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Why We Aren’t ‘Dripping in Saltwater’

While on a call this week with a potential new client that works in the marine and boating industry, I was asked why our website isn’t “dripping in saltwater.” Ah, an interesting metaphor for all the public relations work we are doing these days in the boating industry. My answer was so well received that […]

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The Appleseed Series Features Commonwealth PR

Join us with The Apple Cart and Hatch RVA for The Appleseed Series – a workshop for entrepreneurs. I will be speaking in January (which will be here before we know it) on maximizing PR. Full details can be found by clicking here. Let us know if you’re attending or if you’d like to participate […]

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Increase Your TV News Coverage with B-Roll

Although newsrooms continue to shrink, there remains a huge demand for news content; however, there is still one age-old technique you can implement to garner some prized airtime for your company. That technique – B-roll. Here at Commonwealth PR, we have increasingly become experts at shooting and providing B-roll of our clients’ activities to local TV […]

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How to Avoid Spooking the Media

I’m not sure about you, but Halloween is certainly one of my personal favorite times of the year. Haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns, scary costumes, horror movies – I love every bit of it. While all of those things can certainly be scary, the one thing that trumps them all might be the scariest thing in any […]

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Content Is No Longer King

You know the saying in social media: Content is King. I’ve been hearing that for about a decade; but today, “content” has been dethroned by social media advertising dollars. Let’s face it, when Facebook went public you could have the greatest content in the world and it might only reach 15 percent of your page’s […]

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Why a PR Agency Should Be a Part of Your Team from the Start

By Paityn Miles, summer intern I have been with Commonwealth Public Relations as a summer intern for about two months now; and in the time that I have spent working with the team, my eyes have been opened to the importance of the public relations industry. Before starting this internship, I really wasn’t fully aware […]

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Sweat the Small Stuff

We all know the old adage, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” and in a day and age where the news feels like it’s moving a mile a minute, it may seem like that saying rings truer than ever. I’d argue, however, that today’s climate makes the small, seemingly-minute details more important than ever before. Think […]

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Let’s Get Visual

In the age of social media, the visual arts reign supreme. Just look at recent trends. Over the past five years, Instagram saw more growth in its userbase than any other social media platform. According to the Pew Research Center, more Americans use YouTube than Facebook in 2018. More people are on Snapchat these days […]

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Recipe for Viral Content

What is the recipe for viral content? This baffling question struck me a few weeks ago after the news went viral of a military tank-style vehicle leading police on a low-speed chase through our very own city of Richmond. Sure the tank chase is the talk of the town here, but I wouldn’t have expected […]

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Implementing Thoughtful Media Relations

Times are changing, and so is media relations. That is why now, more than ever, it is crucial to implement thoughtful media relations strategies into your work. The media has undergone many significant changes over the years. With the introduction of the internet came 24/7 access to a constant stream of news and information. Then […]

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