Brittney Borowicz

Brittney Borowicz is an integrated marketing professional with a strong communications background specializing in journalism, public relations and social media. Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Brittney has spent the past few years working with entrepreneurs and small start-ups in the Chicagoland area to enhance their marketing and social media efforts.

Prior to her current role as the marketing manager for a computer networking company, Brittney realized her affinity for all things media and marketing while working in radio and television and as a professional presenter. Later, she began working at a couple of small marketing agencies in Chicago as a Public Relations and Sales Director and Account Manager, which required her to be well-versed in coordinating specialized public and media relations strategies, creative marketing initiatives and cohesive sales process implementations.

As a strong believer in intimate consumer/brand involvement, Brittney helps her clients create content that engages and educates brand audiences while establishing each individual or company as a thought leader in their industry.

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Giving Thanks: My First Year as a Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager - Brittney Borowicz

Back in March, I took my first job as a marketing manager... but not just as a marketing manager... a whole marketing team. The company that had hired me had never had a marketing person before and while some of the marketing they were doing was great, other areas were inconsistent or without much direction.

Although the thought of this stressed me out greatly, the company seemed amazing and I knew it would be a huge opportunity for my career.

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I wanted to share some of the things I have been most thankful for during my first year as a marketing manager/marketing-team-of-one.

  1. I am thankful for all of the things I have learned so far and continue to learn. The amount I have learned these past few months is endless… from a new content management system and new email program to new trade show procedures… every moment has been a new learning opportunity. In addition to marketing programs and procedures, I am in constant awe of how much there is to learn about the industries my company is involved with. These industries are growing (and changing) every single day. Learning the industries also involves learning about the businesses and consumers involved in those industries and how best to market to them. 
  2. I am thankful for my team. Although I may be the only “official” marketer in the company, I have constant support from my immediate boss and people on the sales team. They take the time to teach me the ins-and-outs of products and services that I can’t get my non-technical brain around and they are always willing to learn from me too. They show me what marketing they have done in the past and are open to new ideas and suggestions. The thing I am most thankful for about my team is that they have confidence in me to “do my thing.” They allow me to make decisions and support me in my efforts even when they don’t always completely agree. (Right now we are testing website pop-ups. Initially there was some pushback on it, but we’ve all agreed it’s something to try.)
  3. I am thankful for my failures. Although I don’t think I’ve had an “epic” failures yet as a marketing manager, I constantly feel like I am failing. Coming into this job, I knew I wouldn’t know everything right away. I knew there would be a learning curve especially since there were no official marketing plans or procedures when I took the job. Nonetheless, there are times I feel like I am not doing enough. There are other times where I feel like what I am doing is not good enough. As stressful as this is sometimes, it is more motivation for me to do more and to do better. It reminds me that I can’t and won’t be perfect but each failure, or feeling of failure, it will teach me how to do better for both my company as well as for myself.

What are you most thankful for in your company this year? Is it the things you learned, your team, or your failures? Or maybe you had a major breakthrough or made a decision that made a huge impact? I want to hear about it!

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Giving Thanks - Brittney Borowicz

7 Quick Tips for Starting Your Business on Pinterest

Social media platform, Pinterest, isn't just for DIYers and women's apparel. With over 70 million users, Pinterest has become a valuable tool for many small businesses looking to drive sales or connect with potential clients.

There are many tips that businesses can use to increase their visibility, website traffic and overall branding. Here are seven to get you and your company and brands started...

  1. Start with your website. Make sure each product and/or service has a visual element so that others can Pin that image to their Pinterest boards. Make it even easier for your audience by including "Pin It" buttons near your different products so that those items can be shared quickly.
  2. Find what people are searching for and who is doing the searching. For example, if you are an indoor air quality company and see that yoga studios are searching for your product/service or similar indoor air quality products/services, create a Pinterest board about the subject of yoga and how clean air positively affects your body. Work to create the best board on this specific topic including valuable visuals and articles as well as the products and services you have to help those yoga studios keep their air clean. (This is a real example of a company I worked with in the past.)
  3. Use keywords. Pinterest is a great search tool. Just as with all other parts of the internet, keywords are important so that those looking for your product/service can easily find them. Pinterest is also great for SEO and keywords and phrases will help drive Google and Bing to your Pinterest boards.
  4. Include your URL in your Pin description. This works to drive people back to your site and helps those people remember your name for the future.
  5. Include your price in your Pins. Although this is a more controversial tip, it will get people who are truly interested in purchasing your product/service to click and convert. Pins that include their price also convert more than those without it.
  6. Engage with your audience and community. Comment on and Like Pins from people and other companies that may be interested in your products or services. This helps build a sense of trust with potential consumers and alerts people of your presence when they may have been unaware of your company before.
  7. Not all brands are meant for Pinterest. Just as with other social media channels, your audience may just not respond well. Brands and companies should not be on ALL social media platforms. If Pinterest may be a good platform for your brand, take the time to do it right and measure your success.

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