Belwah Media:  Your Community Engagement, Community Outreach, and Storytelling Team
Genia Stevens is Managing Partner at Belwah Media, specializing in helping community media with digital marketing, community outreach, and content repackaging. Genia has written for Business.com, Forbes, Social Media Today, Business 2 Community, Engadget, and Huffington Post.

How Mobile Apps Can Help Community Media With Community Outreach

Three common outreach challenges for community media centers are: establishing beneficial community partnerships, efficient and effective community management, and creating value in the services they provide. If community media centers can’t overcome these challenges, they’ll miss opportunities to build meaningful give-and-take relationships with members of their community. According to eMarketer research, in 2017, there have been more than 22 million “cord-cutters” — those who have gotten rid of pay TV options, like cable. That’s a 33% increase from 2016. A Flurry […]

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Why It’s Important For Community Media To Work With Influencers

For several years, I spoke about social media and emerging digital marketing trends at the Wisconsin Community Media annual conference. Year after year, my workshops focused on addressing three common challenges for media centers: outreach efforts, fundraising and executing strategic plans. A 2016 Linqia study found that 94% of consumer brands that have used influencer marketing believe it’s effective. A joint study conducted by Tap Influence and Nielsen Catalina Solutions found that influencer marketing generates 11 times the ROI of traditional digital marketing. Community-driven […]

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How Community Media Can Use Podcasts to Improve Community Engagement

According to a 2017 joint study by Edison Research and Triton Digital, 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast. A recent Pew Research found that ”[a]s of 2016, 21% of Americans age 12 or older say they have listened to a podcast in the past month, reflecting steady incremental growth since 2013 – when this share was 12%.” While Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media cautions community radio to avoid stereotyping Millennials as the demographic that prefers new media to […]

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Blogger Outreach Tips for Community Media Centers

If community media centers haven’t started partnering with bloggers; it should be on their to-do list. Establishing relationships with bloggers will accelerate a media center’s community outreach and engagement strategy. Consider the following:  81% of U.S. online consumers trust information found in blogs,  21-to-35 year-olds make up 53.3% of the total blogging population, and 80.3% of social media users read blog content written by people they know personally. This data suggests blogger outreach is an essential strategy for community media […]

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