Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC, www.rembrandtwrites.com, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at melanie@startupnation.com and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

And you can also sign-up to receive her e-newsletter and reports packed with great information at: http://www.startupnation.com/steps/77/steps-successful-public-relations.htm.

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Since many of you commented on my last blog entry, here are three more free tools to help you with your small business PR activities:

1. Help a Reporter Out
PR Pro Peter Shankman set up this great site at http://www.helpareporter.com/. Simply enter your name and e-mail information. And each day, you’ll receive a list of reporters looking for specific people to interview!

But before you respond to the requests, please read Peter’s rules at http://helpareporter.com/terms.html. After all, you want to make a good impression with targeted, media members!

2. Hub Spot’s Press Release Grader
Not sure how good your press release is? Run it through this free grader at http://pressrelease.grader.com/. You can then see what works and what doesn’t, make the appropriate changes and improve your press release quickly and easily.

3. Google Analytics
O.k. Most of you are probably aware of this, but if not, check out the free tool at http://www.google.com/analytics/. On a regular basis, it’s important to review what your site visitors are looking at on your site, where they are coming from and which Web pages are the most popular.

And after you send out a release, you can check to see how many people visited the site to get more information. This tool offers a valuable way to find out what your customers want, how well your press release is doing and what changes you need to make to improve your services and customer experience. 

Valuable, free services are out there!

Hopefully, these free services will help you increase sales (and there are more out there if you conduct some research-Check out my free articles, newsletter and reports at www.rembrandtwrites.com).

I know what it’s like to start a business with a tight budget. And while it may take some extra time and effort to take advantage of the free services available, it’s a great way to build buzz until you can afford to hire a PR consultant or marketing firm.

Need more help with your PR and SEO copywriting? Please let me know here or at www.rembrandtwrites.com. I’m here to help! Thanks!

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