International Women’s Day — Branding Women’s Equality Tomorrow

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” — Gloria Steinem   Today is a great day — it’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2015). Celebrated on March 8, since 1909, IWD spans the world for…

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 …

Remembering Dori Maynard: Journalist, Bellwether

Kimberly N. Alleyne During my time as a copy editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper, I was selected to attend the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s editing intensive. It was an eight-week program, I think, that to-date ranks as one of the most challenging yet simultaneously-rewarding professional experiences I’ve enjoyed. It’s where I met Dori J….

Infographic: Give Your Press Release A Little Oomph

Kimberly N. Alleyne I love a good infographic, especially one that’s educational or helps make my job easier. I’m sharing this great infographic from Ervin & Smith on how to enhance your press release so that it’s more likely to be read. Enjoy!

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…