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Episode #2: Business Lessons from a Relic, a Straw, and a Stain

When you’re first starting out in the PR and advertising business, two things seem to happen. The first thing is that you feel a little desperate when evaluating prospective clients and sometimes have to consider some who aren’t really going to EVER be ideal clients for you (or anyone, for that matter). The second thing is that you get some really crazy prospects who seem to seek you out because you are fresh meat. All of these happened while...

Everything you need to know about social media in 2022: Part One

Instagram and TikTok The world of social media tends to ebb and flow— similarly to Reno’s weather—with blistering heat in December and flurries in July. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the constant software updates, algorithm changes, and trends; however, it’s a crucial part of staying relevant as a business.   If you haven’t already adopted social media into your business marketing plan there are a plethora of reasons why you should definitely be considering it. Businesses lean on...

Episode #1: Starting an agency with a student ID and $1500

Sitting alone in a one-room office at 275 Hill Street in Reno, I’d wondered if I had done the right thing. It was June 1991 and I had just left my job as director of marketing at Saint Mary’s Health System to start Stephanie Kruse and Associates (SKA). I had also just (finally) gotten my MBA from the University of Nevada, and in fact had been able to use my student ID to get a discount on my company’s...

The Boilerplates Take On Vegas – 5 Takeaways From a Public Relations Conference

In late September, two members of KPS3’s public relations team, also known to us as The Boilerplates, attended the PRSA Western District Conference in Las Vegas intended for communications professionals on the Best Coast. The three-day event featured guest speakers, a dine around, and most important, in-person networking – something that was emphasized as a thing of nostalgia several times throughout the event. Suffice to say, we’re here to say that not everything that happens in Vegas, stays in...

The Wonderful, Wonderful Contradiction of Employee Retention

There is real beauty in contradiction… being radically responsible or pleasantly candid or quietly confident. Contradiction is a way of breaking the rules, and I love that. It keeps life spicy. It ensures we’re not just going through the motions without looking up every now and then to say, Hey, is the rulebook we’ve been taught to play by actually working? And when it comes to employee retention, we happen to think the rulebook is a joke. Over my...

Twitter As A Modern-Day Newsroom

Despite contrary belief, noteworthy accounts recently being banned and competitor social media platforms rising to the top to cure pandemic boredom, Twitter is very, very much alive. In fact, with over 330 million users already, it is projected to grow by 2.4% this year. In terms of audience, 63% of users are between the ages of 35 and 65 with two-thirds of that being male. While opinions may vary, when it comes to using Twitter for a brand strategy,...

Tools to Strategize Website UX for SaaS Marketing

You have been given the helm on your SaaS company’s marketing website project. Ready. Set…Go!  Right off the bat, the task may feel overwhelming. This is the main hub of lead/sales generation, so there will be a lot of important decisions to make as you move ahead… There are thousands of assets (e.i. images, videos, copy, animations) that need to be organized and collected from dozens of sources, and each asset needs to have a designated space based on...

How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour

The New Way to Network  What’s in front of us is simple: we miss our friends, we miss our family, and oddly enough, we miss our coworkers. We all sort of share this special bond right now, but we can all agree, we’ve all sort of ALWAYS shared a pretty close bond with our coworkers, too—they just, well, they get it. They get the daily grind because they’re right there with you experiencing it themselves. They’ve been there through...

PR Goes Way Beyond the Press Release

It’s rare that I have an opportunity to write my own thought leadership piece. I spend a lot of time ghostwriting for CEOs and subject matter experts. So this is my Carrie Bradshaw moment where I get to create my own column about relationships. Or perhaps I’m more nouveau riche than that. I’m Emily in Paris writing about how one tweet can put an entity on the world’s stage. Nevertheless, I’m here to talk public relations. What is PR...

Targeting Latinos Beyond Hispanic Heritage Month

Each September, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos by honoring the history, culture and influence of past generations. But why only focus your PR and marketing efforts on a community that surpasses 60 million people one month out of the year? Latinos are Not a Niche Market     Latinos are the largest ethnic market in the U.S. and they control around $1.5 trillion in spending power. Research revealed that Mexican Americans are...