Posts by Megan Irvin

Getting Your News Out: Alternatives to a Traditional Press Release

So you’re sitting in a conference room talking about an announcement your company needs to make, you say, “We need a press release!” Wheels are set in motion, someone on the team takes on the assignment, and now your team is crafting something to send to media before you’ve even decided if it’s the right approach. News releases were once the go-to tool for PR professionals needing to share news about their client or organization. In today’s media landscape though, things have changed. News releases still have a role, but they aren’t always the best method for getting the word …

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Five Ways to Take Your Proofreading to the Next Level

An ongoing request you’ll hear almost daily at The Hodges Partnership is, “Does anyone have time to proof this?” And with good reason. When you’ve spent a lot of one-on-one time with a news release, blog post or op-ed, it’s easy to overlook mistakes, and we all know how that goes – as soon as you hit send or press publish, then you notice there’s an extra word or typo. The good news? There’s hope, because there are a number of resources available (some that are right in front of you) to make your life easier the next time you’re …

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A Value(s) Proposition

In the communications world, we often talk about knowing your story down pat. When the opportunity comes for an interview, you want to be ready to share who you are and communicate your core values and messages. But even more important than knowing it all cold is living those values and making good on them. We’ve had one great example of just that in the Richmond community this week. If you follow Richmond dining news (or even if you don’t as this made the front page), you no doubt have seen that Comfort co-owners Jason Alley and Michele Jones have …

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Three Tips for Your Google My Business Listing That Will Help Your Customers

When we talk to our clients about the best way to interact with customers, the familiar social media platforms often come to mind – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. But we also often advise clients to meet people where they are – and very often, that’s Google. For many of us, it’s the first place we go when we are looking for helpful information about a change in hours, an address or contact information for a business. To make the point, here’s an example of something that happened to me just this past week. I was using Google Maps to find the …

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Five Things I Learned at Influencer Marketing Days 2017

The rise in social media has created a new category of targets for public relations practitioners – the social influencer, or influencer for short. These are the folks who have established an online presence with a loyal following, and what they buy or eat or travel to can exert a great deal of, well, influence on particular brands. And so it was inevitable that a conference on influencer marketing would be born, and I found myself immersed in a New York City conference center for two days focused on all things influencer marketing. Here are five of my biggest takeaways. …

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The Best Perk You Can Offer Your Employees Might Surprise You

We talk a lot about workplace culture here at Hodges, and creating and contributing to an environment where coming to work every day is truly fun. On any given day, the Hodges culture might shine through in various ways – birthday celebrations, a Thanksgiving potluck, our annual baseball outing – but one piece we’re all particularly proud of is the numerous ways we’re able to volunteer our time in the community, whether it’s through sitting on boards where we can lend our public relations and communications expertise or flexing our event-planning muscles. The Virginia Capital Trail. PRSA Richmond. Classical Revolution …

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Where beer and oysters meet: Introducing The Boathouse Oyster Ale

Remember when we told you about the work we do with Virginia Distillery Company and with other food and beverage clients? Add another one to the list, because we’ve recently started working with the HOUSEpitality Family, a local Richmond restaurant group that operates The Boathouse, Casa del Barco and Dinner in the Field. Our work includes media relations, community relations, social media, ongoing strategic counsel and more. As we work with all of our clients here at Hodges, one thing always comes to the surface: storytelling. How can we tell our clients unique stories through different platforms to reach the …

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A whisky worth talking about: Our work with Virginia Distillery Company

We love working with food and beverage clients here at The Hodges Partnership. In my time at Hodges, we’ve had the opportunity to work with clients like Reginald’s Homemade, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants and Chuy’s Tex-Mex on a variety of different projects, from national media relations to grand openings. We hadn’t worked with a whisky client, though…until now. For the past year, we’ve assisted Lovingston, Virginia based Virginia Distillery Company with local, regional and national media relations efforts to promote the distillery along with their flagship product, Virginia Highland Malt, an aged malt whisky which is imported from Scotland …

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When is the Right Time to Host a Media Tour?

A media tour is a great way to deliver a message to a key group of targeted media outlets in a consistent and time-efficient fashion. Media tours often make the most sense when there is something new to talk about – whether it’s a new product, event or even a new employee within a company whom the media might be interested in learning more about. We recently assisted our client Virginia Distillery Company with the coordination of a media tour that was held on site at the distillery in Lovingston, Virginia. The tour was designed to promote the launch of …

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Media previews: How a small event can lead to a successful opening

We recently had the opportunity to assist Cabela’s with public relations efforts surrounding the opening of its Short Pump location – its second location in Virginia. One area where we were tasked to lend a hand was the media preview: which was an opportunity for local media to come out and get a sneak peek of the space, do interviews and get photos and videos prior to the official store opening. Here at Hodges, we assist a number of clients with media previews, especially as they relate to retail, restaurant and other openings. They are a great way to create …

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