MP&F’s Annual Retreat: Bonding, Reflecting and Planning

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We are intentional about the attention we give to our office culture. We want our team to be happy and fully engaged in our business. In the end, our clients reap the benefits. One centerpiece of our culture is our annual staff retreat. It is, and I say so confidently, the most highly anticipated MP&F event of the year. Retreat gives us a chance to take a collective breath to celebrate our clients’ successes, to bond and review the ups and downs of the past year. Perhaps more importantly, as a group that is obsessive about planning and delivering results, … Read More

Writer’s Block: Clear Your Garbled Mind and Push On

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“Keep typing until it turns into writing.” – David Carr (RIP), New York Times When I think of writer’s block, I mostly envision some great mid-20th century literary figure chain smoking Lucky Strikes, drinking shots of cheap bourbon and staring blankly at a Royal manual typewriter. But it’s an equal opportunity affliction that on occasion can strike anyone, from veteran communications professionals to engineers, to people writing a note on their Christmas cards. (Lawyers seem to be immune.) Fortunately or not, I learned to write as a reporter working for a morning daily newspaper. There was no such thing as … Read More

Kickball and Halloween, a Great Pairing!

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We’re very deliberate about our office culture and place a high value on the health and well-being of our staff. After all, our motto is “Do Great Work, Have Fun, Make Money.” Whether it’s our just-held annual Halloween party, which many MP&F alumni attend, or the golden-toed Hackin’ Flacks showering glory on the office by winning the Mid-State Sports League’s Kickball Championship, we know how to have fun. Here is a blog in photos. MP&F Halloween Party                   The Hackin’ Flacks The Hackin’ Flacks in their championship glory celebrating a late-night 7–2 … Read More

Congratulations to Chad Raphael, MP&F CFO, on being a finalist for the NBJ’s CFO-of-the-Year Award

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I am a big fan of accountants, an appreciation I developed back in the early 1990s when I worked with ADT Automotive and its CEO, Mike Richardson. Mike was/is an accountant who rose through the ranks at ADT to eventually run the company. He was a visionary whose deep financial knowledge underpinned every decision he made, and had much to do with the success of his company. At MP&F, the man with the accounting chops is CFO, Chad Raphael, who I am very happy to have nominated for the NBJ’s CFO-of-the-Year Award. When I became managing partner at MP&F several years … Read More

MP&F Public Relations Announces Jennifer Brantley To Become Partner in Firm

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Jennifer Brantley, a 25-year communications veteran, has been named a partner at MP&F Public Relations, it was announced today. Brantley began her career at MP&F as a student intern, working her way to the position of senior vice president, a title she has held since 2011. The McMinnville native graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. During her tenure at MP&F, she has worked with a variety of clients, including BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, West Tennessee Healthcare, Colonial Pipeline and national home décor retailer Kirkland’s. “Jennifer’s deep knowledge … Read More

Blog on Writer’s Block Progressing Slowly, But in the Meantime …

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After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to start posting the #RogerThat blog again on a regular basis. Sort of. I’m actually going to link to another blog to buy time while I continue working on a piece about overcoming writer’s block. I’ve been working on it now for 18 months, and I just can’t get past the first two paragraphs, which I have rewritten 37 times. So stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a blog from my new friend Joe Diorio, a former journalist and PR pro who is now a “semiretired” writer and editor in Nashville. Thanks, Joe. http://conta.cc/2yKYJml

Fall Home Tour with Kirkland’s

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As my colleague Taylor Smith mentioned last week on Engage, MP&F regularly works with bloggers to reach our clients’ audiences. One such client is Kirkland’s, a national specialty retailer of home décor with whom we’ve worked with for years on award-winning projects and campaigns. Last week we coordinated a Fall Home Tour with 33 bloggers from across the country. It was a huge success for our client, and it also reminded us what a great group of people bloggers are! MP&F worked with Kirkland’s to provide each blogger a gift card to shop at Kirkland’s and decorate their homes with … Read More

Blogger Summit: Bringing influencers and brands together

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At MP&F, we work closely with clients who benefit from having a blogger/influencer strategy in their communications plans. These clients include, but are not limited to, Kirkland’s, The Hermitage, Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Opry Mills. ‘Blogger’ has become a permanent tab on many of our media lists, and we are always searching for new ways to work with this influential group of digital media contributors. Recently, we helped Opry Mills host a successful blogger summit with bloggers from ‘drive markets,’ –markets close enough for shoppers to drive to Opry Mills but outside the immediate vicinity. Our wonderful guests came to … Read More

Are You Using LinkedIn Effectively?

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Whether you are in the business of networking or sales, looking for your first job or a new job, or searching for your next office superstar, LinkedIn is a powerful tool. The site has 500 million users worldwide, 106 million are monthly active users, and 40 percent of those are on the site daily. There are 1.5 million industry groups having conversations and connecting right now – these are conversations and connections you don’t want to miss out on. One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to speak to various groups about properly using this platform. … Read More

Experience vs. Energy

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We live in a nation divided. And no, I’m not talking about political beliefs or gender wars. The latest variable is age. From baby boomers to Gen Z – the next generation on everyone’s radar – we live in fast-moving times, and everyone has an opinion. The generalized feeling of baby boomers is they want millennials to get off their phones, have face-to-face conversations, and stop being so entitled and lazy. After all, they had to walk to work uphill both ways in their heyday, so it’s only fair. On the other hand, millennials (myself included) – when taking a … Read More