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Media Relations

How a dash of sponsored content can enhance your marketing recipe

Recently I’ve been sharing “comeback” trends we’ve been observing in restaurant marketing that should find a way into your 2024 plans. Now we’re shining a spotlight on sponsored content. Gasp…a paid media tactic coming from a PR professional? Hear me out. Actually, I’ve never been a one-size-fits-all type of marketer. I’m always on the hunt …

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McKeeman Talks Social Influencers

 Once upon a time, brands relied mainly on big-name celebrities to serve as brand ambassadors and signed them on for multi-million-dollar endorsement deals. While this is still happening, brand endorsements are no longer dominated by superstars. The growth of social media gave rise to influencers: passionate content creators who create beautiful content to engage …

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The Ellen PR Debacle: What PR Firms in Charlotte NC Can Learn On Effective Crisis Management

Television host Ellen DeGeneres got herself into a PR crisis when media outlets published an exposé on the alleged toxic work culture at her show, which was contrary to its warm, kind, and wholesome reputation. As allegations of racism, sexual misconduct, and poor treatment of employees emerged, PR experts felt that the celebrity’s crisis communications …

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Lessons From The Year That Was And Navigating The Year That Is: Q&A With The McKeeman Team

For PR firms in Charlotte, NC, 2020 was definitely one for the books. It was a year filled with uncertainty and change, with businesses doing what they can to adapt and survive. What lessons did we learn from this tumultuous season and how do we use these lessons to successfully take on the opportunities and …

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When Media is Calling: 5 Things NOT To Say To A Reporter

PR firms in Raleigh, NC are constantly working to build relationships with journalists. Whether it’s to navigate through a PR crisis that threatens to damage a brand’s reputation or strengthen a brand’s thought leadership, here are five statements to avoid. “No comment.” At some point, a reporter will ask a question you’d rather not answer. …

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Confessions of a Former News Producer: One Local Reporter’s Take on The Changes That Could Win You Media Coverage

My Q&A with WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Sloane Heffernan and I met when I was a budding news production assistant at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. Still to this day, Sloane’s infectious smile, pixie haircut and Boston accent makes everyone want to be around her and share their stories. She has been a reporter with the station …

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