Nov 7 14

Six questions to ask when starting on next year’s marketing plans


As soon as holiday decorations start hitting the store shelves, I know it’s time to finish up our client marketing plans for the coming year.  This is a time consuming process, but one well worth the rewards.

If you haven’t started, and you’re not exactly sure where to begin, here are some questions to get you going.

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Nov 4 14

The power of saying “Thank You” when connecting with customers


“Today, emotions are driving purchases like never before…Studies on emotional attachment to brands have found that evoking positive emotions is crucial for brand engagement.” rbb’s Breakout Brand research could not be more on point.

One of the simplest, but arguably most effective, ways to evoke those emotions is to express gratitude. Thanking customers helps make them a part of your company’s story on and offline and it is one way Breakout Brands can successfully connect with consumers.

Whether you are a new brand such as Uber or a legacy company such as Disney, your customers always drive your bottom line. According to rbb’s Breakout Brand Customer Insights study 83 percent of consumers would pay more for a product or service from a company they feel puts them first.

So, what would work for your customer? How can you evoke emotion? You make them feel like they are number one.

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Nov 3 14

rbb introduces Conscious Consumer, discusses millennials at #PRSummit


We recently had the opportunity to host two sessions at Holmes Report’s Global Public Relations Summit, arguably the biggest global communications event in the world.

Our sessions were very different, but had a common through line: The importance of understanding and activating your audience across generations.

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Oct 30 14

4 frightening Halloween PR faux pas


As national holidays go, Halloween certainly leaves the most room to be edgy with your corporate or personal brand.

But it seems every year the holiday produces communications scares that require reputation management teams to have more than just a bag of tricks to treat.

Here are four Halloween PR frights and the responses to quiet the chorus of boos.

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Oct 24 14

McDonalds’ attempt to take the myth out of the Big Mac


It’s been a few weeks since rbb announced that we’ve formed a joint venture –  Gibbs-rbb. It’s a company that understands and speaks to the Conscious ConsumerTM, those who demand to know what’s in their food, how it’s made and are willing to spend more with those brands who have the right answers.

The timing couldn’t be better, in my opinion, as this trend has officially spilled over from the granola eating, yoga practicing, exclusively Whole Foods shopping margins to the mainstream.

Because there’s nothing more mainstream than McDonald’s, with billions of hamburgers served all over the world. And with its new integrated marketing campaign, the fast food chain is finally coming to grips with the fact that the Conscious Consumer is not only here to stay, but growing exponentially and making choices that seriously impact the bottom line for many companies.

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Oct 23 14

A millennial’s perspective on social media advertising


On Oct. 19, Snapchat users who casually looked at their smartphones unknowingly set themselves up for a good Halloween scare. The newest “recent update”? A frightening preview for the new Universal Studios movie “Ouija.” Yes, advertisements have finally arrived, Snapchat fans. (And, according to Universal, it received millions of views.)

Similarly, Pinterest may soon be revamping its targeted advertising efforts as more companies look to capitalize on users’ interests. When a user re-pins a cozy fall sweater or pumpkin-spiced latte recipe, they are subconsciously indicating their preferences.

“There’s intent around a pin,” says Joanne Bradford, Pinterest’s head of partnerships.

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Oct 20 14

4 email rules for PR pros to live by


A couple of weeks back, I was deep into my world of multitasking: I was responding to a client email on my phone while holding a Facetime conversation. Then, you guessed it: I messed up. I was trying to send my team a thought about a client and ended up emailing the client directly.

Luckily, what I said was completely harmless and the client was understanding, but it got me thinking about just how quickly our goodwill and good work can get derailed by one wrong “send.”

While face-to-face interaction is the preferred method of client communication, time and geographic locations don’t always allow for this, which is why email is and will remain the primary form of interaction.

However, because email is a part of PR pros’ daily routines, it’s easy to become robotic in emails and forget that how you answer emails is a reflection of your ability and skills. With that in mind, below are some rules to live by when it comes to your email communication with clients.

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Oct 14 14

#PRSAICON 2014: Who’s Making News Now? Riding the Trend Wave


It’s that time again when PR professionals from all 50 states and beyond descend upon an unsuspecting conference center, creating Apple Store-style lines for lattes and hoarding charging outlets like they’re spitting out gold. That’s right – the PRSA International Conference in Washington D.C.!

It’s my fourth year reporting from the action, and my goal is to spot the hidden themes – the underlining messages woven between the keynote speakers and smaller panel sessions that tell us about the future of PR.

Those with big data still on the brain will say I should provide research-backed analysis of social media keywords to produce these themes. Alas, my measurement philosophy this year is a back-to-basics approach. And as Steve Turnbo, winner of this year’s Paul M. Lund Public Service Award, so elegantly reminded us today with a quote from Maya Angelou:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

So I’m going to tell you how I feel about the underlying trend coming out of PRSA Conference: It’s the changing news cycle.

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Oct 1 14

Introducing the “Conscious Consumer” and our new joint venture, Gibbs-rbb


Over the last decade, the decision-making process about the foods we choose to buy and eat has become even more complex.

Today’s Conscious ConsumerTM wants to know a lot more than just price, calorie counts and brand name. The Conscious ConsumerTM is interested in the quality of product ingredients, nutritional value, impact on the environment in terms of how it was made or how it was packaged, and even who produced it and if they act in a socially responsible manner.

The likely success of a brand can begin long before it makes its first appearance in the supermarket. With careful thought given to the entire value chain, brands can better communicate with a growing consumer base who care more, share more and spend more.

That’s why we’ve launched Gibbs-rbb, a company that understands the Conscious ConsumerTM and can guide brands to unlock the potential from this lucrative market.

Gibbs-rbb is the perfect blend of two nimble, independent firms – Gibbs & Soell, with a deep expertise in B2B supply chain, and rbb, an award-winning firm strong in food and beverage consumer marketing.

We share an award-winning culture, a no-nonsense approach to business and a passion for results. While the two firms will continue their separate operations, our joint venture truly makes one plus one equal three.

Gibbs-rbb invites you to find out more about today’s Conscious ConsumerTM.

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Sep 18 14

10 essential tactics for developing successful online videos


Did you know that 100 million Internet users watch an online video every day? In fact, a third of all online activity is spent doing just that.

You may think this equates to millennials watching funny YouTube videos or Vine loops all day, but the truth is far more interesting than that. According to Digital Sherpa, 50 percent of users watch business-related videos on YouTube once a week, and 75 percent of users visit the marketer’s website after viewing a video.

The fact of the matter is that it’s becoming more important for brands to include videos in their content marketing mix. As such, I’d like to share 10 tactics for creating successful online videos.

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