News & Commentary Straight from Think HQ

  • Commentary September 07, 2017

    Our top 10 social media tips

    We recently hosted an information session for NFP and government organisations to help guide them through amplifying their social media content. Social media plays a big role in our modern day lives in Australia, with 79% of Australians using social media, and 59% of them checking their social media every day.

    For those who missed the workshop, here are ten top tips to take away:

    1.Be strategic.

    Have a strategy from the beginning. Ensure your content aligns with your key objectives. Have a niche that people can recognise as this makes for a great guide for your content creation.

    2.Measure your effectiveness.

    Keep track of how well your content is being received. How well are people responding to your posts? Or the time you post? Or how often you post? Knowing what your audience responds well to means you can keep doing that and keep your audience interested.

    3.Don’t follow the hype.

    Respond to what your audience likes. If people are responding well to something specific, let...

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  • Commentary May 24, 2017

    Media Relations 101

    We recently hosted a media relations workshop for current clients, in-house communications practitioners, students and entrepreneurs.

    For those who missed it, we’ve detailed some of the key questions and take-outs below.

    What’s the difference between proactive and reactive media relations?

    Proactive media relations refers to when you’re actively seeking to engage with the media, like when you’re promoting an event, or sharing an announcement. It usually involves sending out materials, such as a media release or alert, to target publications. Reactive media relations, on the other hand, refers to a situation where the media comes to you (for example, if you’re a spokesperson for an organisation or an industry expert, and a journalist calls for you to comment on a relevant story or issue that’s already in the news).

    What should I include in a media release?

    Put the most important information at the top, and aim to cover the who, what, where, when and why in the first couple of...

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  • News December 14, 2016

    Creating conversations about social cohesion

    2016 has been a big year in politics. The US election, Brexit, and the European refugee crisis have led to global discussion about issues of immigration, discrimination and disengagement with government. So how are people feeling in Australia?

    The Scanlon Foundation’s 2016 Mapping Social Cohesion Report provided a unique insight into local views on issues affecting our social cohesion. For the fifth year running, Think HQ worked with the Scanlon Foundation on the national launch of the report.

    Our work involved:

    • Arranging pre-launch Ministerial briefings
    • Managing the national stakeholder launch in Melbourne, attended by 260 guests
    • Creating campaign video content, including an animated video highlighting key research results
    • Social media content creation and live tweeting during the event
    • Media relations activity.

    Around 260 people attend the event, which was emceed by ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas and featured a panel of thought leaders including:

    • Mark Baker, CEO, Melbourne...
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  • Commentary October 05, 2016

    TALES OF TRIUMPH: TEN TIPS FOR SUCCESS


    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...

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  • Case Studies October 03, 2016

    Launching Australians Today: landmark research report

    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.

    Media relations

    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.

    Stakeholder relations

    Prior to the launch, Think HQ briefed Ministers and government stakeholders on the results of Australians Today.

    Event management

    More than 120 attended the launch of...

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