Congratulations to Suburban Chicago Members Debra Bethard-Caplick and Chris Orris for winning the Silver Anvil Award from PRSA. Debra, founder of Quicksilver Edge Strategic Communications, and Chris, an account executive for the firm, received the award in New York City. The Silver Anvil recognizes outstanding achievement in strategic public relations planning and implementation.
Quicksilver Edge and account exec Chris Orris received the 2014 Silver Anvil Award for its Windforge Kickstarter Campaign: Saving a Game Developer’s Dream Against All Odds campaign in the Marketing Consumer Products category. Independent Canadian video game developer Snowed In Studios had a dream: to develop and launch their own video game, not merely develop the games designed by larger companies. After years of work the dream was in sight, if they could raise $50,000 through a crowd funding website, Kickstarter. But with 15 days till time ran out on their dream, they were still short by $34,000. Quicksilver Edge Strategic Communications took up the challenge to market the game and the crowd funding effort, and help Snowed In reach their goal – and did, with just 62 seconds to spare. Just two days previously, the campaign earned an Award of Excellence at the PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards. Continue reading Quicksilver Edge Strategic Communications Wins 2014 PRSA Silver Anvil Award WindForge Kickstarter Campaign Gains National Recognition for Innovation and Creativity
We’re all about stories in PR. But stories and storytelling aren’t the same thing. We know that storytelling is critical to the persuasion that is the basis of what we do for our clients and employers. So why aren’t we more successful at it?
Telling stories to communicate and persuade is at the heart of all business activity. We tell stories to persuade audiences to buy our products or services, to explain to employees and colleagues what our strategic plan is, to communicate with investors, analysts and the media about our stock, our new products and what our mission is. But despite the critical importance of storytelling in communication, many of us struggle to with it. We have trouble communicating our stories, much less make them inspiring. Too often, we get lost in the bog of PowerPoint slides, formulaic news releases, and overworked statements vetted and sanitized by corporate executives and legal counsel until the story is lost. Even our most creative and carefully planned efforts are routinely dismissed or greeted with skepticism. Continue reading Storytelling vs. Stories in Public Relations with Guest Speaker Jon Ratliff
Pat Hansen received PRSA SCC’s “Outstanding Member of the Year” award for 2013. The Suburban Chicago Chapter is fortunate to have Pat on the board of directors. As the chapter continues to change and grow, Pat offers her insight and ideas to help members create an organization that benefits the profession.
Thank you for the chapter’s recognition as the 2013 Outstanding Member of the Year. I’m very humbled.
Contributing to the Suburban Chicago PRSA chapter and being on its board of directors for three years has been rewarding. That’s why I make the extra effort to travel some 60 miles each way to chapter meetings and have committed to another three year term on the board. You see, I enjoy the dynamic group of individuals in the chapter and feel that each adds to the chapter experience.
In addition, our local Suburban Chicago PRSA Chapter simplifies networking. It supports the development of individual skills. It helps individuals prepare for PRSA Accreditation, an important recognition of their talents and abilities. It provides a supportive setting for professionals who enjoy being with others in the field.
That is very important on a personal and professional level. The introduction of new technology and new tools is driving the evolution of public relations at a rather quick pace. Staying current is critical. Being a part of the PR community is essential.
Pat Hansen, APR, Counselor, Hansen Communications, Kankakee, IL
You’ve heard Michael Smart talk about how to transform your pitch from snooze to news. Now, hear more about how to get journalists’ and bloggers’ attention, and turn it into action.
Some PR pros are consistently landing top-tier coverage for products and services across all industries. In many cases, journalists thank them for reaching out and following up. How do they do it? During this webinar, you’ll find dozens of practical tips that will immediately boost your media and blog coverage. You’ll also learn what to say or write to grab journalists’ and bloggers’ attention every time.
Actual pitches from several industries that landed top-tier coverage.
How to shape routine or mundane facts into angles that journalists and bloggers crave.
Follow-up emails that spurred journalists to action.
Michael Smart, principal, MichaelSMARTPR Smart has trained more than 4,500 communicators around the world on how to boost their media and blog placements, including pros from Aflac, Disney, Hilton, Honda, Edelman, Wells Fargo and many other organizations. He has twice been a top-rated presenter at the PRSA International Conference.
Thursday, April 17 from Noon-1 p.m.
This webinar will not be available for playback.
April is Accreditation month at PRSA, a time to learn how Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) can take your career to the next level. APR is a voluntary certification program for PR professionals. Earning your APR demonstrates your commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice by advancing the Readiness Review process and passing the computer-based APR Examination. Continue reading April is Accreditation Month
Ever had to deal with a non-PR boss that just doesn’t “get it?” Finding yourself teaching and coaxing your company’s executives to prepare for media interviews and crisis communication situations, only to run up against overconfidence and a lack of understanding just how important advance preparation is before going into interviews? Or are you just needing to perfect your counseling techniques? Now’s your chance! Preparing the non-PR executive for that encounter can be one of the most difficult tasks we encounter, and can set the stage for a successful campaign….or a disastrous one.
Join PRSA Suburban Chicago Tuesday, April 8th as we host Josh Kaufman, APR, presenting “Successfully Coaching the Non-PR Executive.” Josh will tackle one of every PR executive’s main headaches, how to prepare and coach non-PR executives for media interviews and crisis communication situations, and will highlight the evening with examples and best practices.
Josh Kauffman is a senior strategic communications consultant at NTT Data, a subsidiary of a Global Fortune 32 company and the largest information technology and telecommunications service company in the world.
Josh provides strategic communications, public relations, organizational change management, internal communications and business analysis service to Fortune 100 clients in financial and insurance industries. In addition, he is also the global marketing communications advisor and publicist at Zukunft Group (ZG) Worldwide, an international contracting company that provides media training, process management and health care services to mid-size companies.
Prior to recruitment by NTT Data and ZG Worldwide, Josh worked at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and was promoted three times in four years – from public relations staff assistant to marketing communications coordinator to public information officer and spokesperson.
Tuesday, April 8th
Networking – 6:00 pm
Dinner and program – 6:30 pm
The 1980s, rock ‘n’ roll, bad hair and PR have more in common than you might think. But don’t just take our word for it. Join the Midwest District Conference in Springfield, Missouri, June 18-20 to hear breakout session speaker Rodger Roeser share how his experience as a 1980s rocker proved insightful for running successful PR programs today. Continue reading
PR’s impact on SEO has completely changed in the last year. Press releases have lost their luster and guest blogging has now become a sticky subject when it comes to link building. So what’s a PR to do? Join Brandon Andersen, Director of Marketing at Cision, for a discussion on what works, what doesn’t work, and what to focus on in 2014 and beyond.
Brandon Andersen is the Director of Marketing at Cision US. In his role, Brandon leads Cision’s US marketing team and develops strategies for engaging marketing and PR professionals. He is a host of the popular Cision Social Media and SEO Webinar series, and blogs about everything from SEO and content marketing tactics to future trends in communication and technology on Cision’s blog.
In the mad rush that today’s PR profession has become, are you overlooking important tax deductions that could sweeten your refund? Or are you claiming deductions that could earn you a nasty letter and fine from the IRS? As we gear up for tax season, it’s important to know what is deductible and what is not. Whether you are wondering if you can deduct professional expenses like PRSA dues that your employer doesn’t cover, or you’re an independent contractor or small agency owners, your individual professional tax circumstances are unique. Don’t wait for April to figure out what you– join us for a conversation with Anthony Colletti, a CPA and professional tax accountant, and learn what you need to know to prepare for tax season.
About Anthony Colletti, CPA
Anthony Colletti is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, USA. Anthony has seventeen years of experience in public accounting and has managed his own tax practice since 2001. He is a CPA that has dedicated his life to helping clients understand the complicated tax law and is of the belief that all taxpayers should have an understanding of how the taxing system works.
Among his many professional affiliations, he maintains memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Lions International, the United States Junior Chamber and Junior Chamber International.
Over the past twelve years as an active member in the Junior Chamber (also known as the Jaycees or JCI), Anthony has held numerous volunteer positions such as Local Chapter President, District Director, State Financial Advisor, and National Treasurer with the United States Junior Chamber. He has spent most of his time in the organization developing other members’ skills in financial management and other training topics. He has trained well over 150 hours on behalf of the organization. Anthony has been recognized on the national level four times for his outstanding work for the Jaycee movement. In 2014 Anthony will be serving the Illinois Jaycees as State President.
In August 2009, Anthony was named one of the Ten Under Forty in McHenry County, Illinois for his involvement in the Jaycees and other charitable organizations within his community, including serving as Treasurer for the Wiseman Philanthropy Fund which focuses on assisting in the positive transformation of the lives of children in the United States and abroad through the use of time, talents, and treasures of the board. In 2010, he was nominated for Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 Under 40 award.
Ticket price includes program, dinner, and nonalcoholic beverages. Cash bar available.