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June 2nd, 2016

Voce Voices: Multitasking Mavenry

Working in public relations is always a grand harmony of multi-tasking. Managing a daily workload can be akin to spinning basketballs on each hand like Steph Curry, tactically calling shots like Andrew Bogut and strategically planning like Steve Kerr. Things are always moving, always on a clock.

Andie Rodriguez, Senior Client Executive, is just that talented. She shares one of the things she wish she knew when starting out, and gives us at her roles on multiple teams in this week’s Voce Voices.

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May 31st, 2016

What I Wish I Knew After College: Voce Nation Part 4

This is the fourth in our May series of roundups from Vocians, sharing their best advice and tips that they wish could have told their younger selves. Stay tuned for the last post in the series coming next week.

Bob Nelson, Senior Vice President

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I wish I had known when I graduated that the best technology doesn’t win. Instead, it’s the best marketed technology that wins. Also, no one really cares what school you went to. Businesses want employees that produce results, and they don’t care where you learned how to be productive.

Randy Ksar, Vice President

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After graduating from San Jose State University in 1999 (and now thinking back on it) I wish I knew two things: 1) How to work with integrated teams & 2) How to pitch an idea. First off, in college, the classes I was super excited about were in my business school yet the people I worked with were all biz majors. The reality is that you work with integrated teams ranging from engineering, sales, advertising, PR, marketing, and customer support. Those roles are real and unfortunately that type of cross-school projects never happened. I wish I was better prepared for that process and workflow. Second, pitching an idea to your manager or a big conference room meeting is intimidating. You’re nervous, you’ve prepared all night on your PowerPoint presentation and then you only get through 3 slides out of 20. Why didn’t anybody tell me that was going to happen? Pitching is key to survival. You have that big idea and you need to be prepared to have a 30-sec pitch just in case your in the elevator with the CEO.

Ed McClendon, Supervisor

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I wish I knew (in 2004) the iPhone would revolutionize the mobile industry, and Apple stocks would grow to be as high as $95+ a share. I’m sure millions of other folks would agree with me.  In all seriousness, I wish I truly understood the saying “high risk, high reward,” meaning sometimes you have to take chances to end up where you want to be. After college, I took a position at an insurance company. After a couple of years, I didn’t see much growth, but I was afraid to start all over. Six years later, a wise friend said “If you’re not happy, do something about it. You’re still young.” I took his advice and began looking for a job in communications. Flash forward another six-years, I’m happy, I see growth in front of me and I’m so grateful for that conversation.

About the Author
Andy is responsible for developing and implementing social media and digital publishing programs for Voce clients.

Filed in Voce People

May 27th, 2016

Voce Nation Podcast Ep. 8: Special Guest Jeremy Kaplan of Digital Trends

This week we welcomed Jeremy Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Trends to the Voce Nation Podcast. Jeremy talked about how the Digital Trends team manages content production, what he sees in the future of distributed media and much more. Watch the whole conversation below.

You can follow Jeremy on Twitter here.

Thanks to Jeremy for joining us this week. You can catch older episodes of the Voce Nation Podcast here. Connect with Voce on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Soundcloud. And follow me and Randy on Twitter for more. Finally, subscribe to the PNConnect Weekly Reading newsletter here or sign-up to get it via email directly.

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About the Author
Chris Thilk works on the Client Services team, part of Voce Connect, developing and executing social media strategy. You can follow him at @christhilk on Twitter.

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May 26th, 2016

What I Wish I Knew After College: Voce Nation Part 3

This is the third in our May series of roundups from Vocians, sharing their best advice and tips that they wish could have told their younger selves. Stay tuned for the last post in the series coming next week.

Heather Brinckerhoff, Senior Client Executive

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I wish I would have known that once you leave college you are 100% responsible for your own career. There are no teachers waiting to give you an extra week on an assignment and no one is out looking for opportunities for you. It is crucial that you learn how to ask for what you want and do so with confidence. 80% of the great opportunities that I’ve gotten in my career thus far were given to me simply because I asked for them. Developing confidence in yourself and the work you provide also helps those around you recognize your value; sometimes passion trumps knowledge. People can be taught just about anything, but passion is instilled in you. Figure out what you’re passionate about and go after it! The only thing holding you back from achieving your dreams is that little voice in your head telling you that you can’t.. so don’t listen (:

Sean Lenehan, Senior Client Executive

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I wish I knew after college that while pluralism in thought, maintaining an open mind and being somewhat unsure of yourself is a really good thing, it shouldn’t come at the expense of confidence. Too many times in a college classroom, I heard fellow students (and myself) attach the phrase, ‘I don’t know’ to the beginning or end of their thoughts when they raised their hand or spoke up. It was an easy qualifier to add to protect yourself in case someone else thought you were wrong and that you and your idea could go wear a silly hat and sit alone facing the wall in the corner of the room. It’s true that some ideas are better than others, but those good ideas often start as one or more bad ideas. You should never be afraid to offer your thoughts – getting to something great is always an iterative process.

Ariel Rothbard, Client Executive

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When I first joined the working world after college, I wish brought with me an inherent understanding of how to maintain a work-life balance. Of course I always heard people talking about it, but I realized I didn’t fully comprehend what “work-life balance” meant it until I began working 8+ hour days (where attendance is mandatory… unlike some of my college classes). After graduation, entering the workforce can come as a huge shock. At first you feel like your days become consumed with work, while personal activities — from cooking dinner to exercising to hanging out with friends — are only scattered in between. That’s why it’s important to make a concerted effort to establish a healthy balance between time you spend working and time you allocate to your personal life. I’ve learned that a work-life balance is key to being a happy and motivated employee.

About the Author
Andy is responsible for developing and implementing social media and digital publishing programs for Voce clients.

Filed in Voce People

May 24th, 2016

Tune In Alert: Jeremy Kaplan of Digital Trends on the Voce Nation Podcast 5/26

jeremy kaplanThis Thursday May 26 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET we’ll be doing a live video Q&A with Jeremy Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief at Digital Trends (25 million readers per month) on the Voce Nation Podcast. He manages a team of about 22 editors and has been in the publishing biz with previous gigs at Fox News, PC Mag/Ziff Davis. We’ll focus the conversation on the inner workings of their biz, best way to pitch in 2016, how the industry has changed, audience trends and a glimpse into his recent trip to CES Asia. This Q&A is open to everyone to join!  Join the live Q&A on May 26 and subscribe for a reminder notification at bit.ly/jeremykaplan.

And now for a little background on Jeremy:

As Editor-in-Chief of Digital Trends, a leading consumer technology publisher that aims to demystify technology and help people navigate an increasingly digital world, he runs the editorial staff both creatively and operationally. He oversees a staff of 22 editors and dozens of contributors providing 70 to 80 news articles, opinion pieces, and product reviews daily, spanning all areas of tech. DT reaches about 25 million readers a month.

Before joining DT, he was science and technology editor at FoxNews.com, where millions of people read what he wrote every day. Before that he spent over a dozen years at Ziff Davis as the technology industry exploded — it was fascinating to watch. As executive editor at PCMag.com, he launched several magazines and websites, including one that was nominated for several awards and was a finalist for “Best Blog” in the Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.

See you on Thursday!

About the Author
Randy Ksar is VP of Digital at Voce Communications. You can follow him at @djksar on Twitter.

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May 24th, 2016

What I Wish I Knew After College: Voce Nation Part 2

This is the second in our May series of roundups from Vocians, sharing their best advice and tips that they wish could have told their younger selves. Stay tuned for the last post in the series coming next week.

As the latest class of graduates are “wrestled away from the safety and comfort of college life and expelled into the vast nothingness that’s colloquially known as the ‘real world,’” we at Voce have taken the opportunity to think back on our experience at that stage in life.

What do we wish we had known, that nobody bothered to tell us? Rather than returning the favor of the lack of advice, we instead chose to offer some nuggets of quasi-wisdom to the Class of 2016.

Becky Edwards, Supervisor

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What do I wish I knew when I graduated college? I wish I knew how important networking throughout college was. I heard it constantly from everyone – from my father to my professors – talk, talk, talk to people. Even if you can’t directly correlate the conversation to something that is timely, you never know when it’ll come back full circle. I wish I had taken advantage of the opportunities that were presented to me – the chance to get to know folks inside and outside the industry I was interested in. The more people you know, the more information you know – the better you’ll be.

Anne Trapasso, Supervisor

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I graduated at a time when jobs were pretty hard to come by, let alone internships. I didn’t have the luxury of narrowing my job searches to one or two cities where I knew I wanted to live and start my career. Be open to anything and everything that comes your way immediately after college. Don’t neglect an opportunity because it’s in Boston because your heart was set on SoCal. Is most of your experience in consumer, so not sure about the whole B2B Tech PR thing? Your biggest asset right after graduation is the fact that you’re a sponge, a clean slate for knowledge. Use it to your advantage.

Lynn Grigsby, Intern

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I wish I knew that school prepares you for the tactical side of work, that there will never be one way to construct a media list or write a blog. When you’re in PR, every client is different. Being an adaptable person makes a world of difference because it opens you up to every opportunity on the horizon. School can give you a one-track mind and approach PR in a mathematical way. But didn’t we all take PR to avoid math? Starting a job after college showed me how dynamic PR is, because you learn about your own industry while gaining insight into all of your clients’ fields. The beauty is you grow into a more well-rounded person without leaving your desk (well, mostly). Starting a job after college taught me to analyze each new client account from their perspective, then engage a plan. PR isn’t math, there is never one client formula, but all the possibilities is what makes it fun.

Keira Anderson, Vice President

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I wish I had known the importance of diversifying before you specialize. When I was in college, I remember hearing that it doesn¹t really matter what area you start your career in, because you¹re young and can figure it out later. That¹s true in some respect, but only if you use that first position as a launch pad to, for example, try out another practice area or division or even another office. It¹s important to experiment with different fields and career paths early on, and speak up for what you want. Once you get more ingrained in your career, you start becoming an expert and it¹s a little harder to get new experiences (though not impossible!). The takeaway is to soak up as much as possible when you¹re first starting out to find your passion and set yourself up for success.

Kiley Hayward, Account Manager

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What do I wish I knew after graduation? I wish knew more about the value of a mentor with fruit on their tree. I think one of the most beneficial things in any career and in life in general is a mentor who is elite at what they do. This is the best way to accomplish anything great in life – seek wisdom from people who have been there before and have what you want in every area of their life.

About the Author
Andy is responsible for developing and implementing social media and digital publishing programs for Voce clients.

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May 20th, 2016

Voce Client Coverage: 5/20/16

Every week the Voce team works tirelessly to secure important coverage for clients. Below is just an example of the results of this week’s work and you can see more on Flipboard.

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Health Data Management, HIT Think How to prevent ransomware attacks

Matthew Mellen shares insights on how to prevent successful ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry.


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GeekWire, Starbucks board member Clara Shih’s Hearsay Social sets up Seattle engineering center

John Cook highlights Hearsay Social’s recent engineering push into the Seattle market with the establishment of a new engineering focused office.


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CFO, Why Accounting Will Always Matter for CFOs

After her recent appointment to CFO of Workday, Robynne Sisco published a byline on the topic of ‘is an accounting background important for today’s CFO’ published this week on CFO. Several members at Voce helped make this opportunity a reality for the newly appointed executive.


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School Bus Fleet – Zonar, NAPT Offer New Round of Technology Grants

Zonar and NAPT announced their 2016 Don Carnahan Memorial Grant Program. The program is built to promote safety and efficiency in North American pupil transportation and offers up to $50,000 of smart fleet technology hardware for improved bus transportation safety, security, and efficiency.


gotomeetingGoToMeeting Selected as a Winner in the 2016 Appy Awards!

GoToMeeting was selected as the winner for the “Best Productivity App” in the 2016 Appy Awards, which recognize creativity and excellence in app design. GoToMeeting was selected over PopBoardz and Hound in the Productivity category.

GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar Selected as Winners in the 2016 CODiE Awards!

GoToMeeting was selected as the winner for the “Best Collaboration Solution” and GoToWebinar was selected as the winner for the “Best Webcast Platform” in the 2016 CODiE Awards, which recognize software and information companies for achieving excellence. GoToMeeting triumphed over Epicor ERP, join.me and Zoom Video Communications in the “Best Collaboration Solution” category, while GoToWebinar was selected over Webcast Essentials in the “Best Webcast Platform” category.


Want to find out more about Voce and what it can do for you? Visit our Services page, then meet the Staff that makes all this magic happen. Finally, contact us today to learn more about Voce’s capabilities and operations.

About the Author
Chris Thilk works on the Client Services team, part of Voce Connect, developing and executing social media strategy. You can follow him at @christhilk on Twitter.

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May 20th, 2016

Voce Nation Podcast Ep. 7: Special Guest Sam Whitmore

After taking a couple weeks off, the Voce Nation Podcast is back! This week we welcome special guest Sam Whitmore, he of Media Survey fame. If you’re not familiar with Sam and his Media Survey…you’re missing out. It’s an essential tool in the PR industry, particularly the tech PR field Voce specializes in. Sam talks to editors across the tech industry press to see what’s resonating with them, what trends they’re seeing and much more, then delivers that to subscribers.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Mentionmapp: See the connections people are really making on Twitter to find out who’s talking about your brand.
  • Similarweb: Allows you to see rankings, traffic sources and more on any publicly available website. Handy for gauging a site’s influence, who’s linking to it and more, making it a valuable media research tool.

Thanks to Sam for joining us this week. You can catch older episodes of the Voce Nation Podcast here. Connect with Voce on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Soundcloud. And follow me and Thilk on Twitter for more. Finally, find out about the PNConnect Weekly Reading newsletter here or sign-up to get it via email directly.

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About the Author
Randy Ksar is VP of Digital at Voce Communications. You can follow him at @djksar on Twitter.

Filed in Technology

May 19th, 2016

The Chicago Tech Industry Came Together for Chicago State of Innovation

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Yesterday I had the chance to attend Chicago State of Innovation, an afternoon of panels and presentations talking about the state of the Chicago tech industry with a focus on founders, venture capitalists and more behind-the-scenes players. The sessions were informative and illuminating and left me with a few takeaways about the industry:

People Are Doing It Themselves: There’s a strong trend of people who feel a need, don’t see a solution that’s currently available and decide to just take matters into their own hands. That was exemplified by Michael Slaby, founder of Timshel, a company devoted to social-impact efforts. Throughout the day, though, one speaker after another kept talking about how the opportunities they wanted to take simply weren’t available to them. Or that the kinds of things they wanted to do weren’t offered by anyone else and so went and created it themselves.

Chicago Is a Power Player: It’s hard to ignore the elephants in the room that are San Francisco/Bay Area and New York. But Chicago is a tech industry force to be reckoned with. Not only does it have an active community of founders and funders for just about anything you might be wanting to do but it has the talent to support those ideas. Yes, Chicago might be losing population, but that doesn’t mean smart, creative people aren’t still here. In fact one speaker said that Chicago loses to the coasts 3-4 people after the age of 20 for every one it gains but then the reverse is true after age 27 as people return to Chicago.

Diversity Is a Priority: There was a lot of talk about diversifying not only the workforce but also the pipeline of founders and funders. That’s of huge importance not just to the current marketplace but also to the future as a more diverse set of companies now brings in a more diverse pool of talent who are mentored to become the next generation of founders and so on down the line. One venture capitalist said nine out of 10 founders in her portfolio were women, which is a fantastic statistic opening up all sorts of potential and just one example of what people were talking about.

Commitment to Creativity: The day actually opened with Kickstarter cofounder Charles Adler – an example of the “left Chicago then came back to make an impact here” trend – talking about the importance of creativity. His points included mentions of how the workplace has a tendency to industrialize not only productivity but also people and how important it is to break out of that. To counter that he’s launching Lost Arts, a space in the West Loop dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of people to come in, discover or refine a creative skill and then work with others to make it even better. That focus on getting people out and bringing them together has a lot of potential to not only surface big ideas but also provides an important outlet for those whose day jobs may not be conducive to their creative skills.

Many of these themes were repeated in the lobby conversations I had with folks during the breaks. These people were committed to making things happen in Chicago and making them happen now. The energy from the attendees as they milled around, asked questions and got to know each other. It showed me that far from being an also-ran compared to the coasts, Chicago has a thriving, active and powerful tech community all its own that can run neck-and-neck with other markets.

Have questions about how Voce can help you break out from the crowd? We have a growing Chicago office that’s ready to help you out. Give us a call or drop us a line.

About the Author
Chris Thilk works on the Client Services team, part of Voce Connect, developing and executing social media strategy. You can follow him at @christhilk on Twitter.

Filed in Technology

May 18th, 2016

Voce Voices: A Balancing Act

Much in life is like a balancing act, it’ll take plenty of practice to get it just right, most specifically the balance between work and personal time. When people start a new job, straight out of college, the work environment can seem overwhelming so those new employees make more of an effort to deliver quality work and sometimes let their personal lives slide. It’s only when you’ve been working on that balance for a while do you start to get the hang of it, as Client Executive Ariel Rothbard will show us this week in Voce Voices!

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