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MMC’s Kristen Tully Published in Yahoo! Travel About Her Visit to Meet She’s the First Scholars

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Kristen with Starfish Scholars

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Kristen Tully had the opportunity last month to travel 2,000 miles to Guatemala to meet some of the scholars MMC supports through She’s the First, which sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries to create first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders. She attended a secondary school graduation for these rural indigenous girls; a seminal milestone considering  they live In a country where only 14 percent of rural girls finish the sixth grade. Along the way, she learned how to make tortillas, fly a giant kite and even zipline.  And her advice to people who want to help others?  “Don’t ever underestimate your contributions, as small as you may think they are. Every little contribution we make adds up to something.”

Now there’s some good advice for #GivingTuesday!

You can read the full story on Yahoo! Travel here.

MMC Appoints Kim Stokes Deputy Director of Digital Integration

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Marina Maher Communications (MMC) has appointed Managing Director Kim Stokes to Deputy Director of Digital Integration, a newly created role at the agency.

Stokes manages the Digital and Social Media practice within the Creative Catalyst Group (CCG), overseeing digital and social media strategy and execution across the agency. She has deep experience developing social media strategy for consumer, healthcare and technology brands, including development and management of owned assets, brand reputation, product innovation, and influencer engagement.

“Since joining MMC in 2013, Kim has made an extraordinary contribution to MMC,” said MMC CEO Marina Maher.  “She has integrated social and digital strategy throughout the agency, and significantly contributed to agency growth.”

“Kim has the talent, the business acumen and the team to pioneer new ways to enable our clients’ brands to break through in the ever evolving integrated media landscape,” said Susan Bean, Executive Vice President of the Creative Catalyst Group.

Prior to joining MMC, Kim was Senior Vice President, Global Digital Strategy at Hill + Knowlton Strategies in New York. She led the digital practice for the Eastern Region and International in the U.S., advising clients on their online strategies for brand reputation, issue management and product or service launches.

Kim also spent seven years working in Beijing, China advising multi-national companies on their strategies for growth and is fluent in Mandarin.

MMC Receives Two Gold WOMMY Awards

 

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MMC’s Ariana Finlayson accepts two Gold WOMMY’s at the WOMMA Awards Dinner

 

MMC has received two Gold WOMMY Awards at the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Awards Dinner in Los Angeles.

The two awards went to:

  • Head & Shoulders for its “Season of the #Whiff” campaign:  “Introduction” Award
  • U by Kotex for its “Generation Know” program:  “Influencer” Award

According to WOMMA, the Introduction Award is given to “the best word of mouth communication program to introduce a new product or service.”   The Influencer Award honors “the most effective/creative use of an influencer marketing program to achieve a business outcome.”

The WOMMY Awards celebrate word of mouth marketing and recognize the industry’s most inspiring work.

MMC and Mederma Host First Media Shower

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MMC and client Mederma® hosted the first-ever Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Shower for mommy bloggers and expectant mothers at Alice’s Tea Cup in Midtown Manhattan.   Dermatologist Debra Jaliman educated media about pregnancy-focused skin care, including use of Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for stretch marks. There was high engagement among attendees, who shared their pregnancy stretch marks stories at the event and on their social channels.  Check out this post on Lady and the Blog by Tabitha St. Bernard, who is preparing to welcome her own little one soon.  More to come in the coming weeks.

 

MMC Honored as an Ad Age Best Place to Work

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MMC has been named one of the 40 Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media by Advertising Age. The agency was selected based on criteria such as hiring practices, benefits packages, salaries, office perks, workplace environment and design.  

The AdAge article said:  “Respondents described the 31-year-old firm’s culture as “empowering” and “invigorating,” citing an “entrepreneurial spirit” and a team structure that demands a lot but praises success even more. “I feel 100% set up for success,” one employee said.”

“MMC has worked hard to differentiate itself by creating the kind of culture that allows world class talent to flourish and rewarding them when they do,” said Diana Vienne, MMC’s EVP of Human Resources & Organizational Development. “Great talent today want a flexible and supportive environment where their contributions are meaningful and recognized.  At MMC, we encourage employees to pursue their passions and hold them accountable for their results. In return, our staff approaches everything with a “can do” spirit, sense of purpose and true collaboration.”  

Submissions were evaluated by Ad Age research partner Buck Consultants LLC, which crafted two surveys to find the companies with the best benefits and most-engaged employees. The employer survey asked about pay, promotions, health care and other benefits and hiring practices. The employee survey measured aspects of the workplace environment that contribute to an engaged staff, including matters such as fairness of pay, vacation time, relationships with management and co-workers, career development and other workplace issues.

Natalie Zmuda, deputy managing editor at Advertising Age, said, “With hundreds of companies applying and going through the rigorous employer and employee survey process for the 2014 Ad Age Best Places to Work list, the competition was tough. The organizations that rose to the top are incredibly deserving.”

 

You can read the Ad Age article here.  

MMC Wins Two Gold MarCom Awards

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MMC has been honored with two MarCom awards both for clients in its Health & Well-Being practice.  For Merck for Mothers, the agency received a Gold MarCom for its Facebook page. The Depend team also won a Gold Marcom in the media relations category for the launch of the Drop Your Pants for Underwareness program.

The programs were selected from 6,500 entries from the United States, Canada and 15 other countries by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, which administers and judges the awards.


 

SheKnows Acquisition of BlogHer: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Marketing to Women

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Elisa Camahort Page and the BlogHer team pose with the SheKnows team.

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The two single most powerful sources of influence in reaching women online have now come together as a combined force in marketing to women. SheKnows, the undisputed leader in online beauty fashion and lifestyle has unsurpassed authority in reaching the female consumer across all age groups. BlogHer, on the other hand, has from its inception, been the leader in bringing female influencers together as a powerful block. Together they will reach 75.3 million un-duplicated unique, almost all female, visitors per month.  Linking SheKnows Media’s 500 Experts with BlogHer’s distributed network of 20,000-plus social media influencers creates an unprecedented force in reaching women both through the authority of editorial expertise and the close emotional connection created through blogging.

The joint company now reaches 147.4 million social media fans, which also potentially unleashes a new force in content creation and sharing that will create a unique opportunity for brands to reach an exponentially larger audience of women both through user-generated and sponsored content.

We sat down today with BlogHer cofounder Elisa Camahort Page at the MMC offices to find out what we  can expect from this new marketing to women superpower:

Q: Elisa, this has been quite a journey for you, how did it come about and what does it mean for you as a female entrepreneur?

When BlogHer was “founded,” we were just going to start a conference. We weren’t planning to start a company. It was an accidental business/company so to speak. From there we grew and had more conversations over the years.

When Lisa [Stone, cofounder of BlogHer] first met with Phillip [Guelton, CEO of SheKnows], she was taken with how much he got what we do. It was a puzzle piece that fit into what they do. We’re really the two biggest indie networks. SheKnows has key attributes that we can benefit from and vice versa. They have amazing owned-and-operated sites with tremendous reach. We have a distributed social firm that’s massive and reaches everywhere into the women’s web. We have a technology platform that allows us to manage the results of the activity and monitor, measure, report, and make predictions for what’s next in our community. Bringing that all together was like putting puzzle pieces together, and creating one super power network. It made a ton of sense for both companies.

What type of impact do you feel this has on the power of women and the women’s voices in the marketplace?

We’re both obviously women-focused and we reach more women than ever. It speaks to the power of women as influencers and consumers, in that we’re coming together and forming the #1 most influential women’s network. Hopefully this creates more opportunity for women to do their work and get their voice heard, and leverage BlogHer as a platform – whether that’s for their livelihood or promotion of their passion projects.

What are the implications for marketers to women?

It allows you to get more done in one place. It’s not only having the large reach and owned-and-operated sites, but it provides a distributed social network and the social amplification on the destination sites, more opportunity for video, as well as more opportunity to integrate conference and live events. When you’re trying to land a deal, we can now make guarantees for engagement by using historical data to make guarantees about the outcomes of different campaigns with different levels of participation with different levels of influencers.

Will this change BlogHer’s community at all and the fundamental content verticals and conferences?

I’m hoping it brings more firepower to the conferences and opportunities to film and share them. With their video capabilities, especially with StyleCaster on their site, we can take things to the next level. For example, we’ve done a fashion show twice before this and it’s been very grass roots. Their video skills and commitment to design and aesthetic, as well as focus on style and beauty, are all areas that will help the conference be a little hotter and a little more beautiful.

And of course I’m excited for BlogHer 2015 in New York next summer! The last time we were here Obama opened the conference, and Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Soledad O’Brien, and Christy Turlington Burns all spoke on the main stage. New York brings a certain “je ne se quoi” that gets you a lot of exciting stuff.

How has the BlogHer community been reacting?

It’s been overwhelmingly positive. Our ethos has always been to help all boats rise and bloggers of all sizes are welcome in our community and network. When you “walk the walk” for enough years, you get a little karma in return. People are happy for you to succeed, as well as to see this come to fruition. We’ve been working on this for a very long time and we’ve seen a lot of wonderful messages come from the community. I mean… I don’t want to talk about too much; I might get a little choked up… It’s been so nice.

What are your next steps?  

The very first teams to integrate will be sales and marketing. We’ve got this brand new, broadened portfolio of opportunities, so we want to position it well and get out to the market. A lot of things will operate as it has been with BlogHer.com and SheKnows.com. It’s about where can we integrate opportunity towards a path of ultimately integrating everything. It’s starting with finding a way to position everything to the customer that both sites provide together, along with StyleCaster and their family of sites.

Is the end goal to integrate them completely?  

Ultimately SheKnows Media is the umbrella company for all these brands, which will be an integrated offering and integrated opportunity. What that means for the individual brand names and how they evolve and change, I don’t think we are there yet. BlogHer is still a property of this broader media company, as is StyleCaster and SheKnows.com. That’s where we are today. We are integrating our offerings and we’ll see where it goes.

What are you most excited about with this partnership?

Lisa and I used to jokingly say world domination [laughs]. I’m most excited about surveying the landscape of what we now offer vs. what other companies offer. The mission has always been to help women achieve their goals. There are a lot of different kinds of goals and we want to help them do want they want by providing more opportunities, paths, and channels to achieve that. That’s really exciting.

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