Category Archive: Orlando Public Relations Event

@NBCOlympics takes gold in social media for the 2018 Winter Olympics

The #WinterOlympics have swept the nation and many have turned their attention to Pyeongchang. But the deluge of coverage isn’t just on your TV. Post after post about the Olympics are likely filling up your feeds, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat. With such stiff competition, one account has climbed its way to the top in the arena that is social media.

Here are the top five reasons why we believe @NBCOlympics is taking home the gold:

  1. Outstanding preparation.

Those behind @NBCOlympics have obviously done their homework. Just by looking through the various platforms, you can see a lot of preparation was done. One post we believe represents this best is the “100 gold medals” video that was posted immediately after Shaun White took home Team USA’s 100th gold medal in the Winter Olympics. With the amount of research and the emotional pull, it’s obvious this video wasn’t put together in five minutes.

 

  1. Tapping into what’s trending.

On social media, the conversation moves faster than you can refresh your page. In order to get people to engage with your content, you need to plug yourself into the ever-changing discussion. @NBCOlympics is doing a great job keeping up-to-date with what’s trending. When Twitter exploded over snowboarder Chloe Kim tweeting about ice cream and churros, @NBCOlympics seized the opportunity in the form of a hilarious video featuring a churro in the place of the gold medalist’s snowboard.

 

  1. Creating shareable content.

What catches people’s attention on the internet and makes them laugh? Meme-worthy photos and hilarious captions. People love laughing at memes and most importantly, sharing them with their followers. @NBCOlympics has been creating some excellent content, balancing the professional and newsworthy with the more light-hearted.

 

  1. Reacting to outside events.

Just like it’s important to stay up-to-date with what’s trending, brand managers need to keep in mind what’s going on in the world. Valentine’s Day happens every year on February 14, and this year, it fell during the Olympics. @NBCOlympics did a great job using this holiday to write creative and funny posts like these Valentine’s Day cards.

 

  1. Encourage engagement.

When you’re creating social media content, one of the main goals is to drum up engagement. @NBCOlympics is doing an incredible job creating content that gets people involved with the Winter Olympics. One way those behind the account are achieving this is through #EverydayOlympics. These are videos of ordinary people “competing” in Olympic events in their everyday lives, which both encourages people to create their own content and share with the brand and encourages others to comment and share.

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your social media accounts, get some inspiration from the account that deserves the gold, @NBCOlympics. And if you want some help in reaching gold status yourself, give us a call at 407-390-9999 or email Will at will@wellonscommunications.com. We’re already feeling inspired and can’t wait to help you become a social media champion.

Competing for attention in the Age of Distraction

Think for a moment about all the distractions that compete for attention in your work life.

Phone calls, texts, emails, meetings. Questions from employees. Questions from clients. Unanticipated interruptions. Add to this your personal life, which has the same ongoing level of activity.

WC#1-18, Jan 25, 2018The result? Very little time to stop and ask “Where are we, where are we going, how are we going to get there, and what are we going to say about ourselves that will help us achieve our goals?”

Now, put yourself in the mindset of your target audience and your clients. They suffer from the same busy professional and personal challenges you experience.

The point? Offices – and the people who manage and work in them – are enormously busy. In short, offices are centers of multi-tasking that offer little or no time to pause and contemplate the next steps.

Working in the Age of Distraction

Cal Newport, a computer scientist at Georgetown University, is the author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.

Newport points out that constant distractions that challenge our work life tend to dominate our work life. They take away from what Newport calls Deep Work, which is the ability to focus without distraction on a demanding task.

According to Newport, Shallow Work (the opposite of Deep Work) fragments and pre-empts one’s ability to come up with one of those benchmark “A-ha” solutions that can make your unique selling proposition stand apart.

Apply Deep Work to communications and you get a sense of how important it is to think differently and clearly, without distraction, and how it can transform how you go about your business and what you say about it.

You can get learn more about Deep Work in a fascinating report that recently was broadcast on National Public Radio.

Getting your message past the distractions

So, how does Wellons Communications help you succeed in the Age of Distraction?

We adhere to the notion of keeping it simple. We develop strategies, approaches, and messages aimed at battling through the communications clutter.

When possible, we use simple, declarative sentences. And we project the same message over and over again, using consistency to ensure that once we have captured attention, our message is reinforced until our audience has absorbed and agreed with it.

What does simplicity do for your marketing?

Our “keep it simple” approach delivers three key benefits to your overall marketing approach:

1. Simple messages are easy to understand.

2. Simple messages answer “What’s in it for me?”

3. Simple messages attract attention.

The most visual example of great message-making in its simplest form is a billboard. They are quick to read, present a single thought, and tell you what they think you need to learn.

Let us simplify your public relations and communications.

If you have read this far, you’ve been distracted enough. If our message has worked, we hope you will want to learn more about how Wellons Communications can assist you in marketing your product or service. You can reach me at 407-339-0879 or by email at will@wellonscommunications.com.

Believe me, I will be happy for the distraction.

Council of 101 Hosts Festival of Trees Media Preview

The 29th Annual Festival of Trees took place at the Orlando Museum of Art. We have had the pleasure of working with Council of 101 for several years, and it was an honor to organize their media preview kicking off the 2015 Festival of Trees event.

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A media preview is beneficial to any business. It can offer a promotional boost in advance of an event opening or product launch, and it gives you the opportunity to spotlight your unique angles for an audience that is equipped to spread the word far and wide.

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Media events rely on having not only the proper contacts, but the right approach. A specific structure is expected for a successful media event as well. We pride ourselves on our ability to help you put your best foot forward for the most appropriate audience.

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Many thanks to the media guests in attendance, and kudos to Council of 101 for another enchanting display! The organization has raised over $6.5 million dollars benefiting the arts, children’s programs, and the museum.

Public relations provides a recipe for success for restaurants on Orlando’s International Drive

Though new food fads are created daily in the restaurant business, it is often the old favorite dishes and drinks that are top sellers.

The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360

The same is true is in restaurant marketing. Public relations – announcing your story before everyone else does it for you – has been around for years. Some might say that public relations and its main dish, the press release, are old news in today’s digital age. Yet PR is still the building block for restaurant success and a key step to customer credibility.

For owners with an eye on the bottom line, restaurant PR can produce results. It can get people talking about your restaurant, your new space or your new menu.

Wellons Communications has had success with restaurants across the Sunshine State, launching new restaurants and keeping existing brands in the public eye – no matter where the customer gets their news.

This month kicks off the  celebration for Orlando I-Drive 360, a new entertainment complex with the Orlando Eye, attractions and host of wonderful shopping and dining options. Our agency is proud to play a part in the promotion of this new mecca for tourists. We were honored to open Tin Roof, a restaurant and live music venue, as well as Cowgirls Rockbar.

We also opened and partied with McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the neighboring complex Vue at 360. For each of the openings we used public relations to help find qualified staff, educate food media on new signature dishes and create credible media buzz that brings people in the door.

At Wellons Communications, we don’t make the food – but we do make it sizzle.

In Public Relations, sometimes it is the small audiences that matter

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Barnie’s Coffee & Tea held a pep rally this month in Baldwin Park for the Orlando Magic playoff run and to announce its new limited-time-only coffee appropriately named Orlando Magic Blend.

The rally generated coverage from NBA Web sites, Orlando TV, The Orlando Sentinel and even far away coffee trades. From a pure public relations standpoint, the event was a huge hit. Barnie’s Coffee & Tea owner Phil Jones was gracious and charming with the crowd as they waited to get autographs from former Magic Player Bo Outlaw, get pictures taken with the Magic Girls or spin the Magic prize wheel.

But the real hit of this event cannot be judged solely by media coverage or the number of blue & white Magic Blend coffee bags sold. The best word-of-mouth advertising came from a group of school children from Audobon Park Elementary School, who took a lunch break from their studies and visited with the Magic Girls and played with Stuff. The kids too young for Orlando Magic Blend quenched their thirst with tasty peach lemonade.

A few days after the event, Barnie’s received hand-written notes from the kids thanking them for the event and expressing the fun they had. Those notes can now be seen at the Baldwin Park Store for all Magic and Barnie’s fans to enjoy.

Goes to show you: Uplifting the community provides its own great PR.

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