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McKeeman Communications Announces Two New Clients: Curamericas Global and Everest Gymnastics

McKeeman Communications, a public relations agency headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., announces two new accounts within the nonprofit and sports practice groups. The accounts will be managed based on the firm’s proven expertise in public relations and media relations. New business wins include: Curamericas Global Curamericas Global is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. …

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3 Steps to Avoid Getting Spooked by Crisis Situations

Let’s face it, tackling a crisis situation is not only daunting, it can be downright scary. Nothing gets the blood pumping like a social media issue going viral, or the local TV station calling for “your response” on an employee’s blunder. Crime situation? Alleged product tampering? Food-borne illness? Employee outburst caught on video? What about a poor sanitation rating or recordable …

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Are online reviews hurting or helping your sales?

It’s no secret. Online continues to leapfrog more traditional media channels annually — both in use, and trust. In fact, one very popular restaurant chain has put all of their marketing dollars into digital channels. Let’s look at a couple of stats. 81% of folks conduct online research before making a purchase or visiting a business. 84% of people trust an …

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5 things NOT to say to a journalist

As you can imagine, in the public relations world, we are continually interacting with and building relationships with journalists. During my 25-plus years of media relations and crisis/issues management experience and into today, there’s one thing that’s remained consistent: the same media missteps continue to rear their ugly heads. What can you do to avoid the “media spokesperson …

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Today’s Special: Media’s calling… now what?

For many business owners, an unexpected call from a reporter is about as fun as being caught going through a red light camera.  To avoid the internal fire drill, we always recommend having a media protocol plan for your business or organization that is simple (remember the KISS philosophy?) and shared by all.  Don’t know where …

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Top 3 reasons that your grand opening is just the beginning

“If you build it they will come.”  I’m a big Kevin Costner and Field of Dreams fan, but I’m a bigger fan of successful businesses. So, while the concept makes for a good movie premise, the busiest new restaurants realize that “launching and hoping” is not a strategy. Grand openings, market entries, new product launches …

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Today’s Special: 5 Tips to Grow and Sustain Your Opening

by Kim McKeeman Grand openings, market entries, new product launches – they’re a lot of work.  One restaurant owner described it as “birthing a baby.” I’m not a restaurant owner, but I have opened and rebranded my own business, helped restaurant owners open hundreds of locations and I’ve given birth to three boys. So, yep, …

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5 steps to avoiding crisis situations

Spoiler alert: it all begins with a simple issue. Believe it or not, avoiding a viral scandal or becoming the punch-line in late-night entertainment shows is manageable. The key lies in anticipating and solving issues through several simple — but not easy — steps. Make issue-solving core to your company culture. Practice and celebrate an issue-solving mentality. …

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