Guest Lecture at Auburn U: Using Social Media to Build Your Brand


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A quest lecture at Auburn University, given on February 11 and 12, offering students advice on how to use social media to build a personal "brand" and find employment.

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Guest Lecture at Auburn U: Using Social Media to Build Your Brand

  1. 1. <ul><li>and what you can do now </li></ul>BUILDING YOUR BRAND IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA
  2. 2. What we’ll cover <ul><li>Who is this guy? </li></ul><ul><li>What to know about interviewing. </li></ul><ul><li>Creating your own personal brand. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about stuff you might not know. </li></ul><ul><li>I hope for a lot of interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch! contact info on last slide. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>15 years (on the agency side) in what they used call “the Internet,” “online public relations/public affairs” and now “social media” </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct faculty at Georgetown </li></ul><ul><li>Currently the director of new media at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How I get stuff done - I teach </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What You Need to Know About Interviewing <ul><li>During the first round of screening, the process is a search for the negative. </li></ul><ul><li>Although social media is am emerging field, we’re still in a recession. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t use this as an excuse. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The absolute best candidates have a social media background, but also good, solid communications skills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the ability to tell a good, coherent story </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Things You Need to Know <ul><li>Whether you are a freshman or a grad student, the Internet is FOREVER. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike Vegas, what happens in cyberspace stays everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the perspective of the employer - kegstands are ok in college, but not in the workplace. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Things You Need to Know <ul><li>I can almost guarantee you that the first thing that a potential employer will do is GOOGLE YOU. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Building Your Positive Online Brand <ul><li>PROpen Mic is a great start. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a LinkedIn profile - populate it with things you find interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>Have TWO Facebook profiles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One with you in a suit; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One you share with your friends. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check Facebook’s privacy settings. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Building Your Positive Online Brand <ul><li>Look at Twitter and blogs as a tools to build your online brand. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s ok to have two Twitter accounts - put the professional one on your resume. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make is easy for recruiters to find the information you want them to find </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The key to getting followers on Twitter or on your own blog is lurk, read, do your homework and have something to say. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Once You Get the Interview <ul><li>From my friend, a senior recruiter at Fleishman-Hillard: </li></ul><ul><li>Getting in the door: So, you really need to do your research , talk to lots of PR Agency folks and determine what your unique, specific value proposition is.  Think of agencies like a football team.  There are lots of specialized roles.  What niche skill can you do better than anyone else ?  And how will it help client X? </li></ul><ul><li>Slam-dunk candidates: These folks basically have checked off all the boxes: relevant experience, great research, great questions, take notes, dress professionally, send a timely, well-crafted thank you note and their personality is a culture fit. They also show a strong interest in joining FH. They don’t “tell me” they want to work at FH, they “show me.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don’t have them, go out and acquire them. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Once You Get the Interview <ul><li>How do your get your start? </li></ul><ul><li>Undergrads: Do as many PR Agency internships as possible. Ramp up your digital knowledge and skills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent graduates: Ditto above. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with less than two years’ experience: Do a lot of research on our firm. Who are clients are. What programs we lead for them. Have informational chats with our practitioners. Ask a lot of questions. Find out what specialized skills you need. If you don’t have them, go out and acquire them. Ultimately, it’s about defining your value proposition. What skill or niche experience could really provide value to one (or more) of our clients? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you <ul><li>Find me at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @mstory123 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For Immediate Release” podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROPen Mic! </li></ul></ul>