When you enter the world of owning your business you feel as if you must be an expert at everything and be able to do everything. The internet is full of people who will gladly take your money to tell you what you need to do. I know I fell into that trap, especially when it came to marketing, social media, and public relations.

I tried to do as I was told, posting here, and blogging there. I even tried vlogging. To be honest it is hard. It takes time and to be frank I felt totally inadequate. Then through the BNI I met Christine Tobin.

What a ball of energy. Not only is she a seasoned expert in traditional media but she is just as clever with all the new media. In the brief time we have engaged with Christine we have launched a podcast, regularly posted across, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, had 3 solid local radio interviews, redone all the content on our new website, and held a live launch event with 40 guests. That is just the first month.

I can safely say that Christine has reinvigorated our marketing efforts beyond all expectations. Her insight and inspiration have made our PR and Marketing a joy to behold. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone looking to create a loud noise about their business.

David LunnDirector of Foundation Stone Financial Planning Ltd, Kilkenny

“Solas Media is one of the most passionate & professional companies to work with. Solas Media ensures that they understand you and your company core values and identifies how to support & strengthen the brand through developing a strategy and delivering a tailored PR programme.

“We experienced tremendous success during this time and are extremely happy with the results. I would highly recommend Solas Media & we are excited to work with Solas Media again.”

Lesley Cleere Centre Manager Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkennyhttps://marketcross.ie/
“I have found Christine from Solas Media extremely insightful and professional. Her understanding and relationships in media are a great asset. I would highly recommend!”
Natalie TolhopfBusiness Coachhttps://natalietolhopf.com/
“Christine has an uncanny knack of reporting with integrity and interpreting what really matters in communications. She can get to heart of the matter, understand complex issues quickly and communicate in a way that appeals to wider audiences. A true professional.”
Dr David WilsonManaging Director Cities and Regions Ltd, former CEO Northland Inc (Whangarei, NZ))

“I attended Christine’s workshop and it was fantastic! Informative, educational and entertaining. It has given me confidence to get my story out there! Highly recommend that you get along to the next one!”

Jane Frazerhurst Collective Marketplace, The Mother Hood & Early Years Sleep Consultant

“Christine’s a gem. I worked with her on behalf of several clients while she was Business Editor at the Northern Advocate and enjoyed immensely her relaxed, approachable style underscored by her ability to find and tell the story accurately with neither fear nor favour. Her ability to handle executive egos and still come away with a worthwhile story is extremely impressive! I hope to continue working with her. And you should too.”

Peter HeathDirector at Due North Corporate Communication & Reputation Management

“I can recommend Christine in all areas of media and communication. I have known her over the last couple of years and it’s been a joy. Her enthusiasm for life and her career is contagious and I consider Christine to be someone I would happily role model and learn a lot from, given her extended years in a similar industry.

Working as a social media coach, it’s all about sharing people’s stories and assisting them to up their brave online, creating engagement, respect and trust. Therefore, hand and hand goes publicity and media releases as this content fuels the fire for content. Christine is most excellent at pulling out the story within that drives their business. She knows the tips and tricks to spread the word and brings excitement and enthusiasm which is contagious. In our online business mentoring group, Liked Media VIP, we’ve been lucky enough to have Christine as our Media expert this month. She has recently delivered and shared challenges to get these local women in business delving into their businesses. Thought provoking and experienced. Christine is fantastic if you are ready to get out there and be noticed.”

Philippa Mannagh Owner of Liked Media, founder of Mums in Business

“Christine is ‘hands down’ THE BEST ‘media person’ that I have encountered over the past 20 years that I’ve dealt with print and broadcast media. From the very first time that I met her and discussed The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme with her, she was fully on board, consistently and passionately supporting and promoting our efforts to engage and build the entrepreneurial spirit among our young Northlanders. I wish that her passion and abilities were highly contagious – the industry that she operates in needs more of her!”

Gary LarkanYoung Enterprise Scheme Regional Co-ordinator at Northland Youth Development Trust

“Definitely recommend Christine!! Christine is very professional and thorough, right from full media plans, crisis planning and even down to helping with wording when you’re really at a loss for words! Thank you so much for all your help Christine, I really look forward to working with you further.”

Darelle AllanLowes and Partners Optometrists Whangarei and Kerikeri

“Christine Allen is a goldmine of practical media savvy. Her energy and enthusiasm are matched by her ability to help her clients where they need it most. Solas Media Solutions has my highest recommendations!”

Gwendolyn NeedhamDirector at HIGHWISE Leadership and YAPP4u

“We found Christine from Solas Media professional and very knowledgeable. We had a consult with Christine and after following some easy instructions about gaining some media coverage we found ourselves in the local paper. Christine helped us to contact the right people, write our story angle and the results were phenomenal! If you want more media coverage see Christine she gets results fast!”

Darlene Pearks Relax Massage, Homegrown Northland

“Definitely recommend booking a session with Christine if you are ready to shake your business up and get more media attention. I contacted her with the intention of getting some tips for our up coming move and left with pretty much a full news media plan for the next year! She educated me on what journalists ask, pitch tips, contacts and gave me various options for what I can follow up with next.”

Trish FordRaor Fitness Studio