Sydney Tenney

This week things finally started to calm down and things are going back to normal. They won’t be normal for too long though because we are launching our Spring Break 2 release, which is kind of just like a beach release technically, on March 20th along with another line of swimsuits. I spent most of this week prepping for next week’s big release since I will be gone on Spring Break, I won’t be able to do all of the necessary prep next week like I usually would. I completed the all of the product descriptions for each new piece and set them up for release at the proper date and time to be launched on the website for next week. I found that it took me less time to do this second set of product descriptions than the first ones because I got the hang of things, so they are much easier for me now. I hope that our upcoming next two release are just more successful if not more than the first release we did! Also, my blog that I wrote FINALLY went live on the website, yay so exciting! Here’s a short sneak peek of it!

I also got assigned a new project this week. I was assigned to reinvent and revamp Dear Stella Pinterest site. I never realized how many boutiques actually use Pinterest to advertise and promote their clothes. I am working on creating several new boards with some of Dear Stella’s newest arrivals with outfit inspirations, jewelry, etc. Mary Margaret stated she wanted me to work on this project for the remainder of my internship, and that it will be considered “my baby”. I’m excited to have a project that I have the opportunity to kind of build from the ground up, so we will see how it goes! Also I attached a little clip of some behind the scenes footage of our photoshoots!

Gabrielle Bailey

It is week five at my internship. This week, I continued to make and schedule Facebook posts. I also worked with the other intern on sending out formal invitations for the upcoming event. We also scheduled an informational meeting next week for volunteers. We are still in the process of recruiting more volunteers for the event. I have reached out to organizations on campus for volunteers, but I have not had any luck yet. Hopefully we will be able to find a few more. Next week, we will also be having the cast party dance rehearsal. I am excited to see how some of the routines are shaping up. At this event, we plan on going live on Facebook. So far, we have only posted headshots of the stars and pros. It will be nice to get some live footage of the dancers.

Since the event is sold out, we are focusing on trying to get people to buy raffle tickets from our Mercedes Benz sponsor. The raffle tickets are $100, and you have the chance of winning a 3-year lease on a Mercedes Benz. We are also trying to find more people to sponsor us. Sometime this week we will be making graphics for our social media with sponsor and raffle ticket information. We are still waiting on a few people to send in their bios, so we can do a spotlight on them on the Alzheimer’s Association’s social media. Since a few haven’t sent in their bios, we are having to rearrange our social media calendar.

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Camisha Simmons

This week I am still working on promotional flyers for the WCUG Rave. I am also being more active on the twitter page that was given to me by the station. At first it was hard to figure out what to post because I was still so new to the station but now it is easier to figure out what to post. We also started promoting the WCUG Rave this week on social media, so I am excited to see the final outcome of this event. I plan of making at least two short videos for promotional purposes for the rave as well, I have a couple if ideas on how I want it to look.

This week was also the first week of me working on the radio show segment that I will be taking over. I am now in charge of the K-pop genre and I am super excited about it. My co host and I had a meeting this week about how to get started working on the show, Dr. Getz was a lot of help seeing that we had no idea where to start or who to talk to. We did a lot of strategizing this week, mostly planning what to talk about, who to talk about, and what songs to play. When we come back from spring break, we will schedule recording times to make our first pilot.

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Amanda Hay

This past week was the eighth week of my internship. I have come in two days this past week to help around the center. The events last week were very successful and there was a great turnout. Tonight, we had an event called Sketching Under the Skylight and it was successful and fun to watch! I have attached a picture of this event of an attendee sketching the model.

This week, I have created flyers for an event happening next Saturday at the center and created a Facebook event to get the word out to the public. For this event, we are hosting a reception with a guest speaker whose Russian Realism collection is displayed in the main lobby of the Bo Bartlett Center. I have also taken over our social media pages this week for the time being. I will be in charge of those during my remaining weeks here and I am excited to gain more hands-on experience in the weeks to come!

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Sydney Tenney

This week was by FAR the busiest week so far at Dear Stella. This week we were preparing for our big launch of our Spring Break collection on Thursday, March 7th. The beginning of the week was spent putting the final touches on the products online, and putting all the new swimwear arrivals online along with their product descriptions and images. After finishing all of the online/website aspects, we had to move all the new clothes down, and figure out where we were going to put them. I had no clue whatsoever that there was a method to putting the clothes out on the floor. I thought you just hang the clothes on any rack in any part of the store, but that’s not the case. Mary Margaret explained how important it is to group each piece with other pieces that either goes along with the color scheme or accentuates each piece. You don’t want any colors clashing or that don’t look good beside each other.

Since we have so many new arrivals, we decided to make another release that will be launched in a few weeks. It will be considered the Spring Break 2 release and shortly after that we will be releasing another collection, the Easter Collection. It has only been one day since the Spring Break collection dropped, and online orders have been rolling in already. The store was the busiest it has been in a while. I truly have never realized how important promoting and social media is to business until I saw how many web sales we had that came from social media. I guess me posting non-stop about our new arrivals on the Dear Stella Instagram paid off! I even posted a blog on the website about some of my favorite pieces from the new collection. Go check out the blog and all our new arrivals at www.shopdearstella.com!ST2

Gabrielle Bailey

This week I assisted Ally in making business cards on Adobe Illustrator for the Dancing Stars of Central Georgia. I found out she makes the graphics and business cards for the Atlanta, Macon, and Columbus stars. I also continued to make graphics and posts for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facebook. I then looked at the Facebook analytics to determine the best times to post.

We sold out of tickets and tables for the Dancing Stars of Columbus event this week. We are in the process of trying to fit a few more tables in the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center, so we can continue raising money. People are still calling every day trying to buy a ticket/table. I also drafted acknowledgement letters for people who donated over $500 dollars to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Camisha Simmons

This week we mainly worked on Rave things. I decided to start with doing research about raves. First, we needed to name the rave which why I started doing the research about terms that are use in raves or referring to raves. I was able to find out a lot of things about raves such as they are always related to music that makes you want to keep moving. I eventually came up with a few names that would possibly be good to name the rave but when we talked about it, we decided to keep it simple. We decided this because we did not want the name to limit us to certain things like the type of music. We want to play all types of dance music, so we do not want to be limited to only play EDM which means electronic dance music.

On Thursday I found out the we had the place for the rave booked and a date and time which made getting things together a little bit easier. I have been making multiple flyers for the event and I also plan on making a video teaser that the station can use to post on Instagram or where ever else they please. I was also given the task of making a 2-hour playlist for the rave as a backup plan just in case we cannot get a DJ. This week I learned about the importance of marketing for an event such as the rave. I also learned that when preparing an event like this you should always have a backup plan just in case certain things do not fall into place. I am enjoying my time as a marketing intern at WCUG.

Amanda Hay

This past week was the seventh week of my internship. I have come in two days this past week to help around the center because it has been a busy week. The events last week were very successful and there was a great turnout. We have already had several people signed up for a class the center is hosting in a few weeks. I unfortunately will be unable to attend, but I will be helping prepare for the event.

This week, I began brainstorming and gathering pictures for another project by on the Outreach Programs called Missions That Matter initiated by Mr. Bartlett. I have found a template and several pictures and look forward to putting it all together to send off for professional printing. I have attached a picture of what I have so far. I am eager to start this new project and I am enjoying my internship experience.

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Sydney Tenney

This was my third week interning at Dear Stella. Last week was all about me getting my feet wet and slowly start doing my duties that she assigned to me. This week was by far the the busiest I have ever been since starting my internship. I am fully submerged into putting products on the websites and writing product descriptions for each and every article of clothing we are set to release in our big spring break release launching on March 7th. The picture posted below on the left is pretty much everything that goes into writing a product description. A product description is exactly what it sounds like, it is a description of the product. I write the product description while looking at the product, and I have to make sure I am very specific when writing the descriptions so Mary Margaret can go back and find the article of clothing from the photo shoot and know exactly which piece it is so she can upload the photo to the website alongside the description. The picture to the right are just half the clothes I have to write product descriptions. The descriptions aren’t long, but the process is very tedious and time consuming.

We are also gearing up to do our first Spring Break giveaway post on Instagram before we launch the Spring Break release, so I am preparing for that as well as working on my first blog on what’s in my suitcase for spring break promoting the Spring Break release on the 7th. There’s a lot going on at the store right now, but I absolutely love it. I would rather be busy and working than having nothing to do at the store. I’m really enjoying my internship so far at Dear Stella! In the picture below is a sneak peek into where I do all of my work in the office!

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Gabrielle Bailey

Last week, I mentioned attending the cast cocktail party for the Dancing Stars of Columbus event. What I did not mention, was how the cocktail party was happening at 11th and Bay, where I also work. We were set up near the entrance of the restaurant. The space is open and good for mingling. However, we were set up right in front of the main entrance. This made it confusing for guest who were not a part of our event. A lot of customers thought we were the host stand, so I would have to redirect them to the right place. Heather and I oversaw handing out name tags, business cards, and flyers. We soon realized we were missing a few name tags. We came to the conclusion the printer made doubles of some names and no copies of others. This led to some awkward situations. Some of our important guest did not have printed name tags, while their plus ones did. I am sure some people were confused by this. We apologized about the accident and hand wrote the missing names. The people attending the event were understanding, but it was still a little embarrassing. The event seemed to go well over all. I would have liked to mingle with the “stars” more. Hopefully I will get a chance to make a good impression at one of our other events.

This week was a little slower paced. We just drafted letters to all donors of the Dancing Stars of Columbus Event, filed paperwork, and answered phones. We still need volunteers for our event, so I suggested to Ally we send out a flyer to Cougar Connection. She approved of the idea. Now, I am just waiting to receive my official Alzheimer Association email, that way I can list my contact info on the flyer. Hopefully I will receive it soon. The event is approaching quickly. Here are some photos from the cocktail party at 11th and Bay.