Are You Newsworthy?

Woman with tablet and man with newspaper reading news at homeConcrete tips on attracting the media's attention.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

As a marketing channel, public relations is one of my personal favorites. It includes getting mentioned in news or trade media and publications, having an article you wrote published or reprinted, applying for and winning awards, or otherwise being in the public eye for one reason or another.

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When I started a photography studio several years ago, I sent sample photos of my work along with a letter explaining my business to several news outlets. It was July, and in August, the Sunday magazine supplement to the Dallas Morning News picked up the story and published my samples. They were portraits of cats and dogs, and my phone rang for days. Within a week, I was booked through Christmas, and my business broke even a year ahead of time because of that one piece of publicity.
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Step-by-Step: How to Make Newsletters Work for You

Man using laptop at an outdoor cafeCHECKLISTS: 7 benefits and 4 ways to create content.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

One of the most overlooked marketing channels for accountants is a newsletter. The newsletter first started in print at regional firms.

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Some CPA firms have not changed much and still cling to their printed newsletter. We suggest you send an email newsletter and optionally send a printed newsletter once or twice a year if your clients are used to it.
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All You Need to Know to Get Started in Video and YouTube

Young woman recording video via camcorder and tripodChecklist: The essential tools – made simple.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

How you shoot your videos depends on what tools you need.

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The most important thing in all of this is there are two sets of skills:

  1. Shooting the video – this is closer to presentation skills than anything else
  2. Editing the video – this requires some creative experience and the right tech tools

BIG TIP:

You don’t need video-editing skills if you are doing screen capture or even talking heads. It’s much easier to keep shooting takes until you get it right than it is to do complex video editing.

We’ll break this down into two types of tools, those for screen capture and those for studio shooting.
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Why CPAs Need Video

Smiling businesswoman talking on cameraPlus some easy alternatives to the "talking head."

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

Marketing your accounting services eventually requires a personal connection, either face to face or via phone. Using video allows you to emulate a personal connection with your prospects while leveraging your time.

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Imagine taking the time to meet every website or social media visitor in a private appointment. Impossible, right? A video enables you to say your spiel once and have it received by reaching out to hundreds, if not thousands, of interested prospects in a still quite personal way.
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How to Schedule Social Media Content

Businessman looking at calendar on tabletPlus tips on creating it.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

We post four kinds of posts and tweets on social media sites:

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