[Role: Managing Editor]
For decades, Trust Talk was a monthly newsletter that published business-focused articles on best practices and the latest in BBB news and developments. In 2017, BBB’s marketing team relaunched Trust Talk as a magazine. Trust Talk Magazine’s rebrand allowed us to deliver more meaningful and relevant business-focused content to our audience of mostly small businesses. At the end of the day, we wanted to add value to our members’ BBB Accreditation and help them grow.
We focused on making both our content and design purposeful and clear, useful and direct. We moved to a bi-annual schedule for the publication so we could plan, create, and execute the best magazine possible for BBB Accredited Businesses. For content topics, we used surveys of BBB Accredited Businesses and feedback from stakeholders to implement a strategy that placed BBB as a leader in business resources for continued growth and ethically running a business.
Our first issue was a big hit with our board and BBB Accredited Businesses. Instagram posts and emails flowed in from the most important BBB stakeholders. Trust Talk Magazine’s first and second issues have won several awards from marketing/design organizations.
UPDATE: Since this page was first written, we have published our sixth issue of Trust Talk Magazine. You will find it below.
Content Marketing Institute – Content Marketing Awards
Finalist – Nonprofit Publication, 2017 BBB Trust Talk Magazine
International Academy of the Visual Arts – The Communicator Awards
Award of Distinction for BBB Trust Talk Spring/Summer 2017
Award of Excellence for BBB Trust Talk Spring/Summer 2019
Hermes Creative Awards
Platinum Award for Magazine Category – Trust Talk Magazine 2017, 2018, and 2019
The Marcom Awards
Gold Award: Publications – Nonprofit – Trust Talk Magazine Fall/Winter 2017
Platinum Award: Publications – Nonprofit – Trust Talk Magazine Fall/Winter 2018
Silver Award in Copywriting for Design/Print for BBB Trust Talk Magazine 2017, 2018, and 2019
Public Relations Society of America – Bronze Anvil Awards
Award Of Commendation for Trust Talk Magazine 2018
PR News Nonprofit Award
Honorable Mention for External Publication or Report 2019
PR News Platinum PR Awards
Honorable Mention in External Publication 2019