- Media Accent Nigeria
- Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
- A unit of Purple Hub, at Media Accent Nigeria we create bespoke Public Relations and corporate media communication solutions for our clients. This is with a view to help shape their reputations, engage with diverse stakeholders across multiple channels, tell effective stories and run creative campaigns which impact positively on their brands. These objectives ultimately promote mutual understanding between our clients and their stakeholders/ interest groups. At Media Accent Nigeria, our clients are also our partners, and we operate as an extended arm of their teams. We make their Public Relations and Marketing Communication goals our main objectives, and astound them with creative approaches. Our team executes every brief with the same set of creative principles — identify details that resonate well with our clients, formulate action plans to achieve set goals, execute same and initiate controls - with a view to realize the best results, on time and on budget. It’s a huge demand and entails top-notch PR and Marketing Communications professionals to realize. Accordingly, we’re pleased to have a committed team - that's simply awesome.
Sunday, 28 January 2018
Great stories capture the attention of many owing to the fact that they manage to capture public imagination, which comprise influencers and opinion leaders in a society. Great stories succeed because they harness the power of creativity and authenticity.
Great stories are borne out of consistencies which are in tandem with the theme of the story. Great stories are trustworthy to their publics. This factor is borne out of consistency and reputation of the writer or source of the story.
Great stories standout because they are carefully targeted at selected audiences or publics. Great stories often appeal to the senses as opposed to logics. A great story gives no room for contradictions or distractions among readers.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Managing your own Public Relations ( PR )initiatives as it relates to you business and promoting mutual understanding amongst the publics involved would serve as a critical management function that seeks to project a favorable image and perception about you organization in the eyes and minds of all the stakeholders.
Managing your own Public Relations, as opposed to hiring external PR consultants to act on your behalf would to a large extent reduce costs significantly and enable you have direct contact and maintain relationships with the right mediums, bloggers, journalists, influencers and opinion leaders.
Herein underlines the need to develop a robust plan to engage various stakeholders and the right mediums for disseminating information among the publics of particular interest to you and your organization.
Below are steps you should take in managing your own PR
1: Create a media list:
One of the first measures you should put in place in the course of managing my own Public Relations is to create your own media list.
The proposed list should contain names of the right newspapers, blogs, electronic media and trade publications that are popular amongst your target audience or publics.
The list should also comprise names of journalist that cover the particular topic your business is engaged in, as they would serve as the influencers whose articles or reports are likely to influence your target audience.
To nurture relationships with the media it would be necessary for you to conduct outreach programmes to them frequently. You would also need to pitch them with news stories whenever your business or organization has something newsworthy to publish.
In order the gain attention from the media, you would have to be creative in your approach. Being more creative would give you an edge when competing with other businesses or organizations also seeking attention from the media.
Consequently, you would have to come up with ideas for engaging stories about your organization that would be of interest to the news media. This would also culminate in organizing events and programmes that seek to add value to society in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
3: Taking advantage of speaking events:
Another measure you should put in place in the course of managing your own PR is taking advantage of speaking events. Whether it's a trade show, seminar or workshop speaking at events or forums would afford you an opportunity to directly convey messages as it relates to your stakeholders. If done properly this could solidify our position as a thought leader in the business you engage in.
Honestly addressing issues as it relates to your activities could engender trust among our stakeholders.
Blogging serves as a unique form of owned media, that would afford you an opportunity to reach out to your target audience directly. It is important to note that the essence of blogging is not to sell your products and services, but to offer useful information your targeted audience would find engaging and of immense value.
5: Issuing press release:
Another tool you should use in managing your own Public Relations is through issuing well written and edited Press Releases, that boasts good and creative content. To achieve this you would need to write and properly edit a press release before it’s sent out.
A well written and edited press release when pitched to the media is more likely to be published as it reduces the stress and workload a journalist or news editor may have to put up with in editing your story before its published.
Consequently, the press releases you issue must not lack facts, consistency and objectivity. You should also follow the inverted pyramid style of writing a news release, in which information is written in a descending order of importance.
Friday, 5 January 2018
Proofreading entails examining written text in detail to find and correct typographic errors and mistakes in grammar, style, punctuation and spelling.
In developing a good proofreading process it’s important to make it systematic and focused so that as many errors as possible are spotted with the least amount of time deployed.
It's also noteworthy that the writer of a story does not rely entirely on spelling checkers. Though, spell checkers can be useful in proofreading, they are not foolproof.
Spell checkers have a limited dictionary, so some words that show up as misspelled may just not be in their memory. In addition, spell checkers will not catch misspellings that form another valid word in the course of proofreading.
If you type "your" instead of "you're," "to" instead of "too," or "there" instead of "their," the spell checker won't catch the error.
Grammar checkers can be even more problematic during proofreading. These programs work with a limited number of rules, so they can't identify every error and often make mistakes.
They also fail to give in depth explanations to help a PR Practitioner writing a story to understand why a sentence should be revised.
A story writer may want to use a grammar checker to help identify potential run-on sentences or too frequent use of the passive voice, but he or she needs to be able to evaluate the feedback it provides.
Story writers should proofread for only one kind of error at a time. If they try to identify and revise too many things at once, they risk losing focus. Consequently, proofreading becomes less effective. It's easier to spot grammatical errors if the writer is not checking punctuation and spelling at the same time.
In addition, some of the techniques that work well for spotting one kind of mistake won't spot others. During proofreading, storyteller should read slowly, and read every word. Reading out loud, enables the story teller say each word and also enables him or her hear how the words sound together. When stories are read silently or too quickly the writer may skip over errors or make unconscious corrections.
It's better to separate text into individual sentences. This is another proofreading technique to help read every sentence carefully. The proofreader simply has to press the return key after every period so that every line begins a new sentence.
Each sentence should be read separately, looking for grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. If the work is being done with a printed copy, an opaque object like a ruler or a piece of paper could be used to isolate the line being edited.
Read the paper backwards:
This proofreading technique is helpful for checking spelling. Start with the last word on the last page and work your way back to the beginning, reading each word separately.
Because content, punctuation, and grammar won't make any sense, the focus will be entirely on the spelling of each word. The editor or proofreader can also read backwards sentence by sentence to check grammar; this will help him or her avoid becoming distracted by content issues.
Proofreading is a learning process. The writer is not just looking for errors that he can recognize; he is also learning to recognize and correct new errors. This is where handbooks and dictionaries come in. A proofreader should keep the ones he finds helpful close at hand as he proofreads.
Ignorance may be bliss, but it won't make a better proofreader. The proofreader may often find things that don't seem quite right, but may not be quite sure what's wrong either.
A word looks like it might be misspelled, but the spell checker didn't catch it. He may think he needs a comma between two words, but not sure why.
The proofreading process becomes more efficient as the editor or proofreader develops and practices a systematic strategy.