Is Your Team Practicing SMART Media Relations?

Posted on April 02, 2013

Is Your Team Practicing SMART Media Relations?

By Paul Fulton, Jr., Vice President

Whether a renowned consumer brand or a high-tech startup, obtaining positive media coverage requires an infusion of strategy, creativity and timeliness – along with a healthy dose of professional persistence. If your company isn’t establishing a noticeable media presence, the following checklist can help you identify a missing component – and prevent missed opportunities.   Strategies Drive Coverage Simply put, a media s... Read More >

Do You Speak “Media?”

Posted on March 18, 2013

Do You Speak “Media?”

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Whenever I conduct media training sessions on behalf of Duffey, I always tell the story of when I was still in college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and – at that time – a broadcast journalism major. I had aspirations and dreams of being the next Diane Sawyer or Katie Couric – a woman who could tell important stories with professionalism and grace while confronting hard issues with determination and fervor. ... Read More >

Building your Business: Using Social Media Wisely

Posted on March 15, 2013

Building your Business: Using Social Media Wisely

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Just about everyone has a presence on social media. Whether Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other, companies of every shape and size are accessible via the “it” means of information exchange. But many businesses – especially small businesses or startups – need additional training on how to best leverage the full potential of social media – and how to use these platforms wisely. Plan Having a plan is important t... Read More >

Georgia General Assembly: What to watch for at the Gold Dome?

Posted on January 16, 2013

Georgia General Assembly: What to watch for at the Gold Dome?

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The Georgia General Assembly has convened at the “Gold Dome” for their 40 days of annual debate.  With Republican’s controlling the Governor’s Mansion and increasing their majorities in both the state house and state senate, this year’s General Assembly will be contentious at times, but also predictable. Here are a few top line debates to watch for in 2013: State Budget Lawmakers kicked-off the legislative se... Read More >

Roll Tide, Miss Alabama!

Posted on January 09, 2013

Roll Tide, Miss Alabama!

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I am, by birth, an Alabama Crimson Tide fan. You can imagine how happy I am being a follower of the BCS National Championship team … again! Monday night’s rout of the Irish not only solidified the Tide as the number one team in the nation but has enhanced the “Is Nick Saban on his way to being the best coach in the history of college football?” argument – whether or not you play into it (and no disrespect to Paul &l... Read More >

Duffey Puts Best Foot Forward … Wins 21 Awards in 2012!

Posted on November 16, 2012

Duffey Puts Best Foot Forward … Wins 21 Awards in 2012!

By Sherri Simmons, President and CEO

Duffey recently took home 18 awards from the PRSA Georgia Chapter – and these awards, along with two Gold Marcom awards and a Gold Stevie – are a testament to the teamwork and collaboration between our agency and our clients.  As you can imagine, we are quite proud and still celebrating.  The awards reflect our work in a wide-ranging field of industries – from technology to consumer and non-profit.  T... Read More >

High-Tech PR Doesn’t Always Require Highly Technical Storytelling

Posted on November 15, 2012

High-Tech PR Doesn’t Always Require Highly Technical Storytelling

By Paul Fulton, Jr., Vice President

I facilitated an interview several years ago between a client who had just launched a new high-tech product and the technology reporter at the client’s top-tier trade magazine. We worked with the spokesperson to develop media messages around the product and prepared him to deliver them during interviews. A written product overview provided technical detail in relatively layperson terms. During the interview, the reporter wanted the spokesp... Read More >

Best Practices for Managing Creative Professionals

Posted on November 08, 2012

Best Practices for Managing Creative Professionals

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Operational processes are not only beneficial for companies – they’re vital. Ideally, all employees would align objectives with these processes, but creative “right brain” team members often need tools to help balance creative freedom with operational efficiencies. The following tips can help tactical “left brain” managers lead teams while keeping the creative office environment afloat. Demonstrate signi... Read More >

Nurturing a Community Relations Campaign to Foster Growth

Posted on November 02, 2012

Nurturing a Community Relations Campaign to Foster Growth

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More than 12 years ago, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority tasked Duffey to develop a community relations campaign that would educate area residents about the importance of water conservation and how it can easily save time, water and money.  waterSmart was born and has evolved over the years, but one thing remains the same – it continues to teach Cobb County residents simple and effective water-saving techniques. Recently,... Read More >

Small Steps… The Three P’s to perfecting the job hunt

Posted on October 17, 2012

Small Steps… The Three P’s to perfecting the job hunt

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Before graduating in 2011, a professor of mine told me to prepare for what he said would be “the hardest year of my life”– the first year after college. As an eager college graduate, his words didn’t resonate until a few months into my job search. Any college graduate knows heading out into the “real world” is tough, and in a difficult economy, landing that so – called perfect job can seem almost imposs... Read More >

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