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Media Interview Preparation (Series): Conducting The Interview

This is the last blog in our media interview preparation series. We hope you’ve read and enjoyed our previous posts on what to do upon initial contact from a reporter and how to develop your messages. For this final installment, we’ll take a look at the media interview itself and offer some tips and advice […]

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Public Relations Tips for Legislative Sessions

This year, the Virginia General Assembly was in full swing with a long session – eight weeks instead of six. And a multitude of important bills were being debated throughout the House and Senate, including a few that would directly impact our clients. Working with and securing quality news coverage is already a challenge at […]

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What We Have Learned While Working From Home – Two Years Later

More and more businesses have begun transitioning to a “new normal.” Whether that means working in the office or from home full-time (or some combination of both), it is important to reflect on the past two years many of us have spent at home.    At Commonwealth PR, our team has learned valuable lessons and working […]

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Media Interview Preparation (Series): Developing Your Messages

In a previous blog post on media interview preparation, we covered the first step in the media interview process: the initial action you and your organization should take when first contacted by a reporter, blogger, freelance writer, etc.  Next, we’ll address how to put your messages together so you can best tell your organization’s story […]

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Media Interview Preparation (Series): What to do upon initial contact from a reporter

This is the first blog in a series that aims to help you successfully prepare for a media interview. Media interviews can help your organization reach its communication goals in many ways. Here are just a few benefits: Allows your organization to communicate directly to both your stakeholders and a broad audience Helps inform your […]

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Why PR Pros Should Be Included in the Social Media Strategy

I like to think of myself as tech savvy, particularly when it comes to social media. I am up to date on the latest trends, familiar with digital advertising and well-versed in TikTok dances. That’s why when clients need help with their social media content and advertising, I get excited! In the past we’ve seen […]

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Managing Screen Time

As working from home becomes a permanent solution for many businesses, much of our day is spent staring at our computer screens. In public relations this is especially true as we draft press releases, email journalists, or check the news. Don’t forget about how we might need to use our phones to visit our client’s […]

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Preparing Your Customers for Price Increases

Imagine the mess if your boat dealership, manufacturing company, or marine business appears on social media sites under the heading “Price Increases, We’re Done,” or worse: “Price Gauging.” With inflation on the rise and businesses needing to pass along those increases to customers, having a strategic communications plan in place to mitigate negative responses will […]

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Avoiding Burnout as a Social Media Marketer

Throughout our lives and careers, some may experience work fatigue, while others will experience social media fatigue, but those who create and manage social media accounts at work may experience a fusion of work and social media burnout.  Over the years I’ve seen so many friends, influencers and celebs say, “Taking a break from social […]

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Importance of Media Relationships

When something newsworthy happens with your business, you might be inclined to share that with the news media in your area. Earning a placement is a great opportunity to spread the word about your business and its recent achievements.  However, oftentimes this is no easy feat. When contacting a newspaper or television station, you are […]

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