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The FischTank team likes its work, but it also likes its summer vacation. As a New York PR and Marketing firm, we’ve got our options. The famed Jersey shore is close, as are Coney Island and the Hamptons. New England is only a couple of hours north while the Poconos are only the same distance west, and OCMD just a bit further to the south. Plenty of options for the team to choose from!

But it’s not just where you’re going, it’s what you’re listening to on your way there. Music taste is important in all seasons, but with the windows down in a car or open at home, everyone is hearing it.

So without further ado, find the FischTank team’s sounds and sights of summer:

I don’t really have a favorite summer song, but I do have a favorite summer band—Dirty Heads. They have a reggae/hip-hop/rock sound and every song is a feel-good jam. They’re the perfect soundtrack for a beach day, which is always my favorite place to be.

Which leads me to my favorite place to visit in the summer—hands down, it’s the Jersey Shore. Growing up in Central Jersey (yes, it does exist), I went to Long Beach Island a lot on vacation and one of my best friends is from Belmar, so any day trip was spent there. Now, I spend a lot of time in the Asbury Park/Sea Bright area since that’s where my boyfriend grew up. But my favorite thing to do at any beach, is to just post up in a good spot on the sand with a towel, some sunscreen and a good book and stay there until sunset!” – Samantha Breccia

My favorite summer song is anything I can listen to live, outside, with a beer in hand. Warm weather means outdoor concert season, and an opportunity to spend the day outside listening to favorite bands. There are some great outdoor venues in the greater NYC/Northern NJ area, lined with food trucks and craft beer stands – nothing better.

My favorite place is anywhere with a golf course. My ideal relaxation activity is riding down a fairway with headphones in, unplugging from the rest of life and yelling at myself for four hours about the horrible shot I just hit. Courses down south along the coast offer some of the best views, but anywhere with a tee box and flagstick will do. – Matt Bretzius

My favorite summer song is In My Mind by Ivan Gough (Axwell Radio Edit). Any type of house/EDM song reminds me of the summer so much because the vibe of that genre just makes you want to dance and be outside.”

“My favorite place to visit in the summer is any beach. Laying out on a beach until the sun sets truly is relaxing and what better feeling is there in the world? Especially when you are sipping on a tropical drink without any cares listening to music and spending time with your loved ones. – Michael Canova (more to come on this new dude at FischTank)

My favorite song is ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ a classic that has remained a staple on my summer playlist since I was a child. At the start of every family vacation, we would play the summer splash CD and I always remember this being my favorite track to sing and dance along to. It’s a feel-good song for every summer barbecue, beach day and road trip.

I grew up in the Adirondacks and while I’m anchored in NYC now, the Adirondack park continues to hold a special place in my heart. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s relaxing at our cabin or in Lake George with a cocktail or hiking the high peaks in Keene Valley. The Adirondacks are simply breathtaking and incredible place to spend the summer. – Kate Caruso-Sharpe

Due to the copious amount of music I listen to, picking a sole favorite summer song would be like telling me to go to McDonald’s and forcing me to pick only one burger – impossible. For that reason, I choose King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s “Nuclear Fusion” as my 2019 summer song. This band has extensively been present in my recent Spotify rotation and they’ve been dropping banger after banger for their new upcoming album, “Infest the Rats’ Nest.” Plus, “Nuclear Fusion” makes me feel like I can take on the entire world in my sleep.

My favorite place to visit in the summer is also my favorite place to visit in the spring, fall, and winter – Rio de Janeiro. It was where I was born, and ever since I was snatched away to the States at age 7, I’ve returned to Brazil every single summer (aside from a 2018 World Cup Euro escapade). Beautiful weather, beaches, music, and food – plus 95% of my family resides there, so how could it be any other place? – Fabricio Costa

One of my favorite summer songs is Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse. All of the instruments and sounds come together to make it really relaxing. I was 12 years old when it came out and it reminds me of summer at that age, which was really simple and just about being outside all day and having no responsibility.

I like any chance I get to visit the Monmouth County area of the Jersey Shore. Growing up, I would get to the beach once or twice every summer. After going to school in that area and spending many summer weekends there since, it’s grown on me even more. Now, sitting on the beach is one of my favorite things to do. – Kyle Evans

Choosing my favorite summer music is tough. It needs to be a little more laid back than usual, so immediately discounting most hard rock. I’ve lately gotten into Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real after hearing some of their collaborations and support for Neil Young. Their two most recent albums are tremendous, and Lukas sounds just like his old man.

My favorite place for summer vacation (other than San Diego, the correct choice for any destination-related question) is found somewhere on the South Jersey shore (major distinction from North, Central). Growing up in the Philadelphia area, I spent countless summers in Sea Isle City, Ocean Beach, and Wildwood. Some of the fun my high school friends and I had in Wildwood cannot be discussed here. When I think of South Jersey beaches, I think of boardwalk fun, crabbing for hard-shells, and eating Wawa hoagies.” – Eric Fischgrund

When it comes to favorite summer songs the obvious choice is the Grammy-Award Winning 1999 Hit ‘Smooth’ by the legendary Santana featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. Just try to listen to the opening guitar hook without getting pumped up, I dare you. It’s an infectious jam you can screech along to at the beach, by the pool or while riding around with the windows down.

Lake Placid, NY will always hold a special place in my heart. For 10+ years, it was the site of my family’s annual summer camping trip. I have many fond memories of cooking at the campsite, hiking, swimming and playing cards every night. Downtown Lake Placid also has a great vibe, with lots fun shops and restaurants — you can even check out the Olympic Center, site of famous 1980 “Miracle on Ice” USA hockey victory over the USSR. – Erin Hadden

There is no sweeter summer soundtrack than the laidback tunes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. While my personal favorite is Learning to Fly, almost any Americana-packed Petty track makes for a great summer listen. The first concert I ever saw happened to be Tom Petty during the summer of seventh grade, but my favorite Mad Dog memory is blasting Damn The Torpedos in my 1984 Volvo with all the windows down during an impromptu midnight trip to the beach with some buddies.

Every summer from before I could remember to when I was 11 or 12 years old, my parents, aunts and uncles would load my sister, cousins and I into a mini van and trek down to Wildwood, NJ. Exploring the beach and boardwalk was the highlight of every summer, but eventually, as we all got older and the world got smaller, we started exploring other destinations like the Outer Banks and Caribbean. All offered amazing experiences, but none lived up to Wildwood’s nostalgia. I had the opportunity to return to Wildwood a few summers ago, with the same aunts, uncles and cousins, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the town hadn’t changed much – if anything, it seemed to have a fresh coat of paint on it! – Rob Kreis

The Team at FischTank Marketing and PR

Anonymous FischTank Accountant

 

My favorite song is ‘I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash because it evokes memories of listening to it on the radio (AM!) in the summer.

My favorite place to visit is very specific – Jones Beach West End Beaches, a favorite hangout spot with friends from high school. – Our anonymous accountant who values brevity 

 

 

 

My favorite summer song is the recent hit, Old Town Road by Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas. It’s very catchy and fun to listen and sing along to.

I love going to Belmar beach in the summer with my family and friends! Besides being a FischTank PR professional, I’m like a mermaid, and I could stay in the ocean for hours. – Jessica Reiner

My favorite summer song is Sherry Darling by Bruce Springsteen. Although the name of my sister (spelled differently), Sherry Darling tells the story of a summer getaway. Gracing every stereo that plays it, The Boss offers yet another lyrical masterpiece giving off good vibes and a catchy tune.

Summers are spent at my grandma’s house, nestled on the Toms River bay where we spend our time out on the boat, fishing, crabbing, or just enjoying the sun. A five-minute drive to the boardwalks, many nights are spent on roller coasters, playing carnival games, or at the bar. However, the night isn’t over until its finished off with a Seaside Tony from Steaks. – Russ Pagano

I don’t have one favorite song, but I do love listening to Bob Marley in the summertime. “Could You Be Loved” is a great song to groove to and listen to while on the beach.

I was born and raised in Monmouth County, NJ and enjoy going back to my roots to visit the good old Jersey shore. I enjoy long walks on the beach with an ice cream cone in hand. – Carly Ross

Eric Fischgrund is an entrepreneur, writer, sports fan, music-lover, and founder and CEO of FischTank Marketing and PR, a marketing and communications firm based in NYC.

Content publishing is a great way to engage employees

Article contributed by Jennifer Keck, Technology Writer & Founder of Keck Marketing

Tech companies often struggle to create messaging that connect with customers. Yet no matter what you’re selling, you have one underused tool in your marketing arsenal: employees. Only about 3% of employees share company content, but employee advocacy has a huge impact on a brand’s success. Here are four ways an employee advocacy program can benefit your tech company. 

  1. It improves organic reach and engagement.

This one is the most obvious. If you’ve watched your organic reach on Facebook plummet, you’re not alone. Since the platform moved to prioritize user-generated content, only about 1.2% of a page’s fans saw any given post in 2018.

This doesn’t mean promoted posts and social ads aren’t worthwhile. Yet employee advocacy is one of the most powerful techniques out there. When employees share branded messages, these posts get a 561% boost in reach and are shared 24 times more frequently, according to MSLGroup.

  1. It helps build brand trust.

 It’s no surprise that people trust their friends over brands. But did you know 90% of buyers trust a recommendation from someone they know? Compare that with just 33% who trust the brand, and you can see why employee advocacy works so well. Building trust is especially important for startups that don’t have years of brand loyalty from a dedicated customer base. So, when your marketing manager tweets about how much she loves the SaaS platform you just launched, it will do more to get her techie followers to try it out than a promoted tweet ever could.

  1. It grows your pipeline and increases sales.

If you only get one department on board, pick Sales for the biggest returns. Here’s where we drill down into a sub-genre of employee advocacy: social selling. Simply put, social selling is the process of building a relationship with prospects over social media. That could mean anything from sharing a relevant article on LinkedIn to congratulating a follower on his recent award via Twitter. This helps sales reps build trust and show off their industry knowledge, without sounding salesy.

It takes time, yet it’s worth it. Case in point, Genesys, a call center technology company, saw 2.2x the pipeline growth, a 16% increase in win rates, and a 42% increase in deal sizes thanks to its employee advocacy program.

  1. It supercharges recruitment and retention.

Last but not least, employee advocacy programs can double as a recruiting tool. By encouraging employees to share job openings, you may just discover that your next rock star programmer was your product manager’s college roommate. In fact, 30% of consumers find employee-shared job posts helpful, according to a 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer.

And employees can do much more than share job posts. Pictures of company retreats, happy hours, and the resident pug dog go a long way to demonstrate that your office isn’t all work and no play. Recruits who want more than a great salary and benefits can see first-hand how much their friends enjoy working there. They’ll also likely be happier once they start –47% of referral hires have greater job satisfaction and stay longer, a Jobvite research report found.

Make no mistake, building and maintaining a successful employee advocacy program is no easy task. It takes time and requires commitment to see the results. Fortunately, there are over a dozen employee advocacy tools out there to help. But before you dive in, consider your goals. Is it brand building, boost sales, or to find new recruits? As with any marketing program, a SMART goal will help you get the most from your employee advocacy.

FischTank Marketing and PR

I’m not sure how to start this post. As I begin, I’m at 33,000 feet – cruising altitude as they say – and some guy two seats up on the right has been taking selfies of himself for the last 10 minutes, grinning as he reviews them. Insta-worthy? Maybe. It seems pretty weird to me, but no one else seems to care so why should I? I’m returning from a business trip to Asheville with two colleagues, making this as good a time as any to start reflecting on the past five years of FischTank.

The LLC paperwork for EMF Media d.b.a FischTank was filed in late December 2013; I put in notice at a place where I was very unhappy, and brought my first client aboard shortly into the new year. I had limited experience in business development, even less experience in bookkeeping, and now – very little income. Still, I was excited in a professional sense for the first time in a long time.

The first few months were not easy (try working at home when you only have two clients). I took meetings that went nowhere, attended networking events that had no purpose, and at one point went door to door to try and win contracts from small businesses in Jersey City. I also drove my wife crazier than usual. There were sleepless nights, stressed out mornings, and a never-ending supply of self-doubt. Those feelings haven’t gone away and I don’t think they ever will, but in early 2014, that was my 24/7. Funny how something can suck and be so exciting at the same time.

But this story isn’t about me or the “entrepreneurial struggle” that many of the self-proclaimed experts drone on about on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The FischTank story is and has always been about people. I was joined by Matt Bretzius, my partner at FischTank, who is smarter and more disciplined than I am. There is a 0% chance this company is anything beyond me in my apartment living room without him. We made one hire, then we made another, and now we have a growing group of bright, creative, and really unique professionals people. Gone are the days of my personally PDF’d invoices, disorganized spreadsheets, and envelopes stuffed with receipts from coffee shops and cab rides. We now have a bookkeeper who is actually good at math and record keeping. We started partnering more strategically with other marketing, SEO/digital, creative, and PR agencies, building a stronger referral network filled with individuals who have also helped shape the company.

Our clients are awesome. I don’t write that to kiss ass, it’s just reality. Collectively they’re a group of innovative and smart risk-takers, and a pleasure to work with each day. Nothing drives us more than when we see how hard they work to achieve their own goals. We enjoy telling their stories.

To everyone who falls into a category above, I’m eternally grateful for what you’ve done. You know who you are. To all of my colleagues, past and present, this five-year milestone is for you as much as it is for Matt and I.

It’s not all roses and sunshine. We’ve learned many lessons, some of them painful but each of them valuable. Sure there were partnerships, hires and clients that didn’t quite fit, and while not everything ends well, through it all we’ve maintained our integrity and evolved. From these experiences, we’ve built a positive culture we can be proud of.

The only takeaway or piece of advice I have for others, should you choose to listen, is to place a premium on resiliency. Bad days, weeks and months will come. You will get home late after a bad day and think maybe you’re not cut out for this stuff. Self-doubt will creep in when you’re at your most vulnerable and it will eat away your confidence. When this all happens, you cannot give in. Get up, show up, and keep coming at them.

The last five years have been the best education and experience I could ask for, exceeding any and all expectations I had on January 15, 2014. Will FischTank last forever? No, nothing does, but we’re having a helluva lot of fun today.

Eric Fischgrund is an entrepreneur, writer, sports fan, music-lover, and founder and CEO of FischTank Marketing and PR, a marketing and communications firm based in NYC.

Marketing and Public Relations

It’s no secret — traditional media outlets like newspapers and magazines are cost cutting, utilizing syndicated content to publish news on their websites. While this may present a difficulty in attaining coverage, with space to fill, the opportunity grows for contributed content provided by “thought leaders” – executives from individuals, businesses, and organizations.

In addition to media in general, public relations has been forever changed by the Internet. Google and other search engines make online content important not only to control, but to continue adding to. Then social media changed everything when social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn began ranking high on online search. Now, it is equally important to maintain content on a social page as it is your own website!

These changes to the media itself and the increased importance placed on content is why content writing, and more specifically, specialized content writers, are about to be a premium. With smart companies everywhere committing to public relations strategies that incorporate social media, thought leadership, e-mail marketing, press releases and more, the need for content has grown exponentially. Now the very same writers who five years ago were writing for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are transitioning to the business side and driving smart content for brands. PR agencies have taken note, acquiring content firms and those who know how to execute on the digital side.

This is why 2017 and moving forward will be a big year for those talented with a pen.

Eric Fischgrund is an entrepreneur, writer, sports fan, music-lover, and founder and CEO of FischTank Marketing and PR, a marketing and communications firm based in NYC.