About the Author

Who is Robyn
Robyn Braley is committed to helping Rotarians grow their clubs to become better equipped to help people who need help. He has led two club teams that were awarded RI PR Awards and served as the District 5360 PR Chair. He has been a Rotarian since 1999.

Rotary Speaker
Robyn draws from his experience as a Rotarian and as a Communications Professional to share ways to more effectively tell the Rotary story to your community. He starts by asking the questions, "Is your club ready to grow, and why does it matter?" The ultimate focus is on attracting new members.

He is available to speak at District Conferences and Rotary leadership training institutes. Content also applies to other not-for-profit organizations.

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Contact him at robyn@unimarkcreative.com

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lights, Camera, Action! Tips for Shooting Service Club Videos Using Your Phone

Written by Robyn T. Braley

News flash! Video is a highly effective way to tell your story and build your service club’s brand. Why? It is the next best thing to being there. You can look viewers in the eye and speak directly to them. 

Video connects at an emotional level. Sound mixes with moving visuals to create a sensory environment that stimulates viewers.

Anyone with basic knowledge can shoot a short video, edit it, and upload it for the world to see. All from their phone!

With a little more knowledge, it can be done well. Videos add tremendous value to your social media content arsenal. They are also useful for live group or one-on-one presentations.

The online use of videos began when they were embedded into websites! Soon after YouTube came onto scene as a standalone social media platform. A tsunami of use soon spread as other social media platforms developed video capability.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Photos That Tell Stories Are the Currency of Social Media and Online Marketing

Written by Robyn T. Braley

You’ve heard it a gazillion times, ‘A picture is worth 1,000 words.’ Well, it’s true!

Photos are a million-dollar aid for telling fascinating stories about life-altering projects that your service club has made possible. Photos are the currency of mainstream, online and social media communication.

Before going further, I must issue a disclaimer. I am not a professional photographer. I wouldn’t begin to try to explain the technical side of photography.

For my branding company's photography projects, we hire great shooters, provide creative direction and an outline of what we are looking for. Then, we get out of their way.

Amateurs Can Take Good Photos Too

As an encouragement for rank amateurs, I have taken photos with a $500 point-and-click camera that newspapers and automotive magazines around the world published. They accompanied a story I had placed about a client’s innovative automotive product, a catalytic converter.

The photo series was engaging. We placed a demonstration vehicle on a hill overlooking a dramatic cityscape. By pure dumb luck, there was a misty haze that made an air pollution statement. The catalytic converter had been invented to dramatically reduce emissions from diesel engines.

A creative idea trumped technical expertise.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Why You Need Quality Content for Social Media Success. 21 Content Tips!

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Service clubs are pressured to leap into the world of social media. However, when not developed properly, your social media experience can lead to frustration. Don't get me wrong, if your club is not active on social media, time is passing. 

In this series, I am providing tools and knowledge that will help you make the leap. Rather than starting the series with how-to" posts about platforms like FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogsites, Instagram, SlideShare, Snapchat, YouTube or other relevant channels, I am going back to the basics. 


This post explains the lifeblood of social media. Quality content is the foundation for success. 

And, if you are already active and have experienced success, there are ideas that will broaden your thinking and provide greater value to your digital communities. 

Let's start with the question, Why does it make sense?" The answer is simple. Social media is central to online communication and relationship building. At a club level, a program will help you ...
  • Increase the club's profile
  • Promote club activities
  • Build an online community through likes, follows and connections
  • Align with collaborative partners
  • Communicate with members and circles of influence 
  • Attract new members. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How to Reduce the Time it Takes to Properly Manage Social Media

You know your club should do it. But, you've been putting it off for many years. You have a personal Facebook page and know social media can be addictive. Yes Virginia, even a time waster. 

But here you are. You may be a Rotary club President or sit on your club’s board as the PR Director. Or, you may be the youngest member of your club who has been designated the social media person. You’ve been tasked to look into it.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

81 Amazing Acts of Kindness That Will Change Your Life and Someone Else's

Written by Robyn T. Braley

We shouldn’t need to be prompted to show kindness to those we meet every day. However, it is easy to become so absorbed into the fast pace of life that we don’t see the needs of others, even when they are an arms length away.

As Rotarians, our motto is Service Above Self. We demonstrate organized acts of kindness through the humanitarian work we do in our communities and around the world.

However, I heard a story about a  senior executive of a service organization who would periodically dress as a homeless person. He would lie near the doorway of locations where meetings he was about to speak at were being held. It was revealing how many stepped over him before someone knelt to ask if he needed help. He made his point!  

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nine Posts to Help You Attract Media Coverage

Written by Robyn T. Braley
Getting your story covered by the media requires a great story. Once you have that, you must know how to package and pitch it.  
The purpose of a release is to capture the attention of media editors, producers, journalists and bloggers. You have seconds to do it. But, there is more! It must also accommodate online distribution. More

Identify More Than One Story Angle and Increase Media Coverage

Written by Robyn T. Braley

It’s about the angle. It doesn't matter how comprehensive and accurate your media contact list is if you don't have the basics of your story pitch down pat.  

Every day the Media is inundated by story possibilities. You need unique, unusual and creative ideas to cut through the clutter. 

An editor, producer, reporter or show host will take 4-5 seconds to decide whether to consider your pitch or to trash it. If you don’t have a strong angle, or hook, the decision will be easy for them. With a quick click your story will be deleted as they move on to the next story idea.