Tag: advertising


Gov. McAuliffe and Steve Forbes host celebration of release of Virginia section in 2014 Forbes 400

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week the release of a Virginia advertising section that appears in the 2014 Forbes 400 magazine issue. The Governor and Mr. Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, hosted an event in New York City to celebrate the advertising section.

Augusta Free Press: The Magazine to debut in 2015

We have exciting news at AFP! From the publishers of the Virginia Press Association award-winning magazines, The New Dominion and The New Dominion Tourist, comes a new magazine for the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.

Register online for Advertising 101 class from Augusta Free Press

What do you do to get your word out? TV, radio, newspapers, online advertising: there’s a lot out there for us to use to promote our businesses, but how do we know we’re getting the best bang for our bucks?

Augusta Free Press produces video for Fishburne Military School

Augusta Free Press produced a web video for Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro featuring the school’s Annual Blessing of the Colors at a special event on campus in Waynesboro, Va., on Sept. 17, 2014

Augusta Free Press debuts new website for EGS & Associates

EGS & Associates in Staunton, Va., has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

Augusta Free Press offers social media, business marketing class

Need help with your website, marketing strategy, social media, or planning a successful event? Join Augusta Free Press at the Power Hour at Panera Bread in Waynesboro for our series of one-hour business classes.

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Staunton Creative Community Fund becomes KIVA Zip trustee

The Staunton Creative Community Fund has partnered with the non-profit Kiva Zip to expand their loan offerings for small business in the Shenandoah Valley.

Social media, web, print, TV, radio, all working together for small business marketing

So you have your television, radio and print ads over here, and then over there, you have what you do online on the web and social media to promote your business, and never the twain shall meet.

Waste Management Awards keep Virginia beautiful with Think Green® grant

The Waste Management Think Green® Grants are part of the environmental services company’s commitment to encourage the development and sustainability of environmental solutions that improve community environments.


Facebook says no to self-defense ad, says it promotes violence?

An independent consultant for Damsel in Defense was blocked by Facebook from using the social-media platform to promote her like page. The reason: the page, according to Facebook, “promotes violence.”


Tips for buying firewood

When it comes to buying firewood, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has two pieces of advice.

Augusta Free Press redesigns website for Waynesboro YMCA

The Waynesboro YMCA has a brand new website with a project completed by Augusta Free Press. AFP worked with Y staff to review websites for YMCAs across the country to get a sense of the best design features currently on the market, then worked to incorporate the best design and functionality features of the top websites into the new design for the Waynesboro Y.

Augusta Free Press launches new website for Barren Ridge Vineyards

Barren Ridge Vineyards has a new website with a project led by Augusta Free Press. The website award-winning vineyards features information on the wine offerings, allows customers to purchase their favorite Barren Ridge wines online, and also provides details on upcoming events.

Augusta Free Press designs fall magazine for Waynesboro Y

Augusta Free Press LLC worked with Waynesboro YMCA staff to design a full-color, 16-page magazine highlighting fall programs at the Y.

Marketing 101: Horse, then cart, not the other way around

The most clever of clever campaigns from the maddest of marketing mad men can’t paper over deficiencies that may be existing in your current operations. The horse, in other words, needs to go before the cart, or you’re throwing your marketing dollars away.

Augusta Free Press launches new website for Fishburne Military School alumni

The Fishburne Military School Office of Alumni Affairs has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

Stretch your advertising dollars: Hire a marketing pro from Augusta Free Press

You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost. For as little as $499 a month, AFP will devise a comprehensive marketing strategy for your business and manage it for you from start to finish:

Augusta Free Press announces Fall 2014 web, marketing, advertising classes

Need help with your website, marketing strategy, social media, or planning a successful event? Join Augusta Free Press at the Power Hour at Panera Bread in Waynesboro for our series of one-hour business classes.

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Wrestling Beat: TNA on Spike after September, Orton punished, or Ziggler being pushed?

Randy Orton punished, or Dolph Ziggler being pushed? It’s neither, so the conspiracy theorists can go back to finding more evidence that a CM Punk comeback is imminent.

Mark Warner Senate fundraising tops $14M

The re-election campaign of Sen. Mark Warner today announced it raised $2.7 million during the second quarter, ending June 30. The $2.7 million Sen. Warner’s campaign raised brings the total raised to $14 million. More than 11,400 donors contributed and more than 60% of all contributors gave under $150.


Petersburg Progress-Index sold to New York City-based firm

New Media Investment Group Inc. (“New Media” or the “Company”, NYSE:NEWM) announced Tuesdaythat it has completed two acquisitions with a total purchase price of $15.3 million that includes the purchase of the Petersburg Progress-Index.


Advertise on Play Ball! baseball radio program for $75

Augusta Free Press is handling advertising placements for the Play Ball! radio program. Placements start at $75 for inclusion in the program. Your ad will be featured in both broadcasts – the original run on WSVA and the repeat on ESPN radio. More details are below.

Newsmax launches Twitter network

Newsmax Media Inc. announces the launch of its Newsmax Twitter Network for Monday, June 9. Members of the network can tweet an advertisement provided by Newsmax Media’s advertising partners.

Newsmax TV signs with DirecTV, to reach 20 million-plus homes

Newsmax TV has signed a distribution deal with DirecTV and is accelerating toward a national launch that expects to reach 40 percent of U.S. cable and satellite homes by the end of this year.

Last chance for placements in Waynesboro YMCA Magazine

The Waynesboro YMCA is set to release the next issue of the Y Magazine in late May but there is still time to include your ad!


Throttle this: Facebook, for business, is dead

Do not, under any line of reasoning that you can conjure for yourself, talk yourself out of doing what I’m about to tell you to do: don’t spend another dollar of your marketing budget, however big or small it is, on Facebook.

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Randy Forbes: The SAVE Act

The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act is designed to penalize internet marketplaces that knowingly facilitate human trafficking through online advertisements. Specifically, the legislation makes publishing online trafficking advertisements a felony.

Staunton Tourism wins two state awards

The Staunton Convention & Visitor Bureau has received two statewide tourism awards. Staunton won the “Best in Show – Peer Judged” category. VACVB’s panel of judges also selected Staunton as the winner in the category of “Advertising/promotions for DMOs with budgets under $1 million: online and e-marketing.”

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Robert Hurt: Jobs remain our top priority

I was pleased to take part in two events that demonstrated that opportunities are on the horizon for our communities. Danville’s job fair, sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, was an encouraging display, with 35 area employers advertising nearly 700 available positions.

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Attorney General Mark Herring hits 100-day mark

Today marks 100 days since Mark R. Herring was sworn in as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General.

Ken Plum: The interesting politics of the Medicaid gap

People who could benefit from an expansion of Medicaid that closes the coverage gap by insuring more of the working poor are found throughout the Commonwealth.

VCU unveils rare collection of Virginia civil rights protest photographs

Virginia Commonwealth University is hoping for the public’s help in shedding new light on a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle in Virginia with a new exhibit of 277 photographs taken during nonviolent civil rights protests in Farmville, Va., in the summer of 1963.

Democratic Party unveils new website: Gillespiecare

The Democratic Party of Virginia is launching a new website laying out Ed Gillespie’s ever-changing stance on health reform’s individual mandate.

Facebook pulls the rug on business: We will return the favor soon

The Valleywag tech blog reported Wednesday that Facebook is planning to slash organic page reach down to 1 to 2 percent of your business page like base. What does this mean for your business?

Business coalition launches campaign to support private option plan to close coverage gap

A non-partisan coalition of Virginia business and community leaders today announced it is launching a statewide radio, online and social media advertising campaign to galvanize support for a Medicaid ‘Private Option’ plan to close Virginia’s coverage gap for the uninsured.

Use the ACC Tournament to get your word out to AFP readers

Augusta Free Press is hitting the road to Greensboro, N.C., to the ACC Basketball Tournament. AugustaFreePress.com editor Chris Graham will bring you 5 full days of coverage including all 14 games played.

Virginia Agriculture: Showing Virginia agriculture’s innovative side

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) unveiled this week the second edition of Virginia Agriculture, an annual magazine devoted to the Commonwealth’s number one industry.

Worthless: That’s a website that no one sees

A website designer introduced himself to me by posting a snarky comment on the Augusta Free Press Facebook page about the value of what I do for clients in web design.

New Year’s Resolution: Get your business moving in 2014

It may be just a flip of the calendar, but we don’t tend to treat the New Year that way. The New Year brings with it the chance for new beginnings. That’s why we make New Year’s Resolutions, right? Just like we make resolutions for ourselves to exercise more, eat better, finally start writing that novel that you’ve always said you wanted to write, and that kind of thing, we make resolutions related to our businesses.

RMH Healthcare to become Sentara RMH Medical Center

After more than 100 years, RMH Healthcare is changing its name to better denote the high level of care it provides as well as its identity as part of a strong and high-quality health system. The new name, Sentara RMH Medical Center, retains RMH’s heritage while being consistent with Sentara’s naming structure for its facilities.

Gotten any business from your website lately?

It’s easy to forget why we have websites for our businesses. It’s not just because we have to, or because some guru at some conference that you went to a couple of years ago said it’s a good idea. You have a website for your business for one reason: to get more business coming in.

SSC Fall Dance Committee Met for Final Review Oct. 17

Staunton Senior Center’s fall dance had many good things going for it, the committee decided. They included Center members at the event, transportation provided for members, a terrific poster, great decorations (nice and simple to assemble and take down), fabulous food, and the military display of local soldiers from WWII was well received.

Want to participate in the Waynesboro Christmas Parade?

For just $25 (or free if you are a non-profit or community group), you can get your name in front of the more than 2,500 people that line the streets of Downtown Waynesboro to watch the decorated floats, marching bands, cloggers and Santa parade by during the annual Waynesboro Christmas Parade.

Don’t let trolls deter you from talking to potential customers

As much as you might be inclined to cut back on posts and ads on Facebook and Twitter just to avoid the headaches of having to deal with trolls, you have to stick with your plan. Facebook and Twitter are highly effective tools for getting messages to potential customers, and as with other forms of advertising and messaging, the key to their effectiveness is repetition of message.

Building the Machine classes offered in Downtown Waynesboro in June

The popular Building the Machine web and marketing business series from Augusta Free Press is being offered in Downtown Waynesboro in June. The Building the Machine curriculum is aimed at small business and nonprofits looking to build a marketing, social media and public relations strategy.