Back in 1998, I was the director of communications for a Circuit City-backed startup that was poised to introduce a new product to the marketplace that we hoped would reinvent the video rental business.  Company management had made the strategic decision to pilot the product rollout in two cities where retail distribution would be strong – Richmond and San Francisco.  And so I went about putting together a media relations strategy designed to engender consumer excitement about the imminent availability of a product that had been years in development. This was going to be fun. But then I was handed …

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How to mic yourself (and others) for video

Audio quality is a critical component of a successful video. In fact, so much so, that most viewers will put up with lower quality video if the audio is up to snuff. For the kinds of videos we’re discussing here, good audio quality means loud and clear voices, minimal background noise and minimal or no visual obstruction (you don’t want to see the microphone). To make sure your subject’s voice is loud and clear, you need your microphone to be as close to the speaker as possible, so you’ll need to use an external microphone that plugs into your camera …

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#AskJon: What makes video content marketing a great tool for business, big or small?

First of all, it’s a lot less expensive and time intensive than it used to be. For example, we’re shooting this with about an initial investment of two to three thousand dollars worth of equipment that we don’t have to keep on buying over and over again. Plus, even if you’re looking at an outside videographer, those costs are a lot less expensive than it used to be. I’m shooting this video today, but we’re also shooting three or four other videos that you’ll see in the coming weeks. So we’ll knock these out in about an hour. Some interesting …

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Why I teach

Here we are. Another fall semester and it’s back to school for a few Hodgers – not as students but as instructors at area universities.  Greg, Kelsey and I have got our lesson plans ready to go. After a lifetime of never wanting to be a teacher, I got the teaching bug after a few guest speaking opportunities at VCU and Longwood. Likely because I found a career that I love, I am excited to show others where the profession can take you in your career. After each guest teaching gig, I left the classroom inspired and energized by the …

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#AskJon: How can PR specialists use brand journalism?

So, I’m talking to all you fellow PR folks out there when I say, you know and I know that at the heart of it were all storytellers. In the good old days, we told that story through the media. When there were tons of media to pitch, and there were tons of outlets out there. Well, there are fewer media to pitch and much fewer outlets out there, and it’s becoming harder for us. But, technology has enabled us to become our own publishers. So, PR folks can take the stories they want to tell, publish them online, control …

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Crystal Ball: Video trends to keep an eye on in 2018

As I write this, I have to question if you’ll even read anything after this sentence. At best, you may skim the subheads, seeing if there is anything that jumps out at you. But if not, I’ve lost you – maybe for good, most likely because you’ve got to read this and not just watch. Cisco projects that video traffic will account for 82 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2021. Content consumers just aren’t reading anymore and marketers like us will have to keep up with the Joneses. At The Hodges Partnership, we have our finger on the …

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