We Just Want a Little Appreciation.

What exactly are employee relations? I believe that it is the way a company manages their employees.  Companies do many different things to show their appreciation of their employees. For example, a company named Quest just recently had a National Truck Driver Appreciation Week party.

Quest served the drivers breakfast and lunch to show their appreciation for all of their hard work. This is an exceptional idea because the drivers need to know that they are appreciated. They work their tails off every day driving from place to place at such odd hours of the day that a week of appreciation is deserved!

That is just one example of how a company tried to make employee relations better. To be able to connect with their employees and show them that they are thankful for their hard work and dedication.

In my opinion, the recent economic downturn didn’t really change the relationship between employers and their employee public. I guess that this is sort of a tricky question. I haven’t analyzed every company and asked people whether or not they feel like they are appreciated by their employers.

But on the other hand, I have experience with different employers and I know how they treated me when I worked for them. For example, I work for the Cleveland Indians when I go home for the summer and they did a lot for their customers. We had a “end of the year” party for all of the staff and it was really nice. Also, right now I work for The Ohio State University’s recreation center “RPAC”. They do an exceptional job at recognizing their employees. They have recently implemented a new plan to get their employees excited to work. We had a training day where all we did was play “Battleships” in the rec center’s pool. It was so much fun, and I know that everyone the I work with enjoyed it.

I think that with the economic downturn people are getting laid off, but companies are trying to make up for that by trying even hard to make the companies that they still have feel important. So maybe, employee relations is getting better because of the economic downturn. What do you think?

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Just a Comment About Commenting.

Commenting on blogs is very important. I just recently read an article talking about ten reasons why commenting is good. The author says you can make friends by commenting, and create publicity for your own blog.  It helps you out because if you comment on someones blog more than likely those people will look at your blog and comment back.

My comm 3334 class teacher is having us comment on at least four blogs (for now). At first I thought that it would be super awkward and I wasn’t looking forward to doing it, but now that I have commented on four posts I feel encouraged to comment more. It was interesting reading posts that were similar to my interest of Public Relations. I felt like I could help out the person because people are always looking for different insight about their ideas.

Also, I love getting a comment. It’s just like Facebook and getting a “like” on one of your posts. It makes you feel happy and better about yourself that someone enjoyed what you said.

I was also reading a blog that talked about how to write good comments. Vicki (the author) says to make it a good comment you have to:

  • Back up your opinion and explain why you like/dislike someones opinion.
  • Show the author that you hear them
  • Reinforce opinions you agree with
  • Draw attention to your own blog (but not too much attention

It’s a pretty interesting post, so I encourage everyone to check out Vicki’s blog!

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Week of Tweets

Hey guys,

Over this past week my comm 3334 class teacher had our class make a “professional” twitter account and tweet over the course of the week. Before this assignment I already had a twitter, but I wouldn’t call it “professional”. The only reason why I joined twitter in the first place was to stay in contact with my friends from back home since they don’t believe in Facebook anymore for some odd reason.

I can never stay in the loop with new fads going on. Once I got used to myspace (ha myspace) it turned over to Facebook, then finally I got used to Facebook and now it’s Twitter! What’s next? instagram, pinterest.

I sure hope not pinterest because I tried getting into that, I just didn’t care too much for it. I guess I didn’t really try hard enough, but I just really don’t want a new fad. Twitter and Facebook are fine to me. I rarely tweet and when I do it’s usually a retweet. Even though I look at Twitter at least 5 times a day. I just like to keep up to date on the news and what better place then Twitter?, Right?, Right.

You know what the best part about Twitter is? The fact that you can find anyone and anything to follow. For example, you can literally follow “Twitter”. I am not joking. If you don’t believe me, you can check it out for yourself at https://twitter.com/twitter. It’s actually pretty cool and they have their own blog. Well that’s all for now, hope you enjoyed my rant about how Twitter and I get alone!

P.S. follow me on Twitter @stephmartin2492 . Please and thank you!

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Comments on Other Blogs

1. 9/19/2012: Another Student’s Blog http://hannahcurlis.wordpress.com/

Comment: I love express too! You seem to really know what you want to do and that’s great! Also, APA style is new to me so hopefully we can get a lot out of this class and it will help in the future. Good luck to you when you graduate!

2. 9/19/2012: Another Student’s Blog http://liztief.wordpress.com/

Comment: I just got accepted into the major of Strategic Communications as well! I interned over this past summer and it really helped me out with understand exactly what PR is all about. So interning is probably your best bet in getting comfortable with the major. I really enjoyed it and it made me realize that this is the major I want to do. I used to be a Journalism major and as I wrote for the Lantern I found out that journalism is not for me. I think experience is the most important part of deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life. Good luck to you in your further classes. I’m sure we will be in more classes together!

3. 9/25/2012: Muffy’s PR & Social Media Blog http://mlavens.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/how-social-media-can-help-your-companys-pr/

Comments: I completely agree about how social media is a good thing for companies. As for everything in the world there are always going to be negatives and positives, but like you said the positives outweigh the negatives. The best part about companies being able to use social media is the consumer interactions. Like you said about contacting Nike about your sensor. I too have been able to use Facebook to complain about a product that I was sold and they replied back within days and made sure that I was taken care of. This is just the beginning of social media and I can’t wait to see what else it will bring us!

4. 9/25/2012: Pursuing PR http://pursuingpr.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/marketing-myself/

Comment: I just recently started my blog for one of my communications class, so I’m still getting used to engaging my audience as well. But I agree with you about adding pictures and links. Those are what really grab my attention when reading a post. Also, I have learned not to post several times a day because too many posts in a short amount of time really draws your readers away and they get annoyed. Just a few tips that I have learned in class recently. Hope you succeed and get many followers!

5. 10/22/2012: The Clash http://theclashcom.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/managing-the-media-during-a-crisis/comment-page-1/#comment-5

Comment: I have taken several communications classes so far in college (I am a junior at The Ohio State University) and I completely agree with all 6 “rules”. I think that the most important “rule” is the one about acting quickly.  In my strategic communications class that I am taking now, we are working on a project where we choose a company or two and talk about a bad ad campaign and a good one.  After watching several groups present I have realized my teacher wants to know why the ad campaign was good and why the other one was bad.  Some of the groups have said that that the ad campaign they chose was bad because whatever happened the company did not respond quickly enough to the situation. I think that that is critical because it shows that they realize they did something wrong. Thanks for the great tips!

6. 10/22/2012: Claire M. Robinson http://clairemarierobinson.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/why-pr-is-for-me-2/

Comment: Hi! I am a communications major at The Ohio State University and I completely agree with you as to why you want to go into public relations. My dream job is to work for the government as a PR agent. It’s kind of a long shot, but hey it might happen. I think that your campaign for The Communication Department of Virginia Tech seems pretty interesting. I myself am in a strategic communications class and we have done several different PR projects to help us get our feet wet before we actually get out into the real world. We are currently working on writing press releases and we just got done with creating a media advisory. Doing hands on work really helps because it’s one thing reading how to do it in a book, but to actually be able to write one and get feedback really helps out a lot. Hope your dream job comes true and good luck to you!

7. 10/22/2012: Another Student’s Blog http://liztief.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/public-opinion-and-pr-management/comment-page-1/#comment-6

Comment: Hey liz! I really enjoyed reading your blog about public opinion and PR management. Your use of pictures is really interesting and caught my attention. After looking at your blog posts I think that using some bullet points is a good way at attracting an audience. Before I even read your blog I went straight to your bullet points because it really caught my eye.

Anyway, I really liked how you explained in depth your opinion about using Facebook and Twitter and showed examples of how different companies informs customers and how they deal with a variety of feedback. Great blog post, keep it up!

8. 11/2/2012: Another Student’s Blog http://nicolepaplaczyk.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/199/

Comment: This blog post was really interesting.  The picture slideshow that you added was a real good effect.  I am also in an anthropology class and it’s funny how makeup relates to what we are learning.  The Aba Journal quote that you added pretty much summed up the world of make-up.  People seem more likable when they have make-up on as opposed to those who don’t wear make-up.  I don’t completely agree with that because there are women out there who look good without any make-up on, but most women always wear make-up so it’s weird seeing them without it.  Take me for instance, I only wear eye-liner but I wear it everyday. When I’m not wearing it I think I look weird and so do people I see often. I’m sure if someone I didn’t know looked at me without make-up wouldn’t even notice because they aren’t used to me with make-up.  Just like the famous women in your pictures, we are all used to them with make-up that if they don’t have it on it just looks weird.  Good topic, really got me thinking and intrigued!

9. 11/2/2012: Jon Negroni http://jonnegroni.com/2012/11/02/lets-talk-about-social-media-for-a-second/ 

Comment: I completely agree! I feel like there are infinite amount of social media sites out there that there is no possible way one person could ever learn how to use them all.  Challenge accepted! I always want to learn about new social media sites and how they work.  Yeah, I get frustrated with them a lot, but I love knowing what is out there and how many different tools there are. Great topic to think about right before the weekend! Thanks.

10. 11/2/2012: Another Student’s Blog http://benballa.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/top-4-ways-for-children-and-teens-to-prevent-of-skin-cancer/

Comment: I thought that it was weird that the number 1 way to prevent skin cancer is to “eat right”. I would have definitely thought it would be to stay out of the sun or no tanning haha.  I guess we learn something new everyday! I read an article about this before as well. You should check it out, it’s pretty interesting. http://cancer.about.com/od/skincancermelanoma/tp/preventskincanc.htm

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Blogging

Hello, my name is Stephanie Martin. I am currently attending The Ohio State University as a Strategic Communications major. Over the past summer I was an intern at a small Direct Marketing company near Cleveland, Ohio. Some of the tasks that I was assigned to were creating a blog, Facebook, and a Twitter account. I updated all three of those daily with recent articles and fun facts about direct mail. The majority of my time there I worked on creating them a new website which was very stressful and tedious.

I chose strategic communications as my major because I would really like to go into Public Relations, or advertising after I graduate. I am very interested in technology and how it has developed and grown throughout the years. So therefore I have a good knowledge of how to use a computer and different software on the computer. In some of my past classes I have had to work with wordpress, photoshop, and indesign. It doesn’t take me very long to understand new software (even though it can be frustrating at times).

Just one more final note:

I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to exploring more about blogs and twitter in this class!

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