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Telling the Story of America’s Land Grant Colleges. Marketing Strategy. Experiment Stations engaged in a two-fold public relations strategy Develop and regularly deploy compelling message materials, including op-ed contributions, blog posts, and regional media placements

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marketing strategy

Marketing Strategy

Experiment Stations engaged in a two-fold public relations strategy

Develop and regularly deploy compelling message materials, including op-ed contributions, blog posts, and regional media placements

Plan strategically targeted grassroots public relations events with the target audience

new structure to foster better results

New Structure to Foster Better Results

Monthly conference calls to discuss strategy and enhance accountability with a newly formed ESCOP System Marketing and Communication Committee chaired by Gerry Arkin

New Members:

Stephen Herbert, Director, Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station

Michael Hoffmann, Director, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

Nancy Cox, Associate Dean for Research; Director Animal Physiology, University of Kentucky

Mark Hussey, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M

Makola Abdullah at Florida A&M University

Marvin Burns at Langston University.

Returning Members:

Bill Ravlin, Associate Director, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University

Mary Duryea, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director Reforestation and Urban Forestry, University of Florida

Ron Pardini, Associate Director & Interim Dean, College of Agriculture, Biotech & Natural Resources, University of Nevada

Colin Kaltenbach, Vice Dean, College of Agriculture-Life Sciences and Director of Experiment Station, University of Arizona

recent media placements
Recent Media Placements
  • June 21, 2010- Mark McLellan, “Cost of Cuts at Land Grant Universities,” Delta Farm Press
  • May 10, 2010- Al Levine, “Those Despised Earmarks May Fund Vital Research,” Politico
  • March 8, 2010- Al Levine, “Marketing isn’t Enough to Combat Childhood Obesity,” The Daily Caller
  • February 24, 2010- Stacey Antine, “The Challenge of Childhood Obesity,” AOLnews.com
past media placements
Past Media Placements
  • December 1, 2009- Al Levine and Brian Atwood, “World Hunger Requires Research Not Rancor,” Huffington Post
  • November 17, 2009- Deborah Szekey and David Kessler, “Let Our Children Lead the Way to a Healthier Future,” Huffington Post
  • November 2, 2009- “Emerson Works Out with Seniors,” Argus Democrat
  • September 16, 2009- Melvin Johnson, “Agricultural Research is a Healthy Investment,” The Tennessean
  • March 8, 2009- Al Levine, “The Art of Science and Agriculture,” Washington Times
past media placements1
Past Media Placements
  • January 23, 2009- Ethanol stories by Ken Cassman: “Corn Ethanol Produces Half Emissions of Gas,” Dow Jones News Wire. “Ethanol Not So Wasteful, Report Says,” Omaha World Herald. “Ethanol Study Touts Emissions,” Argus Leader. “New Study Claims Corn Ethanol Help Environment After All,” Wall Street Journal. “Research Finds Ethanol Less a Threat to Environment,” Grass Island Independent.
  • July 31, 2008-Susan Kirchoff, “Money for Crop Research Just a Drop in the Bucket,” USA Today
  • July 8, 2008- “Alexandria Receives Agriculture Update on Tour, “ Alexandria Town Talk
placement impact
Placement Impact

USA Today has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, with more than two million copies circulated each business day.

The Huffington Post is the largest independent news sites in the world. It receives 12.3 million unique page views a month which is more than the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Delta Farm Press provides growers and agribusiness with in-depth coverage of the region's major crops plus the legislative, environmental and regulatory issues that affect their businesses.

Receives an average of 3.5 million hits per day according to Cision New Media Analysis

Politico is one of the most visited newspaper sites in the U.S. In the last six months, the site has averaged on a monthly basis: 7:39 minutes average time spent per person; 3.23 million unique visitors per month; and 18.77 million page views per month

what goes into a media placement
What Goes Into a Media Placement
  • Utilize national media contacts and the final result is sometimes better than the original intent
  • .300 batting average- 1 success for every 3 attempts
    • Sometimes requires multiple rewrites and multiple media pitches
what s next upcoming op eds

What’s Next?: upcoming op-eds

Bruce McCarl article on the need for further Ag research on climate change

Adam Liska article on the need to include greenhouse gas emissions from US military operations in the Persian Gulf in any estimate of the comparative carbon footprints of oil and biofuels

Multiple Institutions planning pieces: September 2010 “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”

best practices for grassroots events

Change in grassroots tactic

  • Distribute best practices document through Regional Directors
  • Highlights of Suggestions
    • Media Outreach
      • Invite the media
      • Link the visit to an important political or national issue
      • Utilize in-house media professionals
      • Make it convenient to the media

Best Practices for Grassroots Events

  • 2. Logistical Considerations
    • Location, location, location
    • Avoid conference rooms
editorial and story ideas

Editorial and Story Ideas

Economic Recovery

Job training and professional development

Michelle Obama and Childhood Obesity Initiatives

Administration’s stated strategies include updating child nutrition policies in a way that addresses the best available scientific information and ensuring access to healthy, affordable food in schools and communities

Climate Change

Highlight work of institutions as legislation in Congress stalls

Energy Independence

Renewables, conservation, sustainability

conclusion

Conclusion

Full participation needed within system to maximize success

Continually look for ways to improve execution of marketing strategies

Develop regular editorial contributors to tell stories