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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Job - University of Minnesota - Communications/PR Intern


University of Minnesota - Communications/PR Intern

Job - Schermer Kuehl seeks a Creative Director.


Schermer Kuehl seeks a Creative Director.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Writing Sample Paradox


You want an internship to get writing samples, but to get an internship you writing samples!?! Many students, myself included, came across this writing sample paradox when seeking out internships for the first time.

For almost all internships, you need to submit a minimum of two writing samples, although to get these writing samples, it is believed that you needed to have a previous internship. This can make the search to getting your dream internship long and intensive. If however having standout writing samples is the ultimate key to gaining that dream internship then you better figure out a way to get some writing experience.

Even though I have now done multiple internships and have countless writing samples, I am constantly looking for ways to get my writing published in publications more aligned with what I want to do in my future career. In my constant search for the “ultimate” writing samples I have come across various companies and resources that get your writing published.

Check out the resources and tips below to help get your first (or thousandth) writing sample:
  1. Seek out start up publications – Many smaller start-up print or media publications, for example online magazines, need content posted to their website but they don’t have the funds to pay staff. Offer your services of writing and your advice or expertise on a topic. Start up companies such as XploreU rely on “interns” or brand ambassadors to write the majority of the content for their website. This offers students a chance to gain writing experience and share their ideas.

  2. Start up companies – Many start up companies need people to contribute to their online media; this is where you and your writing skills come into play. Seek out companies such as online travel and tourism websites and retail or fashion websites, where the content is constantly changing, thus your services of writing content for the website is valuable to the company.

  3. Create a blog – Creating a blog is one way that allows you to voice your opinions and showcase your writing talents. Having a blog is also a great place to house other writing and creative work that you have done. Your blog will soon double as a reference for potential employers to visit when researching you and your skills. If you don't have the energy to start a blog volunteer to be a guest blogger. This blog or the Minnesota Student PR Blog are both good options.

  4. Take advantage of social media- Social media enables you to have a voice; don’t underestimate this voice. Start conversations with professionals in the field that you are looking to work in. Explain that you are trying to get advice on writing samples and to gain experience. Many companies and/or professionals need unpaid help, solicit your valuable services to these professionals. It is a win-win situation in the end; they gain help with their work and you gain writing samples and valuable work experience.

  5. Write Letters to the editor or opinion pieces- Be proactive and engage in conversation whenever possible. The whole idea is to pitch yourself, so come up with good ideas and pitch yourself, eventually a story you have is destined to get picked up.
The ultimate key to gaining writing experience is being persistent; make sure that you do not give up. It will be work but it will most likely result in huge benefits to your professional career.

Checkout this website for more tips and general templates: http://www.letterwritingguide.com/.

Brittany Frascht
University of Minnesota
Jour 3279
Blog Assignment

Job - University of Minnesota - Events Assistant


University of Minnesota - Events Assistant

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Six tips to rocking a phone Interview


In the digital world we live in today, face-to-face interactions are becoming fewer and fewer. Especially in the current job market, more people are applying for jobs online and employers are looking for ways to cut costs. That is where phone interviews come in. A phone interview is an easy way for a job recruiter to screen many applicants in an efficient and cost effective manner.

In the last few months I’ve participated in several phone interviews. Unfortunately, the results of which have not allowed me to advance through to the next stage of interviews. After a little frustration, I decided to take action and figure out where my interview abilities were lacking. In this week’s blog I will explain how and individual can put their best-self forward during a phone interview.
  1. Use a quiet space:
    Try to eliminate any distractions for the interview. This will make it easy to focus entirely on the interviewer’s questions and giving a proper response.
  2. Take your time:
    Just like a normal interview, there is no rush to answering an interviewer’s questions. Listen to the question, take a moment to process, and then articulate a concise response.
  3. Use a reliable phone line:
    If using a cell phone, make sure the battery is well charged and working well. When possible, use a landline as they will provide the best sound quality on either end of the line.
  4. Have your resume close by:
    Know your key messages so you can convey them to the interviewer. Keep the position description and resume within reaching distance while you are on the phone. Refer to both as much as needed.
  5. Take notes for the 2nd interview:
    These notes will act and a memory aid for the possibility another interview. Write down questions posed to the interviewer to avoid asking them again in the second interview. Take note of key messages and attributes the interviewer repeats multiple times.
  6. Get in front of the mirror:
    What better way to convey confidence than to look and feel confident? Stand in front of the mirror while giving responses. The ability to visualize this confidence will help convey it in interviewee’s voice.

Acing a phone interview takes practice, but keep at it. Don’t forget, a phone interview is just like a regular interview. Always follow up with a handwritten note or email thanking the interviewer for their time. Express interest in the opportunity and relate individual skills to the position. For some additional interview and job hunting tips visit www.wetfeet.com.

Ellie Humphrey
University of Minnesota
Jour 3279
Blog Assignment

Strother Communications Group Hires Mary Nhotsavang as Senior Account Executive


Strother Communications Group (SCG), a Minneapolis-based strategic communications agency, announces that Mary Nhotsavang has joined the agency as Senior Account Executive. Mary will be responsible for helping clients communicate effectively through integrated strategic communications programs.

Nhotsavang, a native of Apple Valley, joins SCG after working at BAE Systems as a Communications Specialist where she developed and executed internal and external corporate communication programs. She has also worked at other agencies in the Twin Cities. Nhotsavang earned a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations from Ithaca College, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Communication degree at the University of St. Thomas. She is also a member of PRSA.

Connect and learn with Strother Communications Group on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and SCG’s blog, 41 Stories.

Monday, December 21, 2009

CARINGBRIDGE AND LOGIS/LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CHOOSE MACCABEE GROUP



Two new clients -- CaringBridge, the Eagan, MN-based charitable non-profit organization providing free Web sites that connect family and friends to share love and support during a serious health event, and LOGIS/Local Government Information Systems, the Golden Valley, MN-based consortium of Minnesota local government units sharing Information Technology solutions – have chosen Minneapolis-based Maccabee Group as their new public relations agency.

Job - Energy Placement - Sr. Public Relations Operations Manager


Energy Placement - Sr. Public Relations Operations Manager

Marketing is like dating?


Marketing is like dating. That’s right, dating. When you date someone, you seek to make yourself more attractive (physically, emotionally and intellectually) so that the person whom you are interested in chooses you rather than the other fish in the sea. The same is true in business. You show how competitive, responsive and attentive you are to attract customers and ward off the competition.

In dating have to get to know the person you are interested in, show your strengths and character and emphasize the ones that resonate with your date. There must be some connection between the two of you in order to gain a second date. The more connections you have, obviously the better off you’ll be.

So how do you create connections with your date? By discovering and emphasizing your common shared values.

Similarily, you need to research your consumer and work on your attraction factor by advertising and the “Four P’s of Marketing.” Don’t focus so much on the competition, focus on your consumer and reveal the attraction that is already within your relationship. I promise, with proper research and consumer centricity as the focal point, you’re going to like what you see. Then flaunt what you got that your consumer wants.

Trust me, they will be far more likely to be drawn to you if you focus on their needs than if you target the other guy/girl that is also pining for their loyalty and affection.

My theories are not just my own, they are based on a book called The Truth About Creating Brands People Love by Brian D. Till and Donna Heckler. I highly recommend it to any business owner who wants to learn brand secrets that make companies succeed and profits soar. Good luck.

Ashley Larson
University of Minnesota
Jour 3279
Blog Assignment

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Job - Personix - Marketing Communications Manager



Personix - Marketing Communications Manager

Friday, December 18, 2009

Who has the largest collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia?


Answer: The University of Minnesota -

Three Important skills for future PR professionals



For those of you involved with public relations, you know the field is rapidly changing. The boom of the internet, Twitter, and social media sites, combined with the cell phone’s ability to keep people organized and connected through those channels, is establishing a new skill set for the successful PR professional.

It’s no longer sufficient to simply be aware or have a general idea of how to use the aforementioned technology. It’s absolutely essential for PR professionals to fully understand how to work with the internet, social media sites and blogs; and to recognize the most effective way to make use of them. I am currently a student majoring in public relations and after talking with people currently involved with PR, I’ve learned a few of the following skills are vital to success in the field.
  • Search engine optimization: This is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a website from search engines via unpaid search results; opposed to search engine marketing which requires paying for the same cause. Mastering this skill will give your website a web presence, increasing its relevance to specific keywords and removing barriers of search engines. The earlier you can get your site to appear in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive and awareness you can generate for your cause.
  • Understanding how to effectively reach customers: As mentioned before, you need to use more than just the traditional media outlets. It’s necessary to understand the ins and outs of the social web and blogger relations because if you do, and you know all the available spaces online, you can bypass gatekeepers and engage directly with customers and peers who purchase your products or influence the decisions of others.
  • Staying connected using mobile tools: With the advent of smart phones (iPhone, Blackberry) and their ability to access twitter, Facebook, etc., it’s imperative to know how to accomplish your work in a timely fashion. In my opinion, this is the most important thing for PR professionals to pay attention to. News is happening constantly and it’s extremely valuable to be able to both inform and communicate people and react quickly to problems (crisis management).
All of these skills, along with a number of others, will help PR professionals establish and maintain relationships with customers and key stakeholders. I also suggest checking out this article by Adam Singer. It offers another perspective of 10 skills all PR pros need for 2009 and beyond. What do you think are the necessary skills PR pros might need for the future?

David Hauge
University of Minnesota
Jour 3279
Blog Assignment

Thursday, December 17, 2009

GdB lands Hammer Made branding account


Hammer Made, which opened Black Friday, is the newest menswear boutique to hit the upscale Galleria mall in Edina, Minn., and is owned by well-known Minneapolis designer Jason Hammerberg. Mr. Hammerberg had been selling shirts under the Humble Fashion brand label until Minneapolis-based GdB suggested a name that would give a more iconic nod to the designer himself. Thus, Hammer Made was born.

“The Hammer Made shirt is the guy’s new necktie. It’s that one item men can rely on to look their very best without taking a lot of time to do it,” said store owner Jason Hammerberg. “GdB did a fantastic job conveying that message, as it’s really about appearing polished and put together in any situation.”

In addition to developing the name and brand position, GdB also designed the logo, which adorns the shirt collars and storefront.

Part of its ongoing marketing support for Hammer Made, GdB is currently discussing a strategic social media plan with Hammerberg to see implementation in first quarter 2010.

“We’re excited to be involved at such an important time in this brand’s life,” said Doug DeGrood, creative director for GdB. “We’re definitely starting to dress better at work too.”

Job - Marketing Assistant Production Artist / Assistant Writer


Marketing Assistant Production Artist / Assistant Writer

Jacobsen joins OLSON as interactive account and customer relationship director

Marie Marie Jacobsen joins OLSON as interactive account and customer relationship management (CRM) director, from Martin/Williams, where she was vice-president and group director.

“OLSON is creating great work, driving business results even in this economic environment. I've been watching OLSON for the past several years and have always been impressed with the work it delivers,” says Jacobsen. “It's exciting to be part of this agency, to be always seeking what's next and around the curve.”

“Marie is an innovative strategist with deep experience in digital and direct channels as well as campaign measurement,” says Kevin DiLorenzo, president, OLSON. “Her experience is a valuable asset as we continue to strengthen our CRM and how it meshes with the social environment, as well as pushing our measurement and analytics capabilities.”

Marie graduated from St. Norbert College, Green Bay, Wisc., and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to Martin/Williams she established, and was director of, interactive marketing for Gage Marketing Group; and was manager of relationship marketing for Musicland. management (CRM) director, from Martin/Williams, where she was vice-president and group director.

“OLSON is creating great work, driving business results even in this economic environment. I've been watching OLSON for the past several years and have always been impressed with the work it delivers,” says Jacobsen. “It's exciting to be part of this agency, to be always seeking what's next and around the curve.”

“Marie is an innovative strategist with deep experience in digital and direct channels as well as campaign measurement,” says Kevin DiLorenzo, president, OLSON. “Her experience is a valuable asset as we continue to strengthen our CRM and how it meshes with the social environment, as well as pushing our measurement and analytics capabilities.”

Marie graduated from St. Norbert College, Green Bay, Wisc., and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to Martin/Williams she established, and was director of, interactive marketing for Gage Marketing Group; and was manager of relationship marketing for Musicland.

Two networking methods you should know about

You’ve heard the old saying, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Networking is essential to any career, and this particularly true for the profession of public relations. Networking is important, but are some of the ways in which people are expected to network that successful? Does it really work to network at various events in which you meet with complete strangers, each give your elevator pitch, exchange business cards and then go your separate ways? Will you truly remember each other after that short interaction? Is it more beneficial to just network where you are interning to help you along your career path, rather than pursuing the awkward introductions in public situations?

Networking at public situations can be, at times, intimidating and awkward. It can be unnerving going up to a person you’ve never met before and try to carry a conversation with them that will be stimulating, and not along the lines of uncomfortable. And besides, will they really remember you after that short conversation. A blog post by Patricia Dorch suggests that networking at these types of events can prove helpful for your career as long as you follow the necessary steps; the most important step being the follow-up. This is the essential step in the networking process that won’t let your connection forget about you. It could possibly be that if the necessary steps are taken maybe a true connection will be made that will get you that future internship or job.

Networking within your internship can be a very useful way to get your foot into that next door. Most of the time, you are interning at a place which is in the realm of what you hope your future profession will be. This means that the people you work with should have connections to other jobs that would be within your desired field. This allows your networking to have more of a focus and get you the end result you desire. The people you work with will not only have connections, but they will be able to give a recommendation of your work ethic and experience to those connections. This way you’re not just some name on a business card. A referral from one employer to another can really help your chances of landing that dream job. This article discusses the matter further.

Both methods of networking can prove to be successful, if done correctly. My own personal opinion is that I prefer, and find more effective, to establish these beneficial relationships when directly working with people in internships than just shaking numerous hands at a public event. I find it more valuable to utilize connections I’ve establish while on the job. However, I have considered that a combination of both methods would not hurt a person’s chances. I guess you’ll never know unless you try, so in the meantime, I will be practicing my handshake and elevator pitches for that next public event.

Kristie Gaalswyk
University of Minnesota
Jour 3279
Blog Assignment

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Job - Leum PR Group - Account Executive


Leum PR Group - Account Executive

Top 5 Things a Grad Should Do Before a PR Job Interview


  1. Perfect your résumé and portfolio. Be sure both are examples of your writing and knowledge of AP Style. Also be sure to tailor your résumé and cover letter to each job description. Keep your résumé simple, do not include irrelevant information – and try to keep it to one page if possible. Helpful items to include in a portfolio are résumés, evidence of professional affiliations, licenses or certificates, and work samples. See Susan Balcom Waltcom’s article on what to include in a PR portfolio for more tips.
  2. Google Yourself! What is the first thing that comes up when you google your name? Your google results may be saying a lot more than you realize! Make sure it is something positive. To improve your google search results consider starting a blog, or creating a LinkedIn profile.
  3. Use Social Media To Make a Name for Yourself. Twitter is your best friend! Actively tweet and make connections with reporters and PR professionals. Also it is a smart idea to comment on well-known, heavily followed blogs such as the blogs featured on alltop. Clean up your Facebook account; make sure that anything you post is something you wouldn’t find your employer finding.
  4. Be Proficient in New Technology. Being able to say that you have Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge, can create a video news release, use twitter, and use social media monitoring services. This is an area where you can have more or better knowledge/experience than you employer does.
  5. Buy Thank You Cards. This may seem old-school, but you should never under estimate the power of good etiquette. There are many ways to follow-up, but adding a thank you card could be the little something extra that makes an employer spend a little more time looking at your résumé. 

Christine Tsang
University of Minnesota
3279
Blog Assignment


    Students from the University of Minnesota blogging again!


    Once again, students from the University of Minnesota will be contributing to the MNPR Blog as part of their Journalism 3279 class. This year however, they will be contributing not only to the MNPR Blog, but also to Communication Conversations and the Minnesota Student PR Blog.

    While this is part of a class assignment, I must stress that I am always interested in guest bloggers and would highly encourage you to write something for this blog if you have ideas. I am always excited to hear your thoughts and to read the posts of some future professionals.

    I hope you enjoy their posts and that you will leave some good comments.

    -Ryan

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Thinking about my career development


    What has happened to me? I used to be so intentional about thinking about my career development?

    After graduating from the University of Minnesota I immediately got involved in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). I was volunteering in all sorts of different non-profits and I was considering grad school. Since getting my MBA, what has changed?

    I was at the Minnesota PRSA annual meeting last week and it occurred to me that I have spent the last two years of my career just surviving.

    Listening to Minnesota PRSA's 2010 president Candee Wolf talk about volunteerism and the importance of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) made me realize that I had forgotten about an important piece of my life - career and professional development. To drive home the point, Rick Kupchella was the keynote speaker.

    Rick is the founder of BringMeTheNews.com. Listening to Rick discuss his vision for his new venture inspired me to want to do more for my career. As I think about 2010, I want to set clear and achievable goals for my career, for this site and for my future. APR seems like a good place to start.

    Risdall Marketing Group Fires Up for bd’s Mongolian Grill

    bd’s Mongolian Grill has hired Risdall Marketing Group (RMG) as its agency of record. RMG will work system wide with the restaurant chain, known for its interactive casual dining experience where customers create their own stir-fry.

    “We are looking to evolve our brand in the midst of our expansion, and with Risdall Marketing Group, we found a perfect partner who understands the bd’s Mongolian Grill brand – fun, lively and interactive,” said Denise Head, vice president of marketing for bd’s Mongolian Grill. “We are eager to tell the world what makes dining at bd’s Mongolian Grill an experience like no other.”

    bd’s Mongolian Grill was founded in 1992 by Billy “bd” Downs in suburban Detroit . Now based in Burnsville , Minn. , the company is led by restaurant industry veterans Rodger Head, CEO, Clyde Culp and New York investment firm Kinderhook Industries. That group also owns Duke and King Acquisition Corp., which operates 97 Burger King franchises, most of which are in Minnesota .

    “Just like the spirited approach to cooking that is the hallmark of bd’s Mongolian Grill, our work will evolve the brand in a fun and irreverent fashion,” said Rose McKinney , APR, president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations. “We are excited and thrilled to ‘Go Mongo’ for bd’s Mongolian Grill as it expands.”

    At bd’s Mongolian Grill, diners create their own stir-fry feast from a variety of choice meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and flavor-packed sauces, which are then freshly cooked by grillers Mongolian-style on a large, flat grill. bd’s Mongolian Grill, based in Burnsville , Minn. , currently has 37 locations in 11 states.

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Muskin joins OLSON as interactive creative director

    Scott Muskin has been added to the OLSON interactive team as a creative director, to work primarily on Target. Before joining OLSON, he was a freelance writer, working on his first novel, the Parthenon Prize-winning The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama’s Boy and Scholar.

    “Scott is the next-generation creative we look for, fluent in the possibilities of real and virtual worlds and a fiend for finding what’s next. He also comes to us with a ton of sheer craft,” says Tom Fugleberg, executive creative director, OLSON. “We couldn’t be more excited to have him here, for all our fiction and non-fiction needs.”
    Scott graduated from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Ia, and holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He was previously a senior writer, interactive marketing, at Target. You can learn more about him and all his “fiction writing” at www.scottmuskin.com.

    Friday, December 11, 2009

    SHANDWICK ANNOUNCES FIVE PROMOTIONS

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of five employees in the financial services practice.

    Tonya Tennessen has been promoted to account group manager. Upon joining the agency three years ago, Tennessen emerged as a key leader for an award-winning, high-profile government campaign team, drawing on her strong background in public affairs and strategic media. Tennessen has also played a lead role in Weber Shandwick's pro-bono work and is active in the community, currently serving on the board of directors for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Tennessen served as managing communications director of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English, economics and secondary English education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

    April Nelson has been promoted to account supervisor. Most recently, her analytical skills have enabled her to provide mission-critical leadership to a series of highly visible programs for the 2010 Census, including a video podcast series recognized with a Bronze Anvil award by PRSA. Nelson serves on Minnesota PRSA’s Professional Development and Networking Committee. She is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and English writing.

    Becca Mitchell has been promoted to account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Mitchell has worked on several government communications programs, including the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service program. She also has emerged as a leader in social media. Additionally, she has been an integral team member of Financially Fit Minnesota, a program designed to strengthen the financial health and fitness of employees across Minnesota, and is an active member of PRSA, serving on the Minnesota PRSA Student Relations Committee. Mitchell graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication.

    John Poferl has been promoted to account executive. Poferl joined the agency in 2007 and works on the 2010 Census account. In addition to his client work, Poferl was a part of Weber Shandwick’s 2008 pro bono account team for STARBASE, is a key player on the Financially Fit Minnesota team, an active member of PRSA and is a professional mentor for several college students. Poferl is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, emphasizing public relations.


    Sarah Rydland has been promoted to account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Rydland has contributed to the success of a financial services government campaign. Rydland is also an active member of Minnesota PRSA, contributing her talent to the Minnesota PRSA Student Relations Committee. Rydland holds a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Job - Internship - Marketing and Public Information

    Internship - Marketing and Public Information

    Job - Sabare International Ltd.​ - Account Manager

    Sabare International Ltd.​ - Account Manager

    WEBER SHANDWICK ANNOUNCES FIVE PROMOTIONS

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotions of Angela Rolle, Jessica Mike, Jake Ricker, Chad Ballantyne and Natalie Horner in the consumer marketing practice.


    Angela Rolle has been promoted to account supervisor. Angie helps manage and execute public relations and consumer marketing programs, including national and local media relations initiatives, social media campaigns, new product introductions and special events, with an emphasis on youth marketing. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Angie conducted public relations for the city of Duluth, Minn., assisting in promoting and generating media coverage of annual festivals and numerous city events and helping with crisis communications. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Angie holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies and English. Outside of work, Angie serves on the board of directors and chairs the marketing committee for The Link, a Minnesota non-profit that builds supportive communities for youth.

    Jessica Mike has been promoted to senior account executive. Since joining Weber Shandwick as an account executive in July 2008, she has played a vital role on a broad range of account teams including Amway, the 2010 Census and Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) and its subsidiary U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). In addition to her client work, Jessica has applied her knowledge to Weber Shandwick’s pro bono projects that center on making a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth and families. Prior to joining the agency, she worked at a local PR firm where she helped execute media relations and strategic planning initiatives for organizations such as 3M and Vector Wealth Management. Jessica graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business administration.

    Jake Ricker has been promoted to senior account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Jake has brought his experience in media and client relations, writing, new product launches and event planning to several consumer clients, including Polaris, CA and both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army Racing teams. In addition to his central role on multiple client teams, Jake is an active member of Weber Shandwick’s employee action group, a communications conduit between the agency’s staff and top-level management. Jake graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in English.


    Chad Ballantyne has been promoted to account executive. Chad joined Weber Shandwick as an intern in 2007 and has since provided media relations, research and event support to a variety of consumer clients. Chad is an active member of the agency’s Team Inline, a group designed to help clients bridge the gap between online and offline media. Prior to joining the agency, Chad worked as a project manager for a commercial sign manufacturer and served as the director of communications and development for The Minnesota Daily. Chad graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in communication studies and minor in mass communications, as well as a management minor from the Carlson School of Management.

    Natalie Horner has been promoted to account executive. Since starting her career at Weber Shandwick, Natalie has worked with a variety of clients, including Land O’ Lakes, The Coca-Cola Company, Cargill, Egyptian Cotton, the 2008 CA Championship at Doral and The Allstate Foundation. Natalie has served on Weber Shandwick’s pro bono team, which focuses on working with nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth and families. A University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, Natalie earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication and communication studies. Before joining Weber Shandwick, she worked in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Athletic Department and completed internships with the Minnesota Timberwolves and C.E.L. Public Relations.

    Tuesday, December 08, 2009

    Ad Fed/Ad2 Holiday Party - Still time to register!

    Join AdFed for a little revelry at Ad Fed’s Holiday Party on December 10 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. This year’s theme is inspired by the hit TV series “Mad Men” - a time when the ties were skinny and the ad budgets were fat. We’ll have a little holiday music, a silent auction (yes, Mad Men collectibles will be up for bid), plus plenty of food and drink.

    In the spirit of those 2-3 hour lunches that ad execs took in the 1960’s, this year’s Holiday Party begins at 11:30 am, so don’t miss out! It’s a great opportunity to network with or collaborate with your peers in a relaxed, festive environment.

    Be sure to wear your skinny tie and/or thick eyeliner. Vintage attire is admired but not required!

    The Venue:

    Radisson Plaza Hotel
    35 S 7th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Map and directions

    The Cost:

    $25 members
    $35 nonmembers
    $20 students
    Register online or call the Ad Fed office at (651) 917-6251.
    Cancellation/Refund/No-Show Policy: Cancellations received by the Ad Fed office at least 48 hours prior to the event are eligible for a refund of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received fewer than 48 hours prior to the event. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.

    Friday, December 04, 2009

    Job - Milestone AV - Public Relations & Communications Specialist /Marketing/Brand Management/

    Public Relations & Communications Specialist /Marketing/Brand Management/

    Marketing in the Green Era

    How Is an Environmentally Conscious Corporate Culture Relevant to Market

    How is an environmentally conscious corporate culture relevant to marketing? Hear from Benjamin Mattson of Chipotle and Melanee Megan of Peace Coffee on December 18 at 8:00am over breakfast as they discuss ways to integrate a company's commitment to going green with positive and successful marketing efforts. There will be a drawing for prizes to include products/items from Peace Coffee and Chipotle.

    Benjamin Mattson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in advertising and public relations, and began his career at 3M as a public relations consultant. He has since acted as the sales/advertising manager at Wild Mountain, director of golf operations & marketing for the Luck Golf Course and Country Club in Northwest Wisconsin, and for the past five years served as a marketing consultant for Chipotle Mexican Grill. In his spare time, Ben is also a guest lecturer at the Carlson School of Management, Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas, speaking about advertising and branding.

    Melanee Meegan is a Minneapolis native who grew up working in her parent's custom tailoring business in Uptown until attending Antioch College in Ohio where she received her B.A in International Business. Since returning to the Twin Cities 8 years ago, Meegan has been selling beans and pulling shots at Peace Coffee. In her role as marketing manager she manages the look and feel of its product and brand across a wide spectrum of print, radio and online mediums.

    Register online, or contact the Ad Fed office at (651) 917-6251 by 5:00pm on December 16.

    RMG adds seven new accounts in November

    Risdall Marketing Group (RMG) continued to expand its client roster in November, with the firm adding and expanding seven accounts during the month. Since January 2009, RMG has added 88 new accounts.


    “Clients are working to finish 2009 on a high note and continue that momentum to start 2010 with a bang,” said John Risdall , vice chairman and CEO of RMG. “Our integrated approach provides clients the means to achieve results that matter for their organization.”
     
    RMG’s new and expanded accounts include:

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    Kohnstamm Hires Nelson and Boeser

    St. Paul-based Kohnstamm Communications has added two new staff to bolster its growing organic and natural foods PR portfolio.

    Kate Nelson has been hired as an Account Executive and Samuel Boeser has joined as an Assistant Account Executive. Kate is formerly the senior publicist for Lola Red PR, and was a contributing editor for Minnesota Monthly. Sam Boeser is formerly an account assistant with Tunheim Partners, and a member of the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. Both are graduates of the University of Minnesota.

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009

    WEBER SHANDWICK PROMOTES LIDA POLETZ TO VICE PRESIDENT

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of Lida Poletz to vice president in the financial services practice.


    Since joining the agency in 2003, Poletz has been instrumental in developing, planning and executing the award-winning, high-profile U.S. Treasury campaign. For nearly two years, Poletz has directed the expansive account team, which includes a highly talented group in Minneapolis, as well as individuals in eight other Weber Shandwick and partner-agency offices. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, she was a senior financial journalist with Reuters.


    With more than 15 years of communications, public relations and marketing experience, Poletz brings to her new position a proven history of successfully managing strategic communications programs, reaching hard-to-influence audiences and delivering measurable results.


    Poletz holds an MBA and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University in New York, and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Outside of work, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


    “Lida is a major force and leader in the financial services practice. Her commitment to excellence is not only respected and revered by colleagues, but also by senior government officials,” said Barb Iverson, president of Weber Shandwick’s financial services industry practice.

    Job - University of Minnesota - Communications Director - Office for Equity and Diversity

    University of Minnesota - Communications Director - Office for Equity and Diversity