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Meeting My Young Doppelganger

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

I’ve been told countless times how I remind someone of a person they know. Yet, this time it felt different.

In March 2011, my husband and I were on a tour of the ballroom of the Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston with hotel’s cafe manager, Tina. During a lull in the ‘official conversation,’ Tina told me that I looked just like the hotel’s PR director. She delicately added that Christine Hopkins was a younger version of me.

I took Tina’s comments to heart for two reasons. One, that my doppelganger is a PR professional and two, that back in 1979, I was on the Houston PR team handling the grand reopening of the Hotel Galvez property. It was quite a coincidence and something worth investigating, I thought.

Curious to see what Tina saw in me and my Galveston “twin,” I looked up Christine on Facebook. I agreed there was a strong resemblance and sent Christine a private message on Facebook about Tina’s observation. She and I became Facebook friends. That summer, I thought we’d have the opportunity to meet when both of us had bookings on FOX 26 Morning News on the same day. (I saw her post on Facebook regarding a segment on the 100th anniversary of the Hotel Galvez.) Unfortunately, FOX was going “live” from the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, while I was accompanying my client for an in-studio interview in Houston. So, that plan was foiled.

Fast forward to December 2012. I’m with friends sailing from Kemah to Galveston the Saturday after Christmas. We dock at the Galveston Yacht Club and are enjoying viewing the sundown on the deck before going to the Strand for dinner. Our friend and captain had made arrangements for his close Galveston friend to pick us up for dinner. The friend shows up with his date and as she is boarding the sailboat, I look up and realize, “OMG, Christine?” Sure enough, she’s dating our friend/captain’s good friend! Talk about serendipity!

We sat together at dinner at the Saltwater Grill and chatted virtually non-stop.

Here’s the photo we took that night: I’m on the left(!) with Christine Hopkins, APR, Director of Communications at Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, Harbor House Hotel and Marina in Galveston. @GalvTravelGirl on Twitter.

A shout out to Tina, at the Hotel Galvez, and to Facebook, for being the social media link.

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Finding my young Doppelganger, Christine Hopkins, APR

Finding my young Doppelganger, Christine Hopkins, APR

I Know Somebody Houston – Outline – Social Media Talk – 7/12/12

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

I Know Somebody Houston Founder Elizabeth Pudwell and Guest Speaker Susan Farb Morris

I Know Somebody Houston Founder Elizabeth Pudwell and Guest Speaker Susan Farb Morris

Susan Farb Morris – “The PR Fairy”
I Know Somebody, Houston Presentation – July 12, 2012

Susan Farb Morris, founder and president of Susan Farb Public Relations, is a natural people connector who has been connecting Houston-based consumer business and nonprofit clients with traditional local media for more than 25 years. She will share tips on how to enhance one’s brand and connections to traditional and online media, industry influencers and prospective clients through social media, i..e. by creating positive original content and strategic re-posts (https://www.facebook.com/farbulous), comments and Re-Tweets (@farbulous.)

Susan Farb Morris will share some tips and information about using social media

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WELCOME-INTRODUCTION –
• USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENHANCE MY BRAND – Susan Farb Public Relations and my presence online as the PR Fairy,
• CONNECT with traditional and online media, thought leaders and prospective clients and customers
• PROVIDE TAKE-AWAYS of social media tips that you can use in your own business.
FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

FIRSTLY – WHAT IS SUSAN FARB PUBLIC RELATIONS? AND WHO IS THE PR FAIRY?

• PR consulting firm that specializes in MEDIA RELATIONS – FREE PUBLICITY. HOUSTON is my niche.
• 22 YEARS
• Relationship building with the media: CREDIBILITY.
• Prior to social media, my communication tool for pitching stories PHONE OR EMAIL – INTIMIDATING. MAYBE YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS WHO GAVE YOU THAT SAME FEELING?
• BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. With INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA, people like you and me HAVE OUR OWN PLATFORMS to break stories on our own BLOGS – YOUTUBE CHANNELS – WE HAVE OUR OWN MEDIA BILLBOARDS!
• MY MESSAGE to you is to EMBRACE THIS NEW MINDSET – NEW GENERATION OF 24/7 MEDIA that has LEVELED THE PLAYING FIELD.

I WAS NOT AN EARLY ADAPTER AS FOR HAVING A COMPANY PRESENCE ON THE WEB. I’D ALWAYS GOTTEN NEW BUSINESS BY REFERRAL, UNTIL THE ECONOMY TOOK A HIT IN 2008-09.
2009 – Finally got to doing my first website – FARBULOUS.COM! Needed a FACE and TAGLINE for my website. PR FAIRYI call my blog the “PR Fairy” and RATIONALE: while a reporter’s byline story or feature interview may seem to appear like magic, there’s so much more to it, obviously.

• RESEARCH
• RELATIONSHIPS – MEDIA NETWORK OF CONTACTS
• SENSE OF WHAT’S NEWSWORTHY
• TIMELY ISSUES IN THE NEWS – PIGGYBACK
GOALS: PR FAIRY BLOG communicates/demonstrates my
• LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH HOUSTON MEDIA –
• KNOWLEDGE OF AND WILLINGNESS TO SHARE STORY LEADS in real-time
• SHARE media and PR jobs when they open up OR WHEN NEW MEDIA GET JOBS IN TOWN – I always try to WELCOME THEM – Remember, this was during bad economy, so that was really desirable info!
• POST INFO about cool events, promotions or contests going on around town.
Everything is HOUSTON-BASED INFO to reinforce my LOCAL FOCUS and EXPERTISE.
With Facebook I can “broadcast” my voice in “real time” through social media to then drive Facebook fans and followers TO MY WEBSITE.

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED TO BUILD YOUR BASE OF FRIENDS AND FANS?
THAT IS, WHO IS SEEING YOUR POSTS?

Question: Who has a personal FB Page? Who has a Fan Page? How do you decide/differentiate? I can tell you what has worked for me.

• Started on FB in 2009 with a personal page and have built it over three years from “0” to “2900+” Friends.
• WHO SHOULD YOU FRIEND? BE VERY METHODICAL.
• Start with whom you want to reach in your business.
I target friends and influencers specific to my industry, PR, traditional and online media, thought leaders, existing customers, prospective customers and those in client-related fields.
• As PR firm with a range of clients and special projects, my friend-base is quite diverse. I’ve expanded my reach to LIKE and ‘friend’ pages and people who I wanted to know and bring into my SPHERE OF INFLUENCE.

It’s RELATIONSHIP BUILDING!

• DUE DILIGENCE as my client base grew.
Zen Master Miao Tsan – zen, yoga and meditation people, companies
•“Wanda and the Oblahlahs” children’s book – mommy and daddy bloggers and schools and children’s venues
Firethorne – Katy media and Realtors
Texas Music Festival - arts and culture writers and related arts groups
• Friending on Facebook and following these people on Twitter has opened up a new world to my business and that of my clients, including adding new clients to my company.

• NEW BUSINESS – Thanks to Facebook I have THREE clients today thanks to one FB friend and that’s Stefani Twyford, LEGACY MULTIMEDIA!

So, Keep that in mind for generating new business leads and generating publicity opportunities, if that’s part of your marketing plan. USE SOCIAL MEDIA to generate solid client and publicity leads.

We ALL have access to reporters, editors, news anchors, thought leaders, CEOs and celebrities on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LinkedIn and Google+. Follow them, create great content and hopefully they will follow YOU too.

LEN CANNON – KHOU – MIKE McGUFF BLOG – GREAT RESOURCE FOR ME FOR TIMELY STORIES ABOUT WHAT’s GOING ON IN HOUSTON MEDIA CIRCLES. EXPLAIN “LEN AT WORK” SCENARIO as one example how to complement traditional media with social media to extend the life cycle of a story. You can “publish” when you want to publish – ON DEMAND!

LAURIE JOHNSON – KUHF – PR FAIRY

• GOAL: To be WATCHED, LIKED, COMMENTED ON AND SHARED by others. The media outlet is happy, too, because I’m driving more viewers to their show. Also, I’m letting people know THIS IS WHAT I DO – I GET CLIENTS PUBLICITY. I utilize Facebook and Twitter, which inherently BUILD MY OWN BRAND.

• STORY PLACEMENTS – YOU CAN BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST
What is your business and who covers that beat?

- FRIEND, FOLLOW & LINK IN WITH THESE REPORTERS. They’re easy to find
- Monitor personal comments that you can comment back on that may generate a story down the road.
- It DOES take a commitment on your part or that of someone on your staff to do this due diligence.
- Laurie Johnson – KUHF Radio – ESCAPE Family Resource Center
- Chris Johnson – KUHA – A+C Magazine – Texas Music Festival

- Lori Pace – A Day In Motherhood blog – Wanda and the Oblahlahs

• RELATE TO the media and customers/clients on a whole different level

• GLEAN and CAPTURE INFO about the stories they may be interested in, based on their posts and their “About” sections on FB – If you PAY ATTENTION to what media people like to cover and do, you can custom pitch.
BRANDING – Your Facebook Page is a face for your business. How do you want your business to be perceived?

- Do you rant or do you rave?
- Are you informative and provide useful info or are you a self-promoter and sound like a commercial?
- Do you thank people for their feedback and share others’ posts, always giving them proper credit? Thank you’s and congratulations go a long way!

TAKE-AWAYS:

CONTENT IS KING. Strategize what you’re going to post or Tweet. What value-added content can you talk about to generate interest/buzz about your company’s product or service?
CONTENT drives people to your Facebook and to your website. It’s what drives your position on the NewsFeed. LIKES – COMMENTS – SHARES all factor into the algorithms for your page to be high up on the NewsFeed.
SO:
- Keep your content fresh, simple and clear I’ve read research that the most successful FB posts are 80 or fewer characters.
- If you’re known for fresh and interesting content, people will seek out your Facebook or Twitter feed to see what YOU are talking about,
- It’s not just an ego thing, the more LIKES, COMMENTS & SHARES a status update receives, the higher its EdgeRank. The higher the EdgeRank, the higher that update is placed in Facebook News Feeds.
- That means Facebook will display that update to more people.
- Bottom Line: GREAT CONTENT MEANS MORE COMMENTS, SHARES and LIKES and THAT MEANS HIGHER VISIBILITY AND GREATER REACH FOR YOUR COMPANY’S MESSAGE!

How does one keep fresh?

FIRSTLY: Aim for one update, post or promotion per day.
Follow news outlets and other opinion leaders on FB and Twitter that are in your business sphere of influence. When I see breaking news on Twitter that fits my or my client’s realm of influence, I will post it on my client’s Facebook and Twitter and repost and RT from farbulous.

• ASK QUESTIONS TO SPARK INTEREST AND COMMENTS. American Express OpenForum recently stated that posts with a question have a 15% higher engagement rate and to use words like:
Where? When? Would? And Should? to SPIKE LIKES. Stay away from the word WHY? Why questions are viewed as too intrusive or challenging.

• POST and TAG PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. Comments spike on my FB when I run photos of flowers, food and other more personal images GOOD VISUALS AND GOOD NEWS.

SO. . . . ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA READY! Photos that I took on my iPhone to post on the TMF Facebook page, ended up in articles on CULTUREMAP! How cool is that?
Facebook is an ideal platform to share product and event photos and for your customers to post their own photos of using your products.

I’ve really focused on my PR Business tonight, but home your take-away is that you can apply these same techniques to your company. You can utilize social media to enhance your Customer Service — Try to monitor your company page for a few minutes each day and respond to customer comments same work day if you can, or within 24 hours. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive an email alert for whenever someone posts on your page.

And Remember, Growing a fanbase on Facebook isn’t just about numbers. It’s about building loyalty for the long-term, one interaction at a time to targeted prospective customers. When I meet someone new either personally or through work, I do Friend them. You never know where a LIKE or Friend may lead – whether it’s to cultivate new business, build your client base, help a friend or generate an article in the news media.

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Hope to see you on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Thank you for inviting me to share my social media story.

Free Spring Book Reading & Book Signing with Author Joe Sutton, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” at Barnes & Noble River Oaks

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Joe Sutton will sign his children's book, "Wanda and the Oblahlahs" this Sunday, April 29, noon, as part of the St. Anne Catholic School Book Fair.  The reading and signing will be at Barnes & Noble River Oaks, 2030 West Gray.  For info, call 713-522-8538.
WHO: Houston-based Joe Sutton is a successful downtown energy executive who published a children’s book, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs,” (Bright Sky Press) based on a story the dreamed up for his children and has been stored away in the attic for 35 years. The resourceful father, then a U.S. Army Colonel, realized an effective way to get his message across to his children was to tell the girls stories with carefully disguised lessons.

WHEN: Meet Joe Sutton Sunday, April 29, 12 P.M. (Noon) for a “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” Reading and Book Signing – Barnes & Noble River Oaks, 2030 West Gray St., Houston 77019 (713) 522-8571 The FREE reading and book signing will be held as part of St. Anne Catholic School Book Fair.

WHAT: Meet Wanda. She loves chewing gum. She chews gum all day long: while she plays with her dog Moldy and her little brother Rocky, while she’s singing, even during school. And that’s okay with her mother, as long as it’s sugarless gum. Wanda’s parents have one rule about all this gum chewing: every night before she goes to bed, Wanda has to deposit her gum right in the trashcan. But what happens when Wanda’s parents go out to dinner and the babysitter doesn’t know the rule? Sometimes even the best child tries to push the envelope. And sometimes the consequences are surprising. When Wanda goes to sleep with gum in her mouth, the Oblahlahs move in. These colorful little creatures throw such a party in her mouth that she can’t chew gum any more. In fact, she can’t even talk. Her parents can’t help, Rocky and Moldy can’t help, even the doctor is at a loss. It’s all up to her. As Wanda lies in bed trying to rid herself of the pesky Oblahlahs, following the rules starts to seem like a much better idea than it ever has before.

WHY: 1) To remind readers of the power of shared stories to create strong families; &

2) To help support children who may not have loving families to share stories with them, Sutton will donate the proceeds of book sales to Children at Risk to support programs to combat child trafficking. A percentage of the sales that day will go to St. Anne Catholic School as well.

Parent/Child Bonding: Wanda’s misadventures turned story time into a beloved family tradition. The character Sutton dreamed up personified the young girl who did everything she shouldn’t, including chewing her gum all day and night. Sutton’s tales of encounters with the colorful Oblahlahs always made doing the right thing seem like the best choice for his daughters.

History: To Megan’s delight, three years ago she came across the vintage Wanda stories with their original illustrations by her Aunt Jane, a fine artist. They were in her parents’ attic, in tact after the family’s 23 moves. With Megan’s encouragement, her father has published “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” to bring the age-old story back to life for the next generation, including Joe’s five grandchildren. The book will appeal to parents and grandparents who will find that Wanda’s antics do more to illustrate the importance of minding than any amount of parental nagging.

“My father was blessed with the gift of story telling and as far back as I can remember he always put us to bed with a story or two,” said Megan. “I also recall a small tray beside my bed that I would put my gum in before I went to sleep. I didn’t want to get the ‘Oblahlahs!’” # # #

Contact:

Susan Farb Morris

Susan Farb Public Relations

5203 Braeburn Drive

Bellaire TX 77401
713.661.7377 (office)
 713.805.2608 (mobile)

susan@farbulous.com

www.farbulous.com

Planning to go gray gracefully? National TV show wants you!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Color Me Gray e-book - http://goinggrayblog.com/hair-styles-for-gray-hair/

Color Me Gray e-book - http://goinggrayblog.com/hair-styles-for-gray-hair/

There still aren’t too many of us around, ‘us’ being those who go gray and don’t color it.

As a result, I’ve been featured in some “Going Gray Gracefully” stories. It started in 2008 with fashion writer @Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle, who included me in such an article about Houston women, followed by a guest shot with @Deborah Duncan on “Great Day Houston.” The next thing I knew, I was invited to participate in an e-book called, “Color Me Gray,” that features 20 women around the country who are gray-haired and proud of it.

Now it’s time to pass the comb, if you will, on to women who are just starting to go gray and deciding not to color it. Houston Public Relations pro The PR Fairy (me!) has learned that a national TV show (they prefer to stay anonymous for this posting) is filming a segment on going naturally next Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10 am at Natural Resources Salon, 5313 Morningside Drive in Houston. The producers are seeking a Caucasian, Asian or Indian woman (diversity is needed and they already have one black woman and one Latin woman booked) who is going gray for the first time. Their goal is to demonstrate on camera different ways to go gray naturally. A stylist will either cut their hair and style it, color the entire hair a nice, natural-looking gray, or just create a fresh style.

Let me know if you fit this description, or if you know anyone else who does and I’ll pass your info on to Medley Inc.’s @Ashley Small, who’s putting the TV segment together.

Deadline: ASAP (of course!)

Thanks!

Susan Farb Morris/The PR Fairy
Susan Farb Public Relations
susan@farbulous.com

Making Jay Leno’s Headlines – Again!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Sometimes you just can’t resist. You see a typo that somehow got through the reporter and editor’s eagle eyes or the art director’s painstaking review. The error may go unreported. But if the oversight turns the story or ad into something really funny, then it’s the ideal fodder for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s” Headlines.

Last year, I submitted a wedding announcement that I was too cute to pass up. Some of my Facebook followers may remember this particular couple as the perfect Texas blend: the Yee-Ha wedding.

My latest submission actually came by way of an ad for Oreck Vacuum Cleaners. How this ad got approved by the client is beyond me, especially with Mr. Oreck’s photo in the ad as well. He must have seen it, don’t you think? The photograph of the woman holding the vacuum cleaner had her head cropped off to make room for the headline, “Yes, Forever!” The sub-head read, “Last vacuum you may ever buy.” I took my yellow highlighter, circled the headline and added my own caption. “Yeah — since you’re headless!” or something to that effect.

Well, on Monday, September 26 Jay Leno brought up the ad I submitted and deadpanned, “Don’t lose your head over this vacuum.”

If you saw the show and remember the headline, let me know. If you know who handles the advertising for Oreck Vacuums, let me know, too.

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Susan Farb Morris
Susan Farb Public Relations/The PR Fairy
Bellaire, Texas

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