`While You’re Up’ PR Like Ice Cream Clean-Up: How Can You Carve Up the Moment Some More?

Like old times: my dad carves up a half gallon of ice cream.

What do empty ice cream bowls and public relations have in common? In my experience, anyway, both revolve around what you might call a “While You’re Up” philosophy.

First, a bit of family history will help set the scene. A fond, enduring memory of my dad was his penchant for corralling me or one of my siblings into bringing his empty bowl of ice cream (often coffee-flavored) from the living room into the kitchen.

This would come after he carved a half-gallon of ice cream with a big knife, into evenly distributed slices–a scene that we re-enacted, to my delight, in 2001 (see photo).

Starting in the 1980s, as one of us kids would rise to bring our own bowl to the dishwasher or sink, Dad would say, “While you’re up, bring my bowl, too.”

It was an eminently efficient directive. Other than the occasional backtracking of a few steps to retrieve his bowl, he really wasn’t putting us to any extra work.

The same efficiency ought to come into play as you approach PR. What can you do to parlay what you’ve already done and create additional exposure?

An example from the past week: I wrote a biography on Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty agent Monica Davidson Klinke. In short order, it was up on the BHG/Gloor Realty website.

So, “while it was up,” to paraphrase Dad, it was then a simple matter of making some tweaks and turning it into a profile feature that is now posted on the Oak Park page of Triblocal.com.

Over time, Monica’s bio at the BHG/Gloor Realty website will get plenty of visits. But in the short term, the Triblocal placement will do much more to heighten awareness of her, and the firm’s, work.

I’d even be willing to bet a pint of ice cream on it.

Finding Creative Win-Wins To Generate Traffic, Inspire Community on Your Facebook Fan Page

Developing and growing Facebook Fan pages is a contact sport.

If you run a business or organization, have you driven a stake in the Facebook ground yet? And if so, what are you doing to give your fan base a reason to keep coming back–and to suggest your page to those in their spheres of influence?

Develop creative ways to spur on interaction with your peeps–and to explore ways to create win-wins with fellow (non-competing) businesses.

Here’s one effort that Inside Edge PR has under way, the Halloween Decoration Declaration contest at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty’s Facebook Fan page
The contest will reward three people, including one with a $100 gift certificate at Maya Del Sol, a popular Oak Park restaurant. In addition, the goal is to grow BHG/Gloor Realty’s presence on Facebook and throughout the community.

Psst…you can visit (and become a Fan of) the Inside Edge PR Fan page here.

Teeming With BHG/Gloor Realty Promos, Activity

For the second straight year, Inside Edge PR client Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty is holding a clothing drive.

(The photo here is from last year’s initiative, which led to more than 2,000 items being donated.)

This year, the effort launches on Oct. 17 and has been expanded to include toys. If you’re looking to do some fall cleaning–and clearing-out–of articles that remain in good condition, we would appreciate your consideration.

Also, I’ve recently upped activity on the BHG/Gloor Realty Facebook fan page, including a weekly feature dubbed “Tuneful Tuesdays.”

The lifeblood of any Facebook Fan page is interaction and engagement with those fans, and so we’ve offered a modest incentive (a $10 gift certificate to Erik’s Deli, a longtime Oak Park restaurant) to spur on suggestions for future songs with real estate-related names in their titles.

`Tasty Dog Challenge’ Gains Notice, Momentum

Four years ago, when I was doing community relations work for Boston Market’s upscale (and short-lived) prototype attempt in River Forest, I helped organize a few fundraiser nights for area organizations, such as the Oak Park and River Forest High School Booster Club and the West Suburban Mothers of Multiples.

The events, in which a portion of the purchases were earmarked to each group, had some success.

I have a strong feeling, though, that those results will be a small fraction of the financial impact that goes toward the District 97 elementary school Parent Teacher Organizations (eight in all) that are taking part in the Tasty Dog Challenge.

An Inside Edge PR client, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gloor Realty, has poured in $300 to help up the ante for the fundraising nights.

The story has attracted strong interest in the local media, including the Chicago Tribune.

Even more importantly, strongly consider aligning your dining schedule so that it coincides with one of the PTO nights over the next three weeks.

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