Authenticity. Clarity. Effectiveness. Honesty. These are all things your organization needs in its communications.Our Approach
Effective communication is powerful, persuasive, and incisive – it clears the fog and gives clarity.
We deliver engaging design, concise copy, and targeted strategies to our customers. But more … [more]
Defining your brand through fonts, colors and usability standards distinguishes you from competitors and shapes your organization’s personality. We guide your conversations to help you define your brand and teach you how apply your brand through visuals, logos and templates. … [more]
Identifying story angles, building connections with journalists, and pitching your story at the right time gets you in front of the press. We can help you manage your media relations, assist in developing an outreach strategy, manage media on-site at your gala or special event, and train staff or volunteers. … [more]
Seeking to craft a social media outreach strategy, outsource your social media engagement, train your team, or embrace blogging? We have worked with a variety of organizations to help them take advantage of all social media has to offer on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. … [more]
We are a full service communications agency. Some of our supporting services are offered exclusively for existing clients. While we do not specialize in these areas, we have in-house capabilities for event planning and management, product and model photography, video production, website monetization, customer relations … [more]
Empowering our clients to take their work to the next level of professional excellence is the goal of our coaching and training efforts. We deliver one-on-one coaching, seminars and training to improve media relations, social media, writing, and branding skills. … [more]
Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller will be speaking at Writers Project Runway III on Saturday, April 1 in Leesburg, Virginia. She is presenting: “Your Author Voice: Building a Platform.”
Learn how to build a platform so your voice as an author is noticed and heard. Traditional publishers today increasingly … [more]
The DoGooder TV Awards honor the best work from people and organizations that are using video to create real impact for important causes. If you have made a video about your nonprofit organization or cause, this is a great opportunity to share it with the world and be recognized for your hard efforts.
There are some fun categories. There’s … [more]
In November 2016, Ami Neiberger-Miller talked about starting our business for the Independent Public Relations Alliance (I.P.R.A.) which is part of the Public Relations Society of America – National Capital Chapter. The presentation was part of “How to Start and Grow an Independent PR Practice.” She co-presented … [more]
If you want to reach out to bloggers with a story idea or information from your nonprofit, association or small business, what are the best ways to reach out?
As a blogger, I get pitched regularly by people offering me content for my blog. Most pitches are awful – off-topic, poorly written and unfamiliar with my audience. … [more]
In the September/October 2015 issue of Rescue Magazine, Ami wrote the cover story on hunger in America.
One in six Americans do not get enough to eat. The story profiled who is hungry. how they cope with hunger, the impact of hunger on children, and the effects of hunger on everyone. A sidebar discussed which states are the hungriest.
A number … [more]
Published by Rescue Magazine in its September/October 2016 edition, Ami profiled the peer mentoring program offered by the Rescue Mission of Utica.
For the story, “Somebody to Lean On,” she interviewed three mentors who are on call responders who go to area emergency rooms when someone is admitted to the emergency room … [more]
We conducted an in-person media relations training for an association client that sought to better understand how to work with the media and suggest ideas for story coverage.
As part of the training, participants:Understood who the media are, their deadlines, and working environments. Learned how to write a press release. Discussed … [more]
We assisted a U.S. government agency with a twitter chat to promote applications for an arts fellowship overseas. The chat was conducted in cooperation by our client and the National Endowment for the Arts.
A script drafted in advance helped guide the chat discussion. The script kept information flowing and there were no odd lulls. With … [more]
This brochure was created for the Episcopal Center for Children to help explain the nonprofit organization’s services and programs for children coping with emotional challenges.
The brochure is used to market the Center’s programs to a variety of audiences, including parents, placing school district officials, … [more]
Helping people eat well and spend less is the point of this infographic, which is structured like a board game. It was created on behalf of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The infographic was created for distribution in February 2016 for National Nutrition Month by a group of organizations participating in a federal … [more]
The Washington Post recently caused a stir by inviting people to pitch the editorial board. Most editorial boards enjoy hearing from readers and appreciate input – especially if it is thoughtful and well-assembled. But most of them don’t do what the Post did and put up an online form to help you make your pitch. Before you pitch the … [more]
A majority of nonprofit organizations are using content marketing to share their work, recruit supporters, strengthen relationships, and inspire action. The Content Marketing Institute and Blackbaud’s 2015 study found 61% of nonprofits are using content marketing.
What is content marketing? Content marketing is “a … [more]
When the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation aired its first ever super Bowl ad ever in 2016, I’m sure the organization’s leadership hoped their effort would be met with widespread acclaim and praise. Instead, they faced a heap of criticism for showing a clip with the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, collapsing … [more]
The Association of Fundraising Professionals released its annual survey on fundraising effectiveness recently, and its results should make everyone in the nonprofit world sit up and pay attention.
We are not doing the right things to promote donor retention. We need connection and relationship – not warm fuzzies for a … [more]
Intuition and strategy play big roles in media relations. There are times that you need to listen to your gut, and times when you just have to execute. But it can be easy to make a mistake, even while executing an awesome strategy. The last thing you want to do is introduce a problem that could have been avoided. Here are six common media … [more]
The hashtag #NGOFacts encourages nonprofit organizations and charities to increase awareness by sharing interesting statistics, facts and success stories about global development. The campaign was featured by The Guardian, which has a global development professionals area online. This is a great opportunity to share your … [more]
The annual PR PowerLines survey of journalists was published in January 2015, and the results offer tips on getting your news release read (and used) by journalists, that can assist small business owners, nonprofit workers or association professionals.
Tip #1 – Send press releases to journalists via email. Email distribution … [more]