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The peeps at Kel & Partners have a lot to say. After all we are public relations and social media zealots who thrive on sharing interesting news and great stories with the public. The Ampersand Blog is really the voice of our Peeps – the kick-ass team of people that work at K&P. Whether it’s a story about the way PR works NOW, the social media universe, our families, beloved pets or quirky travel experiences, you’ll find it all right here. You may laugh, you may cry, but the best part is you’ll leave feeling “wicked smaht” as we like to say here in Boston.

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    kandpeeps | Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Comments Off

    The Kel & Partners Social Media Team is Hiring!

    Are you fascinated by all things social media? Do you dream in 120 character increments with hopes of ReTweets? Are your Snaps the type people want to screen grab for all of the right reasons? Do you roll your eyes at the “teens are leaving Facebook!” headlines? We should talk.

    Kel & Partners is seeking individuals passionate about social media marketing to join our social media team, for various positions ranging from entry-level (no experience necessary) to 1-2 years experience. We’re also looking for entry-level graphic designers.

    If your best days are the ones where you complete 100 tasks before lunch, this is the job for you. If you broke out in hives reading that sentence, it is not. :-) For all positions, you should be an avid user of social media, and have an ability to display an interest in/knowledge of how brands and businesses market to their target audiences using social media channels. You should really have a love of fast-paced environments and a creative, agile mind. The Peeps we hire have a sunny, fun loving disposition and are seeking a long-term position with a company that makes employee happiness its #1 goal. Sound like you?

    This is your chance to get a foot in the door working at a Social Media agency that’s been doing it since before Instagram, Tumblr or Pinterest were even around! Send your resume to beheard@kelandpartners.com with “Social Media Position” in the subject line, and a cover letter meant to impress.

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    Maria Kennedy | Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11 Comments

    Staying Productive During the Winter Weather Months

    Living and working in Boston during the winter you realize one thing pretty quickly – it’s very cold. Especially with winter lasting longer than one would hope, you don’t have to travel far to hear someone complaining about the weather, wishing they were in Aruba rather than walking to work in the snow. So, it is not shocking that some people tend to bring this negativity into the office, affecting not only their mood but also their productivity.

    So how does one combat the cold weather from negatively affecting their work ethic and stay productive throughout the cold winter months and into spring? Below I have included some tips and activities anyone can do to stay motivated regardless of the weather.

    1. Stay healthy. Winter is a time for viruses and bacteria to run wild in office – causing sickness that make you feel drowsy and weak. Make sure you are drinking water, washing your hands, and eating right. While all these seem cliché, they are still very important and can make a difference all year round.
    2. Step outside. Even if it is cold outside, getting fresh air can make all the difference. At lunch, bundle up and go for a walk. Any glimpse of sunlight can give you that extra vitamin D that you need. Make this a habit, and before you know it, spring will arrive and you’ll be able to shed some of your winter garb.
    3. Get a head start on your “spring cleaning.” Most people wait until the spring to clean up their desks and work environment. However, ridding yourself and your workspace of clutter sooner than later can make you feel more organized and less stressed. This is something that should be done frequently – don’t allow piles to grow or your inbox to get too out of hand.
    4. Find an office workout buddy. Ask around the office and it is very likely someone else is feeling the effects of the cold winter. Find someone who also needs a bit more motivation to get to the gym. Hold each other accountable, and you will both feel accomplished afterwards. Maybe sign up for a race in the spring and help each other achieve a common goal.

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    kandpeeps | Friday, March 14, 2014 14 Comments

    Open-Office Design Concept to the Next Level – Meet the Superdesk

    Imagine working in an office with a continuous, sprawling 4,400 square foot communal desk. New-York creative agency Barbarian Group just upgraded their office with a newly designed, indoor half-pipe looking superdesk. It was designed by Los-Angeles based architect Clive Wilkinson.

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    Copyright the New York Times, Michael Moran

    “It’s actually a lower cost than if we had done standard cubicles and desks,” explains Benjamin Palmer, Chairman of Barbarian Group, on the company’s web site video.

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    Copyright the New York Times, Michael Moran

    The superdesk encourages multiple departments of the agency to collaborate and share ideas easily since it’s one unbroken desk. As a shared space, it also promotes organic collisions and interactions as people move around the office. If you want a smaller gathering, there are little spaces and archways people can escape to. Employees seem to like it – and the Barbarian Desk even has it’s own twitter handle @barbariandesk.

    At K&P, we also have an open office design concept. You can see clearly across the modern, industrial space in Boston’s Innovation District when you walk in. In addition to a glass-walled conference room, there are multiple lounge areas with comfy leather chairs and couches where the team can go to relax, concentrate, or chat and brainstorm with co-workers. The open floor plan greatly influences the K&P culture by creating a community where people can connect, slow-down, gather to share ideas, or just catch-up with each other – which is so important in the fast-paced work environment of PR and Social Media.

    Beyond the office design, one of the biggest perks of the office is the scenic view of the Boston skyline, harbor, and airport – which provides a beautiful backdrop to admire. (You can often see K&P peeps posting Instagram and Facebook photos of the gorgeous sunsets with hashtags of #notyourtypicaloffice #viewnevergetsold). The Barbarian and K&P offices both demonstrate how office design is moving away from private offices, partitions, and cubicles to enable people to connect, gather, share ideas, and spread #happiness.

    The view from K&P - #viewnevergetsold

    The view from K&P – #viewnevergetsold

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    Caitlin Gribbons | Monday, December 2, 2013 19 Comments

    Giving Back: The Reason for the Season

    With the holiday season in full-swing, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of shopping, decorating, and party planning. Don’t lose sight of the true meaning of the holidays, an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate in Boston. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Jenna Finn | Thursday, February 9, 2012 11 Comments

    Stay classy, New England

    This past week has been hard – not just for me, but for all New England sports fans. Sunday’s Super Bowl loss was a hard hit to take – and it was to NY, which only makes it hurt more.  But we have to take it in stride. It’s all part of being a true Boston sports fan. You win some, you lose some. You win big, you lose bigger.

    To make matters worse, a company (who will not be named) decided to pull a PR stunt making fun of Wes Welker. On Tuesday, a mere two days after the event, 900 pounds of Butterfinger candy bars were dumped in Copley Square. A women standing next to the candy was holding a sign. The sign read: “Thank you Wes Welker”.

    Now, here is my problem with this whole thing. That is just too mean. It wasn’t only Wes Welker’s fault that the Pats lost. Isn’t the motto “you win as a team and lose as a team?” Also, there is no way that is funny. Maybe I’m taking it personally because I am still getting over the loss (yes, a week later!), but I don’t see how this PR stunt can be seen positively.

    Also not funny- “Bradying”. Don’t do it. It won’t make you look cool.

    If I were from New York  I would think differently about this whole situation, but since I am from the great city of Boston, I say back off and let us grieve in peace – no more not funny PR stunts please.

    What do you think? Do you think the Butterfingers stunt was appropriate?

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    Jenna Finn | Thursday, November 3, 2011 30 Comments

    Want to be K&P’s Newest Intern? Here’s How:

    It’s that time of year again; time to start searching for an internship for the spring semester. Whether it is your first internship or your last before you enter the workforce, Kel & Partners would love to have you. We are looking for candidates that are interested in learning and experiencing the public relations field in a unique and dynamic agency. Although this internship is unpaid, you can earn college credit and learn lots while doing so! If you are interested in joining the peeps team for the semester, please email your resumes to Jenna@kelandpartners.com.

    If you want to learn more about Kel & Partners, search around www.kelandpartners.com. We are located at 21 Drydock Ave, in the beautiful Seaport District, which is easily accessible by both car and public transportation.

    Also, we want you to have the greatest experience you can as an intern so here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your time spent here at K&P.

    1. Set personal goals: Setting unrealistic goals could make even a good internship seem bad, so make sure your goals are realistic and attainable in your internship.
    2. Everything you do, do with enthusiasm and a positive attitude: Every task, no matter how little, should be done with passion. It shows that you care.
    3. Ask questions: An internship is a learning experience. To get the most out of your time spent would be to make sure you understand everything you are doing so ask as many questions as necessary.
    4. Take initiative: If you prove that you can go above and beyond, you are more likely to be given additional, more complex responsibilities.
    5. Network: Every person you meet, no matter if it is in the workplace or not, is an opportunity to network. People always know other people and if you are looking for a job or further connections, make a great impression and then ask around.

     

    What is your best tip for getting the most out of an internship?

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    Alexis Eliopoulos | Thursday, June 23, 2011 21 Comments

    #Bruins

    The past week in Boston can be described in one word – #winning. Along with “black and yellow black and yellow” on constant repeat. After 39 years, the Bruins finally won the Stanley cup and Boston could not have been more alive.

    Now, I have to admit, I am not the most loyal Bruins fan and I may be considered as “jumping on the bandwagon”. But, I don’t care, I waited in line for almost two hours to watch game 5, stayed awake until 2 a.m. after they won, and woke up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday to make it to the parade. Points for trying? I think so. Throughout the games and celebrations, I could not help but notice the #Bruins as a trending topic. I mean, let’s face it, this was a huge win for Boston so being a trending topic was expected.

    Twitter was my number one source for all my information before and after the big win. When were the bars closing? Twitter answered. What bars were already packed before I even left worked? Twitter answered. Where were the Bruins celebrating on Friday night? Twitter answered. Did I stalk them? Maybe. Twitter ’s hash tag has completely changed the ways of communication and was the ultimate resource guide for all #Bruinsnews. The Twitter /social geek in me could not help but notice how everyone took to his or her phones instantly after the win and throughout the parade. I was able to track the parade due to Facebook and Twitter. It truly incredible how much Twitter impacts events, sports, TV shows, etc.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Twitter has truly changed the ways of communication. Now, heads will turn to the Red Sox in hopes of another World Series. After all, they don’t call us title town for nothin’.

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    Kendyll Messina | Tuesday, December 7, 2010 16 Comments

    How to $pend Your Holiday in the City of Boston

    If you’re excited to celebrate the holiday season, look no further than our own city of Boston. There is plenty to see and do, whether its just you or with friends and family. Okay- maybe you’re thinking after all of your holiday shopping, with what budget you have left, how will you possibly be able to experience any holiday splendor? That’s where I come in. Just call me a Christmas miracle, because I have planned an entire weekend’s worth of merry activities for under $40.

    We all know the everyday, scenic beauty of the Boston Commons; add some Christmas lights, music, and a skating rink and you have a winter wonderland right in the heart of the city! Don’t miss out on walking through the Boston Commons with the official Christmas tree lit amongst the hundreds of other sparkling sights. Then have a skate around the historic Boston Common Frog Pond for $4 and a skate rental of $8. This is sure to be a tradition you’ll come back to every year.

    Missed a gift on your list, or need a FREE picture with Santa? Make your way to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a fun-filled day of dance parties, Santa himself, and of course more lights! Aside from being the most famous spot in Boston for shopping and dining, through the month of December Faneuil Hall is host to many holiday events like the Jukebox Dancers Rockin’ Holiday Parties – every weekend come join the party! Don’t forget your free picture with Santa – compliments of Globe Santa, with just a small donation you can help The Globe give underprivileged kids all over greater Boston a gift this holiday season. And be sure to stick around until they turn the lights on to view New England’s tallest holiday tree, towering over 80 feet!

    Now, with a $40 budget you may be surprised to learn that the Top of the Hub is my next destination. Does eating a mouth-watering chocolate chip cookie while the sound of jazz fills the air and you view the city of Boston sounding good to you…? Keep reading. For $13, after 8pm you can enjoy the musical stylings of the Top of the Hub jazz bands, order a plate of a dozen cookies surrounded by a mountain of cinnamon-flavored Chantilly cream, and watch the city’s Christmas lights turn on from atop the Prudential Center.

    Now, I haven’t even mentioned the phenomenal holiday performances, breakfasts with Santa, or festive craft fairs around the city, but if you are able to cross off everything on my planned agenda be sure to check out more holiday happenings at the Boston.com Calendar. If you know of any other seasonal festivities in Boston that won’t break the bank please feel free to share! Thanks for reading and have a very happy holiday!

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    redheadmeag | Monday, November 22, 2010 30 Comments

    A Boston girl no more….

    Well folks, it’s official. After spending the better part of the last 14 years living here, my term as a resident of the beautiful city of Boston is now limited; on December 1st, I’m packing up my things and moving 7 miles (or so) south to Quincy, MA. According to Wikipedia, Quincy is also known as “The City of Legends.” I find this very comforting. See, to me, Boston feels to me to be “The City of Legends” – the city that I moved to when I was 17, fell in love with and never looked back. And we’ve had an absolutely amazing relationship. I never imagined I’d leave such a loyal partner – but the lure of the ocean is calling this “originally Cape Cod girl” home.

    I thought it’d be fun to share what I’m most excited to see/do in Quincy, and to get suggestions from my fellow Bostonareaonians for the best spots to eat, run and shop in my new town.

    Quincy represents huge amounts of new possibilities, excitement and adventure. If you read my post “A PR Girl Goes in Front of the Camera” I talked about my recent journey to wellness on the Dr. Oz show, via a 90 pound (and still going) weight loss. A huge part of my fitness regime is running – and our new place has easy access to the jackpot of Boston outdoor running – Wollaston Beach. With 2.3 miles of well-maintained (and I hear shoveled!) pavement along Quincy Bay and views of the Boston skyline, the walkway along Wollaston Beach is the perfect place for me.

    I’ve lived in Rosi Square for more than 4 years, and I’m going to miss the bread, cheese and wine shops here. Googling for similar meccas in Quincy netted me this little gem – Lisa Lamme’s Gypsy Kitchen. The foodie in me is imagining many a happy Saturday afternoon spent roaming the shelves, picking up wine and cheese and spices galore!

    While I’m on food – it seems that Quincy is something of an ethnic food mecca – within close proximity to my new place, there are Yelp-approved places for great Indian food (Punjab Café), sushi (Fuji), and even an Irish pub with the same name as the one in my hometown on the Cape (The Irish Pub – clever, no?) Thrilllist (if you don’t subscribe, you should) has just written up that a new Texas Saloon/music venue is opening up in “The Z.” I wonder where the best pizza in town is…..

    I have a track record of getting lost nearly every time I’ve driven in Quincy – here’s to adventure! I’m excited to explore this new part of the area and getting to know it well. I’d love recommendations from everyone that has a “favorite.”

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    Jennifer Brogan | Monday, November 8, 2010 9 Comments

    A Boston Startup I’m Loving

    Let’s set the scene here. You just survived a long day at work, and you climb up the stairs of your city apartment building with high hopes for an evening of relaxation. But what’s that on your front door? Oh man, it’s the dreaded InfoNotice from UPS that reads, “No one was available when we tried to deliver your shipment.” Let me tell you a little something, Brown. I, like many Americans, work from 8-6pm and will never, as long as my career shall last, be available when you attempt to drop off my shipment.

    So, like routine, you log onto website to have the package held at the local warehouse for pick-up. And this is my favorite part. Is the warehouse open on weekends? No sir! Much too convenient that way. Instead, you must retrieve your package prior to 7:30pm on a weeknight. Sounds reasonable. Sure – until you arrive, and every other person in the city of Boston with a job (I exaggerate – but not by much) is also standing in line with their respective InfoNotices. Average amount of time wasted standing in line? I usually clock in at about 25 minutes.

    (Note: Thankfully, I have a car in the city. This warehouse retrieval process is virtually impossible if you don’t. Take it from someone who has walked 2.5 miles with an 8×10 Pottery Barn rug in tow. Not fun.)

    Now all of this griping brings me to a new startup based here in Boston that has come to save day: PickupZone. I was beyond thrilled when I heard about this company at a recent event at Babson College. Finally, someone gets it!

    PickupZone has teamed up with local retailers like Walgreens, True Value, and Ace Hardware in your city, where you can have your packages delivered. And there are no InfoNotices here. You get a friendly e-mail when your package has arrived at your local PickUpZone Pickup Point, which you can grab at your convenience within 10 days. So, you can just pick it up when you’re out running your evening errands, and probably had one of these shops on the “To Do” list anyhow.

    And get this – even if you’ve already received an InfoNotice, you can have that package forwarded to your PickupZone Pickup Point and avoid the warehouse line. Genius!!

    I can’t wait to test this out with my next online purchase. Has anyone else given it a try?

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