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Sean Timberlake started writing about eating, drinking, and generally living the good life in San Francisco on his blog Hedonia in 2006. In 2010, he founded the popular online DIY food community Punk Domestics, designed to evangelize and enable the growing trend of preserving old foodways (i.e. canning, curing and the like). Here, he shares tips for how brands can best work with bloggers to ensure successful programs and build lasting relationships.
A relative of the popular SXSW Interactive festival, SXSW Eco has become the place for inspiration, information and connections for professionals working to solve complex problems facing society, the economy and the natural world. Here’s your chance to help decide what gets discussed.
Public speaking can strike fear in even the most talented communicators. While many offer a valuable perspective, sometimes the pressure of the audience prevents them from articulating that insight into a clear message. Other times, speakers are bitten by the “Mr. Wonderful” bug and try to be too perfect.
The average American checks their phone every 6 minutes. Yep, that’s me at a conference. Don’t get me wrong. I also network and exchange business cards with my fellow professionals, but when I’m not shaking hands and meeting new people, I’m scanning the conference hashtag stream for the latest observations.
Last week I had the opportunity to hear several brilliant people speak at the PRSA Communicators Conference at the Governor Hotel in Portland. With the likes of Shel Holtz, Lee Odden and even Maxwell’s own Jen Maxwell-Muir speaking, there was a lot to take in. However, one presenter’s message in particular seemed to really stick with me, former Sports Broadcaster Ann Schatz.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Annual Conference is the Holy Grail for those of us in the food and beverage industry. Where else can one be surrounded by authors of the hottest cookbooks on the market, editors of the top food & beverage magazines, chefs from around the world, photographers and stylists, and fellow food marketers – all sharing experiences and learning together?
Do you have a nose for news, a passion for helping organizations tell their stories and college degree in communications, journalism or PR? If so, consider applying for our summer internship position. Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask are musts.
Last week, Oregon’s tourism professionals – from Tourism Commissioners to B&B owners, tour operators to crabbers – gathered together at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism to share insights and ideas towards the ongoing goal of making the Oregon experience unforgettable.
My colleagues and I visted Salem last week for the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism. This highly collaborative annual gathering of the tourism and hospitality industry members focuses on ways to help hotels, destinations and attractions attract more visitors and grow their businesses.
As Albert Einstein put it so succinctly, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” When it comes to measuring PR results, we couldn’t agree more. It’s critical to include qualitative elements to measure communications effectiveness. Just as a tailored approach enables us to generate outstanding media coverage, each situation requires a customized evaluation system to ensure you’re tracking what really matters.