PR’s Top Pros Talk… Women Leaders – Shelley Spector



Shelley Spector, Founder of Spector Associates and The Museum of Public Relations, highlights extraordinary PR women who changed history. She discusses lessons learned and implications for women in PR spiring for leadership positions today. Shelley also addresses the issues of racial diversity in the industry and the importance of showcasing diverse role models.

Learn more about the amazing history of women in PR by registering for The Museum’s free event here. The event will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 6pm ET.

 

PR’s Top Pros Talk… Women Leaders – Barri Rafferty



Barri Rafferty, Head of Communications and Brand Management, Wells Fargo, encourages aspiring women leaders to create an ecosystem of diverse mentors around them. She also discusses how can women navigate some of the challenges of the “she-cession,” as women are dropping out of the workforce at higher rates than men as a result of the pandemic. Barri also shares insights on how organizations can increase leadership opportunities for women and minority groups.

 

PR’s Top Pros Talk… Media Relations – Michelle Mekky

In the 50th episode of PR’s Top Pros Talk, Michelle Mekky, Founder & CEO, Mekky Media Relations, emphasizes the need for communicators to embrace the journalistic mindset to get the best earned media results. She shares insights on being creative and finding unique hooks to secure coverage for smaller businesses and non-profits. Michelle also discusses practices that larger agencies can learn from boutique agencies.

 

PR’s Top Pros Talk…Tips for 2021 – Michael Kempner

Michael Kempner, Founder & CEO, MWWPR, emphasizes the importance of agility in 2021 and staying true to entrepreneurial roots. He emphasizes that employees are an organization’s most important stakeholder, and recognizing that has a big impact on how the brand is viewed externally. Michael also discusses the role of the brands in building trust among the public and the importance of having a social CEO.
 

Media Guide for PR Pros – Episode 9: Who Are TV Producers Interested in Interviewing?

Who are TV producers interested in interviewing? When they do interviews with people off site, how are they looking to acquire the footage? And, what are the implications of these findings for PR professionals?

62 TV producers participated in our latest survey, here is what we found:

92 % of producers are open to interviewing brand spokespeople for a segment on their television shows
By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, producers prefer to interview a brand spokesperson than a third party expert
82 % of producers said they’re conducting interviews via Zoom
56 % of producers said they’re conducting interviews via satellite
34 % of producers said they’re conducting interviews via Skype

 

As communication/PR professionals, you need to:

Get your spokespeople out there through tv and radio interviews
Schedule a tech test to make sure audio, picture and lighting look/sound good
Work with a production operation to capture the footage in the format that stations need
Establish a way for your PR team to provide feedback throughout the production process

 

Need some help getting ready for an interview? D S Simon Media is providing free tech checks to help make sure spokespeople deliver the best audio and video quality for their next TV interview. Contact Doug Simon, dougs@dssimonmedia.com to schedule.

D S Simon Media Announces Promotions to Key Team Members

New York, NY, January 26, 2021 – D S Simon Media has announced promotions to key team members that have been integral to the company’s strong continued performance.

 

Mike Bako has been named SVP, Media and Broadcast Services.

“What D S Simon Media is about is evolving in real time to meet the needs of our clients and embrace that challenge, all while creating the highest caliber and most creative work,” said Bako. “I look forward to continuing to lead and grow our team of seasoned media and production veterans,” he added. Bako has been with the company for 9 years.

“Mike has been critical to our 30% growth over the last two years. He has a unique understanding of the broadcast news environment, storytelling and client messaging. He’s a fantastic leader,” said CEO, Doug Simon.

 

Additionally, Lauren Campbell has been named General Manager.

“I am very excited to be continuing my career at D S Simon Media in my new role as General Manager,” said Campbell. “I am thankful to be part of such a talented group and am very much looking forward to leading the team to growth and success in 2021,” she added. Campbell has been with the company for 15 years.

CEO, Doug Simon, said, “Lauren was vital in helping us successfully navigate the financial challenges posed by COVID while building, maintaining and leading our outstanding team.”