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Video: impactSHOW Ep. 5 Welcome,

We are all well aware of the challenges facing us right now. And those challenges are serious.

At the same time, we also need to support and uplift each other as we move through these difficult times. KCOMM has always looked to the future and opportunities for positive transformation.

We'd like to invite you to share a positive experience or generous moment that has inspired you. It might be a business creatively sourcing and donating paper goods to people in need. Or a creative use of technology to help keep a workforce safe. Or a musician playing a song for someone in a care home facility.

As we move through this global reset, it's essential to capture and share good news about the things we can do to support each other in both business and community.

In partnership with the Internet Marketing Association (IMA) and Evite, your story will be shared with thousands across the globe.

Please use the link below to share an uplifting short video or a photo. And visit the IMA website where these messages will be compiled.

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Thank you,
Sinan Kanatsiz
Sinan Kanatsiz
Chief Executive Officer
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Important Video Message from Orange County United Way President and CEO

Our client, Orange County United Way, has been paying close attention to the community needs in Orange County arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. They have seen a surge in requests for help with housing, food and utilities. The public health crisis is causing immediate concerns for all, but the effects of California's stay-at-home order have resulted in many members of our community losing their jobs or having their work hours severely reduced.

In response, they have created a Pandemic Relief Fund, which will help those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. The organization is working closely with community members and partners, and already many are joining in.

Please help us help our Orange County neighbors! In this time, we remain united.

If you are an individual or family in need of assistance or support, please dial 2-1-1 to be connected with local health and human services resources.
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Accelerate OC: Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO KCOMM, Founder Internet Marketing Association

Accelerate OC's guest this week is Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO of KCOMM and Founder of the Internet Marketing Association. Hear why Orange County will continue to lead the world in innovation, with great advice for entrepreneurs (and each of us) for being our authentic, true selves.

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Graziadio Resilience Series: Business Knowledge for Navigating Turbulent Times

Tune in on April 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for "Strategy in a Crisis" with Founder and Chief Strategist of IMPACT 2040, Cynthia Cohen, as part of the "Graziadio Resilience Series: Business Knowledge for Navigating Turbulent Times."

In the coming weeks, Graziadio will feature a new guest speaker from a related industry as they discuss the critical issues currently facing businesses.

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Feature News Submarines, Ponies and Locomotives... Oh My: Communicating in Crisis

By Chad Jordan, Vice President of Business Development, Brands, SOCi Inc.

In the blink of an eye, our world has certainly changed. Like Dorothy told Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore. And from the look of it, we aren't going back anytime soon. In fact, when we do get back to the new normal, most of what we have known for so long will have changed. The way we work, the way we shop, the way we gather together and more will most likely have shifted to some version of an altered reality we couldn't have anticipated just a short while ago.

So how we market, how we advertise, how we communicate must adapt as well. Let's be honest, marketing and advertising in the midst of this feels kind of silly, right? And not just silly, almost insensitive, even, dare I say, icky. But what is marketing, really? What is advertising? It's communication. Marketing is messaging. So right now, through this, we have to continue communicating. We have to do our marketing through keeping our clients and employees well informed.

We're seeing a few types of marketing coming out of companies right now.

Feature News • You've got the companies that have gone completely dark. I call these companies the submarines. They have shut everything down and submerged for the duration of this Social Distancing Quarantine. We are not hearing ANYTHING from these companies, nothing on social media, no emails about their operations, nothing.

• Then you've got the companies that are still continuing to message as if nothing has changed. I call these companies the one-trick ponies, because they are committed to the marketing plan they put together for 2020, and they are NOT budging from it. For example, their social media approach is stagnant. At best, they might have adjusted the verbiage a smidge to incorporate Social Distancing, but aside from that, it's business as usual.

But the companies that will survive this crisis are the ones that will adapt and put out the right messaging, at the right time, on the right channels.

• So there is another strategy that is needed in a time like this. I call it the locomotive strategy. A locomotive is the engine, the lead car of a train. It's the one that sees the light at the end of the tunnel before anyone else and calls out, whistles out, signals to everyone else the way ahead, pulling the other cars, dragging folks along for the ride if necessary.

Social media is an essential aspect of communicating in the current situation. The point of your social media activity is not about driving business right now. That's essentially out the window for most companies. Social media's major impact through this is building the community that will sustain you and revitalize you once this crisis is over.

Let me repeat that point: social media will help you build the community that will help you rebuild your company, and much more quickly than you could have otherwise. So the longer you wait to jump on the social media train, the harder you will find it to create the community you'll need down the line. If you take nothing else away from this article, please remember this: your social media efforts through this crisis can make or break your recovery from this crisis.
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