5 years ago I saw “party columns” around USA start to get cut because of budget constraints. I decided to create a wire service. Clients hire me to cover their events, I place the content in media, w/exclusive partnerships. It worked. Everyone gets their own photos, story & editorial rights to what I submit. Rarely do I have time to cover non-paid events. Often I work 7 days a week between September and December, March and June.
PhillyChitChat is a photography and news blog about Philadelphia’s social, political, and lifestyle scenes. HughE Dillon founded the online publication in 2007 while he worked as a paralegal. After three years the social diary gained significant traction, HughE started photographing events full-time for clients and the blog is now considered one of the leading news/entertainment/lifestyle outlets in the Philadelphia region. Whether posting on Instagram (26.4k followers) and Twitter (26.3K followers) with his “on-the-scene” updates or photographing a client’s gala, restaurant openings, retail happenings, etc, HughE is the go-to guy for knowing what is hot and happening in town.
PhillyChitChat is a Content Provider company. Hiring us means I will offer the event to various media outlets where I have agreements. (We only need 2hrs to capture your event. If you have a house photographer, it is suggested you keep them as well because our photos go in the media exclusively up to 90 days.) (We charge $175hr; our media partners, have the final editorial control over the photos and copy.)
To Book Us: HughE@phillychitchat.com
PhillyChitChat blog averages 55ks impressions per month
Followers: Social Media: 65ks with a million impressions a month
Advertisement levels: $150, $200, $300 and $500 (only 1 space left)
HughE’s content can regularly be consumed in other media outlets including phillymag.com, phillystylemag.com, Phila Business Journal, Liberty City Press, Metro Philly, Philly Voice, CBS3Philly, WOGLFM, Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, and has been placed in The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, as well as national outlets like People, Us, and Daily Mail.
Client List in 2017/18 included:
Diner en Blanc, The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Gala, Dr J’s Annual Gala, Kimmel Center, Cashman & Assocs, Aversa Pr, Brownstone PR, Fairmount Park Conservancy, The Please Touch Museum, Opera Philadelphia, Gilda’s Club, Rittenhouse Row Festival, Preakness on the Piazza, Parx Casino, Komen Philadelphia, Valley Forge Casino, WeWork, Zoo Gala
Recent acknowledgement and awards
2018 & 2019 –Philly Chit Chat has been designated as the #2 most influential Lifestyle Blog in Philadelphia (Visit Philly’s blog uwishunu is #1)
2018 – The Palm Restaurant put his face on their wall of notables.
In 2016 & 2018, Philly Happenings listed him as the most influential Social Media Personality.
In 2015, The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), honored him for his story, and volunteer work done in the name of saving lives.
In 2015, The Philly Voice listed him in Philly’s Top 10 most influential Social Media People
In 2015, The Philadelphia Pen & Pencil Club (professional journalist) nominated him as one Philly’s most influential social media journalist (there were 4 in the category)
In 2014, his favorite deli Schlessinger’s named a dessert after him.
In 2013 HughE was named second most influential twitter-er by Philadelphia magazine.
In 2013 HughE received the Philadelphia DoGooder Innovation Award from Mayor Michael Nutter for creating a community platform that highlights charity initiatives with phillychitchat.com.
In 2013 the Linda Creed Foundation awarded HughE with the Gene Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to raising awareness and funds for critical financial assistance to women receiving breast cancer treatment and advocacy work.
In 2012 Philadelphia Style Magazine and Mediate.com named PhillyChitChat.com the 5th most influential blog in Philadelphia.
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