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Press Release: New Haven-Based Social Media Team Takes Integration to the Next Level

New Haven-Based Social Media Team Takes Integration to the Next Level

Connecticut agency embraces the direct channels of social media

NEW HAVEN, Conn., (Nov. 4, 2009) – The public relations industry is changing the way businesses connect with people. More than ever, it is imperative for business leaders to recognize that conversations about their brands, products and services are occurring with or without their participation. In the digital age, social media is an essential part of a complete, integrated brand marketing strategy.

From public relations to traditional advertising, Mason provides social media strategy and services before, during and after the start of the program. Mason’s social media team includes Dan Healy, Derek Beere and Neil Johnson.

Dan Healy, Manager, New Media, works with clients to first conduct a social media analysis by identifying where conversations in their industries are occurring, who the influencers of those conversations are and how visible any competitors may be.

Derek Beere, Brand Supervisor, successfully integrates social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in social media conversations as a means of further targeting his clients’ campaigns. Beere seizes opportunities that social media offers through his research.

Neil Johnson, Manager, Interactive & New Media Design, designs e-marketing programs to support to online activity developing original and functional design solutions for a wide range of applications.

“Mason provides a closed-loop program, and we take integration to the next level,” said Francis Onofrio, APR, executive vice president, Mason, Inc. “With our social media expertise, we help clients build better relationships with their constituents and make it easy for them to participate in conversations where they previously did not have a voice or understand the rules of engagement.”

Onofrio added that as a full-service agency with a specialty in brand development, integrating social media into a public relations, new media and traditional advertising campaign is essential. “Social media is a critical channel to connect your brand with people, and it provides you with an opportunity to create a community among your brand. Its direct communication value goes beyond traditional marketing campaigns.”

New Haven, Conn.-based Mason, Inc. provides clients with strategic communication programs including marketing communication planning, public relations, advertising, interactive services, and promotions. Mason clients include Acadia Insurance Co., the Connecticut Sun, Yale-New Haven Hospital, The United Illuminating Co., Hospital for Special Care, Kardea Nutrition, Odyssey Logistics & Technology and Enthone, Inc. Please visit or