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Carney and Company summer interns, Madelynn Ayscue and Kaitlyn Baker

Rocky Mount, NC — Two college students, Madelynn Ayscue, an ECU student from Louisburg, and Kaitlyn Baker, a Samford University student from Rocky Mount, will be learning marketing communications, innovation and customer service skills this summer at Carney & Co., the Marketing Innovation Agency™.

“We are pleased to welcome two outstanding students this summer,” said Skip Carney, agency President and CSO. “We are always happy when we can encourage young people to work in our industry and live in this area.”

Ayscue, who lives in Louisburg, is about to start her junior year at East Carolina University. She is in the College of Business with a concentration in finance. During her time at ECU, Madelynn has been on the honor roll and has maintained a GPA of 3.44. “I am excited to see where this journey through marketing will take me,” she said. “I had not originally planned on a marketing internship, but I feel as if God sees more than just finance in my life.” She added that she is looking forward to learning more about communication, problem-solving, and how to be more independent at Carney & Co.

Baker, a Rocky Mount native, is a rising junior at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She is majoring in journalism and mass communication with concentrations in both print and public relations. “I am eager to learn more about what I love and get experience in what may be a future career,” Baker said. “The team at Carney & Co. is excellent, and I am looking forward to working alongside them as I explore my passions and interests.” Kaitlyn has experience in writing, editing and graphic design. These skills will help Carney and Company’s team flourish amidst their busy summer schedule.

Carney and Company marketing interns collaborating in the conference room

Carney & Co, the Marketing Innovation Agency, has been taking care of brands since 1980 and focuses on Marketing Innovation using its unique ReVision™ process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. With offices in Rocky Mount and Greensboro, the company is positioned to work with clients throughout the southeast.

For more information, contact Jessica McKnight at 252-451-0060 or jessica@carneyco.com.

Elisabeth Farnsworth - Account Coordinator

(Rocky Mount, NC) – Carney & Company, The Marketing Innovation Agency™, has welcomed new Account Coordinator, Elisabeth Farnsworth, to their team.

“Carney & Company is a very dynamic marketing agency, with a focus on creativity. I am excited to be a part of the excellent work they do for their clients,” said Farnsworth.

Farnsworth, who lives in Wilson, has been the Executive Director for Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity for the past two years. She was the Marketing and Education Director for the Arts Council of Wilson from 2013 to 2017. She used her marketing and public relations skills to help both organizations grow and increase their public outreach.

“Elisabeth has a track record of success in helping solve problems for people and organizations,” said Jessica McKnight, Vice President and ReVisioneer with Carney & Co. “Her focus on managing our clients’ marketing communications will allow us to continue to expand our reach and help companies through ReVision™, a strategic process for marketing innovation to help businesses and organizations thrive.”

Farnsworth graduated from ECU with a degree in Business Management and Promotion. She is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and moved to Wilson in 2009. Elisabeth is a member of the Wilson Family YMCA Board of Directors and has served on the Wilson Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Pink Ladies Executive Committee and the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Diamond Dip Committee. She served as secretary of the Wilson Active Artists Association and on the Arts Council Board of Directors and the Wilson Medical Center Auxiliary Board. She was president of the Wilson Medical Society Alliance and chaired the Wilson Medical Society Alliance Health Fair from 2009 to 2012. Elisabeth is a visual artist, musician, and a mother to three children.

Carney & Co. was founded by Skip Carney in 1980. It helps clients with marketing, advertising and public relations programs using its ReVision process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. Carney & Co. uses this tool to fulfill its mission: “To help clients grow with smart strategies, bold ideas, and flawless creative execution.”

For more information, contact Jessica McKnight at 252-451-0060 or jessica@carneyco.com.

(Rocky Mount, NC) – Carney & Co., The Marketing Innovation Agency™, has expanded its Rocky Mount staff with the addition of Seth Davis, a native of Nashville, NC. Davis will assist the team with copywriting, market research and digital marketing projects as a Marketing Fellow. The Marketing Fellowship program affords recent graduates the opportunity to “hit the ground running” in the agency and rotate among the different client service and creative departments. 

Davis, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism, is excited about this first step in his marketing career. “I’ve been here two weeks and am already elbow-deep in a research project for the company VP and other agency and client projects,” said Davis. “I’m excited to see our unique ReVision™ process in action with clients.”

 Skip Carney, President and CSO at Carney & Co., gives more insight into the program and their new hire: “Seth grew up here, got a great education at Carolina, and has the potential to make a difference for the agency and our clients in the Marketing Fellowship program. We look forward to seeing Seth fulfill that potential.”

“Unlike a typical intern, Fellows are immediately valuable to agency clients because they bring up-to-the-moment technological, market and generational ideas to the table based on their background and advanced education,” Carney said.

For more information, contact Jessica McKnight at 252.451.0060 or jessica@carneyco.com.

 

About Carney & Co.:

Carney & Co. was founded by Skip Carney in 1980. They help clients with marketing, advertising and public relations programs using their ReVision™ process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. Carney & Co. uses this tool to fulfill its mission: “To help clients grow with smart strategies, bold ideas and flawless creative execution”.

(Rocky Mount, NC) – Carney & Co., The Marketing Innovation Agency™, is thrilled to welcome Bill Sellers back to their Rocky Mount team. Sellers is returning after 12 years to spearhead Carney & Co.’s digital marketing efforts.

“After being away for a number of years at agencies across North Carolina, the way Carney & Co. markets has changed drastically,” Sellers said. “If I had to pick one reason for returning to the agency, I would say it is their commitment to continually learn and grow in order to provide the most innovative solutions to their clients. Being a consummate learner, that means a lot to me. I look forward to being a helpful addition to an already amazing team, and a trusted partner for our clients, especially with the expansion into the Triad area.”

“We are very fortunate to have Bill back,” said Skip Carney, President and CSO of Carney & Co. “Bill’s experiences have shaped and matured him for the new challenges in marketing and technology. His return enables us to hit the ground running this new year and continue providing innovative solutions to our clients.”

For more information, contact Jessica McKnight at (252) 451.0060 or jessica@carneyco.com.

 

About Carney & Co.:

Carney & Co. was founded by Skip Carney in 1980. They help clients with marketing, advertising and public relations programs using their ReVision™ process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. Carney & Co. uses this tool to fulfill its mission: “To help clients grow with smart strategies, bold ideas and flawless creative execution”.

This year took us to new frontiers. We established a second office in the Triad, allowing us to better serve central and western North Carolina. The new office is coming along nicely, thanks to Skip’s artistic eye and Jessica’s perseverance.

The walls are awaiting a fresh coat of paint (Carney blue, anyone?). Then we will share the final product. We cannot wait to host Triad clients at our new location.

In addition to locations, we also expanded our digital marketing services. Our new hires have allowed us to dig deeper into social media, Google Adwords and other digital marketing platforms. We have been in digital for awhile – we even have our own green screen and studio to create web commercials in-house – but the landscape is constantly changing, and we’ve been transforming along with it.

However, transforming services doesn’t compare to changing hearts and souls. We were pleased to produce and promote the ReNew18 Pastors Conference at North Carolina Wesleyan College this October. Skip was on the speaking panel alongside President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom Rainer, and President of Artistry Labs Richard Reising. Thom Rainer has authored more than two dozen books on church.

It was at this conference Skip launched his first book, “The Greatest Church in the World.” Our CSO penned a modern parable, outlining ten guidelines any church can follow to become The Greatest Church in the World. Proceeds from the book benefit the Foundation for Christian Education.

Skip has been sharing the book’s message far and wide. Visit facebook.com/skipcarneyauthor for more information on his upcoming author events.

We were also fortunate to produce and promote the Marketing Innovation Experience at North Carolina Wesleyan. This event went by the nickname MiX, or #MiX18NC for the social media savvy. It was an empowering conference, and Skip spoke on a panel of great innovators.

Amidst all the changes, our ReVision process remained a staple in the unique services we provide. We enjoyed facilitating four large ReVision sessions this year, with some mini-sessions sprinkled in.

Skip founded this marketing innovation agency in January 1980. Here we are nearly 39 years later, as passionate and innovative as ever. Thank you to all our clients and contacts. You challenge us to be the best version of ourselves, and we are fortunate to play a role in your success.

Thank you for letting us serve you another year. We know 2019 will be our best yet.

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Carney & Co., The Marketing Innovation Agency™ that sprouted in Rocky Mount, NC, is expanding to Greensboro. The new office added Melanie Brender to its staff last month as Social Media and Account Coordinator.

“Because our company is positioned for major growth, we have opened a second location and added key talent,” said Skip Carney, President and CSO of Carney & Co. “Melanie is prepared to help us take on new clients and spread the effectiveness of the ReVision™ process.”

Jessica McKnight, head of the Greensboro office, said, “Our company values transparency, hard work and flexibility. Melanie contains all these traits and more. She will be an integral part of the Greensboro team.” McKnight was appointed to Vice President, ReVisioneer, and head of the new office in May.

Brender boasts a unique background in lobbying, sports marketing, editorial work and non-profit promotion. Immediately after college, she managed accounts with the Michigan Dental Association and city of Detroit for Truscott Rossman, a public relations agency based in Lansing, Michigan. She later learned brand and event promotion as a professional runner for the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project.

“I am thrilled to be working with such an established, solution-focused firm, especially one dedicated to strong, female leaders such as Jessica,” Brender said. “She hired me on to a forward-thinking team with its eyes on innovation and growth.”

For more information, contact Melanie Brender at (252) 451.0060 or melanie@carneyco.com.

About Carney & Co.:
Carney & Co. was founded by Skip Carney in 1980. They help clients with marketing, advertising and public relations programs using their ReVision™ process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. Carney & Co. uses this tool to fulfill its mission: “to help clients grow with smart strategies, bold ideas and flawless creative execution”.

Carney & Co. Welcomes Jessica McKnight as Vice President/ReVisioneer

(Rocky Mount, NC) – Carney & Co., the Marketing Innovation Agency, announced today that Jessica McKnight has been named Vice President/ReVisioneer. Jessica will lead the agency’s long-standing accounts and build the business with customer focused, market-moving strategies.

“We are excited to bring Jessica onboard. Her experience and innovative approach to marketing will benefit our clients and the agency. It expands on our Think Big approach to deliver smart strategies, bold solutions, and flawless execution for our clients,” said Skip Carney, President and CSO of Carney & Co.

McKnight’s 20-year marketing career has focused on building brands and achieving outstanding results for her clients. She has worked with successful branding agencies, direct marketing firms and design agencies in the Triad, serving local, regional and national clients like GlaxoSmithKline, VF Corporation, Mt. Olive Pickles, and Quick-Step.

“Carney & Company’s approach to marketing has always been strategic, innovative, and spot on, and has been instrumental to our success,” said John Heeden of Southern Bank. “Jessica’s addition to the team will certainly build on that foundation.”

For additional information, contact Skip Carney at 252.451.0060 or skip@carneyco.com.

Carney & Co, the Marketing Innovation Agency, has been taking care of brands since 1980 and focuses on Marketing Innovation using its unique ReVision™ process. ReVision identifies innovation opportunities and creates strategic solutions to marketing and operational problems. With offices in Rocky Mount and Greensboro, the company is positioned to work with clients throughout the southeast. Our job is to change the future.

Getting “outside the box” is a lot easier than you think. Here are some great tips.

Five Tips for Truly Opening Your Mind

When speaking to groups on innovation and creativity, I always ask the question, “Are you creative?” Typically, about 25% will say “Yes”.


Here’s a little known fact:
Everyone is creative.

kids are creative

Yes. That includes you. You were born creative. You were born to create. If you think otherwise, stay tuned. NASA developed a test for creativity in the 60’s (the 1960’s). They have tested thousands of people of all ages and here is what they have found:

At age five, 98% of us are creative. Sadly, by age 25, only 5% are still “creative”. What happens during those 20 years? Inhibitions, fears, unlearning our creativity, the “right” answer syndrome? Yes.

Fact is, the creative genes we were born with are not gone. They didn’t disappear. They’ve just been repressed and hidden behind walls of “rational” thinking, limits, and can’t do attitudes. After years of education that says there is only one right answer, after years of being ridiculed for thinking “different” or outside the box, it’s easy to start thinking you are not creative. Part of the problem is the definition of creativity.

What is creativity anyway?
be creative

We tend to think of artists, musicians and inventors as the “creative” ones… probably because they start outside the box and rarely go inside. Truth is, creativity comes in many forms and in all types of people.

It’s a process. Really.

Creativity is the process of identifying a problem, studying the facts, identifying potential solutions, then planning and implementing a solution. Only one of those steps is what we traditionally call “creative” but without the other steps, (and the people that drive them) there would be no creativity. As Confuscious said, “To know and not do is to not know.”

There are four problem solving styles:  Transformers – these are the folks that transform problems into ideas. Examiners – the folks that like to study, research, and contemplate ideas. Architects – planners, schedulers and organizers. Movers – the doers, the action figures. Together, they form an IDEA TEAM.

It takes a T.E.A.M.

IDEA TEAM

Individually, it’s easy to spin our wheels, hesitate, lack direction. Together, problems get solved. Creativity is realized. Whether you think you are creative or not, you can play an important role in the creative process. So, (1) recognize your approach to problem solving, (2) build a diverse team that will contribute to the solution, and (3) get to work being creative.

 

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