Happy August! (A Summer Recap)

With all the pictures and infographics I’ve posted lately, I figured it was time to actually write a blog post & now seems like a perfect time to do so.

Though summer’s not entirely over just yet, my internship with Collective Media ended today. I’m actually really sad that it’s over! I feel like I’ll be hopping on the LIRR tomorrow and greeting everyone in the office just like yesterday. But goodbyes are never easy, are they? I had a great summer and truly learned A LOT. Working at a small company allowed me to get to know my bosses on a much more personal level, and as an added bonus, I witnessed (and sometimes assisted) a lot of their work first hand. I found out a lot about what it takes to be an entrepreneur…especially a female entrepreneur in NYC. As an added bonus, I got to know the other interns really well and made some friendships along the way.

Earlier today I did a bit of reflecting on my work this summer and I figured Facebook was a good place to start. The Insights tool on fan pages allows you to really get a feel for all sorts of statistics. I plugged in 6/4/12 (my start date) and today’s date to do a full summary on one of our most successful clients, Body Space Fitness. BSF was just getting started in their Social Media strategy when I first walked into Collective early June. They had 207 likes and as of 5 minutes ago, they now have 909 (and this number will definitely break 1,000 by Friday) . Body Space’s media presence was left up to me, as they were one of the clients I was assigned to. I managed their Facebook page and wrote the daily posts (Wellness Wednesday tips, healthy recipes, etc) and pinned to their Pinterest as well as scheduled hundreds upon hundreds of Tweets. Of course it’s not solely my efforts that allowed their likes to skyrocket by the hundreds. Rather, I’m sure a lot of the surge has to do with a paid Facebook ad campaign (which I got to design!) and their location in bustling NYC. This being said, it was nice to see my efforts have resulted in something concrete.

Overall, in regards to my internship, I’m delighted I had this opportunity this summer but I’m even more excited about what doors it will hopefully open for my future. In a more immediate sense, I’m ready to go back to school for sophomore year. I know more about the communications major and college life in general than I did at this point last year and the fear that was once jumbled amongst my excitement is no longer present. Those collegial worries washed away with freshman year. Now I’m just ready to learn a lot more (taking a Marketing class should be interesting after two internships) and spend time with the friends I haven’t seen all summer. Though the summer is dwindling down, for the next two weeks I will still be working at Laffey. So, I will still be blogging of course. But with a lot more free time on my plate, I get to fit in some much needed R&R. I think I’ll use some of that now & cheer on the USA in the Olympics. I’ll leave you with this great image I found on Pinterest.

So what’re you waiting for?

-Olivia

#Launch4MS!

Forgot to post these pictures the other day. The event was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came & especially to those who donated to the National MS Society 🙂Image

The Collective Media team!

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We had a quick break to pose for a picture at the door with our new bouncer friend Jose. Checking guests in was a blast!

Plus, we got to see how many people really showed up (and there were a LOT of people)!

Hosting a Launch Party

It’s been a very busy week at Collective Media Group! Tomorrow night, July 26th, we’re hosting our launch party at WIP (Work in Progress), a nightclub in the South Village. The event will be a co-launch party for Collective  and Courtesan Studio, a Swavarski Element encrusted jeweler that also happens to be one of our clients.

The flier for our Launch Party this Thursday!

While free to attend, our launch party encourages donations to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The MS Society is held closely in our hearts, as a member of the Collective team was diagnosed with MS just one year ago. In preparation of the event and it’s impact on MS, we have launched a trending topic for tomorrow’s guests. Be on the lookout for all Tweets with the hashtag: #Launch4MS 

 

As for my role in all of this, not only will all the interns be there 2.5 hours early to help set up and ensure things run smoothly, but I’ll also be standing outside of WIP greeting guests with one of the other interns and managing the guest list. I guess you could call me a bouncer for the night, though I hope I won’t look as tough. I’m really excited for the role! Over 300 people are expected to attend & I’ll get to see every single one of them as they enter our event…including BRAVO’s own Lori Zaslow. She is a both a good friend of my bosses and a client of ours. We help promote her new show Love Broker– which aired last night at 10 pm on Bravo! Love Broker is about looking for love in New York City with Lori’s help. She’s been a professional matchmaker for over 12 years!

The advertisement for one of our clients, Lori Zaslow, and her new show LoveBroker (airs Tuesdays at 10 pm/9 pm Central on Bravo TV)

But getting back on topic..I’ve noticed two things above all when it comes to event planning.

The First: It’s a lot of work! We need to find donors who will help offset the cost of the venue, in addition to finding food donations, a licensed liquor vendor, a DJ, dessert donors and graphic designers. Someone has to make an event flyer, Facebook page, guest list (which needs to be updated multiple times a day), and a lot more! We need to hire a printing company (luckily we know a good one) to print out fliers on high resolution paper and create the event’s Step-And-Repeat Wall that’ll be featured in all the professional photography, and oh yeah, we need to hire a photographer! With the entire Collective Media team on board with helping for the event (we even have an intern who’s “Designated Tweeter/Instagrammer/Mobile Upload-er to Facebook” for the night…#Launch4MS!) we have accomplished a lot of the above in such a short amount of time.

The Second: It all comes together as long as you really work hard. Cheesy? A little. But true? Absolutely! My bosses had originally planned on the event being later in the year (thank goodness it was pushed forward so the interns can go!) but with a sudden turn of events (including our partnership with Courtesan)  the party was planned in less than two weeks! 

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/339025152845982/

Can’t wait to post again with pictures & a rundown of how the event went!

Until Nexttime,

Olivia

Building Clientele and a Following

In terms of Social Media, it’s great to have posts on Facebook and Twitter that are simply fun and informative, without the ulterior motive of selling your product to a fan or follower. For Laffey Fine Homes I often put links to great restaurants on Long Island, fun things to do for the weekend (whether it be a concert or a place to bring the kids) and unique elements of the home like this one waterfall shower I found. I think my favorite topic of all is Fantasy Fridays, a theme I came up with, where I post gorgeous images of assorted travel destinations around the world.

But while all this is great and will start building up a stream of followers, sometimes, it IS important to market your product or idea…but tastefully. So, while on Sundays when I do often post a couple of our open houses, I try to keep things interesting during the rest of the week when posting one of Laffey’s listings. I’ll put a picture of the country-style kitchen or the pond in the backyard, an aerial shot of the property or a photo that accentuates the architectural elements of the home…anything that’ll catch a viewer’s eye. Photos are most important to include in all posts, because if someone’s attention is caught infinitesimally thanks to a great picture, then they’ll be more inclined to reading the post.

Fantasy Fridays: Bora Bora. This was one of our most famous posts on Laffey’s Facebook Fan Page. A picture really does speak volumes!

The easiest way to market your products is via another name with a bigger social media presence. Laffey Fine Homes has a property that was once the home of former NY Met, Carlos Beltran. I tweeted at AOL Real Estate–an account with over 1,000 followers–and they responded. My tweet was casual..something along the lines of “We love your listings! Check out one of our favorites,” with a link attached. Hopefully if they feature the listing on their Twitter, we’ll gain more followers with their help.

Waterfall Style Shower: another popular post for Laffey Fine Homes. A simple image speaks more than my words could to describe this cool feature.

Now, onto my assignment for Collective Media Group today. The goal is building clientele, rather than followers and in a city as grandiose as Manhattan, there’s two great ways of doing so:

1) Take advantage of Networking. At the office you can network with people in the elevator..those companies a floor above or below you–maybe even the other ones that share your floor–can make for a great client, and a conveniently close one at that.

2) Utilize the Web. Obviously both of these points apply to building clients in any part of the country or world, but NYC is great because a lot of the small, start-up businesses find it difficult to make a name for themselves in such a big city, so they look the the internet for help.

I’ll be utilizing the web today as I weave through Gilt City and GroupOn looking for the companies with the best deals. Then, I check out their website and Facebook Fan Page to see how active they are in Social Media and find contact information so my bosses can reach out to them personally. The worst thing that can happen is a rejection, but my philosophy is that being rejected is better than not being rejected or accepted. In other words, trying always surpasses inactivity–especially in this world.

Well, I better get to work. That’s it for now! Please feel free to like this post or follow me if you enjoy my blog..I follow back!

Thanks,

Olivia

 

For your reference:

Laffey Fine Homes Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/laffeyfinehomes

Collective Media Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveMedia

PR: More than party planning and celebrity gawking!

NYC PR Girls, a blog I frequently peruse, has published this list to answer the age old question, “So what do PR girls do?”

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These 10 bullet points are only half of what Public Relations is all about, but this list alone explains volumes about a PR Career. Some of the highlights include:

-Monitoring Media (As a current Social Media Intern, I can attest to the amount of time I spend on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram…all things social and I’m there!)

-Brainstorming Creative Ways to get Client X Coverage (This is another great point…any communications related field needs a creative mind to be on her toes to come up with the most innovative way to spread her company or client’s message.)

-Maintain Relationships With Media (Maintaining relationships is important for all industries, but particularly so in PR. Networking is a huge part of the field..you never know who you may meet that can get you press coverage where you wouldn’t believe, connections to a new client or invitations to exclusive events. So make sure you maintain those close contacts– and even start to build those acquaintance relationships. Were you featured in a particular media outlet’s publication a few years ago? Reach out! It can certainly happen again if you’re willing to try.)

Thanks again to NYC PR Girls–an inspirational site for us all! Read the full list here:

http://nycprgirls.com/what-do-pr-girls-do