What Job Candidates in the Communications Industry Need to Know

Pam SchmidtBlog, home1 Comment

This May will mark 25 years since I was an eager college student embarking on an internship at MP&F Public Relations. Little did I know then that it would be the start of a rewarding career in communications. After a few years of client work under my belt, I began to manage our intern program and did that for seven years. For the better part of the last decade, I’ve been screening and interviewing all of our firm’s job candidates. Needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years regarding skills that make a successful PR practitioner. … Read More

2017 MP&F Year in Review

Tom HaydenBlog, homeLeave a Comment

When the Marine Corps needed a few good PR folks to provide strategic communications support for its annual Marine Week activities, the brass turned once again to the crack team at MP&F Public Relations. For the second year in a row – Nashville in 2016 and Detroit in 2017 – MP&F provided the Marines with a wide range of services, from event logistics and execution to advertising to media and community relations, as part of an integrated campaign promoting the Corps’ largest outreach program of the year. Throughout, we analyzed and reassessed to see how we could adjust and continue … Read More

MP&F Productions Presents ‘Ponger Games’

Dan SchlacterBlogLeave a Comment

  In a world where all graphic designers are exceptional pingpong players … one … is not. But, that’s not stopping him from diving into Nashville’s Ponger Games: an underground pingpong tournament where one second you’re the paddle … and the next second, you’re the ball. Meet Greg Ellis. He’s got everything you would expect a young, big-city graphic designer to have: cool headphones, a tattoo, tight pants that are somehow also kind of baggy, an ironic hat and a sweet ride. Greg is hiding something from his fellow designers. He can’t pong. He can’t even ping. Now, Greg needs … Read More

MP&F Awarded 2016 Top Workplace by the Tennessean

David FoxBlogLeave a Comment

I’m very proud to report that, for the fourth consecutive year, MP&F has been named a Top Workplace in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean. What is especially gratifying is that the Top Workplaces list is based on the results of employee surveys. In speaking about the Top Workplace winners, Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, which administers the contest, said, “Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them [employees] is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” We work as … Read More

MLK Day of Service: Will we see you there?

Amanda GambillBlogLeave a Comment

By Amanda Gambill Even though our office is closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we won’t be using that as an excuse to sleep in, catch up on Netflix or shop. Instead, our staff is honoring Dr. King by participating in the MLK Day of Service through various community-centric ways. There’s no shortage of opportunities to spend the day. Here’s a look at some activities around town: Jump-start your holiday by joining our pro bono client Barefoot Camp at the Barefoot 5K, an event to honor MLK and past and future generations who advocate for civil … Read More

Get in the Game: College Football Championship Is a Twitter Opportunity Not To Be Fumbled

Dan SchlacterBlogLeave a Comment

By Dan Schlacter We are days away from a historic Twitter opportunity: the College Football Playoff championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks on Monday, January 12, at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. You might not like the Bucs or the Ducks, and you might not like football. But, if you have a Twitter account, you might still care about the game. According to TV Media Insights, ESPN’s telecast of the first College Football Playoff game between Oregon and Florida State University totaled 2.56 million tweets by 799,000 unique authors, and was seen by 10.13 million … Read More

Pro Bono Service Is an Important Part of our Company’s Culture

Mike PigottBlogLeave a Comment

By Mike Pigott One of my first memories after joining Mark McNeely in this company in 1988 was the fact that he was donating a significant amount of the company’s time to Our Kids, a Junior League-sponsored program that addresses child sexual abuse. Many years later, the dedication to pro bono service initiated by Mark in the late 1980s is still flourishing at McNeely Pigott & Fox. The company currently has teams of employees assigned to serve 26 clients free of charge. Over the course of this year to date, we have performed more than 2,300 hours of service, with … Read More

Hard To Beat a Great Retreat

Katy VarneyBlogLeave a Comment

By Katy Varney Mark McNeely likes to tell the story that one of the conditions of my joining MP&F in 1993 was that we would have an annual off-site company retreat. There was no way to predict back then what would evolve into years of company tradition and lore. Mention retreat to any MP&Fer, past or present, and you are sure to get a huge smile and likely several stories that will have you wishing you were there. That first year, when the company was just six years old, 13 of us spent two days at Adams-Edgeworth Inn in Monteagle, Tenn. … Read More

The Next Health Care Trend: Consumer Engagement

Dan SchlacterBlogLeave a Comment

By Dan Schlacter I recently attended Modern Healthcare’s Mobile Health Summit: Connecting Providers, Payers and Patients. As the conversation began, it quickly became clear that health care conversations – especially those about consumer-facing trends like mobile health – must include professional communicators. According to the panel, the manner in which health care is delivered has traditionally been driven by the industry itself. However, with the proliferation of mobile health products – like e-scribing, remote monitoring and health care apps – consumers are beginning to influence how care is delivered by adopting those mobile health tools they find to be convenient. … Read More