“Love what you do, not do what you love” – Guest speaker Garrett Ross

By Amro Alyamani

We had a great guest speaker yesterday, Garrett Ross of Mobelux, who told us about start-ups and how we can work for ourselves one day. Garrett was born near Yellowstone park, and worked a few jobs before he and friend decided to start their own business.

It wasn’t until his friend bought the first iPhone . . . → Read More: “Love what you do, not do what you love” – Guest speaker Garrett Ross

Advanced Social Media Measurement and Analysis

By Dominique Cosby

Katie Paine is the co-writer of our textbook in this class. Her specialty is social media measurement. She explains how communication has changed in the world. For example, there are no more boundaries with media. There is traditional media vs social, where traditional media is like TV, newspaper, and magazines while social media is . . . → Read More: Advanced Social Media Measurement and Analysis

Social media fundraising with @Sarahmilston

By Noah Rabatin

In her presentation, Sarah Milston, CEO of The Spark Mill, spoke about how to effectively and strategically use social media as a forum for raising money through donations. The three key focuses of Ms. Milston’s presentation were the use of a proper and well organized platform, direct and attractive communication, and targeting the right . . . → Read More: Social media fundraising with @Sarahmilston

Knowing your egocentric network with @jonbecker

By Madeline Clark & Roger Sullivan

Tuesday of the second week of class, VCU and IYLEP students were given the opportunity to meet with Jon Becker. He is the Director of Online Academic Programs and Learning Innovation here at Virginia Commonwealth University. He starts the lecture with two questions:

1) What is Influence?

2) What is . . . → Read More: Knowing your egocentric network with @jonbecker

Social media allows you to be the face and the voice behind a brand: Guest lecture by @christinamdick

By Kaitlyn Castro

On Friday, we had the pleasure of having Christina Dick, our second key speaker, share with us her rise from VCU alumna to becoming the founder of TFB Agency, a marketing consultancy with a focus on social media. Dick is a current adjunct professor at VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture, teaching public . . . → Read More: Social media allows you to be the face and the voice behind a brand: Guest lecture by @christinamdick

Tasks for Week 2

It’s already the end of our first week! Here’s an overview on what’s ahead during our second week. Please refer to Assignments and the Schedule for more details on the requirements and daily activities.

Nonprofit project: You will use this week to map out your strategy and start implementing it. On Monday, you will visit your client . . . → Read More: Tasks for Week 2

Organizational branding with @jonahholland

By Laquan Simpkins

On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to witness the first key speaker in our summer semester. Jonah Holland is the PR & Marketing Coordinator at from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which is a nonprofit organization in Richmond. The gardens take up 82 acres, have 68 full-time employees, 500 volunteers, 12,000 members, and an annual budget of $6.1 million. Continue reading Organizational branding with @jonahholland

Tasks for Week 1

Here’s an overview on what you need to do during our first week. Please refer to Assignments and the Schedule for more details on the requirements and daily activities.

Before getting started, every student needs to sign up for accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Existing accounts on these platforms can be used for this class.

Also, . . . → Read More: Tasks for Week 1