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Build Your Own Joomla! or WordPress Website Workshop Online

Build Your Own Joomla or WordPress Website Workshop OnlineIf you’re a creative writer with an eye to publication, you need a website. If you’re a business owner, with products and services to sell, you need a website. If you’re the communications department for your nonprofit organization, you need a website. But why? Where do you start? And more importantly how much time and money will it take to build or rebuild your own website? To be present on the web is to be archived on the web where your content is searchable, accessible, shareable and more durable than any article or ad in newspapers, magazines or on television or radio. If you, your company or your organization aren’t discovered online, you don’t exist. If you’re already online and your website hasn’t been updated in the last couple of years, it won’t be ranked highly by the search engines and you don’t exist. In the new rules of marketing and personal branding, if you don’t have your own website or blog, you don’t exist.

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Pitch Your Story to the Media Workshop | April 20 | Edmonton

This workshop presents a step-by-step roadmap on how to successfully pitch your great story idea to the media over the phone in 30 seconds or in 300 words by email. You’ll be able to follow up with a warm call instead of a cold one. You’ll also learn how to pitch your story idea to browsers, bloggers and online journalists which is where you’ll get the most buzz for your brand. Best of all, you’ll leave the workshop at least 10 great ideas and with a list of the top 10 reporters, editors and online journalists most likely be to be interested in your story. See more and register.

Savvy Social Media Relations Workshop | May 25 | Edmonton

Whether you’re a team of one or a team of many, social media is now an essential communications tool. In today’s social media world, every customer is a reporter and every employee is a potential marketer. Social media offers individuals and organizations an unrivalled opportunity to speak directly to the people most likely to be interested in what you have to say. They also make it easy to conduct market research and track awareness of your issue, product or service. The challenge is that with so many social media tools to choose from, how do you choose the right tools? And with limited time to work with, where do you start? See more and register.

Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)