Sunday, September 28, 2008


Just last week, I added a video to YouTube for the company I work for, The Great Game of Business, so this is actually something I am beginning to experience. The decision to do this came after a discussion with my boss about the things we have discussed in this class thus far. A public relations person, such as myself, could use a video program like YouTube to promote their organization or event. YouTube is a program that is growing immensely and it is easy for viewers to get hooked. Promotion could be done by adding short clips from last year's event, or creating promotional videos based on various target audiences.

You Tube has many strengths. Obviously, by posting a video on YouTube rather than a company's website, a broader audience is more apt to see the video. Likewise, one of the big reasons we decided to post videos on YouTube was that by hosting it on YouTube rather than our Web site, we are able to decrease the load time for our Web site. Instead of having potential clients get frustrated with a slow load time, we are able to simply have a link to the video that opens in a new window, and the potential client never has to close out of our site. After viewing the video, they still have our site up to surf.

Another strength of the program is the ability to have people post comments about your video. This way, you can monitor what people are saying about your video. True, some of the comments may be negative and you do not want the public to see them, but YouTube gives you the ability to approve comments before they are posted (you just have to specify this on the settings). Also, a strength is the ability to see how many people have viewed your video and track how much it has spread from day to day.

However, there is a down-side to seeing the number of people who have viewed your video; you cannot see who those people are. One of the programs I use to send out our newsletter not only tells you how many people have clicked on a link, but also allows you to see the e-mail addresses of the people who have clicked on it. We use this information to find out what people are interested in, and contact them based on their interests. I would love to see a feature like this on YouTube.

Another negative aspect of the program is that videos can only be 10 minute clips. The video I uploaded was 14 minutes. Unfortunately, I had to chop the video into two parts so that I did not have to delete anything from the video. From checking the view number, I can tell that some people have watched one video and have not continued onto the second part. They may not have known that there was a second part, and thought that the video just ended abruptly. Or, someone may view part two, not realizing that there is a part one, and the video would not make sense. I believe this is a major weakness of YouTube. These are definitely ways that YouTube could hurt our company's image.

I think they primary public for a YouTube broadcast would consist of a demographic of late teenagers to young adults. These seem to be the people who would be more inclined to search YouTube for videos. To get this primary public to view the videos, it would be necessary to come up with keywords that both apply to the video and would appeal to the viewer so they have an interest in viewing your video. Hopefully after viewing the video, they will be inclined to go to the organizations Web site to find out more about the organization.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

When I Grow Up....

Sometimes I feel like I should already have the question answered of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” However, once I’ve got it figured out, it always seems to change. Sooooo today the answer is…..

My main goal is to be a good mommy and wife! :) But before that, I would like to have a successful career in some form of public relations. My dream job would be to do community relations for a major sports team or to do event planning for HUGE events, but I would be happy with (almost) any job doing community relations or event planning. If being that specific doesn’t work out, I would just like to have a job where I get to do a little bit of everything PR related…marketing, media relations, event planning, community relations, employee relations, etc. I tend to get bored easily, so the variety would probably be good for me!

After being a huge success in the PR world for a couple of years, I would like to take time off to be a stay-at-home mom. In between changing diapers and running my kids to soccer, I’d like to work on becoming Accredited in Public Relations. I really want some kind of abbreviation to put after my name!

Going beyond five years, once my kids go to school, I’d like to go back to work part-time (this time in the non-profit world) and hopefully work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I really hope that a Master’s degree will help me in the future! I’m getting kind of nervous, because I talk to recent COM grads like Kristin Kirchoff or MBA grads who can’t find a job because employers are telling them that they are too qualified. I’m sure they don’t care if they are too qualified…they just want a job!!! I’m worried this will happen to me, and I will have to leave my Master’s degree off of my resume for my first time job hunting, just so I can get some experience. All of this hard work better be worth it!

Monday, September 15, 2008


This is my first attempt at blogging! Scary!