CPR Blog

23
Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey is cooking, cheerful tunes are serenading, cousins are playing, and old friends are chattering. That time of year has returned once again for everyone to gather around the table to share a meal with the ones they’re most thankful for. The CPR team has so much to be thankful for this year. We...
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16
Nov

Turning Over a New Leaf

My Journey from Journalism to Public Relations By Nick Versaw, intern If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be sitting here, a month away from my college graduation, in an office at a public relations firm, I would have called you crazy. Just last year, I was starting to get into...
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30
Oct

Cast Your Net and Get to Work

Cast Your Net and Get to Work Emily Mitchell, account coordinator Let me set the scene; a Midwest girl graduating from college in three months, applying for her first, full-time job in a state she has never even visited, in a city she had only heard of in history books. Hi, my name is Emily...
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16
Oct

Timing Is Everything

By Frazier Fulton, director of client services The art of crafting a press release, pitching, and obtaining coverage can sometimes seem easy. Then, when you take a stab at it, you’re left wondering why your release or event wasn’t covered. That’s where the expertise of the Commonwealth PR team comes in. We are made up...
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13
Oct

NFL Turns to The Force

NFL Turns to “The Force” To Increase Viewership By Brian Chandler, president Vikings and Bears… The Resistance and The First Order… Looks like ESPN and the NFL are trying to use The Force to garner up some ratings during Monday Night Football. The trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will make its debut tonight...
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04
Oct

Tom Petty and the media’s “Breakdown”

By Catie Kelly, account coordinator Legendary musician Tom Petty tragically passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, shortly before midnight. Are you getting déjà vu? Don’t worry, us too. That is because the media reported that Tom Petty had already died earlier that afternoon. The news first broke around 3 p.m. that Petty had been rushed...
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19
Sep

What’s Ahead?

By Frazier Fulton, director of client services The summer is over. I drove home from my annual Labor Day Outer Banks vacation with a pumpkin spice latte in hand excited to return to the office refreshed. Which can only mean one thing – strategic planning season is upon us. As of writing this article, there...
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14
Sep

Advertorials: Are They Ethical?

Advertorials: Are They Ethical? By Catie Kelly, account coordinator The media relations landscape is constantly changing and providing new approaches for businesses to deliver content. Although advertorials, or native ads, are not new, they have experienced a major shift with online publications. This means that we are seeing advertorials popping up on favored sites more...
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07
Sep

Learning Curve

Learning Curve By Emily Mitchell, account coordinator After I graduated from college, I never thought about writing research plans or looking to a textbook for an answer. I believed I could take on any project thrown my way until it was time to roll my sleeves up and get to work. I came to the...
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01
Aug

Social Media Smack Down

Social Media Smack Down  By Catie Kelly, account coordinator It appears the creatives at Facebook have been going through a bit of figurative writer’s block for quite some time now. The Fortune 500 company seems to have tended to this issue by plagiarizing the work of fellow social media giant, Snapchat. Perhaps a lack of...
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18
Jul

Consistency is Key: Why Your Social Media Channels (and Website) Should Match

Have you ever clicked on a website or Facebook page and were immediately confused by what you saw? “This can’t be right,” you think, hitting the back button or clicking over to another tab to find the mistake. Perhaps it was a logo, name, or description that caught you off guard and made you second-guess...
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11
Jul

A Vision For Downtown Richmond

(Note: the piece below was originally submitted to The Richmond Times-Dispatch to run as an op-ed. Brian Chandler submitted it to the newspaper on behalf of the Shockoe Partnership, which he is a member of the organization’s board of directors.) By Brian Chandler, president Eight years ago, I moved to Richmond. While having lunch with...
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09
Jun

Media Relations – Watch it, Read it, Pitch it.

Media Relations – Watch it, Read it, Pitch it. By, Frazier Fulton, director of client services Pitching the media isn’t easy, but with a few tips, you can become a pro like us. News services like The Skimm and my Amazon Alexa’s daily recap are helpful in staying in the know of what is happening...
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26
May

Take 1…Action! CPR Adds Video Projects to Client Services

Take 1…Action! CPR Adds Video Projects to Client Services By Emily Mitchell, account coordinator They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so how many is a video worth? In this day and age when content is king, you might want to think about how video is another form of content that can be used...
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01
May

Why You Should Conduct a Social Media Audit (and How to Do It)

When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your social media strategy or conducted a social media audit? If your answer is anywhere between “one year ago” and “we really should do that,” pull up a chair, because we need to talk. I don’t have to tell you that social media...
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24
Apr

RTD Layoffs Cut Deep

RTD Layoffs Cut Deep By Brian Chandler, president / CEO Monday, April 3, 2017 is a day that everyone at The Richmond Times-Dispatch will remember for a very long time. It came as a surprise to the members of our team here at Commonwealth PR to hear that the daily newspaper headquartered in Virginia’s capital...
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05
Apr

“You’ve Got Mail!”

“You’ve Got Mail!” By Bailey Stitzer, account coordinator Email marketing can be one of the strongest marketing channels for making a profit and retaining customers. However, you would be shocked on the number of brands that can’t write a successful email. According to The Radicati Group, a market research firm based out of California, the...
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07
Mar

Creating a New Path for Non-Traditional Social Media

Creating a New Path for Non-Traditional Social Media Emily Mitchell, account coordinator Big name companies all over the world are getting praised for unconventional social media. Sharing thoughts, pictures and videos is still the social norm but corporations and even celebrities are taking a new path; using the extremes of humor and emotions to engage audiences. Followers...
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20
Feb

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words By Bailey Stitzer, account coordinator With more than a billion sources on the web, content has grown infinitely. But what should a company do to communicate a lot of content all in one place without overwhelming its audience? The answer: infographics. With the rise of content marketing, infographics...
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15
Feb

4 Social Media Tools to Try in 2017

The social media landscape is ever-changing. Therefore, there’s a lot of experimenting or trial and error for companies whenever something new comes along. It can be scary to risk time, energy and sometimes money on a new platform or content sharing tool when you’re unsure of how it will perform. However, these risks tend to pay...
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07
Feb

Keep Reading: CPR Blog Ranks Among Top 100 In The World

Keep Reading: CPR Blog Ranks Among Top 100 In The World By Brian Chandler, president When our company blog gets looped in with Regan’s PR Daily, PR Week and O’Dwyers Public Relations as one of the best blogs in the world, it’s a pretty big deal and we’re going to tout it. Christmas came early...
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03
Feb

Why PR Pros Must Learn AP Style

Why PR Pros Must Learn AP Style Bailey Stitzer, account coordinator Remember in college when writing a paper, you had to follow APA or MLA style? The nuances of grammar, punctuation, and format quickly became ingrained in your memory. For PR professionals, we quickly learn AP Style will become second nature for each and everything...
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17
Jan

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect By Emily Mitchell, account coordinator One tidbit I would hear repeatedly about going into the field of public relations is how difficult it is to “pitch.” Not pitch a 102 mile per hour fastball during the World Series, but pitch a client’s message to the media in hopes of getting a reporter to cover the...
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14
Nov

A Flood Of Crisis Communications

A Flood Of Crisis Communications By Bailey Stitzer, account coordinator The Flint, Michigan water crisis will go down in history as one of the major health crises of 2016. Whenever something like this happens, there’s a lot to be learned from it; especially as it relates to communications and how the events were handled. For...
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26
Oct

Social Media Engagement: What You Should Be Measuring

Recently, our president Brian Chandler had a conversation with us about measuring social media success. While I often report to clients on analytics related to numbers of likes, retweets and comments, Brian asked me how many times we retweeted other people or commented on other accounts. This got me thinking about more than social media...
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11
Oct

Get With The Program

Get With The Program By Brian Chandler, president Lately I have been hearing the term “programmatic” more and more. Talk is of how it is changing the advertising industry, and specifically, how it is changing the way agencies purchase and place digital ads. Even though Commonwealth PR is not an advertising firm, our team has...
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08
Sep

How to Use Trendy Holidays to Build Community Engagement

I’m sure you’ve seen it in your feeds, companies jumping on National Ice Cream Day or Donut Day, sharing photos of company parties and enticing your taste buds. It may seem silly or like a ploy to be part of the trending topics, but if done correctly, it can drive engagement, build trust in a...
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09
Aug

The Facebook Business Page Battle: One Corporate Page Versus Multiple Pages

You may have noticed that when you search for a brand like Starbucks or Chipotle on Facebook, several options come up. The first is likely the verified corporate page. The next three to five options may be location pages near you. Which one do you click? And why are there so many options? As a...
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05
Aug

Press Release Distribution Services: Spray and Pray Doesn’t Always Work

Press Release Distribution Services: Spray and Pray Doesn’t Always Work By Brian Chandler, president Press release distribution services are increasingly becoming a form of lazy media relations. Lately, I have been bombarded with questions from clients about the many paid services that will distribute a press release to hundreds, if not thousands, of reporters and...
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14
Apr

4 Steps To Creating and Using Hashtags Successfully

Hashtags are widely popular and increasingly important in marketing and advertising. It’s a way to invite conversation and monitor feedback on a specific campaign. In some cases, brands create a hashtag and live-tweet along with a TV show or an event like the Super Bowl to engage with fans and potential customers. Other times, a...
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11
Mar

Time To Spring Clean Your Social Media

If you find yourself avoiding Twitter or Facebook because there is too much junk in between the posts you care about, it may be time to do a little Spring Cleaning on your social channels. Take a few minutes the next time you’re online to weed through the mess and remove what you don’t need....
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12
Feb

Top 4 Tips To Manage Your Company’s Social Media Pages Without Going Crazy

Do you struggle to keep up with your company’s or organization’s social media channels? Can’t seem to find time to research and develop content? You’re not alone. Having a social media presence requires a bit more effort than posting photos every few days. Even though the platforms are mostly free, managing the pages takes valuable...
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