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Commonwealth Partnerships is honored to have been recognized with a 2017 Virginia Public Relations Award. Along with Keiter and HHHunt, we we received an Award of Merit in the Media Relations category for a story we helped coordinate about the importance of adoption benefits in the workplace. The story was prominently featured on the front page of the Sunday Business section in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and highlighted the  leading adoption benefits at Keiter and HHHunt.

Some things are just better in motion. Aside from the traditional graphic or video, animated GIFs are a fun alternative to capture your audience and keep them engaged. GIFs are a major trend in digital marketing and are currently shared even more than JPEG and PNG formats. The fact that people only remember 20 percent of the text they read without visuals is one reason that GIFS have become so popular. They convey emotion and information in a quick and entertaining way that many other mediums can’t match.

Pokemon Go uses augmented reality to “catch” Pokemon in real-world places.

This week has been exciting in that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the F8 developer conference that we will see more platforms and apps using augmented reality, especially on Facebook and Instagram. This is a further testament to how marketing is moving into the digital landscape and isn’t looking back.

media trainingThe adage that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation but only seconds to destroy one or that you only make a first impression once can be applied to a wide array of scenarios, including your interactions with the media. It’s always surprising, then, why so many people think that can just “wing it” when it comes to media interviews. This approach is common across many industries, but especially true when it comes to professional service firms. Whether accountants, investment advisors, lawyers, financial planners, architects, or engineers, subject matter experts in complex fields too often miss the mark when provided with media opportunities. The reasons as to why so many professionals take this view could be the subject of an entire blog post. Rather than focus on the problem, I want a take a closer look at a reasonable solution that works: media training and interview prep.