Sherrilynne Starkie

Lessons learned from a PR life

Sherrilynne Starkie

Sometimes the work week flies by so quickly that at the end of the week, I’m not sure what I actually accomplished. Sure, I know how many hours I billed and how many new contracts came in. These are the success metrics of PR agency life.

Snapchatting loses top banker his job

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A week after having a series of snaps reposted to Instagram , Royal Bank of Scotland announced tha t Chairman Rory Cullinan would be leaving the company. Coincidence? Maybe. It seems the banking boss had used Snapchat to send his daughter some messages about how boring his job is.

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Hey recent PR graduate! Let’s chat

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Every year about this time, young graduates email me about PR internships and job opportunities. These messages often come with a request to meet up so they can ask me a few questions about my own career and get some advice. Here’s the questions I usually get: How did you get a start in your career? As a young mother, I was part of a women returners’ group exploring career choices.

Top tips for bloggers and brands

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Mark Twain once said, “Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. This could be said of the blogging trend, because pronouncements of the death of blogging have been floating around for a few years now. However, blogging is growing more popular than ever before.

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

Writing tricks for content marketers

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Time was you only had to worry about writing for the human eye and sometimes for the ear. Now when it comes to content marketing , writers need to know about search engines and how digital formats are impacting reader habits and preferences. Good headline writing has long been an art form.

Bloggers important in PR

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Bloggers are increasingly important in public relations, according to a white paper published today by DWPub. Eighty-two per cent of PR professionals work with bloggers to provide coverage for clients, while 98% find bloggers useful or invaluable.

Deleting your Facebook status

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Have you posted a Facebook status, immediately regretted it and taken it down in hope that no one has seen it? This is the question I recently posed on Facebook using the questions tool. Almost 30 people took the time to answer and the overwhelming response is, yes!

Win a ticket to IABC 2012 Canada Business Summit preconference workshop

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Château Laurier, Ottawa, Canada. Seen from the corner of Sussex and Rideau. Photo credit: Wikipedia). Here’s your chance to win a free ticket to an IABC 2012 Canada Business Summit preconference workshop. The summit takes place November 1-3 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

PR generalists vs social media specialist?

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Can PR agencies respond to the structural changes of social media? A leading British digital strategist and long-time blogger, Simon Collister, (who, incidentally, is from the Isle of Man) thinks he answer is no.

Our Hamilton public engagement campaign turns PR disaster

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“We specialize in civic engagement situations of high emotion, conflict or controversy.” This claim made Dialogue Partners website was shown to be 100% true last week.

Reuters, Rogers and social dashboards

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Reuters has launched Social Pulse , a social media hub on Reuters.com which highlights social media’s most shared news, companies and influencers. It displays the news that is most popular in Reuters social network.

Twitter’s Biz Stone speaks at CIRA’s AGM

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Photo Credit: CIRA. This week CIRA*, the organization behind the.ca domain, held its annual general meeting and symposium in Ottawa, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was the closing keynote speaker.

Reflections on PR agency life

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Last week I published a post called Lessons Learned From a PR Life , which included a listing of observations from my work week. People seemed to really like it. And so, seeing as I am continuing the exercise of taking time each day to answer the question, ‘What did I learn today?’,

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

nBA Pulse: a new social analytics tool

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In a classic case of poacher turned gamekeeper, I was recently invited by an American PR agency to have a personal briefing about the launch of a new social media product.

Email marketing goes social

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Adding social sharing buttons to marketing emails significantly increases click-through rates according to a survey just released by GetResponse , an email marketing software company. In addition, recipients are more likely to share content on Facebook than on other social networks.

Putting your best foot forward in PR

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As recent Ottawa PR graduates are making the transition from student to professional, CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau is helping them with the search for full-time jobs, summer gigs and upcoming fieldwork experiences.

Pinterest for business

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Pinterest is proving to be a great social network for businesses to connect with customers. Here’s a stunning infographic that spells out all Pinterest’s benefits for business. Related posts : The social customer. Infographic: Twitter facts. Wikipedia rules the waves.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Path: the sequel

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Well over a year ago a new social network, Path, was launched. It was positioned as ‘personal network’ and friends were limited to just 50, a number based on the psychology theories that 150 is the maximum number of social relationships any human can handle.

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Using word clouds in communications analysis

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According to Wikipedia a word cloud is a visual representation for text data, typically used to visualize free form text. This format is useful for quickly perceiving the most prominent terms and for locating a term alphabetically to determine its relative prominence.

Social Media Informer

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Social Media Informer is a website that collates social media blog posts to create an online where people can get all the latest news, information and opinion.

Good manners cost nothing

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It is said that good manners cost you nothing but ignorance will cost you everything. I found myself thinking of this old adage this week as I unfriended on Facebook two people I’ve known for 35 years.

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How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Content marketing is king

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Content is set to be one of the biggest trends in B2B marketing for 2012, but the concept is not all that new. Corporate blogging began circa 2004 and with the growing ubiquity of social networks many companies have been creating and sharing content as part of their marketing strategies.

Advice for new PR grads

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PR, communications and marketing graduates are pounding the pavement trying to land their first jobs. The problem is that competition for entry-level positions has never been tougher.

February 2012: Ottawa’s Twitter top 20

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After a brief absence (December and January) the Ottawa Twitter top 20 makes its return. I started doing these tables over a year ago to illustrate how being popular (Grader) on Twitter doesn’t necessarily mean you have influence (TweetLevel). Over time many of the names have changed, established handles have slipped and new ones enter the fray. Both lists are always in a state of flux. But do these tables tell the popular/influence story?

Facebook mention: for celebrities only

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I usually only follow celebrities on Facebook if I have actually met them in person, such as Jim Carrey, who I met about 30 years ago when he did a surprise gig at Yuk Yuks in Ottawa.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

HMV’s Twitter nightmare

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Lately, times haven’t been too good for HMV , the British multinational music retailer. In January the company officially entered administration and some UK stores were closed.

Debunking the myths of social media

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There is certainly no shortage of information about social media use readily available online. Likewise, opinions on social media trends flow freely through new sites, blogs and just about anyone who is selling social media services.

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Have we lost that loving feeling, Twitter?

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Back in the day, when Twitter first launched there weren’t a lot of people involved and the conversation veered from the mundane (what I had for lunch) to banal (here’s a coding challenge). But those who stuck with it soon started to understand the value of this unique social network.

Most people think about what they see on Facebook

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Barely a day goes by that a Facebook update doesn’t make us stop and think. Whether it’s someone’s funny anecdote or a heartfelt plea for prayers, the social network lets us connect over stories in so many ways.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.

Five steps to viral video success

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Want your video to go viral, but not sure how? Follow these five easy steps: 1. Make it entertaining. Make it informative. Make it funny. Make it useful. Make it like this… Related posts: Video: the Internet of you! Somebody that I used to know. YouTube introduces trends.

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Blog check list for getting noticed

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Here’s a great infographic check list from the folks at DivvyHQ to help bloggers build an audience. Some tried and true tactics are include and some new ideas too. Enjoy! 12 Things To Do After You’ve Written a New Blog Post infographic. Related posts: The wine blogger kerfuffle.

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Win tickets to NAC Orchestra Casual Fridays!

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The folks at the National Arts Centre Orchestra recently invited me to a sneak preview of Casual Fridays. I just popped down the road from my office to the NAC LeCafe right from work, and it turned out to be a really fun time with some cool people, great music and fantastic food.

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No social media policy for half of businesses | Sherrilynne Starkie

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