ARE YOU THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR MARKETING? In marketing you need commitment, consistency and a plan. At Black Ink PR we are dedicated to helping small and medium businesses that need to outsource their marketing. We’re like a CMO for those who don’t have full time staff, the resources or can’t manage it themselves. But no matter who is doing your marketing, you still need to show up and participate in some

HOW VISIBILITY BREEDS FAMILIARITY Essential in today’s marketplace is that your consumer must know, like and trust you. Social media marketing, publicity and content marketing can all be great assets to you and your business. The more you see something, the more familiar you feel with it. People can be prompted into buying things they might not initially want and then be swayed to the fact that they really need them

PR, MARKETING AND SOCIAL: HOW DO YOU KEEP THE LOVE ALIVE?   PR, marketing and social media is not just a labor of love, it’s a long-term commitment to a relationship with your audience. What do I mean by that on this most romantic of days? Simple. If you love your audience, they will love you back. But for that to happen you need to commit to the process in

IN PRAISE OF THE ART OF MARKETING I truly believe that marketing is a form of love. It is an art form that can bring joy, a huge sense of achievement and extraordinary results in business. Marketing in its purest sense speaks to humanity one-to-one in a way that it reaches many. It is so much more than just throwing anything at a wall to see if it makes you

WHY MAKE A WISH WHEN YOU CAN MAKE A PLAN Dear Beautiful People, I want you to succeed in 2019. However, I cannot believe how many times I meet people without any plan. As founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” There is an epidemic of distraction in the world right now and if you have no business plan then you

THE OLD FASHIONED WAY TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS: Customer Service Good old fashioned service will never go out of style. Business might be lead by technology, metrics and economics but at the heart of any successful business is exemplary service. What I’ve learned during my long career as a publicist is that your work should always be done with love, passion and care. Your job is to think about the

GREAT MARKETING: Make It Picture Perfect People will always share a moment that is picture perfect. Social media is full of excited travelers who regularly upload their vacation photos. In 2018 it’s become second nature to share. And why not? Everyone is online these days. The figures are astounding; Twitter now has 335 million users, Instagram has 800 million users and now one billion people use Facebook.  If just a

WHY YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR MARKETING AND PR OFTEN   There are very few things in life that don’t require a do-over. Life evolves, news evolves, and business evolves. Because of that, when it comes to your marketing, PR and social media you should be constantly reinventing what you are putting out to your client base. Marketing and PR are live endeavors. Done well, they can be visceral, exciting and

TRAVEL PR: Are You Giving People Enough Reason to Escape? When it comes to travel marketing there is only one thing you’re truly marketing and that is the idea of escape. How you market such an ethereal yet exhilarating concept is everything. It has to be more than just chocolates and a nice bottle of wine. With the rise of Instagram and social media the idea of escape has never

EARNED, OWNED AND SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLAINED   At Black Ink PR & Marketing we approach media in three ways; through Earned Media, Social Media and Owned Media. Integrated skillfully, these essential elements can propel you from the bleachers to the diamond. But what exactly is earned, owned and social media? It’s difficult to grasp why you need something if you don’t understand it. So here’s what they are and why

NO-ONE EVER GOES TO THE EMPTY RESTAURANT. Why You Need to Market When You’re Busy The biggest key to business success is to market when you’re busy. So when people tell me they are too busy to market I know they are doomed. Either you’re doing it yourself or you’re giving it to someone else to do – but you must be consistent, you must have a strategy and you

MARKETING TRIBES: Set Your Brand Apart by Joining a Subculture Some huge brands, such as Coca-Cola and McDonalds, try to appeal to almost everyone, and they make huge profits around the world. But not every brand can appeal to everyone. Some brands, such as Mountain Dew and Pabst Blue Ribbon are aimed much more directly at certain types of people, giving them a safe market position within a particular subculture.