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Seeking Intern for Summer 2019

I am looking for a summer¬†intern in the Charlotte, NC area to assist me with consulting projects. Specific activities that I am looking for help with include: Creating transcripts for podcasts on which I have been interviewed Writing content for my blog and social media Helping me edit a book I'm developing about marketing and… Continue reading Seeking Intern for Summer 2019

Conferences, Professional Articles, Professional Development, Professional Speaking, Training

From Promotion to Engagement: My Keynote at the State Library of SC PR Exchange

At the end of April, I had the pleasure of speaking at the State Library of South Carolina's PR Exchange, April 26, 2019 in Columbia. My keynote was about community and customer engagement, a topic that is of interest to many libraries. Too often, when we talk about promoting libraries, the strategy resembles a megaphone.… Continue reading From Promotion to Engagement: My Keynote at the State Library of SC PR Exchange

Awards, Conferences, Innovative Services, Marketing, Uncategorized

Reflections from the JCD Jury 2019

I spent two days last week in Chicago, reviewing award entries as a member of the John Cotton Dana jury. This is my third and last year of serving on this jury, after winning the award myself in 2016. The John Cotton Dana Award honors outstanding library public relations. Each year, we review dozens of… Continue reading Reflections from the JCD Jury 2019

Marketing, Uncategorized

5 tips for using good photography in your marketing

For this week's blog post, I solicited the advice of two star professionals: my sister, model/actress and professional photographer Kim Anderson; and my brother-in-law,  director/cinematographer (and retired Canon exec) Brent Ramsey. 1. Decide what story you're telling Fundamental to your marketing and communications planning is understanding what story you are telling. Whether you are marketing… Continue reading 5 tips for using good photography in your marketing

Awards

NC3C Excellence in Communications Contest

I recently had the opportunity to judge the 2019 NC3C Excellence in Communications Contest. NC3C, or North Carolina City & County Communicators, is a statewide organization for professionals who work in communications and marketing for local governments and related services.¬†I was very impressed by the work submitted by the members this year, and hope to… Continue reading NC3C Excellence in Communications Contest

Media Interviews, Professional Speaking

Podcast Interview: “How your library staff can be experts at social media”

I was recently interviewed for the podcast "Library Figures," in which I spoke about the strategic use of social media as a communications tool for libraries. I discussed the approach I used at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and how that evolved over time, as well as the benefits of letting many people contribute content while still… Continue reading Podcast Interview: “How your library staff can be experts at social media”

Media Interviews, Professional Speaking

Podcast Interview: “Crisis Communications For Public Libraries”

I was recently interviewed for the podcast "Business Resilience Decoded," in which I spoke about the value of good crisis communications in libraries. I discussed the three major types of crises - immediate, emerging and sustained - and how to plan and respond to each. I also gave specific examples of each type from my… Continue reading Podcast Interview: “Crisis Communications For Public Libraries”