Category Archive for: Values

Sabbatical

I took a Sabbatical and Didn’t Travel the World

As my five-year anniversary approached at SHIFT, it was time to consider what I was going to do with my four weeks’ paid sabbatical. It’s certainly a unique benefit and could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some, and I was ready to plan an unforgettable month. I thought about a trip with my husband and…

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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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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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Rethinking Data-Driven Marketing in the Wake of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

It’s a strange time to be a data scientist. News about Cambridge Analytica’s ‘problematic’ (we prefer the term morally bankrupt) approach to data analysis has left the 23 million Canadians on Facebook feeling suspicious and defenseless. And the community of social, behavioral and data scientists who work in marketing and communications have never looked more like…

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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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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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client-service-business

What It Means to be in a Client Service Business

There’s an overarching trend in the client service business. In fact, a week doesn’t go by in which I don’t have a similar conversation with a company in the throes of the agency search process. They need more brand awareness, their competitors are dominating the press, and their board wants to know what the plan…

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Thankful

SHIFTers Give Thanks

Let’s face it: 2017 has been a doozy. After the hurricanes, political upheaval and Friday Night Lights being taken off Netflix (Say it ain’t so, coach!), many are ready to turn their calendars to 2018 and start fresh. However, now that we’re reaching the end of the year, ‘tis the season to focus on all…

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funding

Funding & Culture: Buying in Does Not Have to Mean Selling Out

A strong round of funding can sometimes mean the difference between a company remaining a great local place to work or becoming a national powerhouse. However, the debate to seek or accept a funding round can be a difficult debate for some start-ups. The decision to accept funding may stem from how you interpret and…

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fake news

Fake News: A Data-Driven Analysis

What’s the impact of fake news? Is it as big a problem as people make it out to be? Shortly after the 2016 US Presidential election, America’s interest in “fake news” skyrocketed; some believed that fake news sites heavily influenced the outcome of the election. How concerned were people? We saw search volumes spike during…

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