The Daily Scoop from Charlotte Shaff

Vote and Stimulate the Economy! October 27, 2008

Media Push Clients Pushing Valley Consumers to Vote and Shop on Election Day

A group of Valley small business owners are banding together to ask consumers to vote while helping to stimulate the economy by buying on Election Day.

Clients of the Phoenix PR firm and small business specialist, The Media Push, are honoring those who endure long voting lines and confusing propositions with a reward for taking part in American democracy. Voters who visit the companies listed below and sporting an “I Voted” sticker get special offers and deals.

Discounts on useful items and services for car repairs and oil changes or a few indulgent items, like Botox treatments or massages are some of the specials that will be offered by The Media Push clients.

Small businesses make up 99.9 percent of the 27.2 million businesses across the nation. Accounting for about half of all private-sector jobs, they generate up to 80 percent of new jobs each year and create more than half of non-farm gross domestic products. Small business owners are also the first to suffer from a dwindling economy.

“This is a very important time in our lives,” said Charlotte Risch, owner of The Media Push. “Not only are we voting for the next president but many local officials and propositions that will affect our community and small businesses. This is a fun way to cast your support for local businesses in your neighborhood and invest your hard-earned dollars with them instead of big chains.”

Below are the offers available to Valley voters. Please CLICK on the business name to gain access to their website for location, hours and info.

Simply Impressive Cooking School
: Take $10 off your next cooking class. Spend more time with your family at the dinner table and spend less money eating out by learning to cook smart, delicious meals at home.

Derma Health Institute: Feel beautiful and give your face a treat! Only $10 per unit of Botox, or $50 pumpkin peel facial for that day.

Acme Locksmith: Need to get a spare key made? Receive a free key copy (up to $5.00 value).

Community Tire and Auto Repair: Bring in your “I voted” sticker and receive free mount, balance, rubber valve stem and oil change with any tire purchase. Don’t need tires? Bring in your sticker and they will do a basic oil change for $14.92.

Zethina Cosmetics and Day Spa: Get a Massage for only $60 for one hour or a Body Treatment for only $55. Both services will relax and renew the tired stressed out voter.

Money Smart Grandkids: For just $12.95, invest in our youth’s financial future with the book “It’s Likely Your Grandkids will be Poor, Unless…” by Scottsdale Author, Chris Kulpinski. EMAIL HIM: Car owners who visit the free referral network of independent, quality repair shops website ( will receive a VIP Card. This card offers drivers discounts on services and parts.

Team Dean: Get a free appraisal with loan approval and a full review of your credit report. Also, information on how to increase your FICO score with all any application for a home loan.

If you have already voted through an early ballot and didn’t keep your “I voted” sticker, just mention you voted when contacting the business about the election specials.


PR is not enough September 3, 2008

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A challenge I have when explaining the benefits of PR is that it is not easy to explain.

PR is not a very tangible type of service. The only way to understand its power is to use it in conjunction with other marketing, promotion, advertising and networking opportunities. And understand that PR is about relationships and most importantly, PR is a marathon, not a sprint.

Finding a way to explain PR has been a challenge…but I think I have found a great article that sums up my thoughts and explainations perfectly! For anyone who thinks one segment on the local morning show or a big article in newspaper will propel your sales and image off the charts…please, please read this!


How am I doing? July 22, 2008

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If you own a business, you know that the value of word of mouth is priceless.  What your clients share and pass on to others can build your business and reputation. I have some clients who are afraid at first to ask their best customers to write a testimonial or refer them to others. But it is absolutely essential and important to do this not only for biz, but for your marketing and website material. If you don’t have a testimonial page on your website or don’t include quotes from customers in pamplets or flyers, you are missing out.  So, today, I ask that you shoot an email or request recommendations on your LinkedIn profile of some of those key people in your life. One way is to ask them to explain in a short paragraph what was the problem, how did you solve it and how has it improved or changed that person’s situation. Not only will it be great material for your marketing efforts, it will also give you a nice little ego boost.  Return the favor, too…or out of the blue send a handwritten Thank You to a person or business that you really enjoyed or had a memorable experience at.  The positive vibes and words go a long way. 

Not sure how to go about asking for a testimonial? Here’s a great article that gives great tips about timing and tactfulness.


Welcome to my web… June 3, 2008

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HI! My name is Charlotte Risch and I own The Media Push, a small, independant PR practice in Phoenix, AZ.

CharlotteI have so many fabulous clients and so much to say about them that doesn’t get picked up by the media, that I thought I would start posting some info and articles about them for you. I started out in PR after working in TV and advertising and community relations. There are a lot of GREAT, POSITIVE, INTERESTING small business people in Phoenix and you should know about them!  If you are in the media and have further interest in something you read, let me know. If you are a consumer, and want to know more…please contact my clients. If you have something to share or an idea to offer me or my client, go for it and comment too. I will eventually have this blog set up so my clients can blog here, too.

This blog is a bit of a work in progress, so be kind and please comment and tell others about TheMediaPush Blog!