PR expert Robin Samora, principal of Boston-based branding, PR and communication firm Robin Samora Inc. explores the 5 ways businesses can use promotional products to generate more leads, customers, sales and profits.

Entrepreneurs, experts and other success-oriented business professionals in search of a trusted and cost-effective way to generate more leads, customers, sales and profits, can now get some valuable “insider’s advice” by reading PR expert Robin Samora’s latest article “5 Ways Businesses can use Promotional Products to Boost Profits.”

“From upscale laptop and tablet bags to functional flash drives and everything in between, promotional products are trusted by business of all sizes – particularly solo, small and mid-size operations — to get and stay ahead of the competition,” writes Samora, who is principal of Boston-based branding, PR and communication firm Robin Samora Inc.”

According to Samora, who has been helping clients measurably improve their performance and results for more than two decades, the 5 ways to make promotional products work are:

• Create Differentiation: Don’t just hand out something typical, boring or generic, but instead give away something that audiences will like, talk about, appreciate, and positively associate with the business.
• Get Functional: If the product has a functional purpose or is tied to an event or season (e.g. cooler bags in the summer, wine openers at a wine expo, etc.), it will be used and valued for years – instead of months, weeks or days.
• Avoid Over-Spending, but Don’t Go Cheap: While it’s fine to give away less expensive promotional products in high traffic locations, make sure that it’s not perceived as junk – or else it will end up in a nearby garbage can.
• Know Your Audience: Audiences with higher buying power want a promotional product that fits that position and self-image. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to align with their lifestyle.
• Brand, Brand and Brand: Adding a company name and logo aren’t enough. If space permits, be sure to add a tagline, URL and phone number as well.

Samora wraps up her article by reminding readers that, ultimately, customers want to be appreciated. As such, businesses that choose the right promotional products and distribute them in the right way will fulfill that desire – and, in doing so, set themselves apart from the competition.

The complete version of Samora’s latest article “5 Ways Businesses can use Promotional Products to Boost Profits,” which includes an expanded discussion of each of the above-noted points, is available at: http://www.robinsamorainc.com/2013/05/5-ways-businesses-can-use-promotional-products-to-boost-profits/.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Robin Samora at (617) 921-3448 or Robin(at)RobinSamoraInc(dot)com.

About Robin Samora Inc.

Telling a story is personal. Sharing it is an art. Technology makes it global. Robin Samora Inc., a Boston based PR, branding and promotions firm blends all three to take its clients’ businesses and brands to the next level. With clients like Comcast, WBZ-TV and Blue Man Group, and a roster of authors, entrepreneurs and experts nationwide, the firm prides itself on being a “Promotional GPS” that takes its clients’ brands where they want to go to be seen, heard, engaged and remembered. With over two decades of experience, the firm is as comfortable on major media highways as it is on out-of-the-way niche back roads.

Robin Samora Inc., a Boston-based branding, promotions and PR firm, is offering an aspiring female student or recent graduate (within the past one year) the opportunity to attend the upcoming “Demand Success 2013” conference presented by Vocus, which will be held in Washington D.C. on June 20 and 21.

 

Robin Samora Inc., a Boston-based branding, promotions and PR firm that works with experts, entrepreneurs and authors, announced today that it is offering a scholarship that will enable an aspiring female student or recent graduate the chance to attend the upcoming “Demand Success 2013” conference presented by Vocus, a leading solutions provider that helps businesses reach and influence customers via social networks, online and media.

Designed to “make results happen in marketing,” the conference, which will be held in Washington D.C. on June 20 and 21, features keynotes by Arianna Huffington, Rohit Bhargava, Jeremiah Owyang and a host of other thought leaders who will share must-have insights and advice on lead generation, online marketing, brand building in the information economy, and more.

While the fee to attend the conference for a non-Vocus customer is $1095, the recipient of Robin Samora Inc.’s scholarship will receive a complimentary ticket — and a remarkable opportunity to connect with experts and influencers, witness the future of marketing and PR, and glean insights and information to advance their career. They will also have the chance to build invaluable relationships that will last for decades.

“Giving back and paying it forward are at the very heart of success, both professionally and personally,” commented Robin Samora, the principal and founder of Robin Samora Inc. “It’s my hope that the deserving woman who receives the scholarship will use this as a springboard to make positive impact in our world, and ultimately, inspire others to do the same.”

Aspiring female students or recent graduates (within the past one year) who are interested in competing for the scholarship are asked to submit an approximately 300 word essay that captures the essence of their professional vision with respect to the following:

• how it will support or in some way benefit other women
• how it will foster a legacy of giving back and paying it forward
• how they envision themselves turning their vision into reality

All essays can be emailed to Robin (at) RobinSamoraInc (dot) com. The application deadline is June 3 at 11:59pm EDT, and the winner will be notified by 5:00pm EDT on June 8.

Selected essays will also be published (either whole or edited) on the Robin Samora Inc., website, and in other digital and print communication material.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Robin Samora at (617) 921-3448 or Robin (at) RobinSamoraInc (dot) com.

About Robin Samora Inc.
Telling a story is personal. Sharing it is an art. Technology makes it global. Robin Samora Inc., a Boston based PR, branding and promotions firm blends all three to take its clients’ businesses and brands to the next level. With clients like Comcast, WBZ-TV and Blue Man Group, and a roster of authors, entrepreneurs and experts nationwide, the firm prides itself on being a “Promotional GPS” that takes its clients’ brands where they want to go to be seen, heard, engaged and remembered. With over two decades of experience, the firm is as comfortable on major media highways as it is on out-of-the-way niche back roads.

When it comes to branding and lead generation, while new strategies and tactics emerge on what seems like a weekly (if not daily) basis, there’s one “old favorite” that continues to withstand the test of time, and re-establish itself as both a cost effective and results-based way to create valuable mind share and visibility – which, ultimately, boosts sales and profits. Of course, I’m referring to promotional products.

From upscale laptop and tablet bags to functional flash drives and everything in between, promotional products are trusted by business of all sizes – particularly solo, small and mid-size operations — to get and stay ahead of the competition. Indeed, a giveaway that’s of some value to a potential customer creates an opportunity for engagement – which is the gateway for the lead generation process. This is especially true when the service or product is more complicated to explain, or has a higher perceived value.

Of course, not all promotional products are created equal, and it’s important to choose the right item(s) that will make the strongest and longest impression. Here are five key things to keep in mind to help achieve this important goal:

  1. Use Your Promotional Product to Create Differentiation

    If you want to stand out from the crowd as a leader, then you need a promotional product that your audience will like, talk about, and appreciate.  Even if they choose not to keep the giveaway, chances are they will pass it on to someone who they care about – provided, of course, that they find it valuable.

  2. Choose a Promotional Product that’s Functional

    Align your promotional product to the season and/or event where they’ll be used more than once.  For example, my company has given away extremely well-received insulated cooler bags during the summer months, and branded wine openers at Wine Expos. When audiences perceive that a product is functional, they’re less likely to discard it (think of how many lanyards end up in the garbage can at the end of an event).

  3. Don’t Over-Spend on Promotional Products – but Don’t Cut Corners, Either

    Many companies are now giving less expensive promotional products to their audiences in a high traffic location in order to make an impact, while keeping costs under control. When done properly, this can be a successful strategy. Just ensure that you don’t give out ‘junk’ – it’s better not to give out anything at all, than to be associated with something that will diminish or damage your brand.

  4. Match your Promotional Product to your Audience

    Audiences with large buying power and who represent high potential value (as customers) will be expecting a promotional product that aligns with their position. Also keep in mind that big ticket audiences expect more — even if it’s free — especially if they’ve been loyal to the brand.

  5. Remember to Fully Brand your Promotional Products

    Promotional products can have a lifespan that lasts for years – often decades. We’ve all seen everything from memory sticks to stress balls pads that feature a company that we may never heard about or, at least, are not currently doing business with. As such, it’s essential that everything is fully branded with your name, logo, tagline and contact information. You never know who will see it, and how it may influence them to choose you vs. the competition.

Ultimately, and above all else, keep in mind that today’s customers have more marketing savvy than ever before – regardless of whether they’re buying farm tractors or the latest ultra thin smart phones – and, like all customers, they want to be appreciated. If you choose the right promotional products and distribute them in the right way, you’ll fulfill that expectation, and set your business apart.

 

 

Secret #1: Thoughts from the Dressing Room

Become  “media  ready”  by  looking,  feeling,  thinking  and  acting  like  a desirable multi-million dollar brand — even on a shoestring budget

Action Items:   You are your brand, wherever you go. Do you give off an energy of certainty and impression of increase so people will want to know you? Make someone’s life better in some small way, every day. Live life fully. Step into your greatness and your brand.

Secret #2:  Get Your Brand On

Cultivate and position a winning brand image that includes bio, photos, signatures, media kits and more.

Look professional, branded, together and ready for business. The press will feel more confident that you’re a player. You are your brand, so act like one that’s in a successful business.

Action Items: Look at your photo – does it look like you now or your high school picture? Can a prospect recognize you in a crowded room? Do you have a signature on your email? Does it give a description of who you are and what you do? Do you have a bio that includes some fun facts, or a cause you really believe in?  Look at your website with fresh eyes. Is there a headline on your home page with a call to action? Are all the links working?

Secret #3 –  Learn the Lessons Momma never taught you about being social

Are there misspellings? What does your branding say about you as an expert? What does it say to the media?

Leverage the power of social media to reach and impress media partners.

The thought of social media can be daunting if you don’t understand it. You don’t have to be everywhere, and do everything. Which social media tools do you like? Whether it’s Facebook , Twitter or LinkedIn (or others), pick what you’ll use and start engaging your audience. Stop worrying about being perfect. Make an effort every day to promote your business. You can make an impact with 15 minutes twice a day.

Action Item: Every day in some small way take an active role in being an expert, or noted in your field. Need content? Set up a Google alert on your ‘topic’ or ‘expertise’ and collect articles to share. Comment on what’s going on in the news. It’s OK to be a contrarian and have a voice.

Use social media to share your expert opinion so the press, as well as your prospects and clients, can notice you. Share content. Compliment others. Be a part of a caring community. Consistency and frequency count.

Secret #4 – Get on the Inside Track

Be a Publicity Insider — Take advantage of free publicity opportunities from HARO – Help a Reporter Out  www.HelpAReporterOut.com. Help A Reporter out offers quality leads for people in all kinds of industries to get noticed in the media – radio, TV , blogs and articles. It’s published 3 times a day, and it’s easy and free to sign up and get emails in your inbox. Journalists, editors, reporters and producers will post their queries on HARO and you can respond to them and get recognized as an expert.

Take the initiative and put yourself out there.

Action Item: Sign up for a free HelpAReporter account and take the time to respond to their emails. Create a one page template to answer press requests. Don’t be annoyed by the press inquiries, think of them as your assistant sending you opportunities to build your business and your brand.

Secret #5 – Be a media magnet, first. Darling next.

Tell your story often and clearly to gain media attention. Practice makes perfect.

Create and launch media releases that tell a powerful, memorable story that demands attention and generates results. Look at what you’re doing in your business. What’s press worthy? Are you speaking? Have a new product or service? Create a media release and send to industry publications, local media, and established contacts. It’s the who, what, when and why of what you’re doing – and can be as simple as a new office location, workshop, product or service, or being featured as a guest expert. Be clear and brief in all interviews and press opportunities and offer ‘soundbite’ quotes. Reporters have limited time – so make sure you grab their attention.

Make it easy for the press to find you and keep your PR engine going. When journalists and bloggers begin to see you showing up in the news, they’ll be more apt to follow you.

Action Items: Make a list of 5 things that you or your company could write a media release about. Have video footage? Even better! You don’t have to win the Nobel Peace prize to be recognized.

Secret # 6 –  Pitch Don’t Bitch

Stop complaining about the lack of press and do something about it. Pitch your story idea to newspapers, radio and TV stations, industry magazines, niche newsletters and blogs. They’re always in need of material. It can be an idea you have tied to a holiday or special event, tips on how a new product or service is helping customers, a community service project you’re involved with or a local event.

When pitching the media, be brief, concise and to the point. Make your headline interesting. You never know who’ll pick up your story and where it may go. Even if it’s controversial, it’s still news! And news fades fast, so keep the momentum going. Be mindfully persistent, not a pest.

Action Items: Create a bucket of ideas to pitch. Make them short and sweet. Are you a newly published author? (Hint, an e-book counts). Are you a guest panelist at a prestigious event? Do you have a new way of doing XYZ that will make a difference to more than just you? Learn to pitch with perfection.

Secret #7 –  The Press are friends you haven’ t  met  yet

Relationships that matter take time. Identify key press contacts and build mutually rewarding relationships that last.

Make it a point to do your homework and keep your eyes and ears open to top reporters in your region or area of expertise. Press contacts move around a bit, so try to stay connected via social media and keep email addresses current. A savvy admin can help with this task, but ultimately, you’ll be the one to decide who you’d like to watch and follow.

Action Items: A stranger is a stranger till the first hello. Make friends with reporters you find interesting. Follow them on Twitter, and learn the fine art of retweeting. Introduce yourself at industry functions. Send a note that you liked their article and you’re a fan, even if you disagreed with their view point. Send a lead their way. Start the process of ‘getting yourself known’.

Getting noticed by the press is a journey not a destination, and every step and mention gets your name out there. You’ll get recognized as an expert if you promote your brand often enough, everywhere you’ll go. It all starts with a decision to confidently stand out from the crowd.

 

Boston-based communications and PR Firm Robin Samora Inc.’s new RSI MediaReady Program is an interactive, one-on-one program that helps clients become “media-ready” within hours, and to create a turn-key audio product to feature on their website or send to prospects. Clients who sign-up for the program via the Robin Samora Inc. website by May 31, 2013 will also receive private coaching on how to successfully respond to H.A.R.O. (“Help a Reporter Out”) and Profnet Reporter requests – a $199 value.

 

Entrepreneurs, experts, authors, coaches and other success-minded business professionals who wish they could be “media-ready” within hours, and who want to easily create a turn-key audio product to feature on their website or send to prospects, can now sign up for PR and communications firm Robin Samora Inc.’s innovative new program, RSI MediaReady.

RSI MediaReady is an interactive, one-on-one coaching program that features:

• Interview preparation and training for clarity, focus, practice and ‘ready-to-go’ promotion
• Q + A review of 15 initial questions, with feedback and comments for review
• Review of answers for sound bite quality and content-specific goals
• Etiquette and media training for on-air and pre-recorded shows and programs
• A recorded mp3 file of the interview questions for future editing
• A recorded mp3 file of the 45-minute interview (“pod cast”), which can be posted, edited or referred to for messaging

Clients who sign-up for RSI MediaReady will also receive a number of special bonuses, including:

• A sample Pitch Letter to a Radio Producer
• A sample Media Release announcing their guest appearance to the press
• A customized list of up to 10 radio shows/hosts who they can contact immediately
• 3 selections of intro and outro music on a separate mp3
• A Special Report: “10 Ways to use Audio to Boost your Brand”

“Across the country, media professionals and potential clients are very interested in booking coaches, entrepreneurs, experts, authors and other professionals for speaking engagements, article and broadcast interviews, or hiring them as consultants,” commented Robin Samora Inc.’s founder Robin Samora, a widely recognized PR and media relations expert who leads each session. “But if these talented professionals are stuck being the `best kept secret’ in their industry, how can they be found? They won’t. And that’s where RSI MediaReady comes to the rescue. It rapidly helps professionals clarify their message and communicate their brand through the media, so that they reach new and better clients – and ultimately, boost sales and profits.”

Added Samora: “In addition to numerous other business benefits that clients will reap, which include improved SEO/SEM, and the ability to rapidly create a media kit and re-purpose content for their other marketing collateral, there’s also a very important personal element to the program, too. RSI MediaReady will turn just about anyone from an anxious media-newbie into a self-assured media superstar, and unleash a level of self-confidence that will elevate every aspect of their life.”

For more information or media inquiries, contact Robin Samora at (617) 921-3448 or Robin(at)RobinSamoraInc(dot)com.

About Robin Samora Inc.

Telling a story is personal. Sharing it is an art. Technology makes it global. Robin Samora Inc., a Boston based PR, branding and promotions firm blends all three to take its clients’ businesses and brands to the next level. With clients like Comcast, WBZ-TV and Blue Man Group, and a roster of authors, entrepreneurs and experts nationwide, the firm prides itself on being a “Promotional GPS” that takes its clients’ brands where they want to go to be seen, heard, engaged and remembered. With over two decades of experience, the firm is as comfortable on major media highways as it is on out-of-the-way niche back roads.

I’ve come to think that we’re a visually obsessed society, focusing on how things look.

In business, it’s much the same, and I’m as guilty as the next. How we present our image is a critical part of our branding.

Our websites, logos, business cards, blogs and other marketing tools and collateral incorporate visual elements as well as the written word to tell a story.

To tell your story.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, and words describe pictures – but what words or images are created by our voice, the clarity of our message, our ‘recorded word’?

Can others visualize our brand by the enthusiasm of our voice, our willingness to share, by the valuable advice and expertise we offer — when we speak, are interviewed or someone hears us on a podcast?

What does your brand sound like?

I gave this some thought yesterday, preparing for a radio interview with Les Wolff, of www.SmartMarketingMoves.com. We recorded two shows last night, one on the Power of PR, and the other on a new program I’m developing to help Experts and Authors ‘Get Media Ready’ , clarify their message, Q + A, and audio branding.

I believe we’ve been trained to put our voices on paper. Why not use our ‘recorded word’ to share a message, serve others and make an impact — not just to build our businesses and brands, but also to make a difference?

You know how emails can be judged, as harsh, blunt or cold?

With the ‘recorded word’, your voice is in HD.

Transparent. Bold. Uniquely you.

Light someone up with your voice today.

Boston-based PR Firm Robin Samora Inc’s Hispanic Brand Ambassadors will be engaging consumers and communities across Boston and New Hampshire this summer on behalf of its long-time client, Comcast

 

On behalf of its long-term client Comcast, Robin Samora Inc., a Boston-based communication, branding and PR firm, will be sending its trained team of Hispanic Brand Ambassadors out to engage consumers at several Boston and New Hampshire-area ethnic festivals this summer.

Robin Samora Inc.’s Hispanic Brand Ambassadors are multi-lingual and specially trained to appreciate the unique cultural expectations, preferences and nuances that characterize the dynamic and vibrant Hispanic community.

“In my industry, we use all kinds of fancy jargon to explain what we mean by communication in a strategic public relations context, but at its core and in its simplest terms, it’s essentially about creating a favorable connection,” commented Samora, who works with some of the nation’s top brands and blogs frequently about the do’s and don’ts of public relations. “And the only way to make that connection happen through genuine engagement. That’s why our Hispanic Brand Ambassadors are so valuable to the clients we serve, such as Comcast. Our team isn’t just made up of product and public relations experts. They have their finger on the cultural pulse of the Hispanic community, and can establish a level of trusted engagement that truly makes communication happen.”

Robin Samora Inc.’s Hispanic Brand Ambassadors are scheduled to attend the following events this summer on behalf of Comcast:

• Semana Hispana in Lawrence, MA: June 23, 2013
• Colombian Festival in East Boston, MA: July 14,2013
• Puerto Rican Festival in Boston, MA: July 28, 2013
• Dominican Festival in Boston, MA: August 2013
• Xfinity Latino Family Festival in Boston, MA: August 2013
• El Planeta Health & Fitness in Boston MA: September 2013

In addition, the team will be attending Caliente in Boston, MA. and Latinos Unidos, in Manchester, NH, on dates to be determined shortly.

Added Samora: “Ethnic marketing at festivals and other culturally important events is vital for companies that want to reach out and impress communities and consumers. Our Hispanic Brand Ambassadors are the bridge that makes the connection between our clients and their marketplace possible.”

For more information or media inquiries, contact Robin Samora at (617) 921-3448 or Robin(at)RobinSamoraInc(dot)com.

About Robin Samora Inc.

Telling a story is personal. Sharing it is an art. Technology makes it global. Robin Samora Inc., a Boston-based PR, branding and promotions firm blends all three to take its clients’ businesses and brands to the next level. With clients like Comcast, WBZ-TV and Blue Man Group, and a roster of authors, entrepreneurs and experts nationwide, the firm prides itself on being a “Promotional GPS” that takes its clients’ brands where they want to go to be seen, heard, engaged and remembered. With over two decades of experience, the firm is as comfortable on major media highways as it is on out-of-the-way niche back roads.

I remember the incident clearly. I was in Chicago attending a meeting to build relationships with a major corporation and the Latino community. I left in a hurry, the taxi was speeding off, and my colleague asked, “did you bring your business cards”? I was horrified, realized I had changed bags, and asked my driver to turn around. Lucky I was only minutes away.

It’s easy to forget, but important to remember. Have a stash of business cards in your wallet, in your car, in two briefcases, your mobile and home office. And, bring them with you. You never, never know who you’ll meet and want to call, impress, set an appointment with. Napkins work too, but I’m all for branding. Just sayin’…

Robin Samora Inc.’s marketing and branding division Let’s Make You Shine is funding a scholarship to enable three women to attend the “Mom Gets a Business Conference,” which will take place on April 26 in New York City.

Boston-based branding, promotions and PR company Robin Samora Inc. announced today that it is funding a scholarship in partnership with the upcoming “Mom Gets a Business Conference,” which will take place on April 26 in New York City.

Robin Samora Inc.’s scholarship will be awarded via the company’s marketing and branding divison “Let’s Make You Shine,” and will enable three women to attend the conference who, due to financial reasons, would otherwise be unable to go.

“As an entrepreneur and a mother who has successfully built an established branding, promotions and PR company with a national reach – and raised two amazing kids along the way — I know all about the challenges of balancing career aims, personal goals, and the countless responsibilities of being a mom,” commented Robin Samora Inc.’s principal Robin Samora. “It’s an honor to help three deserving women attend the Mom Gets a Business Conference, and enable them to access advice, insight and knowledge that will turn their woman-owned business dreams into a reality – one that aligns with their role as a great mom, rather than competes with it.”

“We’re proud to showcase Robin Samora Inc. as an organization that supports women as they endeavor to improve their life and create freedom and financial stability, while honoring their goals as individuals and mothers,” commented Patty Lennon, founder of the Mom Gets a Business Conference, which will be held on April 26 at the 3 West Club, on 3 West 51st Street in New York City.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Robin Samora at (617) 921-3448 or
Robin(at)RobinSamoraInc(dot)com.

About Robin Samora Inc.

Telling a story is personal. Sharing it is an art. Technology makes it global. Robin Samora Inc., a Boston based branding, promotions and PR company blends all three to take its clients’ businesses and brands to the next level. With clients like Comcast, WBZ-TV and Blue Man Group, and a roster of authors, entrepreneurs and experts nationwide, the firm prides itself on being a “Promotional GPS” that takes its clients’ brands where they want to go to be seen, heard, engaged and remembered. With over two decades
of experience, the firm is as comfortable on major media highways as it is on out-of-the-way niche back roads.

Have you ever had a favorite pet that was your BFF and constant traveling companion?

I can say yes, and let you know that such was the case with Lucy, my sweet Sheltie who passed yesterday after a long spirited life.

 lucy in woods

In honor of Lucy, I’d like to pay tribute to some of the lessons she taught me about life, business and the pursuit of happiness:

  • Celebrate Life. Lucy made no bones about it; she was all-in and ready to travel. Much like her Mom, she was a midnight rider, a good listener and could nap anywhere.
  • Travel with Style. It really didn’t matter whether Lucy traveled in a convertible, in the back of a boat, or front seat of a pick-up truck. Lucy had wanderlust — and a leash was optional.
  • Be Pampered. Lucy lived a life filled with kindness, kisses, sweet talk and TLC. She loved attention — and was a pro — at giving it, and getting it.
  • Be Loved. Lucy showed me time and time again, what unconditional love looked like. It was a daily lesson and a reminder that love is the most important thing on Earth.
  • Take the High Road. If Lucy didn’t get her way, she took the high road. Tomorrow there’d be another chance to get that cookie, go for a walk on the beach or smell other dogs. She looked forward to those simple pleasures.
  • Know When it’s Time to Rest. Sleeping was one of Lucy’s favorite pastimes, though I’m not sure if she just closed her eyes during all those phone calls, or the snoring was meant to fool me.
  • Remember to keep a secret. Let’s just say, I’m sure she heard more than a few short and long tales. What a confidante!

Though my heart may break with sadness, my heart is also filled with joy for the love we shared.

If you had a favorite pet, you know what I mean.

Here’s to you Lucy, and the giant parade with Milkbones that welcomed you.