Dec 18: Jingle Mingle

Save the date and join advertising, design, marketing and PR professionals from across the Midlands to ring in the holidays with appetizers and a cash bar at this FREE meetup event! Participating organizations include: AAF of the Midlands, AMA Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA), and IABC-SC. Please RSVP! Click “Going” on the Facebook event page linked below if you’ll be dropping in so that appetizers can be estimated...

Nov 8: Connect 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019 Dominion Energy (100 Scana Parkway, Cayce, SC 29033) Registration 8:30-9:00 am | Program 9:00-4:15 Happy Hour @ Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St, Cayce, SC 29033) 5:00pm   The South Carolina chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America are bringing together communication professionals to CONNECT and learn about diverse and inclusive messaging, composing an award-winning national application and understanding and using social media analytics. This one-day statewide conference will educate new and experienced professionals on industry-leading topics. CONNECT2019 is open to all members and non-members of each organization, along with any other communications professional interested in attending. Agenda Speaker Bios KEYNOTE: Jillian Benfield is a former TV Journalist and PR Specialist turned military spouse and mom of three. Her second child, Anderson, surprised their family when he arrived rocking an extra chromosome–also known as Down syndrome. Jillian is a past board member of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network and current medical outreach volunteer. She is passionate about school inclusion, breaking down outdated stereotypes surrounding disability, and being a voice for parents of children with special needs. When she is not moving to a new state, or transporting kids to doctor appointments, she is writing on her blog, www.JillianBenfield.com. Jillian is an inspiring speaker and an aspiring author. You may have seen her work featured on Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, and Yahoo! News. She invites you to join her on Facebook and Instagram.   Continental breakfast and networking lunch will be provided. Registration is required. (Sorry, security at this location does not allow walk-ups.) We can’t wait to...

Nov 7: 2019 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards Ceremony

Celebrating South Carolina’s Best and Brightest Communicators. Get your tickets today and join IABC/SC for an evening of cheer and celebration as we honor our 2019 Palmetto Award winners! The evening will begin with a networking reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards program starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. RSVPs are required and tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Early Bird Tickets (valid until Oct. 24): IABC Member: $40 Non-member: $50 Student: $30 Full Price Tickets (Oct. 25 until Nov. 4): IABC Member: $60 Non-member: $70 Student: $30 NOTE: Kindly RSVP no later than Monday, November 4 at midnight. Where Nelson Mullins 1320 Main Street, 17th Floor, Meridian Building, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, USA Dress Code Business Attire Please contact Bailey Crafton at palmettoawards.iabcsc@gmail.com if you have any questions or need additional information. Click here to view award winners from previous...

Aug. 23 Silver Quill Final Entry Deadline

Silver Quill Final Entry Deadline Approaching!   You have until Aug. 23 to enter the IABC Southern + Pacific Plains 2019 Joint Regional Silver Quill Awards. It’s time to put on the final push to complete your work plan and upload your entry. This is your opportunity to showcase your innovation, talent and strategic thinking … and get great feedback from your peers (and gain credibility)! Upload your award today at the Award Entry Site. Once your entry is submitted, don’t forget to register to join us at the connect2comms conference at the IABC Southern + Pacific Plains 2019 Joint Regional Silver Quill Awards Luncheon. Register now and connect with other communication colleagues in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, Oct. 17,...

Aug 6: Content Isn’t Something You Read, It’s Something You Do

How are you writing for your website? Re-think how you approach your digital content and online presence. User experience and website development firm True Matter, and their Director of Content Strategy Bailey Lewis, will walk you through the ins-and-outs of improving the UX of your site. The way you write for the web should be much different than the way you write for traditional media. That’s because, with very few exceptions, people aren’t reading our sites and apps word for word. Instead, they’re scanning to find the words that will help them get something done. Yet our websites and applications still force people to toil through walls of text that stretch from here to the moon. When our online visitors encounter this kind of dense, frustrating content, they run in the other direction. Over time, this dilutes our communication efforts, hurts engagement, and erodes market share. We need to entirely rethink the way we approach words online. We have to demand the right words, in the right place, doing the right job. I’m calling for a digital content revolution. Join me and start creating effective, usable content online. Bio: As director of content strategy at user experience consulting firm truematter, Bailey oversees the content and writing initiatives for all UX projects. Her work is informed by researching and testing digital products with real users. She works with regional, national, and Fortune 500 clients on UX and content strategy projects, from definition through implementation. A writer her entire career, Bailey advocates for straightforward, user-centric web content with the right words in the right place doing the right job. She regularly...

Call for Entries: 2019 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards

2019 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards Celebrating South Carolina’s Best and Brightest Communicators. PRINTABLE CALL FOR ENTRIES   We are now accepting entries for the 2019 Palmetto Awards and it’s time to enter your work! The South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators will honor winners at an awards reception this November. To be considered, all you have to do is upload your entry and work samples here after registering. Judging and Winning Entries are judged and scored individually, not against other entries in a category. An entry can receive an Award of Merit or an Award of Excellence based on the score. Click here to view the rules. Types of Entries Entries range from communication management, visual communications, media relations, and much more. If you can communicate it, odds are you can submit if for an award!  Click here to view all award categories. Contest Period, Deadlines and Details DEADLINE EXTENDED! We will be accepting submissions NOW UNTIL AUGUST 8! All entries must have been produced between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 to qualify. You do not have to be an IABC member to enter, but members do receive discount pricing. Contest Details Click here to view the full entry guidelines. Here is how to enter: Select a work sample. Tell your best story. Choose a category. You may enter the same work sample in multiple categories. Complete the work plan. Each entry must have a separate work plan. Upload your completed entry* here. Pay the entry fee with a check, credit card or money order. *Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Entry Fees IABC Members:...