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,, 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 and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

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www.houseofjerky.comOn Tuesday, Janie Honeycutt of shared her PR success story. Here is the rest of that interview:

What kind of results did you see from your public relations efforts?

From my efforts, we’ve had some excellent reviews written on websites. People Magazine was a complete surprise.

One day, our website was crazy with traffic and orders. We immediately added a question in the checkout section (“How did you find us?”). People had written a short blurb about our jerky being a great Father’s Day gift.

People magazine helped teach us how to prepare for Real Simple’s Holiday Gift Guide. The exposure by both was phenomenal and key to growing our business.

What advice do you have for others in using publicity to boost awareness and sales?

The power of publicity is amazing in the way it boosts sales and awareness. Due to publicity, we have more than doubled our sales from the year before. It is important to be ready to handle the onslaught of business that publicity can cause.

Do you have any other tips you’d like to share with the StartupNation audience for starting and growing a business?

I actively do all that I can to market our website. Keywords and optimization have made our website easy to find. I’m sure that’s how editors have found us. But I’m not stopping now! I know there are a lot more opportunities.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Being a member of StartupNation has helped my education and put me in contact with key support people. It has been a constant source of great ideas and information.

I think all small businesses should learn all they can about marketing and PR. We need to get our feet wet and try a few things, and then hire a professional as soon as we can afford it!

Thanks Janie! Now, if you’d like to share your PR story, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or I’d love to hear from you and possibly give you some free publicity!

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