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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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B2B Marketers Can Learn a Thing or Two from the LMA

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference on behalf of client One North Interactive, a digital marketing and technology agency that has historically worked with some of the world’s largest and most prominent law firms.   [caption id="attachment_3110" align="alignleft" width="383"] One North Interactive's booth[/caption] Maybe it was due to the event backdrop, which was set on the glorious San Diego Bay, or maybe it was the stellar lineup of keynote speakers and session leaders (including One North!), but more than 1,300 legal marketers attended the trade show, setting a record for the international conference.   Although this event was specific to the legal industry, many of the insights and conversations shared apply to all business marketers and professional services organizations. Here are a handful of the ones I noted during my time there.     Relationships don’t build themselves   [caption id="attachment_3109" align="alignright" width="403"] LMA Welcome Session[/caption] Even though building and maintaining business...

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It’s More Than Love – The Female Condom Story

Say the words “female condom” and you’ll get a raised eyebrow, a nervous laugh or worse. But did you know the manufacturer of the FC2 Female Condom is headquartered here in Chicago? The Female Health Company has distributed tens of millions of female condoms to 144 countries around the world since 2007. Recently the company enlisted our help to roll out new female condom packaging, which went from hospital-looking white to passionate purple. [caption id="attachment_3054" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New packaging for the FC2 Female Condom was introduced to public health workers, educators and clinics.[/caption] Tell Your Story was charged with introducing the new package to public health workers, educators and clinics in the U.S., so this was a B2B, not consumer, campaign. We developed refreshed messaging that emphasized the protection, empowerment and choice that the female condom represents for women. The Female Health Company invited five of the world’s leading experts on sexual...

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SVM Debuts New Brand Identity at #SHRM13

  What annual conference connects over 15,000 human resource professionals to 800 exhibitors under one roof? None other than the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) expo! Tell Your Story had the opportunity to witness the excitement firsthand this week at the SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Expo at McCormick Place. This year’s turnout was reportedly the largest in the show’s history—even the show’s Twitter hashtag, #SHRM13, was a trending topic on the social media site.   With a guest speaker lineup including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Blake Mycoskie, and Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords, hundreds of educational sessions, and a performance by Kelly Clarkson, there was undoubtedly enough to be excited about. However, the Tell Your Story team was most enthusiastic about the chance to work hand-in-hand with client SVM, a global leader in incentive and motivation solutions, in their booth.         Over the past few months, Tell Your Story developed and launched an integrated...

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Tell Your Story and SVM at SHRM 2013

This week the Tell Your Story team was at SHRM, which stands for Society for Human Resource Management, to support our client, SVM.  In this video, George talks about the show and SVM's new purposeful message about driving and rewarding positive behavior.  Check it out!   Tell Your Story and SVM at SHRM 2013   Tell Your Story is at SHRM 2013 with our client SVM. In this video, George Rafeedie tells you about SVM's rewards programs incentivizing gift cards to motivate employees and reward customers. ...

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Facebook & Ronald McDonald

We experienced something fun last week with our client USG Corporation. Several weeks ago, USG’s corporate Facebook page was on the verge of getting its 2000th fan and we wanted to celebrate by donating $2,000 to a charity. We had our Facebook fans vote from a list of worthy charities and the Ronald McDonald House Charities won. Last week we presented the check and took a tour of their new downtown Chicago facility, the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. It was the first time that we were involved in a “big check” presentation, so we can check that off our list of accomplishments. And we had a great time getting to know this incredible organization.

Tell Your Story Wins BMA Tower Gold

Tell Your Story Brand Communications was honored with one Gold and two Silver awards last night at the Chicago Business Marketing Association Tower Awards. Work done for trucking equipment and business services company, OnRamp Transportation Services, took top honors in the Public Relations Campaign category, but also earned recognition in the Integrated Campaign and Print Ad Campaign divisions.


The work for OnRamp was also honored earlier this year with an award from the national Business Marketing Association B2 Awards. Read about the details of the campaign here.


We are incredibly proud of our work, especially because of the impact it had in the industry in such a short period of time. We are also humbled that a small, nimble and flexible agency like Tell Your Story can go up against much bigger global agencies and clients and come out on top when compared head-to-head for quality thinking, work and results.


Thank you to BMA, judges and all our friends in the industry for this great recognition.

Telling Your Story: The Importance of Media Training

Telling Your Story: The Importance of Media Training



You’ve carefully crafted your message and now you’re ready to spread the word. Now what?


Unfortunately, the ‘now what’ can be a purgatory for many companies, nonprofit organizations, and public figures’ messages. After identifying what you want to communicate it’s time to figure out how to do so. This is where one of the most vital services a public relations advisor offers comes into play. Media training can greatly add to the effectiveness of a PR campaign and is a must-know for any spokesperson or representative interacting with the media. So what is media training and how can it help you?


Media training often consists of a classroom training session where participants learn strategies to help them successfully communicate during on or off-camera interviews with reporters. There are few people who are completely comfortable being interviewed, which is why it’s so important to prepare yourself or your spokesperson to feel relaxed in a Q&A setting. Media training will teach you how to get your message across to your audience, will provide you with the confidence to answer unexpected questions, and can help you to keep an interview on-track so that your goals for the news segment or radio show are met.