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Courtesy of eventique.com

This past Friday, I attended the Greater Cleveland PRSA Student Day, titled “Get Social. Link Into Your Professional Network.” It was a long day – I was waking up to get ready as my roommate was getting home from a night out – but it was well worth it. The day consisted of PR professionals from around Northeast Ohio speaking about everything from agency and corporate life to what not to write in your resume and what shoes not to wear to a job interview.

My favorite part of the day, however, was the session titled “Event Planning 2.0.” Professionals from event planning businesses in Cleveland spoke to us about how they incorporate social media into their planning processes. I found these practitioners’ use of social media very interesting and wanted to share a little about what I learned from each of them.

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How do you PINK?

How do you PINK?

When Fathom SEO Senior Account Executive Dominic Litten visited our class last week to talk about search engine optimization and the use of social media in public relations, he mentioned a best practices example that stuck in my mind: Victoria’s Secret.

Victoria’s Secret is a brand that we all know and love, some more than others I’m sure, but I think VS is a company that appeals in some way to almost everyone, even all you boys out there.

But as a female college student, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the creation of the Victoria’s Secret PINK line made my life a lot more, well, pink – while simultaneously causing my bank account to drop significantly closer to the red (even my bed is completely covered in PINK merchandise). There’s just something about this brand that’s addicting, like I can’t ever have enough.

Plus, I’m pretty sure that this clothing line single-handedly made wearing your pajamas to class fashionably acceptable, and for that I am eternally grateful. I doubt that you’d be able to walk across any college campus nowadays without seeing at least five girls with PINK written across their behinds. We’re all walking, talking advertisements!

What’s PR Got To Do With It?

The VS PINK line was designed specifically with the younger, college-aged generation in mind. And what do we college kids like to do when we’re supposed to be studying, paying attention in class, or accomplishing a million other, more productive things? Why, we play on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of course! And the people over at Victoria’s Secret know this. That’s why their social media campaign works so well.

Referring back to my previous post, it’s obvious that those VS PR folks asked themselves how they could successfully put social media to work for this brand. They know their audience. They know where their audience lives online. They know what they want to say to their audience. Here are a few examples of how they’re doing it (and doing it well):

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