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  • September 12, 2019

    Meet Our New Team Addition: Brea Hewitt

    We are very excited to welcome our newest team member to SRB Communications, Brea Hewitt. She has joined the team as an Account Executive and will be supporting the team with business development, account management and project management of our client roster. We thought it would be fun to have her answer a few questions about herself so we can learn more about her journey to SRB. Read on to find out what she had to say!

    Name: Brea Hewitt

    Hometown: I was raised in Houston and Ashburn, Va., but also lived in Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colo. and Madrid, Spain.

    Tell us a little bit about your background: I graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications, Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. Shortly after college, I moved to Denver and started working as a project manager at a retail marketing agency. After a few years, I transitioned to another Denver agency as an Account Manager.

    Why did you want to work for SRB Communications? Dr. Brooks is a legend! She has so much experience and insight in the industry and I was really excited to have the opportunity to work under her tutelage.

    Describe yourself in 5 words: Competitive. Creative. Curious. Caring. Conscientious.

    Favorite movie: My favorite movie changes every week, but today it is High Crimes.

    Favorite book: I have so many! I’ve always loved Sci-Fi. If I had to narrow it down, I’d probably say the Dune Series” by Frank Herbert, “Hearts in Atlantis” by Stephen King and “The Century Trilogy” by Kevin Follett.

    What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?

    My hope is to learn something new every day.

    Life motto: “Keep your inner world loving and hopeful, and your outside world will begin to reflect exactly that.” – Cleo Wade

    We’re excited and happy to have Brea on board!

    To keep track of what the SRB Communications is up to, follow us @SRBCommunications and make sure to visit our blog regularly for updates!

  • August 19, 2019

    Building a Company Culture Worth Sharing

    Although we have been in business for 29 years now, we still get excited about receiving new awards and celebrating team member’s accomplishments! Recognition for the work we do and the skills on our team is what makes all of our hard work worth it in the end.

    At SRB Communications we pride ourselves on professional development. We have an environment that promotes creativity, inclusion and most importantly, growth. Most recently, our resident PR pro Amber Bentley, Communications & PR Manager, was nominated for “Outstanding Intern Supervisor” by The Washington Center from our most recent summer intern. The Washington Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides hundreds of students with state-of-the-art internships, and we are a proud partner of the program.

    This isn’t the first time that an SRB team member has been nominated for this award and it really speaks to the commitment and work ethic of our staff. Receiving award nominations for the agency is indeed a true honor, but nominations for individual team members means so much to us. We are so proud of the impact that we make on others, beyond the walls of SRB Communications. Not only is our team getting nominated for awards, but others are enrolled in prestigious professional development programs, speaking on conference panels, and so much more.

    We have a culture that promotes productivity and passion which creates the great work environment that is SRB.

    #SRBProud

     

  • August 9, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 3)

    So you know the saying, “everything must come to an end”?  Well, I wish that wasn’t the case with my internship because over the past 10 weeks, I have had one of the best experiences of my life. When I first called SRB Communications about an internship position, I never thought I would end up getting so attached to this agency. I remember walking in my first day questioning if I was the right person for this role, or if I even had the skills to qualify. Now, weeks later, I’m leaving confident knowing I did my best. All in all, I’m extremely grateful for the chance SRB Communications gave me.

    I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by! Just when I started to get use to the city, the metro and the FOOD! The metro I can sure enough live without, but the food here is AMAZING. It’s better than Philadelphia and I’m going to miss it so much! I have never been to a place that has so many vegan options. I might just have to come back for that, lol.

    But, on a serious note, the amount of information I learned and the experience I received is beyond explanation. I never knew I would be coming to work at such a popular agency! In the beginning of my internship I came in with production experience, but I leave here today gaining new knowledge in public relations, marketing, advertising, digital campaigns, rebranding strategies, social media analytics, and more.  I have become such a diverse, well-rounded young professional and I can only give thanks to the most dynamic, incomparable, multicultural agency there is.

    Today, I want to leave you guys with some tangible advice that you can take with you, possibly on your next internship, your job or maybe just for personal use.

    1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Personally, I am independent, like I am sure many of you are. Pride can get in the way sometimes, but it’s okay to ask questions, especially when you have a team that supports you.
    2. Stop being so hard on yourself! Understand mistakes happen; it’s all a part of life. Sometimes, we do not give ourselves enough credit! Remember, you are doing great.
    3. Surround yourself with like-minded people. It feels great being around people with the same goals and attributes in life. Like the quote goes, “you are who you surround yourself with” so select a good group!
    4. Failure is natural! Remembering in every failure or negative moment there is a lesson. One of my favorite quotes is, “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another step to greatness.”
    5. Finally, have fun! Learn how to enjoy what you do; it will make your days easier. Smiling can lead to happiness. Life is too short to be unhappy!

    So thank you to everyone that has played apart in making this such an extraordinary experience! To my readers out there, I’ll be back. Don’t be surprised if you see a picture, video or blog post of #SItheFuture in the future… get it, lol? To the clients I have met, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on such important projects. To the colleagues of SRB Communications, thank you for treating me with great respect and allowing me to get a chance to know you. And last but not least, to the excellent team at SRB Communications, thank you for putting your trust in me to carry out the plan and goals of this award-winning agency! You all will surely be missed.

     

    Best,

    #SItheFuture

     

     

  • July 24, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 2)

    Hello blog readers!

    “SIthefuture”, SRB’s favorite Summer 2019 Intern is back in action. Truth be told, I’m the only Summer intern (lol)! I’m here to tell you all about what has happened over the last few weeks. Sorry, I couldn’t get to you sooner, but I’m back like I never left.

    Interning at SRB Communications has been so much fun. I have been producing videos, working on creative projects and I even had the pleasure of sitting in on a weekly client meeting. I was so grateful for the opportunity, but even more thankful that I was allowed to represent the agency.

    Now, let’s get down to business. Since being in D.C. this summer, I have started to learn the ins and out of being an exceptional professional. If you’re fresh out of college like me, then you don’t want to miss this. All of these are wonderful tips that can help you succeed in your career.

    1. Exercise your people skills: Effective communication can help build relationships.
    2. Take Initiative: Be the first one to do a task! You’ll stand out.
    3. Be inquisitive: Learn as much as you can about the company! Do your research.
    4. Meet deadlines: Plan ahead, you want to be reliable.
    5. Be a team player: Having the ability to work well with others is a great skill, and it also builds trust.
    6. Time management: This helps you focus better, accomplish more and lower your stress.
    7. Be organized: Create a calendar and be on top of your tasks. This will help in the long run.

    “So, what have you been up to outside the office?” Oh, I thought you’d never ask!

    First and foremost, yes, I learned how to use a Metro card properly (lol check out our last post blog post to learn why this is an accomplishment for me!)… It was a rough couple of days, but I am here to tell you that if I can do it, you can do it. Especially in the mornings, when everyone is trying to rush on the escalator and all you hear is “Hurry up, you’re not moving fast enough.” Well, excuse me sir!

    Also, the food here is GREAT, especially the vegan options. Lately I have chosen to go grocery shopping and cook the majority of the time. Boring? I know, right. Well, when you are a recent graduate and trying to save money that’s what you have to do. Also, I have learned the importance of going to bed on time. I can never stay up past 9:00 p.m. which is mind blowing to me.

    Anyways, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed reading what I’ve been up too and as always, please leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to hear more of.

     

    Sincerely,

    SItheFuture, also known as Aasiyah, the Communications Intern

  • June 25, 2019

    It’s Our Anniversary!

    The Roaring 20s is Coming to an End

    A diary entry from SRB Communications
    Written by: Michaela Blanchard, VP of Marketing

    Dear 29-Year-Old Self,

    Since this is the last year of our 20s, I think we should make a few resolutions for us to achieve before we hit the big 3-0. Time has flown by. Another year older and wiser. We should be proud of ourselves. We have made tons of friends a.k.a clients, along the way. Among them are Pepco Holdings, Washington Gas, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), WSSC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Howard University, Bowie State University, The Advancement Project, Events DC, and most recently DC Water.

    This year, let’s be more intentional about how we interact with our “friends” and our beloved Washington, D.C. Community. Which brings us to step one.

    Be More Engaged. We will not only be attending events, but we’re sending out some invites as well. So, let’s make sure our ball gown is pressed and we are ready to lace up our cleats. Expect the unexpected!

    Make more time for ourselves. I know we are so proud of the work that we do for our “friends”. And apparently the world is, too. We have received more than 200 awards, locally and internationally. So, starting today, we’re going to tap into our strengths for our self. We’re talking advertising, content marketing, graphic design, PR, social media, and programmatic advertising.

    Make more long-term friendships. Our network is so large because we have such a big heart. Let’s never lose sight of that. Let’s support more causes, nurture more small businesses, create more scholarship funds, serve on more boards, and continue to speak for our multicultural brothers and sisters.

    Hakuna Matata. It means no worries…for the rest of your days…its our problem free philosophy. Ok, you’re right that was from Lion King. It’s our job to be cool under pressure with tight deadlines – media buying and placement, am I right? We will always be cool as a cucumber. But also, we should really go see the new Lion King … for research purposes, of course!

    Well that’s all for now! Let’s make our future 30-year-old, self-proud this year, because it’s going to be a big one. We’re going to get a makeover, throw extravagant parties, and create real Instagram-worthy moments starting in January 2020! Wait until they see us then!

     

    Sincerely,

    28-Year-Old SRB

  • June 11, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 1)

    First, let me introduce myself. My name is Aasiyah, but you can call me Si. I am the newest intern at SRB Communications. I started here about a week ago. And let me tell you right now, I am absolutely in awe of this agency!

    During my internship interviews, I kept hearing that the agency is busy. But it’s another thing to actually witness it! My first glimpse into the SRB world was during their weekly staff meeting. It was very intense, but I learned a lot. After that, I knew that I was ready to get to work this summer!

    I am not going to spend a lot of time bragging about how bomb this agency is (even though I could). Instead, I wanted to take the time to share some great tips I have discovered about how to maximize an internship. Take a look below!

    • Be early! When you’re early, you’re on time.
    • Ask questions.
    • Network. Network. Network!
    • Contribute as many ideas as you can to the company.
    • Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.

    Now that we have handled all of our business chatter, let’s talk about how my experience in Washington, D.C. has been. I am from Philly and I know how to get around a city. But D.C. is another story on another level. First, if you don’t know how to use a metrocard, you need to learn. Because if you don’t, the people will let you know. Lol! Second, if you aren’t familiar with the area, I strongly recommend you dedicate some time on learning how to navigate the streets. And lastly, you’re going to need some money because daily expenses are not cheap, especially if you like to eat!
    So, that was my first week as the Communications Intern at SRB Communications. Stay tuned to our social media channels this week because I’ll be behind the camera shooting a video or two! Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it soon!

     

    Sincerely,

    Aasiyah – Communications Intern, also known as SItheFuture

  • June 5, 2019

    WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG!

    Hi everyone. Welcome to our agency blog! We are super excited to enter the awesome world of blogging. And we are even happier that you stopped by for a read.

    If you didn’t know, SRB Communications is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency that’s based in Washington, D.C. We have been in business for 29 years now. Shh … Don’t tell anyone but there are some exciting changes coming for our 30th Anniversary. I’m sure you are wondering why we are just starting a blog. In the words of the great artist Drake, “started from the bottom, now we’re here.” And that’s all that matters!

    One thing you should know is that the full SRB team will be contributing to this platform. So, you will get a glimpse into who each of us are and what we specialize in. Basically, you are sure to find someone you can connect with on this page and that is one of our goals.

    Some of the things that we plan to chat about include:

    • Digital and social media
    • Branding
    • Movies
    • Multicultural marketing
    • #FarragutFridays (where you’ll often find us dining)
    • Video production
    • Chocolate and other cravings
    • Public relations
    • Minority businesses
    • Perspectives from 16th and K Street
    • Practical marketing tips

    We are aiming to use our individual experiences to come together and be your one-stop shop for news, advice, industry trends, and honestly, just a breath of fresh air during your busy workdays. We’ll laugh. We’ll debate. We’ll have fun. And most importantly we will educate and inspire.

    If you’re an entrepreneur, marketer, video producer, an influencer, professor, student, freelancer, race car driver, even an astronaut or someone in another industry who stumbled upon us on Google…we welcome you ALL to our blog.

    If you want to learn a little more about who we are, what we do, and some of our clients, then you are already halfway there. Just stay here on our website and peruse our awesomeness!

    Anyway, I hope you leave with some new knowledge after reading our upcoming blogs. I can’t wait for you to meet the rest of the team!

     

    Sincerely,

    Amber – Communications and PR Manager at SRB Communications… aka “AmBoss”…aka your friendly neighborhood #PRPro

     

    P.S. There is an internal office debate going on about what our blog name should be. Who wants to get in on this action? Send us your best blog-worthy names on twitter at @SRBComm! We will shout you out in an upcoming blog post and send the winner a special gift from SRB!

  • March 5, 2019

    CEO, DR. SHEILA BROOKS, NOMINATED FOR NAACP IMAGE AWARD

    Washington, D.C., March 5, 2019 – Dr. Sheila Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications – an advertising, marketing and PR agency based in Washington, D.C., was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category for “Debut Author.”

    Her book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice,” discusses the life and pioneering work of Lucile H. Bluford, an activist, editor and publisher during the civil rights and women’s rights movements, who is little known outside of the Midwest. It traces the beginnings of her activism as a young reporter seeking admission to the graduate program in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and details how that battle became the catalyst for her seven-decade career as a champion of racial and gender equality.

    While being an author is a new title for Brooks, being in the spotlight is something she is no stranger to. The award-winning journalist and entrepreneur is an advocate for minority, women and diversity issues and an expert in multicultural marketing and entrepreneurial education.

    “I cannot put into words how important this nomination is to me, especially with it being the 50th year of this esteemed ceremony,” said Brooks, “I want to offer my utmost gratitude to the NAACP for selecting me to be a nominee in the Debut Author category. I also want to congratulate the other nominees in my category! The nomination alone provides a fantastic platform to increase exposure for the inspiring story of my heroine, Ms. Bluford. And that alone is a ‘win’ for me.”

    The NAACP Image Awards is the preeminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Each year, this all-star event is attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry. The annual awards “live” show will be filmed in Los Angeles and airs on TV One on Saturday, March 30.

    “With TV One as our partner for the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, we are delighted to have a platform to showcase artists and individuals of color and celebrate their talents and contributions,” stated president and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson.

    For more information on Dr. Sheila Brooks and her book, visit www.lucileblufordbook.com and for more information and updates on the awards ceremony, visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net.