Gift Ideas for your Valentine!

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only three short weeks away from today?! It seems like this year is already off to a flying start!

Gifts for your Valentine

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re going to get your Valentine, my client Beth Wyatt knows that! And that’s exactly why on her blog this week she has posted several amazing gift ideas for your special someone on February 14.

Click here to go to her blog post!

What are you getting your Valentine this year? 

Why Publicity is Necessary for Small Businesses

If you want to make it in any sense of the business world one of your top priorities has to be focused on publicity. My jaw always drops whenever I hear a business owner say publicity would be nice but it’s not our main focus at the moment. Publicity is extremely vital when it comes to success no matter how big or small your business is or whether you’re doing it just to earn extra money or it’s your main source of income. If no one knows about your business, how are they going to buy your products or use your services if they don’t know they exists? If your business doesn’t have a sense of credibility, how are people going to feel secure about using your goods? If your business doesn’t have publicity, how is it going to survive? This is why I have put together some main points and reasons why publicity is necessary for small businesses.

Awareness
Publicity is a necessity for small businesses because it builds awareness about your product or service. After all, customers  cannot buy your product or use your services if they don’t know it exists. Whether you’re doing direct sales home parties or a brick and mortar small business with a few employees, awareness about your brand is just one element in the equation of success. This is why publicity is so vital. It’s no secret that sales are a number game… if you want more sales, well then you need more exposure. How are you going to continue to book home parties or keep customers coming through your door if the word about your business isn’t being spread? Publicity is an extremely cost-effective and efficient method of generating awareness for your company.

Credibility
Credibility is crucial and publicity can help tremendously with building your brand’s credibility. When a respected and credible media outlet gives your product or service the thumbs up, it creates a huge stamp of approval for the world to see. Remember Oprah’s Favorite Things episodes? Whenever something made it on her list those companies saw HUGE spikes in their sales. Why? Because it got Oprah’s stamp of approval, therefore it must be good. When customers read positive press about your company they feel validated, assured and educated about choosing your brand. The sense of trust-worthiness has now been projected onto you, your company and your brand.

Survival
Once you get that stamp of approval, it is vital to keep the products and services you’re producing going in a satisfactory matter so that the word continues to spread about your brand. You need this to happen in order to survive in business, otherwise either no one takes notice of you or you become a one hit wonder. You have to keep the ball rolling, building momentum and staying on top of the game of publicity and public relations.

 

 

You’re Invited to the 1st Annual Whispers of Hope Gala!

Come dine, dance and be inspired by the power of teal with the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope!

Whispers of Hope Gala

Please join me on Saturday, January 26 for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope’s 1st Annual Whispers of Hope Gala for a night of Masks and Magic at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza! We will be Celebrating and honoring the lives of women, their families and the medical community who lead the battle against gynecological cancers every single day.

The reception and silent auction begins at 6:00pm with dinner and dancing to follow. Masquerade masks and/or hats, black or teal tie optional, but encouraged. The Master of Ceremonies will be Sheree Paolello, WLWT-TV News 5 Anchor and the entertainment for the evening will be provided by Leroy Ellington and the E Funk Band.

Individual tickets range from $99 to $130 and tables of 10 can be purchased from $999 to $1,300. All tickets for the event include valet parking, reception, dinner and unlimited wine. VIP tickets include upgraded dinner and wine selections. All funds raised will go to providing gynecologic screening for women who are uninsured or underinsured and to support awareness campaigns. Tickets and donations can be completed at Eventbrite.com.