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Six top tips for trade show first-timers

Posted by Ella Delancey on Feb 16, 2015

Lanyards and nametagsTrade shows are excellent opportunities to network, promote your company, and gather quality business leads. However, they can also be daunting places, with huge spaces, thousands of business cards and all those hands to shake. Running an exhibition stand, or just attending a trade show is hard work – especially after the first day or so!

However, Wildfire is here to help, with our top tips for surviving, and absolutely nailing it – whether you’re exhibiting, or simply just attending your first trade show. This guide may even prove useful for a seasoned professional!

Have a strategy

Walking into a trade show blind is a bad idea. Request a copy of the companies attending, and the conferences. Highlight the company stands you particularly want to visit, and make a plan. You could even set up time slots to talk to people prior to the show. Timing and organisation are key.

Don’t go alone

Trade shows are usually big places, and it’s possible you won’t see everything that you want to see.…

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A cold turkey Christmas or all teched out?

Posted by Juliet Philip on Jan 14, 2015

Off switchHow did you spend Christmas? Did you put your smartphone, tablet and laptop to one side and fully engage with the festive season? Or did you spend most of your time tapping on your keyboard or playing on your games console?

Tech PRs and journalists are notorious for keeping an eye on their phones at all times “just in case I miss something” and I would suggest that at Wildfire we are much the same.

However, this Christmas I found myself in cold turkey as I was on a cruise and at sea for days at a time with no access to Wi-Fi, except at vast expense. I had given it no real thought beforehand, despite deciding to leave the iPad behind because of lack of connectivity, and it turned out to be a shock to the system.

It wasn’t just a shock for me, but for many others too if the scores of people hunched over phones, tablets and laptops as soon as the ship docked is anything to go by.…

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P-P-P-P-PR a Penguin

Posted by Alex Warren on Dec 04, 2014

maxresdefaultWhen it comes to marketing, it takes a lot of guts to take on a brand like Coca Cola. For years, the soft drinks vendor has dominated Christmas advertising with its red trucks, animated polar bears, and suitably bloated Santa Claus. For the last few years however, a growing focus on improved storytelling has left Coca Cola’s advertising team standing out in the cold. Now, there’s a new player in town, and his name is Monty the Penguin.

For the last four years, John Lewis has dominated the Christmas airwaves with tales of friendship, family, and the “true” meaning of Christmas. This year was no exception, with the release of the retailer’s latest advertising mascot: Monty – the little penguin who just wanted to be loved.

Only one month after its launch the campaign is already pegged for multiple advertising awards, with Monty himself expected to go down in ad history alongside Alexander the Meerkat, and that grubby Yorkshire tyke from the Hovis adverts.…

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Wildfire’s top 5 last-minute Christmas gift guide tips

Posted by Ella Delancey on Dec 03, 2014

GiftGuide1It’s December, and that only means one thing for everyone in the PR world. It’s the last-minute scramble to squeeze every last drop out of your clients’ Christmas gift guide push.

Any consumer tech PR worth his/her salt will tell you that you should be pitching for Christmas Gift Guides as early as July and we absolutely agree. At the same time there is still work to be done in December when online publications, blogs and print dailies are still hastily putting their guides together.

By December you should have been working on your priority consumer technology, gadget and lifestyle publications for months. Now it’s about casting the net wider and making a last-ditch effort to put your product in front of national and regional daily newspapers.

Follow Wildfire’s Christmas gift guide survival tips to make sure that your client’s festive period really is a season to be jolly.

1. Double-check your PR tools

At this point you’re not going to be sending too many products out for review.…

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PR is NOT a lead generation tool

Posted by Debby Penton on Nov 20, 2014

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Don’t get caught up in last click attribution when trying to measure the impact of PR

In my last blog post I talked about how important PR can be in supporting inbound marketing and driving potential prospects to your website. But beware of viewing PR as a lead generation tool. (And to my fellow PRs don’t ever devalue the work you do by being tempted to sell your work on a cost per acquisition basis.) While digital measurement does give us visibility into the power of PR in building links, driving traffic etc, to boil down the impact of PR to these data points would be the end of our profession.

Just as online retailers are turning their backs on last click attribution (LCA), where the affiliate partner carrying the advert that finally drives a customer through to your site before purchase gets 100% of the reward for the sale, marketers must consider the influence of PR throughout the customer journey.…

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