Annual Professional Development Workshop: The Evolving Landscape of PR

The Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association presents its annual Professional Development Workshop:
The Evolving Landscape of PR
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Rollins College, Winter Park

8 – 11:45 a.m. Breakfast & Morning Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote Presentation
$50 for members ($25 for lunch only)
$60 for nonmembers ($35 for lunch only)
$40 for students ($20 for lunch only)

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 9 a.m. – Welcome
9 – 10:15 a.m. – Breakout Sessions A (two options; choose one)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions B (two options; choose one)
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Luncheon & Keynote Presentation

SEO vs. Writing: When to Write for Search Engines and When to Write for People
Erik Erikson, SEO & Marketing, Fry Hammond Barr

Getting your website ranked highly on Google doesn’t have to mean reducing copy to over-stuffed gibberish. In this session, Erik will define a strategy for determining how to write effective website copy that is friendly to both users AND search engines. Starting with a primer on the basics of keyword research, Erik will outline the tactics of “theming” and “blending” as well as a provide an overview of how search engines read and understand copy. Along the way common myths will be dispelled so content managers can focus on what is most important. Jargon-y buzzwords such as “seeding” and “Latent Semantic Indexing” will also be demystified – if these sound ridiculous or puzzling, this is the session for you.

The Power of the Brand
Jim Knight, Sr. Director of Training, Hard Rock International

Ensuring your company’s brand stays relevant in an ever-changing environment can prove challenging. Now, more than ever, a strong brand establishes an identity and experience that customers come to expect in design and advertising components as well as in products and services. Exploring this visceral approach to branding, Jim will show how Hard Rock tapped into a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to create a brand presence that highlights the company’s infamous beginnings, VIP service and high-energy culture. During the session, you will learn more about creating a powerful brand identity and leave with the knowledge and energy to better engage with today’s audiences.

Ethical & Legal Concerns in a Digital World
Ana-Klara Anderson, Litigation Associate, Thomas & LoCicero, PL

As the public relations profession evolves more and more in this digital world, staying up-to-date on the legalities within this realm is so important. An attorney who represents both English and Spanish-language media clients in the areas of First Amendment law, Ana Klara will walk you through the pitfalls of user-generated content, help you gain a better understanding of the risks and rewards of social media and shed some light on how to protect your client’s identity in a digital world. Most importantly, she’ll help you determine if the Sunshine Law applies to your company and, if so, how you can use it to your advantage.

Today’s Ever-Expanding Media Universe
Dan Ward, Vice President/Partner, Curley & Pynn

Only 10 years ago, big media organizations operated in a defined, predictable pattern. But with the addition of 24-hour news channels and the internet, the media universe continues to expand. Now, every client you serve is part of the media landscape via blogs and social media. Rather than training them for a 60-minute interview, you must prepare them to deliver a message consistently, as they’re always on. Dan will discuss this ever-expanding media universe, including fact and error on the internet and what constitutes news, and help walk you through communicating effectively, avoiding media relations mistakes and building powerful partnerships with the media.

Directions to Rollins College
Parking is available in the SunTrust Parking Garage located between Comstock and Lyman Avenues just east of Park Avenue. Workshop attendees who bring their ticket stub to the event will have their stub validated and parking fee waived.
Workshop Pricing
Members – $50
Nonmembers – $60
Students – $40
Lunch-Only Pricing
Member – $25
Nonmember – $35
Students – $20

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