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An afternoon with the FBI

At Thompson & Co., we understand how important it is to get to know our neighbors. That’s why we recently invited our neighbors from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, (they’re directly across 6th Avenue and surely have our place bugged) to the office to see what goes on behind all those closed blinds.

T&C often hosts business and community leaders for casual conversations so we can continue to be informed community members. We were very excited for Staci Feger Pellessier, FBI outreach specialist, to come in and tell us more about her agency next door.

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Travel trends for 2019

While Thompson & Co. Public Relations works in a variety of industries, from health care to telecommunications, one in which we excel – and have a lot of fun talking about – is travel and tourism. This field is always changing, and we take pride in our ability to stay on top of what’s new and up and coming for our travel clients.

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Covenant House Executive Sleep Out

This November, I’ll be participating in the Covenant House Sleep Out with a big goal of raising $15,000 to support programs for homeless youth in Alaska. This cause is near and dear to my heart – no child should ever be homeless, and the Sleep Out is an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year.
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For the Love of Humanity

At T&C, we often host business leaders and community members for intimate presentations to share insight about their industry. This helps our team stay on the pulse of what’s new in Alaska and beyond. Recently, the Rasmuson Foundation, undeniably one of Alaska’s biggest benefactors when it comes to strengthening Alaska and the people who live here, joined us for one such discussion. President and CEO Diane Kaplan, along with, Angela Cox, vice president of external affairs and Roy Agloinga, program officer, spoke about their organization and the work it does in Alaska.

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How the T&C office FAMiliarizes travel experiences

In our office, the word FAM is thrown around a lot. But many of our new employees often don’t know what that word even means. Some think it might be shorthand for “family” or in texting it could mean “for a minute.” But at Thompson & Co. Public Relations, FAM means familiarization. Specifically, we use that term when learning about a new tour, business, or destination as it relates to our travel and tourism clients.

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Client work shines at the Aurora Awards

At Thompson & Co. Public Relations we live by the mantra that the best PR never sees the light of day. Our goal is to help our clients deliver their message to the public in a thoughtful and strategic manner. Their victories are their own and we celebrate the wins internally in our office and move on to crafting the next message, editing the next video or planning the next event.

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Hurricane Harvey’s anniversary reminds Houston about the importance of crisis communications

It’s the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the “Storm of the Century,” which dumped 50 inches of rain on Texas for five days. It also killed more than 100 people and caused $125 billion worth of destruction. Thinking about the impact Hurricane Harvey had on me and my community brings back a flood of emotions including sadness, humility, honor, pride and most importantly strength. It is also a reminder of the importance of being prepared.

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Must-do summer activities before summer is over

School might be starting, but summer is most definitely not over yet. There is still time to check off all the things on your summer bucket list in Alaska. Here are some of the summer activities T&Cers are excited to experience before fall rolls around:

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FACEBOOK LIVEns up your business events

Who remembers MTV’s “TRL?”

For those of you unfamiliar, “TRL” (Total Request Live) was a live MTV broadcast in Times Square. Host Carson Daly would count down the top 10 music videos interspersed with live guests and fun surprises. We couldn’t get enough. I bring this up to connect it to a popular video tool – Facebook Live.

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Apps you should have on your home screen in 2018

According to analytics firm Flurry, in 2017, U.S. consumers spent up to five hours per day on mobile devices. This means we’re spending more and more time scrolling through newsfeeds, listening to that new track and sharing real-time experiences with friends and followers. We’ve put together a list of must-have apps for your digital repertoire in 2018.

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Mining for information & knowledge

When hiring, T&C searches out media junkies who live and breathe their work. This means we have a staff with more curiosity than can ever be quenched. We pride ourselves in using every situation as an opportunity to learn and come up with new ways. That way, we can apply things we see in everyday life to our strategic plans for the benefit of our clients. We often invite industry leaders and members of our community into our office for informal and valuable learning sessions.Read More

At T&C, we love coffee and conversation

As an agency with clients that span industries across the state – from tourism to health care to resource development – we learn a lot from our clients. Industry and local knowledge is necessary for us to develop strategic public relations plans. But T&C is also proactive in seeking out the learning opportunities that help us excel at our jobs. Sometimes those opportunities are PR industry-focused and sometimes they are simply to learn more about our community. During a recent, informal learning session, our office had the privilege of chatting with Kim Reitmeier, executive director of ANCSA Regional Association. It was a fascinating conversation about Alaska Native corporations and how they are intricately woven into the fabric of Alaska’s economy.
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