Tell Your Story Names Kyle Weiner Content Marketing Manager

Tell Your Story is pleased to welcome Kyle Weiner to the team! As Content Marketing Manager, Kyle will contribute in the areas of content strategy and execution, account management and client relationship building, social media community management, digital and social advertising, public relations and data analytics measurement.   “Kyle brings great experience on board to help us further our B2B PR, content marketing and social media community management activities,” said George Rafeedie, Tell Your Story’s President and Founder. “Our clients respect and value us as true partners in helping them in these areas, and Kyle will help take us to the next level.”   Prior to joining Tell Your Story, Kyle worked with Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications, a leading public affairs firm in Chicago, and most recently with Communications Strategy Group (CSG), a content marketing consultancy based in Denver. While at CSG, Kyle developed into a valuable client account lead and content marketing consultant for several...

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Tell Your Story’s Raquel Roman Named One of Chicago’s Top Women in Marketing

[caption id="attachment_6128" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo credit: Digital Megaphone[/caption] Tell Your Story Content Marketing Manager Raquel Roman received a special honor from Digital Megaphone today, International Women's Day. Named one of Chicago's top women in marketing, Raquel was recognized as part of the next generation of brilliant marketers. It's a well-deserved honor, and speaks to the knowledge, dedication, work ethic and marketing savvy we see in Raquel every day at Tell Your Story. SaveSave...

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Parks and Boobs on Giving Tuesday

It's Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. While you probably have many worthy causes you donate to or fundraise for, let me tell you about these two that you may be interested in donating to this year.    Parks I've had the honor of being the president of the Ouilmette Foundation for the Parks in Wilmette, IL. We have a purpose of helping spread joy by supporting our incredible parks for all to enjoy. If you have an interest in Wilmette Parks and what we support, read more here and donate: ouilmettefoundation.org/donate.   Boobs Through Crossfit Wilmette, I've helped raise money every year for an incredible organization called Barbells for Boobs (B4B). B4B raises funds that supports the early detection of breast cancer. This Saturday I am holding a fundraiser in Wilmette with Crossfit and The Rock House to raise money toward our gym's goal. We would love to see...

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Intern’s View: Tell Your Story Welcomes Lucy Dwyer

Hi! My name is Lucy Dwyer and I’m Tell Your Story’s new summer intern. I’m super excited to get hands-on experience in the world of PR, marketing and storytelling. I’m a rising junior in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where I’m majoring in journalism, minoring in sociology and pursuing a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. At school, I design and write for North by Northwestern, a student-centered magazine, and head up social media for Nine Lives, a storytelling podcast. I’m passionate about using my journalistic skills to build better brands.   Outside of school, I spend most of my time managing my Instagram account, @thefoodiefriend. As a long time lover of food, I started The Foodie Friend in 2015 as an outlet to post the numerous food photos I was accumulating on my phone. Today, I have more than 15,000 followers. I really enjoy exploring new restaurants in Chicago, interacting...

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Be Real, Be Courageous & Lead— My Big Takeaway from #ANAB2B

When I go to marketing industry conferences these days, I get more inspired by intangibles, rather than the tangible. Give me something that will really move me or get me thinking deep thoughts. Give me something that I could do in my every day life, not just in my job.   I want to meet people, be inspired by stories, and feel moved to do something different or be reminded of what I need to do to be more successful and fulfilled.   That said, my highlight of the 2017 Masters of B2B Marketing (I still call it BMA) Conference earlier this month in Chicago was one great slide by keynote speaker Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary).     Tamara’s talk was on innovative personal branding and becoming an influencer. The slide and discussion that really hooked me included three simple things to think about:   Be real. Be courageous. Lead.   Simple. Powerful. Moving. These are the types of things that...

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Join Our Team: Summer Internship

Tell Your Story is looking for a Summer Intern! The candidate would need the flexibility to work at our downtown Chicago office, as well as at a shared office space in Wilmette. Hours would range from 30 hours to 40 hours per week for an agreed upon month-to-month stipend.   Responsibilities would include assisting the Tell Your Story team in development, implementation and management of marketing, business development, social media and public relations efforts for a variety of Tell Your Story clients, including healthcare, senior living, building products, software, and more.   Day to day responsibilities to include: Create engaging content for social channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) Blog post and press release writing Measurement and reporting for social media metrics Content curation and research   We will be evaluating candidates based on the following criteria: Major in Marketing Communications or Public Relations Knowledge of available tools and platforms in the social media space Previous internship or...

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Getting To a Great Purpose for Powerful Storytelling

“I had a great day today.”   A simple sentence you may hear often. You may actually say it often. Or maybe not.   “I had a great day today.”   At the opening of our client's OutMatch Insights: Live!, OutMatch CEO Greg Moran talked about what drives him and what drives OutMatch. Simply stated, he wants more people, after a long day of work, to say, “I had a great day today.”   Say it. “I had a great day today.”   That struck me as an incredibly powerful and purposeful reason “why” a company exists. Especially for a company who uses data, analytics and psychology to determine success factors of specific specific people for specific jobs.   “I had a great day today.”   How many people can actually say that after a long day at work?   How many people can say that half the time after a long day of work?   Most of our lives is spent at work or worrying about work. So...

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I Am Not a Content Marketer

  “So, what do you do?” I asked a woman I met at Content Marketing World. “I’m a content marketer,” she replied.   “What do you guys do?” I asked another person I met at the conference. “We developed a content marketing platform for content marketers,” he exclaimed.   Excuse me for finally saying something that has been bugging me for quite some time, but didn’t know how to articulate.   Here it goes.   I consider myself a marketer. I am not a content marketer. I am a marketer.   To all attendees of Content Marketing World 2016, we are not content marketers. We are marketers.   We don’t market content. We market stories. We market organizations. We market people. We market causes.   We are marketers.   We build plans and we are strategic. We provide counsel. We develop great and purposeful stories. We implement technology to make our stories more effective and measurable. We learn and we improve. We lead.   We are marketers.   We were inspired...

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Social Media Advertising 101: How to Get Started

Social news feeds have become a highly competitive space over the last few years, as platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and most recently, Instagram, have opened their self-service advertising models to all businesses. In order to get the maximum results and ROI desired from their content, brands and organizations are finding they have to “pay-to-play” in the social media game. Achieving stellar results organically is more difficult than ever as competition for eyeballs continues to increase, and various marketing research supports the notion that organic reach will be next to zero in the next few years.   Social media advertising, when planned, executed, optimized and measured correctly, is an effective way to: • Increase brand awareness • Extend content reach and help ensure content is served in the right place, at the right time • Promote thought leadership • Create engagement and dialogue among influencers and audiences • Drive targeted website traffic • Enhance SEO and build...

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George Rafeedie Story on Bootstrapping

Tell Your Story Founder George Rafeedie Shares His Story on Bootstrapping in America

As a marketing agency that focuses on developing compelling and valuable stories for its clients, it’s not everyday that we get an opportunity to share our own story.   Tell Your Story’s Founder, George Rafeedie, was a recent guest on Bootstrapping in America, a live online segment produced by the Tastytrade network that highlights entrepreneurs and their paths to success.   George discussed why effective story telling is crucial for an organization’s marketing efforts, in addition to a primary factor in overall business success and growth.   Hear how he’s applied his experience as a corporate marketer to build a small business that’s rooted in creating and sharing great stories through social PR.   ...

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