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Networking Newbie Uses Unique Approach to Pursue Dream Job

In mid-July, I received an email from Mia Salituro requesting an email interview which is posted here. After reviewing Mia’s background, I was intrigued by her Networking Newbie blog and aspiration to find a position with Ogilvy & Mather (Note: My first PR job was with O&M Taiwan as a translator!).  Part of Mia’s approach is to interview one person per day (more like a week I believe) and leverage this expanding network to make inroads into the company.

I asked Mia to share her thoughts and the reaction to her unique approach to date. Personally, I think she’ll find a position – what do you think? What have you done to pursue your dream job?

1) Why did you start Networking Newbie?
I began networking as an international model and since then have learned that networking is one of the most beneficial tools we have to fueling our success. I may be in the small city of Kenosha, WI in the physical, however the Internet allows me to network with business professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide. One day I am interviewing an SEO expert from India, the next I am speaking with the CEO of an advertising company in Dubai. Networking Newbie has allowed me to maximize my summer holiday and use it to connect with inspiring business professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide.
2 ) You’ve expressed an interest to work for Ogilvy. How is Networking Newbie helping you to achieve this?
I aspire to work in PR for Ogilvy. Already, those in my network have been reaching out offering to help me pursue this dream. On July 6, the day of my first interview post, I e-mailed Lori Bizzoco, a 15-year PR veteran turned writer (www.loribizz.com) who I intern for and asked her if she had any questions to ask editor Isobella Jade and directed her to my site. Lori replied back, ” I don’t have any questions for Isobella, but I have one for you. It says on your site that your dream is to work for Ogilvy? Is that true? Given my PR background, I would be happy to help you make some connections. One thing I know, is that you are on the right path to making your dreams come true.” I think that this quote speaks for itself.
In addition, I plan to contact the managing directors of Ogilvy Shanghai and Ogilvy Hong Kong to invite them for an interview on Networking Newbie.
3) Who do you contact and why?
I contact those who I feel will not only serve as inspiration to me, but also to my readers. I am personally interested in PR,advertising, marketing etc., however I think that anyone can admire an entrepreneur regardless of their industry. For example, I interviewed Justin Beck, CEO of PerBlue, software startup in Madison. I am not particularly interested in software however Justin’s story is truly inspirational. He was 21 when he became the CEO of PerBlue . Lately, I have been sending interview invites to young entrepreneurs such as Justin Beck. My most recent young entrepreneur interview features Ryan Meinzer, CEO of PlaySay, foreign language learning program. I’ve also interviewed Jason Pereira who at the age of 19 has already owned an offline business in Bangalore and an online business in Dubai.These are the type of people that we should model ourselves after.
4) What has the response been to those you’ve reached out to?
Initially, I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be. Perhaps those whom I looked up to were much too busy to answer my questions. I am pleased to say that those whom I have contacted have been more than happy to participate. Many have even offered me advice, beyond my interview questions. I have received loads of encouragement. Receiving advice from such inspiring individuals is worth every bit of the work I put into Networking Newbie. It is very refreshing to see such busy people take time out of their hectic schedule to answer my questions. It is greatly appreciated.

Video Response to “Open Letter to PR Agencies”

I had an interesting conversation with Steve Gershik who writes Innovative Marketer the other day. We discussed his recent post, “An open letter to PR agencies…” which highlighted some of his frustrations over a recent PR agency search. For me, I come from the PR agency background. I truly support PR and want to see PR agencies succeed. But unfortunately, since going in-house, I have to agree with Steve’s points.  

For this video, I highlight my three points that go beyond PR agencies and vendors in general.

Be Honest

In the end, I want a successful partnership (stress partnership here). But in order to do this, you need to be honest with me regarding your workloads and what is truly possible. This way, we can set the right expectations for success. Which leads me to

Referrals are key…

In this economy, referrals are worth their weight in gold. The expectations are higher when you’re referred by a person I trust or I’ve worked with you in the past. But don’t waste this opportunity. If you do poorly in front of my executives, it looks bad for you, me and the person who referred you. In the end, I’ll never refer you again. So bring in your A game and do 150% if you’re referred to me. But one word of caution

Respect My Process

People like Steve and I are managing entire marketing programs. For me, I cannot manage the vetting process from beginning to end so I work with my colleagues to help me in the process. Don’t try to circumvent that process by trying to reach me directly. In fact, you may lose the business as a result. And for PR agencies, would you go around a reporter to the editor becuase you thought the reporter was too slow? I guess it depends but you would think twice before doing that becuase of the remifications, right?

What do you think? Are there any other points to consider?

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Revisiting PR Firms and Social Media

The response to my post on which PR firms hasd a social media presence was, well, more than I expected. My post received 66 comments while Jeremiah Owyang’s post had 47 comments. When reviewing the comments, you could see two audiences emerging:

  • those who believe that you have to practice what you preach and

  • those who believed that corporate presence wasn’t as important as much as the work that was done for clients and the individual participation within those firms


Regardless of which camp you belong to, the discussion resulted in the creationing of a wiki to allow PR firms to proactively update their profiles. To the A few firms that did proactively update their profilesm thank you. To those who haven’t yet, why not?


Overall, here is the breakdown:


  • 109 firms are on the list

  • 50 firms have blogs

  • While 38 firms have corporate Twitter profiles, 5 firms deferred to individuals versus corporate Twitter. In total, 13 firms had individuals participating on Twitter.

  • 47 firms had a Facebook presence, while 38 had LinkedIn

  • 16 firms have started using Flickr, YouTube and Second Life


So, who else is missing from the list? Go to http://prfirmssocialmedia.pbwiki.com to make the udpates.


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Response to Comments regarding “Would YOU Trust a PR Firm without a Social Media Presence with Your Social Media Programs”

There has been quite a bit of discussion from the original post and on a post by Jeremiah Owyang titled “Walking the Talk: Some Agencies and Vendors Demonstrate Social Media Prowess,”. I honestly didn’t think that my initial effort would generate such discussion, which I think provides a lot of fodder for thought.


I do want to provide my perspective on one aspect of Jennifer Leggio’s comment:

Client service comes first, always. Yes agencies should strive to have a presence of their own but not having a presence on Twitter or LinkedIn for their corporation is not a good measurement — at all.

When reviewing Jennifer Leggio’s post “Is ‘social PR’ for real?”, this paragraph resonated with me:


Agencies need to work hard to ease their clients’ or potential clients’ minds by showing hard metrics of how social programs have worked for other clients. There is also more justifiable pressure on marketers as a whole to demonstrate ROI from social media programs. Clients should start requiring these types of ROI metrics or case studies and not take “this is a new practice” as a valid excuse for the agencies not having proof points. The agency at the very least should be able to show how it’s built its own brand / the brand of its people through social media.


I do agree with the position that a PR agency having a social media presence is not necessarily a barometer of how that agency can deliver results for clients using social media. However, I will argue that an agency’s ability to use these tactics/strategies to build awareness and industry expertise demonstrates understanding of the pressures that clients face and their objectives. This includes increasing incoming sales leads, communicating with key customers, building thought leadership, reaching key audiences, etc.



Besides this particular point, I want to add the following:

  • I recognize that individual contributors are just as important as corporate brands. I will still assert that corporate brands will be just as important for establishing brand awareness and thought leadership

  • With that said, how one participates in social media can be dictated based on one’s audience and goals. I strongly believe that having a presence in the right avenues helps to drive an agency’s lead generation efforts

  • Since I was laid off, I decided to do this research out of curiousity. I knew it would take time and spent a several hours over a two week period to “research” the original list. As I was doing this myself, I acknowledge that I may have missing or incorrect information. As such, I appreciate those who have provided updates in comments or emails to me. I have updated the table accordingly.


And finally, as this endeavor is much bigger than I originally anticipated, I have set up a public wiki for agencies and the community to make updates directly.


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Would YOU Trust a PR Agency Not Involved in Social Media with YOUR Social Media Programs?

A lot of PR firms are stating that they have social media capabilities and can help develop your strategy in this arena. So I thought, how many are actually practicing what they’re preaching?


I decided to see which PR firms were actively participating in social media. [update 2/20/09] I initially evaluated PR firms listed on O’Dwyer’s list of top 100 independent PR firms. This list was based on worldwide fees for firms with major US operations. As such, some prominent firms, such as Ogilvy & Mather, Ketchum PR and others. Since this post was published, the list has been exanded to include firms that have proactively included information in the comments or email. It is now sorted alphabetically and includes different types of firms, such as IR, healthcare and technology.


Some points to keep in mind:

  • I looked at if the agency had a blog, Twitter profile, Facebook page (both group and/or fan), LinkedIn Group

  • While there are individuals within each agency who have great online presences, I was seeking corporate presence. So some fields may be marked as “none” as a result

  • And since I did this myself, I was trying to maximize my time:

    • I didn’t categorize the type of PR each firm did – I took the list at its word

    • If the blog wasn’t listed on the home page or easily found via a sitemap, I assumed there was none or you don’t really want me to find your blog

    • I searched on the agency’s name or common abbreviation as presented on their website. Anything more exotic or too cute, would not have been found

    • For Twitter, I used Twitter search or tried to manually type in what seemed like an appropriate Twitter handle

    • I used the group search functions found on Facebook and LinkedIn respectively

    • I decided not to look at other sites like delicious, slideshare.net, flickr, etc., frankly, because I was doing this myself =); however, I did include it if the agency made it easy to find


Interesting Findings:

  • Almost all of the agencies did NOT link to their profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. from their website. I would’ve expected this on their Contact Us page or linked from the Blog but this was very rare.

  • While those who had blogs did a good job of putting the blog link front and center on the home page, some were too cute and hid the link under a different section of the website. If you’re one of these agencies and I found your blog regardless, it’s because it was listed on your site map.

  • 39 agencies had blogs; 28 had Twitter profiles with one having a hashtag but no Twitter profile; 35 agencies had Facebook Group pages with two establishing fan pages; and 25 had LinkedIn Group pages while two created company pages


So let’s see how this little experiment works. If you’re a PR agency and I have incorrect information, please provide the corrections below or write a post that links back. I will then update the listing as quickly as I can. And if you have accounts with Flickr, YouTube and Slideshare.net, let me know.


But If you don’t have a social media presence, tell me why. I want to give folks the benefit of doubt. I was able to format the list into a table below captured the list in a jpg (couldn’t get it to format correctly, sorry!) or you can download a pdf version of this list. visit the public wiki and make changes to the table.


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Table of PR Firms and Social Media Presence

Update: 2/19/09 – This table was updated to be in alphabetical order, includes additional PR firms not on the original list, and eliminates “none” from the table. You can also visit the PR Firms Social Media Public Wiki to make changes.


PR Agency

Corporate Blog

Corporate Twitter

Individual Twitter

Facebook Page

LinkedIn Group


5W Public Relations, New

CEO Blog


Ronn Torossian’s Group (469 members), 5WPR Group (5 members)


YouTube Page

Access Comms., San Francisco

The Access Point and PR Measurist

@AccessPR: 14 followers


Corporate group page

Current and former employees


Airfoil PR, Inc., Detroit

Airfoil Public Relations

@AirfoilPR – 15 followers



Allison & Partners, San Francisco

updated 3/10/09
@AllisonPR  30+ indiviual feeds  Corporate Group Page

YouTube Page


APCO Worldwide, Wash., DC

Unable to find blog

@APCOJobs – 2 followers (protected account)


A few groups for summer interns but no corporate page

APCO Alumni


Atomic PR, San Francisco




Bader Rutter, Brookfield, WI


Former employees page



Bender/Helper Impact, Los Angeles


BHI Alumni Society



Bite Communications, San Francisco


@BitePR: 340 followers; @bitesweden


Bite Communications US – HR, Bite Communications UK – HR, Bite Communications is HIRING!, Bite Sweden, Bite Alumni

Company LinkedIn page

YouTube Channel; Flickr

Bliss PR (formerly Bliss Gouverneur & Assocs.), New York


@BlissPR – 0 followers



Burson-Marsteller The Burson-Marsteller Blog @bmdigital and @bmglobalnews   B-M on Facebook LinkedIn Group Social media spaces on the Digital Perspective Blog

Capstrat, Raleigh, NC

Filed Notes


update 5/10/2009 @rharris, and others:

Capstrat Friends


Cerrell Assocs., Los Angeles



Comms. Strategies, Madison, NJ



Consensus Planning Group, Los Angeles

The Front Porch – hyperlink wasn’t working



Cooney/Waters Group, New York



CooperKatz & Co., New York

What’s New



Coyne PR, Parsippany, NJ


@CoynePR – 106 followers


Corporate group page

Company Page

YouTube Channel, Flickr Channel

Upated: 2/22/09 Crenshaw Communications, New York

(Formerly Stanton Crenshaw Comms. — On Feb 9, 2009, became Crenshaw Communications. I have focused only on this brand for the search.)


@CrenshawComm – 1 3 followers


Corporate group page

Company Page


CRT/tanaka, Richmond, VA

What we are thinking about

@CRTTanaka – 25 followers


Corporate group page

Friends of CRT/Tanaka and CRT/Tanaka Public Relations and Marketing


Cubitt Jacobs & Prosek, Stratford, CT

Clever Witty Quick


Corporate group page

CJP Client, Employee and Alumni Group


Cushman/Amberg Comms., Chicago


Corporate group page



Dan Klores Comms., New York



Davies Murphy Group, Burlington, MA



Davies, Santa Barbara, CA


Corporate group page

Employees and Clients Group


Development Counsellors Int’l., New York

DCI Dialogue


Development Counsellors International Group Page


Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence, Nashville, TN



Edelman, New York

Speak Up, Pioneer Thinking

Multiple: @EdelmanDigital, @EngageinHealth, @EdelmaninMIA, @EdelmanDE, @EdelmanSweden

@steverubel, @philgomes, @rickmurray, @marshallmanson, @luebue

Edelman Groups for China, Edelman Change and Employee Engagement, Edelman Poland, and Edelman Australia Alumni

Past & Present Edelman Employees


Edward Howard & Co., Cleveland


@EdwardHoward – not sure if this is for the agency. 0 followers


Corporate group page



Formula PR, San Diego


Formula PR Group


French|West|Vaughan, Raleigh, NC


French/West/Vaughan Alumni

Has a Second Life office

Gibbs & Soell, New York



Gregory FCA Comms., Ardmore, PA



GYMR, Wash., DC


Alumni Page



Hager Sharp, Inc., Wash., DC



Healthstar, New York – could not get to the website



Hill & Knowlton

Collective Conversation Blogs



Hunter PR, New York



ICR (formerly Integrated Corp. Rels.), Westport, CT

ICR Blogs – seems to be several topics under one URL

@ICR – no followers



Imre Comms., Towson, MD



Intermarket, NY



Jackson Spalding, Atlanta



Jasculca/Terman & Assocs., Chicago



Kaplow Comms., New York


Kaplow Global



KCSA Strategic Comms., New York


KCSA Worldwide Interns



KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising , San Antonio Texas


@Kgbtexas:238 followers



Kwittken & Co., New York



LaunchSquad, San Francisco, CA

(updated 2/22/09) What’s New, Exclamation Blog, Green Amy, Searching for Savvy

@launchsquad – 215 followers  @jmandell @throck @brettweiner @sistaklein 

Corporate Group Page

Company Page

YouTube Page

L.C. Williams & Assocs., Chicago



Levick Strategic Coms., Wash., D.C.

Bullet Proof

   update 5/10/09




   LinkedIn Page


Lewis Public Relations, San Francisco

Lewis 360

@Lewispr – 50 followers


Corporate group page

Lewis Global Public Relations Group


Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, New York



Lippert/Heilshorn Assocs, New York



Lois Paul & Partners

Beyond the Hype


@Tweismann: 217 followers

Corporate group page



Lou Hammond & Assocs., New York



M Booth & Assocs., New York

FWD Thinking





M. Silver Assocs., New York

M. Silver Associates Blog



Makovsky & Co., New York


Mckovsky + Company Alumni Associaton Group

Mckovsky + Company Alumni Association


Maloney & Fox, New York



Marx Layne & Co., Farmington Hills, MI

Responsive, Individualized Results

@Marxlayne – 16 followers


Corporate group page

Marx Layne & Co Small Business Development Forum


Matter Communications, Boston



McNeelly Pigott & Fox, Nashville, TN


Corporate group page

MP&F Group page


MCS, Bedminster, N.J.



Merritt Group, Reston, VA

Merritt Blog

@MerrittGroup – 65 followers



Morgan & Myers, Jefferson, WI



New Media Strategies

NMS Blog

(update 2/22/09)


NMS has several employees who participate in social media.  NMS Fan Page NMS Group Page on LinkedIn

Delicious, Flickr, YouTube, FriendFeed 

New West, Louisville, KY

new.west blog



Padilla Speer Beardsley, Minneapolis

The Lead


Current and former employees


Page One PR, Palo Alto, CA

The Page Wonders

@Pageonepr – 109 followers


Corporate group page

Company LinkedIn page

YouTube channel

PAN Communications, Andover, MA


@PANcomm – 74 followers



Peppercom, New York

Reason Enough



Pierpont Comms., Houston


@PierpontCom – 98 followers



Porter Novelli

Multiple blogs

@porternovelli, @pndigital, @pn_atx, @marjinalpn, @pn_chile, @pn_uk


Corporate group page

LinkedIn Alumni Group, and group for our London office

Flickr, Delicious

Public Communications, Chicago


@PCI – 0 followers



Qorvis Comms., Wash., DC

The Q

@Qorvis: no followers


Corporate group page



Quinn & Co., New York


@Quinnandco – 225 followers



Rasky Baerlein, Boston

   update: 5/10/09 @betsykelly
 Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications    


rbb Public Relations, Miami


Careers Page



Regan Comms., Boston



RF | Binder Partners, New York


RF/Binder Partners


Rogers Group, Los Angeles


The Rogers Group Employees, Past and Present


Ron Sachs Comms., Tallahassee, FL

Several blogs – Ron, Michelle, Ryan, Alia and Sachs



Ruder Finn Group, New York

Ethics Blog, (Updated 2/22/09) Left Brain, Right Brain, RF Voices, Communicating Promise (Middle East), Dot Org (UK), Dot Comms (UK)

@RuderFinn – 2 followers, @RuderFinnUK – 207 followers


Four group pages for China, Healthcare Group, Israel and corporate



S&S Public Relations, Glenview, IL

public relations evolved

@SSPR – 40 followers



Schneider Assocs., Boston


Internship Page and Intern Group



Schwartz Comms., Waltham, MA

Schwartz Blog

@Schwartz – 0 followers (protected account)


Corporate group page



Shelton Group, Dallas –



Shift Communications, Brighton, MA

PR-Squared, slice snackable PR


Group Page


Spark PR, San Francisco

sparkpr blog

  updated 3/12/09 @ paulasantos

@ donnasokolsky














Corporate group page

 Sparkpr Company Profile


Spectrum Science Comms., Wash., DC

The Spectrum Blog

@SpectrumScience – 48 followers


Groups for the company, Summer 2008 and Staff

Spectrum Science Communications Group


Spring O’Brien & Co., New York



Sterling Communications, Los Gatos, CA


@SterlingPR – 108 followers


Corporate group page

Company Page

Upate (2/22/09) Delicious, Flickr, FriendFeed, YouTube,












Taylor, New York /



Text 100 Int’l., San Francisco

HYPERText, London, Sydney, Malaysia

@Text100: Over 600 followers


Hong Kong, London, Madrid 1, Madrid2, Bangalore

Text 100 Alumni

Second Life

The Edison Group, Atlanta


Corporate group page

Company Page


The Hoffman Agency, San Jose, CA

Ismael’s Corner



The Horn Group, San Francisco

Brass Tacks

HornGroup – 3 followers


Several groups for PR

Horn Group Alumni


The Jeffrey Group, Miami



The Standing Partnership, St. Louis, MO

Where do you stand?


@Susanisk: 668 followers

Corporate group page

Standing Partnership Group Page


Vollmer, Houston



Waggener Edstrom, Bellevue, WA

Multiple blogs written by several individuals

@WaggenerEdstrom – 513 followers


Fan page, Careers With Waggener Edstrom

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide


WeissComm Partners, San Francisco



Widmeyer Comms., Wash., DC


Corporate group page



William Mills Agency, Atlanta

Financial Industry Marketing Blog

@Wmagency – 34 2 followers (updated 2/22/09)

 Multiple…Pres  Scott Mills’, Network Facebook Group  Corporate Group Page


Winning Strategies PR, Newark



Wragg & Casas PR, Miami



Zeno Group

Zeno | acropolis


Corporate group page



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PR Agency – Retainer Becoming More Popular?

Hour GlassOver the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing that more agencies are working on projects on a retainer basis vs hourly. My understanding is that the retainer enables an agency to focus on the work versus the administration. 

This is intriguing, because I previously wrote that charging by the hour contributed to part of the bad image that PR folks have. It raises several questions for me:

– Are smaller/boutique agencies the only ones doing this?
– Does this result in better quality work?
– Does this mean there is less “nickel and diming” since it’s a set retainer?

Heck, being in-house, I like this. I know what my budget is on a month-to-month basis. No ugly surprises. No explanations to my boss and finance department. What is there not to love.

I posed this question to my twitter folks, “do you think a retainer basis is better than hourly? If so, why?” Here;s the conversation:

Twitter Conversation

I would love to hear from PR agencies and other folks – in-house or agency. Which is better – montly retainer or monthly projections billed against hours?