June 27, 2017

Tips for a Successful Elevator Pitch – Engagement

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MediaMagic Elevator PitchWhile an elevator pitch needs to be short & to the point, it must also feature a well-defined objective. Every example used and point made must work to complement the point that’s being argued during the pitch. For instance, if a job aspirant starts a discussion with a possible employer during a career fair, then their elevator pitch must rotate around why they’re the best person for the job.

Prior to creating an elevator pitch, it’s crucial for you to actively envision the intended goal of the dialogue & formulate an objective from there.

The next step must be to explain how you’re going to accomplish your intended goal. For example, a job candidate must highlight the experiences and skills which make him/her the best person for the required position. Most professionals find this part of the elevator pitch quite challenging and end up losing their focus.

You want each single step of your elevator pitch to strengthen or support the proposed goal of the talk.

Lastly, it’s important that you let your intended prospect know why their role is so important for you to attain your goal. For instance, if the intended objective of your pitch is to acquire an investor for your company, then you want to emphasize how the investor’s assistance can benefit your company.

It’s critical that your elevator pitch is specific & crafted in a way such that your target audience knows why they’re invaluable for accomplishing the final goal.

What would you say if you were stepping into an elevator with Oprah or someone you wanted to connect with who would transform your business?

To your business & life success,

Shannon Gronich Media Magic

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Developing an Elevator Pitch – First Impressions Matter

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Elevator-PitchIn simple words, an elevator pitch is a brief presentation that’s designed to grab the attention of potential prospects in a compelling and comprehensive manner.

So, if you had one minute with Oprah or someone you admire in your industry, what would you say to capture their attention?

Criteria for a successful elevator pitch:

It must be Quick, Clear, and Concise! Attention grabber is important too.

Be clear; use a proper speed & tone so that you avoid rushing your message.

Show your enthusiasm using appropriate excitement while telling the story. Enthusiasm plays a key role if you want to draw the attention of your target audience.

 

Does your elevator pitch answer the following questions…..

Who are you?

What do you do?

Who is your target audience?

What separates you from other businesses in your industry?

How do you bring value and benefits to your prospects?

 

Get a note card and have a 30-sec and 60-sec elevator pitch ready. Then start to practice and test to see what sticks. This is one area I love helping my clients shine!!!

 

Share your elevator pitch with us!

What I am looking for next is……

 

To your business & life success,

Shannon Gronich

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7 Fundamentals for Your Press Kit

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press kit Media MagicA media or press kit is an essential part of your marketing strategy as it allows the media to take a look at your body of work instantly so that they can make the decision to run your press release quickly without needing to do much outside research.

You want to make your press kit a vital part of your business. It is important these days that your press kit is available both physically as well as electronically.

Here are the fundamentals for every press kit:

1. Articles written by you

Include any previous articles you have written in the past along with the press kit. This will show instant credibility, help you stand out from the crowd, and showcase your writing style and area of expertise. If you are online, you may want to include some of the positive reviews of your blog as well, showing the relevance and interest of customers.

2. Articles written about you

It is always more powerful if a third party expert is talking about you rather than you promoting yourself. If you have come across any articles written about you, add them in your press kit.

3. Power Bio

Make sure your power bio is concise and to the point. In my 12-step power bio complimentary guide, you will find all the details to create a bio that stands out. Offer relevant info about your current field whenever possible. Also, you can add something about your partner, kids, or possibly your interests in a single sentence; however, avoid writing an entire paragraph about them.

4. Action Photos

Pictures are a great way to tell a story and engage readers. Action photos are what the media is looking for to include in articles. Many people believe that a headshot is the most important and, although it is very important, having a shot of you doing what you do in action gains the most attention. A high resolution image of at least 300dpi is required for any print media. Do have an updated headshot as it is needed; however, action photos hands down get picked up and printed more times than a headshot.

5. Press Release

Professional and compellingly-written press releases are one of the most important elements of a press kit. Add your website URL within the press release for additional reference.

6. Other related press clippings or endorsements

These may include quotes from authors, newspapers and magazines, and experts in your industry. Endorsements are great. It is important to include the name of the person, title, & association. Idea endorsements can be powerful; when other experts in the field are agreeing with your point of view, it adds credibility to you!

7. Company Marketing Pieces

You can also consider creating a customized pocket folder in order to distribute your info, along with the business cards, slip sheets, tri-fold brochure, etc. These can help you position yourself and your brand as an expert in your industry. Include your speaker sheet if you want to attract speaking opportunities.

Your goal in creating a suitable press kit must be to offer all of the important info which the media needs if they decide to write about your product/service. Make sure you’ve made the job of the media person easier. A professional, attractive, and informative press kit can really set you apart from the competition.

Share your press kit here for a free publicity opportunity right now!!

Happy to give feedback upon request.

To your business & life success,
Shannon Gronich

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Creating A Press Release Tagline that Sizzles

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taglinesgettothepointA tagline, or many times called the subject line, is the first impression and the most important part of a press release. This is the very first item the media will see or hear.

A relevant & original tagline can grant you an amazing ability to intrigue your audience into reading further. This allows you to express something fascinating about your product or service. You then can use this tagline on almost everything, starting from your website to the letterhead and any other marketing tools you may use.

Taglines can help you transform your press release from average to something the media wants!

Below are some tips which can help you come up with press release taglines that sizzle:

Why Reinvent – Copy from the BEST

Study the covers of different magazines; check out different TV shows to try to identify specific sayings which catch your attention. Many of the top publications have spent millions in market research to ensure they capture the eyes of their readers.

KISS – Keep It Short and Sweet

Eliminate anything which may not be the most essential elements to what would get your audience intrigued so that they will want to read more. Preferably, you must try to reduce it to a single key element or at least look to keep it to no more than five to seven words.

Use Numbers – They Capture the Most Attention

Numbers are a great way to attract the reader’s eye to a clearly defined topic. You do not include all the details in the press release itself; however, it is a perfect place to showcase what you know and to have the editor wanting to know more.

Here are a few examples I have used over the years:

11 Mistakes Even the Smartest Exhibitors Make

85 Ways to Improve Your Health in 6 Hours or Less

9 Essentials to Creating Sustainable Partnerships

Take your key components into account and give it a go in crafting a tagline for a topic you want to share with the masses. Even using google AdWords to see what your audience is looking for can help.

What tagline in your business has worked best for capturing attention?

Share taglines below and get feedback.

To your business & life success,
Shannon Burnett-Gronich

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Create Massive Growth for Your Business Utilizing Events

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Event Marketing Shannon GronichEvents attract audiences that, in some cases, would not typically be exposed to your product or service. Utilizing this platform for individuals to know more about your brand in a manner that will be notable and create an influx of business still eludes many owners.

Events can be an excellent way to position your brand or test your concept. You may be looking to rub elbows with leaders in a specific industry or to secure an endorsement of some kind.

If you approach an event in a strategic manner as I outline a couple of important items here, you will create a plan that works.

There are numerous items to consider when considering participating in an event.

First, identify your goal or intention for participating. Why are you going? What do you want to accomplish? Then take into account your desired goals with the demographic who attends when picking your event.

Preparation – Set Clear and Tangible Goals

I usually suggest a minimum of three tangible deliverables or goals.

Spend quality time reviewing vendors, sponsors, speakers, and other participants to identify collaborations you can start to facilitate prior to the event. Get the vendor list and start calling potential partners.

Begin working the event the moment you register.

Most people just show-up and wing it. A plan can become a roadmap to your arriving at your desired destination.

Positioning – Stand Out in Your Industry

Most people miss the powerful opportunity to attain free publicity with events.

Social media and marketing go hand in hand with the profits you generate from your business; hence, make sure to post an update about your participation before, during, and even after the event. Live periscopes and tweets will win favor among the event coordinators and your potential clients.

Press releases may be written and submitted up to 3 months in advance as well as after the event is over.

Remember to share with your existing client base where you will be and to even come visit you at your booth as this will help you stand out and be in the mind’s eye of those who know you already.

Last but not the least, enjoy yourself!

What is your favorite event?

Share any event marketing strategies you find successful.

To your business & life success,

Shannon Burnett-Gronich

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How to Get on Television – What Producers Want

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TV NewsTelevision is one of the major mediums for marketing and often one of the most challenging to get noticed by. With a clear vision and great story you can get booked.

Consider all the relevant TV shows in which you want your news or story to be presented.

Start visualizing and creating a list of shows where you would like to see your story. I suggest that you jot down at least 15 to 20.

Do your research about the show prior to communicating with them so that you can ensure your story or news is a suitable fit for their major audience & the kind of story or news they typically feature.

Whenever possible, look to create a personal connection with journalists, editors, and especially the secretaries and gatekeepers who hold the key to getting you to the people you want to talk with.  They will be your greatest allies or they can shut the door before you ever get in-depending on how you build those relationships.

Send your story along with a short and to-the-point pitch letter to the producer of your interested TV show in addition to all the required contact info. Pitch videos are encouraged to showcase how you perform in front of the camera.

Remember to include why their audience might find your story interesting.

During a phone conversation with the show organizers, stay excited, keep it brief, & be aware that there’s a very fine line between pitching your story & being pushy.

Most editors fancy a personal pitch as opposed to a typical press release.

Ensure that you come up with a strong and catchy subject line for your news or story. After all, just like you, there may be several other people who want to grab a spot on a popular TV show.

Make sure you follow up after 7 days if there’s no response from the show organizers.

While following up, remember to keep your cool. At best, appreciate the producers & editors for giving their valuable time to consider your news or story. Even if they might not need you at the moment, you might get an unexpected call from them in the near future.

Hence, never lose hope. Keep your eye on the goal!!!

How have you gotten booked on television?

Share a link to your favorite show or interview.

To your business & life success,

Shannon Burnett-Gronich

 

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6 Radio Interview Best Practices – Get the Most Traction from Being on the Air

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radio_interviewOne thing I have realized from being in publicity is how easy it is to get booked on the radio, but not everyone knows how to make the best out of it. Radio interviews can be used for years to come for both client acquisition and retention.

1. Prepare yourself
The thing is, you only get one opportunity for getting it right when you’re on LIVE radio. Hence, preparation is key here. You must come up with precise & strong messages that you want to spread to your followers.

2. Prepare your host
When sending over the marketing material to the host, always include your power bio, headshot, and 5-7 questions they have the option to use during the interview. On the day of the interview, print and bring a copy of your bio and questions to the host directly, in case they were too busy to prepare.

3. Stay Focused
Many radio interviews are no more than 4 minutes long. Avoid getting drawn into unnecessary topics. Radio hosts are skillful enough to obtain info from you, not essentially on the subject covered during the interview. An easy way to redirect a question is the statement, “That is a great question! What I would like to share with you is….”

4. Examples and Metaphors
Radio can be a very intangible means of communication. Audiences rarely get an opportunity to re-listen to your interview twice. It’s best to make your story memorable; use examples & metaphors whenever possible. Know that radio mirrors your character to the listeners.

5. Invite your followers
If you already have some credibility, it can be a wise decision to invite your followers to listen to your interview. This is a sure fire way for building the required trust and faith among your followers for your products/services.

6. Set clear intentions
Whenever you speak during your radio interview, make it sound clear enough for your listeners to properly understand the subject. Use simple language. Avoid using language that’s too technical/hard to understand for your listeners. Imagine you are speaking to a child.
Most first timers find it difficult to get their message across to their followers just because they wait to be questioned. To avoid this, try to take control of every single opportunity for getting your message across. Know what your final goal is during the entire course of the interview.

How do you best prepare for radio?

Share a link to your favorite show or interview.

To your business & life success,
Shannon Burnett-Gronich

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The Power of Mentors – 7 Strengths to Business and Life Success

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Findhandsmentorsing an individual who’ll guide you all the way to success can be among the biggest decisions of your life.

A mentor is a person whom you can look up to, somebody who’s been in the same place as you are today & knows how to find his way right to the top. A good mentor could be a person who is successful in his industry & is ready to share his experience with others. A mentor could also be a person who has experienced high and low days and wants to share his strength and knowledge to see others succeed.

Trustworthiness

Since the goal of your mentor is to ensure your success, he is most likely going to tell you how they honestly feel on a given topic. When you’re with your family members or friends, they might tell you whatever things you would like to hear; however a mentor tells you the things that you actually need to hear.

Guide 

A mentor helps guide you towards the right path, suggests important contacts, courses, reading material, etc. Even though he may not contact individuals on your behalf, purchase reading materials for you, or register you for any course, he’ll show you the road map which will allow you to find your own route to success and growth.

Learn from His Mistakes

By learning from the mistakes which your teacher made while achieving success themselves, you’ll be able to avoid making similar ones, thus saving you valuable time and money.

Bring Out Your Strengths

A mentor can bring the best out of you even if you do not necessarily identify with those qualities in yourself yet. After all, you want someone who is capable of bringing out the talent and story within you.

Help Overcome Your Weaknesses

Hearing your weak points can be one of the most difficult aspects of a mentoring relationship; yet, these same aspects can hold you back in your career and life. In business one of the common weak points people work to overcome, is lack of experience or credibility. You can often collaborate with an expert in your industry to help build your brand.

Motivation 

All of us have days or times when we feel like things are not going the way they should. A mentor has an ability to encourage you using a simple statement which affirms that you are on the right path even if things don’t appear to be going well enough. A mentor has the ability to assure you everything is going well since he’s been there previously.

Discover the Undiscovered

Every one of us is gifted with numerous skills which we might not even be in tune with yet. A mentor can assist you in exploring what those skills may be as well as show you how to make the best use of those in order to accomplish your goals. Identifying these hidden skills might even transform your life and business objectives.

definition of mentor

Mentors play a huge role in offering the knowledge, advice, inspiration, and assistance which we need from time to time. The fact is, you must have a mentor for every aspect of your life including business.

Who has been your greatest business mentor?

What areas of marketing are you looking for mentorship?

To your business & life success,

Shannon Burnett-Gronich

 

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What is a Media Kit? – A Media Kit is Your Publicity Magnet

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The Media Kit is an essential tool for attracting publicity and positioning yourself or your company as an industry expert.

There are 6 items thatMedia Kit are shared in the full Media Magic program; however, here are a few essentials to stay out of the PR department’s trash:

Show yourself as an expert with your Power Bio which includes an up-to-date photo from the last 12-18 months.

We all have been on Facebook where someone has a picture of himself from 20 years ago.

You want an accurate portrayal of how you are now!

Remember to have action photos ready.

Action photos tend to attract larger article space and can easily connect individuals with projects.

Print publications want high resolution photos typically 300 dpi or greater, so make sure that you are using high quality photographs for all of your printed materials.

Another important item is to have sample press releases ready for them to publish or use.

If available, you want to include any marketing efforts that you have been featured in in the past.

Articles and radio or TV shows that already showcase you in the media will always yield more publicity.

No one wants to feel left out of the next big story, so you want to make sure that you are one of those people.

When you are just getting started, paid advertisement is okay; however, when you use our Media Magic program, you will learn to attract publicity.

The media always feels better seeing first hand that you have communicated to the masses through other media outlets.

However, if the story is new and newsworthy, you can easily be a first timer!!

We all have to start somewhere with getting publicity.

What do you currently have in your Media Kit?

Please comment publicity kit strategies below.

To your business & life success,
Shannon Burnett-Gronich
www.ShannonBurnett.com

 

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Where To Start With Attracting Publicity – Why An Expert Power Bio Will Make You Money

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Everyone is always asking, “Where do I start?” when seeking the attention of the media.

You start with your Expert Power Bio!

Expert Power Bio - Media Magic

Rather than a resume, it all starts with your bio or what I refer to as your Expert Power Bio.

Here are a few reasons why the Expert Power Bio will make you money.

Stand Out from the Crowd

An expert power bio helps your product or service stand out from the crowd because it offers all the necessary info to your clients about you before making their final decision. It helps them know who you are, your experience in the given field, as well as why they must consider you before all the other experts in your field. With a powerful and influential bio, you get enough opportunity to be original and make yourself stand out even in the most competitive markets. A bio could help you develop an expert status in your industry even if you’re just a beginner. As a new business, there are numerous ways to have you positioned as an expert in a very short period of time.

Attract High Paying Clients

The most significant advantage you get by creating an expert power bio is that it greatly boosts your credibility as well as trustworthiness among your audience. As a result, this can lead to more sales and revenues. I have found that if you want to raise the price of your product or services, your target customers will happily accept the price increase since they’ll know that you truly deserve the additional investment. Thus, you can easily transition towards the next level without losing any of the trust and loyalty of your clients. Furthermore, a great bio also boosts your odds of finding high- paying clients in the near future.

Get Booked on TV and Radio

The media wants to know who you are and how you can benefit their followers. A good bio becomes very important if you want to gain some exposure through different media channels such as radio, TV, etc. With an Expert Power Bio, it makes it easy to pitch and get the opportunity to show up on these popular shows and magazines to become a well-known authority almost instantly in your field. Also, this allows you to break through all your worries and stresses and finally enjoy a lifestyle which you truly deserve.

 

At the end of the day it comes down to the fact that people want to know who you are and why they should listen to you.

You can grow your business almost overnight with this essential tool.

What ways are you currently using your bio?

Please comment below with your bio ideas and strategies.

Shannon Gronich

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