Meet MG! Summer 2017 Edition

It has been a busy summer at McDonnell Group! MG brought two interns on board this summer who both played an active role in providing service and value to our clients. At McDonnell Group, we are always proud of our team members who work hard every day to serve our clients. That includes our awesome interns! One of our interns, Josh Parrish, recently accepted a Marketing Coordinator role at MG.

Meet Josh Parrish!
School: Georgia College & State University
Team: Marketing
Hometown: Cumming, Georgia

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Meet MG! Summer 2017 Intern Edition

Here at McDonnell Group, we’re proud of our team members that come into work everyday ready to serve our clients. And that includes our interns! Our interns are an active part of what we do, and we are so thankful for the important role they play in helping us bring value and service to our clients.

Meet Kat Sherry!
School: University of South Carolina
Team: Public Relations
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia

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How Content Marketing Needs to Adjust in a ‘Fake News’ Era

Content marketing isn’t journalism, but you still need to earn your readers’ trust.

Although the origin of the phrase “fake news” goes back hundreds of years, the saying erupted into mainstream discussion recently during the 2016 presidential election. The rampant spread and reach of “fake news” articles was evident in a post-election analysis from Buzzfeed that found the top 20 “fake news” stories about the election cycle were shared 1.4 million more times than the top 20 real news stories about the election. Combine this with the 50+ “fake news” mentions on President Donald Trump’s Twitter, and it seems like we just can’t get away from “fake news.” Even Oxford Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” in 2016 was “post-truth,” a synonym of the popular phrase.

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Groundhog Day For Energy Storage: Energy Storage Marketers’ Top Five Wish List

Do you ever feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, waking up day after day to the same routine, running into the same people and having the same conversations? Well, that was me at the Energy Storage Association 27th Annual Conference. How, you might ask?

At the ESA event I posed the same two survey questions to every one of the 20+ vendor marketing and product people I had appointments with. At times it felt like it was Groundhog Day, as marketers hit on many of the same themes in their answers repeatedly, over and over in the course of the two-day event.


Ready, Set, Wait: Ongoing Obstacles in Energy Storage Market Perception and Value

Reflections from ESA 2017

As marketers, we subscribe to the maxim that value is in the eye of the beholder. At the 27th Energy Storage Association conference in Denver this past week, it struck me that this very maxim is what’s holding the market back. The problem is not only one of different perspectives of value; it’s also the nature of storage solution use-cases, often based on a combination of factors or “benefit stacks” to assert their real value or impact. Yet these lack standards, transparency, and a proven market reference and regulatory framework that is widely accepted and acknowledged.

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