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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.
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Why is your business unique?
Fat Murray’s offers decorated cookies that have no sugar, no dyes or colorings and no preservatives. This is not an easy feat. We are in the process of beta testing a sugarless icing that will be the first on the market – there are no chemicals in it.
To date, we use natural beans and a vegan carob to decorate our treats. Most Dog bakeries use a sugary icing that is terrible for dogs, but looks pretty.
What was the biggest challenge in starting your business and how did you overcome it?
Sales – My background is IT and I had had no sales experience. It was difficult for me to approach new customers. I take both of my basset hounds with me on sales calls. It’s very difficult to turn them down.
How did you use public relations efforts to help your business grow?
My husband owns a PR firm. He was very instrumental in helping me. I wanted to let customers know that Fat Murray’s Doggy Treats were healthy treats.
He helped in the design of my website and helped to write press releases for my business. He also helped me to search out new customers.
What PR activities worked best for you and why?
Customer service has been the biggest ally in growing my business. We custom bake. We’ve listened to our customers’ needs and have tried to accommodate each order whether it is a different shape, different packaging, different ingredients.
Retail businesses do not all have the same needs. What works for one store may not work for another.
What advice do you have for others who want to pursue a business-dream after losing their jobs?
Be passionate about what you do. This is a second chance, an opportunity to do what you’ve dreamed about. Bring all of your collective knowledge and experience from your past jobs to your venture. You’ll have to work an exorbitant amount to launch your venture but it will be yours.
Thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us Ronnie!
How about you? If you have a good entrepreneurial story to tell, please let me know. And if you have any SEO copywriting or public relations questions, please comment below or at www.rembrandtwrites.com. I’m here to help!