No White Lotus spoilers contained herein
Just new jobs, opps, and an exciting special guest for tomorrow's Zoom!
Last night I went to a holiday party. Then I came home and watched the White Lotus finale because I knew I wouldn’t be able to avoid spoilers if I didn’t. Then I got up at 6 am as usual to wrangle my kids onto a school bus. More coffee, please!
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Just a reminder that tomorrow is our final AMA of the year with a chat about big-picture planning and state-of-the-industry stuff with Aly Walansky, and all things affiliate with my go-to affiliate expert Zlata Faerman.
I also am so pleased to be able to announce one more special guest: the brilliant spiritual teacher Todd Savvas! He will start us off with a quick mindfulness exercise and then spend a few minutes sharing his tips for how to make a vision board and why it matters. So grateful to Todd, and so looking forward to this!
After that, I will take us through the list of pre-asked questions, but again, feel free to ask us anything — on any topic.
The session will be on December 13 — that’s tomorrow — at 9 am PT/12 noon ET via Zoom. Here is the Zoom login info.
This session is exclusively for paid subscribers, so upgrade your subscription now to join us and then register here. Really looking forward to it!
Sign up for this pitching masterclass
Good news! My TV reporter and PR agency owner friend Christina Nicholson (who hosted me on her podcast recently) hosts a 3-day program for pitching media. Once a seasonal event, she’s now made it available on-demand (!) and ready when you are.
She’s sharing her seven ingredients to land TV segments, online features, and podcast interviews that generate serious bank. You get the masterclass, a personal branding workbook, and a fill-in-the-blanks pitch template. And for some reason, she’s offering all of this for $37?! It’s a steal, so don’t let it pass you by.
Tools of the trade
Freshbooks is the bookkeeping tool I use exclusively for my invoicing, expenses, and reporting. It’s the best, IMHO, so I evangelize. Get FreshBooks here.
Are you a publicist who needs help understanding the affiliate game? This course, Affiliate Marketing for Publicists, can help.
I’m obsessed with the game-changing platform Otter.ai. I use it to both record interviews and also to transcribe them in real time. You can also use it to record/transcribe any type of meeting — so anyone who missed it can easily access the Cliff’s Notes version. There’s a pro plan for agencies/companies with a ton of neat features. Check out Otter.ai here.
Open press opportunities
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For Good Housekeeping, I’m still working on a roundup of the best Valentine’s Day getaways in the U.S. For this piece, I am seeking destinations more generally, not specific properties.
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Job posts in this newsletter are now free! Have an open opportunity you want me to promote? Share it with me at email@example.com.
Dreamday, founded by the former VP of marketing at Ritual, is now hiring an experienced PR account executive to help service its growing team, which includes clients like Brightland, Fly by Jing, Girlfriend Collective, and more. Dreamday is a “collaborative, empathetic, and passionate remote-work environment and offers flexible vacation policy, health insurance, 401k with matching, gender-neutral parental leave, and more.” You need 3 to 5+ years experience. Contact: Jamie Werner, VP of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Launchers has two open jobs, which involve working on the media strategy and outreach for indie authors. They are:
Media coordinator: Full-time, working directly with the marketing manager on strategy and overseeing media for clients.
Book media specialist: Can be full-time or part-time, works under media coordinator, focuses more just on media pitching with clients on their plate.
Both roles are 100% remote work with flexible schedules. “We’re looking to hire immediately to ideally train before the holidays.”
Modern Currency PR is looking to bring on a social media account executive with a passion for hospitality (food, travel, etc.), and a strong handle on social media. Applicants should be highly organized, creative, and passionate about PR/social media, and willing to be scrappy, proactive. Agency has a portfolio of award-winning luxury travel and hospitality clients, and a supportive and warm team environment. Applicants must have at least 1-2 years of direct experience in social media strategy/management. This position is fully remote but must be based in L.A. with the ability to be mobile for on-site client meetings, shoots, influencer tours, meet-ups etc. For more information and to submit a resume, reach out to Meghan Patke at email@example.com.
Carma Connected is seeking a senior account executive to join the team at its Miami Beach office (hybrid schedule of remote/ in-office work). 4+ years of experience in luxury lifestyle PR required. Carma offers competitive salary, health insurance including dental and vision, 401(k) plan with profit sharing, flexible schedule, generous time-off policy and more. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
KAYLEY Media is hiring a PR account manager in Web3 entertainment PR. Fully remote, part-time position with the intention to grow into full-time.
Rinck Advertising is actively seeking a public relations manager. “If you are passionate about growing in a high-performance culture that values respect, integrity, empathy, and courage,” apply. This is a remote, full-time, mid-level position with an opportunity for advancement.
“I was on KMO's team from November through August, doing all things affiliate and have been on three other agency teams executing pitching, list building, creating client pitches, running client calls, etc. This time of year gets so busy for editors and PR professionals alike and I wanted to let you know I have availability to assist wherever needed!” Contact: Kristjana Hillberg at 605-929-5685.
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