The Inescapability of the Word ‘Millennial’
July 12, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Kamilla Rahman. If you’ve ever surfed the web for more than 10 minutes, you’ve definitely come across the word millennial at least five times. People are constantly talking about millennials, what they’re doing, what they want, what they will be doing, how they react and how to resonate with them. Even the KG team has been known to write about millennials on behalf of our clients from time to time – here is a recent example. According to Investopedia, “a millennial is the given name to the generation born between 1982 and 2004…this…Read More

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Getting a Seat at the Cool Kids’ Table: SXSW PanelPicker Tips and Tricks
July 6, 2016  |  By Catherine Seeds

It’s hard to believe, but the programming preparation for SXSW Interactive 2017 is already underway. As many of us in the industry already know, the PanelPicker submission process kicked off last week and closes on July 22. Which means if you are working to submit a panel, duo, trio or solo session for next year’s line-up, you have exactly 15 days to finalize your panelists and hit the send button. Getting selected to be a part of SXSW’s much coveted Interactive program is no easy task. The competition is fierce and it gets tougher every year when going up against…Read More

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PRSA Corner: Breaking Through the Noise and Reaching Your Target Audience
June 28, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

We recently attended and were the official sponsor of the June PRSA Austin Chapter Luncheon. The luncheon titled, “Media Relations: Insights from the Newsroom,” featured three journalist panelists who discussed how media has evolved over the years, the integration of skills and technology in media relations and how PR professionals can (and should) break through the noise to reach target audiences. Here are some highlights: Tara Doolittle is the Viewpoints editor for the Austin American-Statesman and is in charge of the editorial pages and online commentary. She began as a rookie reporter in 1997 and has worked with the newspaper’s reporting…Read More

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Can Teslas and Pizza Get People Shopping Again?
June 20, 2016  |  By Jeff Ketner

A recent Washington Post headline read, “Unemployment is down. Gas prices are low. Why isn’t America shopping?” There are a number of possible answers. Both in the article and at the inaugural ShopTalk conference, there were numerous discussions about the U.S. being “over-retailed” – too many stores and e-commerce sites for too few shoppers. Many like to point to widespread uncertainty about the global economy and the twists and turns of the presidential election. Moreover, shoppers are spending their money differently: they are addicted to promotions and often opt to spend their hard-earned dollars on experiences like vacations or big…Read More

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The New Adventures of Old Christine
June 14, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

Hey y’all! My name is Christine Hanna and I am the new intern for Ketner Group. I am currently a senior corporate communications major at The University of Texas at Austin. I have lived in this amazing city my whole life and define myself as a true “Austinite.” Before joining the Ketner team I was primarily focused in the non-profit realm. I spent the past year as the program and development intern for the non-profit Marathon Kids. During my time at Marathon Kids, I concentrated on planning events and managing social media platforms. My love for non-profit stemmed from my…Read More

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What to do on the first day of your summer internship
June 7, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

You’re probably feeling some nerves. Finals are finally over and summer is finally here but the first day of a summer internship is likely making you feel a little anxious. Lucky for you, I’m here to share some good news. Having both experienced the first day as an intern (four times!) and a boss (twice!), everyone feels excited and a little nervous about the first day. Plus, an internship is a great opportunity to uncover your strengths and try out a variety of projects. It will help you get the job you want and it will also help you understand…Read More

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The Wrong Kind of SXSW Party: Getting Noticed the Right Way at SXSW
May 10, 2016  |  By Adrienne Newcomb

As we have all heard a thousand times, first impressions are critical. They can make or break you, and whether good or bad, a first impression often becomes a lasting one that is hard to run or hide from. During the first Saturday of SXSW, my coworker and I found ourselves with some time to kill and wandered the street to explore a few unofficial SXSW activities. Along the way, we came across one event poster that stopped us dead in our tracks. A photo of Bill Cosby with the caption, “Wanna Party?” was taped to a saran-wrapped telephone pole…Read More

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How to Find a PR Internship
May 2, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Cambria Sawyer. That whole “chicken or the egg” question may be archaic, but it’s more relevant than you think. Walking into your freshman year at a university and landing that first internship is not particularly high in the priorities list – but it should be. When it’s all you can do to find time to feed yourself in between classes, class projects and research papers, how can something that seems so far away be so immediately important? The thing is, when it comes to internship interviews, you need some experience to prove you’re up…Read More

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Gifs: Redefining Interpersonal Communication
April 28, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

A “gif” is defined as “a computer file format for the compression and storage of digital video images.” (Thanks, Merriam-Webster.) But most recently the term has come to define the looped video used in reaction to a situation or to add “color commentary” to an ongoing conversation between groups of people or to one’s social media post. Suffice it to say, I am a BIG fan of them. Since Slack announced its integration with GIPHY two years ago, Ketner Group’s inter-office /giphy tags have provided comedic relief to pretty much any situation we find ourselves in or in one-off conversations…Read More

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Scoring a Perfect 10 on Earth Day
April 20, 2016  |  By Ketner Group

This blog was written by our intern, Cambria Sawyer. Cause marketing is a lot like college. I first started to see this connection in my journey as a Ketner Group intern back and forth from the office to the jungle (a.k.a. campus). You see, college is a balancing act. Professors assign you more hours of homework than you have in a day. Somehow I’ve managed to survive off of cheese sticks and grapes for the past week, but the grocery store is in my imminent future. I need to go to the gym, steel drums practice, a club officer meeting…Read More

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