Spring 2018
Name Dropping
Here's a sampling of what's going on with our clients and staff:

The 2018 shipping season at the Port of Green Bay has officially launched. The Michigan Great Lakes arrived at the Port of Green Bay on March 26 at 4:26 p.m. Ice breaking kept the Port open longer during its 2017 shipping season in order to bring in shipments of petroleum products and salt; it came to a close on January 22, 2018.

In celebration of Brown County’s 200th anniversary, Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is running a fun giveaway of limited-edition Brown County 200th Anniversary Opoly Games. Those who answer GRB trivia questions correctly on their Facebook page are entered to win. The giveaway will run until April 13. If you’d like to participate, go to the GRB Facebook page to enter.

Increased demand and full flights have resulted in the three airlines serving Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) to increase capacity. GRB is served by American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. A number of regional jets, with 50 seat capacities, are being upgraded to jets with 70 to 76 seats. Throughout the month of May, all GRB carriers are scheduled to increase the seat capacity nearly 15 percent.

A partnership between the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the American Transmission Co. has resulted in a new family and kid-friendly bird identification book, “Field Guide to 100 Birds of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.” The books feature color photos, narratives about each bird including where they typically nest, and a fun “fly fact” about each bird. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Please welcome PPG Oak Creek to Facebook! The page was recently launched and features fun facts about the company and its products as well as job postings and more!

Recycling is on the rise for Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties. In 2017, the total amount of materials recycled was over 115,000 tons, an increase of more than 5,000 tons from 2016. Through Brown County Resource Recovery, residents and businesses recycled more than 29,000 tons of material, the highest total to date.

A recent Market Pulse Survey, completed by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, indicates that more than half of the business brokers and advisors surveyed expect the shrinking labor market will cause more business owners to expand through acquisition, with talent acquisition becoming a key part of the business buying strategy.

Congratulations to Scott Bartol, Principal of Clay Lamberton Elementary School in the Berlin Area School District, for being named Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin School Counseling Association. Well deserved!
 
The Wisconsin CASA Association is holding the inaugural “I am for the Child Day” on Wednesday, April 18 to call attention to the issue of child abuse. Please wear blue on April 18 in recognition of the day and use the hashtag #CASAwearsBlueDayWI

Plastics Technology introduced readers to the Wisconsin Plastic’s Inc.’s (WPI) new cobot, a revolutionary robot aiding the WPI team in the manufacturing process.
 
Good news! The I-39/90 mainline project will be completed one year earlier than expected. All mainline project work will be completed in 2021.
 
Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction received the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business Achievement Award at its 2018 Annual Awards. Congratulations!
 
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is having a big year! The story of the Shrine and miracles that have taken place there aired on Megyn Kelly TODAY in March. On Monday April, 9, EWTN will air a special titled “The Miracles of Champion.”
Taking the Podcast Plunge
Podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular PR tool. A recent study by Edison Research found more than 40 percent of the American population has listened to a podcast and, of those, 27 percent subscribe to a podcast. It’s a great communication tool and a way to showcase your expertise. But, before you take the podcast plunge, there are A LOT of questions to answer:

What’s the purpose of your podcast? Who is your audience? What will your theme be? How many episodes will you produce? Who will develop the content? And then, you have to decide who is your host? Who will be your guests? And who will produce your podcast so it sounds good for your listeners?

And speaking of listeners, how are you going to attract listeners? (This isn’t a “if you build it, they will come” type of deal.) You also have to think of ways to visualize your podcast so you can cross promote it via social and earned media. And, of course, you have to decide how you will measure your success.

So, If you’re thinking of producing a podcast, don’t just jump in and do it. You have to approach it strategically like any other communication effort. Yes, that takes some time and effort, but it will be time worth spending. After all, don’t you want your podcast to be listed among the “best in the business?” Now it’s time to get to work. Your podcast audience is waiting!
No Budget? No Problem!
Content creation and planning are a must for effective PR and social media. But don’t think you have to spend hundreds of dollars on programs, software or subscriptions to create quality content. In fact, these top 5 favorite platforms are FREE!

  1. Canva is perfect for social media graphics because the dimensions of each design are preset for each platform. Create cover photos, infographics, banners and more in minutes with free layouts that are easy to customize.
  2. Lumen 5 is a video generator website for turning short articles or blogs into vlogs. Simply add the text you would like in your video, and images will populate. Music, photos and text are easily changeable, quickly creating a video perfect for social media.
  3. MailChimp gives users endless options for creating and distributing email marketing, e-newsletters, and landing pages. Also,customizable MailChimp allows users to A/B test their materials and track the performance of your campaigns after distribution.
  4. DesignEvo is the way to go for custom logo design in no time. Choose from thousands of icons, layouts and fonts to create a logo as unique as your company.
  5. Pixabay and Pexels are two great starting points for free stock photos. Like most free websites, options can be limited, but Pixabay and Pexels are great solutions for simple, beautiful photos to accompany any content.   
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