Our Story

Once upon a time there were two PR/marketing professionals who were sitting on a wealth of
powerful insider PR secrets…

They thought it wasn’t fair that only the “Big Guys” could access this information to get more customers and make more sales…
So they created PR in a Box — and small businesses thrived happily ever after!

Hi! We’re Melissa McAfee and Erin Whalen and we’re the driving force behind PR in a Box — the complete do-it-yourself kit that provides agency-style PR in a simplified package you can start using right away to create a buzz around your business and make more sales.

We created PR in a Box because we realized that the industry of public relations has long held too many secrets.

Very few people even understand how public relations can benefit their business. Those who have some knowledge of public relations often view it as a high-priced, unnecessary service that only large-scale, profitable companies can use.

Others have had bad experiences with PR firms that charged inflated prices and then spent too much time strategizing — and not enough time delivering results.

But you don’t have to spend large amounts of money on PR in order to get a great return on your efforts. In fact, getting the word out about your business can be a lot more cost-effective than you might think — and you can see a huge return on your investment, IF you know how to do it right.

Here’s what most PR firms don’t want you to know
You can easily do your own public relations if you take the time to learn a a few tricks, practice some writing, and familiarize yourself with basic industry rules. Public relations can and will provide success for your business faster than any other part of your business model — but you need strong deliverables in order to achieve measurable results.

And that is what we show you how to achieve in PR in a Box!

Public relations DOES translate into sales. It translates into more traffic to your website, more customers in your door, and greater profit margins. It’s not as difficult to implement as most PR professionals would have you believe, and it’s well worth the effort.

Meet the “PR in a Box” Team
Melissa McAfee, Public Relations Maven Extraordinaire
Melissa McAfee, CEO and Founder of MJM Communications, is a public relations expert with a thorough knowledge and understanding of media correspondence and journalism practices.

She has built and executed successful public relations strategies for high-level accounts such as 7-Eleven, Molson Canadian, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

During the course of her career, Melissa has proven her marketing prowess and media savvy skills by acquiring extensive coverage for her clients in major media publications such as the Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Forbes and Inc. Magazine.

She has also provided media training for executives in the resource sector, the telecommunications sector, the hospitality sector and several small-business owners throughout British Columbia.

Melissa has an international degree in journalism from the University of Queensland, and is an active member of the Canadian Public Relations Society. In 2006 she founded MJM Communications – a firm specializing in boutique PR services — and in 2007 she launched PR in a Box, a Web 2.0 platform providing PR tools for small business owners.

Erin Whalen, Internet Marketing Muse and Professional Storyteller
Erin Whalen, CEO and founder of Made You Look Online, got her start in marketing and promotions while handling all the communications for a national grassroots environmental organization in Japan.

While promoting the group’s annual Earth Day celebration, Erin managed to score local and national coverage, and international media coverage in both English and Japanese-language newspapers, TV, and radio.

Since 2000, Erin has worked as an online writer and marketing strategist and spent five years working for an online marketing company that generated more than $100 million in purely online sales.

During that time Erin learned the most effective strategies for crafting an unforgettable message and using regular PR channels as well as online marketing channels such as Facebook, Google, and email to connect with your market and establish a relationship with them that gets them psyched to buy your products.

Now she helps small businesses, authors and artists, and non-profit organizations use these same strategies to connect with their best customers online.