Festival 2018: P4’s Top Picks For This Week

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is well underway, and alongside the action-packed sporting calendar sits Festival 2018 – Queensland’s largest-ever arts and culture festival, boasting 12 days of entertainment across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville Running from 4-15 April 2018, Festival 2018 includes an array of world premieres and community events spanning music, dance, circus, visual art, performance, theatre and more Last week we saw the likes of Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, and Circa’s Rite take to Festival 2018 stages for these free public events as part of the state-wide program But there’s more to see this week if you have time, so check out our

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Thinking of studying PR? Here’s a graduate’s take on that idea.

If you’re in your final year of high school and thinking of studying PR, or at the pointy end of having to choose your major, my simple advice is: go for it! Although, since you’ve made the effort to do your research, I’ll provide you with some advice that’s a little more complex than three fleeting syllables I recently graduated from a dual-degree in Business (Public Relations) and Creative Industries (Fashion) from Queensland University of Technology I’m often told by others that I’m someone that can be easily convinced, so when my sister suggested I should pursue a career in PR, my answer was something along the lines of ‘OK’ In signing up to my PR major, I wasn’t

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7 Things Every Communications Professional Wants You To Know About Their Job

Despite what Absolutely Fabulous may have led you to believe, being a publicist is not all champagne and fashion shows (although admittedly, there is some of that) As a communications professional, we spend most of our time researching, planning, talking, pitching, strategising, writing, briefing, networking and reporting – while the reality may not be as glamorous as the job title suggests, it’s undoubtedly a labour of love Based on real-life conversations and scenarios, here are seven things we wish family and friends could understand about communications professionals: 1 “How can you possibly send that many emails in one day” When I say I sent 300 emails today, I’m not

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Unlock Your Team’s Creativity

Gone are the days where business owners would reach out to PR agencies just to assist with traditional media relations campaigns, whilst other agencies/ departments managed additional communications needs Today, more than ever before, businesses of all shapes and sizes are seeking holistic communication and marketing solutions in one streamlined place At P4 Group, we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a multidisciplinary approach to our clients, with services spanning traditional PR, social media, marketing, sponsorship, stakeholder engagement and more And with such a variety of service offerings and skills within the organisation, unlocking and harnessing creativity in the

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Eat. Sleep. Engage. Repeat.

Property development is a complex world The process for obtaining planning approvals is complicated and confusing, communications is focused on marketing a product that doesn’t exist yet, and it feels like roadblocks appear at every turn This complex landscape, paired with tight time-frames, has major impacts on one of the most important aspects of property development…community engagement In the communications industry, we see this critical activity slip through the cracks time and time again More often than not, it's an activity to tick a box, or it’s completely swept under the rug and forgotten about Unfortunately, a failure to proactively and meaningfully engage with key

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The decline in print media means…what exactly?

There’s no denying that the media landscape has changed dramatically The number of print media outlets we can pitch stories to has almost halved in the past ten years; journalists and photographers are more time poor than ever before; and the 24-hour news cycle means brands must be ‘on’ at all timesor risk being left behind So with all these changes, how can we still secure positive coverage for our clients and reach the people we want to reach Bec Burn, Account Manager at P4 Group, shares her insights… Visuals are key Having a great story to tell is no longer enough The largest news outlets now only have a few photographers to share across multiple mastheads, so publications

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Six Perks of Hiring an Integrated Communications Agency

We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together – Bill Richardson One thing many of us have seen over our years in the biz is that many organisations keep their PR, communications and digital activity separate Often, they split this activity among separate internal teams, or they work with multiple different agencies The thing is, in today’s hyper connected world, all of these things go together like peanut butter and jelly, cheese and wine, Netflix and pizza…you get it! What many people don’t realise is that when you bring these teams under one roof, you've got a force to be reckoned with Not to mention, you'll save a heap of time without having to

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Why the best managers mentor, not micromanage – and how to build a workplace of stayers

As someone who’s been in my field for about six years, I’ve experienced the process of working my way up the corporate ladder under several management/mentoring styles, with one type of manager that stands out - the one that empowers you Some might go as far to say that without acknowledgement for great work, and being offered guidance over being told what to do,  you’re not only having the morale zapped out of you, but you’re bound to be looking for where the grass is greener A recently released Employee Retention Report confirms that micromanagement drives all kinds of employees away, but Generation Y are the least likely to stand for it, even if they are in the infancy of

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10 Writing Mistakes to Avoid

In today’s social and digital era, proper spelling, grammar and punctuation in our personal lives has slipped off the radar in place of rapid-fire sharing of content using heavy slang, trending colloquialisms and digital shorthand But what about in the corporate world Does it really make much of a difference if something is hyphenated properly or not Our answer is a resounding yes - writing mistakes do matter! Correct grammar and punctuation in the professional space is still just as essential now as it was before Why Because whether it’s in print, online, in an email or on a billboard, it says a lot about you and your brand A well-written resume can be the difference between landing

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Four simple hacks to crafting a beautiful Instagram feed

Picture this: we’re doing our daily scroll through our social channels and we come across a beautiful snap posted by one of the most envied travel bloggers of today: @helloemilie Our thumb freezes and hovers over the screen as we pause momentarily to gaze in awe at Instagram photos of Emilie unthawing beside a campfire outside an igloo in Finland, or wandering through an endless forest of bamboo in Japan We’ve all been there But Emilie doesn’t have one million followers for nothing! In taking her Instagram photos, she adheres to several unofficial rules that have led her to her enormous success Well, we’re here to write the unwritten - here are four key tips that will take

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Productivity + Work-Life Balance: How They Go Hand-in-Hand

There’s a lot to be said for taking a 15-minute stroll to get a coffee or forcibly removing yourself from your desk to have lunch with a friend, on a day when you truly believe you need every second of your working week to get things done News flash: you don’t Research shows we are more productive, more positive, and generally better employees when we don’t subscribe to the PR stereotype of 12-hour days and three coffees, because you “don’t have time for lunch” In fact, a study from Stanford University reveals that overworking led to less output than what we would produce in a standard 40-hour work week Those working longer weeks often experienced stress and fatigue, and

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Weekly Wrap: 10-14 April – P4 Group

  “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it” – Henry David Thoreau At P4 Group, a short week certainly doesn’t mean reduced output! Here are a handful of highlights as we hopped towards the Easter long weekend We heart Green Heart We’re excited to welcome a new client to the P4 family – CitySmart; an initiative of Brisbane City Council CitySmart is currently delivering $25 million worth of projects, with another $290 million in the pipeline, all designed to contribute to Brisbane’s economic growth and reduce our environmental impact We'll be managing media relations for the upcoming Green Heart Fair on 4 June; Brisbane’s biggest community

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NEWS FLASH: P4 Group joins PROI, partnering with PR agencies worldwide

The PROI Worldwide has further cemented its international reach with yet another Australian-based agency to join the fold, with Queensland-based integrated marketing communications agency, P4 Group, becoming the fifth Australian-based global partner Adrian Basile, CEO of P4 Group, said that becoming a member of PROI Worldwide is as much about enhancing the learning and development opportunities of his team as it is about working alongside and sharing knowledge with other like-minded business leaders from around the globe “P4 Group is made up of a team of highly creative dedicated professionals who are constantly seeking opportunities to strengthen their skill set Collaborating and

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P4 Takes on Brisbane Festival

This September the P4 Group team took on Brisbane Festival, Queensland’s largest arts festival with an exciting program of music, theatre, dance, comedy opera, circus and much more - making up 70 productions and 540 performances Each year Brisbane Festival paints the town pink for 22 days in September The festival theme for 2016 was “Welcome to Youtopia”, encouraging festival goers to step outside their comfort zones and truly embrace the full festival experience P4 Group were completely immersed in the Youtopian paradise and were able to produce some fantastic results for the client The P4 Group team achieved, over2000 media clips, generating a potential reach of 46,560,863

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Five awesome things to do in Brisbane this November

As the jacarandas bloom and Brisbane heats up, take a look at P4 Group’s tips for an epic November in the Brisbane river city Start the month in style Brisbane Racing Club  has a range of Spring Racing Carnival events including St Vincent’s Private Hospital Stakes Family Day, on November 5th,  and  is a race day the whole family can enjoy Eye-opening experiences Embrace these beautiful spring-summer evenings at the Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema! Take yourself to South Bank’s Rainforest Green to enjoy some of the latest flicks, or get nostalgic on Time Travel Tuesdays, with old movies like Romeo and Juliet and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on

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