A PR guide to your best Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air, and whether you’re planning a relaxed movie night with your friends or going on an extravagant dinner date, Valentine’s Day is a process. Like public relations, a little planning up front will ensure a smooth and enjoyable holiday.

Define the situation

The first step in the process is a situational analysis. Consider your objectives for Valentine’s Day and your target publics. Are you hoping to spend time with a group of friends, family members or a special someone? Do you imagine a casual evening or something on the fancier side? What have you done for Valentine’s Day in years past? What are your peers doing for Valentine’s Day?

Dig around and research any events going on nearby or special menus at your favorite restaurants. Think outside the box and consider concerts, day trips and outdoor activities if the weather will be nice.

If you want to surprise your date, talk to their friends or look on their Pinterest accounts to see if there’s something special you can do or give them that would make the evening one to remember.

Strategize

Next, map out your plans. Make reservations if you’re going to dinner; restaurants tend to be extremely busy around Valentine’s Day, so also be open to celebrating a few days before or after the holiday. Calculate travel time and possible expenses like gas, a card, flowers and a new outfit.

Consider your strategy for the evening, are you hoping to reconnect with friends? Are you looking forward a special night to celebrate a relationship? Are you working to start a new relationship? The answers to these questions will help you form a goal for the evening.

It’s also important to think about the other person’s expectations and goals for the evening. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to put others before yourself, so think about what would make their night extraordinary. If you’re in a relationship, think about special memories and things you have experienced together in the past, and tie those into your date in a thoughtful way.

Valentine’s doesn’t have to mean spending your entire paycheck either. Thoughtfulness and genuine care for the other person means so much more than the amount you spend.

Implementation

It’s time! Implement your plans by keeping your goals in mind, but understanding that there may be a few adjustments needed. Don’t forget to iron your clothes and tidy up your house if you plan on spending time there.

Be flexible and enjoy your time with the people around you. Remember that Valentine’s Day is so much more than just a night for couples, chocolate and flowers; it’s a time to stop and appreciate the different forms of love around you. Take time to reach out to your family members, your neighbors and your friends to let them know how much you appreciate their care.

Evaluation

In PR, evaluation is needed during and after a campaign. Valentine’s Day is no different! Throughout the night evaluate your choices of venue, activities and people you’re spending time with. After the holiday, consider what went well and what you would’ve changed. These results will help you in planning ahead for next year, when you can start the process all over again. Remember to continue spreading the love year round!

Social Media Release: Jones Valley Teaching Farm

This is a fictional release created for a university course. It is not an official release from Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm Launch Event on Jan. 15 in Auburn, Alabama

Pitch

Jones Valley Teaching Farm is partnering with Auburn City Schools to host an event to mark the launch of their Good School Food program in Auburn, Alabama, on Jan. 15. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the new Downtown Farm facility at 203 N. College St. There will be fresh produce for sale grown at the Downtown Farm with proceeds going towards the Good School Food initiative in Auburn;  local vendors selling food; live music from performer Grant Frazier; face painting for children; and a silent auction.

Background

Jones Valley Teaching Farm, or JVTF, was born in 2007 when one city block turned into Birmingham’s first urban farm. The farm’s founders wanted to make the community a healthier place and provide nutritious, organic produce in local markets. In 2011, the focus of the non-profit shifted to education. JVTF partners with public schools through their Good School Foods program to teach students critical thinking skills, creativity and the value of nutrition through hands-on learning experiences at school farms. Their mission is to empower the next generation to live healthier and be change agents in their communities. The launch of the program in Auburn marks the first satellite city for JVTF, headquartered in Birmingham.

Facts
  • JVTF will host an event on Jan. 15 from 6-10 p.m. in Auburn, Alabama, at the Downtown Farm, 203 N. College St.
  • 5 JVTF Farm Fellows will sell produce grown at the Auburn Downtown Farm.
  • 8 local food vendors will be selling meals featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Grant Frazier of Purcellville, Virginia, will perform live music throughout the event.
  • There will be staff on-hand to paint children’s faces with plant designs.
  • At 8 p.m. there will be a silent auction for a year’s worth of fresh produce from JVTF farms in Auburn.
  • JVTF Executive Director Amanda Storey and Good School Food Director Zoe Burgess will be in attendance.
  • Auburn City Schools Superintendent Karen DeLano will be in attendance.
Quotes

“I can’t believe how this has blessed our community,” said Karen DeLano, superintendent of Auburn City Schools. “Jones Valley Teaching Farms is a monumental addition to the education of our community’s children. This event will be an exciting mark for a new chapter for Auburn City Schools.”

“We want to show the Auburn community how they will literally reap the fruits of this program’s labor,” said Amanda Storey, Jones Valley Teaching Farm executive director. “By teaching Auburn children the value of nutrition and experimental learning, this community will flourish. There’s nowhere else we’d rather start our first satellite program, and the event will be an incredible way to introduce ourselves to the people of Auburn.”

Media

Students in Oliver Elementary's Farm Lab

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Jones Valley Teaching Farm Facebook

 

Downtown Farm in Auburn

Photo: Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instagram

Video

Here’s a glimpse of how the Good School Food program works.

Links

Website: http://jvtf.org/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonesvalleyteachingfarm/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonesvalleyteachingfarm/

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jvtf

Contact

Rita Means, Program Coordinator, (333) 333-3333, rita@jvtf.com

Zoe Burgess, Good School Food Director, (333) 333-3334, zoe@jvtf.com