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Amid a rapidly evolving media scene, it is difficult for a volunteer-dependent not-for-profit organization like the Canadian Birkebeiner Society, organizer of Canada’s premier classic cross-country ski event, to stay abreast on who is who at various media outlets. The media listings provided through mediainalberta allow the Society to effectively spread the word through the media about the Birkie, held annually just east of Edmonton, to skiers, volunteers and the general public. Marilyn Jones' professional approach and understanding of our needs proved most helpful.
Complimenting and thanking you for the great service and assistance you provide to our College in preparing and disseminating our news releases. We appreciate your responsiveness and helpful suggestions. Your help with the design and editing of the news releases is invaluable for us in getting our messages out to public. We look forward to our continued work together.
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Being a communications department of one, Marilyn's service provided me with the ability to get media releases out quickly and to a distribution list I knew would be up to date. The cost is but a fraction of what it would cost us to hire someone to keep the media list up to date. Definitely and investment Iâ€™m glad we made.
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I have been a regular subscriber of the media directory for several years. Yesterday I logged into the website to see that it has been fully updated, is even easier to navigate (and view on my smartphone) and provides all the information I need. I can easily complete our media requirements using this one-stop-shop. It is worth every penny – and more. Saves me a ton of time, effort and money.” And, when we needed to address a potential media issue, Marilyn assisted us, quickly, accurately and thoroughly. It was very convenient, reasonably priced and timely to have Marilyn complete this work for us.
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We are really pleased with the result of using your service to distribute our media release about the oilfield workers who won over a million dollars at one of our casinos on March 17. It was a pleasure to have worked with you on spreading this good news story.
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