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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.

We’re hiring a PR Coordinator

Posted by alissa on May 27th, 2016

Congratulations to everyone graduating this month! We’re hiring a PR coordinator. Is this the job for you? Our office is (almost) as fun as these kitty cubicles.

Feel free to share far and wide, and enjoy this lovely Memorial Day weekend!

PR Coordinator

Alissa Neil PR, a boutique firm specializing in public relations for media organizations and digital startups, is looking for a PR Coordinator to work on the firm’s numerous high-profile accounts. The position will be full-time and paid hourly ($20/hr), with the possibility of turning into a salaried position. This position will be conducted remotely much of the time, but ideally, applicant will be located in or near Washington, DC or New York City, to join various ANPR staffers in the office on occasion.

The PR Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the team on day-to-day operations for numerous clients and must be capable of handling multiple projects at once, with high attention to detail. Candidate must be an excellent writer and possess a strong understanding of—and passion for—today’s media landscape. Ideal applicant will have a background or strong interest in journalism, PR, marketing, and podcasts, and is someone who works well independently. This role also involves research, scheduling, managing interns, and general administrative tasks that will provide support to the rest of the staff.


Responsibilities

-Maintain and update numerous press lists, and manage interns on press list maintenance

-Research media outlets, reporters, producers, etc. on a constant basis

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

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

-Monitor media coverage and compile thorough reports of media hits to deliver to clients

-Manage billing and accounts receivable, create client invoices, etc.

-Manage the ANPR Twitter and Facebook accounts, and contribute content for clients’ social media accounts when applicable

-Oversee and develop social media opportunities for ANPR and for clients

-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

-Internship or previous work in PR, media, or publishing a plus

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

-Fluency in Twitter 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 Palo Alto. 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.

Please send a resume to alissa@alissaneilpr.com.

 

So, it was our 12-year anniversary in June…

Posted by alissa on October 14th, 2015

We’ve been in business for a dozen years!* (And in case you couldn’t tell, we’re celebrating with donuts. Real, edible ones, and also ones of the .gif variety — check out our new homepage slider. Plus, who knew Doughnut Plant‘s ‘wild blueberry’ would be modeled after ANPR’s logo?)

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*We didn’t turn twelve today, technically, we turned twelve-and-a-quarter. But we’ve been working on so many exciting and worthwhile projects for our clients, this PR firm just hasn’t had the time to do its own PR.

Here’s just some of the excitement we’ve been engulfed in:

First, our earbuds are afire:  Getting In, an ambitious Panoply podcast that follows NYC-area high school seniors through the entire college admissions process, in real-time, is just getting heated up. Check out all recent episodes here, and if you’re a parent or student, submit an audio message and your question might be answered on a future show. We’re also totally hooked on Panoply’s The Message, a fictional podcast with a sci-fi bent that hearkens back to the early days of radio theater. These are just two of Panoply’s stable of over 60 stellar podcasts we’ve been busy promoting, with more (binge-worthy!) shows to debut soon. Check back on Thursday, October 22 for a very exciting new podcast.

In other news, Harvard Business Review just came out with its 2015 list of Best-Performing CEOs in the World, (move on down, Jeff Bezos).

We’re promoting a best-selling author whose compelling biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, Sisters in Law, lends a lot of context to the new Supreme Court season, and speaks volumes on both women’s legacies.

Did we mention we’re also working with a new way to turn your #1 driving distractor into a driving safety tool? Driversiti uses your smartphone’s sensor data to understand driving behavior and provide real-time feedback, helping you drive more safely and efficiently. With the connected car on everyone’s brain, we couldn’t be happier to be involved with such innovative technology.

Oh, and let’s not forget the stunning research by Miner & Co. Studio showing that watching TV is being used as punishment for today’s tablet-toting tots. (Yes, watching TV = punishment in today’s tech-centric world!) Check out the full study here.

Meanwhile, we’re still keeping our core strong with Fuse Pilates.

As you can see, we’re having a busy autumn. So while we do apologize for not celebrating our 12th birthday sooner, all we can say is that we have other priorities! Now we understand why organizations hire agencies.

ANPR lands another client in Beantown

Posted by alissa on December 11th, 2014

Boston is becoming ANPR’s second home (besides DC and NYC!) and we agree, it’s an innovation hotbed.

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now working with WBUR, Boston’s NPR station and the creators of Car Talk, Here and Now, On Point and Only a Game. Between radio, podcasting and multimedia, the dynamic station has lots of interesting things happening. We’ll be telling you all about them soon, so tune in!

3 is the Magic Number

Posted by alissa on October 13th, 2014

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We’d like to celebrate three new clients who have recently come on board.

1. ANPR went back to school with Harvard Business Review in September, so get ready for more news about business strategy, management and workflow in the coming months. We’ll be sharing stories that we think are useful, so take a break from work and click on our links. You’re not goofing off – you’re helping yourself become a better manager.

2. On the DC front, ANPR is defining its core mission with our latest, greatest DC client: Fuse Pilates. In a couple of months, we might even publish pictures of us doing a pike during one of Fuse’s Chair classes (like this - but that’s not us!). We can see why Fuse is addicting and we now understand why DC was recently named the fittest city in the country.

3. We’re also thrilled to be working with The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, one of the first non-profit journalism incubators, which paved the way for more recent entrants (@ProPublica @MarshalProj). To give you an idea of the importance and value of the stories published as a result of Investigative Fund partnerships, check out “Bias in the Box,” a sprawling investigation into black juror exclusion in capital trials by Dax-Devlon Ross. On the heels of the events in Ferguson this past summer, it’s a must-read.

Monumental Move

Posted by alissa on June 10th, 2014

ANPR on the move

We the People of ANPR… hold these truths to be self evident…

That every PR firm needs an office in our nation’s capital!

ANPR is happy to celebrate its 11th anniversary with the opening of an office in Washington, DC, where Alissa will be doing business starting this summer. With Stephanie, who earlier this year was promoted to PR Manager and Social Media Director, holding down the fort at ANPR headquarters in New York City and Jocelyn continuing to work her PR magic from the heart of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, ANPR will now have a pulse on the nation’s news and media climate from three (3!) crucial geographic  perspectives and two time-zones, with the potential for loads of new contacts and press opportunities for our clients… but who’s counting?

We’re thrilled that our DC presence puts us in close proximity with policy-makers, NGOs, and tons of super-smart startups. Best of all, we’ve already snagged our first DC-based client, Green Tomato Cars. Green Tomato is an eco-friendly car service that will take you to and from the airport (and just about any other destination in the DC metro area) in a hybrid or electric vehicle – and at reasonable prices, too. If you’re conscious about your carbon footprint but still need to get around town, they’re your best bet. Learn more here: http://www.greentomatocars.com/usa/ and download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

And if you have anyone you want us to meet in DC, just let us know!