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7 Tips to Regain Lost Revenue

I work with many individuals and their respective businesses that suffer from revenue gain. Many blame politics, the economy, etc. It is very easy to play the victim. Business owners love using victimology to create excuses as to why business is off.

The issue with victimization is that a) it does not repair revenue and b) it only creates more depression. When business is bad, you need to think like the athlete in a slump; return to basics and get your butt back in the game!

You might ask, what do I mean by a return to basics? Start by going back to the core issues that helped to create the organization in the first place. Seek out what brought the company to elevation and what brought it down. What I typically find is many entrepreneurs forget the most important company idea – working the pipeline. So here are a few things to consider:

1. Pipeline Management – if you want business then you must ensure for not only present but future growth. 15% of every day must be focused on networking and creating new leads.

2. Marketing – It is amazing how poorly many articulate the message. You must speak to the value you provide and the issues customers currently face. Speaking about you, clients you have does not matter – results and returns are imperative.

3. Messaging – Do you have a value proposition based on value? If you are unclear of what you do how is your client to understand?

4. Promotion – 15% of your day must be invested with sending your message to multiple markets. In 2017 branding will be vital and if you do not have a brand that consumers know you will be lost in the ocean of marketing noise.

5. Customer Service – If you reputation sucks and you are poor with customer service you will never get business! Consumers are your best marketing avatars.

6. Pride – Stop allowing pride to get in your way. Who cares if you are the CEO? If you are unwilling to work as hard as your sales and marketing team or you sit in a cushy office behind a big desk, that does not articulate value to your potential consumers. Even the best CEO’s market!

7. Disruption – There is nothing, and I mean nothing, new under the sun. You have competition and you must position yourself differently from them. If you do not think in terms of disruption, you will never be known.

©2017. Drew Stevens, all rights reserved.

Drew Stevens is the CEO of highly acclaimed Orca Communications a national public relations firm specializing in getting attention and brand recognition for entrepreneurs and small business.

By : admin /June 21, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

The Ripple Effect with Dr. Drew Stevens, Episode 2 – When Start Ups Stumble

On this episode of The Ripple Effect with Dr. Drew Stevens, Drew takes a look at start ups.What causes a start up to fail, and how can you avoid or remedy that? Take a deep dive with Drew this episode to find out!

By : admin /June 20, 2017 /Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

3 Secrets to Stable Business

Since the 2008 recession, many individuals have staked their claim in developing a business. The trust and the greed of both Wall Street and Main Street have many deciding to control their destinies. While it is most honorable to start a business, many things require what are called staying power.

A good example of this is to look at any retail strip mall in the United States. There are many barren storefronts. While the media tends to claim that much of this is related to the Internet, some may argue poor entrepreneurial decisions. Moreover, the Internet does allow individuals to make individual claims without substantive proof. For example, look at the numerous consultants and coaches that are self-proclaimed experts in various things. Propaganda does not make for the successful business – implementation does.

While many businesses might have terrific products or services, there are several factors that lead directly to bankruptcy.

1. Customer service – The purpose of business is simple – to acquire and retain customers. I was in a retail store most recently, and it took almost 15 minutes for one of the selling representatives to notice that I was even there. And, the owner of the business was in the store but had no interest in speaking with potential customers. When you believe you’re above the law and narcissism is the name of the game you will have little traffic come your way.

2. Delegation- I am always amazed by small business owners that decide to utilize Microsoft Word and other electronic products to produce marketing collateral, business cards, and even promotions. A good exercise is to think about what your annual income is and then divide that by the number of hours in a day. If your pay is in the 6 to 7 figure range, then it’s best to allow professionals to handle marketing collateral and printing material on the best stock available. Wasting your time on items that distract you from networking and having customer conversations will not provide you business opportunities.

3. Marketing – You must invest at least 15% of your gross income in marketing. Taking the money and spending it on luxurious vacations or even in home furnishings does not place focus where it needs to be – on customers! Additionally, marketing must be consistent and relentless. Marketing requires that you focus on it daily so that you can build community and eventually a cult following. When your marketing is working, you should have a following no different than a celebrity, a rock star or even religion. Look around you today. Are you capturing audience attention? Is the traffic on your website or even in your retail location where you wanted to be? Perhaps you’re not consistent and relentless in your marketing. Finally, you need to articulate value and differentiation. Using words and phrases that the competition uses does not separate you from the pack. You need to speak in a manner that customers seek.

Nobody said that running a business was easy part if you focus on the most important things which are customer acquisition and retention you build a solid base and a stable economic future.

 

If your business is not where you need it today and you are seeking higher levels of visibility and greater gains in your marketing approach then connect with me today and let’s invest a few moments of your time with A FREE 30 MINUTE STRATEGY SESSION.

Or, if you’re looking to understand some of the issues and frustrations of your business why don’t you email me today and I’ll send you a free copy of my special report12 Frustrations Of Small Business Owners And How To Cure Them”.

 

©2017. Drew Stevens, all rights reserved.

Drew Stevens is the CEO of highly acclaimed Orca Communications a national public relations firm specializing in getting attention and brand recognition for entrepreneurs and small business.

By : admin /June 14, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

Three Reasons Why Your Social Media Is Not Converting Into Real Business

By Drew Stevens

For many years, I have experienced small businesses conducting an array of things that not only take away from the firm but executed poorly. In today’s world, many entrepreneurs believe it is easier to take things on to save money. These include but are not limited to: making business cards, making copies of marketing brochures and even conducting marketing.

Do not misunderstand me; I am all about saving money but sometimes being frugal disrupts the business flow. Therefore, which is easier, struggling over the design of the business card that takes three hours away from your connecting with potential clients or allowing a professional to do it?

The same holds true with social media. Just because you have a Facebook or LinkedIn account, does not mean it equates to business acquisition. I have experienced so many entrepreneurs that sit in front of a computer for hours on end creating Facebook posts with no customers to account for months end! If you are genuinely interested in saving time in gaining more customer revenue than here are three things you need to be attentive to what a concern social media marketing.

1 – The DIY approach may not be your best approach. Many individuals believe that they can do their own marketing to save time and money. Let me ask you a question. How many times have you started your day with several things you wanted to accomplish only to have not achieved them?  Marketing requires a consistent and relentless approach. With the multitude of items that you have on your plate as an owner, there is no possible way for you to contribute enough time and attention to your daily marketing efforts.

2 – A number of likes and number of hits. Many entrepreneurs are tickled by the number of likes gained from a particular post. However, there is a crucial need to look beyond the like. What is most important are not the number of likes, but rather what converts into actual sales. There were too many entrepreneurs letting people know that they have 1 million likes on a post. They failed to tell them they only have $10 in the savings account. Which is more important to you, being liked, or being bought?

3 – Demographics and differentiation. Too many entrepreneurs spend and in working amount of time on the social media networks that THEY use. The issue here is that there is a lack of focus on the business’s core demographic. It does not matter that you have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, snapshot, Instagram or any other social media channel.  What matters most is the channels used by your core demographic. Moreover, are you provocative or different enough from your competition? If you are not aligned with your core demographic and not speaking in a voice that creates attention, then you are only wasting time.

Take a few moments to examine your social media impact. By taking a good look at where your best investment is, the simple changes can create the greatest gains. So rather than do-it-yourself look for someone that can provide you a consistent and relentless approach and provide you with the opportunities that you’re looking for.

If your business is not where you need it today and you are seeking higher levels of visibility and greater gains in your marketing approach then connect with me today and let’s invest a few moments of your time with A FREE 30 MINUTE STRATEGY SESSION.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to understand some of the issues and frustrations of your business why don’t you email me today and I’ll send you a free copy of my special report12 Frustrations Of Small Business Owners And How To Cure Them”.

 

©2017. Drew Stevens, all rights reserved.

Drew Stevens is the CEO of highly acclaimed Orca Communications a national public relations firm specializing in getting attention and brand recognition for entrepreneurs and small business.

 

By : admin /June 07, 2017 /Uncategorized /0 Comment Read More

Top Seven Customer Service Issues

People expect good service by everyone from car dealerships to computer companies. Customer Service has made and broken countless businesses since commerce was invented. Simply review the national or regional news, and you will see stories from the sublime to the ridiculous such as Wells Fargo and Office Depot. If you think it does not matter, then I’m willing to bet on what side of history your business will be. For those of you who care about your business, here are seven customer service issues that you must be attentive to in your business.

 

1 – Not Being Courteous

Countless studies have shown that people transmit subliminal signals that can affect other’s emotional state. In other words, if you’re in a bad mood, you’re going to make those around you sour. An unpleasant interaction will equal an unpleasant experience. This can be fixed with basic manners. Such as, smile more often, say hello, you are welcome, please, and thank you. This goes for your employees as well.

 

2 – Keeping Poor Records

There are many times where customer service issues tend to hinge on ethical concerns. Records management is essential when ensuring customer service. Issues such as overbilling clients, ignoring sales taxes, suggesting items were shipped when not, etc. are all a large part of the customer service equation. If you want to ensure your records are correct, you must look at every customer touch point and walk it through before the customer does.

 

3 – Wait Times

Time is money. All inquiries most have some form of response within in an hour. You must never underestimate how deeply people value their time; there are always people willing to pay for this. If you show consideration for this, often, it will be repaid in turn. For example, I return all calls in 90 minutes and emails in 2 hours. Why have an automated telephone system when you can pay people to be mindful of your great asset?

 

4 – Arguing with Customers

Ever hear the saying, “the customer is always right,” and wonder if it was true? Well, it depends, how much do you like making money? This applies to service based industries, but with customer increasingly becoming more reliant to reviewer based ratings in making their purchasing decisions, our brand images are increasingly reliant on those reviews. So, keep in mind, sometimes it’s better to bend policy than to argue. Moreover, if the client is persistently argumentative, you can divorce them.

 

5 – Poor Training of Agents and Staff

It is a mistake too commonly seen with small businesses; incompetence, rudeness, incorrect information, and apathy. It’s imperative that you give your employees the necessary tools to be able to accomplish their job in the least costly manner. With proper training, you can decrease costs and increase revenues.

 

6 – Giving Customers the Runaround

We have all been there; after waiting for an hour with customer service, we find ourselves being given another number to call. Beyond being dishonest, it is extremely short sighted and poor business to do. We are all paid to solve a problem, if we are unable to solve the problem, then our source of revenue will go elsewhere. If you find yourself unable to solve a problem, be honest, and either offer to research it or a method of contact to someone who can.

 

7 – Not Listening

How can you fix a problem if you do not understand what the problem is? Listening is a key component to service. It is the only way to make sure you are solving the problem and that you satisfy the needs of your customers. By listening you can better understand the flaws of your organization and sometimes even the solutions. Above all else, when genuinely done, it shows you respect your customers.

Drew Stevens is the CEO of highly acclaimed Orca Communications a national public relations firm specializing in getting attention and brand recognition for entrepreneurs and small business.

©2017. Drew Stevens, all rights reserved.

By : admin /May 31, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

SEO Secrets for Small Business

Many years ago, running the business seemed so natural. You would either invent or represent a product or service, place it on the shelf and begin selling. The problem today is that there is so much technology involved. There are websites to be considered, social media avenues, and terminology that we don’t even understand. I recall back in the 1990s trying to determine what TCP/IP meant, however, now we have terms such as SEO that at times require another college degree. If you are a small business owner, my intention in this article is to help you understand and explore the need for SEO – search engine optimization.

I was born in the 1960s, so I remember these enormous directories placed on my parents front door known as the Yellow Pages©. The Yellow Pages listed every single business within my regional area. Now, if you live in urban centers such as Metropolitan New York or Los Angeles, you can imagine the size of these books! Seeking to discover the best physician, dentist, or attorney was as difficult as attempting to find a needle in a haystack.

Today, things are different with the use of the Internet. At the dawn of the millennium came what is now a huge company known as Google. Google followed organizations such as; Dog pile, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista to help individuals like you and I find information in the vast world of the Internet. There are over 500 million websites in existence today, and with so much noise it ‘s hard to determine one vendor from another.

Approximately five years ago, Google along with other software developers invented a methodology so that you could utilize directories such as the Yellow Pages© more efficiently. SEO or better known as search engine optimization is a method for you to find that needle in the haystack easily. Search engine optimization is a process with the use of words, phrases, URL links and even images to be found easier on the Internet. Think of SEO as a call for help in a big venue such as a rock concert – your voice this heard amongst the noise.

The simple fact is if you want your business to be found on the Internet, then you must use search engine optimization. Here are some simple things that might get you started so that if your business or your website is not obtaining the traffic, you desire these ideas might create some changes.

  1. Keywords- Keywords are nothing more than the specific descriptors for your business. For example, if you are an auto repair shop or the manufacturer of the soap, then you need to have the words that your consumers use to help find you on the Internet. Using terms such as auto accident, car dings, dents, fender bender, etc. will allow your auto repair shop to be found more easily. Similarly, if you manufacture soap, then you want to use words such as antibacterial, hand soap, bath soap and so on. Further, you need to ensure that your city and state also appears on your website. These keywords must be shown on pages of your site where you describe your products and services. This will allow your site to appear quickly on the first page of Google and be considered amongst your competitors.
  2. Content marketing- There is a tremendous amount of banter within the Internet community on blogging and distribution of content. Many believe that material creates more noise on the Internet – it does. However, creating content for your potential consumer base allows others to find you easier because you are using keywords to attract them. Content marketing utilizes a process that helps to update your website with newer and frequent content, making it more attractive during a potential consumer’s search. This phase of search engine optimization is vital to the success of your business.
  3. Developing link relationships- Similar to the way that you would network with individuals so that you can obtain business, search engine optimization works in the same vein. A secret to your success would be creating links from your website with alliances from other vendors. These can be retail establishments, other e-commerce businesses or simply business relationships. Creating links from other sites to your site allows your business to be found easier.
  4. It’s a process- One of the biggest mysteries about search engine optimization is that many business owners believe you create something and leave it alone. Not true! Search engine optimization is a continuous process and will take you time. If you have little love it it would be worth it for you to invest in outside individuals to assist you.

Lastly, one of the biggest mysteries of not only the Internet but small business is that you need to think like the larger companies. Search engine optimization, much like marketing and sales, needs to be conducted consistently and relentlessly. One cannot expect to open a retail establishment in a strip mall and believe if you open they will come. Not true! Every business needs to continually market daily. Therefore, as a small business, it is imperative to use the tools at your fingertips to create a vibrant business.

To give you a leg up I suggest that you gain some good understanding of SEO to help you gain better insight into being found in a deep sea of competition. If you require additional thoughts do not hesitate to ask me a question. I would love to hear from you contact me here.

Additionally, if you are having issues creating visibility and revenue for your business, you might be interested in knowing you are not alone. Download my free 12 Frustrations of Small Business today! This quick whitepaper provides the 12 most common issues of small business and how to cure them. And, it is absolutely free.

Drew Stevens is the CEO of highly acclaimed Orca Communications a national public relations firm specializing in getting attention and brand recognition for entrepreneurs and small business.

By : admin /May 26, 2017 /Blog, News /0 Comment Read More

Best of 2016!

2016 was a good year to be an Orca client! The hits practically didn’t stop! We’re so proud of all the fantastic earned media coverage our clients received. It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are a few of our favorite placements of the past year.

We wish you all a very prosperous 2017! Cheers!

Our team landed numerous clients on NBC’s “TODAY Show” todayin 2016 including The Great Coaster in a segment about Summer Fun Gadgets, Scoopy as a spring cleaning fix, and iFly as a unique ‘experience’ gift this holiday season:  http://on.today.com/2hzE9zE  http://on.today.com/2h3zhR0  http://on.today.com/1pdiSw3

Our client’s dream came true when we placed his awesome product, HyperChiller, in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine!chillerOur client Fusion Gates was placed in a beautiful spread in the November issue of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine!

Our client The Great Plate received incredible exposure when we nabbed them coverage on The Rachael Ray Showhttp://rach.tv/2ipBbPo

Good Housekeeping Magazine shared a heartwarming and riveting four-page story that included our client Family Tree DNA in the June issue!

Our client GrowOya was also prominently featured in the May issue! And its online counterpart, GoodHouskeeping.com, featured our client DoorBird as one of the best new smart home products: http://bit.ly/2hCoKA3

The New York Times printed a wonderful review of our client Pubware in June:  http://nyti.ms/2ipAlC7screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-1-31-24-pm

After months of hard work, our client Family Tree DNA was part of a tear-jerking story on ABC’s 20/20 . Thanks to Family Tree DNA, adoptees across the country are learning how they can locate their biological relatives. http://abcn.ws/1nAKf32

CNN.com included Genius Pack and Airpocket in this roundup of “8 hottest new accessories for travelers.” http://cnn.it/2ipAuWbscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-1-43-53-pmIt’s common practice around our office to score coverage for clients on the goliath Huffington Post … just a few featured in 2016 include Onanoff, Meriwether Gifts, and Bullets2Bandages: http://huff.to/2ixCV6c   http://huff.to/1Z381AS

Got tech? Need PR? Orca has you covered! Our publicists secured a wide variety of great features this year for clients in the tech space, including LinkPlay Cobblestone on The Gadgeteer and Onanoff and Gululu on Android Guys: http://bit.ly/2ilkguZ   http://bit.ly/2ify3F6   http://bit.ly/29PutKl

Earin made a big splash at CES with the world’s smallest wireless earbuds, and CNET‘s review was glowing! They also conducted a live interview from the scene: http://cnet.co/1ZT13Qn
screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-1-54-50-pmPowerhouse Techcrunch agreed that our client PunkPost was a brilliant and time-saving alternative to writing handwritten notes: http://tcrn.ch/2hTZX6w

Tech Times raved about our client Earin saying they’re the wireless earbuds they were looking for: http://bit.ly/2hwNB3c

Inc.com chose our client Hydaway bottle as a great gift under $30 for millennials: http://on.inc.com/2heR4UD

Boasting 6.1 billion monthly readers, Yahoo.com featured Orca client Gekkopod as one of eight great tech gifts this holiday season: https://yhoo.it/2htUNkJscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-2-00-33-pmBullets2Bandages was featured at the top of the list on FoxNews.com in the  2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide: http://fxn.ws/1ssTaWt

Our publicists landed many clients – Hydaway Bottle, Goodhangups, and Gululu Interactive – on Forbes.com this year: http://bit.ly/2hzPfVc   http://bit.ly/2ipyi0Jforbes

In June, our client Genius Pack shined in the glossy pages of Real Simple Magazine. And the mag’s online counterpart, RealSimple.com, couldn’t get enough of Orca clients this year! Multiple clients were chosen as clever solutions, including PhoneSoap, deFUNkit, Goodhangups, Barbarian Bar Tools, Hydaway Bottle, The Beach Glass and Peekaboos Ponytail Hats:
http://bit.ly/1RQ2U4y  http://bit.ly/2iNc5KW  http://bit.ly/2ipFA4R  http://bit.ly/2iMBkJj

Gear Patrol, the wildly popular daily magazine for men, featured Orca client the Hydaway bottle in a story about celebrating the Great American Summer! http://bit.ly/29vwX0n

The bible of outdoor adventure, Outside Magazine, shared our client deFUNkit with its millions of online readers – and after receiving hundreds of orders, they SOLD OUT on Amazon.com! http://bit.ly/2ilfA8jscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-2-14-14-pm

In-flight magazines can be a publicity/sales bonanza for a product, since the magazine is read and re-read by thousands of passengers. Orca publicists snagged features for two clients – Hydaway Bottle and Onanoff – in the July edition of Delta SKY Magazine. http://bit.ly/2hUmrnX

The 11 million plus readers of Scholastic.com are interested in cool educational tech tools and Orca client BuddyPhones is a perfect fit!:  http://bit.ly/2hvCTeu

Taking pics with your pooch just got easier! Dogster Magazine featured Orca client Pooch Selfie: http://bit.ly/2ilRIl3

HandsOn Gloves grooming and bathing solution for pets is the “pick of the litter” being selected by PEOPLE magazine editors in an article about “10 Affordable Stocking Stuffers for the Pets and Animal Lovers in Your Life!”  This was actually their 2nd feature this year on this popular site! http://bit.ly/2hUlFqYpeople

SELF.com  featured The Running Buddy in a article titled “23 Gifts For The Runner In Your Life.”: http://bit.ly/2h9Et8B

PhoneSoap shined on HGTV.com in a story about cleaning your cell phone of germs: http://bit.ly/2iy4fkP

Life & Style Weekly Magazine featured a few of our clients this year, including Mama & Little and Creatix Solutions.las-1641PARADE Magazine and its online counterpart Parade.com showcased The Crocodile Clutch Buddy Pouch in January: http://bit.ly/1PkD8I5

We grabbed the attention of editors at About.com for our clients Mobius Nutrition, HyperChiller, Trivae and Airpocket: http://abt.cm/1WvtK5q http://abt.cm/2ig2hb7 http://abt.cm/2ixX785

The newsstand darling Woman’s World Magazine featured more Orca clients than we can count this year! A few include Runbell, BugBand, Little Mr., RearViz, Nature’s Rite, SnapLaces and many, many more.

Yoga Digest Magazine showcased two Orca clients this year:  JadeYoga in the March issue and Lillian Eve in the September issue.staff-copy-2

Editors at Town & Country Magazine were excited to share our client Petite Plume with their online readers: http://bit.ly/2hxbub5

Editors at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine frequently turn to Orca to find the hottest new gear for babies and moms, and our clients Petite Plume, Buckaroo Organics, and KINZINGO Kids graced their glossy pages in 2016.image-1We landed our client DockATot on the go-to celebrity gossip site Radaronline.com in the “What’s Hot Right Now for Celebs” section:   http://bit.ly/1OZaFHx

Our pitching resulted in a fabulous interview on “The Hoda Show” on SiriusXM TODAY Show Radio for our client Bennett Greenspan, the CEO/Founder of Family Tree DNA.14724605_10154114076260197_5981152643129870942_nA huge honor for Hudway Glass, which made Fast Company‘s coveted list of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Automotive Industry of 2016.”

Leading fitness website Active.com used the expertise of Orca client Fit Radio to give its readers a Best Running Songs by Decade playlist:  http://bit.ly/1Rp5A6a

It’s a great day at HyperChiller when the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran Morning Show talks about how awesome your product is!: http://bit.ly/2iNMq4x

The extremely popular parenting website Red Tricycle was a fan of numerous Orca clients this year, including: Janiebee, Free To Be Kids, The Buddy Pouch, BugBand, Sleep Hero, Molly’s Bakeovers, WOW Butter and Ice Chips Candy!  http://bit.ly/2hxbLuD  http://bit.ly/28MXj0Y  http://bit.ly/2eiislv http://bit.ly/2hCP5Or   http://bit.ly/2ig07rY   http://bit.ly/2hAuw3J

IN TOUCH Magazine gave a shout out to our client DockATot as being a fave product of Kourtney Kardashian.doc

Orca clients TINE Tags, UV Skinz and HyperChiller were chosen as three of this year’s hottest gifts for Father’s Day by Business First TV  (which airs in over 35+ TV markets!)

Us Weekly Magazine chose our client Insect Lore as a top back to school pick and our client Pirasta Coloring Posters as an excellent holiday gift!

Our client Tweexy was featured on Buzzfeed.com in an article about “Beauty items every woman should know about in her 20s!”  http://bzfd.it/2hUmv76

We landed amazing coverage for our client Nightlight Christian Adoptions on Fox National News with dozens of FOX affiliates across the country picking up the story: http://fxn.ws/2bG6ioy

 Smarter Travel posted positive reviews of various Orca clients this year, including Genius Pack, SIC Cups and Airpocket: http://bit.ly/1LkYAFS  http://bit.ly/2hAzrBH  http://bit.ly/2iN6UGH

Country Living Magazine ran a story in the May 2016 issue and included Pubware in the “How to Party” section.

Golf Vacations Magazine featured the PGF-V Personal Golf Fan in the May 2016 issue.fan

The Chicago Tribune, one of the most respected newspapers in the country, featured three Orca clients in their prestigious 2016 Holiday Gift Guide – AER, Hydaway Bottle and NapAnywhere.

Men’s Journal.com featured the Genius Pack in this roundup of “Smarter Gear to Make Flying More Comfortable”: http://mjm.ag/2hCKjjOscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-09-01-pm

MensFitness.com and Newsweek.com included the Barbarian Bar Tool in their Father’s Day Gift Guides: http://bit.ly/2iN8sQR http://bit.ly/1tuf1wJ

US News & World Report included our client Genius Pack in a travel gear round-up:http://bit.ly/2iq0ErO  additionally, we got our clients Bokos and Cape Cod Beach Chair included in a perfectly fitting round-up of must-have beachfinds: http://bit.ly/2hUpBYU

Orca secured a fantastic feature for Uptown Artworks on BridalGuide.com:  http://bit.ly/2dddCWR

PR dreams do come true! Our publicists landed SkinnyMe Bangles in their wish list outlet, Weight Watchers Magazine, in the September/October issue.14291719_10153996787335197_356037902195470009_nPeople.com responded to our story suggestion of Jack Terrel, who used Family Tree DNA to find his biological family, and shared it with their readers. Get your tissues out! http://bit.ly/2iNTBde

We get advice from doctors all the time – but do THEY listen to their own words? Reader’s Digest.com  sought the expertise of our client Austin Cancer Centers for an article titled “15 Things Cancer Doctors Do to Avoid Cancer”:  http://bit.ly/2hUshFQ

Women’s Running.com alerted its readers to the fabulous find Fit Radio, the #1 workout music app. Fit Radio VP, Lexi Bellassai, shared great tips for building the perfect playlist: http://bit.ly/2iNN1DE

Orca secured a spot for Modern Sprout in Newsday‘s holiday gift guide; the 8th largest newspaper in the country also featured our client Store-A-Tooth in an informative piece about dental stem cell banking: http://nwsdy.li/2iq3Wvg http://nwsdy.li/2hxfZTb

The #1 pregnancy & parenting digital destination, BabyCenter.com, featured 5 great tips from our client Deanna Bufo Novak, author of My Heritage Bookhttp://bit.ly/1M4TAFD

Moreover, our publicists landed amazing coverage here for our client Nightlight Christian Adoptions – the miraculous story of a donated embryo thawed after 17 years that would become a precious baby girl named “Marley!” http://bit.ly/2hUjP9M

 

By : Melissa Ireland /January 02, 2017 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

Spotlight on the Orca Staff – 3 Questions with Account Executive, Melissa Beckman:

My favorite part of my job is finding amazing new products and companies. Our creative clients have the best ideas- often for simple problem-solving products! It’s so fun celebrating when top tier media outlets see what we see and feature our clients!
The best advice I  would give budding inventors and entrepreneurs is that it takes time to build something great. While we all want overnight success (and celebrate it when it comes), patience is key to getting your name out to the masses.
My biggest guilty pleasure would be showering my toddler with hugs and kisses! I know this sweet stage won’t last long, so I take full advantage! Also, fresh baked cookies!!
By : Melissa Ireland /December 15, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More

GIFTS FOR HIM

We all know he’s hard to shop for! Here are 11 fail-proof gift ideas for any guy in your life!

SteakAger
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The SteakAger Steaks aged to perfection right in your fridge! The SteakAger brings restaurant quality dry aged steak into your home for less than the cost of a fancy night out at your favorite high-end steakhouse. The innovative dry aging box duplicates the environment of walk-in dry aging fridges in the world’s great steakhouses. The SteakAger is available at www.thesteakager.com for $249.99 (price includes shipping).

symGLASS

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symGLASS is a new, revolutionary line of elegant, unbreakable drinkware from that combines the look and feel of glass with the durability of engineered polymer…. perfect for outdoor use. Single-wall construction offers insulation benefits, doesn’t cloud and withstands more than 1500 industrial dish washings. It won’t crack, haze or discolor. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and keeps drinks cooler or hotter longer. Available in a variety of sizes including stemless wine glasses to pints! BPA free and made in the USA! Personalization available too. Starting at $49 for a set of four; www.symglass.com.

Codenames

Deep Undercover is an adults-only, mature version of Codenames using the same popular game mechanics, but introduces all-new words, packaging, “by-standers” and art. A new twist is added with the inclusion of blank cards, allowing players to introduce their own words to the game. The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those of the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid t assassin! www.target.com

Shaving Soap

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Hand Cut Goat Milk Soaps make a great gift with their seasonal scents!  Try their shaving soaps and tools for Men too! Choose from Seasonal soaps in  Cider Press, Cranberry Spice, Evergreen, Frankincense & Myrrh and Pumpkin. www.goatmilkstuff.com/Shaving-Stuff/

Sugar-free Candy

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Ice Chips, All-natural, Sugar-Free Candy will lift your spirits and add to your celebrations! Release your worries about your sweet tooth and instead try Ice Chips Candy that will keep your smile bright, breath fresh and teeth healthier. Dentists recommend four to eight servings a day to receive the full oral health benefits of Birchwood Xylitol.  Over 20 flavors and always more to come!  Choose from their 6 packs: Party Pack (Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada and Margarita), Therapeutics Pack (Ginger, Clove Plus (Immunity), Menthol/Eucalyptus), Fruity Pack (Lemon, Orange Cream and Berry Mix), Holiday Pack (Cranberry, Egg Nog and Pumpkin Spice) and Mint Pack (Peppermint, Spearmint and Wintergreen). www.icechipscandy.com/buy-ice-chips-candy

Tallow Deodorants and Balms

fresh__45196-1462462556-1280-1280Go Healthy Next, All-natural Tallow Deodorant and Balms are organic skincare solutions help you reward your health.   Now you can “never let them see you sweat” naturally! Tallow deodorant and balms are made up of vitamins A, D, K, and E.  The natural fat-soluble vitamins and activators included in tallow are only found in animal fats and function to sustain the health of your skin. Select your favorite natural scent that includes a variety of soothing oils like Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Tea Tree, Rosewood, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Geranium, Blue Tansy, Neroli and more. www.gohealthynext.com/skin-care-products/

Magnetic Belt-Free Solutions

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The Buddy Pouch magnetic belt-free solution fits right at your hip as you step out helping you go safely about your day with your belongings secured at your side. Store your essentials, your phone, keys, ID’s and more.  Hands-free for everyday wear to run errands, for running, hiking, to workout at the gym, for travel and for taking a walk with your dog to keep everything within reach. The pouch is easy to reach what you need quickly and keep safely in tact.  www.therunningbuddy.com/collections/running-buddy-products/products/buddy-pouch-7

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TeesVeiledFree is a new line of super soft lounge-style trendy tees for women, men, and children that combine fashion and faith. Styles are minimalist, 100% cotton and include messages to inspire and create positive change! Sayings include Love Deeply, Young-Saved-Free, Free Will, Live Veiled Free. Prices range from $24.00-$35.99. Available at: www.veiledfree.com

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La Matera woven belts make great gifts for the worldly gentleman on your list! Made with genuine leather and distinct woven fabrics inspired by the grit of polo players in Buenos Aires and the sophisticated style of Argentine countryside. $145 and up. Available at: www..lamaterashop.com

Front Pocket Wallet: Loved By Men Who Wear Tailored Pants

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A bulging wallet in a back pocket ruins the look of tailored pants and can lead to back pain. That’s how the idea for the Rogue Front Pocket Wallet was born! Maine-based Rogue Industries created a front pocket wallet that is more comfortable and more secure than anything else out there. The slim, lightweight design fits perfectly in your front pocket. The design is rounded like a shark fin to match the shape of your front pocket.  Dozens of styles are offered in genuine top grain leathers like bison and moose. Prices range from $25 and up. Available at: www.rogue-industries.com

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You can now dress up your fitness tracker and easily change it from sporty to glam with cool new unisex covers from Functional Wearables! Choose from silver, brushed gold, or rose gold stainless steel sleek covers that slide on and easily turn your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR fitness tracker into a chic fashion accessory. Unisex styles include basic or Geo. $19-$22. Available at:www.funktionalwearables.com

By : Melissa Ireland /December 09, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More