As a PR student or as any student of a relating major, it can be hard to grapple the million and one things we’re all trying to do to make ourselves competitive future employees. Below I have provided some great tips and tricks for students to take advantage of during their time on campus in preparation for “the real world.”Read More
With CreateAthon tomorrow, we wanted to take a look back at CreateAthon 2018. We asked last year's participants to look back on their experience and write a reflection along with some advice for this year's participants.Read More
Last year, GrandPR hosted CreateAthon 2018 to help five non-profits around Grand Rapids. One of which was Grand Rapids Community Foundation. In anticipation for this year’s CreateAthon, GrandPR interviewed Ashley René Lee and Heather Gill Fox from Grand Rapids Community Foundation.Read More
As college students, most of us have had experience working for a restaurant. However, you may have not have realized the massive role that public relations plays in the restaurant industry. The majority of successful restaurants rely on the powers of PR to promote their brands, create positive relationships with the media, and when done successfully, advertise a great reliable brand. To give some insight into how the world of PR and the restaurant industry coincide, I’ve listed three major PR companies that work with some of the biggest restaurants in America.Read More
If you’re like most students, the internship search has brought you down at one point or another. Searching for the perfect opportunity can cause stress, frustration, and anxiety. Whether you’re currently on the search for an internship, or you’re about to start, I’ve got you covered. Here’s four tips to land the internship that fits your needs.Read More
As students, we’re constantly looking forward and curious about the next steps we’re going to take. We think about how we’re going to make it in the professional world and how will we find an internship or a job. But when applying for these things, we all know it’s not just the gold stars on your resume that gets you a job. It’s who you know and who knows you. With these 5 tips you’ll be able to make a name for yourself in the professional world, before you even send out your first resume.Read More
It’s fitting that I am writing this blog while on a flight back home from Nashville. Due to my love of travel, I have discovered the critical role of public relations in tourism. Public relations is involved in everything travel-related, from the moment you a hear about a cool new destination, when you buy the ticket, the plane ride, the overall experience, and back home and beyond. PR is there every step of the way. Let me show you what I mean.Read More
A picture is worth 1,000 words, right? Wrong. Photographs, videos, GIFs, graphs and other forms of visual media are worth more, because without them, your 1,000 words may never be seen.Read More
College is a point in life where many students are looking for an internship or a post-grad job. Wherever you may be in your job hunt, you will need to stand out in your interview to secure a job. You only get one first impression to woo over your potential future boss, so it’s crucial to know how to prepare yourself and rock that interview. Here are five ways to ace your interview:Read More
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a public relations strategy that current consumers expect companies to possess. It is a strategy in which a company practices sustainability or helps out a community. CSR is a great way for companies to build mutually beneficial relationships with consumers and help build a positive reputation for the brand.
Here are 5 tips on incorporating CSR into your company:Read More
We see it all the time – famous people teaming up with brands to encourage followers to get involved with a brand through their personal social media channels. Social media influencer marketing is a growing trend, and public relations professionals are incorporating it within their campaigns more frequently. However, there is more to influencer marketing than just sending a sample of your product to someone with a high follower count and hoping they post about it on social media. Consider the following five influencer marketing practices to get the best results from your social media campaign.Read More
Holidays provide a great tool for brands to use in their PR campaigns. Taking a festive, well-known theme, like Halloween, and shaping it to fit an organization’s brand identity can allow it to effectively use creative tactics to engage its audiences during the spookiest time of the year. However, when these tactics are done poorly, they can result in actual PR horror stories. Here are a few tips and tricks (or treats!) that can determine a successful Halloween PR plan.Read More
Humans have been telling and writing stories since the beginning of time. It only makes sense that with the rise of the internet and the invention of social media, stories would soon become digital. Now that we are in the digital age, public relations and advertising professionals must navigate this new terrain by making sure their clients’ stories are being told digitally.Read More
During ArtPrize 2018, which came to a close earlier this month, our GrandPR staff had the opportunity to implement tactics for one of our clients, Sartori Cheese. As GrandPR assisted with street teams, where we donned Sartori tuxedo t-shirts, we were able to work to represent the company and increase brand awareness to ArtPrize 2018 attendees. That is, we saw firsthand the extent to which Sartori Cheese #PairsPerfectly with ArtPrize. The following is what staff members valued most from the experience.Read More
Grand Rapids-based food and beverage companies, The GFB: The Gluten Free Bar and Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., have partnered to enrich the local community by introducing a new, limited-edition flavor of The GFB Bites: Coffee Almond Crunch. A portion of proceeds from the special offer will be donated to Artists Creating Together (ACT), a local non-profit who empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts.
The principle behind the Coffee Almond Crunch Bites is to emphasize the opportunity for flavor to shine in all forms during a time when the entire community is celebrating art. GFB and Ferris are utilizing their new take on Bites as an artistic platform to support the community and bring awareness to local art.
The Coffee Almond Crunch Bites are a protein-packed snack with a blend of sustainably sourced coffee, Michigan maple syrup and toasted almonds. GFB and Ferris worked alongside two Grand Rapids area artists who volunteered their talents towards this project; the packaging illustration was thoughtfully designed and hand drawn by artist Josh Kulchar and the new coffee-flavored recipe was inspired by celebrity chef, Jenna Arcidiacono, owner of Amore Trattoria Italiana in Grand Rapids. and Food Network star.
The limited-edition Bites are available for purchase while supplies last at Ferris Coffee & Nut locations, other Grand Rapids area stores including Kingma’s and Harvest Health, and online at www.thegfb.com.
Do you want to look strong? Intelligent? Sophisticated? Classy? Laid back? The answer is all in the outfit. The way someone dresses can be a personality identifier and first impressions truly make a difference when dealing with clients and future employers. Public perceptions impact the way people interact. Like with many other professions, PR pros have to be conscientious about their appearance.Read More
A great amount of time in public relations is spent writing press releases to gain good media coverage for clients. Journalists are bombarded with press releases daily, and it is important to stand out as a PR pro and get that journalist to notice your writing. Here are some basic tips for writing an effective press release:Read More
Public Relations is a field that has a large impact on the decisions that the public makes. However, being in the public relations field isn’t easy. If you are preparing for a career in PR, here are some important skills to have to be a successful professional.Read More
Stop whatever you’re doing and take a moment to bask in the glory that is me; it’s my birthday! A birthday is meant for celebration, for remembering everything that makes you great, and for celebrating the history of your accomplishments that led you to another year on our Mother Earth.Read More
In 2005, Marisa Kwiatkowski graduated Grand Valley State University with a degree in journalism, only to realize 13 years later that she’d uncover a tragic secret that would give 156+ girls their power back. She unveiled the alarming truth about Larry Nassar thanks to the profession of journalism.Read More