Public Affairs

Albert Eckel

Founder / Partner

Why Elections Are Bigger Than Politics

I know you’re tired of hearing opinions about what happened on election day. Everyone seems to have a take on it. My inbox has been flooded for days with “Election Recaps.” This is not an election recap. In our business, we don’t care so much about who wins or loses as much as we care […]

Amanda Wilcox

Account Manager

The Six Demographics Changing North Carolina and What It Means for Communicators (Part 1)

Last month, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce hosted their second-annual Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Dr. James Johnson, a professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, opened the conference by discussing the six disruptive demographics that will change North Carolina forever. Some of these may be surprising, but others are demographic shifts that […]

Matt Ferraguto
Matt Ferraguto
Client Services Director
Matt Ferraguto
Michael Cutts
Business Development Manager

What’s Wrong with an “Off-the-Shelf” Solution? (Part Two)

What makes a great advertising or advocacy campaign? Why do some hit the mark and others fall flat? Our most successful client relationships start with an innovative approach rooted in a deep, evolving understanding of the problem. We often say, “Don’t call and say you need an ad.” An ad may be exactly what’s necessary. […]

Matt Ferraguto
Matt Ferraguto
Client Services Director
Matt Ferraguto
Michael Cutts
Business Development Manager

What’s Wrong with an “Off-the-Shelf” Solution? (Part One)

What makes a great advertising or advocacy campaign? Why do some hit the mark and others fall flat? Our most successful client relationships start with an innovative approach rooted in a deep, evolving understanding of the problem. We often say, “Don’t call and say you need an ad.” An ad may be exactly what’s necessary. […]

Anna Marshall Wilson

Public Relations Account Supervisor

Breaking Bread for the Greater Good

These are trying times. Look no further than your living room TV or phone to see hate, conflict, intolerance, political turmoil, or disaster of both natural and man-made varieties. Divisiveness creates chasms, leaving the human spirit wanting for unity. Unity is the driver of good. Especially in troublesome times, we must challenge one another to […]

McGavock Edwards, APR

Director of Strategic Communications

So, You’ve Been Trumped?

It’s the new norm. Companies across the U.S. are bracing for a tweet from our President. It’s happened to some of our country’s most high-profile organizations.  If you’re in an industry that intersects with the Trump agenda, it might just happen to you. Planning for and dealing with being “Trumped” is a hot topic today. […]

Tori Ludwig

Senior Account Manager

The Lost Art of Political Civility

Election Day Eve. For most people, it means we are one day closer to the best day of the election cycle­—the day it ends. I am unlike most people. Typically, I love election season. “Saturday Night Live” content is richer. TV ads that sell insurance, cars, and gum are replaced by ones that sell ideas. […]

Harris Vaughan

Co-Founder/Partner

Celebrating Eight Years of Solving Business Problems

I woke up this morning to several congratulatory comments from followers on LinkedIn today. According to LinkedIn, I’m celebrating eight years at Eckel & Vaughan. WOW. It’s hard to believe that nine years ago, my good friend Albert Eckel and I started talking about building an agency together. What’s even harder to believe is that […]

Laney Wilke

Account Manager

Modern Issue Advocacy: Communicating Less to Inspire More

A few weeks ago, I heard a radio segment on the education level of famous presidential speeches. George Washington, for instance, used PhD-level discourse, while Barak Obama uses language that can be understood by fourth graders. To be fair, the presidential audience has expanded significantly from the political elite of the 18th century to virtually […]