Data and Content Marketing, PRSSA with Mike Whaling of 30 Lines, 3/31 RECAPPED!

By Erin Golden

As March comes to a close, (how did the semester fly by?) our weekly gathering of PR professionals opened with a few announcements:

  • The first and probably most important announcement – PRSSA IS PLAYING KICKBALL! And we’re competing against Ad Club on Wednesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. @ McCracken fields!
  • Also, there’s still time to register for the Regional and PaRtner’s Conference with OSU!


  • If your mom is in town this weekend for Mom’s Weekend, hurry and buy tickets to the Athens County Humane Society’s Woof & Wine event Friday night! Moms, free entertainment, and wine! What could be better?
  • The ScrippsJSchool Instagram account will be holding an Instagram contest in the next couple weeks – keep an eye out for how you can participate!

The member spotlight was Darby Fledderjohn! (@DFledderjohn). She an active member of PRSSA and ImPRessions and has just started doing freelance work for a corporate communications firm. After graduation, she’s going on vacation and then moving to New York! Congratulations and good luck!

Jess Carnprobst had the chance to talk about AVW Productions, our ImPRessions spotlight for the night, who was recognized for AVW Week and the AVW Fair – nice job AVW!

The speaker of the night was Mike Whaling of 30 Lines (@30Lines), a digital marking consultancy that helps businesses integrate their online marketing and build their brand. He has served as a tech advisor to Men’s Health Living Magazine and definitely knows his stuff when it comes to content marketing and data. He shared as much of his knowledge as he could fit into an hour!

Mike explained how he believes that content and social are truly aligned today and how we must use it as an opportunity to spark conversation and create awareness about the brand. Social media is used today to host a lot of this conversation, and Mike showed PRSSA the Conversation Prism and described the many different ways we can share content.

conversation prism

The conversation prism and questions like “What can you give your audience to talk about?” and “What’s the point of your brand and content?” can extend the reach of your brand overall. Mike also stressed that it’s important to reach out to your audience to inspire the content – use their photos or other content to match your blogs or posts. Social media is such an advantage when it comes to audience engagement!

As the hour came to a close, Mike made sure we knew how important it is to have a goal in mind, so that you can use analytics tools like Google Analytics to measure the success of the reach and content. We learned that the average shoppers use an average of 10.7 sources of info to make a buying decision and the Zero Moment of Truth is a real thing – check it out at!

Overall, Mike gave us so much info on content marketing, analyzing data, and brand management. To find out more details from the members of Scripps PRSSA, check out the hashtag #ScrippsPRSSA! Thanks for entertaining and teaching us, Mike.

Until next time, PRSSA’ers!

PR vs. Marketing… what’s the difference?

By Jess Carnprobst

This summer I have been interning at Think Communications, Inc., an integrated marketing solutions firm. Their work includes public relations, advertising, marketing and design. Students studying strategic communications in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism sometimes only see the public relations and advertising side of things, so I’ve gained a different perspective at Think Communications, Inc.

Being that this is my first internship, I have never experienced the work environment of an agency that only specializes in public relations or marketing, so feel free to have your own opinion. However, I think it is very beneficial to see marketing and public relations working together. Marketing involves the business of selling products and services whereas public relations is about the representation of a person or company. The success of products and services is essential in making a good image for that person or company. When an agency can control both of these from the same office, it makes matters more simple and successful.

After interning at Think Communications, Inc., it seems natural to do marketing, public relations and advertising all together. I have done work in all three of these areas and therefore have seen and accomplished an assortment of tasks. In turn, this has helped me gain a wide variety of experience. Each day of my internship provides something new and different. Some days I help to plan a big event or send emails and make calls. I have also written press releases and radio spots. On other days, I research information for a company to help with its sales or enhance its website. Sometimes, I provide my opinion on an advertisement or help to come up with creative titles. For only one summer, I’ve done a lot!

Being that I am just going into my sophomore year and still have a lot to learn, it was great to see all of these different skills and practice areas come together. This experience helped to broaden my portfolio and skillset as well as allow me to see non-traditional public relations work.

With that being said, if you are ever given the chance to intern or work at an agency with a wide variety of skills such as marketing and public relations, I highly recommend to grab that offer and learn, learn, learn! I have been given an amazing opportunity to learn more than I ever thought I could in just one summer. Seeing and taking part in marketing and public relations work kept each day new and exciting. I learned something new every single day I was in the office and will take all the new information back to OU with me.