A client on death row: Advocacy PR

A client on death row: Advocacy PR

In the spring of 2016, Kacey Keeton, a federal defender in the state of Alabama, approached Shift Key about doing public relations work for one of her clients who was facing execution. Keeton explained that a non-profit her office had formed would pay for Shift Key’s services. After reviewing the unusual opportunity, the Shift Key team decided to jump in. After all, we are major fans of social jus ...[Read More]

The state of content marketing

The state of content marketing

When we tell folks that Shift Key is a content marketing and PR agency, we still get a lot of questions about the “content marketing” part.  Loosely, content marketing is any marketing effort that shares media or publishes content — ideally “valuable, relevant and consistent” content to help companies attract and retain customers. “Content marketing” was first bounced around as a term in the late ...[Read More]

Four ways to win at email marketing

4 ways to win at email marketing

The ROI on email marketing is 4,300 percent, according to MyEmma, a thought leader on email marketing. So, here are four ways to make the most from your email marketing investment: 1) Create emails with a sense of urgency — a deal with a deadline. 2) Pair your sales message with news folks can use — like a good cabbage salad recipe or something else that’s improved your life! 3) When someone signs ...[Read More]

Q&A with Shift Key’s Jan Risher: ‘Writer for a Day’ to alleviate content bottlenecks

Q&A with Shift Key’s Jan Risher: ‘Writer for a Day’ to alleviate content bottlenecks

We’ve recently shared a series on how to break through organizational bottlenecks to save companies time and money. You’ve heard how Pixelbrush, a web development agency, flips traditional timelines on their head with their new Daysite service, and how Exepron makes invisible constraints or bottlenecks “visible” with their project management software. In the finale of our t ...[Read More]

Content marketing in the most ‘Ironic’ of places

Alanis Morissette updated the lyrics to “Ironic” earlier this week on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” and chances are good that you have already seen the video — easily one of this week’s biggest content marketing wins. What we love about it: 1. Raise your hand if you’d heard of James Corden and his show prior to this video. No? Win for whomever in that ...[Read More]

10 “tech” tricks for photos to boost SEO, CTR

10 tech tricks for photos to boost SEO, CTR

Content containing visuals yields more user interaction across all mediums, and earlier this week we shared 12 tips from pro photographers to take better digital photographs, from an artistic perspective, on your camera or mobile device. While everyone loves a beautiful looking image, we would be remiss if we didn’t present the other side of the coin — the technical one. Here are 10 back-end ...[Read More]

Inspiration through family storytelling

Inspiration through family storytelling

A recent article revealed the number one way to “surprisingly” boost your confidence — hear your family’s stories. I found this not so surprising because I grew up in Mississippi, the epicenter of Southern storytelling in my mind. The intrigue with which I’ve tuned in to TV shows about genealogy only confirms my personal experience that learning about your family’s struggles and triumphs is — I wo ...[Read More]

The one word you should never use to start an email

The one word you should never use to start an email

“The New York Times”‘ weekly “Corner Office” column features corporate executives on leadership, and the recent column on Jonathan M. Tisch, co-chairman of the board of the Loews Corporation (Loews Hotels & Resorts), piqued our interest. Tisch warns CEOs and others at the top of their organizations to beware the “thin air.” At that level, he says peopl ...[Read More]

Being ‘in the flow’

There’s being in the flow with your work colleagues, and then there is this: När du och dina kollegor har flow på jobbet Posted by Nyheter24 on Sunday, September 13, 2015   Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes the mental state of “flow” as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. … Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your s ...[Read More]