Today’s guest post was written by NYC Business Outcomes intern, Addi Dabiri
Prior to working at Peppercomm, I had very little idea about what the Public Relations industry had to offer. During my hunt for jobs, I came across many opportunities in PR but ultimately passed them up, thinking: “what could I, someone who studied Economics and Computer Science in college, possibly stand to gain from or offer to a PR firm”. It wasn’t until I saw the job description for an internship with the Business Outcomes team at Peppercomm that I thought, “Woah, I could work in PR!”
Fast-forward through the four months that I’ve been on the Business Outcomes team (and loved it); I’m able to share some insights about the lovely world of PR Measurement:
1. (Insert quant major) is not required
I studied Economics and Computer Science which tend to be quite quantitative but I’ve found that it’s not absolutely needed to do carry out basic analyses. All you really need is an eye for spotting trends and the desire to learn! My supervisor majored in Media Studies and he’s amazing at his job.
There’s no escape. Learn to love it. Love to learn it.
3. Find the Story
There’s quite a bit of numerical variables involved in measurement and your clients most likely won’t be too thrilled by random and inconsequential statistics being thrown at them. It’s essential to get comfortable with looking at data from different angles and extracting meaning from them. Numbers aren’t very fun to look at all day but what really helps is…
You’re not going to stand a chance against all those stats if you can’t turn them into pretty charts and graphs. It’s also important to know when to use which form of visualization in order to portray the main story behind the data: if you have a large array of words, are you going to use a bar chart or a word cloud to show the most common ones?
5. Analytic Tools
If you’ve taken on a role that will be involved with measurement, chances are you’re going to have to get acquainted with one analytics platform or the other. From my experience, these platforms usually come equipped with many options that allow you to customize several aspects of the data you get. However, they aren’t always very intuitive to use so it’s important to wrap your head around all the useful functions as it could save you several hours of number crunching in Excel.
In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Liesa Ehrenberg
I’m from a small town in Germany. Yes, that’s right, the country of beer, pretzels and those weird clothes they’re wearing around October. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Oktoberfest we celebrate in late September/early October in Munich every year. I actually moved to Munich in March 2013 to start college there. I’m a Business Major at the University of Applied Science Munich. The school system is very different from the American one, but in Germany we basically have a “practical semester” included in the middle of our studies. I always loved the English language and the idea of working in PR, but I never got a chance to actually experience it and know what working in Public Relations really means. But then I got the chance to start here at Peppercomm. I applied for a Visa, packed my bags and here I am! The short German girl working in a PR agency in NYC- who would have thought?
What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?
I always found the idea of working in business exciting. But ever since I started college, I felt I needed to do something more creative. That’s why I started a YouTube Channel back in summer, 2014 – to have at least something creative to work on besides solving math problems and writing statistic or financial papers. Working on different accounts here at Peppercomm made this even clearer to me. I’m a creative head and I love to edit visual things. It doesn’t matter if it’s videos or pictures – everything visual, colorful and even audio is what I love to work on. Creative Digital is definitely one of the most appealing areas to me.
Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?
To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I never had worked in PR before nor had similar experiences. But what I can say is that I’m definitely surprised – positively! Even if I haven’t worked in PR before, I did some internships back in Germany and I’ve never felt more welcome or comfortable during my first week as I felt at Peppercomm. Everyone is so supportive and just wants you doing okay and survive the “horrible” first week of an internship. And even my work load was more than I expected – but that was good! I love running around attending one meeting after another. Especially because I’m working on so many different accounts. Every day is so different and I love that. I can definitely say: Now I’m spoiled!
Where do you see yourself going in the industry?
I mean the future is so unpredictable. I once wanted to be a surgeon, then I wanted to be the next superstar, now I’m sitting here working for Peppercomm in New York City. But what I know for sure is: I need something creative. I’m not sure how and where exactly this will be, but isn’t this the exiting part about not knowing what comes next? However, I would love to work as a creative head anywhere media related.