By: Emily Lammers
Thousands lined up on the morning of April 19 outside of Targets across the country. Since the January announcement of Lilly Pulitzer’s partnership with Target there has been endless buzz on social media and from preppy girls everywhere. Some expressed pure joy for the release; others quite aggressively said this move would devalue the Lilly Pulitzer brand.
However, Target’s work with Lilly Pulitzer is turning out to be one of the most highly anticipated of the 150 limited-time designer partnerships it’s ever done. Target executives say the partnership’s success doesn’t have much to do with how many or how quickly products are sold. To Target it is already successful just by the buzz and excitement it has provoked. In January, it was a trending topic on Twitter and has continually been a popular subject on social media since then. The success of the partnership was no longer questioned as the collection sold out within minutes across the country and online.
By: Paige Roberts
I’m sure many of your may have noticed the recent update of having sponsored advertisements when scrolling through your Twitter feed. However, your Twitter profile may also be experiencing some major changes in the upcoming months. According to, recode.net, Twitter will soon be experimenting with including advertisements into users profiles. Some people are wondering how this will affect the future of Twitter. Will Twitter users continue the use of the app even when it’s turning into one big advertisement? Will this bring bad PR to the company? There are many factors to consider when making such a big change.
One hiccup that the newest feature of the app is facing is the use of advertisements on verified accounts. Most celebrities are verified on the Twitter app, meaning they are the real and official account of the person. Along with being a celebrity many are sponsored by major companies. Recode.net noted that Twitter is avoiding the use of advertisements on verified accounts to avoid the collision of competing sponsors being promoted on a celebrity’s account.
If Twitter did take the next step of using advertisements on verified accounts there would have to be extreme measures taken in order to avoid any mix ups of sponsors to certain Twitter users.
By: Paige Roberts
Public Relations and branding is everywhere; billboards while you’re driving down the highway, on the radio, television commercials; literally everywhere. But one source of PR and branding that has come to attention in recent days is, Will Ferrell.
Yes, the comedy legend Will Ferrell is more or less a walking PR campaign for a number of different brands. However he does so in a rather discrete way. He isn’t starring in commercials in order to endorse a product or promote a brand. He campaigned for Wonder Bread in his Nascar inspired movie, Talladega Nights. He supported Lego by starting in their recent animated film. And even advertised for, Little Debbie by naming himself the newest face of the sweet treat during his appearance on the, Tonight Show.
This unique branding technique inspired by Will Ferrell even has it’s own name. Adweek.com marked the term for this method as, “Ferrellvertising.” Some may think that it’s a silly way of branding for a company or even for Will Ferrell to be taking part in it. But when Wonder Bread went from being in bankruptcy to gaining $4.3 million in exposure (adag.com), who will really be laughing?
Next time you’re looking to sell a good or service instead of turning to your traditional PR firm for branding techniques you may want to consider the, “Ferrellvertising” method.
By: Meghan Sullivan
We are told early on in our public relations classes that we are among thousands of young and talented people preparing to apply for the exact same job so we need to make ourselves stand out. Here are three key skills you will need to stand out among the rest.
1. Ability to work a reporter beat. A successful PR professional should be able to recognize and evaluate stories within their brand much like beat reporter does for a news outlet. We live in an era of constant news and advertisements so only the best content will be received by audiences. Those who can make their brand stand out will find success.
2. Content creation skills. The ability to effectively write in a variety of ways is essential to success in the public relations field. Your writing ability can be a great way to separate yourself from the other candidates as can a rich understanding of multimedia.
3. Strategic thinking ability. Public relations professionals who can think about the big picture while completing their own responsibilities will achieve the most success.
By: Courtney Helmuth
With social media becoming such a huge part of everyone’s lives, it’s time to start thinking about how to best represent yourself or your company through social media. Rebecca Potzner, a social media strategist at Game Day Communications has recently come up with some simple dos and don’ts for balancing your personal and professional presence on social media.
Rebecca recently spoke at Miami with our PR Professionals panel giving students tips for interviews and resumes.
By: Jack Bernard
With the arrival of spring many things are changing, including your PR strategy. Crystal Richard, the PR director for Onboardly, has come up with five spring-cleaning tips for your public relations strategy.
1. Try a new style.
2. Clear the clutter and get back to your “why.”
3. Evaluate how you are using your time.
4. Rethink your press releases.
5. Add new tools to your daily routine.
How can you change up your PR strategy this spring?