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5 POWERFUL TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR PR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL

As a PR student there is no better time than now to perfect the skills you’ll be using in your career. Here’s our top 5 tips on how to prepare for you PR career as student:

 

  1. Network like it’s your job (because it is)—As a future PR pro, networking is a skill you’ll have to master in order to thrive. College is the perfect time to hone in on your networking skills . Consider every person that you meet at school or clubs—professors, fellow students, visiting speakers, club members, etc.—as a new member of your network. Focus on building relationships, and take the initiative to get out there and meet people.

In-person networking isn’t the only way to get yourself out there, an active social media presence can be a powerful tool for you as you start your career. Take the time to be active on social networks, making special effort to connect with the right people. Starting a blog is also a great way to share your thoughts and stretch your influence.

  1. Get journalism experience—It’s important to get into the mind of a reporter. When you start to see things from a reporter’s perspective, you learn how to craft better pitches as well as how to interact with reporters in a better way.

 

  1. Get as much feedback as you can—You’re young and you still have a whole lot to learn. Take advantage of your time as a student to get as much feedback from others as you can. Don’t be afraid to receive criticism from your professors or your managers at your internship. View all feedback as the opportunity to better yourself.

 

  1. Read. A LOT.— Reading about PR on a daily basis should be a priority. You have to stay current with what’s going on in the PR industry. Follow some of the top PR blogs and website, read up on all the PR books you can find, and read the news to improve your storytelling skills.

 

  1. Write. A LOT.—Writing is a skill every PR pro must possess. You need to learn how to write clearly, concisely, and compellingly. Practice by blogging, keeping a journal, posting actively on social networks, write mock press releases, write for the school paper; anything that’ll help you practice this vital skill.

SDSU Graduate Joins H&A Team For Summer/Fall Internship

Cecilia Zaccarelli, a recent graduate from San Diego State University, has joined Heying & Associates as an intern account coordinator. Heying & Associates is a full-service public relations agency located in midtown San Diego.

During her internship, Zaccarelli will be responsible for writing pitch letters and press releases, contacting clients, assisting with event coordination and managing social media accounts.

Zaccarelli is from Brazil and graduated from SDSU in May with a Bachelor`s Degree in Communications. She was the captain of the SDSU Swim and Dive Team and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Heying & Associates, Zaccarelli was an intern at Athlete Network where she experienced guerrilla marketing, social media management, PR and was also responsible for writing sports-related articles.

Since Brazil is a really diverse culture, Zaccarelli has a different perspective about the world. She was there for the Olympic Games in 2016 and experienced the biggest international sports event where the entire world was celebrating together. According to her, it was a great opportunity for Brazil to forget about the political and economic problems and welcome the rest of the world with their delicious food, beautiful nature and enthusiastic people. When deciding where to go in the United States, the weather was a determinant factor. Zaccarelli has never seen snow before and has lived her entire life in the tropical weather, so she thought California would be a great fit. One thing she misses the most about Brazil is the typical homemade dish: rice, beans and Brazilian barbecue.

Zaccarelli plans to stay in San Diego and go to Graduate School. After that, she wants to pursue a career in marketing or public relations.

 

In her free time, Zaccarelli enjoys hiking, swimming and going to the beach.

10 Social Media Advertising Common Mistakes

Here are some examples of what not to do with your advertising. If any of them sounds familiar, be careful.Social media advertising, if not effective, can bring your company down. The good news is that even the big brands have made those mistakes in the past. Just learn from them and move on.

1) Targeting an audience that is too narrow

Yes, you should always be targeting your website’s audience because they know your brand and are more likely to consume it than a general audience. However, if you are prospecting for more customers, you don’t want an audience that targets only 25 to 35 year-old females in Atlanta. You will never find out if your ads are meant for a specific audience if it is too small.

2) Targeting an audience that is too wide

You need to find a balance between wide and narrow audiences. When targeting a huge audience, try including declared or deduced interests (like hobbies or purchases) on top of your lookalike audience.

3) Using wrong image size for your platform

Do some research on what each platform`s strength is in regards to images. Different social media applications allow for different image sizes. For example, twitter only allows very small images while Pinterest allows for massive ones. You don’t want to throw an image into your ad that cuts off people`s heads.

4) Not using text overlay

Text overlay is the “hook” to your net because it catches the eyes and gives the consumer an idea of what they are in for if they keep reading. Facebook and Instagram limit the amount of text you can overlay on your image to 20%. Follow this rule!

5) Leaving your campaign on too long

Make sure you are watching your frequency on your social media platform month-to-month, or even week-to-week if you are running a specific time-frame campaign.

6) Click-baiting

If you are click-baiting someone to click through to your website, you are wasting money. You will not only have to pay for an initial ad to them, but you will also have to do a lot of remarketing in the future.

7) Not providing enough information

Give people enough information so they don’t have to guess at what your company is all about. It will also used to weed out irrelevant users, optimize impressions and save you money.

8) Providing too much information

Again, it is all about balance. People are not going to read a huge paragraph; they don’t have time to do it. Shorten your sentences, use visual content and make the recipient feel compelled to read your ad!

9) No call to action

Tell people what to do. Using phrases such as “sign up” or “shop now” will make people assume that they are supposed to do more than just read the ad.

10) Sending people to your home page in every ad

Direct your audience instead of making them search around. If you are telling them to “shop now”, show them the specific product and guide them to that product page.

6 Ways to Strengthen Your PR Writing

Writing is one the most important skills to master in the field of public relations.

Although PR writing has different styles, the basic writing principles still apply.

Here’s 6 steps to improve your PR writing:

 

  1. Open with a strong and compelling lead

Beginning with a lead that grabs the reader’s attention will compel them to keep reading.

 

  1. Read your copy aloud

Before publishing, reading the content out loud is a helpful way to prevent editorial mistakes that may have been skipped over while skimming.

 

  1. Say more with less

Instead of fulfilling a minimum word count with “fluff,” tighten your copy. Cut filler, simplify sentences, and delete jargon. Being brief is key.

 

  1. Immerse yourself in great writing

Reading the work of other writers, whether it’s in books, magazines or newspapers will help you improve your craft.

 

  1. Eliminate passive voice

Passive voice makes writing appear “weak.” Using active voice throughout your writing makes it cleaner, tighter and more authoritative.

 

  1. Keep writing

Practice makes perfect—writing is no exception. Repetition is the best way to hone in on your writing skills.

Kathleen Porter – Finalist in San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Celebrating Women Awards!

ETCN Chair Kathleen Porter has been selected as a finalist in San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Celebrating Women Awards.  She was selected in the “Nonprofit Visionary” category for her exceptional work and dedication to ETCN and adult education over the past two years.  She will be featured in the September issue of San Diego Magazine and will be honored at the Celebrating Women dinner event on September 26 at The Westgate Hotel.

The final award winners will be named in each of four categories including: Industry Leader, Nonprofit Visionary, Rising Star and Military Service.  The Woman of the Year will then be selected from those categories.  The honorees are voted on by a panel of past Woman of the Year winners, and announced at the event.

Good luck, Kathleen!

Click here to see the full list of finalists.

5 Tips on How to Strengthen Your Online Presence

Although you may be working for a company, the most important brand you should be concerned with is YOU.

Not only should you be concerned with your personal brand in the work place and among peers, you should pay the same amount of attention – if not more – to how you convey yourself online.

Here are five tips to strengthen your personal brand online:

  1. Spring Clean

Start going through your social media accounts and make sure there isn’t any evidence of misbehavior. Delete or un-tag yourself from any posts where you may look indecent or unprofessional. Keep your privacy settings up to date so that any negative conversations you may have had will remain unseen by visitors.

Including current material is very important. When people look at what you do, they shouldn’t be looking at what you did five years ago.

  1. Network

It is not what you know, but who you know. Reach out to people. It doesn’t have to be often, as long as you stay in touch. A friendly “hello” or a brief conversation can go a long way. If you needed a favor, help or advice in the future, they will be willing to help you.

  1. Stick to your niche

Avoid talking about anything. Stick to what you’re good at. When sticking to your niche, you sound intelligent and well-informed, the goal is to not ramble about any topic.

  1. Create a website

If you invest quality time to build your own website, it will capture people’s attention in a way that will benefit you. Investing effort and time will make everything work out in your favor.

  1. Sell yourself

There are approximately seven billion people in the world. This means there is a lot of competition for attention. If you want to compete, show your capabilities. Put your best abilities on your website and in your social media.