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An Overbooked Calendar in October?

An Overbooked Calendar in October?

Since when did October get to be such a busy month? December is one thing…the squeezed-in meetings before the holiday coupled with the multitude of holiday parties and extra volunteering during the giving season. But October? When did this happen?

I guess between Halloween fun and the start of “season” in South Florida, it was inevitable. Work events are plentiful, which means the PR and social media marketing for clients is in full force! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as being busy with client work and seeing those press inquiries coming in one-after-one.

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the busy season has begun earlier than in years past, which means keeping a meticulously organized calendar!

Have you been busier this month than in years past?

Pitching When You’re in a State of Emergency

Pitching When You’re in a State of Emergency

What a week it has been. We got through Hurricane Irma, but the Mugsy team spent several days with no power, no internet, and no cable, however, we got really good at Scattergories! This storm drained our energy, physically, mentally and literally.

Luckily with this storm we had cell phone service and some internet on the phones as well, but of course they couldn’t be charged, so we had to live by back-up batteries after the 2nd day of no power until public venues opened that had power and we could plug-in. Charging by car just wasn’t cutting it.

None of this would be a big deal if all our clients were in Florida, but our International clients, as understanding as they were about the storm overall, still had breaking news that needed to get out to the national media. So Sarah and I “hunkered down” and started pitching, and without being asked (we believe in family first), our team jumped in and got press releases out by phone (luckily previously drafted and approved by the client in anticipation for this news), and had updated Cision media lists sent to us by a sister firm that we partner with often. Our team pitched in the heat, the dark, and used their remaining battery power to get the news out there, while still making time to go out and help neighbors move branches, take down shutters, and check on family members.

We are beyond proud of our little Mugsy PR fam, and media has been incredible as well, responding with not just media hits, but honest offers of help and assistance as needed for hurricane relief.

Our hearts grew ten sizes this week, even if our tree count dwindled a bit.

Here’s to lower electric bills this September, and a hope of a clear end to hurricane season!

Talking About PR

Talking About PR

Saffy: ‘I’m sorry, Mum, but I’ve never seen what you actually do’
Eddy: ‘PR!’
Saffy: ‘Yes, but…’
Eddy: ‘PR! I PR things! People. Places. Concepts.

I have always loved Eddy’s quote on public relations in Ab Fab. It cracks me up every time because it feels so true to life. How many times have those of you in PR tried to explain to your family or friends what you do. The answer is EVERYTHING. So in a nutshell – we PR things!

Do you have a favorite quote about PR? A few more favorites from the Mugsy team are below. Comment so we can add your fave to the list!

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.” – Daniel J. Boorstein

“Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is letting people know you’re doing the right thing.” – John D. Rockefeller

“People do not buy good and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.” – Seth Godin

It’s Like Having One Arm Tied Behind Your Back

It’s Like Having One Arm Tied Behind Your Back

PR is a tricky profession. You have to have a plan, know how to execute it and be ready for any eventuality that comes along. I have over 10 years of experience in PR (ugh…that hurt) with multiple industry experience. While you can always be prepared for any eventuality, you can still get hurt…just like in life.

Recently (well in February), I broke my arm…my right arm…my dominate arm. Needless to say, it sucked big time. I broke my arm in such a precarious location that it was misdiagnosed the first time. It also sucked (pardon my language) that it was at the very tip-top of my humorous bone (near the shoulder). What that means is that it couldn’t be put in a cast…just a sling. It was literally like having one arm tied behind my back. Only, it was more like having it sewn to my stomach.

Everything changed for about 3 months. Any way I used to do things had to change. I learned how to sign my name with my left hand. I learned how to type with one hand. I definitely utilized dictation more on my iPhone. Don’t get me wrong…there were still a lot of things I couldn’t do. I couldn’t drive my manual transmission car. I wasn’t allowed to walk my dog (for safety purposes obviously) and I honestly couldn’t really cook for myself – no chopping veggies, sautéing or baking a big meal…all of which requires two arms.

Fortunately, I was still able to adapt to this eventuality that I never saw coming. I hated it…but I adapted. And I realized it could have been much worse.

PR is somewhat similar to having one arm tied behind your back (or sewn to your stomach). Just when you get comfortable with how things work, something happens. You then have to figure out how to do everything you know in a different way. I won’t go as far to say, “It makes you stronger in the end.” But I will say that shit happens, and if you figure it out, you won.