Hi there, my name is Hilary Topper and I’m the CEO of HJMT Public Relations Inc. In 2008, I started to blog. After that, I got hooked!
Today, I am chief curator at HJMT Media Company LLC. Here I write two blogs — NY Lifestyle Blog and A Triathlete’s Diary blog. In addition to that, I am also a podcaster.
NY Lifestyle Blog focuses on life in business, product reviews, book reviews, wearable technology, the Internet of Things, concert and music reviews as well as her daily observations about life in New York. It’s an eclectic look at things I’m interested in and hopefully, when you read, listen or watch my posts, you will be able to relate.
Why do I write about wearables and technology? I have always been a tech geek and in 2011, I was selected as a beta tester for Google as a Google Glass Explorer. After that, I took the opportunity and debuted the first Google Glass Reality Show, Glasslandia
I am proud to say that this blog was named “Blog of the Year” by the Fair Media Council and was also a two-time Stevie Awards “Woman’s Blog of the Year” finalist.
I write A Triathlete’s Diary because of my passion for the sport and to help motivate people to get out and do something active. (I was never an athlete. So, if I can do it, anyone can do it too!)
I’ve had my show, Hilary Topper on Air on Blogtalk Radio since 2011. That’s a long time and I have a ton of content on that site. I’ve interviewed amazing guests including: Paul Facella of McDonald’s, John Scully of Apple and Pepsi and a host of other famous and/or interesting people! To date, we have 250,000 listeners on that site!
In my “day job” I am president and founder of HJMT Public Relations, Inc., a leading New York public relations and social media agency. Before starting the business, I worked at top Public Relations firms such as Ogilvy & Mather PR; Hill, Holiday/PR; and Ruder Finn/PR. I also served as Director of Public Relations and Development for two non-profit organizations in New York City.
How did I get into social media? I’ve always been interested in how a group can influence someone’s buying decisions. I was an early adopter of social media and had profiles on several sites early in 2007. After seeing the power of social media, in August 2009, I wrote one of the first books on Social Media, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Social Media, but were afraid to ask… Building Your Business Using Consumer Generated Media.
I practice what I preach and am proud to say that I am also adjunct professor at Hofstra University in their Master’s and Undergraduate programs teaching Public Relations and Technology.
I have received numerous awards and honors for her accomplishments from PRWeek, Newsday, The Communicator Awards, International Association of Business Communicators, Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women, Long Island Business News, Girl Scouts of Nassau County,, The Stevie Awards and BRAVA Award.