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Work experience; learning from success and typos

When I found out I would have to do three weeks of work experience as part of my university course, I was apprehensive. Despite spending the past two years studying magazine journalism and learning to write to a publishable standard, I feared entering a professional environment and making amateur mistakes. Then I realised the whole...

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Seasons of change – 25 years at Target

Monday 5th September 1994 was a lovely, warm, sunny, early Autumn day. You may be wondering how on earth I can remember this from 25 years ago? Well it’s quite simple really, as it was my first day at Target and the start of an amazing life-changing journey with lots of ups and downs, but...

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The numbers game; level two

It’s hard to deny the importance of reporting to demonstrate the return of communications activities. But, for those in the business of telling stories, reporting can seem a little like wading through treacle. Why? Well, reporting seems like a whole different kettle of fish to wordsmithing. Reporting is all about the numbers, right? Maybe not....

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An Intern’s Insights

After completing a two-week placement with Cheltenham PR agency, Target in April, I’ve returned to the office for the whole summer. I was over the moon to accept and start a three-month internship at the beginning of June, I guess I just can’t stay away! Since starting four weeks ago, I’ve seen a dramatic and...

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Understanding PR – a work experience blog

I’m currently in the Lower Sixth Form studying for my A-levels. Being so close to the end of school, I’m being asked a lot of questions around what I might like to pursue in the future. I was interested to see what a role in marketing and PR would consist of and having spent three...

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Birds of a feather get on together? Which one are you?

So, I’m a mix of a parrot and a dove.  An unlikely combination of birds you may argue, but the chatty / bright and more serene / considered feathered friends are often closely linked thanks to their love of people. And no, I’ve not fallen off my perch but referring to our recent excellent DISC...

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Target tees off again for WellChild, raising thousands for the charity

Tees took a bashing for the third year running, as our annual charity golf day raised £6,800 for WellChild. It brings us to £20,000 raised overall since adopting the charity in 2017!   New winning team tees off for trophy Our biggest golf day yet saw 15 teams at the Brickhampton Court Golf Complex battling...

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Silent auction bids are open!

Target’s charity golf day is fast approaching, and we’ve had some extremely generous donations for our silent auction! Whether or not you’ll be joining us at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex on Thursday 6 June, these items are open to bids from anyone. See below for a list of the excellent lots on offer – you...

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Taking action on mental health

Last week marked Mental Health Awareness Week which also coincided with the publication of some revealing statistics from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR’s) State of the Profession report 2019. An initiative from the Mental Health Foundation, which was first launched in 2001, Mental Health Awareness Week has tackled topics including stress, relationships, loneliness,...

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#LifeAtTarget – Account Executive edition

Ever wondered what life at Target is like? We caught up with Account Executive, Shannon O’Brien for some quick-fire questions which shed a little light on life in our team.   What’s your favourite thing about being an Account Executive? My favourite thing about being an Account Executive at Target is the diversity of the...

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Throwing yourself in at the deep end

There are two words that can often send shivers down any student’s spine – work experience. The thought of visiting new places and working with new people can be very daunting for some, including me. Although it might be a worrying prospect, as the Chinese proverb says: ‘Tell me, I’ll forget Show me, I’ll remember...

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We’re hiring!

We are looking for an energetic Account Executive to join our team.  The role covers both B-2-B and consumer PR – working for a range of clients from well-known brands to aspiring ones and demands a savvy PR individual to help deliver excellent communications. If you have at least 12 months’ PR experience, a good...

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Work Experience – The Call of Confidence

My work experience has drawn out the confidence in me. Your first work experience could be daunting, no matter how prepared you think you are. Many of us find it difficult to be confident and make the best of the work experience opportunity. Despite having experiences in the marketing field and academic knowledge in communications...

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Time for a Spring Clean?

The end of March closed a very busy month here at Target, with planning and preparations for campaigns and PR programmes in full swing and of course not forgetting the renowned Cheltenham Festival. In the spirit of the new season and the recent sunshine (hopefully it returns), I thought a ‘spring clean’ seemed in order....

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Taking advantage of social media habits

Earlier this year I found myself inspired by my sister’s decision to take a social media break. Her discoveries got me thinking about how much social media influences our decisions, and how understanding social media habits benefits businesses and brands. For example, I genuinely bought a packet of Nina’s Popcorn once because I thought the...

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We need to talk…

This week (18-24 March) is National Conversation Week.  It might have passed me by – had it not been for a chat with Maggie Newton of Red Clematis who highlighted the topical calendar reference (so thank you).  And so, it seemed fitting that as communications specialists we should be embracing the topic.  Or, talking a...

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Festival Focus – Cheltenham Preview

Cheltenham Ladies College – Thursday 7 March 2019   Now that the Equine Flu scare has abated, the eyes of the sporting world this week will be focussed on Cheltenham with the latest running of the National Hunt Festival culminating with the Gold Cup on Friday. Four days of top class racing with 28 races,...

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Celebrating women in business

It’s International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of women and the growth of gender balance across the world. At Target we’re used to celebrating each other’s achievements, and with lots of inspirational women to choose from here, it’s hard to focus a celebratory blog post.   Each month at our team meetings...

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3 months to go! The countdown to Target’s charity golf day begins…

It’s almost that time of year again! Three months today (Thursday 6 June, 2019) we’ll be hosting our third annual charity golf day at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex, Churchdown, Gloucester, raising funds for WellChild; the national charity supporting sick children and their families.   Here, you’ll find out what to expect on the day, how...

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How to play the numbers game

Numbers can play an important part in storytelling, counterintuitive for an area associated with words, we know. Working with surveys and data to craft hooks for press releases and campaigns is a tried and tested approach. While it’s great to commission new research for a client, it’s not always feasible. Turning to reliable third-party sources,...

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