Designing for Inclusivity

Mary Elizabeth Davis Blog, Insights

When you read “inclusive design,” your mind may go immediately to accessibility and compliance. But, it’s so much more than that.   Inclusive design is putting people first. It’s designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational or ever-changing challenges. While you can’t make a short person taller (or, a tall person shorter for that matter), you can adapt the environment so that any challenges are less pronounced. This is where inclusive design comes in. It’s about being intentional before you even take the first step. It’s an ongoing process and requires doing the work to understand your …

How We Monitor News Coverage and Measure Reach

Brooke Kelly Blog, Insights

At MP&F, we deploy a variety of tools and methods to source and maintain connections with journalists and influencers, monitor news reporting and measure public sentiment around news issues and article performance. Among our favorites is Cision, which helps us help clients across a range of industries from education to industrial and hospitality to healthcare. What it is: Cision is an online resource that has a global database of media outlets, journalists, bloggers and influencers whose information can be reviewed based on location, topics covered and reach. At MP&F we also use Cision’s clip reporting and measuring features to report …

Does your website need an SEO audit?

MP&F Staff Blog, Insights

If customers aren’t finding you, it’s time to find out why Is it time to conduct an SEO audit of your company’s website? You’re not alone. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost every business to re-examine its digital presence and capabilities. As a result, the digital marketplace for goods and services has become significantly more crowded. It is more difficult than ever for a business to stand out. The best way to maintain or improve your business’s digital standing among your industry peers is to improve your website’s search engine optimization through an SEO audit. A good SEO score …

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Five free data tools to boost integrated marketing efforts

Knight Stivender Blog, Insights

An effective communications strategy requires insight and analysis as much as it does empathy and creativity. If your public relations teams are heavy on wordsmiths and light on analysts, here are five free tools (and one paid subscription you likely already have) that can help. Still need support? For each tool, we’ve provided our recommendation for upgrading.

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How to Use Google’s Keyword Planner to Create SEO-Friendly Content

Knight Stivender Blog, Insights

Need SEO help? If resources and budget are minimal right now, we’ve outlined a way to use the Google Keyword Planner as a workaround to professional tools and agency support. The Keyword Planner is a tool designed to assist media buyers with advertising decisions; SEO is not its intended use. That makes using it as such a little clunky, but it works. And it’s free.

How to know whether people are using your website as intended

Knight Stivender Blog, Insights

Most of us who have worked on a website project have experienced a conversation like this: CEO: Can you make the new logo bigger and add the tagline? We paid a lot of money for it, and it does a good job explaining who we are. Marketing: We need artwork that encapsulates our organization. Stock images don’t do it. Accounting: We don’t have money for a photo shoot. Department Head: That first stock image doesn’t reflect our department. Can you make it smaller and add a second image about our team? Another Department Head: What about our department? We need …

Six key marketing metrics to track in Google Analytics

Knight Stivender Blog, Insights

If your duties include tracking your company’s key marketing metrics, you know Google Analytics is a critical tool in measuring success. You also know how easy it can be to lose yourself in the volume of data available. To simplify things, our team has listed and explained in this post six of the top marketing metrics for businesses to track in Google Analytics on a regular basis. But first, here’s a quick an overview of Google Analytics for those who don’t use the platform on a daily basis. Google Analytics can’t tell you exactly who visits your website (you need …

How to use census data for marketing and storytelling

Knight Stivender Blog, Insights

We’re in the middle of the 2020 Census, which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to count every person in the United States and five U.S. territories. The census provides data that lawmakers at all levels of government use to help allocate funding for important services and infrastructure like public health, schools, roads, police and fire protection. The census is also used by businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development leaders, marketers, communicators and journalists to understand communities, impending changes and opportunities for growth. At MP&F, we use myriad census data sets to help our clients spot opportunities and tackle business challenges. We …

How to communicate with employees during a crisis

Leigh Lindsey Blog, Insights

For the last few weeks, our inboxes have been filled with messages from every business we ever visited about their approach to COVID-19. Those consumer-facing messaging are often needed, and brands can’t be silent indefinitely. It’s equally important, if not more so, to invest time and resources in communicating with your employees. Here are a few tried-and-true tactics for ensuring your internal communications efforts are successful during a time that feels uncertain at best. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.It’s tempting to limit what you share with employees when things are uncertain, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s impossible to …