Category Archives: Laura Murray Public Relations

LMPR Honoured with BCAMA Marketing Excellence Award

On October 21, 2015 at the Westin Bayshore, the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association held its 45th Annual Marketer of the Year Gala. This year honoured popular restaurant chain A&W Food Services.   The event also marked the inauguration of the BCAMA Marketing Excellence Awards  - celebrating the accomplishments of three organization’s achievements in: Community Engagement or Not-for-Profit Marketing; Public Relations or Experiential Marketing; and Marketing on a Shoestring.   It is our great pleasure to announce that LMPR was honoured with the Marketing Excellence Award for Not-for-Profit Marketing for our work on Theatre Under the Star’s 2014 Season.   The jury recognized LMPR’s for both the strategy & execution of its full-service, integrated marketing plan – which included Media Relations, Advertising, Online Marketing, Social Media, and Promotions - as well as the stellar results achieved for the 2014 season – including a 29% increase in revenue and the first extension of a season in the company’s more than 70 year history.  

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LMPR Named Best PR Firm in Vancouver

  This week, LMPR was honoured to be named ‘Best PR Firm’ in The Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2015.   We are thrilled to be recognized for our work in this way. It is a delight for us to help Vancouver’s artists share their projects & stories with the audiences of our city.   We send heartfelt thanks to all the friends, clients, and champions who voted for LMPR in the awards – and send our kudos & congratulations to the outstanding organizations with whom we share the category.    

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Q&A: Chelsea Isenor

Marketing Assistant Chelsea Isenor is one of the newest team members to join the LMPR family. Her passion for theatre and communications helped her discover a career in arts marketing and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team. Chelsea looks forward to continuing to support the arts and culture community with her social media and vast marketing talents.    Tell us about yourself & how you got into arts marketing. I discovered my passion for theatre in high school and from that point on I knew I wanted to live in that world. At University I studied Theatre as well as Marketing and Communications. That’s when I realized I could combine these for a creative and fulfilling career where I could talk about something that I love every day!     Where is the best place you have travelled & why? One of my favourite places I’ve ever traveled is Laos. It’s a beautiful country full of the friendliest people, the best food, and the most incredible sights. I spent three days living in a treehouse and zip-lining across the jungle. I can truly say that was one of the most unbelievable and terrifying experiences of my life (I still can’t even think about the size of the spiders or the sounds I heard at night).   Laos was amazing because, out of all the places I’ve visited in the world, it felt really authentic and uncommercial (there wasn’t a single 7-11 anywhere, which is so rare). The people were so welcoming and laid-back which made you really slow down and take note of things.   What was the first show you remember seeing as a child? I fondly remember Green Thumb Theatre coming to my elementary school and performing fun twists on fairy-tales. But I believe the first show I ever saw was a band called One Horse Blue at an outdoor concert in Kamloops. I actually have no idea who they are – my uncle took me so that he could impress women – but I still have the signed bandana.   If you could grab a coffee with one artist – living or dead – who would it be and why? Amy Poehler! I think she is so funny and intelligent. She always seems unapologetically herself in her comedy and life. Also, I think we could be best friends!   What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR? Coming from the world of theatre, I’m so excited to work with the wide variety of clients from all different types of art organizations. And, of course, working with the incredibly talented and enthusiastic LMPR team!   Lighting Round!   Morning person or night owl? Night Owl   Drink of choice? Wine   Truth or dare? Truth   Favourite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen   Best Movie? This question always feels impossible! Today I’ll say The Princess Bride but next time you ask me I’ll probably have a different answer.   Power of Flight or Invisibility? Power of Flight

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Jesse Tanaka

LMPR is throwing it back to that perennial school day assignment of, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” In the third post of a three part series Senior Digital Coordinator, Jesse Tanaka, looks back on his kayak trip to Nelson Island.   In early summer, my girlfriend and I borrowed a few kayaks and paddled out from Pender Harbour across to Nelson Island on BC’s Sunshine Coast. I had only ever been in a kayak a few times, so the goal was just to make it across without falling in or getting lost.   We got a tip from a friend about the location of Harry Robert’s cabin, built in 1929 by one of the early Europeans in the area. We attempted to track it down, but as beginner ocean navigators, had no expectation of actually finding it.   After a full day of paddling, and just before we were about to settle for any campsite, we came across the old log structure in the distance.   We tied up the boats and unloaded our gear just as the rain rolled in.   A view of the log work inside, there are much worse places to take shelter.   The open concept kitchen.   The cabin sat on a peninsula between this bay to the south…   …and this to the north.   A short walk into the woods revealed an even older cabin.   Mason jar windows, so hip.   We got a few beach fires in before the ban.   It was quite possibly the best campsite I will ever have.    

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Brian Paterson

LMPR is throwing it back to that perennial school day assignment of, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” In the second post of a three part series Head of Digital + Marketing, Brian Paterson, fondly recounts his stunning and remote hiking trip on Vancouver Island.     At the beginning of August, I set with three old friends for an alpine hiking & climbing trip through Vancouver Island’s Strathcona Provincial Park.     The plan was to unplug with a little adventure in the mountains.     Everything required for a week off the grid was packed along on our backs.     Including dehydrated meals, such as my signature dish: mashed potatoes, kale & bacon.     Sometimes the sun was shining…     … sometimes sunset put on a show…     … other times the weather refused to cooperate.     Sometimes the trail got a little exposed…     … other times the ‘trail’ was really more of a cliff.     Still, when the path leads to places like these…     … it’s worth every metre climbed, kilometre hiked, and blister gained.      

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Q&A: Sarah Ghosh

Senior Communications Coordinator Sarah Ghosh is one of the newest team members to join the quickly growing LMPR family. Bringing her strong written and communications skills, passion for arts marketing, and love for Jazz music, Sarah looks forward to supporting the arts and culture community with her vast knowledge and experience.    Tell us about yourself & how you got into arts marketing.   I have always been very passionate about English Literature and the performing arts.   I studied both English and music in University, and have worked as a professional vocalist. During my PR studies at Simon Fraser University, several instructors recommended that I go into arts marketing as they felt that my background in the performing arts, coupled with my past experience as a communications specialist would assist me in marketing artists in creative industries.   Upon graduation, I was fortunate to work as a Public Relations Consultant for a Cue Creative Consulting, and had several clients from prominent arts organizations in Vancouver.   I later became the internal PR Specialist and Managing Director for The Virtual Stage – a professional multimedia theatre company. Through this experience I discovered that I love helping artists to shine, and feel blessed to have found a career that combines both of my passions!     Where is the best place you have travelled & why?   My father is from Calcutta, India. He met my mother in England, and then they moved to Canada. Years later, I found myself working overseas and was able to travel to India to reconnect with my relatives. Everyone was very warm, welcoming and excited to introduce me to every aspect of Indian culture. It was a very special trip!   What was the first show you remember seeing as a child?   I went to see a professional production of Les Misérables with my family when I was 7 years old. I was absolutely spellbound.   If you could grab a coffee with one artist – living or dead – who would it be and why?    I would love to grab a coffee with Ella Fitzgerald. She is my favourite Jazz vocalist of all time. Her voice is pure magic.   What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR?   I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with my talented team members to dream up creative, informative and engaging marketing and media relations campaigns for our clients. I am also excited to attend all of our clients’ shows. It’s going to be a very exciting and busy year!   Lighting Round! Morning person or night owl? Morning Person   Drink of choice? Chocolate Martini   Truth or dare? Dare   Favourite book? The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.   Best Movie? There are too many great movies to list. That said, I love all the movies by Pedro Almodóvar. He is brilliant.   Power of Flight or Invisibility? Power of Flight!      

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