Category Archive for: Agency Life

sabbatical

Thoughts on How to Balance Rest and Adventure on a Sabbatical

Since SHIFT announced its sabbatical program about four years ago, I have been thinking long and hard about what I would do with this precious time off. In fact, in true B2B PR fashion, I often thought about the ROI of the vacation spend: how I could be optimize the time and leverage it for…

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SHIFT communications

Looking Back on 15 Years of SHIFT Communications

Fifteen years ago this week, within the brick-and-beam “elegance” of a bankrupt candy factory, in space shared with a now-long-gone software firm, SHIFT Communications hung its cardboard shingle and opened its doors to what we knew would be the start of something huuuuge. Our blurry eyed optimism convinced us that it would only be a…

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work life

Business Growth & Personal Well-being: A complex chemistry

When you decide to own a business, it’s a given that your personal life completely changes. The struggle comes down to keeping a healthy balance between work and life, with a good mix, it can ultimately make your company extremely successful. So it’s important to keep your personal life in check when taking on the…

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Lobbying

Lobbying for Your B2B Client or Pitch Idea

I was recently speaking with a lobbyist that works with a client. The lobbyist was explaining his role, not only on behalf of my client but also more generally, including his job description and goals. He stressed that while most people think a lobbyist strictly influences laws or policies to benefit a company or organization,…

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company culture

Embracing Company Culture and Values

One thing I have learned in the short time I have been a member of the PR world is that this world is fast and furious – part of the appeal for me. With all the happenings for clients, prospects and internal agency work, it is rare to find a unique way outside of the…

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Company culture

How Your Company Culture Can Become a Marketing Tool

Companies use marketing to attract new customers, retain current customers and to study what works and what doesn’t. There seems to be a new marketing strategy popping up: the idea that a business needs to market themselves and their company culture. Company culture, as defined by Andrew Hartley, director of alternative board at Bradford West,…

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Women at work

Seeking Advice as a Woman at Work? HBR’s New Podcast Has Got You Covered

I’ve been listening to NPR for more than 20 years, so when Podcasts started to become a trend, I was in heaven. From the early days of This American Life, I’ve always loved to listen to stories aloud. But for years I looked to podcasts as just a form of entertainment to pass the time…

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Pop The Champagne! Exciting SHIFT News (x2!)

Announcing some exciting news out of not one, but two SHIFT offices: Alan Marcus (NYC) has been promoted to Managing Director and Jennifer Purcell has been hired as Vice President to lead the SHIFT Austin office — congrats, both! Alan will continue to lead and grow the New York office while expanding his strategic council even more…

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work/life balance

Achieving a (Successful) Work/Life Balance

It’s been another restless night at the Coates Mather house. My husband and I stumble down the stairs, into the kitchen, kids in tow, spilling cheerios, milk and half brewed coffee all over the place. Its 6:20am, go time is 7:20am. We debate about who should get ready first as we side glance at unanswered…

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Professional image

4 Easy Steps to Upgrade Your Professional Image

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, chances are you’ve heard the theory that you only have a seven second window to make a good impression when you meet someone for the first time. While a great first impression will certainly boost your chances of getting a new job, the same technique does not necessarily…

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