October 05, 2016
Last night I had the pleasure of hosting and moderating a panel event for more than 70 PR and communication students, from universities across Victoria. Joining me on the panel were three incredible speakers, Chris Burns, Fiona McGregor and Alex Lefley, who told students what to expect in your first few years in the communication industry. Their stories, tips and advice were great and probably things we can all relate to.
Here are my top ten takeaways from the night.
1. University will not prepare you for work life
Full time work will be a shock to your system. While universities will arm you with skills and knowledge, you will most likely have little idea of what you’re doing when working on your first few projects. Understand that the first few months will be particularly challenging, and that is completely normal. Do your best.
2. Learn how to be an active listener
You might think you have the answers and know the best way to do things, but you probably don’t. In the first...Read More
October 03, 2016
In late August, Think HQ helped the Scanlon Foundation launch Australians Today – a new research report looking at life in Australia, as described by our diverse population.
“The Scanlon Foundation has been working with Think HQ for more than five years and we trust them to deliver every time.” Anthea Hancocks, CEO Scanlon Foundation
Our work to launch Australians Today involved:
- Creation of an interactive campaign site: see it here
- Media relations
- Stakeholder relations
- Event management for the report launch.
Think HQ secured high quality coverage across print, digital, radio and TV channels nationally and internationally. Print and digital media included more than 40 pieces of coverage, including pieces in The Age, The Guardian, The Australian, ABC, SBS and Nine News.
Prior to the launch, Think HQ briefed Ministers and government stakeholders on the results of Australians Today.
More than 120 attended the launch of...Read More
September 27, 2016
For four years, Think HQ has worked with the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) to deliver Australia’s national awareness week for organ and tissue donation – DonateLife Week. Year on year, we’ve seen community support and PR results grow with more and more editorial and social media coverage.
Working with the OTA, our team delivered national media relations, social media and stakeholder engagement activity in the lead up to and during DonateLife Week.
Magazine coverage included stories in That’s Life, Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea. National television coverage included:
- Weekend Sunrise
- Weekend Today Show
- ABC News Breakfast
- Nine News Bulletin (Sydney and Melbourne)
- Ten Eyewitness News (Sydney)
- Seven News Bulletin (Sydney and Melbourne).
We also developed and monitored social media content across DonateLife’s social media channels during DonateLife Week. Targets set for Facebook, Twibbon and Twitter were surpassed, and the campaign hashtag #endthewait was used...Read More
June 21, 2016
The Children’s Protection Society (CPS) engaged Think HQ to promote the expansion of its programs and services to its key target audiences. With a focus on stakeholder relations and collateral development, activity undertaken by Think HQ has included:
- Developing and delivering donor/funder engagement strategy
- Event management support
- Development and delivery of internal and external communication strategies
- Creation of social media and website content
- Development and design of a range of collateral
- production of a number of videos to showcase CPS' research and services
- Development of media materials
- Media release distribution to promote launch of new programs
- Case study management.
May 20, 2016
Community Sector Banking is a B Corp certified banking service that provides ethical finance solutions to not-for-profits and community groups across Australia.
Community Sector Banking is a joint venture, 50% owned by Bendigo Bank and 50% owned by Community 21 (a consortium of not-for-profits).
Since early 2016, Think HQ has been working with Community Sector Banking to strengthen its digital engagement with its target audiences - current and prospective customers and the not-for-profit sector.
Think HQ created a digital engagement strategy tailored to Community Sector Banking’s target audience communication habits and preferences. This strategy underpinned all tactical communications support provided by Think HQ.
Our collaboration with Community Sector Banking has achieved outstanding results. Community Sector Banking’s Twitter page has grown by 300 per cent compared with the same period last year, and other targets have been surpassed within 12 weeks.
Our tactical communications...Read More