Dave Lukas Chats with Kaila O'Connor
349: Designing Success with Affiliate PR Maven, Kaila O’Connor
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Kaila O’Connor. Kaila has had an interesting journey. Kaila was a shining star climbing the ranks in the PR space – her dream career until it wasn’t. After a decade in the business, she found herself getting burned out and unfulfilled. She left her career and focused on herself to discover what her true path should be. She found Human Design and immersed herself in the topic, even becoming certified.
Once she had alignment, she founded KMO Consulting because she recognized a niche in affiliate marketing. In less than two years, KMO generated $5+ million for its clients in affiliate revenue, secured over 1,500 top-tier media placements for its clients, trained 100+ PR professionals in Affiliate PR, and trained the entire Condé Nast editorial team (80+ editors) in affiliate marketing.
By using Human Design to find alignment and focusing on a niche, Kaila found massive success and I’m excited to discuss all of it with her in this episode.
Kaila grew up in the Midwest and both of her parents were music teachers. A big goal of hers was to expand her perspective. She went to college to follow in her parents’ footsteps but quickly found she did not want to teach music, so she decided to perform. She transferred to a music conservatory, but transferred late and needed a minor. The only thing available was PR101. She quickly realized how PR was like performing and gravitated to it.
For the first 10 years, she was in the B2B corporate space. She learned about the culture and metrics around how things were done in the PR space, but measuring ROI was always hard or not possible.
After 10 years, Kaila was burned out. It was then she discovered Human Design which taught her how to use her energy effectively. It was at this time, that she was recruited to an agency in LA that had a focus on affiliate. She had a knack for it.
Talk to us about getting burned out and finding human design…
How can entrepreneurs incorporate human design to start or better run their business?
To find out more about Human Design, you need a few things.
What are the key elements of a great PR strategy?
Talk to us about combining affiliate marketing into their PR…
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