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MGA
Posted by MGA on December 21st, 2010
Happy holidays from the whole team at MGA! Here's hoping your holiday season is full of joy, and your New Year is prosperous. We hope you enjoy our bell-isimo tribute to the holidays (and keep watching for the blooper reel!).
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Jim
Posted by Jim on December 14th, 2010
Whether the sensationalized rhetoric of Internet romantics or a potent call-to-arms for a citizenry whose right to public Internet access is threatened, the subject of net neutrality engenders fierce debate.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on December 09th, 2010
Below is the second in a two-part series about writing blogs. You can read the first post here. Now it's time to get down to the business of finding ideas and writing about them in an engaging way. This doesn't have to be hard. Really. Here are a few tips:
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on December 08th, 2010
Below is the first in a two-part series about writing blogs. In reflecting on the topic, Jennifer commented, "Writing about writing is anxiety-provoking. It's impossible to give others advice without wondering what mistakes or bad prose you is inflicting on others."
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Kip
Posted by Kip on December 02nd, 2010
What college or high school student shows up on a warm autumn Sunday, pays the equivalent of a concert ticket but instead meets with kindred spirits to tackle genocide and promote stability in the world?
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Doug
Posted by Doug on December 01st, 2010
Yes, I admit it. I like facts and figures. I always have. Sure, many may view the facts I know as trivia, and in some cases they are, but the search for facts is what drives the client research I do. Knowing the facts can lead to insights that might otherwise not have been uncovered.
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Molly
Posted by Molly on October 13th, 2010
Well, you found me! I am the newest account executive at MGA Communications, Inc. I am delighted to be working at MGA and excited to be working with the fantastic clients that we have.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on September 29th, 2010
MGA Communications has recently added six new clients to its roster including Envirotest, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver, NatureSweet Tomatoes, LeashLocket, Ltd., The Kitchen Hotline, and Dumbbells.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on August 19th, 2010
Have you heard the news? MGA's President Jeff Julin is behind bars today! Fortunately, it's for a good cause.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on August 10th, 2010
What are you doing the morning of Saturday, Aug. 28? If you love tomatoes, you should plan to be in Arvada for the eighth annual NatureSweet Homegrown Tomato Challenge.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on July 29th, 2010
Last week, MGA President Jeff Julin was honored to be named to the Public Relations Society of America's College of Fellows. Two other local professionals and friends, Jane Dvorak and Sydney Ayers, were also named, and we congratulate all of them! MGA's full release is available below or can be downloaded here.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on July 29th, 2010
Reflections on the Biennial of the AmericasThe chicken bus rumbled as our driver floored it up the twisting mountain road. Like most busses in Guatemala, ours had a Christian name painted across the front.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on July 28th, 2010
Is your strategic communications plan gathering dust on your bookshelf or in the bottom of a file drawer? Dust it off and join MGA's professionals for the next installment of our free Nonprofit Buzz series!
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Kip
Posted by Kip on July 14th, 2010
This month Denver is staging the first ever 2010 Biennial of the Americas, an international collaboration of the arts, culture, ideas and music among the 35 nations of the Western Hemisphere. The Biennial should remind us of the connection we have with 910 million other earth inhabitants to help make this side of the planet secure and economically sustainable.
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Sarah
Posted by Sarah on July 07th, 2010
Each week in MGA's staff meetings, we share "lessons learned" from the prior week. At the end of last month, I shared mine: If you have someone who believes in you, and you put your mind to it, you can accomplish more than you think you can. On June 20th, I rode 100 miles on my bike as part of the Denver Century Ride. Previously, the furthest I had ridden at one time was 40 miles.
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You're writing a speech or sitting in a meeting when you have a funny thought. Do you share it? Do you include it in your remarks?
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Most of the discussion about online communications by organizations focuses primarily on websites, blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You seldom hear any discussion about the importance of Wikipedia. I know I didn't until I read an interesting blog post by Katie Paine, CEO and founder of KD Paine & Partners, LLC. Paine is an expert in measuring relationships and organizational accountability.
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Public Radio International personality Ira Glass was in Denver recently to talk about his show and his method of journalism. My family and I went to the historic Paramount Theater expecting to be mildly entertained. We left greatly impressed.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on May 18th, 2010
MGA is looking for an Account Executive with experience in public relations and social media. See description below. Position closes Friday, May 28.
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Regardless of whether you or your organization sees value in participating in social media, you still need a policy – lack of one is simply not an option.
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Last night, MGA's president Jeff Julin was honored by the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with its Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on April 29th, 2010
Volunteering and community involvement are values my parents instilled in me when I was young. When I found myself in Denver in the summer of 2005 looking for a job, I turned to what I knew to do – get involved.
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Jim
Posted by Jim on April 28th, 2010
MGA has given me the flexibility for the last year to volunteer each Friday in a local second-grade classroom. In that time, I’ve had the privilege of working with one of the kindest, most masterful teachers on the planet. She’s something of a cross between Mother Theresa and Stephen Covey: not tough love, but highly effective love. (Where was she when I was in second grade?) I’ve been impressed by her since she taught my son not so many years ago, and, to my surprise, she had no reservations about me helping out.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on April 27th, 2010
Years ago, during an unusually busy day at the office, I ripped open a note addressed to me, glanced at the signature and stopped.The heavy stationary bore the handwriting of Joanne Holbrook Patton, wife of Maj. Gen. George S. Patton and daughter-in-law of the famous World War II general. The lengthy note contained her thanks for my assistance on a conference she was helping to organize on volunteer administration.
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Like many businesses and organizations in the Denver area, MGA Communications has a strong commitment to enhancing the Denver community through our volunteer and pro bono work. In fact, we were just recognized as the Denver Business Journal’s 2010 Small Business of the Year for their Partners in Philanthropy Program.
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Earth Day has a direct Colorado connection. Current Denver resident John McConnell designed the Earth Flag in 1968 after seeing the first photo of Earth in Life Magazine. Each year, the United Nations uses this Earth Flag as part of its Earth Day Ceremony. In September 1969, McConnell proposed Earth Day to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and won strong approval for an Earth Day Proclamation (issued March 21, 1970 on the March equinox). The idea spread worldwide.
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Doug
Posted by Doug on April 21st, 2010
The Pew Research Center for People and the Press reported Monday that public trust of the federal government has reached near record lows. From a survey in March, the Pew Center found that 22% of U.S. adults say they trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time. As they write in their report, “…(the new) survey finds a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal economy, an unhappy public (and) bitter partisan-based backlash…” that has led to ratings among the lowest in half a century.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on April 19th, 2010
We won't argue with her, but we will share! She was kind enough to send us a congratulatory note (which we received last week) for being recognized as having One of the Top 5 PR Campaigns of the Decade.
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Kip
Posted by Kip on April 14th, 2010
A recent program by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce on the State of DIA had me reflecting on the long road (or runway) we have traveled to get us where we are today.
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My favorite holiday is finally here! This Friday is the Colorado Rockies Home Opener, and for me, Opening Day is pretty much baseball Christmas. With that being said, here are my three Opening Day wishes for my favorite baseball team.
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Jeff
Posted by Jeff on April 02nd, 2010
On Sunday March 28th, The Denver Post ran an article titled Comments On-line Often Manufactured by Special-Interests Groups by Andy Vuong. The article talks about using posting as key part of influencer campaigns.
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MGA and its clients at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal were recently recognized for conducting one of the Top Five PR Campaigns of the Decade by the The Holmes Report.
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MGA recently sent me to SXSW Interactive (which I will affectionately refer to as SXSWi) in Austin, TX, to immerse myself in all things social media, share ideas with others who are active in this area and return with insight on emerging technologies that will impact the future of our profession. I can happily say that each one of these goals was fulfilled, and then some.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on March 17th, 2010
MGA Communications Chairman Mike Gaughan shares a 53-year-old St. Patrick’s Day tradition and his holiday wishes for you.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on March 16th, 2010
SeaWorld and Shamu have been a part of my world for as long as I can remember. I’m originally from San Antonio, which is where one of the three locations of SeaWorld can be found. I had the privilege of having season passes every summer until it wasn’t the ‘cool’ thing to do. I remember sitting in the Splash Zone during the “Believe” shows watching the trainers and their dolphins doing amazing tricks (which were always my favorites).
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on March 09th, 2010
Respect the mountain.The wise old adage of mountain climbers and skiers came to mind recently when I heard that CitiBank was freezing the financial accounts of at least two companies that posted online content the bank deemed “objectionable.”
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on March 04th, 2010
If you want to see a great example of public speaking, skip the upcoming Oscars broadcast and head to the movies for a lesson from George Clooney.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on March 02nd, 2010
Woody Allen said “Half of success is showing up.” When I speak with college students considering a career in public relations, this is a quote I like to use. So much of the success in an effective public relations effort is dependent upon just being in the right place at the right time. Not to downplay luck and fortuitous timing, but placing yourself or your client in prime position to achieve the goals you set is most often the result of exhaustive planning, strategic thinking and extensive preparation.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on February 23rd, 2010
It seems like just yesterday the ball was dropping in Times Square to welcome 2010. Suddenly it is almost March! How did that happen so fast?! Sometimes, the more you have to accomplish, the less time it seems you have to accomplish everything.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on February 16th, 2010
Miracles do happen. I know that’s true because National Public Radio recently did a series on life on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Not a story, mind you, but a whole series.
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Sarah
Posted by Sarah on February 09th, 2010
When I hear the phrases “24 hour news cycle“ and “information overload,” part of me screams, “too much information!” This overload makes me want to go away, unplug and curl up with a good book or spend time with close friends. (Yes, to the surprise of many, I’m an introvert – an INTJ, actually.)
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Kip
Posted by Kip on February 04th, 2010
I am lucky in my professional association with MGA to do business with and in Japan. Because of long nurtured congressional relationships, I do business in the Japanese Capitol Hill of Tokyo. Given my background, I can even compare and contrast the experience with Capitol Hill in Washington, even down to the employees’ cafeteria.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on February 01st, 2010
The next group to surge into the blogosphere may well be Catholic priests.
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Last year, I headed up the effort at MGA to craft an online communications policy. What started as a discussion around individual needs (what's appropriate to post or mention publicly) soon evolved into a discussion of MGA's online brand. The end result represents the results of both conversations.
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It seems only fitting that on the day of President Obama’s first State of the Union address, which is one of the busiest nights for media interviews in the country, that MGA would host a presentation on how to coach individuals in media interviews. This morning, myself and fellow MGAer Sarah Rasmussen met with a group of nonprofit leaders from the Denver metro area for our newest installment in the series of presentations that we offer to nonprofit organizations called the Nonprofit Buzz. This series is free for nonprofit organizations.
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In Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts there was what some would consider a major upset victory for a Republican in a heavily democratic state. Newly elected Senator Scott Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts’ Senate election and it wasn’t even close. How could it be a Republican could win in the land of the Kennedy’s and the seat held by the democratic leader Ted Kennedy? Well one reason for this stunning victory can be attributed to Sen. Brown’s use of social media.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on January 19th, 2010
Move over, Twitter and Facebook. There’s another—potentially more powerful—social media tool in town.As Anne Derryberry, the mind behind an industry-leading blog on gaming and communications campaigns, writes, “serious organizations are getting serious results with serious games.”
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Doug
Posted by Doug on January 14th, 2010
So many things have changed for your clients, customers and stakeholders during the past year that organizations shouldn't take anything for granted. Each of these groups is likely to have drastically different decision-making processes due to the global downturn and you need reliable information to know what has changed.
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Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on January 12th, 2010
A giant thinker who influenced our world without most of us knowing it recently passed away. His name was Martin Fishbein. And if you don’t know his name, you’ve likely seen the result of his work.
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MGA
Posted by MGA on January 06th, 2010
Domino’s is overhauling their pizza recipe? Last week it was news to me as I kept seeing the hashtag “#newpizza” scroll through my Twitter stream. I clicked on a link to a new Domino’s Web site and watched “The Pizza Turnaround” Documentary.
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Sarah
Posted by Sarah on January 05th, 2010
As we wrap up the 2009 holiday season and look forward to 2010, many Colorado businesses are talking about when it make sense to offer pro bono services or to develop (or enhance) their programs for helping the community.
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Jeff
Posted by Jeff on January 04th, 2010
For our first conversation of the New Year I want to share a little more detail about a couple of the predictions I recently gave the Denver PR Blog for their annual Public Relations in Prediction series
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