3 Phase Marketing opens PR division

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on

3 Phase Marketing logo and taglineDigital media agency 3 Phase Marketing has established its own public relations department.

B and T reported that current content producer Marnie Vinall is now reassigned as the resident publicist. She has done marketing-related content duties for the Crowd Media Group and handled social media channels for 40K Products.

Agency founder/managing director Sonia Majkic said opening a new PR section followed initial success with PR work in some campaigns earlier this year.

“The world of public relations offers endless opportunities for our clients and I can’t wait to get my hands working to weave that magic for them,” added Vinall.

“PR has proved to be incredibly advantageous for our agency, so why wouldn’t we want that for our clients too?”

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