Young PR Pros podcast

This week, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent welcome on the show for the second episode in the row - Ross Simmonds. Ross is a communications and marketing strategist and entrepreneur. You might know him as @theCoolestCool on Twitter. Ross has agreed to join us from Halifax as a superb guest host to help bring new views and opinions to the show.

For episode 101, we discuss the best PR and communications campaigns. A few weeks ago, our host and roving reporter Kristine attended the University of Ottawa Public Relations Association (uOPRA) conference Connect 2 Success. The one-day conference brought together professionals from all industries of PR and communications to talk about what young professionals need to be successful in their future careers. At the conference she interviewed speakers, experts and panelists and asked them to share the best PR or communications campaign that has resonated with them throughout their careers. You can find video footage of all the interviews mentioned in this episode on our website, or on our YouTube channel.

The examples ranged from the great Tylenol crisis communications taught in all PR classes, to Dear Future Mom a campaign promoting Down Syndrome Day, to an award-winning campaign that aimed to make tea more popular than coffee, and even the Obama presidential campaign. Kristine, Julia and Ross added to the list. Here are a few campaigns we think are the best campaigns ever:

The hosts then discussed what made these campaigns memorable, what do they have in common and why do they resonate with so many people. The top three things we found were:

  • Each campaign included some elements of good storytelling
  • Campaigns with a human touch or emotional touch resonated more with audiences
  • And finally, all these campaigns followed the first commandant of communications: know thine audience

Listen to the full episode and then share your opinion.

What is the best PR or communications campaign you think should be added to our list?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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This week, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent record their 100th episode. Young PR Pros wants to thank our guests, listeners and anyone who has helped spread the word about our podcast. We hope we can continue to share our knowledge with young PR and communications professionals for another 100 episodes.

For our special anniversary show we invited an engaging new guest host, Ross Simmonds, to join our conversation.

Who is Ross Simmonds?

Ross Simmonds is a marketer, strategist and entrepreneur. He founded several small businesses - including Foundation, that specializes in content consulting & creation, Hustle & Grind (a subscription service for entrepreneurs) and Crate (a content marketing software - beta). Ross also shares his thoughts on marketing, business and life on his blog. And he is the author of Stand Out: The Content Guide for Entrepreneurs. You can follow Ross on Twitter, or subscribe to his newsletter.

Ross will be tagging along for the next few episodes offering his ideas and opinions on various topics that are important for young PR and communications professionals. We hope he spark new conversations and offer different perspectives on future topics.

This week's topic:

This week's topic has divided the world of PR and communications for decades now: does accreditation really help our industry?

Without missing a beat, Ross jumps in and shares his belief that accreditation is just a money grab scheme from large associations. Kristine is a little bit more on the fence and believes that accreditation might weed out those who bring a bad name to the industry. Julia makes an obvious comparison between accreditation and post-secondary school diplomas - in the end it is experience that matters, not a piece of paper.

Listen to the full episode to get in on the heated debate, and then share your opinion.

Do you think accreditation is necessary for our industry?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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Are you victim of routine? Do you feel like your career isn't moving? Maybe it is time to refresh your career.

In episode 99, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent take inspiration from IABC's Communication World. In the March issue, IABC interviewed Mark Schumann who talks about the three Ds to ensure his career and communication functions move forward: diagnosis, development and delivery.

Kristine and Julia look at refreshing your career through two lenses: moving on to another opportunity, or refreshing your current role. The answer isn't always jumping to a job that pays more, sometimes you can refresh your career by making change within your own organization.

Don't forget, the next episode is our 100th episode. We have a special surprise in store for you. The surprise might involve a new voice. And this is a voice you do not want to miss.

Connect2SuccessAlso, Young PR Pros will be sponsoring the uOPRA conference Connect 2 Success. If you are attending the event, be sure to stop by and say hi to our host Kristine. Kristine will be appearing on a panel called Getting Started in the Field, as well as interviewing key speakers. We will be asking speakers to give us an example of the most impressive PR or communications move they have ever seen. We will share their responses and all our interviews over the coming months. This is the second time we participate at the uOPRA conference, check out the interviews with last year's speakers here.

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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As young PR and communications professionals, we are often expected to know everything about social media. That is why, this week on Young PR Pros our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about the most popular social networks, who uses them, and what companies might benefit from each platform.

We get our inspiration from AdWeek - Who's Really Using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram in 2015. As a side note, because it might sound confusing in the episode, the numbers we are quoting are projected new subscribers for 2015 - not current totals. You can find a full breakdown of number of users by social platform here.

Julia mentions that there are six types of social networking sites. We briefly go through each one.

The main lesson we want listeners to take away from this episode is that it doesn't matter if 1.5 billion or 300 million people are using a social network - doesn't mean your company NEEDS to be there. As a young professional entering a new job, make sure you ask your executives and your bosses what their business goals are.

And remember, if you are using social networks to build your professional brand you have your own business goals.

How do you choose which networks to use?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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In Decmber 2014, the Financial Post wrote an article about how PR professionals are stepping out of the shadows that have been cast by advertising and marketing departments and have taken their proper place at the front of business success. And that is where our host Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent begin their conversation.

The author of the Financial Post article says:

The rise of social media coupled with the growing importance of social responsibility are moving public relations professionals from the backroom, crafting press releases and organizing events, to the forefront of brand development and consumer engagement.

This is good news for young PR professionals. Our profession is finally showing its worth. Businesses are realizing the importance of the two-way communications of PR more than the message blasting of advertising.

So what should young professionals do with this news? Kristine and Julia make a few suggestions:

Relationships - and we are not talking about networking. When starting a new job think about how you are helping your organization build strong relationships with their clients, customers, stakeholders, etc.
Listen - it is great to know how to Tweet and how to post an engaging post on Facebook, but none of that is worth anything if you don't listen to your followers and respond to their needs/comments/questions.
Speed - listening means nothing if you can't respond in a timely manner. Of course, we don't expect organizations to respond within 30 seconds, but it shouldn't take more than 24 hours.

Stay tuned to our next episode where we talk about social media tools - such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc - and how they are best used.

And of course, don't forget we want to hear from you. Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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Welcome back and welcome 2015! For our first episode of the year, we are doing a listener request. Bowda PR suggested we discuss 2015 trends young professionals - or any PR and communications professional - should be watching.

Our hosts, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent did a bit of digging and found four interesting trends to watch.

1. Tracking the impact of social media

Hootsuite says, 2015 is the year that the impact of social media on business gets easier to show and possibly impossible to ignore.

2. Owning owned media

According to Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs, 2015 will be the year we create and curate content customers want. The idea of brands as publishers will be more important.

3. Online advertising, testing and optimizing

Jay Baer, President, Convince & Convert says 2015 will be the year of paid amplification. With content marketing reaching near-ubiquity, the success pendulum will swing toward boosting consumption of content. That will put a new focus on math, testing and optimization as content production and content distribution become equally important.

4. Wearable technology

A bit of a surprise to Kristine and Julia, but nonetheless very interesting - Mark Schaefer, Executive Director at Schaefer Marketing Solutions says by the end of 2015, wearable technology should be gathering enough steam that we will begin to see some early marketing applications.

What do you think 2015 will bring?

 

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In 2013, Forbes reported that one in five Americans work from home. That is almost 30 million people who work and live in the same area. For some working at home is a dream come true - you can make your own hours, no pressure of adhering to office politics and you can wear whatever you want. For others, working from home can be a complete disaster, no structure can cause stress and lack of productivity.

Regardless of where you fall, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of working from home as you hunt for a job. More and more public relations and communications agencies are going office-less, take Arment Dietrich as a good example. And with an uncertain job market, a lot of young professionals are starting out their careers as consultants working for themselves.

This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent discuss a few good tips for working at home. We get our inspiration from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Blogger Emily Schuman shares her experiences and top 10 tips for working from home.

They are:

  1. Get dressed every day.
  2. Create a designated work area.
  3. Set hours and stick to them.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Be smart with your money.
  6. Schedule things with other people.
  7. Take advantage of your flexibility.
  8. Keep healthy snacks around.
  9. Have a to-do list.
  10. Keep things tidy.

Catch the entire episode and see which points Kristine and Julia agree with - and see which points can apply to those working in an office setting too!

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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We all get a lot of email every day. Doesn't matter if you are a student or a professional, our inbox fills up very fast. This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent discuss a few simple rules for emailing that will help you get through your inbox faster and more efficiently. We get to hear about some of Julia's pet peeves for fun too!

We get our inspiration this week from an article on Time.com by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg called 9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec.

The nine rules for emailing are:

Respond quickly.
When writing an email, every word matters, and useless prose doesn’t.
Clean out your inbox constantly.
Handle email in LIFO order (Last In First Out).
Remember, you’re a router.
When you use the bcc (blind copy) feature, ask yourself why.
Don’t yell.
Make it easy to follow up on requests.
Help your future self search for stuff.

Listen to this episode to learn more about the nine rules and find out which ones Kristine and Julia live by.

We want to hear from you! What are your email rules? Are there any of Eric Schmidt's rules you agree/disagree with?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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This week, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about some good PR and how blogger relations made it happen.

Although not a completely new concept in PR and communications, blogger relations has grown into an excellent way to get your message out through a non-traditional gatekeeper. Back in the day, your only gatekeeper was journalists. If you wanted to be featured on the 6 o'clock news, you had to build relationships with the right journalists, editors, producers, etc. Today bloggers can be equally as powerful gatekeepers. In fact, some bloggers have a stronger and more dedicated followings through website hits and social media followers than the local newspaper. As a young professional entering their new career, don't discount the possibilities of a good blogger relations strategy.

To demonstrate the possibilities, Kristine and Julia share their experience as bloggers. Julia shares her experience as a book club blogger and how it landed her an interview on TV as a subject matter expert. Kristine shares her Cardel Homes story. Cardel, a local home builder, invited bloggers and their spouses to truly experience what a Cardel home has to offer - and what better way then to host a small get together complete with wine and delicious food. Bloggers got to experience first hand the versatility of the home. The Cardel example shows PR professionals and communicators that using blogger relations can go beyond the basic "pitch" and the online world.

The other lesson learned here is that young professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the blogger relations trend in PR and communications to make a name for themselves as they build a career. Improve your writing skills and get experience in social media strategies by building your own strategy to gain new followers and readers.

What about you? Have you started a blog to help build your personal brand? Do you have a good blogger relations story to share?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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In this week's episode hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about how a listener of the show went from podcast listener to career star. We tell you Sharon Cheung's story.

Some of you might recognize Sharon's name. This is not the first time she is mentioned on Young PR Pros. Sharon was the mastermind behind our popular Take uOPRA to Work series in 2013. The series followed four professionals in different PR and communication roles and industries to help new and returning students to the University of Ottawa understand the opportunities available to them after graduation. The series even won a local IABC Ottawa Excel Award in 2014.

Now Sharon works with Kristine at the Canadian Automobile Association. Kristine sits down with Sharon and asks her questions about the interview process. What did she do to put together a compelling resume and cover letter? What did she do to prepare for the interview? What did she include in her portfolio?

This episode is about a real success story. Sharon offers excellent advice on how she went from Young PR Pros listener to career starter.

We want to hear from you! Do you have a success story to tell? Don't be shy, your experience and advice could help other listeners! Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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