Landing an Internship in Marketing and PR
There are so many things that PR and marketing majors need to experience while in school. From networking events, to clubs and organizations that are for your major, such as the PRSSA. One of the most important experiences is to find an internship, or two, while still in school. Internships help you get real world experience and use all of the skills that you learned in class. You can start small, and then as you gain experience, apply to some more prestigious or competitive positions. If you need some help figuring out where to start, here are 5 tips to finding a great internship in college: Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 1.32.43 PM read more…
Social Media Spring Cleaning

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Winter is coming to an end and spring is right around the corner. Spring cleaning is something that you can not only do around the office, but also on your social media pages.

When it comes to cleaning your social media pages, it’s all about updating your content, and looking at all of the posts that were interacted with the most! If your cover photo and profile picture are over 6 months old, it is probably time for an update. We are updating our clients’ pages from winter themes to spring themes! You want to make sure that your page doesn’t look outdated, it can turn people away from liking your page.

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5 Tips for Planning a Successful Corporate Event
5 Tips for Planning a Successful Corporate Event

At IMC, we’ve planned an event or two!

In our experience, a corporate function usually requires a little more brainstorming to keep it flowing, fun, and fabulous. Since we’re currently in the midst of planning a couple of these events for our clients, we thought it’d be the perfect time to share a few of our tips!

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CT March of Dimes

Our founder and managing principal, Kate Sirignano, has always been involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, but none have been as close to her heart as the March of Dimes.

Since the birth of her son in 2014, Kate has become very involved with March of Dimes, and was presented with their 2015 leadership award at a special dinner ceremony this past weekend.

Last fall, Kate served as the 2015 Chairperson of the Signature Chefs Auction, which raised a record-breaking $115,000 and once again has signed on for 2016.

Kate added, “I am honored to be able to serve as the Chair of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction and to support the March of Dimes in their incredible endeavors. My own son was born 15 weeks premature, weighing just over one pound, and underwent multiple surgeries and medical procedures during his 112 day stay in the NICU. The March of Dimes supported us in numerous ways during a very difficult time and we are humbled to be able to help pay it forward in support of other families who benefit from this wonderful organization.”

 

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On Saturday, Kate, among other volunteers and donors, received the Leadership Award at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Spirit of Giving Celebration.

 

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Kate wants to thank March of Dimes Connecticut for a wonderful evening and for honoring her with their 2015 leadership award.

 

 

 

Forty Under 40 Recipient

40 under 40Today is a great day! Not many people can say that on Monday mornings sitting at their desk, but for me, it’s the start of what’s going to be a fabulous week!

The February issue of Connecticut Magazine comes out this week and I’m so honored and grateful to have been selected as one of the Forty Under 40 recipients for 2016.

One of the points that was mentioned in the article was that we are adjusting our client focus a bit to work with luxury and lifestyle brands, something that I’ve been passionate about for a while now. However, unfortunately over the last few years, I’ve gotten away from working directly with clients as much, but that’s about to change. This Forty Under 40 recognition has made me realize that I miss meeting with new clients to help them achieve their marketing and personal growth goals.

So the bottom line is that I want to network with new brands, new companies, new clients to see how we can help grow and promote them. Are you a business owner, a marketing VP, or a public relations director? Call, drop a line, or connect with me online – this winter is the start of a great year and I want you to be included!

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Quiz Yourself for 2016

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When a new year begins it often signifies a fresh start. Many make personal resolutions, some change up business or marketing techniques, while others go down a completely new path altogether. Several people seem to think it’s foolish just because of a date on a calendar, or because often times nobody really sticks to what they say. Even if there are truths in that statement, we still cannot forget that one is taking the time out to reassess his or her own life. How can there ever be a wrong time for that? How can it ever be wrong to find a truth, even if it takes longer than expected to get there?

Heading into the new year we thought it would be fun to provide a short 10-question quiz that may help you see something new about yourself, or at the very least, confirm what you may already know. And by the way, quizzes fit into the 2016 marketing trend for interactive content.

So go have a little fun…

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A little more food for thought – what is your life purpose?

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2015 Image Marketing Holiday Party

We had such a wonderful time at our 2015 Holiday Party/Open House last night! It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season with friends, clients, and colleagues while showcasing our beautiful new office & festive [and very PINK] holiday decor!

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5 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
5 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics

If you’re not creating infographics for your business, you may want to rethink your strategy. Infographics are all the rage for a reason and visual content brings in powerful results. Consumers find infographics more engaging and easy to learn from, rather than simple text. According to HubSpot, in the past two years alone, the search volume for infographics on Google has increased over 800%.

Here are 5 tips you should keep in mind when creating one:

  • The Idea.
    Look around at some of the most popular infographics for your topic and know what your goal is. What do you want your consumers to do? Do you want them to laugh, are you trying to teach them something or do you want them to take action? It’s an important first step before you begin your design. On a side note, one of the most effective infographics used by brands is analogy.
  • Write sparingly.
    Infographics overwhelmed with text confuse the reader, and will not keep their attention. Before designing the graphic, write down bullet points of the most important, accurate information on the topic. Your information should be relevant to your message, as well as unique and interesting. It’s important to tell a good story.
  • Choose a suitable color scheme.
    A simple color palette is more inviting to readers and keeps your infographic professional. If you need help picking a color scheme use Adobe Color CC, it’s a wonderful resource. Additionally, you can search on fitting keywords, such as “corporate” or “party.” This website is definitely a step-one before you begin the design.
  • Limit your font choice.
    There should only be a maximum of 3-4 fonts used in your infographic. One for the title, as accent and to draw in your readers. The other two should be used for creative in the body of the graphic. Simple and consistent is what works.
  • Start designing.
    If you’re not a professional designer, Piktochart is a great, user-friendly website. They have a variety of templates and graphics to use. It doesn’t matter how the infographic is made, you just want to follow these steps and make sure it’s optimized for sharing.

For a little inspiration, below is an infographic invitation we created for one of our clients. Now it’s your turn!

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Named Top Advertising & PR Agency in Connecticut

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It might sound cliché, but to me, this really is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I start getting excited for the holidays around the first week of November, and yes, I had my Christmas Pandora station playing by the middle of the month. There’s something just magical about these 6 weeks, when everyone is in a good mood and excited about what the end of the year will bring.

Here at Image Marketing, we’re especially thankful for a few big things this season. First and foremost, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve once again made the list of Top Advertising and Public Relations Agencies by the Hartford Business Journal. This will be our fourth consecutive year making the list, and we’re always grateful to our clients and colleagues who continue to support a small business. We’re constantly evolving and I hope to be able to share some exciting announcements over the coming months.

On a personal level, I’m thankful for the health of my baby boy, who as many of you remember, was still in the NICU at this time last year. Being a working mom certainly has its challenges, but I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I started this marketing agency at the age of 23 for exactly this reason, to be able to have flexibility in my schedule and be able to lead as much of a well-rounded life as possible. I tell our team all the time, it’s all about work/ life balance and I try to live by that rule every single day.

You’ll be seeing a lot more from me as 2015 comes to a close.. it’s one of my resolutions to be more active on our blog and get to interact with our fans and followers on a regular basis in the new year. Feel free to drop me a line anytime at kate@imagemarketingconsultants.com.

Until next time…

Marketing Tip Tuesday: Thank you notes

c424f72353a0acee8cef06c3a7491feaSending a thank you note is one of the most important things you can do after meeting with a potential client. Today, most people simply send an email, but have we forgotten the personal touch of snail mail?

You will probably agree that when a client receives a thank you note in the mail it immediately conveys how important they are. It shows more than a formality, it shows someone actually took the time to hand-write it and send it, and these days that is rare.

Below are a few tips that will help in the process.

  • Use professional stationary.
    You want to make sure your cards don’t look like a typical Hallmark card. Professional stationary or branded stationary, helps with your brand exposure and also shows your client you are not a newbie.
  • Write genuinely.
    When writing a thank you note, go into detail and be specific, but be sure to sound genuine. You are thanking a potential client, so there is no need for added fluff.
  • Write as neatly as possible.
    This may sound a bit trivial, but messy handwriting can show you were either too rushed or they were not important enough. We suggest you take your time and write the note to the best of your ability.
  • Write the address on the envelope.
    It’s so easy to print labels, but if you’re taking the time to write the letter, take a minute more and write the address. It’s just another special little touch.
  • Don’t wait.
    Send your note out within a week, or your gesture won’t be fresh in the clients mind.

Believe us when we say a little thank you note goes a long way!