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Star Wars Episode 7: May the spoilers be with you.

The world has changed just a little bit since 1980. It’s increasingly hard to remember a pre-Internet age, as today, more than 80% of American households have Internet access. The online world is ingratiated into our lives, so it’s getting tougher each year to imagine a time when things weren’t so wired.

Today, there seems to be a million ways for marketers to promote a popular movie franchise. Now, one can create a huge, worldwide buzz in seconds by posting casting information or a trailer online. It’s instant gratification. Thirty years ago, things weren’t quite so instant.

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“Chicken Fat” is back!

If you’re a child of the 1960s or early ’70s, there’s a good chance your gym teacher popped a 33⅓ rpm single on a record player a couple times each week, and out of the crackling speakers exploded a blast of marching band horns, followed by the compelling voice of The Music Man lead, Robert Preston.

It’s been nearly four decades since I last heard the staccato of those opening horns, but there it was, coming out of my TV. It caused my brain to scramble back to 1968, when I was wearing an unflattering, magenta, one-piece gym suit and a pair of Keds, and those notes signaled a six-minute-plus routine of toe-touching, torso-twisting, jack-jumping and push-upping hell.

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Travers Collins teams up with Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills to announce partnership.

The Buffalo Bills and our long-time client Independent Health are teaming up to better the health and well-being of the Western New York community. Yesterday we helped announce a long-term partnership between the two organizations, centered on a community-wide fitness and nutrition initiative to encourage healthy living.

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Media training: are you ready for the spotlight?

TC’s “Media Smarts” media training help clients prepare for their close-up.
Eileen Buckley from WBFO News offers her tips as well

An organization’s ability to communicate via earned media can make or break its reputation.

It is imperative a company spokesperson clearly, calmly and concisely get his or her points across and respond effectively to a reporter’s questioning. This is especially true if and when a crisis hits. It also applies to opportunities to communicate good news.

At Travers Collins we provide our clients with “Media Smarts,” a training program tailored to their specific needs and particular situation. This includes one-on-one training and interview preparation in addition to group workshops for company executives and subject-matter experts.

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Crisis: It will never happen to us.

There must be something in the water, because we have worked on numerous crisis situations over the last six months.

The headline on this post is somewhat facetious, because I think any business manager worth their salt understands a potential crisis is always lurking around the corner. But regardless, I have seen plenty of people looking like a deer in the headlights when a crisis really does hit.

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My 2014 NCAA bracketology.

As the old saying goes, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but how you play the game.” After watching some NCAA games the past couple weeks, I’m wondering if the saying should be, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but how you look doing it.”

I’m just kidding, of course. But after seeing my 9-year old niece beat me the last two years by choosing her tournament bracket winners by simply picking “the uniform colors that I like better,” maybe she has a point.

Here are some of my observations….

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