The following is a guest blog post from MarketingMel Public Relations Intern Alex Quillin.
I’m a 20 year old Advertising and Public Relations major at ETSU, so naturally, I frequent social media sites. I like Instagram and Facebook, and I have Twitter and LinkedIn, though I don’t use those as often. Classes taught me to use these sites to develop my professional profile, and my family expects me to keep them updated about various aspects of my life. But I did not realize how useful they can be until…
It was about 4 PM on a Friday, and I was unloading groceries. I faintly heard a “ma’m? ma’m?” in the distance and turned to look. At the top of my driveway sat a middle-aged lady in a golf cart with a precious puppy in a blue collar beside her.
“Is he yours?” she asked. “There’s no name on his collar.”
“Oh, no. I’ve never seen him before. He’s cute…”
“Well you can have him. I’ve been completely around the neighborhood and no one claimed him. I don’t know what to do with him.”
I looked at her. I looked at the puppy. I knew I could help her, I just didn’t want to fool with it.
“Will you take him and try to find the owner?” she asked.
“Oh, okay. Did you post it on Facebook?” I asked.
“No, I don’t know anyone around here so I didn’t think it would help.”
“Okay, I’ll post it… Come on little fella.” I said, instantly questioning my decision.
I took him inside and he started whining. Loudly.
I couldn’t believe I had gotten myself into this. I took three pictures of him and tried to put him in my bathroom, fearing he would run away if I left him outside. In the few seconds I took to upload the pictures onto the Facebook Local Yard Sales, the puppy had knocked over his water, managed to get soaking wet, and had escalated his whining level to an ear-piercing howl. “I found this puppy. Do you know who he belongs to?” I asked anyone scrolling through the couches and coffee pots.
Then I shut the gate to my porch, and let him outside. He sat on our chair there. I kept checking the comments on the posts. One lady wanted him if no one claimed him. Another wished me luck. Then I saw the comment that made me smile. Just two hours after I uploaded the pictures.
It was him! The owner turned out to be a young boy. He was about 7, and he was so worried about his new puppy. His mom showed up at my door just a few minutes after we messaged each other. The next day, there was a knock at my door.
“Hi,” said a four-foot handsome fella. “Thanks for finding my dog.”
He handed me a card.
Suddenly, I was so thankful I took that whiny little dog. And I realized just how useful social media can be.
Alex Quillin is MarketingMel’s 2014-2015 Intern. A senior at East Tennessee State University with a 3.8 GPA, she is the first recipient of the recently created MarketingMel Public Relations Scholarship at ETSU. Alex plans to work in the field of advertising and public relations.