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We’d like to welcome Tiffany Whitaker as our newest team member! Tiffany joins the PTE team as a Communications Ally. She’ll work with clients on public relations projects, reputation management and media relations and her background is predominately in communications in the Southwest Florida.
Tiffany has administrative skills as well as marketing, social media and public relations experience including front-line customer service, public speaking, training and presentations, responding to press inquiries, networking and building strong relationships with partners and vendors.
You can welcome her to the team by emailing her at Tiffany(at)getpushing.com or by calling 239.221.2858.
By: Samantha Scott, APR
Grand Poobah AKA Owner
Today is the day of love, Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d write in genre. As we grow up we strive to find something that we love that can provide income and sustainability for ourselves as adults – a job or career. It’s my hope that you (reading this) have found that one thing, industry, topic or passion that you love. It’s more likely if you’re an entrepreneur. Take me for example.
My husband and I started this company 7 years ago because we found that we were both good at marketing. I love the process of communications and relationship creation. On the Myers-Briggs scale I’m an ESTJ. Words are my friends and I’m comfortable with new people. What I don’t like is math and numbers, especially balancing a checkbook and calculus. This is important because I do what I love and good at, and leave the other stuff to those who are good at it. I practice public relations and run Pushing the Envelope, but I leave the bookkeeping up to my accountant.
It’s easy to get caught up in running your business. You’re busy and work hard to meet the demands of your clients or customers and your staff. Maybe you could use a little help and as a result, have stopped or stalled your marketing efforts. Don’t let being busy in “season” (for those of you in Southwest Florida) lead to a lack of business or new clients come summertime.
You are good at what you do. You run a successful business, but if we’re being honest, it could always be better, right? It can be hard to ask for help or even realize there is a need. Chance are, you didn’t go to college for marketing or web development. You know you need both for your business to be successful and grow, but aren’t sure where to start or perhaps, what to do next. Why not let us help?
Our skilled team can be your virtual in-house marketing department, help you get social media going (you know that plan you talked about 6 months ago?) and work on updating your website for increased traffic generation – and ultimately leads.
Do what you are good at. Let us help with the rest. Have questions? Give us a call at 239.221.2858 or email info(at)getpushing.com. We’ll be glad to help you do what you love.
It is with great excitement and appreciation that we share the results of our 2nd Annual CAN IT! Campaign. Through the support of our multiple drop off locations and the many donors who contributed we collected
1,178 items for CCMI!
Today we dropped it off! It took three vehicles and a lot of volunteers, but we did it! (pictures here )Thank you all for your support! We look forward to collecting even more next year.
From all of us to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
By: Alex Fernandez
Internet Marketing Strategist
I can remember the morning very clearly. It was mid-fall 2011. Samantha walks in with a new flavor of Starbucks coffee, and a new idea for a PTE food drive called “CAN IT! Putting Hunger in its Place this Thanksgiving.” The idea was to partner with CCMI of Fort Myers and put heels-to-the-ground, gathering donations through a grassroots effort. Together, the PTE office generated more than 500 can donations for CCMI in just six short weeks.
Well, CAN IT! is back, baby – and better than ever. As the (ehem, braggadocio) REIGNING CHAMP from last year, with 175 food donations, I wanted share what I took away from CAN IT!
A couple of my friends and neighbors really floored me with their generosity and willingness to pay it forward. One of the first neighbors I talked to was a friend of mine that happened to be sitting down next to me for lunch. I told him about our goal of 500 items. He explained that he was hit hard by the recession and really didn’t have any extra food or money to buy food donations. However, he DID help in a big way, by talking to some of the other residents in my condominium building. Spreading the word was just as helpful to the cause as donating.
If you cannot donate, then please be sure to share this blog entry with some of your email or social media contacts! Every share counts!
Another memorable conversation was with the owner of a local sandwich shop. I told him about CAN IT! and how we were trying to collect food donations for CCMI on thanksgiving, and hastily committed to getting a donation ready. The morning of the food donation, he had two cases of cans ready to donate. It’s amazing to see local businesses contribute so selflessly.
Probably most memorable, was one of our “office neighbors” who rallied their entire office and brought well over 30 food donations. The morning before Thanksgiving, he told us about how he and other close to him had experienced hunger first-hand in the past, and how much they approved of the CAN IT! food drive.
So for 2012, we have upped our goal. We are hoping to secure at least 1,000 food donations for our local CCMI food kitchen. What’s great about CCMI is that all donations will be dropped off at the local Fort Myers CCMI and taken directly into their facility, where it will be prepared for those in need.
Please visit the CAN IT page on our website, for donation ideas and drop-off points throughout Fort Myers and Estero. As new drop-off locations open up, we will update our website and share on our Facebook page, so be sure to like or subscribe for updates.
With pantries full of food you’ll never eat, BOGO deals at local grocery stores, and a generous and compassionate community to help spread the word, there is no need for hunger this season! If you want to get involved, by either donating OR opening a food donation location, contact us at (239) 221-2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Samantha Scott, APR
Grand Poobah / Owner
In honor and celebration of the 4th of July I thought we’d cover 4 Tips for Working with Journalists this week!
- The first thing to keep in mind is that journalists, whether print, TV or even bloggers, are just people – like you and me. For many people unfamiliar with working with media, making a pitch call or coordinating an interview can be nerve wracking. Before you make a call, take a deep breath and try to relax. Think of the call as if you were simply calling a colleague. I promise, they won’t bite.
- Do your homework. One of the biggest pet peeves I’ve heard from journalist colleagues is getting pitches that so off topic from what they cover. Newspapers have a contact list that offers what beat or topic each reporter covers. Most news stations have something similar available or they can send it to you if you ask. Bloggers offer a clear description of what they cover (generally in the blog title) in their about section. Just remember how irritating it is when you get spam mail that has nothing to do with you (i.e. food discount for a restaurant located in another state). That’s how they feel when you send them a news release on something they don’t cover.
- Be respectful – of the person and their time. Journalists, believe it or not, aren’t there to make our lives easier. Their job is to cover news and share important things with their readers and/or viewers. Keep this in mind when you get frustrated when a story you pitched isn’t picked up. Also, consider their time as equally valuable as yours. If you need to call a journalist, the first thing out of your mouth after “hello” should be “do you have a moment to talk?” They could be on deadline or headed into a meeting. If you’re respectful they’ll appreciate it and you can determine a better time to call – when you might actually be able to seal the deal and get your story on their radar.
- Foster relationships! One of the most important parts of working with media is fostering relationships. Going back to point number one, journalists are people. They don’t want to be or feel used – just like you don’t. When a new editor joins your local newspaper, shoot them an email or call them just to welcome them. Be sure it’s clear you don’t want anything. Connect with reporters based on their interests. Say hello when you see them in public or at networking events. The more they see your face and/or your name, the more of a connection you have – which also translates into a higher likelihood that they will review your releases/stories when the come into their inbox.
A little bonus tip: Research journalists who are active in social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. Some prefer to be pitched or communicate that way. Conversely, they sometimes share interview requests/their needs on those platforms.
Working with journalists doesn’t have to be scary or hard. Keep these 4 tips in mind the next time you send a news release or work with media and it should be a bit easier. Best of luck!
If you have questions or need a little help getting your message out, you can always contact us for help.
By: Samantha Scott, APR
Having been on a number of non-profit boards and helped many others with public relations, I understand there is a need for information in this industry about 1) what public relations is and 2) how non-profits can use it.
As part of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, I prepared a presentation outlining these two points. It includes some tips on what YOU can do if you work for a non-profit and some tips for using the resources available to you.
I’m including this presentation for your review. Just click the link to download it. Check it out and see what might apply to your situation. If you have questions, please feel free to leave your comments below!