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THE SPIN CYCLE: How to write headlines that could go viral

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Coke, Deane Smith & Partners, Mississippi, PR

I want to let you in on a secret. The headline of this column alone, with proper placement and social sharing of course, could take this viral. In order to get a well-placed piece in the digital domain, you have to make it SHINE. KISSmetrics, a digital market research firm, analyzed what makes a good […] [...]

Madison’s Christmas on Ice will not take place this year

According to a statement from Baptist Health Systems, Christmas On Ice at Baptist Madison Campus will not take place this year, Baptist Health Systems announced today. “Christmas On Ice provided a wonderful opportunity for Baptist to give back to the families in our community,” said Chris Anderson, President and CEO of Baptist Health Systems. “Having […] [...]

MMA to hold reception for furniture industry manufacturers

by Published: July 28,2014

Tags: Business, furniture, manufacturers, Mississippi, Tupelo

TUPELO, Mississippi — The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) recently confirmed that it will hold a reception for furniture manufacturers and suppliers on Wednesday, August 13, just prior to opening day of the fall iteration of the Tupelo Furniture Market. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be located in Building VI at the […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Tyler Raborn finds success and fulfillment with Raborn Media

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, column, law, Mississippi, Raborn Media, Steve Jobs

If we are not careful, we can find ourselves living someone else’s version of our life rather than our own. Whether from a parent, spouse, friend or simply societal expectations, the pressure to follow a path in life that is not our own choosing can be enormous. In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, […] [...]

MTM, Inc. locating medical transportation and call center operations in Jackson

by Published: July 18,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, MDA, Mississippi, MTM, Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — Health care and transportation management company MTM, Inc. is locating non-emergency medical transportation and call center operations in Jackson. The project represents a $400,000 corporate investment and will create 80 new jobs. “I am glad to welcome MTM as the newest business partner to Mississippi and as the newest member of our […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Total ad spending to see largest increase since 2004

Total media ad spending in the U.S. this year will see its largest increase in a decade, according to new figures from eMarketer. On the strength of gains in mobile and TV advertising, total ad investments will jump 5.3 percent to reach $180.12 billion, achieving 5 percent growth for the first time since 2004, when […] [...]

ROSS REILY: This has nothing to do with Downton Abbey

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Downton Abbey, Great Britain, Mississippi, PBS, trade

So, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Atlanta Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford was breezing through Mississippi last week and decided to make a stop at the Mississippi Business Journal. It wasn’t that long ago that the Consul General from Canada Stephen Brereton came by and visited with us, but somehow it feels a little different when you’re handed […] [...]

How Mississippi hospitals scored in U.S. News & World report’s rankings

The Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven is the best hospital in Mississippi, according to the 2014-2015 U.S News and World Report Best Hospital rankings Memorial Hospital-Gulfport and University of Mississippi Healthcare tied for second best ranked hospital in the state. The Best Hospital rankings are updated every July and the hospitals are grouped into 16 individual specialty lists that range […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Managing debt in a low-rate environment

by Published: July 7,2014

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Investors understand the concept of “Tactical Asset Allocation” — the practice of shifting investments from asset classes or sectors that seem to be overpriced to those that are expected to provide greater returns in the upcoming weeks or months. When bonds have outpaced stocks, for example, the investor may sell some of the bonds at […] [...]

SPENCER RITCHIE — Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed […] [...]

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