Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

What to expect when your client is expecting…

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Leanna Kruk, Account Director

Ask any PR agency professional about their last consumer-facing client campaign…and I bet it included working with bloggers or influencers. As many in our industry can relate, the media landscape has officially changed. The rise of the blogger and influencer is here – they are smart and savvy and know their worth. What qualifies someone as a blogger or influencer? For bloggers, they have their own blog site, or contribute to a blog site, along with other writers to review and highlight products, brands, experiences, events, etc. An influencer may not have a blog site per se, but they conduct the same reviews via social media and have followers that engage with them on those platforms. At Brookline, we work across many industry sectors and often clients are looking to align their brands with communication channels that can speak more directly to their customers or audience. Enter the blogger/influencer.

So, what makes this group so effective? Well, they have followers, followers that listen and react. They also have a special connection to their followers and they take extraordinary pride to ensure they are always considering what their audience is looking for. Most bloggers and influencers that we work with are keen to engage with us because we have cultivated great relationships and we understand what is important to them when representing a brand or client. Of course, there have been some fundamental learnings we’ve picked up along the way. Here are the top four items to expect in your next blogger/influencer campaign:

  1. Manage client expectations – This is key. Yes, working with bloggers and influencers is fun and exciting and you get to see your brand or product come to life through their words and images, but not all may want to work with your brand. Some may have pre-existing conflicts with other brands that will automatically diminish your chance of working with that blogger. From an agency standpoint, it’s always a good idea to vet bloggers and influencers before mentioning them to your client so you get a sense if the partnership will work.


2. Manage budgets – The blogger/influencer group is here to stay, and they know that they are an effective messenger to consumers. They spend the time and money to maintain their site and to blog or post via their social networks and a fee needs to be associated with that time commitment. For many that we speak with, they also take immense pride in maintaining a certain visual look to posts and images and that can cost money as well. Not all bloggers/influencers will look for an outright payment; some value experience based opportunities or products in lieu of payment. This is a tactic that we have successfully used when working with this group.

3. Set parameters – When starting the engagement process, we find it helpful to set clear parameters on what is expected both with our client and with the blogger/influencer. Sometimes a contract is even put in place to ensure that both parties are clear on what the payment or experience will include and when the expected blog should be posted.



4. Prepare for your campaign – Similar to working with traditional media, bloggers and influencers appreciate access to information and images to enhance their posts. Providing them with key messages or high-resolution images will ensure that their posts reflect the brand and the targeted campaign messages.


If you haven’t worked with bloggers or influencers in the past, it really is an exciting time to involve them in your intended outreach strategy. They bring an unmistakable grassroots approach that can’t be mimicked through other strategies. Make sure to incorporate the above suggested tips the next time you work with bloggers and influencers and you’ll be on the receiving end of a successful, multi-faceted client outreach campaign.



Leanna Kruk is an Account Director at Brookline Public Relations and brings a vast amount of experience in planning and executing successful integrated communications plans, including work with bloggers and influencers. Leanna brings value to her clients by always providing out-of-the-box, dynamic, thoughtful, strategic campaign ideas. Her ability to motivate her team comes from her passion for communications and the clients she represents.

Event planning: Details, Details Details!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Amanda Kemsley, Account Specialist 

It’s an age old saying for many aspects in life, particularly one that could be said about event planning; hope for the best and prepare for the worst. As PR professionals, we prepare and think about every possible scenario, trying to avoid the unavoidable. But, we don’t hope for the best, we plan for it. Below are a few considerations to think of when planning an event and ensuring everything goes off with a bang:

  1. Purpose

Having a clear objective from the beginning will guide all aspects of planning, help to measure results and ensure success of the event. Is the event to launch a product or service? Is it to introduce a new brand/company? Why are you (or the client) holding the event, and what do you want to achieve?


  1. Budget

Once you’ve established the focus of your event, do your research and estimates costs to create a budget you can reasonably work within. If you are given a budget from the client, break it down into line items to give yourself an idea of what can fit into the budget. There are often unforeseen costs so don’t forget to account for contingency.


  1. Know your audience

This goes for both guest and media invites. Invite guests that share an interest in your event, product, service, etc. Reach out to media appropriately and ensure you’re pitching a reporter with a beat that coincides with your event’s purpose. Making sure to research and select the right people will help create a longstanding relationship with event attendees and media contacts.


  1. Timeliness

Conduct an environmental scan for the time, and area of your event. Take a look at other events happening in the city and pick a suitable day and time that will not conflict with your event. You don’t want to compete with other events that have a similar targeted guest list.


  1. Make a list and check it twice

In PR we love lists, but creating a work back schedule will help ensure you don’t miss important elements for your event. Organizing all details into once place will give you the chance to see how your plan is progressing. A run of show is also a great way to envision your event from start to finish and will give you the opportunity to recognize any missing elements.

  1. Venue Selection

Align your event theme with your venue selection. Having consistency in your theme and venue will add to the event and leave a lasting impression. Look at the big picture and choose a venue that can accommodate your guest list, food and beverage options, fits your budget and encompass the atmosphere you’re aiming for. It’s also important to consider accessibility of the venue, convenience for guests and if necessary, contingency plan for weather. If you are on a limited budget, look for a venue that can check off multiple services including catering, entertainment and AV – bundling vendors can help save costs.


  1. Takeaways

Leave a lasting impression on your guests with a simple and thoughtful takeaway gift. Practical or unique gifts are usually a hit, keeping in mind it should always tie back to your event theme.



Once your event is over, record key learnings and regroup with your client to look back, review and measure against your objective(s). Key learnings and takeaways are great to have on hand the next time you plan an event. Events require a lot of foresight, but if planned and executed well, they can be the perfect opportunity to engage with your audience, share a message, secure earned media and more!

Amanda is an Account Specialist at Brookline Public Relations. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring – ironically since she doesn’t like getting lost. She flourishes on bringing broad-minded, creative ideas to the table and trying things outside of the norm.

Ford partners with bloggers to “explore” their bucket list

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Tammy Mandelbaum, Assistant Account Specialist


Bucket List:

□ Go sailing

□ Learn how to surf

Hold a snake (never mind)

□ Write a novel

□ Volunteer with animals

☑ Heli yoga on a mountain top

□ Ride a dirt bike

□ Hot air balloon ride

Brookline Public Relations partnered with Ford of Canada and Robin Esrock, renowned travel writer and TV host, for his Great Canadian Bucket List speaking tour. As part of Brookline’s extensive public relations services, we invited media and key influencers to join Ford and Robin who would help them check an item off of their bucket list. But don’t be alarmed, we didn’t ask our guests to dive into the deep blue sea and swim with great white sharks or eat monkey brains like a scene out of Indiana Jones. Instead, we took them on a helicopter ride to participate in a guided yoga session at the top of a mountain in Kananaskis Country!

The day began with participants driving out to the Rocky Mountains in the new 2016 Ford Explorer. It had all the latest technologies and the drive was made much more enjoyable with the massaging seats feature. Who needs a day at the spa when you can have it all while you drive or ride along in a Ford Explorer?! The Explorer also featured the Foot-Activated Hands-Free Power Liftgate which automatically opens the trunk by simply kicking your foot under the bumper. I was completely blown away by such a thoughtful and innovative technology, proving that Ford really thinks of everything!

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We found ourselves riding through a few Alberta dirt backroads, but it was nothing that the unstoppable Ford Explorer couldn’t handle!

Once we arrived at our destination, we were greeted by the friendly crew from Rockies Heli Canada. Robin proceeded to give an informative and inspiring presentation about his many experiences traveling around Canada and the world. Even with all the incredible things he has seen and done, Robin emphasized that the places you visit are only as good as the people you meet along the journey. Essentially, it is the interactions with people that truly shape your experiences and ultimately become cherished and unforgettable memories.

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Robin Esrock telling stories of his many adventures across Canada

Rockies Heli Canada shuttled the participants to the top of a mountain on a thrilling helicopter ride. Once I planted my feet on firm ground on the mountain peak and inhaled the fresh air, I was enveloped by an overwhelming feeling of tranquility. Being completely surrounded by panoramic views of the Rockies and vast Alberta foothills is a sight I won’t soon forget. A yoga session soon followed where we had the opportunity to showcase our best downward facing dog. Trust me, it’s a lot tougher than it looks!

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Does anyone else picture Arnold Schwarzenegger yelling “Get to the choppa!”

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Preparing to do yoga while enjoying the breathtaking views

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Perfect location to be one with nature!

This experience demonstrated the wonders that spending time on a secluded mountain can do for the mind and soul. To reiterate some of Robin’s teachings, bucket lists are meant to be unique as each individual has their own interests and aspirations. There is a wide misconception that bucket list items are supposed to be extreme, but that is definitely not the case. In essence, it is an activity or experience that should excite you, and even challenge you. It is when you try different things and are open to new possibilities that you learn more about the world around you, but more importantly, about yourself as well.

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*Cue The Hobbit theme song*

I’d like to thank Ford of Canada, Robin Esrock and Rockies Heli Canada for such a memorable experience and the opportunity to ✓off an item from my bucket list!

Now tell me, what’s on YOUR bucket list?

Tammy BW Vertical

-Tammy Mandelbaum is an Assistant Account Specialist at Brookline Public Relations. Her expertise lies in media relations, event management, and content creation.