June  03,  2016 by Alyson O’Mahoney , EVP/Partner in OTC PR & Social Media

Being Short is In


From digital acronyms — LOL, BTW, ICYMI…WTF (oops!) — to memes, #hashtags or Tweets, consumers are now trained, even reliant on short, succinct messages or, let’s face it, SYMBOLS of messages (think emojis!), than ever before. Sure, we can argue that we’ve always been attracted to short bunches of words — pithy greeting cards, candy...

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June  01,  2016 by Alyson O’Mahoney , EVP/Partner in OTC PR & Social Media

Today’s Tip: For the “Health” of Your Brand…


Two words: hashtag search! The # symbol, known as the hashtag, is today’s equivalent of the card catalog. It’s the way online content is collected, curated and tracked, be it a trending daily phrase like #goodadvicein4words, a movement like #icebucketchallenge or, that’s right: YOUR BRAND NAME. Try your own brand name hashtag search (frankly, it’s...

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May  23,  2016 by Alyson O’Mahoney , EVP/Partner in OTC PR & Social Media

My Garage Sale: An Unexpected Lesson in Shopper Behavior


This past Saturday I held my first (and probably last!) yard sale.  My hope was to get people to pay ME to take my junky — I mean, beautiful — clutter away, instead of having to pay someone with a dumpster to cart it off.  I expected to pare down some of our unneeded belongings, spend...

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