Ask and you shall receive

I love getting mail (even if the mail doesn’t love me). I also know that I’m not alone in liking free stuff.

The Stuff

On two separate occasions, I signed up on Facebook pages to receive something free.

Mio released two new flavors: lemonade and blueberry lemonade. Already being a Mio user, I got excited when they let Facebook fans request to try a “sample” of one of the flavors. I  requested a blueberry lemonade. Six to ten days later, I had a full-size blueberry lemonade in the mailbox.20120501-084807.jpg

Target (or maybe it was Target Style) allowed their Facebook fans to request a free beauty bag with product samples. I jumped on the opportunity to try some different skincare problems and get some bonus coupons. When my Target beauty bag arrived, it was better than I had expected! The bag alone was worth the time spent submitted my request. Continue reading

Cruises and a PR perspective

Awhile before the Costa Concordia accident/incident occurred, I had commented to my in-laws that I would turn down a job offer to work for Carnival Cruise Line’s PR department. They’re a cruise family (as are we) and we’ve at various points in time talked about the “what ifs” of one of the family working for a cruise line.

Sunset over the Atlantic

One thing that’s important to me as a public relations professional is that the clients I work with make plans, conduct training and generally take action to avoid problems, instead of crossing their fingers and hoping that some PR pros and customer service staff will clean up their messes. In my opinion, as a consumer, PR girl and cruiser, there is something wrong with Carnival Cruise lines. Continue reading

It’s amazing what you can do in 15 minutes

If you know me, you know that for the past (almost) 5 months I have been interning at a public relations agency and one strange aspect of this internship is that every 15 minute chunk of my life must be recorded (for client billing purposes, not for stalking me or anything).

This has led me to the realization that with a 15 minute block of time, you can do a lot!

What can you do in 15 minutes? Check it out:

  • Scour 5-7 HARO or ProfNet emails
  • Proof a press release
  • Leave 6-10 voice mails
  • Capture 5 media clips
  • Complete a staff meeting
  • Scan a wedding magazine
  • Write a journal and/or blog post
  • Wait on hold for your doctor’s office
  • Have a prescription filled at Rite Aid
  • Eat a quick lunch so the rest of your break can be spent on homework

You really can do a lot more than that in 15 minutes. I’ve been breaking my life up into 15 minute blocks of time for the past few months and I think I’ll keep doing it because it’s become a time management tool!