#GramTHELOVE❤️️

I don’t know about your thoughts on the matter, but my social media feeds have been kind of depressing lately. It seems like there’s no escape from the negativity and opinions surrounding the volatile political climate that’s dividing our nation and the world. While I could sit here all day and go on about the issues that I’m passionate about and share my political views, I’m not going to. That’s not to say they aren’t important or valid, but for me it’s time to shift gears because I just can’t take it anymore!

SO I’m choosing to use my social media platform to share some LOVE leading up to Valentine’s Day and I hope you’ll join me! The idea is very simple. Take a picture that conveys or invokes a feeling of LOVE, and ‘gram it between now and Valentine’s Day.  Tag the photo with #GramTHELOVE❤️️, maybe write a short caption that tells the story of your image, and let’s hope the trend catches on! I still believe that love trumps hate in the end…

Head on over to my Media Melanie Instagram to see my LOVING posts leading up to Valentine’s Day! Who knows, maybe I’ll even give one lucky ‘grammer a special prize…

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Evaluating Your 2016 Social Media Marketing

At the end of each year, it is important to reflect and take stock of what we have done and accomplished. This is important in all aspects of our lives, our businesses and our marketing efforts. Reflecting and evaluating helps us to improve and grow our businesses and operations.

It can be overwhelming to evaluate and measure everything at once, so today we recommend taking a moment before you dive into 2017 to take stock of your creative social media marketing. It’s time to see how CRAFTY you’ve been…

Three steps when evaluating

1. Review all social media posts
Questions to consider as you review your social media posts on all of your platforms:

How many of your posts are creative?

How many are information only?

Which posts received the most engagement?

What days and times were your most successful posts made?

Which posts spurred the most customer transactions?

Which month or months of the year did your social media receive the most attention?

Use Google Analytics, in-app social insights (how nice is it to have Instagram analytics now) and third-party social measurement tools to your advantage and let the numbers speak for themselves.

2. Be ruthless
Look at your social media marketing honestly. If your engagement and transaction numbers are low, be honest with yourself. Review your content, your post timing, and the responses (or lack thereof) from your audiences. Social media marketing can be challenging, but be willing to adapt and experiment to discover what works for your brand, while also keeping in mind that what works for one brand may not work for another.

3. Ask for help
After you evaluate your social media content from the year, think about what you have learned and how you can improve. Do you know what do to next? If the answer to this is “no,” then it is time to seek help. It is not always easy to see where you are making mistakes or areas in which you could grow, and this is where a professional can help! Media Melanie offers a variety of social media and online marketing tactics to grow your social following, increase engagement, monitor your brand, and craft imaginative and inspirational content that will get noticed.

Next, set three strategic goals to improve your creative social media marketing and implement those within the first quarter of 2017. I recommend these:

1. Feed your brain creative content each morning
If you want to produce creative social media content, you must consume good creative ideas! Set aside 20 minutes each morning to read literature, learn how to draw, or listen to a TED Talk. Exercising your creative muscles is essential to your success.

2. Follow creative social media accounts
Let others inspire what you do! Find social media accounts that have brands that you respect and admire and that are also successful at engaging their audiences.

3. Experiment
Try different types of posts, use different language or switch up the times that you post. Sometimes you never know what will resonate most with your audience.


I hope that these tips inspire you and help you improve your marketing efforts. Best of luck with your social media marketing in 2017!

Production Crewing in San Diego

I love what I do. There is definitely truth to Confucius’ saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to see my name in “the words” as I used to call them before I knew they were actually called credits.

My wish finally came true. After spending a few years as Production Manager for a San Diego ad agency, I earned my first two official TV show credits on ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly featuring Tony Hawk, and from 4 episodes of What Not to Wear, TLC’s longest running primetime series and one of the longest running makeover shows in television history.

One of my production credits from Season 8 of "What Not to Wear." The show's final episode airs in October 2013.

One of my production credits from Season 8 of “What Not to Wear.” The show’s final episode airs in October 2013.

Since then, I’ve started my own Social Media & Web Marketing business and have worked as a freelancer on a number of TV commercials, promos, web videos, a documentary, and am currently part of an Effie Award-Winning campaign as the Field Producer (and Casting) for Walmart’s TV commercials in San Diego (The Effies are the advertising equivalent of the Oscars to motion pictures). Click here to watch one of the compilation videos on Walmart’s YouTube channel.

Click on the photo to watch these compilation videos on Walmart's YouTube channel.

Earlier this summer, the San Diego Film Commission closed its doors. While I am by no means equipped to offer anywhere near the scope of services that the 38-year old organization (who will be dearly missed) did, I can still alleviate some of the burden on productions coming to shoot in San Diego. When you hire Media Melanie to crew a production, you’re getting the piece of mind that comes with the knowledge of an experienced producer with extensive local contacts for equipment rentals, crew services, casting, and more.

I’ve worn many hats in the production arena:

  • Media Traffic Coordinator
  • Production Assistant (PA)
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Office PA
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Manager
  • Casting Producer
  • Field Producer
  • Producer

One of the things that all of these roles have in common is knowing who to call for what. Need a jib? I’ve got you covered! What about a camera package? Exceptional DP? Editor? Hair & Make-up Artist? Wardrobe? Eager PAs? Craft Services? You name it, I will make it happen.

Interested in learning more? Contact me today!

Shopping for Flooring in a Sequin Dress

While watching daytime TV today waiting to see the commercial I just produced, I couldn’t help but notice what the talent was wearing on a local business’ ad. If you look closely at the photo below, you’ll see a handful of young people adorned in some very interesting outfits. It made me wonder who was behind the choice of wardrobe. If I had to guess, I’d say the client.

A good TV producer should always provide input on wardrobe when shooting a commercial.

Shopping for flooring in a sequin dress.

Wardrobe Matters

I’ve worked in the TV production industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve had quite a bit of experience with wardrobe. When I worked as Production Manager at a San Diego ad agency, one of my duties was purchasing wardrobe for talent. A couple of years later, I was a freelance Wardrobe Assistant on a McDonald’s commercial, and have since dealt with wardrobe on various spots I’ve produced. While I may not be the most stylish person in my own wardrobe choices, I know what looks good on camera. The strapless striped dress, sequin dress, formal dress with a big pink bow, and the other outfits pictured above are the opposite of what I would have chosen. I wonder if other people watching the same ad had a similar reaction, because my first and immediate thought when the commercial came on TV was, “Seriously? They are really wearing that?”

Image vs. Authenticity

When making a TV commercial, it’s important to tell an authentic story while also maintaining the right image, whether that image is classy, casual, family oriented, value driven, or whatever. I have a few theories as to why the business chose the talent and wardrobe they did for this particular commercial.

Perhaps they wanted to reach a high-end demographic. If that was the case, they should have used older talent who potential customers can relate to, and then in turn dressed them in clothing that they would actually wear when shopping for flooring (MAYBE a notch above that). That being said, they should also consider a different media buy because this commercial aired during a pretty trashy daytime talk show that I wouldn’t normally watch.

Maybe the business wanted to showcase family in the commercial to promote family values. I get that! But putting them in clothing more appropriate in church or at a school dance doesn’t really make sense. Dressing up is always fun and it has its place, but not in this particular TV commercial.

A Keen Eye

This commercial wasn’t very high-budget, so there was probably no wardrobe supervisor or stylist to purchase wardrobe options ahead of time. I’m wondering who gave the talent wardrobe guidelines (my guess is the client) and who was responsible for letting them go on camera this way (ultimately everyone on set). I would think that the hair and make-up person would have said something to someone, or at least the Director and/or Producer could have suggested a quick trip home to change clothes or to Target to buy some casual options. Or perhaps everybody thought it was just fine, which is the most alarming scenario.

When I work on a commercial, I always ask the talent to bring options with them. It never hurts. Or, on higher-budget jobs, there’s a wardrobe person or stylist who is responsible for purchasing plenty of appropriate options. Either way, there should always be at least one set of eyes on every little detail, ESPECIALLY wardrobe, before saying ACTION! A good TV producer should always provide input on wardrobe when shooting a commercial. There is a way to find compromise with what the client wants and what will produce a quality finished product. It’s all about how you say it!

Speaking of wardrobe picks, there’s the whole “Wardrobe Malfunction” category with TV in general…YIKES! I’m not even going there…but you can read about it here. Have you noticed any commercials with a ridiculous choice of wardrobe? Or am I the only one paying attention to things like this? Tell me!

Need professional video production services for your business, please contact Media Melanie today!

Casting Call for San Diego Moms

Are you a FUN and UPBEAT mom who loves to save money? Would you like to participate in a shopping challenge that may be featured in a local commercial for a national retailer?

I’m looking for REAL MOMS (no actors) ages 28-45 in the SAN DIEGO AREA.

If interested, please submit the following information to mediamelanie@gmail.com with “CASTING” in the subject line:

  1. Name, age, kids/ages, city, occupation (or former occupation if unemployed), phone number and email address
  2. List the three stores you shop at most for groceries, household items, health & beauty, etc.
  3. Include a recent photo

If you fit the criteria, I will contact you to set-up a day/time to create a short casting video.

There will be multiple shoot dates throughout the year.

Please pass this along to your mom friends & family: https://www.facebook.com/notes/media-melanie/casting-call-for-san-diego-moms/10151385637207667

 

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San Diego Summer Dog Events 2011

It’s an action-packed summer for San Diego dog enthusiasts!  Here’s a quick run-down of upcoming dog-friendly events in San Diego.  I hope to see you there!

Dog Days of Summer at PETCO Park 

July 27th – Join the Padres and Guinness World Records for the annual Dog Days of Summer at PETCO Park as they try to certify a record for the most dogs at a professional sporting event.  The application period is now closed, but for those who will be attending with their pooch, PETCO provided complimentary tickets to the Padres Vs. Diamondbacks 7:05 pm game which will feature a doggie parade and many vendors.  It’s sure to be a barking good time!

Doggie Street Festival 

July 31st – The 3rd annual Doggie Festival is the largest adoption focused festival in Southern California.  All friendly dogs are welcome (on-leash) to bring their owners and participate in the free fun to include entertainment, good eats, valuable pet information, products, services, speakers, music, special guests and more.  The event will be held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park from 9 am to 4 pm.  To learn more visit:  http://www.doggiestreetfestival.org/.

Bark for Life San Diego

August 27th – The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. I LOVE this event and cause!  By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.  For more information visit:  www.relayforlife.org/barksandiegoca

And don’t forget…if you’re thinking of adding a furry family member to your home, visit one of the many San Diego dog adoption organizations:

Social Media Fundraising

Social media is a wonderful tool for connecting with friends, sharing news and promoting businesses.  Social media has also proven to be a successful tool for online fundraising.  I recently read a post from  Socialbrite about the success of the Trail of Tails Pet Walk and Festival, who raised $41,000 for the Jacksonville, Fla., Humane Society using social media tools.  As both a dog enthusiast and a social media professional, I am truly inspired by their success.

The San Diego “Barking Beach Bash” Walk for Animals is coming up on May 7th; I participated last year and had a blast!  This year I decided to form my own team, Media Melanie Mutts.  Our team’s goal is to raise AT LEAST $1,000 in donations.  With the right mix of social media and in-person fundraising, I’m confident that we can achieve this task.  The next 51 days will consist of using Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and other social sites to gain the support of other animal advocates who can spare a few dollars to help a dedicated team of genuine animal lovers.

A big “thank you” is already in order to my teammate and co-captain, Fantastically Faith, who always encourages me to make my dreams a reality.  Media Melanie Mutts would like to thank Point Loma Pet Pantry for their generous donation.  If you’d like to support our team, please click here.

Our furry friends provide us with companionship and unconditional love, therefore reducing our stress levels. My goal is to “Pay it Forward” to adoptable dogs by finding them loving, forever homes so I can reduce the stress in their lives.  I’m about to organize a small dog adoption event in San Diego (thanks to Point Loma Pet Pantry) and I hope to roll-out bigger adoption events in 2011 and 2012 with the help of Brigitte Taylor Events and Pretties with Pitties.

I’m also starting to post adoptable dogs in my Media Melanie Mutts Facebook album.  If you or someone you know is considering dog adoption in San Diego, please let me know what you’re looking for – I make an excellent dog-owner matchmaker.

As I continue to see success as a social media consultant, I hope to incorporate more dog-related businesses and organizations into my client mix.  Please contact me if you need professional assistance with web marketing, video production or social media profile set-up/management.

If you have a successful social media fundraising campaign that you’d like to share (dog-related or not), please leave a comment!  Sharing is caring.

#MediaMelanieMutts

Social Media and Dog Adoptions – My Pledge to Make a Difference

I love social media and have made it a big part of my life by starting my business, Media Melanie.  I also love dogs!  These are my two rescues, Paco and Maya:

Paco is almost 2 years old and was rescued from Second Chance Dog Rescue of San Diego; he was a Mexican street dog from Tijuana.  Maya is about 4 years old and was adopted from the San Diego Humane Society; I have no idea how she ended up there, but I’m glad she ended up with me.  They are both a huge part of my life and I wish I could adopt (a lot) more, but I don’t have the ability to do so at the moment.   Henceforth:

Love for Social Media + Love for Dogs = Promoting Adoptable Dogs (not adopting more dogs)

The past few weeks I’ve casually posted links to adoptable dogs on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.  My heart fluttered today when I noticed that a Shiba Inu I had grown fond of and longed to adopt myself finally found a home. It may or may not have had anything to do with my social media efforts, but either way I’m happy and overjoyed when adorable dogs like him are adopted.  Since I can’t adopt them myself, I’m promising to be a voice for them by promoting them on Facebook and Twitter as often as I can, in hopes that I can help them find a good home.  Here are links to successful social media/adoption campaigns:

http://social-media-optimization.com/2010/10/successful-pet-adoption-drive-campaign-on-facebook/

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-12-03/story/social-media-used-drive-pet-adoption-jacksonville

What Can You Do?

Please follow me on Twitter @mediamelanie, “Like” me on Facebook and subscribe to my blog on WordPress. When you  notice that I’m posting about a dog who needs a home, please RT (retweet) the post or share it with your friends.  It’s that simple.  A little bit of social media love goes a long way.  Sharing is caring!

A TV Show in my Future?  Let’s Make it Happen!

One of my role models is Shelly Bookwalter from the show “Last Chance Highway” on Animal Planet. Check out videos of Shelly here! Shelly works with Kyle Peterson, owner of P.E.T.S. Animal Rescue Road Trips.

Together they have allowed for tens of thousands of dogs (and cats) to be saved from high rate kill shelters.  Awesome. I wish I had the resources to do what they do.  BUT…

With my love of social media and dogs as well as my experience in TV production, I’m ultimately dreaming of getting my own TV show where I go down to the streets of Tijuana, rescue dogs and find them homes.  How amazing would that be?  All I need is a little bit of support:

  • Resources to provide a safe and loving location to house the dogs until I find them homes
  • A strategic partnership with an existing dog rescue, foster program or organization (think Cesar Millan)
  • An investor to fund a pilot episode
  • Some really awesome volunteers and animal enthusiasts

Please spread the word to help my dream come true and also to make a difference in the lives of dogs.  After all, dogs don’t have a voice of their own.  Feel free to add to the idea and comment on this blog, I’d love to hear what you think.

Melanie Kellogg

“Media Melanie”

Who is Media Melanie?

Media Melanie is a freelance Media & Marketing Specialist based out of San Diego, CA.  Areas of expertise include:

  • TV & Film Production
  • Media Buying
  • Social Media
  • Ad Sales
  • Copywriting
  • Email Blasts
  • Promotions
  • Event Planning

Media Melanie has years of experience in a variety of professional settings that include an ad agency, a corporate marketing office and on-set at multiple TV and video shoots including TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”  Media Melanie is also a published freelance writer who contributed to multiple issues of Modern Fix Magazine. 

The most recent educational milestone for Media Melanie was in 2008 when she received a “Media Marketing Specialist” certificate from San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies; she also earned a BA in Communications (cum laude) in 2002. 

For a full professional profile please visit Linked In and also keep up with Media Melanie updates on Facebook and Twitter!