Meet the President
We Roared at the Shore!
The 2018 Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E Conference kicked off the new year in style. The Blockade Runner has long been a favorite for our conferences. Sitting on the water with beautiful views, it is a great place to get away from the office that allows us to clear our minds and think strategically about how to grow our business. Thanks to Ed and Johnna for handling the arrangements, which not only included the hotel, but the meals, snacks, and all the other logistics that no one pays attention to, until they are missing. Well done, Ed and Johnna!
As for the conference itself, it was one great meeting after another. I always judge a session by the Q&A that happens at the end, and in every case, the questions were provocative and engaging.
The subject matter was both varied and relevant. Perennial favorites of the Idea Exchange, Publisher Panel, Advertiser Panel, and Salesperson Panel provided 360 degrees of insights from our important internal and external partners. Pat Taylor shared the diverse portfolio of products that the folks at the Southern Pine Pilot has in place today (Question: does your newspaper get 70% of its revenue from non-core products? If not, you need to talk with Pat!).
Our outside speakers were equally fantastic. Liz Crider from Second Street gave great examples of how to grow your business using promotions. Mike Centorani, Director of Training for Gatehouse, gave one of the best presentations I have ever seen on how a salesperson should do a CNA in a way that actually engages the new prospect in a way that they will want to do business with you. And Mike Martoccia of BH Media brought his presentation on growing your digital business to us, and let’s face it, all our publishers are expecting double digit growth in digital.
You probably recognize the names of the outside speakers from their appearing on LMA programs in places like Austin Texas and San Diego California. Speaking at meetings you would like to attend but can’t due to budget issues. But we had them in conveniently located Wrightsville Beach, at an affordable price. Something you definitely want to point out at budget time when you are asked to justify your participation in our organization.
As Program Chair, I want to say that pulling this together was a team effort of the executive committee. Ky Lindsey, Konrad LaPrade, Sean O’Brien, David Singleton and Jason Propst contributed their ideas and made contacts with the presenters that made this conference the so successful. My sincere thanks to each of them.
The conference always wraps up with the annual banquet, Tearsheet Contest Awards and presentation of the Honorary Life Member award. This award goes to a member who has served and inspired our organization, and our industry. This year’s winner was Ken Warren, who has served in every capacity in Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. and continues to serve on the Scholarship Foundation Board. Ken has always been willing and able to step up and help wherever he could. Congratulations Ken, well deserved!
Looking forward, your board of directors had a lively session that focused on membership growth. During the meetings, we came to the conclusion that each of our press associations put on an annual advertising conference. But none of those association’s ad conferences are as good as ours. At the same time, attendees to the state association advertising conferences are our target market for new members. A task force has been formed, led by Ky Lindsey, to investigate the possibility of partnering with one of these associations for our 2019 meeting so we can boost attendance from these non-members, let them test-drive our conference, and invite them to become members in the 2020 year. We feel this approach has the chance of both reducing the cost of our conference, boosting attendance among prospective members, and building our membership rolls. Stay tuned.
As we wrapped up our conference, I pointed out that the Revenue Tsunami theme was relevant. A tsunami is a large body of water propelled by energy. That body of water is made of individual drops. In our case, the individual drops are the different pieces of knowledge we gained from this year’s conference in the areas of product diversity, sales training, digital products, and promotions. The energy comes from each of you. We will be looking forward to hearing from each of you who took ideas back to your newspapers and grew revenue!
Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. President
Click below to check out photos from the 2018 Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. Conference!
2018 Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. Conference Guide is now available!
Submit your registration before February 28, 2018 to qualify for the early registration discount and prize drawing! Click below for program schedule, hotel registration information and idea exchange details!
Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. Announces 2018 Annual Tearsheet Competition
2018 Scholarship Competition Information
Marketing/advertising college students in the mid-Atlantic region are invited to enter the 2018 Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E. Scholarship Competition to win a $3,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention. Click below for more information and application.
2018 Sales Management Conference Announced
The Blockade Runner Resort Hotel in Wrightsville Beach, NC has been chosen as the site for the March 22-24, 2018 Sales Management Conference. We have met here twice since 2003 and our attendees voiced their desire to return.
We have secured attractive rates for this upscale Oceanfront Property – $135.00+ taxes per night for a single or double room with Oceanview. In addition, the hotel is providing a full breakfast for each conference attendee registered in the hotel. Also, included with the rooms is Valet Parking. This is a very popular destination and our room block will go quickly so make your reservations now. We have 20 rooms on Wednesday 21st, 40 rooms on Thursday and Friday 22nd and 23rd and only 10 rooms for Saturday 24th. And once our reservation block expires on February 28th we can only get rooms based on availability and normal rates which are currently $170.00 per night. We suggest making room reservations ASAP by calling 910-256-2251 and identifying Mid-Atlantic N.A.M.E.
George Coleman, Program Chairman, is already working on planning the conference sessions and will be announcing the details as they are confirmed.
David Singleton, Tearsheet Contest Chairman, is working with past chairpersons to tweak the categories to make the contest more relative. He will be announcing the changes in the upcoming weeks.
Watch www.midatlanticname.com for updates from 2017 attendee results from ideas they garnered from the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant conference.
Mark your calendar and include this conference in your 2018 budgets. Your investment in time and money will pay immediate dividends following the conference.
See you in Wrightsville Beach!