Tillamook Cheese presentation.

Earlier this quarter we were assigned to conduct a social media audit and conversation analysis for a brand of our choice. Naturally, my group and I decided to choose Tillamook Cheese, based on the fact that we are all generally interested in consumer goods PR and wanted to help out a local brand. It just so happens that my dad, John Russell, is the Senior Director of Marketing for Tillamook, and I have worked with the marketing team before on some freelance projects. These connections allowed us to work directly with Tillamook to determine what they would find the most helpful regarding their social media practices. Gillian Kennedy, Tillamook’s Internet Communications Manager, pointed us primarily in the direction of Pinterest and Instagram, since they are the newest social media channels that brands are utilizing. We analyzed those two channels plus Twitter and Facebook to give us an idea of Tillamook’s overall brand appearance across different social media platforms.

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Tillamook’s marketing team.

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Infographic: Reduce your carbon footprint.

For my public relations class this week we have been charged with the task of creating an infographic to supplement a topic we are interested in. I chose to persuade people to reduce their carbon footprint through a series of recommendations about how to change day-to-day behaviors, recycle and eat green. We were introduced to a program called Piktochart, an online application that provides easy-to-use templates for creating infographics; however, I would also be interested to see how easy it is to create one on Adobe InDesign or Illustrator.

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Interview: Soda Pop PR’s Dyan Dolfi-Offutt.

“Work harder than anyone else in the office, don’t complain about long hours, always go above and beyond what they give you to do, be likeable, and don’t get involved in office drama or politics!”

Dyan Dolfi-Offutt, a public relations professional, started her own small public relations agency in Los Angeles a year and a half ago: Soda Pop PR. This four-employee agency focuses on hospitality and food public relations. When asked about her company mantra, she explained that her basic approach was “honest and fresh, without all the fizz.”

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Public relations blogging.

Hi, blog readers!

I am planning to begin using this blog to write posts for my public relations class, J452 Strategic Public Relations Communication with Tiffany Gallicano (read her blog here.) It seems like a wonderful class so far, and I have no doubt it will prepare me for life after college in the advertising and PR world. Stay tuned for posts about PR, advertising, communications and everything in between. Thanks for reading!