Event Wrap-Up: Radio Advertising with Pandora


San Francisco-based Pandora advertising executives Mark Gill and Chase Martin brought their expertise in using the Pandora platform to the Tri-Cities on Oct. 13th. Gill and Martin shared how companies are using Pandora to reach their customers in unique and successful ways as well as some general information about the Pandora network.

pandora-radio-event-013 Advertising Truths Today

  1. Attention Economy – You have 8 seconds of attention to capture before that person moves on.
  2. Show Me You Know Me – Don’t just advertise, engage with your audience.
  3. Sonic Boom – Look around: many people are wearing headphones or listening to music.

Pandora Stats

  • 75% of people choose music as entertainment
  • Audience play: 20 minutes per day, 84 million visitors
  • The power of audio, aka the Headphone Generation
  • 65,000 listeners in the Tri-Cities
  • 1/3 of Americans listen to Pandora
  • #1 on mobile time spent: 21 hrs
  • Data Driven: over 1 billion data points

With Pandora, you can address your listener specifically with call outs like, “Hey mom” or “Hey voter” allowing you to sell to them casually without the hard sell. As a brand, you also have the ability to craft your own station that plays only your advertisements for your listeners.

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Marketing Communications Specialist – Wellmont Health System

The marketing communications specialist works collaboratively with other members of the marketing communications team to support, promote and advance the Wellmont Health System brand. Assists co-workers in developing a variety of written and visual collateral, influencing community perception of the organization and effectively informing Wellmont’s internal audiences. Supports department with event planning and monitoring health care messages in local media. Assumes other duties as assigned. Entry-level position with opportunity for professional growth and advancement.

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business or a related field or equivalent experience. Prior experience in marketing communications preferred. Health care experience a plus. Position requires excellent oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal and presentation skills. Knowledge of Associated Press Style, video editing and photo


Event Wrap-Up: Clark Rector from AAF National on Advertising & Government Relations

Last Thursday, Clark Rector from AAF National came and gave us the rundown on how AAF lobbies in Washington DC for advertisers across the country. While government may not be the first thing you think of when you think of advertising, Clark showed us all just how much of our day to day lives are affected by his work.

Over his last thirty years in Washington DC, Clark has advocated for diversity and minorities in the advertising industry to make the industry as a whole more inclusive. In addition to that, his overall goal is to educate lawmakers at all levels about the benefits that advertising poses to the economy and job market. Representing the interests of all who work in advertising, AAF has done studies to show the positive economic impact that advertising has in our state, and even in our region directly. Clark told us that one dollar spent on advertising, creates nineteen dollars in economic impact.

“Advertising pushes the economy, and needs to be encouraged…” Rector said.

One of the biggest projects everyone has seen but not necessarily understood, is the AdChoice logo on most online ads. Clark explained that, “Most consumers, once they learn about what is happening [with targeted ads], they generally get more comfortable and don’t opt out…it’s a place where we’ve gotten ahead and educated consumers.” Defending the right to free speech and the right to advertise, Clark explained the difficulties the pharmaceutical industries face with scaring off potential patients with disclaimers. Another particularly difficult industry? Surprisingly, food. Advertising has recently been blamed for the obesity crisis in America, and part of AAF’s work has been defending the right of companies to advertise their product despite no correlation between obesity rates and advertising spend.

Marketing Coordinator – Face Amusement Group

face amusement group job openingMarketing Coordinator

Face Amusement Group – Gray, TN 37615


  • maintains email marketing campaigns and MVP customer loyalty program
  • sets up online presence for new locations and manages existing location accounts
  • manages SEO and online advertising
  • creates and implements in-store/online promotions
  • maintains Marketing budget
  • collects and analyzes data for future Marketing efforts
  • stays up to date with industry and market trends
  • creates and maintains relationships with local business associations

Event Wrap-Up: Brad Magnus on 3D & Virtual Reality Video Editing

With the advent of new technology comes new opportunities to create immersive experiences for marketing and brand exposure. Brad Magnus joined us Tuesday to show us how 360 degree video and virtual reality can transform the creative scope of what agencies currently offer clients.

While some technology may be fleeting, the investments major corporations like Facebook and HTC have made in virtual reality in recent months boosts the likelihood that virtual reality is here for good. Brad made the point that the majority of 360 degree content can be consumed via cellphone now unlike other recent tech ventures like 3-D TVs –further ensuring that this technology is here to stay.

“What makes [360 degree video] applicable is you can experience those 360 degree experiences on a cell phone unlike other technologies that have failed in the past…”

Alongside the usual video production timeline of script writing, planning, and scouting of locations, the timeline for 360 degree video also needs to leave ample time for the processing of the footage. The workflow for this type of video looks more like the following due to the unique nature of what these new cameras capture:

  1. Capture the video: Find the budget you want to work within to determine what equipment you’ll want to purchase/use for the project. Cameras can range from a few hundred, to thousands of dollars depending on their resolution —so plan accordingly.
  2. Stitch the videos together: Each camera’s capture is different, some include software to do it for you, some do not. Make sure to leave ample time in your production workflow for this process as it can take up to 24hrs to process.
  3. Edit the videos: Using the Adobe workflow, Brad showed us how you can seamlessly switch from Adobe AfterEffects to PremierePro to add text that seamlessly integrates into the 360 degree video capture, and how to edit video in this new dimension.
  4. Export the videos: Exporting and compressing the video to make it usable for marketing efforts is the most important part in order to allow all your hard work to be seen. Facebook’s investment into the technology has made for an easy avenue to showcase your handiwork.

From patches to account for adding animations and text to the 360 degree video, to the stitching process, and variety of equipment set ups, Brad gave us the run-down on what the opportunities are for the next age of media. As promised, Brad covered his eyes, and drew a winner for the year’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and Greg Nobles was the lucky recipient.

If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, working with Brad, or joining his monthly video club meetings to discuss technologies such as this, you can check out his website: bradmagnusdesign.com.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next event at the Gray Fossil Site with Clark Rector from AAF National on September 15th at 11:30!

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Connecting the Unconnected

Event Wrap-Up: Connecting the Unconnected

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Connecting the Unconnected

We all packed into Main Street Pizza KPT to hear Mike Watson, founder of Heart-centric Leadership, speak on Connecting the Unconnected. He referenced Darwin, Einstein, and Picasso. He taught us about theme mapping and how we can discover what seemingly unrelated objects, like an automobile and a room, have in common. Mike shared with us three common hiring blueprints for startups and told us which was the most successful. Then, proceeded to tell us why even the most successful model would fail over the long term; leadership should willingly invite in diversity and opposition. If everyone is the same, you weed out diversity and your thinking as a group becomes narrow.

Most importantly he shared with us this key message: It is impossible to think creatively by looking harder in the same direction. Good advice to remember next time you hit a creative wall (which happens to us all at some point or another – event though Christian was the only one to admit it).

Mike was kind enough to share his presentation and notes from last week’s event. (download PDF  | download PPT). Enjoy!

We look forward to seeing you again July 20 at 11am in Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Center, Room 225 for our next event. Details to come.

Connecting the Unconnected

Connecting the Unconnected

Thursday, June 9
11:30am – 1:00pm
Main Street Pizza, Kingsport

Mike Watson, founder of Heart-centric Leadership, will talk about the idea of connecting the unconnected, as this concept relates to relationships in life and design. Watson will focus on how we think when creative, how to structure ourselves and our environment to support creativity. He will also demonstrate how we can connect the seemingly unconnected to produce innovative solutions more consistently.

RSVP now to save your spot!


Mike Watson PhotoMike Watson, founder of Heart-centric Leadership (emcMIKE.com) endorses the principles of Conscious Capitalism, believes in working with individuals and leaders who are inclined toward worthy goals, guided by core human values, and in relationship with all stakeholders. He believes in the power of diversity, working collaboratively and the development of insight as a tool for creativity and prosperity. In his pursuit of reshaping lives through his heart-centric leadership model, he has partnered with a wide range of professionals – from CEOs, to emerging leaders and a variety of fine artists.

Mike has been educating, inspiring, creating and directing for the past 25 years, often from a regional perspective. During this time, he has shaped a national retail company’s visual footprint and brand image, has been the speaker coach for multiple high-profile leaders including a CNN hero, and speaker at Parliament, designed retail stores, expanded business models and reshaped communities through his art and by sharing his purpose in life – to reshape leadership so as to reshape lives for the better.


FUSIC: The fusion of film and music

FUSIC, a concept developed by Bob Farnsworth and his team at Hummingbird Productions, is the fusion of film and music. In a broader sense, it is the fusion of anything visual and sonic. With the FUSIC approach, music and sound ideas are brought together with visual ideas at the beginning of a project so they both profoundly influence each other from inception.

Historically, when a film was finished, music and sound were added at the end—film and sound were compartmentalized. If sonic ideas could affect what was shot or even how the film was edited, it was usually too late – “We’re out of time and we’re out of budget.”

Using the FUSIC process, Hummingbird strives to bring everyone around the same table – the agency, film and sound teams. They recommend ad agencies send scripts or storyboards early, so they can immediately bring together directors and composers, who work as a team throughout the production process.

Hummingbird director Casey Cornett says, “At the heart of it, FUSIC is a new way for advertisers to connect with their audiences. I believe when you start applying FUSIC thinking and technology to your creative process, you will never want to proceed any other way on your commercial or film project.”

This is sure to be a well-attended event, so RSVP now to save your spot!


Bob FarnsworthEstablished in 1976 by Bob Farnsworth, Hummingbird Productions is one of the longest standing film and music ad production companies in America. Throughout his career, Farnsworth and his team have been directly responsible for creating thousands of commercials, many of which are still being aired today. Hummingbird’s client roster has featured major corporations including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ford, Kellogg’s, Budweiser, Purina, Oscar Meyer, Dolby Atmos (now being installed in theaters), and many more. The people at Hummingbird claim “it’s easier to say what we haven’t worked on!”

Bob started his career in music and eventually transitioned into film. He has been featured as an icon in the advertising industry on NBC’s Today Show, is a TEDx speaker, and now travels nationwide with his presentation “The Future is FUSIC.”

A native of Greenville, SC, Farnsworth graduated from Furman University in 1974 with a degree in English, and in the same year became a recording artist with ABC Records. He now lives in Nashville with his wife and 5 children. He is actively involved in the Nashville community through Tres Dias and his church, Covenant Presbyterian. His life focus aligns with Hummingbird’s mission statement: “…desiring to leave the world a better place than we found it, whether by doing a great job or by simply demonstrating kindness.”


Student Portfolio Review

2016 Student Portfolio Review

Wednesday, April 20
Doubletree Hotel, Johnson City
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a FREE event!

AAF NETN invites students to bring their resumes and portfolios to be reviewed by industry professionals from around the region. There is no charge for students or professionals, and you do not have to be an AAF member to attend. Students – this is a great way to gain feedback and make connections that could be useful as you begin your job search! Pros – this is a unique opportunity to give back, and to identify up-and-coming talent right here in our region. RSVP now.

Exploring the History of the Magnavox Brand

Event Wrap-Up: Lunch & Learn, Dec. 3, 2015

George Collins and Magnavox presentation slide

Last Thursday, George Collins, of The Magnavox Historical Preservation Association and curator of the current exhibit at Reece Museum entitled “Magnificent Magnavox,” spoke to us about the history of the Magnavox brand and its connection to Northeast Tennessee. If you were unable to attend the event, here are just a few of the interesting facts Mr. Collins shared with us about the Magnavox brand, as well as some snapshots from the exhibit (there’s still time to catch the exhibit, which runs until Dec. 15, 2015):

  • Magnavox is Latin for “great voice.”
  • At its peak, Magnavox was the fifth largest employer in Tennessee, employing over 500 people in the Greeneville manufacturing operations alone.
  • During WWII, Magnavox launched an ad campaign featuring artwork. They made this artwork available for purchase to consumers, believing there should be music and culture in every home. In order to receive the artwork, you simply clip the order form out of the ad, send it in, and then Magnavox would send you a copy of the artwork.
    Magnavox art
  • In the 1950s, movie stars’ contracts prevented them from being on television. However, Magnavox’s lawyers discovered the contracts did not prevent them from being in ads for televisions. The company used celebrities in their print ads and also featured them on the televisions pictured in the ads.
  • In the 1960s Magnavox began utilizing product placement with a portable TV on Gilligan’s Island.
  • In the 1970s:
    • Magnavox introduced Odyssey, the first home video gaming system in the country. (introduced in 1972)
    • Frank Sinatra became a spokesperson and released a limited edition Magnavox record.
    • Hank Aaron also became a spokesperson.

Interested in learning more about Magnavox?
If you’d like to learn more about the history of Magnavox, visit www.magnavoxhistory.com. Follow The Magnavox Historical Preservation Association on Facebook for up to date information and photos from the “Magnificent Magnavox” exhibit.

Magnavox television

inside a Magnavox

Magnavox television

Magnavox televisions

Magnavox Odyssey gaming system

Odyssey, the first home video gaming system in the country.