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by Ashley Crain

From Blah to Blog

At some point in our careers, we’ve all faced the dreaded, but unavoidable, writer’s block. Whether it’s drafting an email, creating copy for a direct mail piece or, in my case, writing my first DAR blog, there comes a time within the…
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by Colleen Pruitt

Invest in Yourself

Many of us are likely all too familiar with well-being buzzwords like “mindfulness” and “self-care”. Over the past year, I would bet a few of us have even read an article or two on managing stress, looked for a list of self-care hacks…
I'll GIF It My Best Shot
by Edwin Hammond

I'll GIF It My Best Shot

Nothing quite brings me as much joy as finding the perfect GIF (pronounced with a hard G, not like a brand of peanut butter). Countless moments from movies and tv shows have been turned into legendary GIFs that are always available should you…
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by Jessica DeAngelis

How to Provide Design Direction

So, you’re kicking off a new project and want to help your designer get onboard with your vision. The discussion during the marketing kickoff meeting along with direction written up in the project plan will help guide our creative decisions,…
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by Cherie Carlson Duggan

Principal Gifts at UGA

Are “principal gifts” the same thing as “major gifts” ... only bigger? Sort of. But they are also different and often share some common characteristics. I recently looked at all donors who had made gifts of $5M+ to UGA since FY13.…
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by Zach Armstrong

The Rules of Email

In 2019, I wrote about productivity tools like to-do lists, time blocking, and the action/question rule. One item was “be awesome at email” and linked to a list from Google executive Eric Schmidt who had nine principles to follow for better…
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by Kathryn Kay

Behavioral Based Interviewing:

“Tell us about a time when...” If you have ever participated in the DAR hiring process, chances are you have asked a candidate to “tell me about a time when…”. Have you ever wondered why? This is an example of behavioral based interviewing,…
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by May Hitchings

The Accessibiliblog: Ensuring Web Accessibility

So, there I was, in the middle of my daily 4-hour commute, fruitlessly attempting to shield my laptop from the glare of the harsh florescent lighting, struggling to decipher auto-generated captions on an instructional video about basic web accessibility…
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by Elizabeth Elmore

Kickin’ It (Off): DARCOMM-Style

Twice a year, DARCOMM spends a significant amount of time planning for the next six months of marketing and communications needs across the division. At the conclusion of that planning period, a series of project lists are finalized that outline…
Between the Pages Mailer
by Sarah Sonenberg

The Between the Pages Engagement Story

Our Between the Pages events have been successful (check out the stats below for yourself!) and we’re going to steward registrants with a special direct mail piece this summer. Read on to learn why and how the Alumni team and DARCOMM partnered…