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It’s All About Your PITCH!

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

In the short time that I have been in the real PR world I have learned that there is more to PR than just what you may have learned in the classroom , at a seminar, or even during an internship. Other fields have lessons to teach those of us who think we know all about PR. To be  a PR practitioner you must know how to and be comfortable with speaking in public. Giving a presentation or PITCHING to the media is key.

Warm-Up in the Sales Room

Taking a part-time job or even starting out in a sales position right out of college is not only a way to improve your pitch but a way to enhance your resume. Being in an sales oriented environment gives you the skills to work under pressure and to work towards a very tangible goal. In PR our goal may be to close a deal with a client or vendor, present to a journalist or complete a press kit, etc. In sales it is all about your product and how you present that product. A “NO” answer can swiftly turn into a “Sure, why not” if you have the ability persuade a client to purchase the product you are selling.

Winding-Up

Tele-marketing, B2B and Retail sales are all advantageous avenues to travel down to improve your presentation skills. Making the best of all of the skills you can acquire from an experience in sales is a very commendable way to boost your resume and prove that you  think on your feet and adapt well in a fast-pace environment.

A No-Hitter

So, don’t be afraid to take that sales position you applied for in waiting for the dream agency gig. Take it and give it all you got. Employers know valuable experience when they see it. The learning process never ends. The more well versed you are in sales tactics the better practitioner you will be. If your pitch is perfect you can strike out the opposition.

#PRLessons

-Samantha Manuel

Since graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2009, Samantha has worked with the Chicago Blackhawks, Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She recently launched her own consulting and event management boutique agency, called Center Stage PR and Event Management. In tandem, Samantha is currently employed by JVS Chicago as a Program and Social Media Coordinator for the IL-SBDC Duman Entrepreneurship Center.

Group Discussion: Help, I’m Trapped! or Am I?

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Every month, the New Kids on the Block writers will ditch the traditional blog posts and open the floor for discussion to our readers.  We will present a topic or issue that commonly conflicts public relations professionals and allow YOU to offer your best advice to fellow practitioners.  We are only one voice. Sometimes 10 heads are better than 1. So jump in!

Here’s this week’s  discussion topic: Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media PR Strategies

In Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, Lessons Learned, Public Relations, Social Media, Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I’d like to explore a brief outline of how you can effectively use social media to accomplish your PR objectives. The social web is as flexible as you want it to be, and there is no single “right answer”. The following short outline will guide you for how to approach a social media PR strategy.

 

Developing your Platform

Social media is more than just Twitter

Everyone is buzzing about Twitter and it is without question one of the most influential networks among PR and marketing professionals. And while we’re fond of Twitter as well, (follow us @HowardSmithPR ) social media is far more than just Twitter. If Twitter is the extent of your participation you’re missing out. To truly be effective at using social media for PR, treat Twitter as a feeder to something larger – as one piece to a much larger and elegant puzzle.

Making the connection

Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket or network, focus on owning your niche across web platforms. There is little value in being a brand or person who is popular in network X or Y. There is far more value in being thought of as a leader of a niche. In other words:  your positioning should make you known as the definitive source for an industry. Putting a focus on a larger strategy that has nothing to do with any single web platform in particular is how you can accomplish this.

Be ready for a long term commitment

Tactics = fast, strategy = slow

If you’re able to execute on something that resonates, engaging in the social web with the goal of generating PR can see results fast. But don’t make the mistake of thinking a single tactical success is all it takes to see sustainable growth. You need to engage in continued tactics over a long period of time – and the truth is as many of them will fail as will succeed. But if your strategy is sound, in time, it will pay off and provide increasing returns.

Become referential

A social media PR strategy needs to be designed to position the company a referential brand. When the brand or company identity becomes referential, your work  will get easier.  As you contribute more, people will start to notice and your content will spawn discussions. Find a way to become referential and your efforts will multiply themselves.

How are you activating social media for PR objectives?

Video: Social Media Revolution

In Lessons Learned, Social Media, Uncategorized on March 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

If you haven’t seen this video, now is the time! What do you think of these stats? Is Social Media a fad? Yeah Right!!!

Or what about Social Media ROI? How do YOU measure the success of your social media campaigns?

Video: PR and the Online Community

In Public Relations, Social Media, Specialty, Uncategorized on February 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Sticking with theme of our previous blog post where the Do’s and Dont’s of  building personal and professional relationships via social media were discussed – Do you agree with the proposed method offered in this video? What is the best way to engage stakeholders  throughout the various online communities as a PR professional? Please share your thoughts.

We’re Back!!!

In Public Relations, Uncategorized on February 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Yes, after a 5 month hiatus, New Kids on the Block is BACK!!

We promise our lack of presence hasn’t been been in vain. We’re introducing brand new writers, fresh content, and so much more.

We invite you to join the conversation and become a part of the New Kids on the Block community.

If you’re a ‘New Kid on the Block’ practicing PR, marketing, social media, or any other communications discipline, who would be interested in contributing a post,  just let us know! We’d be happy to have you!

Stay tuned for more great posts!

Peace, NKOB

PR & Education

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

For years, the quality of education in our high schools across the United States has been measured by various assessments. From the curriculum and graduation rate to athletic programs and extracurricular activities, high schools nationwide have the possibility to hold many accreditation’s under their belts. But have you ever thought about how high schools become popular? It’s not just by luck or chance, but these schools have awesome public relations and marketing tactics that sometimes isn’t noticed at first glance. As a marketing and public relations major, I have learned to keep an eye out for all sorts of ways that companies and organizations try to gain the attention of their consumers. In education, it’s not as blatantly obvious as it is in any other sector of the professional world, but parents, students and administration are a particular audience that also needs special attention as well. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve Got The Job….Now What?!

In Internship, Jobs, Public Relations, Social Media, Specialty, Uncategorized, Young Professionals on April 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm

So maybe your job search was easy or maybe it was….trying (raises hand). But no matter the time length, you’ve been luckily or savvy enough to land a job in your field. Now what?

Do you stop networking?

Do you stop receiving job postings from Careerbuilder, Paladin, Doostang, etc?

Do you stop reading articles and industry news?

Do you run in the middle of the street and do your happy dance?

Answer: No. No. No. Hell Yeah!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Young PRos and The Recession: It’s Our Time To Shine!

In Freelance, Internship, Jobs, Public Relations, Specialty, Uncategorized, Young Professionals on March 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

As a young PR professional most of us know someone who is unemployed or you may be out of work yourself. It is an unfortunate situation to say the least but this may be the best time to hone your skills. When you graduated college, you probably thought “I am going to go on a few interviews, get a great PR job, and rule the world.” Fooled You! Mister Economy said “You are going to graduate from school and interview until your tongue falls out and then get so fed up that you leave good ole PR behind and venture off into no mans land.” Don’t listen to him; don’t listen to all the unemployment rates on television. Keep moving forward!

During this trying period of unemployment, it is very important that you stay relevant, especially as a young PRo because we don’t have as much professional experience on our resume as the average seasoned PRo. Therefore, you will need to stay more active than ever. Soon you will begin to feel as if you actually have a full time job but without the perks.

I’m sure everyone has said network, network, network; it’s true we do have to network but what is networking when you have done absolutely nothing to build your skills during your job search? Most companies say they want a self starter, not only does that mean be a self starter in the workplace but you also have to be proactive with your everyday life. Look around you… Ask yourself, “How can I make use of my skills?” Below are a few pointers that will help you to build your professional portfolio:

  • PR  Job Descriptions

What do 98 percent of PR jobs ask of a future employee? Writing, writing is always key. Write an opinion editorial for your local newspaper to see if you can get published, keep trying until you do get published. Start a blog, not only are you creating your own personal brand but you are also getting that creative writing practice. Also, don’t forget about those books you spent a million dollars on in college, use those books to support whatever you write.

  • Your Inner Circle

Look at the people around you. Maybe someone in your circle is trying to start a business or build their personal brand, offer your PR services to them. You will be surprised at how many people don’t, for example, have a Facebook page but are trying to push themselves as an accomplished author. Create an initial strategic communications plan for your project, believe me they will be grateful to receive these free services and it also gives you an opportunity to prove yourself; you never know who others know.

  • Professional Development

Look for ways to gain professional development that would normally be paid for by an employer.  If you have experience in search engine marketing or you are looking to get a job that has a SEM component then it doesn’t hurt to get a Google Certification. You can also take if upon yourself to take a writing or HTML class or workshop at your local community college.

These are only a few ways to stay relevant while waiting to lock down that dream job. You will find that you have actually contributed to the work experience you already have on your resume.  When asked that question, “So, what have you been doing while you have been searching for jobs?” You can actually say you have been doing something to build your PR expertise and not just the typical. “I have been waiting tables,” you are able to say “I have been developing my PR skills by doing… along with my recession job.”

In my previous blog posting, I said “The great recession has made me greater,” always strive for greatness in whatever you do and be confident at what you do.

Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have!

Teddy Roosevelt