Official: I’ve Been Accepted into The VCU Brandcenter!


It’s official: I will be taking my talents to Richmond in August to start my post-grad education at the VCU Brandcenter! It’s been a long road to get here, and I am super excited to be making this next step in my professional and personal life. I got the email…

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4 Phases of Brand Story Engagement


A good brand story is important… You only have one Brand Community. You understand who they are, what they want or need from you, where they are coming from, their motivations and where the best touchpoint is with each to be effective with your communications. Each phase of your…

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Here in VA, Political Ads are Getting Downright Disgraceful


It’s time for me to rant on something that has been really bothering me for the past few days now. Here in VA, political ads are getting disturbing. On Tuesday, November 7th, voters in Virginia will be voting for their next Governor, choosing between Republican Ed…

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The Opioid Epidemic: When Advertising & Marketing Turn Deadly


You may have heard about a big problem currently facing our country. It’s called the “Opioid Epidemic”, and it’s a deadly problem. In 2015, opioid overdose deaths surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in our country,…

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Advertising is Free Speech… Let’s Not Tax It


Congress is finally serious about working towards comprehensive tax reform. Something that hasn’t been done since the Regan years. This is great news! There’s just one problem… The current draft being floated contains a proposal to alter the IRS Code to tax advertising for the…

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Brands & Advertisers: Steer Clear of Being Overly Political!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: national brands (that have nothing to do with politics) should NOT insert themselves into the middle of political issues.  To me, this doesn’t make sense from a business standpoint. You risk losing and alienating half of consumers. A…

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Advertising: Like a Good Country Song, It’s All in the Storytelling


Studies suggest that about 9 out of 10 people who have the option to skip an ad, will do so. This isn’t a good thing for the advertising industry, but, we all do it. Admit it!  So instead of having this happen to your brand or organization, give the consumers what they want! In…

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