Author, Karen Freberg, is an associate professor in strategic communications at the University of Louisville as well as an adjunct instructor for the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Graduate Online Program at West Virginia University. She is actively involved in researching public relations, reputation management, social media, and crisis communications.
Graduating seniors in communications and marketing are facing the daunting prospect of trying to enter the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will not be an easy task. Nearly 4 million students in the US are set to graduate this year in spring 2020. With the world in crisis and uncertainty ahead, the environment continues to be dynamic and fluid. While we can’t predict what the future holds for students and graduates in the short-term, we can help prepare and equip students with information and tips for their upcoming employment journey. ----more---- About Karen's guest: Brandi Boatner Social and Influencer Communications Lead, Global Markets Brand Communications Manager, IBM Corporate Communications Brandi Boatner is an award-winning digital communications professional and prolific public speaker based in New York City. Currently, she serves as the social and influencer communications lead for Global Markets in IBM corporate communications, a newly created position. Her responsibilities include developing a consistent approach to how global markets drive engagement across digital and social platforms, key events and with influencers (both nternal and external) around strategic communications narratives such as Hybrid Cloud, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Additionally, Boatner has extended responsibilities serving as the Brand Communications Manager for IBM Marketing supporting external engagements including press, events and social media for IBM's Senior Vice President of Digital Sales and Chief Marketing Officer. Recently, Boatner was inducted into the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communications Hall of Fame known as the Den of Distinction, the youngest member ever inducted. She was also honored and inducted into the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Hall of Fame in late 2018. Brandi is a true advocate for diversity and inclusion serving as a member of IBM's Diversity and Inclusion Council and also serves as the former chair and current professional development chair of the IBM Black Network of New York business resource group. Given her efforts around diversity in the public relations industry, she is one of more than 40 PR leaders featured in the book Diverse Voices: Lessons in Leadership published by the Public Relations Society of America Foundation. Boatner is very active in the public relations industry where she holds several leadership positions within PRSA on both the local and national levels. She speaks all around the US and the world on a variety of industry and marketplace topics and enjoys traveling, shoe shopping, and spending time with family and friends in her hometown of New Orleans. WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Karen Freberg from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.     
  With the ease in which a negative event can go viral these days, effective crisis management is a valuable skillset that marketing needs. In this session, Melissa Agnes, a globally recognized and leading expert in crisis management, shares some of her experience in working in the field as well as how she helps professors bring crisis management best practices into their classrooms to help their students build and hone this critical skillset. Her immensely popular book, Crisis Ready is available where fine book sold. ----more---- CRISIS READY. Building an INVINCIBLE Brand in an Uncertain World The potential risks in modern-day business are greater, more dynamic, and less predictable than ever before. And yet, the greatest exposure does not lie within these risks. Rather, it lies in having a team that is not prepared to anticipate, foresee, or respond to a rising threat, and its impact on your reputation, revenue, and relationships in real-time. No matter your level of security, due-diligence, or control, the reality is that we live in uncertain times. Organizations are prone to a multitude of risks that can attack from every angle. When your team is crisis ready, your organization is prepared for anything and everything that the modern world can throw at it. In Crisis Ready, Melissa Agnes draws from her remarkable experience in helping global brands, government organizations, and world leaders prevent and overcome a range of real-world, high-impact crises. She uses this experience to provide your organization with a clear roadmap to implementing a crisis ready culture–and thus building an INVINCIBLE brand. Order Crisis Ready on Amazon  Crisis Ready is not about crisis management. Management is what happens after the negative event has occurred. Readiness is what is done to build an INVINCIBLE brand, where negative situations don’t occur—and even if they do, they’re instantly overcome in a way that leads to increased organizational trust, credibility, and goodwill. No matter the size, type, or industry of your business, Crisis Ready will provide your team with the insight into how to be perfectly prepared for anything life throws at you. Organizations that are crisis ready are more than just resilient. They’re invincible. Crisis Ready is your roadmap to business invincibility.  ___________________________________________ WVU Marketing Communications Today by West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.     
You need to market your products or services, so go start a Facebook page, right? It’s quick, it’s easy and more importantly, it’s free. But, it isn’t a good strategy. First, we must take a step back and understand the benefit really good content has in building your brand. Then we can identify new ways to efficiently distributing your content, which yes, will include social media. Social media changes daily. In order to keep up, you must understand which social channel is right for you to cultivate a relationship with your audience. For social media success, it’s quality over quantity. It’s also part of the larger strategy that starts with content. ----more---- About Karen's guest: Mary Prevost Empowering brands and inspiring people to think differently – this is how Mary Prevost has approached her 16 years of work in the public relations industry. Nurturing meaningful relationships is key to Prevost’s success – from internal executives and colleagues to external target audiences and media. Prevost’s vast experience spans both agency and client-side work and she’s helped clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to startups and non-profits. Her specialties include both B2B and B2C strategic communication, content marketing, media relations, writing, social media planning and execution, crisis communication, brand development, event planning, and internal communications/team building. Prevost previously worked as Director of Communications at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY, and then transitioned into agency work as an Account Supervisor at an agency in downtown Minneapolis. In 2014, Prevost founded MJP Strategic Communications to provide independent public relations consulting services. In 2019, she founded Prevost Partners with her husband to broaden their services. Prevost graduated with an M.B.A. from Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN), a B.A. in Mass Communications with emphasis in Public Relations and News Editorial from Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO) and an A.A.S. in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Central Wyoming College (Riverton, WY). ___________________________________________ WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Karen Freberg from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.     
The social media industry is constantly changing along with the expectations for work. However, experience is one element to the equation to becoming successful in the workplace and industry, but there are some essential skills, best practices, and tips students and young professionals need to grasp in order to be marketable. Dennis Yu will discuss these new expectations, what are the best practices to market yourself using social media, and the future of work in social media. ___________________________________________ Today's episode of WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Karen Freberg from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.     
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