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We’re hiring a PR & Social Media Coordinator!

Posted by alissa on May 8th, 2019

ANPR is hiring! We’re looking for a news and social media junkie who’s an excellent writer and master sleuth to join our team. Is it you? If so, please send a resume to alissa@alissaneilpr.com.

Alissa Neil PR, a boutique firm specializing in public relations for media organizations, consumer tech and digital startups, is looking for a PR & Social Media Coordinator with 1-3 years of publicity experience to work on the firm’s numerous high-profile accounts. The position is based in NYC.

The PR & Social Media Coordinator will be responsible for handling day-to-day responsibilities for multiple large accounts, including pitching, press release writing, research, interview coordination, list building, tracking press coverage, etc. This role will focus on our media clients—including The Week and Harvard Business Review—but you should be comfortable working with our tech/lifestyle clients such as Cricut as well.

The candidate must be an excellent writer, follow the news and social media trends, and possess a strong understanding of today’s media landscape. The ideal applicant is someone who works well independently, is capable of handling multiple projects at once, and has high attention to detail.

Responsibilities

  • Write and send concise, targeted pitches to news outlets with the aim of securing press coverage and interviews for clients on the web, in print, and on TV, radio, and podcasts

  • For journalism clients: determine news pegs and pitch angles to book journalists on broadcast programs for commentary (particularly related to politics); send articles of interest to reporters who cover a similar beat

  • Maintain and update numerous press lists and cultivate relationships with reporter and producer contacts

  • Write press materials including releases, pitches, biographies, one-sheets, and more

  • Monitor media coverage and compile thorough reports of media hits for client delivery

  • Develop and consult on social media opportunities for ANPR and for clients

  • Draft tweets for executives

  • Seek out award opportunities for clients and clients’ content, keep track of all applicable awards, and draft award applications

  • Schedule meetings and assist with meeting prep; write and circulate meeting agendas

  • Provide general administrative support on various activities and projects

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, PR, journalism, or related field required

  • 1-3 years of experience in PR or media

  • Fluency in Twitter essential

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Google Docs essential

  • Knowledge of Quickbooks, CisionPoint, and Photoshop a plus

Skills

  • Excellent writing skills and a strong grasp on grammar, style, and usage

  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills across all mediums (in person, by phone, email, Twitter, etc.)

  • Ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and meet tight deadlines

  • Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic self-starter

About ANPR:

ANPR is a boutique PR firm with offices in NY, DC and the SF bay area. We like to think of ourselves as working at the center of the zeitgeist, whether on interesting tech startups or news stories of the moment. Our environment moves at a quick pace and requires curiosity, creativity and someone who can shift gears at a moment’s notice. We take our clients seriously, but we also like to keep things light, fun and positive. We nurture and support our colleagues and seek mature and kind individuals to join our unique team.

Are you our next PR Manager?

Posted by alissa on April 3rd, 2019

ANPR is hiring! We’re looking for a superstar PR Manager with a collaborative spirit, strong instincts for all things digital, and an interest in working with a variety of clients. Is it you?

TO APPLY: Please email alissa@alissaneilpr.com with your resume and a brief explanation of why you’re interested in the role.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Alissa Neil PR, a public relations firm specializing in lifestyle, tech and media, is looking for a full-time PR specialist to work on the firm’s numerous high profile accounts (Cricut, The Week, Harvard Business Review, Lovevery, Mayku, Type Investigations). Candidates must possess a strong understanding of—and passion for—today’s media landscape. Bonus points for those interested in the DIY movement, global issues, and early childhood development. (Not the most logical combination, but we work on diverse accounts!)

We’re looking for an excellent writer with the ability to identify the strongest news angle–someone who knows how to craft the right pitch for a journalist, whether they are reporting on the best gifts for Mother’s Day, home decor, or breaking news; and someone who knows how to modify their tone to get traction with a TV producer for a morning show or a nightly news program. The ideal candidate is willing to roll-up their sleeves to make things happen, is savvy when it comes to research, and can even do a little event planning when the occasion arises.

Two to six years of PR experience preferred — we’re looking for someone to come to us with an already proven record of media contacts.

Individual must be able to communicate professionally and in a timely manner with clients; be comfortable multi-tasking; be able to work independently and be resourceful. Team players only.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

– Creating, editing, and distributing press materials
– Crafting and pitching story ideas to targeted reporters
– Responding to incoming press requests in a timely manner
– Coordinating clients’ media interviews, including logistics
– Creating targeted media lists using CisionPoint and online research
– Securing press coverage for clients on web, print, TV, and radio
– Cultivating and maintaining relationships with journalists and broadcast producers
– Collaborating with team to create story ideas, PR plans and new business proposals
– Managing projects from concept to execution
– Amplifying media coverage
– Monitoring and tracking media coverage
– Creating media coverage reports and presentations

QUALIFICATIONS:

– Bachelor’s degree in communications, PR, journalism, or related field
– Past work experience in PR, communications, media, or publishing
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) & Google Docs/Sheets
– Strong grasp of social media, particularly Twitter
– Knowledge of CisionPoint and Photoshop a plus

REQUIRED SKILLS:

– Strong writing and editing abilities such that you can generate and edit press materials, award submissions, client fact sheets, pitches, recaps, briefing books, and general client correspondence
– Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
– Strong communication and interpersonal skills
– Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines; manage interns, and work independently

JOB LOCATION:

Open-ended. We’re a tight-knit team, but are spread out across the U.S. (NYC, DC + SF Bay Area.) Let us know where you are, and if it’s a fit, we’ll find a way to make this work.

ABOUT ANPR: You can sit with us

16 years old this June, ANPR is a nurturing and positive environment, and we’re in major growth mode. We care deeply about our colleagues and our clients, and only take on clients we truly believe in. We offer a competitive salary and 401K match, 2 weeks paid vacation, plus paid national holidays.

‘Til DIY Do Us Part!

Posted by alissa on March 20th, 2018

Last week, we got to work (work, work) running a press event for Cricut, our lovely client, where we showed reporters just how much this smart cutting machine can do. It’s about so much more than vinyl decals and iron-on apparel; Cricut Maker also cuts leather, fabric, clear plastic (in case you haven’t noticed, that PVC trend is back), and many, many other materials.

Our showcase at the Bryant Park Hotel displayed how items made and embellished with Cricut can be at the center of any home or wedding decor, from intricate paper flowers and table settings, to statement jewelry and leather clutches, to nursery quilts & stuffed animals. Take a scroll and check out some of the things we showed off last week that were made with Cricut, to everyone’s amazement!

This clutch, featuring a leaf pattern designed by Saumya Sharma, the winner of an accessories contest Cricut held for FIT students:

The moccasin-like addition to these oxfords & the bold decal on these heels:

These PVC pouches, along with their felt floral accents, designed by FIT contest runner-up Chloe Kang:

These fun leather earrings, designed by FIT contest finalist Maggi Feldman:

The menus, table numbers, paper flowers (how gorgeous are those anemones?!), agate coaster place cards, and gold-speckled plastic treat boxes in this wedding table setting:

The personalization on this white pillow, plus a spotted pillow, stuffed animal, and nursery quilt based on jungle-inspired designs by FIT contest runner-up Cat Clock:

These similarly-inspired votive holders:

And so much more!

The flu is really, really bad this year — but GoodRx can at least save your wallet

Posted by alissa on February 8th, 2018

You probably know that 2018 has seen the worst flu epidemic in a decade, whether you’re just keeping up with the news, or had to take some extra sick days this winter. But just how much worse off are we, compared to previous years?

A strong indicator of the severity of the flu is the volume of prescriptions for Tamiflu, the drug used to treat the virus. And this year, Tamiflu fills are “ soaring – outpacing last year’s prescriptions by a factor of 10 or even 20 times higher this year in some states, with a nationwide rate that is more than 6 times higher than last year.”

This data comes from our client GoodRx, which helps people save on their prescription drugs, and researches trends in drug prices across the United States. This year, as the flu worsened nationwide, our friends at GoodRx put together a helpful diagram that shows just how bad things are, in certain states in particular:

According to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescriptions, pharmacy fills for Tamiflu, the most popular medication to treat the flu, are increasing, with some notable geographic variations. In Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas, prescriptions are up over 20-fold from last year, and other parts of the south and midwest are likewise seeing an exceptionally high prescription volume.

Whether you’re in one of the states that’s experiencing a particularly high uptick in flu cases, or anywhere else, you can use GoodRx to find out which pharmacies are offering the lowest prices on Tamiflu. (Few people know that the same drug could cost vastly different prices, just across the street!)

Just head to the GoodRx page for Tamiflu, plug in your zip code, and see where you’ll save the most: https://www.goodrx.com/tamiflu. For example, in New York City, the cash price of Tamiflu (without insurance) will set you back an estimated $108 at Walgreens, but with a free coupon from GoodRx you’ll be on the road to wellness for just $58.46. At Rite Aid, the estimated cash price is up to $150, but a free coupon will get you Tamiflu for $63.40.

If you or a family member comes down with the flu this year, you deserve to treat it without overspending, and GoodRx can help!

These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things!

Posted by alissa on December 5th, 2017

Here at ANPR, we’re always sharing recommendations of articles, podcasts, TV, music, and more with each other. Now, we bring those recommendations to you: Here are a few of our favorite things right now.

Jocelyn: I think most of us would agree that this year was STRESSFUL (CAPS necessary). So while I patiently wait for the dumpster fire that was 2017 to extinguish itself, I’ve been reading “Declutter Your Mind—How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety, and eliminate negative thinking,” by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport. I appreciate the useful, tactical advice for taking a more positive attitude. Being down never helped advance any cause, so here’s to bringing better vibes to 2018.

Anu: I recently listened to this episode of the podcast Reply All, titled “Is Facebook Spying on you?” In it, an expert tries (rather unsuccessfully) to explain away the growing suspicion that Facebook is listening to your conversations through your phone to serve you specific ads. My friend has been trying to convince me that Facebook does this this for 6 months, and I think this put her case over the edge!

Alissa: Since, like everyone else, I’ve been steeped in the thick of what has been so much miserable news, I find myself in need of outlets to escape. Lately, I’ve been perusing design blogs and while I’ve always appreciated textiles, I’ve found one designer who I’ve become utterly obsessed with: Seema Krish! I was drawn into this textile designer because of the block print and embroidery technique as well as her colors. But the icing on the cake is that she supports women weavers and workers in India. And I love the studio’s mission: “We design fabrics that are simple and beautiful, with the mission to enhance the lives of both the users and makers of our products.” Can’t wait to have my home adorned with Seema’s beautiful textiles.


Katie: When you think of Willow Smith, you probably think “Whip My Hair.” So I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that the now-17-year-old’s new album, The 1st, is much more reminiscent of Lorde and Florence and the Machine than the fun but slightly grating 2010 bop. I’ve been greatly enjoying Willow’s unique voice, interesting melodies, and profound-diary-of-a-teen-girl lyrics (they were called juvenile by the Rolling Stone, to which I say, why is that bad?). Standout songs include Israel, Lonely Road, And Consideration, and Warm Honey.

Stephanie: I’ve been enjoying Search Party on TBS. It pokes smart fun at “millennial” narcissism, and now, in Season 2, it’s also a psychological thriller. Imagine Crime & Punishment or The Tell-Tale Heart, staged among rich kids in Brooklyn. And with a female protagonist, which is cool.

Fall news from ANPR

Posted by Stephanie on November 6th, 2017


CRICUT IS A CUT ABOVE
We couldn’t resist. Over at The Wirecutter, Cricut got top marks in a review of the best electronic cutting machines, being named the best for beginners and the best upgrade pick. You can thank the machines’ speed, quiet, and intuitiveness. If that weren’t enough, Cricut earned a spot in the New York Times’ holiday gift guide. Above, see how Latina magazine used Cricut to customize a totally succulent Friendsgiving!

SLATE TAKES ON RECONSTRUCTION
Jamelle Bouie & Rebecca Onion are back with a sequel to their Slate Academy on the History of American Slavery: Reconstruction. The new podcast series finds the seeds of our present politics in the period after the Civil War — so it sounds like required listening for the White House (looking at you, John Kelly and Sarah Huckabee Sanders). The program is for Slate Plus members, but if you’re not ready to join up, the first episode — on how freedpeople ended up owning land parcels, and then losing them — is free. Listen here: http://www.slate.com/articles/slate_plus/reconstruction.html.

ALISSA REFLECTS ON “SIMPLER” TIMES
We learned something new: Before Alissa put the A in ANPR or began her career, she was an intern — at Ruder Finn, Ketchum, and AT&T. While creating FedEx labels for a shipment this week, she admitted missing the joys of admin work. Whatever floats your boat, Alissa! (And thanks for the labels. You did us a solid.)