NOW HIRING: Neon PR Publicist Position

Neon PR is currently seeking an Account Coordinator for its Las Vegas office. The ideal Publicist candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, PR or Integrated Communications and have at least one year, post-college, full-time relevant PR experience or PR internship experience, with an agency background preferred. Neon is looking for qualified PR pros that are creative and enthusiastic with passion for adventure, hospitality, nightlife, culinary and lifestyle brands, plus proven results with top-tier local, regional and national outlets.Neon PR roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Able to format, develop, write and successfully pitch press materials including bios, backgrounders, fact sheets, media advisories and press releases.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and ability to understand editorial calendars, identify relevant opportunities for clients and schedule pitches accordingly.
  • Understand reporting techniques including circulation, ad equivalency, and PR value and track client coverage including online, editorial, digital and broadcast placements.
  • Monitor, track, clip and properly draft publicity alerts for clients.
  • Stay up to date on trends in our industries through following websites, blogs, daily/weekly newsletters.
  • Research, vet and secure partnerships with like-minded brands for client partnerships.
  • Create, foster and leverage media relationships to produce stellar placements for our clients.
  • Facilitate media missions and appointments in local, regional and national markets.
  • Organize, invite and execute press trips locally and onsite at client locations.
  • Assisting in the overall running of client social media accounts.

All relevant applicants must be able to start within 2 weeks; please send resumes for consideration to info@neonpublicrelations.com.

Drink Me: Creative Juice.

In the world of business, PR can be like that whimsical aunt who wears her trendy sunglasses inside, enthralls you with her stories of wonderous lands, and always knows the perfect word to encapsulate the mood. Though we appear to always have the witty captions, the gift of gab, and a fresh perspective on those overly Instagrammed locations, being creative 24/7 can be exhausting. We promise our clients eye-catching photography, captivating releases, and intriguing marketing ideas. In reality, our mornings start with us sitting at a computer screen with our cursor blinking as we blink back, which can start out pretty stress-inducing. We can’t go totally Lewis Carroll as we have hard deadlines and a standard of professionalism to uphold, so luckily, we have our own ways of breaking through those creative blocks that don’t include a 6th cup of coffee, a psychedelic trip, or a major life crisis.

  • Just do it. Yeah, Nike coined the slogan, but we’re pretty sure it was first muttered by some poor soul with writer’s block back in the 17th century. If you’re drawing a blank (figuratively and literally) just write or just draw or just start taking photos. Just do it. What you’re creating doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with the task at hand. Start by just writing down what you did yesterday or take photos of household products. As Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”. The biggest hump to get over can be simply starting. A great tool is a writing prompt book. Yes, the prompts can be cheesy, but they get you thinking about topics your own brain isn’t coming up with and it can give you a whirlwind of new ideas. 
  • Jot down everything. You never know when you’ll be inspired, and you never know what that inspiration can evolve into down the line. Most of us are old fashioned and still love pen and paper, but the Notes app in your phone will do just fine. Our notes consist of quotes from books, websites we want to remember, photoshoot ideas, hiking trails, the name of my favorite nail technician in Vegas, and the coffee preferences of my co-workers. Even if an idea might sound silly, write it down and revise the details when you have time to give it attention.
  • Challenge yourself. Comfort breeds contentment and contentment breeds complacency. Even if you don’t consciously realize you aren’t doing your best, if you get too used to certain formulas and styles, your work will become redundant. Pick up books with writing styles that are difficult to follow, look at artwork that makes you a bit uncomfortable, go somewhere completely new, have a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. Force yourself to grow, even in little ways, and your work will grow with you. 
  • Check out local venues whenever you’re feeling uninspired. Support local musicians even if it’s just going to an open mic, check out museums and galleries, go to a book store. We won’t get too new-age on you, don’t worry  we left the crystals at home; if you want to get creative, you need to surround yourself with creative energy. This doesn’t mean you have to start getting tattoos and living communal (though, go for it if that’s your jam). If you’re stunted for an extended amount of time, you need to actively seek out things that inspire you.
  • Break. The Spanish are onto something with their siestas. As a culture, we highly value productivity and often think if you aren’t hustling, you aren’t successful. But unless you are working on an assembly line, you should really focus on quality over quantity. This isn’t excusing being lazy or overly distracted. Every once in a while, you need to change your scenery, talk to someone new, take a 15-min break and read. Do something to totally distract yourself so you can feel refreshed when you get back to your work space.
  • Look online. It may come with the territory of being female with a wi-fi connection, but sites like Pinterest really do have great ideas. Trust us, some of us used to make fun of it too, and no, some won’t ever use theirs for wedding planning whilst still single or pin how-to’s for making your own almond milk. If you can’t get yourself to pin, look at sites like:

-unsplash.com for beautiful photography

-hellopoetry.com if you want to give snaps

-neatorama.com for completely random stories about pretty much anything

-logopond.com for all your graphic design needs

-Etsy.com so you can impulse buy your inspiration

-tumblr.com for relive through your teenage angst.

  • Wander. We underestimate just walking with no particular location in mind. We tend to think of this as something to do in a new city when we are vacationing. We do it when we first move someplace, and then for some reason, we stop. You never know what you’ll find, who you’ll run into, or what weird conversation you’ll eavesdrop into when your taking your city by foot. Find a new store or café, you never know where you’ll feel productive. After all, J.K Rowling started the Harry Potter series when she stumbled across a café while walking around Edinburgh and look what good that’s done for her. Apparently, the right walk can change your life. 

PR: Get with the Times, but be Timeless.

As a profession, Public Relations has been around for nearly 100 years. Though its origins are debatable, Edward Bernays or Ivy Lee? (We may never come to an agreement.) However, there is one factor of the profession that is undeniable… it’s always evolving. Advancement intrinsically prompts skepticism and concern, especially when the pressure to progress is pushed by technology. Sometimes innovation hits us like a tornado. While some of us get swept away in the funnel of apps and websites, others are left behind in debris of confusion and sudden disconnect. As one of the top PR firms in Nevada, it’s imperative we have one foot spinning in the virtual world with the other foot planted firmly on the ground. As an early adopter of the realms of ‘new school’ PR, Neon PR is consciously bringing the timeless aspects of the old school with us.

  • Face-to-Face interactions. No matter how convenient technology is making it to communicate, nothing is more impactful than talking face-to-face. It might be time efficient to send an e-mail or use Google Docs, but showing a client they are worth your time will guarantee long-term loyalty. Close the laptop, grab a coffee, and give your clients the undivided attention that they deserve.
  • Personalization. This one is for all the blast-email addicts. Are blasts necessary at times? Yes. Are they often skimmed or just overlooked? Also, yes. Remember on the other end of whatever device you are using, there is a human, and as humans, we like our individual identities. Use names (correct spellings and all) as frequently as possible. Only send e-mails that are truly in the interest of whoever you are sending it to. You wouldn’t send a pitch about a client’s new ice cream flavors to a fitness magazine, would you? 
  • Timeliness. Now we can send and receive information faster than ever. Sometimes because of that, we procrastinate and don’t prepare properly. We rely on easy fixes. We’ve all forgotten to get back to someone and then had to do the hasty e-mail on the run. No matter how human this is, it still can look unprofessional and careless. Make sure to set aside the right amount of time to complete each project and respond in a timely manner. 
  • Build a relationship organically. Personally, I’ve always had an issue with the term “networking” because it makes forming personal connections feel ingenuine. As if there has to be some sort of prize at the end, otherwise the interaction is deemed useless. Really get to know who you are working with and work with people who interest you personally. This dips into ethics, but as a firm we make sure we are the best fit for our clients. If we don’t think we can do the job they a looking for, we aren’t afraid to point people in the right direction. Building a trusting and honest relationship will yield more effective results than just temporary monetary gain.

Hi, my name is Millennial, and I’m addicted to my phone.

We’ve all seen this scenario play out; you sit down to a nice dinner out surrounded by friends and when your food comes, it turns into a Vogue photoshoot starring your plate of hot lasagna. I get it. Food posts are trendy and who doesn’t want to show off their fabulous ordering skills? The problem comes in when that camera transforms back into phone and the notifications start pouring in. Pretty soon we’re all sitting at a table, transfixed on a screen rather than making conversation with those friends we were just so excited to meet up with. The first step to changing these bad phone habits, just like in any recovery process, is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is millennial, and I’m addicted to my phone. 

Here’s our five-step program to getting away from your screen:

  1. Don’t start your mornings on your phone. It’s so easy to turn off your alarm clock and turn right onto Instagram and e-mails. However, this can create a lot of instant anxiety. Being bombarded with work, people trying to sell you things, and all the gossip from the previous day does not make for a productive mindset. Try spending the first 45 minutes of the day off of your phone. Drink your coffee or celery juice, write down a to-do list for the day, get mentally and physically ready, and then tackle the outside world on your terms. 
  2. Schedule out posting times. For those of us who use social media for work, it can seem like we always need to be on it. Thanks to apps like Planoly, Hootsuit, and Unum, you can designate certain times of the day to planning out your socials. Some of the apps will even post on your behalf at set times. Once those are set up, you have no excuse to be constantly scrolling. 
  3. Use Instagram for influence, but not comparison. At any given time, you’re going to have one friend in Bali, one friend becoming the next Martha Stewart, and one friend performing open-heart surgery with one hand. Meanwhile, you’re one your 7thepisode of a docuseries about Parmesan cheese and Netflix is asking you if you’re still there…and you are. We all have our non-newsworthy days and that’s perfectly fine! Remember, Instagram is a highlighted version of someone’s life and is in no way reality. Use the influencers you follow for exactly that, influence. Let them motivate you to possibly get off the couch or to work towards a goal but don’t dwell on comparing every post to your own life. 
  4. Set Breaks.Whenever you are involved in an activity that takes your full attention, give it your full attention. How many times a week do you actually turn your phone fully off? Try it. When completing a task, turn your phone all the way off. For example, cleaning your house. No touching your phone until your done. You’ll notice not only is your screen time decreasing, but you’re probably performing whatever task is at hand a lot more efficiently.
  5. Charge across the room.Not only does phone light disrupt your natural circadian rhythms (those things that help you sleep on time), but the blue light actually causes skin damage. So not only will you look haggard the next morning from letting your phone keep you awake, but your skin will also age more quickly. All around, we’re not a fan of blue light. At least 30 minutes before bed, charge your phone across the room. This way, you don’t have the temptation to look at it if you can’t fall asleep right away and physically having to get up will help you stop hitting the snooze button in the morning. 

Neon PR Girls’ Guide to Stalk-Worthy Inspiration

In the midst of the hype around the Oscar Nominees being announced earlier this week, we were motivated to compile our own list of favorites. Here’s some of the most inspirational people, most helpful apps, and motivating books and podcasts that we nominate to (our) office.

Bingeworthy Blogs:

  • DressUpButtercup (nominated by Megan) MAJOR outfit inspo. Don’t know what to wear? Give this babe’s feed a scroll and you’ll be able to pull something to immolate from your own closet if you’re feeling uninspired. And, as a fellow Houstonian who also cares about looking polished and put-together, this is a must-read. 
  • The Skimm or The Hustle (nominated by Chelsea) Both are great for news geared towards millennials.
  • The Skinny Confidential (nominated by Brie) Lauryn Evarts is just a branding genius.
  • Cision (nominated by Sierra) It’s actually a website but their articles help keep up-to-date with current media trends. 

Optimizing Apps:

  • Planoly (nominated by Megan) makes my social media post scheduling so much easier. Seeing the grid makes ALL the difference.
  • Twitter (nominated by Chelsea) Everything hits Twitter first.
  • VSCO (nominated by Brie) Still learning, but so far sticking with one filter really helps the congruency of your grid.
  • Snapseed (nominated by Sierra) One of the best apps for editing pictures. 

 Pitch-worthy Podcasts:

  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Conversations(nominated by Megan) Feeling in a slump? These feel good convos with self-help and spiritual authors provides 40 min commute inspirational interviews and gives me book ideas to download on Audible for later listening
  • Girlboss radio (nominated by Chelsea) All about Women Business owners/positions of influence
  • This American Life (nominated by Brie) the narratives can help you look at news from a completely different angle.

“Bringing out your Best Self” Books:

  • The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson (nominated by Megan) Because sometimes letting go of the small stuff is the answer for a less stressful life!
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (nominated by Brie)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie(nominated by Sierra) 

Most Motivational Moguls:

  • Megan Telles (nominated by Megan)

Megan used to be an anchor here in Las Vegas and is now an anchor at KTLA. Her BTS insta-stories give people a reason to follow her and her feel-good attitude and charisma, even when she’s reporting on something not-so-fun to report. Give her a follow! @megantelles

  • Alison Brod(nominated by Brie)

Alison runs her own PR firm out of New York. Her perspective on work, life, and technology is really unique and interesting. One of the most inspiring things she said was that people underestimate the importance of having a natural sense of curiosity. As someone who loves to travel and read, that hit home with me.

  • Alyssa Girardi (nominated by Sierra)

Alyssa is the Senior Manager of Communications and Content for   the Vegas Golden Knights. She has to balance the job of working with the players, managing local media, all while maintaining a majority of the Knights social media accounts. Alyssa has taught me a lot about working with composure and taking your job and goals seriously. It’s not easy to be a female in the sports industry, and she has set a standard for other women with similar ambitions to follow.

Earning Street Cred with Your Audience

In an era of continual accusations of “fake news,” facts can now be alternative, and with an erosion of trust in some media, it’s crucial for PR firms to know how help their clients communicate with apprehensive consumers. Though it may seem overwhelming to have to control a brand’s image in a time when content is so easily produced and spread, here are five simple things you can do to increase your clients’ credibility with their audiences: 

1.  Be honest. This may seem obvious, but a lot of companies post things online that are seemingly harmless that end up costing them customers. Visuals sell more than anything, so be very mindful when editing photography. Bad photoshop fails go viral all the time. It’s always disappointing to go somewhere that “looked completely different online.” When working with influencers, always have them disclose when they are being sponsored. And when you or your client do make a mistake, take responsibility and apologize quickly.

2. Show your humanity. Showing the more human side of a company is extremely effective when it comes to gaining the trust of the consumer. What is the real human impact your company has? Is your establishment engaging positively with the local community? Show it! Posting about your regular customers as well highlighting your staff will add faces to your brand rather than just products. Posting “get to know” and fun facts about the people in your company is a fun way to express your brand’s personality. People are more likely to trust other people than larger entities. 

3. Go overboard with fact-checking. We don’t want any fact to be alternative. When publishing stories with statistics and numbers: Check, check, and check again. It only takes one person finding a different number on the internet to discredit an entire story. Content is quick to be created, but we should never get lazy with the journalistic aspect of publishing. Also, avoid publishing stories with big hyperboles – everywhere has the best burger in town, we’ve all heard it, focus on what really makes yours different.

4. Never engage with internet trolls. As long as there is online content, there are going to be trolls. Trolls escalate situations and can distort information, usually completely anonymously. As frustrating as this may get, never become a keyboard warrior and react to them. Reacting can appear to be giving their information credibility, much like the concept of only getting defensive when you’re guilty. If there are criticisms your client would like to reply to, it should be in a general statement and never in response to one specific comment or message. Leave the clap backs to Wendy’s Twitter account. 

5. Monitor. It is our job to be aware of everything that is published about our clients. Though we always try our best, false information can be leaked through legitimate and illegitimate news sources. Putting out the fire once this occurs needs to be done quickly. Every firm should have a crisis communication plan in place. Know who to contact to get information pulled or corrected and have content ready that counteracts false claims. 

New Year, New PR Trends

  1. PR stunts in 2019 will involve GIVING BACK in big ways. Think a year ahead for next holiday season and partner with a local charity to have a mixer or event to raise funds (any reason is a good reason) or think of ways to donate your employees’ time to that charity – you’ll feel good about doing it, shed a positive light on your company and have feel-good content for your social media channels!
  2. Taking a stance. As politics see more partisanship than ever, personified brand identities will continue to face empowered consumers. Think gun control, LGBTQ rights, climate change. Often the stance of a company is reflected as the voice of the CEO, instead, take into account your entire workforce and craft a position that represents the brand as a whole. 

Social Media Trends for 2019:

  1. The team at Neon PR all agree that focusing on bringing in influencers that match your business’ demographic to build more awareness via social media followers outside of your sphere of influence will continue to prevail in 2019. This is a trend that really amp’d up in 2018, and there is no end in sight with even more content creators working as demonstrative human advertisements with real peer to peer interaction via social platforms. These influencers often times engage a new or complimentary audience for your business AND give you content for existing followers on your platforms.
  2. AUTHENTICITY. People now know and understand that social media is 90% staged, and it’s the other 10% that will help define your brand and allow followers to feel “in” on brand jokes or get to know the people behind the posts!
  3. Brand engagement is going to play an even larger role in 2019. Now that you have consumers attention, you’ll need to interact with them. Customer service in the form of communication are key factors in maintaining brand loyalty. This includes not only sharing user generated content, but commenting on photos of fans, liking photos even messaging followers for being customers. It’s these tiny interactions that are going to convert your customer base into lifelong consumers. 

How to Avoid The Sunday Scaries

‘Sunday Scaries’. We’ve all had them. That dread that sets in the day before the start of your work week… but the term doesn’t always mean that you don’t love what you do for a living. In fact, often times it’s the end of the relaxing weekend and the anxieties about the busy work week ahead for the work you love and want to stay on top of…a to-do list that unfurls at a faster and faster speed until it’s just a blur of “should” and “need to” and “don’t forget.”

Here’s a shortlist of solutions our team came up with on how to deal:

  • Write a Check List on Friday. Write down your mental checklist before kicking back for the weekend. While ‘to-do’ lists can oppress as much as assist us, it’s often helpful on Friday to jot down a brief list of tasks for Monday morning so that you commence your weekday experience feeling organized and purposeful. Sunday you will thank Friday you.
  • Self-Care Sundays. Book a massage, un-wind with a Netflix series or meal prep! Meal-prepping is a great way to know what you’re eating for the week in the office and makes you feel accomplished on Sunday night.
  • Schedule workweek fun. The solution could be scheduling some good old-fashioned self-care—on Sunday, sure, but also throughout your week. Peppering your weekdays wherever you can with more ease and enjoyment is a great antidote for dreading themSchedule a yoga class on Monday evening so that you know in advance that you have a plan in place to unwind. Wednesday happy hour is a great outlet to blow off steam with some friends and break up the week.

Using Weird National Holidays to Your Brand’s Advantage

If it feels like there’s an unofficial national, international, or world holiday almost every single day…that’s because there is. As nutty as some of them are, niche observations like Bathtub Party Day or National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day can help break up the monotony of everyday social media posts and inspire us to celebrate the little things every day of the year!

In the PR realm, identifying key holidays for your clients and their consumers is an easy move that adds an advantage to your overall marketing strategy (hello press release for National Donut Day – free donuts!) and social media tactics. Curating content around a (relevant) national holiday is a great opportunity to highlight specific items or products that may need a little extra TLC. Holiday hashtags allow consumers to connect with a click, creating viral exposure to anyone who may be following the trend. Another great way to utilize these holidays is to suggest how your followers should celebrate, either through social stories or a permanent feed post! By encouraging your consumers to interact with hashtags, specials and your products, you’re facilitating a grander exposure, drawing their friends and followers into the trend.

Fun and quirky un-official celebrations are an easy way to engage fans of a variety of industries or products, and an even better way to call those fans to action! Restaurant specials or holiday shout-outs bring in foot traffic that might have otherwise not considered your brand that day. But who can resist participating in a holiday like National Donut Day?! Bars can utilize holidays to test out creative beverage ideas, in turn displaying their staff’s knowledge and mastery of mixology.

Already feel like a pro at National Hotdog Day posts? Accounts that really want to get creative with national holidays should embrace the outlandish and obscure days by using innovative captions, photo content or making an event out of it. For example, if your restaurant specializes in brunch, puns on National Soup Day can glorify your bottomless mimosas. FREEBIE: Figure out a way to incorporate National Unicorn Day in your business feed!

PR Experts should make an effort to check into websites such as nationaldaycalendar.com on a monthly basis. Other holiday accurate pages to utilize include:

So mark your calendars for upcoming days like National Small Business Saturday and National World Kindness Day– what is your staff doing to help? Should you make donating time to a local charity a new team building “thing”? …but don’t shy away from creative genius such as Tongue Twister Day ☺ And please, don’t forget to hashtag it.

Now Hiring: Fall & Winter Interns

Neon Public Relations is currently looking for Fall/Winter interns. We’re looking for team players and want to really contribute to this growing company! As an intern with Neon PR, you will report to and work directly under the CEO and Founder of Neon PR for a fully-immersive and hands-on experience with some of Las Vegas’ most exciting clients in the hospitality and adventure industry.

A PR intern at Neon Public Relations should have experience and be interested in learning more about the field of public relations. This role will include building and maintaining media lists, editorial calendar monitoring, chronicling client coverage, editing pitches and press releases, researching additional media and event opportunities, attending industry events, assisting in overall running of client accounts, and much more.

This is a 10-week, unpaid internship. Alternatively, Neon PR will also give college credit for this position. The hours of each internship are flexible and can vary depending upon school schedule.

Overall:
-Candidates should be able to commit to the time schedule determined for the duration of the program
-Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel strongly desired
-Must have reliable transportation

Ideal Candidates Are:
-Passionate about their desire to work in the communication industry in their specified field of interest
-Creative thinkers – able to generate new and innovative ideas that are relevant to our clients
-Organized and able to prioritize tasks
-Prepared to be flexible and take on additional roles as situations arise

Education:
-Must currently be a college student or have some college education

Neon Public Relations is an open-office environment where all hands are on deck at all times! Gone are the days of being limited to a tiny cubicle or being sectioned off in the “intern” area or superiors being quarantined to a corner office with the door closed. We’re a tight-knit group of 4 hard-working PR superstars who regularly order lunch in the office and put on music videos on the office projector for lunch breaks. Since we’re located in the bustling downtown Vegas (#DTLV) area, we encourage 2-min coffee shop walks to Makers & Finders or Vesta down the street and encourage rental of our company camera for content creation!

If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and you are interested in gaining exciting and valuable work experience in Public Relations, submit your application and resume to info@neonpublicrelations.com.

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