WVU Marketing Communications Today
Why is it so hard to talk about food?

Why is it so hard to talk about food?

January 31, 2020

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Food is one of the few universal concepts that connects every living thing—we all eat. So why is the discussion about food, including how it’s produced, how it’s accessed and purchased, and how it’s consumed such a contentious debate? From genetically modified organisms to farm subsidies to local foods to food stamps, there is no shortage of hotly-contested subject matter in the food space. In this podcast, we’ll discuss where sticking points remain, what common ground exists, and where both the public and private sector are making strides to improve the conversation.

About Partrick Delaney

Patrick Delaney has spent the last 13 years talking about food and agriculture, across the agency, trade association, and legislative spaces. As a young public relations practitioner, he worked on campaigns for consumer-facing heritage brands at Unilever, Procter & Gamble, M&M/Mars and Campbell’s. He then spent ten years as spokesman for organizations representing the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, as well as the nation’s soybean farmers, working on public affairs communications on issues ranging from food safety and nutrition to trade, immigration and infrastructure. During that time, he received his master’s in IMC from West Virginia. He now directs the communications for the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington.

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WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Michael Lynch from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

West Virginia University   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

I said what I said. The art of internal and executive communications.

I said what I said. The art of internal and executive communications.

January 24, 2020

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Internal communications are critical to building an informed and connected workplace. What happens when what you intend to communicate doesn’t have the outcome you desired? This is what happens when you don’t listen and frame messaging the wrong way.

Today, we live in a world where every internal communication can easily become external and trending on Twitter. As communicators, we have to understand this and navigate the environment to write for outcomes. The graveyard is littered with companies who have died when they were abandoned by their customers. In this podcast, we will learn how to write a communication for the desired outcome and not fall into the trap of tone-deaf.

About Courtney Hughes:

Courtney has extensive communications experience, currently leading communications for the Client Product Group at Dell. Over the last seven years at Dell, she’s held various roles in internal and executive communications, most recently leading communications for Client Solutions Group Sales. Prior to joining Dell, Courtney was a writer, video editor, DJ, and radio personality.

When she’s not writing, creating and executing communication plans, you can find her cooking, working out, modeling, watching and playing sports, spending time with her daughter McKenzie, eating snacks in the closet and answering “yes” to mommy for the gazillionth time. Courtney is a West Virginia native, who grew up in the small town of Beckley, W.Va. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University.

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WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Michael Lynch from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

West Virginia University   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

How To Write Effective Creative Briefs. And Why It’s Important.

How To Write Effective Creative Briefs. And Why It’s Important.

October 30, 2019

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The Creative Brief is the blueprint of a marketing communications effort. It provides guidance and vision for all the disciplines required to construct a successful integrated campaign—Research, Strategy, Account Management, Creative, Media, Production, PR, Social, Search, and Experiential. Unfortunately, most briefs are poorly crafted, overly long and often ignored. An effective brief, by contrast, inspires collaborative excellence among all involved in the process. In an era when brands bring together multiple agencies to execute an integrated campaign, clear and effective Creative Briefs are more important than ever.

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Public Affairs tactics add government resources to your arsenal

Public Affairs tactics add government resources to your arsenal

September 18, 2019

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In our roles as communicators, we seek to help our clients and organizations solve problems or enhance their image with purpose. That can include seeking funding, increasing positive visibility and motivating key audiences to act. IMC and DMC professionals might be surprised to know the multiple benefits of working with government. This podcast will explore recent real-world case studies and the many benefits organizations have achieved by tapping government resources and opportunities. Results speak volumes -- grants awarded; third-party validation of products, services and programs; successful nominations of federal advisory committee members; earned media placements; social media support; and the receipt of proactive ideas from government officials.

About Mike's guest: Mike Fulton, Director of Asher Agency's Washington D.C., office.

Mike Fulton, teaches IMC 638 - Public Affairs at West Virginia University. He's the director of Asher Agency’s Washington, D.C., office, has more than 30 years of business networking, government relations, and communications experience.

Before joining Asher Agency, he spent more than 22 years at GolinHarris Public Affairs, utilizing Congressional and federal agency meetings, grassroots campaigns, creative events, videos, survey research and media relations to enhance his advocacy activities and achieve tremendous government relations results for his clients.

Prior to joining GolinHarris, Mike worked for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Appropriations Chairman Alan B. Mollohan and the late Rep. Robert H. Mollohan, both of West Virginia) as associate counsel to the House Appropriations Committee, press secretary, and special projects assistant.  During his Congressional career, he worked to solve community, institutional and economic challenges.

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WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Michael Lynch from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

West Virginia University   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

Using Personas for Integrated Marketing Communications

Using Personas for Integrated Marketing Communications

September 6, 2019

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What are “personas” and how are they used in Integrated Marketing Communications?

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Want Content Marketing to Work? Know Your Customers.

Want Content Marketing to Work? Know Your Customers.

July 9, 2019

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Content Marketing has become a trending household name in the world of marketers but really what does it take to make content marketing work for your organization. The bottom line is customers. Understanding your brands distinct demographic is the only way to create the best content for them which leads to ROI for you.

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