what we think

We don’t think of ourselves as know-it-alls, but we do like sharing our thoughts, experiences and POV from time-to-time. We are in continual learning mode and here is what we think, when we think it.

Lots of Activity

Tell Your Story Brand ActivityWhat a crazy last few weeks. I attended almost all sessions and networking events (plus some non-official networking events) at the Business Marketing Association national conference, Unleash, last week in Chicago. What a great event. I also went to the Chicago BMA Windy City Biz Bash where I was the sponsor of the DJ and soundtrack for the night. The BizBash is always a good time and a worthy cause.

 

In addition, it was finals week at DePaul and I sat through and graded 12 fantastic presentations by my students in my Intro to PR class. They each had a “real client” and came up with a full PR/social media plan and presented it to me, special guests and clients the past two week. I’m a very proud adjunct prof.

 

Lastly, I made two new hires for

 

Tell Your Story — my first two 40+ hours a week team members to handle the growing needs of my clients, which I am very thankful to serve. We’ll have more detail on my two hires over the next few weeks.

 

Other than that, it’s time to make things happen and get ready for several client summer shows and initiatives. Thanks for reading and following

Job Opening: Social Media/PR/Project Manager

This is exciting — we are hiring! As you probably know, our model is nimble and efficient. We don’t have any full time team members – yet – but have many dedicated contractors across the spectrum of marketing communications that help us do great work for our clients. But we’ve got to the point where we need a dedicated person to help us implement some of the great social media and PR opportunities that are in front of us. The plan is to take baby steps — here’s what we are looking for. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please send them my way. Thanks.

 

Social Media & PR Project Manager

 

Tell Your Story Brand Communications Inc. is looking for a 25+ hour-a-week Social Media and PR Project Manager to help support a few client initiatives. We are open to all levels of experience, but our immediate budget will probably limit us to hiring someone within the range of 0 to 3 years of experience, including graduating college students within a related major.

 

This would be an independent contractor (or internship) role that could expand to 40+ hours quickly. It could also turn into full time employment with Tell Your Story. The candidate would need their own laptop and ability to work remotely, however there will be shared office space availability.

 

We will be evaluating the following:

 

Project Management: We need someone who can help our team and clients get organized, get smarter and stay on time and within budgets. Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, online social media tools and other programs to be discussed a requirement.

 

Writing: We need someone with excellent writing and editing skills that is comfortable writing for business-to-business products and services like trucks and financing and technology and home health care and drywall, and more. They must also be able to help write proposals, summarize research and develop creative briefs.

 

Social Media: We need someone who is familiar and not afraid of diving into and implementing newly established social media programs for a few of our clients. Must understand how we use social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogger and others to reach our target audience who are business decision makers. Must manage, tweet, post, retweet and make suggestions on a daily basis. Must manage our “conversation editorial calendar.”

 

Public Relations: We need someone who understands the basics of PR, media relations and how it integrates into social media and the overall marketing mix. Build media lists, write press releases, pitch media…etc. (This is not a huge priority, but a plus.)

 

Monitor and Measure and Report: Must be comfortable monitoring all activity, especially within social media, and report back on how our initiatives are helping us achieve our clients’ business goals.

 

About Us: Tell Your Story is a story-driven brand communications agency. We work with clients who want a nimble and efficient agency partner that can deliver on the expertise and resources necessary to develop, share and manage their great stories through marketing communications. Efficiently.

 

Visit us at www.tellyourbrandstory.com. Interested candidates should email George Rafeedie, Founder, at george.rafeedie@tellyourbrandstory.com.

Thank You, Chicago BMA Board

Social Media PR ManagerLast week I was awarded the Chicago Business Marketing Association Board Member of the Year award.

 

I’m really proud of this for many reasons, and I just wanted to thank Chicago BMA’s outgoing president, Linda Meenan, the CMO of law firm Wildman Harrold (pictured with me below) and the entire board for this honor and great recognition.

 

As background for all who don’t know BMA and my involvement, I co-chair the membership and social media committees and have been on the BMA board since 2007. I’ve been an active member since 2003, but my experience with the national organization goes way back to 1996. Needless to say, I think it is a great organization and it’s done a lot for me professionally and personally. So join today!

Telling that Story with George & Sima

Once we help clients develop great purpose-driven stories, there are many ways we can help share those stories. Here is a really quick and simple overview of what we do that features one of the partners we use to help clients start sharing and seeing results.

Telling that Story with George & Sima

 

 

Tell Your Story founder George Rafeedie is with special guest Sima Dahl and briefly talks about developing purpose-driven stories and sharing those stories with old and new school forms of media.

What is CrossFit?

I’ve been tweeting/checking in a lot from a Chicago-area gym I belong to that is part of the CrossFit affiliate system. This video tells a great story about the CrossFit philosophy and how it helps “normal” people like me get in shape. (I still have a ways to go, by the way.) If you want to see videos of abnormal people who do incredible things physically, visit the main CrossFit site and search CrossFit videos on YouTube. You’ll be amazed, but don’t let it scare you from giving it a try in your area.

CROSSFIT CLEVELAND – What is Crossfit?

 

 

People come to us when they need to get back in shape but can’t do it on their own. Whether you don’t know how or just don’t have the discipline to stick with a workout program, we’ll get you on track…

Fear Not! Jump into Social Media Experiment.

Social networking consultant, speaker and author Sima Dahl interviews Chicago Business Marketing Association board member Michael Krauss after he moderated a panel of the Big Four of the social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) at the BMA’s April luncheon.

Fear Not! Jump into Social Media Experiment

 

 

 

 

Michael Krauss moderated the April 2011 BMA Chicago luncheon on Social Media. In this video, Sima Dahl asks him for his top take-aways.

New Mobile Voice Advertising Network

One of our clients, gSoft Technology Solutions, is launching a new mobile voice advertising network tomorrow. If you are interested in learning more, you can be a part of the launch webinar on Tuesday, March 22.
gSoft’s vAds are voice ads that take a nontraditional, innovative approach to targeted mobile application advertising. By making use of dead/idle time, vAds deliver short, targeted and dynamic voice ads without altering the app personality, behavior or flow.

 

The video is a 4 minute tutorial on the application and process to place ads on the network. If you are interested in learning more, contact Tell Your Story today.

 

 

vAds Tutorial – Campaigns and Ad Creation

 

www.myvAds.com

Brand Heart

Thacker Business Marketing AssociationBob Thacker, SVP of Marketing at OfficeMax, was today’s featured speaker at the Business Marketing Association in Chicago. He was fantastic. He had many quotes to go along with his great lessons of life in the retail world, and experiences developing great campaigns. One of the best ones was this:

 

“Brands are like people. They have to have a heart.”

 

No truer words have been spoken. Without heart and purpose (which I believe goes hand-in-hand with heart), brands and organizations can only say so much and do so much. Take Bob’s words to heart and figure out how to communicate your organization’s heart and purpose to take you, the people you work with and the people you serve to the next level.