Monthly Archives: January 2010

Save the Date – 2010 Calendar Items

Last week, the YP board met to discuss transitioning into the current year, and one of the items we discussed was the 2010 calendar.  Not all the programs are set, but the dates are confirmed.  Mark them down on your calendar, and we will post more details when we have them!

February 17 – Program/Location TBD
April 21 – Mixer, Location TBD
June 16 – Program/Location TBD
September 15 – Program/Location TBD
October 20 – Program/Location TBD
December 15 – Mixer, Location TBD

Just as we did last year, we’ll have a full slate of great panel discussions and, of course, the valuable opportunity to network with fellow young professionals in the area.  Also, as a new feature, heads up for e-mails on informal gatherings in the off months.  (St. Patty’s Day, anyone?)  Hope to see you all there!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, where you can get instant notifications every time we update the blog and all sorts of other useful information in 140 characters or less.

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2010 Young Professionals Board

As promised, here is a listing of your 2010 PRSA-LA YP Board.

President and PRSA-LA Liaison
Kerry Slaughter
Chandler Chicco Agency

Vice President
Kristin Wood
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Program Co-Chairs
Eva Groves
Hill & Knowlton

Amy Pandya
Freelancer

Communications Co-Chairs
Dale Legaspi
The David James Agency

Jessica Barraco
Excel Public Relations Group

Membership Chair
Caitlin Mattias
Consensus Planning Group

Treasurer
Ashley Montopoli
Chandler Chicco Agency

Collegiate Outreach Chair
Dillon Bianchi
VMS

Professional Outreach
Medhanie Habte
Freelancer

Trevett Chair
Jessica Peres
State Farm Insurance

The folks listed above will meet with the 2009 board in the coming weeks  to transition into their positions and plan the upcoming year’s activities.  Check back here for updates, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and the PRSA-LA Website.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, young PR pros!  What better way to kick off 2010 than with some resolutions?  These, however, are not the ordinary ones that are made every January and broken every February.

Ragan posted “15 Resolutions for PR Professionals” from a source at an agency in Michigan.

1. This is the year I will finally align my brand’s identity with the brand we wish our company to have, not just that which has sloppily evolved over time.

2. I resolve to at least monitor Internet conversations relevant to my company, its product or services, my industry and my competitors, even if I do not plan to “engage” in social media in 2010.

3. I will engage the C-suite of my organization to align the business’s overall objectives and priorities with that of my entire communications program.

4. I commit to bringing my Web site out of the 1990s and into the second decade of the 21st century.

5. I will not jump blindly into social media until I have identified my audiences, goals and metrics and have defined success.

6. I will understand the difference between the press release in 2010 and the press release of 2001 and will learn how I can leverage the inherent advantages of the press release, version 2.0.

7. I will stop wishing that my company appeared on the first page of search results relevant to my industry and suite of services and will actually do something about it.

8. As the economy begins to turn the corner, I will maximize this opportunity I have to convincingly define my company’s identity, messaging, its differentiators, its value proposition and its market position, so that we can hit the imminent upturn firing on all cylinders.

9. If I have a blog, I will keep it updated, and I will use it as an outpost to drive traffic to my Web site and/or as a home base to which I will drive traffic from other Internet outposts, such as social media channels.

10. I will update or establish my company’s media kit, including our company profile, fact sheet and biographies of key personnel.

11. I resolve to have my social media policy drafted and in place by March 1, 2010.

12. I will conduct a thorough audit of my brand, my industry, my competitors and relevant trends existent on conversation platforms online, identifying strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats (SWOTs).

13. I shall examine every piece of marketing collateral, corporate identity or external representation of my company’s name, logo and description and make 100% sure that they all match—and that we’re happy with what they say.

14. I will commit to understanding how search engines are changing and what this all means to my business.

15. I will not have to make any of these resolutions again in 2011.

Perhaps more interesting than the actual post, though, is the split among the comments–some showing support and some dismissing the article as a pipe dream.

To me, this split begs the question: is cynicism necessary in our field, or is it superfluous negativism?  Perhaps more accurately stated, where is the line between being real and being cynical?

It’s up for debate, but it does seem clear that (regardless of whether or not you deem them attainable), we can all take something away from these 15 resolutions.

We’ll have more info coming soon on the new board and an updated event schedule for the coming year.  Again, happy 2010, and stay tuned for more!

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