10 Ways to Tell If Your PR Agency Just Isn’t That In to You

Kimberly N. Alleyne Managing a relationship with a PR agency can be either sweet or sour. Many great campaigns have failed to shine due to shabby PR/comms strategy. Unfortunately, money is a great influencer on the two extremes. Organizations with large budgets, and/or super sexy campaigns typically get more attention. Sometimes it’s not about the…

The List to Beat Blogger’s Block Forever- Part 1

Post Topics To  Keep Your Fingers Pecking Overtime! Kimberly N. Alleyne I am a senior communications professional who works in healthcare and social justice communications. There is never a shortage of topics or issues to give our attention to. Be it a crisis, media opportunity, national campaign, or event, in my role I never find…

Metrics Matter

Kimberly N. Alleyne So you launched a slick, shiny new branding campaign or communications plan that has award-winning potential. Now what? How do you know the strategy is strategic enough, that it will move the needle the way you envisioned–get media attention, spur business growth, increase sponsors, advertisers, attendees, voters, or advocates? How will you…

Want Engagement? Measurement Is A Must — Here Are 4 Ways to Do It

Kimberly N. Alleyne kimberlynalleyne.com   The communications landscape is domineered and saturated by social and digital media, which makes realizing organic, sustained target audience engagement hard. There are approximately 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Many of them struggle with finding strategies to realize audience engagement. Engagement among nonprofit target audiences is particularly is hard to spark …

Krispy Kreme’s Alliteration Blunder

Kimberly N. Alleyne There is nothing like a fresh, hot glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut (Bow down Dunkin’ Donuts). And if you’re a genuine fan, then you know well the happiness that flashing red light evokes. Krispy Kreme and I go way back. Since I am always exceptionally satisfied with the product, and can’t recall a…

Polish Your Pitching Prowess with These Tips

Kimberly N. Alleyne It’s no secret that journalists are doing more with less, primarily less time. That means they have less time to listen to or read pitches. So, what’s a PR pro to do? How does a PR pro make her/his pitch stand out and draw interest? Here are tools to enhance your pitching game…

This Is How Brian Williams Should Handle His Credibility Crisis

Kimberly N. Alleyne For the last few months, NBC has been running a great tribute package to celebrate Brian Williams’s 10 year anniversary as the anchor of NBC Nightly News. Each time I see the tribute, I think, “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years.” I still remember watching the program when Tom Brokaw was…

Blogging to Build Your Brand | Podcast Interview with Benet Wilson

Blogging to Build Your Brand Kimberly N. Alleyne I spoke with blogging extraordinaire Benet J. Wilson to discuss her experience, best practices for blogging, tips, personal stories, and more. Though this interview focuses on building a nonprofit brand, the same rules apply for building a personal brand. Wilson says, “It is a good idea for…

#Great PR: National Wear Red Day

Kimberly N. Alleyne Annually, one in three women die from heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association says 80 percent of those deaths are preventable, and uses a dynamic, ubiquitous public education campaign to spread awareness of this statistic and that heart disease can be prevented with lifestyle choices. Here are five ways the American Heart…

#Great tips: How to Increase Your Blog Post Shares

I am always hunting for tips and tricks to increase traffic to my blogs at The Harvest Magazine and Reporting on Disparities, and if you know me, I’m obsessed with infographics—visuals are always a great add. The following infographic from Canva is a jewel!  If you’re not familiar with Canva, make time to learn about…

#Great tips: Tips for Writing Headlines Journos Love

What would you add to this list from PR Daily? I’d add 1) Error free, 2) Write it for the right audience and 3) Simple, easy to understand. A short headline does not necessarily mean it is simple or easy to understand. 1. Keep it short. Headlines should convey your central message within 60 to…