July 05, 2015

Freedom and Imperfection

From the day the Charlie Parker opera illustration flew from our creative director’s pencil (well stylus, I suppose), we all felt a frisson of anticipation. That was almost 18 months ago because we visualize each season to support the marketing effort, long in advance of the operas themselves. Ford had captured Charlie’s improvisational style as though he’d captured a few of the notes that never made it to a score.
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June 26, 2015

7000 Miles, 3 Countries, 2 Suitcases: The Classroom of Everywhere

Nanjing, China Nanjing, to me, is my birth place, hometown, and the most beautiful place in the world. It has been the capital city for more than 8 ancient Chinese dynasties. I had a very average but happy childhood. Since I am from such an historical town, I had the opportunity to interact with a lot of Chinese cultures and traditions.
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June 19, 2015

From the Desk Of: An Account Executive

For the second edition of ‘From the Desk of', I’m writing to you from the lower east wing at Karma, in a space surrounded by positivity, intellect & adventure. A wise man once told me ‘if you lose your laugh, you lose your footing’ so my office style is based on making myself and those around me smile.
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June 02, 2015

And So On: The Karma Interview

At Karma we can finish each other's sentences, but we never run out of questions which is why we paired two colleagues from separate departments and challenged them to an interview. We wanted to learn more about them, their jobs, their hobbies and what makes them tick.
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May 19, 2015

Reading Client Cues is Key to PR Success

As PR practitioners it’s our job to know the latest and greatest ways to communicate our clients’ messages and engage reporters. The bulk of our job is strategically placing our clients’ ideas in the public realm. Whether the audience is trade or mainstream, today there is no shortage of channels. Online outreach is often the most efficient way to achieve that objective and social media makes it easy to leverage success. And selfishly, as industry professionals we often want to use the trendiest channel possible to help our clients. One trend may promise streamlined targeting and reaching the audience where they are. More than likely it will require a fresh approach to marrying messaging with content that the audience wants to read. Importantly, it will definitely demand client buy-in and, perhaps, a c-suite sell.
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May 14, 2015

What We Can Learn From: Wegmans

It seems like everyone is a foodie these days. Shopping at Acme and limiting your cheese knowledge to yellow or white used to be enough, but no more. The call of camembert and ricotta salata and baby lettuces and artisan charcuterie is too strong to ignore. And for suburbanites and city dwellers alike, that call can be traced to this region: Wegmans. Some may wonder, what's so special about a supermarket? Thinking of Wegmans as a supermarket is a common mistake—Wegmans is food Disneyland (just look at the parking lot). It's a destination. It's a completely immersive branded experience filled with colorful sights, tempting smells and tasty samples. I approach shopping at Wegmans like I approach my work: I’m organized. I take it seriously. And I’m always excited to see what I end up making.
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May 07, 2015

Moms Know Best

The first three months is chaos. Don’t plan anything. The truest advice I’ve ever received. Because, yes, the first three months as a new mom can very much feel like chaos. I thought back to those words of wisdom quite a few times when I was in the throes of the newborn stage with my son. I thought of it as I turned down a friend’s offer to visit. I just didn’t have the energy to put on real pants and vacuum the dust bunnies that had set up home in the corners of my living room. I thought of it as I elected to skip story time at the library. Again, the real pants issue. I thought of it as I chose to not feel guilty while I ignored plans and activities and frankly, on a lot of days, even leaving the house.
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April 29, 2015

What Motivates You?

Day 1 (3/10) – Sitting around the oversized table, I notice my palms begin to sweat. “Ew,” is my first thought; “Why am I so overly nervous?” is my second. Nearly three months ago, I decided to volunteer as a Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentor at Philadelphia Futures. Having already completed the “new member process,” (including but not limited to screening interviews and orientation) today was the first day I’d meet my 15-year-old mentee, along with her family, who I’d continue to mentor throughout the next four years of high school. Not only would this be the day I form a long-lasting, influential relationship, but also, it would mark the first time I ever committed to something of this magnitude. No pressure.
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April 21, 2015

Blogging Like A Girl

Always, Procter & Gamble’s brand of feminine hygiene products, recently released its follow-up advertisement in the “Like a Girl” campaign - transforming the saying traditionally recognized as an insult to mean something positive. The digital initiative launched last June and was touted as a social experiment, asking girls everywhere to share pictures and stories of activities they perform like a girl and, thereby, flipping the sentiment into a confident expression of what girls can do in a way that is unique to them and not just because they are girls. Eventually this effort evolved into print and TV advertisements, with the first ad running before 110 million viewers during a coveted Super Bowl slot.
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April 14, 2015

That Doesn’t Sound Like Me

Excessive screen time is a common catalyst for many parent-child battles these days. In one recent skirmish over continuous messaging with a friend, I wrestled the iPad from the hands of my 8-year-old and hastily typed a retort. “No, Bridget. I may not play ‘guess the emoji game’ with you again. It is our dinnertime. I must spend time with my family.” My daughter was at once dismayed and humored. “Mom, I can’t believe you did that,” she said. And, I would NEVER speak like that. You do not sound like me.” Aaah. She said it. And it was true.
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