When you read “inclusive design,” your mind may go immediately to accessibility and compliance. But, it’s so much more than that. Inclusive design is putting people first. It’s designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational or ever-changing challenges. While you can’t make a short person taller (or, a tall person shorter for that matter), you can adapt the environment so that any challenges are less pronounced. This is where inclusive design comes in. It’s about being intentional before you even take the first step. It’s an ongoing process and requires doing the work to understand your … Read More
As an independently owned communications firm in business for 33 years, MP&F has always believed that the diversity of our company is important. We benefit from the richness diversity brings to our culture, we benefit from the different perspectives it brings to our work for our clients, and we benefit from the incredible people we get to work with, who are part of our MP&F family. As a company that advises other organizations on the best ways to communicate to diverse audiences, we know from experience that having a diverse company allows us to do our job better. But beyond … Read More
As a lifelong fan of the NFL franchise now known as the Washington Football Team, my relationship to it now spanning five decades, I remember Super Bowl VII. I remember the lovable “Over the Hill Gang” that lost, 14–7, as the footnote to Miami’s perfect season. I don’t remember that, in the spring of 1972, months before that Super Bowl season began, a delegation of Native American leaders met with Redskins President Edward Bennett Williams and urged him to change the team’s name, which means that the controversy over the team name is at least 48 years old. Williams tweaked … Read More
At MP&F, we deploy a variety of tools and methods to source and maintain connections with journalists and influencers, monitor news reporting and measure public sentiment around news issues and article performance. Among our favorites is Cision, which helps us help clients across a range of industries from education to industrial and hospitality to healthcare. What it is: Cision is an online resource that has a global database of media outlets, journalists, bloggers and influencers whose information can be reviewed based on location, topics covered and reach. At MP&F we also use Cision’s clip reporting and measuring features to report … Read More
In my years at MP&F, I am increasingly grateful to work for an agency where my colleagues and I immerse ourselves every day in industries from education to entertainment, from technology to transportation. We are better communicators on behalf of all of our clients because the work we do reaches across so many types of businesses. It is both humbling and rewarding to see that effort recognized. O’Dwyer’s Magazine, now in its 34th year, is the top publication for PR and marketing communications professionals. Each year, the magazine ranks firms across the country on net fees and staff. In the 2020 … Read More
If customers aren’t finding you, it’s time to find out why Is it time to conduct an SEO audit of your company’s website? You’re not alone. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost every business to re-examine its digital presence and capabilities. As a result, the digital marketplace for goods and services has become significantly more crowded. It is more difficult than ever for a business to stand out. The best way to maintain or improve your business’s digital standing among your industry peers is to improve your website’s search engine optimization through an SEO audit. A good SEO score … Read More
An effective communications strategy requires insight and analysis as much as it does empathy and creativity. If your public relations teams are heavy on wordsmiths and light on analysts, here are five free tools (and one paid subscription you likely already have) that can help. Still need support? For each tool, we’ve provided our recommendation for upgrading.
This blog is dedicated to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dion Johnson, Sandra Bland, Daniel Hambrick and the countless others killed due to police brutality and a system that has perpetually ignored the cries of the Black community. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state immediately following the Civil War. When he arrived, General Granger declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive Office of the United States, all slaves are free.” Roughly 250,000 enslaved black people in … Read More
Need SEO help? If resources and budget are minimal right now, we’ve outlined a way to use the Google Keyword Planner as a workaround to professional tools and agency support. The Keyword Planner is a tool designed to assist media buyers with advertising decisions; SEO is not its intended use. That makes using it as such a little clunky, but it works. And it’s free.