Monthly Archives: January 2014

15 reasons to feel great about being a publicist

15 reasons to feel great about being a publicist

PR is a unique career.

PR executives have made it into the list of the 10 most stressful jobs in America for the past three years. It’s a profession that can break people.

Still, if you are motivated, can check your ego at the door, possess strong attention to detail, and can multitask better than a plate spinner, it can be infinitely rewarding.
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Here’s why it’s cool to be a publicist:

1. We preserve people’s stories in a lasting way. People may lose material objects, but articles live online, in scrapbooks, and on Mom’s Facebook page. We make that happen.

2. We are the rainmakers. We move the economy, getting people to spend by creating excitement about our clients and getting the public to buy stuff. That creates jobs and bolsters commerce.

3. We’re the ever-patient go-betweens. We are the intermediaries who manage the personalities of press and client. We deal with the churlish reporter and the narcissistic celebrity, and neither ever knows the other’s difficult nature; that’s our gratifying little secret.

4. What other job lets you know what’s going to happen in advance, and usually before the press even knows? If you’re an exceedingly curious person, PR is for you. Publicists usually have the scoop on breaking news.

5. The job title has cachet. Clients love to say, “Meet my publicist.” There’s intrinsic value in the sentence.

6. How about those benefits? You might handle the PR for a large law firm, but it comes in handy to know the trade when volunteering your PR expertise for a local homeless shelter, your kids’ school, or your church. You look and feel like a superstar.

7. We have superpowers, but like Superman, we use them responsibly. “Don’t make me wield my social media knife, neighborhood dry cleaner. I’m a publicist.”

8. We can’t turn their brains off, and that’s a good thing. Publicists look at the world in a creative way. We’re identifying trends that have a link to our clients, looking at new communication channels to disseminate information, and identifying different ways to present information that will excite the public. A topsy-turvy Willie Wonka way of perceiving life keeps publicists young.

9. We are good conversationalists. Working in PR, you always have the best “insider” stories of how things sometimes did not quite transpire the way that you’d expected—though often better, and sometimes worse. You’ll be a hit at your cousin’s wedding table recounting your best moments.

10. The side effects. They may include attending gala press openings, meeting childhood heroes, business trips to swank destinations, and a lot of freebie promotional items.

11. We’ll never forget the first time our article or photo ended up in The New York Times.Publicists must be strong writers, and sometimes you hit the jackpot and a media outlet posts your press release verbatim.

12. There is no better feeling than introducing something wonderful to the world. Your clients become your “babies.” You nurture them, introduce them to the public, and watch them grow. Publicists are like parents in that way.

13. We can multitask and problem-solve like nobody’s business. You can figure out what to do in a pinch and always know whom to call (and sometimes you’re on more than one phone at a time). You’re skilled at talking, typing, and texting simultaneously.

14. We aren’t afraid to take risks. Big ideas often mean more press. You have to have an element of fearlessness and a lot of inspiration to “make it work.”

15. No day is ever the same. Repetition is boring. At a PR firm, every day is full of surprises.

By Noreen Heron and Kate Hughes
Noreen Heron is president at Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc., where Kate Hughes works as a senior account executive. Based in Chicago, the full-service agency primarily handles hospitality, entertainment, and restaurant clients. Follow it on Twitter @heronpr. A version of this story first appeared on the agency’s blog.

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KELLER WILLIAMS CARMEL REALTY HAS MOVED

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
FROM 5-7PM

26435 Carmel Rancho Blvd.
Carmel, CA 93923

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CARMEL, CA – Keller Williams Carmel Realty has moved and invites you to

celebrate their new location and their new team leader, Molly McGee.

They will be holding a Carmel Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and

Open House with small bites, wine, and music on Thursday, January 23, 2014

from 5:00 – 7:00pm at 26435 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Carmel, CA 93923.

Please RSVP to 831-622-6200 or Frontdesk505@gmail.comKW Carmel Realty

MPC Board of Trustees Special and Regular Meetings Set for January

MONTEREY, CA – January, 2013 – The Governing Board of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District will hold a special meeting to discuss budget balancing strategies for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Wednesday, January 22, 5:00 PM in Lecture Forum 103 on the Monterey campus.

At the meeting, superintendent/president Dr. Walter Tribley and staff will present recommendations for addressing the district’s $2.5 structural deficit.

On January 31, the Governing Board will meet for their monthly regular meeting. The closed session will begin at 3:00 PM and the open session will follow at 4:30 PM in the Sam Karas Room, Library Technology Center, on the Monterey campus.

Both meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact the president’s office at MPC, (831) 646-4060.

ABOUT MPC: Monterey Peninsula College is committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and life-long learning opportunities. Through these efforts MPC seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community.

Quiz: What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

Ever wonder how you stand up to other wine drinkers? In this day and age it’s difficult to know everything about wine (because it’s such an enormous topic), so people choose to focus around the parts they love the most. You could be the best at buying value grocery store wine or be very skilled at understanding what wines cellar the longest. Take the simple 6 question quiz below to find out where you stand!

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Blog post from: http://winefolly.com/update/types-of-wine-drinkers/

Types of Wine Drinkers

  1. Wine is a Grocery

    Wine is part of your life in the same way as toilet paper, coffee or bread. You love it, but mostly for its effects. Some say you’re lazy, but you could care less.

     What to watch out for:

    Yellow stickers. Just because a wine looks like it’s discounted doesn’t mean you’re getting a great tasting wine. A wine like this may have actually declined in flavor (e.g. a 5 yr old Prosecco) or was initially marked up in order to fool you. Yep — This kind of thing happens all the time.

  2. Wine Geek

    You are a wine min-maxer: minimum expense, maximum experience. You seek out hot value regions and learn new things in order to have a great time.

     What to watch out for:

    Bad information. There is a lot of faulty information online and off that can mislead your choices.

  3. Wine Snob

    You spare no expense with your wine habit and your obsession makes you look like a snob. To be fair, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are.

     What to watch out for:

    Ratings and reviews that appeal to your high-brow tastes, not all that glitters is gold… some is just hype.

  4. Wine is Art

    You love how wine bottles look and the colors of wine… maybe even more than the actual wine.

     What to watch out for:

    Beautiful labels and bottles catch your eye; make sure it’s something you want to drink before buying it.

It’s Good to Be the Boss

When it comes to life satisfaction, it’s good to be the boss a new Pew study finds.

Another reason it’s great to be the boss: You’re probably much happier than people who aren’t.

A recent Pew Research Center survey compares the happiness levels of managers versus non-managerial employees and finds bosses are more satisfied with their lives. And it’s not just the cushier paycheck: Bosses also reported greater satisfaction with their work environment and in their personal lives.

For example, 83 percent of bosses reported being “very satisfied” with their family life, compared to 74 percent of non-managers. The contrast is even more stark at the workplace: 69 percent of bosses reported high satisfaction levels with their current job, compared with only 49 percent of non-managers. (Unsurprisingly, bosses were also happier with their financial situation, with 40 percent being very satisfied compared to 28 percent of non-managers.)

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Some other interesting stats: Bosses are more likely to be Republican than employees (53 percent to 37 percent). However, on other traits such as religious attribution and important factors about jobs (fulfilling work and job security for example), bosses and workers are quite similar.

The findings suggest that working your way to the top—or starting your own business, so you’re automatically “the boss”—can offer many payoffs personally and professionally. While the survey wasn’t conducted on entrepreneurs, business owners enjoy many of the same perks as corporate managers: better pay than their employees, more control over their work environment and time and greater flexibility. Other surveys have shown that business owners report higher levels of happiness than the general American workforce.

Another important takeaway from the Pew survey: It suggests that non-managerial employees aren’t nearly as happy with their jobs and personal lives and may inspire bosses to work harder to improve the workplace environment for everyone.  If more than half of your employees are disgruntled or disengaged, you probably want to make some changes.

By: Kelly Spors – Editor

5 Marketing Trends for wineries to Pursue in 2014

1. Social Influencer Marketing
Within any social network, certain figures stand out as more influential than others. They have lots of followers, high engagement rates, and their fans pay attention to what they say. Identifying and connecting with these types of users has become more important than ever. But the growing landscape of social networks and online interactions can make it challenging as well. The need to find and connect with influencers spurred the development of all sorts of websites aimed at helping users solve this problem.
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Sites like Klout and Kred emerged to provide aggregate rankings about user’s influence levels, while others like Quora crowdsource opinions and answers for any topic imaginable. Tools like Buzzstream help us curate and group contact information for PR purposes. Application-specific sites like Circlecount and Tweetreach help us understand the social fabric for particular networks.

At the end of the day, your goal should be to come up with an outreach plan to grow your brand’s social network. To learn more about how to approach this, I recommend checking out this great MOZ article:http://moz.com/blog/identifying-online-community

2. Social Advertising

The world of social advertising really grew up this past year, and has become a valued asset by brands and consumers. Facebook and Twitter rolled out some very effective new platforms for advertising, which have proven to be highly effective. By offering extremely targeted placement – for example, you can publish a sponsored Facebook post and display it to only women, aged 40-45, who are also fans of Wine Spectator and Janice Robinson – brands have the ability to laser in on their exact market. Recent IPOs suggest further improvements will come, as brands large and small adopt these digital platforms into their arsenal. Instagram recently announced a new advertising program, as did Pinterest. Even Snapchat has been getting a lot of press lately for its ability to leverage a connection between brands and consumers.

3. Local Search Marketing

It’s estimated that at least 50% of search queries have some local intent, meaning people routinely use their mobile phone or desktop to find a nearby business. Google continues to modify their search results, and serves up highly targeted local results for these types of queries. Any business that’s trying to bring customers through its doors should focus on how to improve their local search marketing. The first step is to claim a Google+ Places page, which is ground zero for ranking. Google uses these pages to rank businesses, and if you don’t have a Places page that’s completely tuned up with your business details, you probably won’t appear in search results.

Of course, that’s just the start. It’s important to build business listings on major sites like Citysearch, yp.com, and others. Services like Localeze and Yext can help aggregate your business data to major websites for a cost. It’s also important to consider building a presence on relevant regional sites. GetListed has a great resource of the top local citation sources by city, which I highly recommend checking out. For a thorough understanding of how to rank in local search results I would check out this article, which is filled with resources.

Another interesting aspect of local search marketing comes from new technologies that help you geo-target nearby consumers. These tools allow brands to connect with people by offering them a special promotion or message when they’re nearby. For example, when I’m using Waze to get directions somewhere, I might get a message offering me a 2-for-1 special from a Starbucks that I’m passing.

4. Content Marketing Strategy

This past year brought a deluge of bloggers declaring “content is king” – a phrase we’ve heard many times. Yet, the value of content has never been higher. As individuals and brands look for recognition, content is the backbone that helps them rise above. By creating useful and usable content, brands can extend their reach to new heights. On the other hand, the deluge of “thin” content can result in wasted efforts and disappointment. Your brand can no longer remain a static entity online; the content you create and share with others must flow steadily back and forth.

This section really deserves an entire book to fully explore in detail, but I would recommend starting out with Neil Patel’s giant resource – The Advanced Guide to Content Marketing. Or here: Content marketing strategy for wineries from Mike Meisner.

5. Personalization and Segmentation

Big data has been a buzzword for a few years, and it’s been hard for smaller companies to put it into action. In effect, big data is just that – big and hard to wrangle. With some deliberate focus, and help from various tools out there, it doesn’t need to be. The first priority for any brand should be to identify goals. Are you trying to build your subscriber list, get users into your checkout funnel, or understand the best time of day to launch an email marketing plan?

Start by identifying your main priorities, and then you can focus on how to measure that data. Use tools like Google Analytics to understand user behavior on your website. They recently introduced some amazing demographic reports that allow you to measure the age, gender, and interests of your website visitors. Once you understand that males between the ages of 35-45 come to your website on Tuesday morning and have 3x the conversion rate of other shoppers, you can use that information to your advantage. For example, you might then create a targeted Facebook ad campaign that runs on Monday/Tuesday and displays only to users who fit that profile. Email marketing is another area where you can make huge improvements by segmenting your audience to better understand their behavior. Email remains the number one way to connect with your audience, and by tailoring your messaging to specific groups, you’ll extract the most value from your list.

Remarketing is another great way to take advantage of personalization and segmentation. Have you ever been shopping for a pair of shoes online, and then seen those same kicks in a banner ad on the side of an entirely different website? That’s remarketing. It’s actually quite easy to set up a campaign like this using a service like Perfect Audience or Adroll. You can define visitor segments down to the product level, and create matching ads to show those people once they leave your site. It’s simple, smart, and very affordable.

My advice is to pick one or two areas that you’re interested in, and that you feel could really make a difference. Stick with it, and put in some earnest time trying them out. The worst thing you can do is launch a campaign half-cocked, and then decide it was ineffective and a waste of money.

Post By:   Michael Meisner