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Your Brand’s Audience is Purple

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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2012 Presidential Election, Purple America. http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2012/

 

As an American citizen who has lived in Canada for just over three years at the time of this posting, the last couple of weeks of election-related frenzy has been pretty consuming. Rightly so, I don’t think anyone would debate how divisive the last 18 months was in the US.

Don’t stop reading! This is not an op-ed, but merely a reminder that while you, your colleagues, maybe even the values of your entire company may swing to one political persuasion over another, laying a claim to one side is a sure-fire way to alienate at least a portion of those who support your brand.

Without putting specific companies in the corner with a dunce hat firmly affixed to their heads, there were many reminders in the days following the US election that when a brand takes a political side, it has a PR crisis on its hands. Try this exercise: take politics out of the equation and pretend we’re talking about Coke and Pepsi. If you knew around half your customers were Coke diehards and the other half were Pepsi devotees – would you tweet your full support for Coke, even putting down Pepsi as inferior? Of course you wouldn’t!

Yes, I realize politics have an actual affect over peoples’ lives and they should not be reduced to pop metaphors. Individuals should always be free to express their views, opinions and have the right to endorse and vote for whomever they’d like, it is the very basis of democracy.

It isn’t just customers that brands stand to lose, either. Companies are made of individuals of all persuasions, opinions and values, endorsing one way or another alienates not just a portion of your customers, but a portion of your employees. The PR lesson here is simple: never lose sight of the fact that your brand represents a group of individuals that rally behind your company, through working for the company or buying your products and services. The communications you put out in the world affect them, too.

Remember, the world is not only blue or red, no matter what the Electoral College map tells you. My favourite day-after-election map is the purple map, which shows in gradient how America voted. Without a doubt, after every election, it is a blend of blue and red. It is purple, and your brand should be, too.

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– Doug Self is a Senior Account Executive at Brookline with a background rooted in the technology industry. His expertise lies in media relations, content creation, and communication and marketing strategy. 

 

Brookline Public Relations Celebrates Continued Growth with New Office Space, Team Promotions and Client Wins

Friday, October 7th, 2016

CALGARY (October 7, 2016) – Brookline Public Relations (Brookline), an award-winning boutique public relations agency, continues to achieve unprecedented growth with new clients, expanded presence across Canada and several employee promotions.

Now celebrating 12 years in the industry, Brookline has experienced significant growth in the past 24 months – a substantial achievement given the current Alberta economy. Brookline attributes its growth to creative campaigns and strong client relationships that the agency has cultivated over the years. Recent client partnerships include West Creek Developments and Brewster Travel Canada, amongst many others. In addition, Brookline is working with Fountain Tire again on some press release announcements for specific projects.

In tandem with a year of exciting client wins, several Brookline team members also made strides towards achieving professional growth and industry recognition. Erica Morgan, Account Specialist, was recently named one of PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. A number of promotions also recently took place with Lisa Libin promoted to Vice President, Sophie Pilon to Account Supervisor, Doug Self to Senior Account Executive and Tammy Mandelbaum to Assistant Account Specialist.

“I am so proud of our team’s accomplishments,” says Shauna MacDonald, Brookline Public Relations Principal and Founder. “At Brookline, we continue to challenge the status quo. Our growth and success in this uncertain economy is a result of the innovation and strategic work our clients have come to know us for.”

As Brookline continues to flourish, the team has also transitioned into a larger head office that is more conducive to a collaborative work environment. The new space will allow Brookline to further develop both its client base and service offerings in a setting that fosters openness and creativity.

“The new office was designed with an open concept and is truly reflective of the prominent trend towards collaborative and multi-functional work spaces. Our team thrives on sharing ideas and concepts together and the new space was constructed to facilitate that process. With several board rooms and breakout open work spaces, the new office provides the optimal environment for our team of dedicated PR practitioners to continue to excel,” MacDonald continues.

Brookline’s professional growth and expanding team continue to establish its position as one of Canada’s leading boutique PR agencies.

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About Brookline Public Relations, Inc.

Brookline Public Relations, Inc. is a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm dedicated to helping organizations build awareness, profile and credibility worldwide. Our core purpose is to support our clients’ goals with fresh and creative communications strategies by implementing a solid and professional approach while enthusiastically challenging the status quo. We want our clients to be recognized as industry leaders. Our services include: Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Crisis Communications and Issues Management, Integrated Marketing, Event Management and Social Media. For more information, please visit www.brooklinepr.com.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Shauna MacDonald

Brookline Public Relations, Inc.

403-538-5645

smacdonald@brooklinepr.com

Brookline helps Cabela’s launch first mainland BC location in Abbotsford

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Doug Self, Account Executive

 

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Working with national and international brands, Brookline is no stranger to our clients having avid fans, but none more so than the fanatical Cabela’s supporters. Last fall, we had the pleasure of opening the first Cabela’s in Calgary, which included several thousand people lining up to browse the store on the day of grand opening, giveaways, a ribbon-arrowing and more smiling, diehard fans than we could imagine. When we were recently tasked with preparing the Cabela’s team and managing media relations for the grand opening of the Abbotsford location – we knew exactly what to expect.

Two weeks prior to the public grand opening, Brookline was on-the-ground in Abbotsford to provide media training, both education and on-camera practice, and run an invite-only media preview. Many of Lower Mainland’s most well-known bloggers and influencers from several specialities were in attendance, including those focused on parenting, lifestyle, events and outdoors sports. They were joined by local print, online and TV outlets to preview the 70,000 square foot outdoors mecca.

A quick two weeks later, Brookline was onsite for the grand opening festivities, which saw thousands of people through the doors on opening day, some lining up several days in advance to be at the front of the line. There were product giveaways, gift cards for those who showed up early to wait in line, samples of the house-made fudge and nuts, a DJ, Cabela’s Ambassadors (well-known outdoors personalities) and the traditional Cabela’s ribbon-cutting in which the ribbon is cut with an arrow fired from a tree stand in the parking lot. Did we mention it was raining? In typical-BC fashion, the rain didn’t keep anyone away, especially the outdoors-enthusiasts loyal to Cabela’s. Local media was onsite for the grand opening, which resulted in print and online video coverage of the event. As always, it was a sight to behold!

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The first guests are welcomed to Cabela’s Abbotsford.

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Don’t forget to look up at Cabela’s Abbotsford – there’s a Sasquatch in the trees!

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-Doug Self is an Account Executive in Brookline with a background rooted in the technology industry. His expertise lies in media relations, content creation, and communication and marketing strategy.