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WFAA Barks Up Social Media Tree

I love dogs. I have two mutts I’m crazy about and for as long as I can remember I’ve been an advocate for rescue animals. A couple of years ago, I decided to use my expertise in public relations to help raise awareness for animal adoption and found a volunteer PR position with Dallas Pets Alive, a volunteer-driven, nonprofit animal rescue group with the goal of making Dallas a “no-kill” city.

Dala gives each full-time employee the opportunity to use one work day as a volunteer day. I feel very grateful to work at a company that allows its employees to not only volunteer as a group once each quarter but gives each employee a day to give back to the community on their own.

Jenny Lyons, producer at WFAA, David Schechter and Tiffany Liou, reporter with Bonesy. Photo via  Instagram .

Jenny Lyons, producer at WFAA, David Schechter and Tiffany Liou, reporter with Bonesy. Photo via Instagram.

Through my volunteer position as director of PR at Dallas Pets Alive, I recently got the chance work with WFAA to help raise awareness of the need for fosters. WFAA’s David Schechter reached out to me to find out what Dallas Pets Alive is doing to make Dallas “no-kill” and if the organization would consider being on a panel for a Facebook Live video on the need for fosters in Dallas.

As more and more Americans get news online and via social media, WFAA has adapted by running Facebook Live interviews either separately or in conjunction with a broadcast segment. A recent survey from Kagan U.S. Consumer Insights states that approximately half (49%) of internet adults watch local TV news programs and 40% acquire news online.

What started out as a request to be part of a Facebook Live panel on WFAA’s Facebook page, quickly snowballed into an incredible opportunity for Dallas Pets Alive. The organization was featured in three separate broadcast stories about Dallas Pets Alive’s mission, a before/after of a rescue cat named Bob Marley and a feature on a foster family. This broadcast coverage reached a total potential audience of 350,154 people and had a calculated publicity value of $123,150. The Facebook Live video also had more than 18,000 views.

Dallas Pets Alive received $11,000 in donations and 21 applications to adopt or foster an animal as a result of the broadcast coverage and Facebook Live video.

Here’s how this opportunity went from a Facebook Live video request to multiple broadcast segments, planned social shares and an in-studio phone bank.

David Schechter has a segment on WFAA called, “Verify” where he takes questions from viewers and brings them along on his quest for the answer. One viewer, Anissa Perez, asked if euthanizing animals for space at Dallas Animal Services was still necessary.

David took Anissa to Dallas Animal Services to take a tour and talk with them to find out why Dallas is still euthanizing animals for space in the city’s shelter. After they toured the Dallas shelter, David and Anissa went to Austin, the largest U.S. city to ban euthanasia as a means of reducing overcrowding. They met with leaders at Austin Animal Center, who explained that they were able to get Austin to “no-kill” status with the help of their community partners like Austin Pets Alive.

Leslie Sans, executive director for Dallas Pets Alive, Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services and David Schechter before the Facebook Live video started.

Leslie Sans, executive director for Dallas Pets Alive, Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services and David Schechter before the Facebook Live video started.

When David got back from Austin, he contacted Dallas Pets Alive to find out what the organization is doing to get Dallas to “no-kill” status. After learning that Dallas Pets Alive’s fosters and supporters played a key role in helping Dallas Animal Services increase their live-release rate from less than 50 percent in 2012 to 81.5 percent in September of 2017, David wanted to know what his viewers could do to help.

Over the course of a few phone calls with WFAA, we planned three separate stories about Dallas Pets Alive that would air on Nov. 14 on the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts leading up to the Verify segment during the 10 p.m. broadcast; an in-studio phone bank where viewers could call in with questions, foster applications and donations for Dallas Pets Alive; brought adoptable dogs to the studio to promote the need for fosters, volunteers and donations; had volunteers make videos that WFAA could edit and share on social throughout the day; and planned a Facebook Live video that would run directly after the Verify segment with Leslie Sans, executive director of Dallas Pets Alive, Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services and David Schechter.

Leading up to the air-date, I helped WFAA get interviews/b-roll for the three separate stories on Dallas Pets Alive; managed the volunteer videos for WFAA to use on social; created a document with key messages and prepared answers to questions that phone bank volunteers might get asked; and prepped the executive director with a briefing book for the Facebook Live interview.

On Nov. 14, I went to WFAA to help staff the phone bank, manage logistics and help manage questions from the Facebook Live video. After each segment aired and they cut to the phone bank, our phones rang non-stop for 30 minutes or so. It was a great to see the immediate positive response from viewers who called in to help Dallas Pets Alive.

This post was written by Krystal Morris

Here I am, front and center, ready to staff the phone bank.

Here I am, front and center, ready to staff the phone bank.

Dala Delivers Results – 2017 Year in Review

From promoting an event partnership with Arianna Huffington to building a treehouse for a little boy to make his wish come true, our clients have been doing BIG things in 2017 and we've been alongside them, delivering BIG media results. But fostering key relationships and unlocking media coverage is only a part of what we do. As a full-service public relations agency, we build brand recognition, creating integrated communications strategies that work. Here are some of our favorite highlights from 2017.

For Westmount Realty Capital, we built brand credibility with a behind-the-scenes interview for CEO Clifford Booth with the Dallas Business Journal. The piece was instrumental in highlighting the incredible accomplishments of Westmount and its rapid growth over the years through substantial investments and expansion.

Client NAI Robert Lynn is also making notable strides in business. This commercial real estate brokerage firm recently opened an investment division. Via multiple media placements, we highlighted the growing influence of the leadership team and overall brand awareness.

We don't just tell the big business stories; we help shape the narrative to position our clients as thought leaders and innovators. For StreetLights Residential, we harnessed our media connections and storytelling acumen to highlight the company’s competitive advantage. StreetLights CEO Doug Chesnut outlined the firm’s differentiators in his CBS Radio CEO Spotlight. Project spotlights are also a key facet of our integrated media strategy for StreetLights. One of our favorites was the behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the new Deep Ellum luxury high-rise, The Case Building.

Thought leadership also comes to life through awards and career recognition. We draft award proposals and secure the recognition our clients and their employees deserve, including Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards and the Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards.

Retention and recruitment of top talent is a goal for many of our clients including McCarthy Building Companies. Dala utilized media placements to help build credibility and awareness for McCarthy’s pipeline of talent. This Q&A with two McCarthy millennials effectively positioned McCarthy as not only a leader in its industry, but also a cool place to work. Our content market formula for McCarthy also includes raising awareness for the company’s value-add client services. The Houston Division’s use of virtual reality at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was front page news  in the Houston Chronicle business section. With stories like this, we take a thoughtful, proactive approach to help bring client innovation to life.

Community engagement is also a core tenet at McCarthy. For McCarthy’s Houston Division, we support the firm’s Heart Hats community relations initiatives. We helped shape and share the story of McCarthy’s Houston volunteers who partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to make “Gus’ Imagination Treehouse,” a dream-come-true for a 7-year-old boy with a rare brain tumor.

Another business fully invested in innovation and improving their community is Capital One. An involved corporate citizen, Capital One turns to Dala to devise communications campaigns to build and reinforce its good works and investment in the community. Capital One’s partnership with The DEC (The Dallas Entrepreneur Center) and its WEDallas events such as its entrepreneurship boot camp for women in business, was a tremendous success in 2017 and yielded countless opportunities to reinforce Capital One’s CSR and FutureEdge initiatives.

We revel in the opportunity to tell stories that matter. For AECOM, we don’t have to look far…. Making it on the front page of The Houston Chronicle, AECOM’s project win for its Hyperloop Texas proposal secured nationwide media attention as a result of our strategic media outreach.

Another long-term client, Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) is known for its rigorous, out-of-the-box curriculum. Our creative storytelling approach, outlining how TCA stands out from other private schools in North Texas, goes above and beyond (and into space). WFAA was thrilled to cover the story of how a TCA teacher, makes learning “out of this world,” literally.

We understand both the current media landscape and business community, and the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA) turns to Dala to help raise awareness and attendance for its top-tier programming. We regularly work with Speakers Bureaus to promote local partnerships with national media personalities including the CCBA’s Sixth Anniversary Luncheon featuring Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington.

Business organizations aren’t the only ones that turn to Dala to deliver effective yet creative event management. Dala was tapped by national luxury retailer, Frontgate, to open its first flagship store in Plano’s brand new Legacy West development. Frontgate relied on Dala’s relationships with lifestyle and social influencers as well as other external stakeholders to expand and build a brand presence as big as Texas!

No matter the industry – from commercial real estate, hospitality and finance to healthcare and consumer – Dala has done it all this year. 2017 was a year marked by BIG projects, BIG announcements and BIG results that made the year special. We’re confident 2018 will be filled with even greater opportunity for clients. As a full-service public relations agency, if your firm is looking for a strategic partner in 2018, you can count on the Dala team to deliver solutions that are sound, smart, creative and, most importantly, successful.


Dala Shares the Scoop on Hyperloop

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, and it might possibly be faster than Superman! Imagine taking an autonomous vehicle to a train station in Dallas to immediately hop into a “pod” with more than 20 other travelers, accelerate up to 700 miles per hour and arrive in Austin just 19 minutes later. That’s the vision our client, AECOM, wants to bring to Texas and beyond.

Earlier this year, AECOM participated in a global challenge to show Hyperloop One that Texas should be home to this technology. Part of that demonstration entailed the support of local government agencies and partners, as well as publicity from the media. On a national level, AECOM’s corporate team highlighted the company’s numerous finalists, but this didn’t generate attention at the local level. So, Dala helped Hyperloop Texas, led by AECOM’s Senior Urban Planner Steven Duong, spread the word.

The results were almost immediate and quickly snowballed into interviews and press coverage across the state. Not only did the Houston Chronicle run a front page story about AECOM’s proposal and the technology that could be coming to Texas, but we were also able to secure stories with KVUE in Austin, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Innovates, the Dallas Business Journal and CultureMap, to name a few.

Over the summer, AECOM’s Hyperloop Texas team was named a winner of the competition and Dala was able to help coordinate in-depth feature stories and broadcast news segments highlighting AECOM’s innovative strategies beyond Hyperloop. Duong represented AECOM on segments with Fox 4’s Good Day, NBC 5, a front page story of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, front page business story in The Dallas Morning News, and more.

AECOM took note of our success and pulled us in to assist its Denver office with media outreach for its winning Rocky Mountain Hyperloop proposal. Though the market and team dynamics varied, we were able to utilize our strategic approach to secure a broadcast story during a prime time TV spot (right after the highly-viewed Denver Broncos football game) as well as several stories in local newspapers.

To date, we’ve secured more than 130 media hits for AECOM’s Hyperloop teams in Texas and Colorado, which have led to business opportunities, speaking engagements and increased overall awareness of AECOM.

Like any major transportation innovation, it could be weeks or even months before we know tangible next steps in the process of bringing Hyperloop to Texas, but rest assured, Dala will keep you in the “loop.”