About Harry Hoover

Harry Hoover is managing principal of Hoover ink PR. He has 30 years of experience in crafting and delivering bottom line messages that ensure success for serious businesses like Brent Dees Financial Planning, Focus Four, Levolor, New World Mortgage, North Carolina Tourism, TeamHeidi, Ty Boyd Executive Learning Systems, VELUX, and Verbatim.

Small Businesses: Go Local Now
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Local newspapers – long the primary advertising vehicle for small business – are on the decline in terms of circulation, readership and effectiveness.

Advertising Is Dead. Long Live PR

Although I still believe there is a place for advertising as a brand maintenance or brand affirmation tool, I am convinced that to build a brand today, you need PR. At one time advertising did build brands. But this was in a simpler America. That America, sadly, is no more.

You Are Newsworthy

There is something newsworthy happening right now at your organization, but you must first think like a reporter before you issue that press release.

Tapping Employee Passion For Business Success

Meriwether Lewis set the stage for the Corps of Discovery’s success before one single “employee” had been hired. From the outset Lewis and Clark engendered a communications culture that brought in the right prospects, then kept morale high and increased the productivity of those eventually hired.

E-Mail Builds Brands

E-mail – today’s preferred business communication tool – provides you a simple, powerful, affordable way to develop, manage and maintain relationships as well as sell products and services. Let’s briefly examine how permission-based e-mail marketing positively affects:

Adopting Good Causes Is Good For Business

Cause marketing is a relationship between a for-profit and a nonprofit that brings in money and resources for the nonprofit, while providing credibility and goodwill for the business. According to the IEG Sponsorship Report, this category grew to $733 million in the US in 2001.

There are a number of reasons for that growth. A Cone Communications survey found that:

Thoughts On E-Mail Planning

If you are serious about adding e-mail to your marketing mix, you should take e-mail seriously enough to develop a plan for it. Too many organizations launch a half-baked e-mail program and then are disappointed when it doesn’t live up to expectations.