Belwah Media
Genia Stevens is the owner and managing partner of Belwah Media, an integrated digital marketing agency specializing in helping community media and nonprofits maximize community engagement and community outreach. For over 18 years, Genia has provided corporate training and marketing strategy development to clients like Jockey, LPGA, Chicago-Rockford Airport, Nielsen, Equifax, and Whole Foods. Genia wrote the social media training manual for TGI Fridays' 300+ international restaurants and she's been cited in publications written by the Federal Communications Commission on matters related to the importance of mobile marketing. Genia is a Forbes columnist and has been published on Business.com, Social Media Today, and Business 2 Community. Genia's core competencies include strategic planning, marketing strategy development, social media marketing, marketing analytics, and content development. Genia obtained a Bachelors from Beloit College and a Masters in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

3 Ways NPOs Can Use Community Media For Fundraising

Many nonprofit organizations struggle with fundraising due to a lack of community awareness, an undefined focus, or an ineffective brand message. A 2015 study conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative found that small organizations are more likely to struggle with fundraising than larger organizations. The study attributes leadership issues, shortfalls in special events, and a decline in corporate giving as reasons for this challenge. Community media refers to non-commercial media that isn’t part of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) or […]

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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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