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Dec 23

San Francisco: the city by the Bay. Famous for the oldest Chinatown in North America, clam chowder in bread bowls and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also home to one of the best PR firms in the country: Landis Communications Inc. Because of Reed PR’s membership in the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), I was fortunate enough to visit their agency and see how PR is done on the West coast with a team that is actually 60 percent male – a rarity in our industry. Here’s what I picked up:

Educate them. A PR professional should never assume a client knows what they want or the best way to achieve it – that’s what they’re paying us for, right? But it actually goes further than that. Because we develop launch plans and pitch media and create traditional & digital campaigns every day, it can be easy to forget that clients are experts in their fields, not ours. When they say press release, they may actually mean internal newsletter for their customers. When they agree that they should be positioned as thought leaders, they may not realize that means attaching their names to bylined columns and doing media interviews. It’s no one’s fault, but it’s our job to explain our tactics to clients and set clear goals so we’re all on the same page.

Educate yourself. The Landis Communications team places a huge emphasis on staying “plugged in.” That means staying on top of PR industry trends and their clients’ industry trends. One way they’re doing this is by attaching a sticky note to every magazine that comes in their door with a place for each team member to sign off once they’ve read through it. This goes for everything from San Francisco’s newest high-end glossy mags to the latest edition of AARP. We have a similar set-up at RPR minus the sticky note (we might have to steal that one from you, LCI) and we’ve recently adopted Ted Talk Tuesdays, where each month a team member shares a Ted Talk and we meet to discuss how it can help us grow both inside and outside of PR. It’s an easy way to stay in tune with how industries and our team members are evolving.

Don’t be afraid to push back. At RPR, we’re far from Yes Men (or Women?). But it was nice to hear from another agency that sometimes pushback is necessary to keep a client on track and help them reach their goals. We’re not advocating forcing a program onto a client or pushing them too far out of their comfort zone, but making firm recommendations for when and how an announcement should be made, which events will have the most impact and which tactics we think make the most sense is essential for both the PR team and the client.

Overall, it was an amazing trip that left me with a greater appreciation for the small PR agency environment. Once I got back to Nashville, I learned that Landis was given the ACE Award for America’s #1 ‪#‎PR agency (small) from Ragan Communications and PR Daily. So congratulations to Landis and thank you for letting me see a small part of what you all do each day!

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By Jennifer Poythress
Dec 09

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, to some folks. While the Reed PR team is all about being festive, we know many aren’t as enthused about the holiday season. Our curiosity led us to conduct a survey assessing attitudes among Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. So which generation lacks holiday spirit when compared to the others? Check out the full article in the Nashville Business Journal.

 

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By Brittany French
Nov 23

One of the biggest perks of being a part of the Public Relations Global Network? Constantly being introduced to some of the best agencies in the world.

Last month during our network-wide meeting in Dubai, PRGN added a new affiliate based out of Los Angeles to the group.

The Hoyt Organization, Inc. was founded in 1986 and has grown into a full-service strategic communications firm that provides PR counseling and crisis communication services and specializes in developing PR programs for business to business and business to consumer-based companies. Their clients often have a focus on the real estate, financial and professional services, retail, legal, technology and healthcare industries.

We’re digging their current client list, which includes Auction.com, Sotheby’s International Realty, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and Genton Property Group for the Four Seasons Private Residence, Los Angeles, among others.

Needless to say, if you have a PR need in L.A., we now have a stellar partner that can help you out.

If you are part of an agency interested in joining PRGN, the network is actively recruiting PR members in China, Africa, Belgium and New York. Visit the PRGN website’s member recruitment section for more information or email its membership chair, C.L. Conroy, at CL@conroymartinez.com.

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By Jennifer Poythress
Nov 03

As a public relations agency with a focus on cause marketing, we help our clients make an impact in their communities. But why did we come to work each day? What was our core purpose?

We spent hours trying to figure it out as a team until one night it just clicked. We want to work for something more than just a paycheck. We want to help others go out and do good in the world.

That’s how this initiative was born.

Through Be The Good, our agency provides travel grants to individuals who want to do volunteer or mission work at home and abroad.

We believe that mission work changes you. It makes you a better team member, spouse, parent, friend. As an agency, this allows us to work for something bigger than ourselves. As individual people, it’s a way for us to pay it forward.

Will you join us?

By Lauren Reed
Sep 02

You may not realize this, but transporting a miniature barnyard animal into a Midtown office space undetected is quite a feat. We thought we could keep it under wraps – until we were caught. That’s getting a little ahead of myself. I’ll start at the beginning.

At RPR we’re building a culture of being fun-loving while getting our s**t done. We get big wins and implement successful campaigns for our clients and, most importantly, we like to celebrate those wins.

Back in February we moved into our beloved new home on West End Avenue. We’re proud of our space and how it’s coming along, so naturally we wanted to share and celebrate it with everyone. The grand idea? Host an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo party in our new office.

Cinco de Mayo can be a busy holiday for many, with folks jumping from place to place to enjoy endless margaritas, chips and salsa and great music. And given that Cinco de Mayo fell on a Tuesday this year, we knew our party-goers would get plenty of other invitations. We had to set ourselves apart.

We mapped out the entire “film” – all 30 seconds of it. We’d bring in oversized margarita glasses, a piñata, party favors and trash our office to look like a scene of aftermath from the most epic Cinco de Mayo party ever. We knew that would get you all there. To top it off at the end we would pan to a donkey. That’s right. A donkey. In. Our. Office. Then we’d hit anyone who declined with the tagline: “Don’t be an ass. Come to our party.”

It was perfect. We loved it, and so we set about making this happen. But how does one get a donkey to an office in Nashville? Impeccable Googling skills. That’s how. The heads of RPR have other talents aside from running an agency. We can find anything on the Internet, even a miniature donkey in the Nashville area.

I gave Jeni – a donkey wrangler – a call and she had just the donkey for us. Brittany may have been a bit confused when someone called for me about a donkey. But we had our talent booked.

From there we lined up the shoot and, very carefully, brought the donkey to RPR. I may have only just told security we had this shoot lined up as we were bringing the donkey upstairs. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t some moments of utter panic in me as we tried to lure Eeyore through the front doorway to our office building. He froze before making it to the elevator.

He planted his heels firmly on the tile and I grabbed Jack Henry, Lauren’s five-year-old son, as quickly as possible. (Side note: Of course, Jack Henry was there. When you rent a donkey for the day your kid skips preschool and visits the office.)

I just knew Eeyore was going to kick him in the head, giving him some permanent injury (or at least a black eye), I would be fired and our wonderful idea would become a nightmare.

Thankfully for me, and all of you that attended our party, that didn’t happen. With the help of a few cupcakes and tortilla chips, Eeyore made his way up to Suite 320. And the rest is history. La la bamba.

Oh that’s right, except our landlord stopped by our office the next day inquiring about a mule in our office. He stayed outside the door as if he was afraid he would discover the animal was still there 24 hours later. We gave our Girl Scout honor and said we would never do that again. It was totally worth it. See for yourself!

By Katie Adkisson