Telling the Nashville Story: How top communicators “sell” our city

From Broadway to Bellevue and everywhere in between, Nashville has become one of the top destinations in our country for commerce, leisure, and creativity.

What are the factors that have made Nashville the “It City” in America over the past few years, and how can we tell that story to our audiences to elevate our local brands? 

Join us Wednesday, April 17 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected communicators as they share their insights on how to maximize our city’s unique attributes to benefit your brand.

Panelists

Heather Middleton
Vice President of Public Relations
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Dawn Cornelius
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Bright
Vice President
Nashville Downtown Partnership

Moderator:
Nekasha Pratt, PMP

Director of Marketing
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Event schedule:

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

This lively discussion will include:

  • Understanding current audiences visiting and relocating to our area
  • Highlighting Nashville’s unique attributes
  • How to maximize our city’s resources for your brand

Parking / transportation information 

  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Law Parking Garage on Union Street (58 visitors spots) — validated by Waller Law. 
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel – $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away) 

Reserve your spot!

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

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April mixer: Springtime cheer with communications friends

Spread some springtime cheer and attend IABC Nashville’s April networking mixer, hosted by our dear friends at Concept Technology and in partnership with redpepper and Craft Content Nashville

Join communications professionals from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky as we celebrate Nashville Content Week over tasty libations, delicious bites, and engaging conversation. 

Where:
Concept Technology
1009 3rd Ave N #200 
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

When:
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Reserve your spot! 

Members are FREE and non-members are $10 to attend! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door. 

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally. 

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March mixer: A toast to women in communications!

Join us Wednesday, March 13 at Industrious Nashville Downtown for our March networking mixer!

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Nashville’s thriving network of influential women that are shaking things up in business and communications. 

Come out and mingle with Nashville’s finest communications professionals over tasty libations, delicious bites and engaging conversation. Get to know our members and start building long-lasting relationships with some of the most enthusiastic connectors!

Where:
Industrious Nashville Downtown
414 Union Street, #suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219
Parking information

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Reserve your spot today! 

Members are FREE and non-members are $10 to attend! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door. 

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally!

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Pitch Perfect: Mastering the Art of Media Relations

Three journalists, three different media outlets, one question: is your brand “newsworthy?” Whether you are in the marketing and advertising industry, retail, or something as intricate as bioengineering, assisting the media’s ability to reach you is essential to the longevity and relevancy of businesses everywhere.

Join IABC Nashville Wednesday, March 20, for an in-depth panel discussion with some of the city’s most well-respected journalists as they share their insights on how to sharpen your storytelling skills and establish a good rapport with the media.

Panelists:

Stephanie Langston
Emmy-nominated reporter, WKRN

Ashley Haugen
Managing Editor, StyleBlueprint

Joel Stinnett
Reporter, Nashville Business Journal

Moderator:

Paul Ladd
Senior Correspondent & Director of Listener Response, World Christian Broadcasting

This lively discussion will cover best practices for business communicators reaching out to news outlets including:

  • Researching Your Story Angle
  • Anticipating Journalist Needs
  • Proper Introductions and Correspondence
  • Practicing Good Habits and Earning Favor

Event schedule:

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Register today

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From keywords to intent: Energize your content strategy for 2019

Mark your calendar for our next professional development luncheon Wednesday, February 20, and join us for an in-depth panel discussion that will energize your 2019 content strategy. This is an event you do not want to miss! 

Whether you’re building your first strategy or you’ve been using the same approach for a while, it never hurts to revisit your content strategy plan — to make sure it’s innovative, strong, and intentional.

Come hear from Nashville’s top content strategists as they share with you their insights on how to maximize your brand’s content strategy in the new year! They’ll deliver their recent findings on the latest trends, winning tools, and their own stories of how to build a successful strategy that’s unique to your brand.

Reserve your spot today for this “must see” event

Event schedule:

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Meet our expert panelists and moderator:

Laura Creekmore
Director of Taxonomy and Content Strategy at Syndigo

Laura Creekmore has been making tech and content hold hands and play nice for more than 20 years. She is director of taxonomy and content strategy for Syndigo, a platform for suppliers and retailers to organize and share product content. For 10 years, she ran Creek Content, a consultancy focused on communications and content strategy for organizations in complex fields like health care and financial services, and before that led digital media at content marketing firm Hammock Inc. and co-created Smallbusiness.com. She has taught content strategy as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University.

Laura graduated from Vanderbilt University and has a master’s in information science from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, and a member of the board of directors for the Association of Junior Leagues International, the Oasis Center, and the Tennessee Justice Center. She is past chair of the board of Nashville Cable, and a past president of the Junior League of Nashville. She speaks and presents workshops on content strategy, content marketing, breaking through a cluttered media landscape, connecting with your audience, public speaking, and nonprofit governance issues.

Cynthia Floyd Manley
Director, Content Marketing and Social Engagement at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cynthia Floyd Manley directs content marketing and social media strategy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast. She leads an award-winning social media program for the Vanderbilt Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital brands, along with My Southern Health, a consumer health content site.

Manley began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor and is still considers herself a “journalist at heart.” She has served in a variety of roles at VUMC, including public information officer, publications editor, and marketing manager, as well as communications officer for Vanderbilt’s National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

She serves as an external advisor to the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, is a member of SocialMedia.org and SocialMedia.org/Health and is active in the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Institutional Advancement.

Jesse Spear
Media & Content Marketing Strategist at redpepper

Jesse Spear is the Media & Content Marketing Strategist at redpepper — a creative agency in Germantown known for its work with Cracker Barrel, Slack, and Mars.

After growing up on Long Island, NY, she made her way south, earning her B.A. in both Media Studies and Spanish from the University of Virginia, then receiving her Master’s in Marketing from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. During her year at Vanderbilt, she realized her affinity for Nashville, agency life, and BBQ nachos.

At redpepper, she’s responsible for the agency’s internal content strategy. Jesse has made subject-matter expertise a strong pillar of redpepper’s content portfolio. Her efforts have led to a 219% increase in blog traffic, the implementation of a unique content calendar structure, and fine-tuned targeting tactics. As a newcomer to Nashville’s agency scene, she offers a fresh perspective on the importance of a creative, cross-platform content strategy.

Moderator Sarah “Birdie” Loeffler
Content Strategist at NDC, Inc.
IABC Nashville President

Sarah “Birdie” Loeffler is the Content Strategist at NDC, Inc. and has been a dedicated member of IABC since 2014. In 2018, she received the President’s Award for exceptional contributions by a chapter member to the health and growth of the chapter.

Birdie has a technical writing background and specializes in translating technical information into easily accessible and creative language for marketing purposes. At NDC, she oversees the marketing content strategy to provide a personalized experience between the NDC brand and their customers.

Reserve your spot today for this “must see” event

 

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