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Getting to Know Compulse Integrated Marketing: The Blog Team

Here at Compulse, each and every person not only plays an extremely important role on our team, but they also lead interesting and unique lives outside of the office. We’d like to look deeper into our staff’s personal lives so that our clients can better know the awesome people they are working with.

This week’s spotlight is on us, the blog team!

Brittany Crowl

 

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Q. What’s your position here at Compulse and what do you do?

A. I am the Digital Operations Generalist. I generally (see what I did there?) help out where help is needed. I work with each of the teams in one way or another, and take care of any office needs as they arise. Oh, and I work on the blog.

Q. What drew you to this company? To the blog?

A. Who doesn’t want to get the backstage pass in the digital world? It’s fun to get into the social media side, and helping people build out their digital presence.

I was drawn to the blog because I like to write. I have a B.A. in English Literature, and I enjoy learning while I research for the articles. “Enjoy research??”…Yes. Yes, I do.

Q. How have reading and writing made an impact in your life?

A. I have been reading and writing for as long as I can remember. The job I fantasized about as a kid always changed, but I always knew I wanted to write. I’ve gotten a few poems and a short story published, and while nobody has stopped me on the street, I know my writing made it into a book somewhere.

When I came to Compulse, writing was already on the table. Some of my best conversations have been talking to others about out-of-work writings. My mind likes to run away with my focus thinking of how to turn daily events into stories I can put on paper, and often they do.

The Compulse book club is one of my favorite perks in this company. I get to read different genres that I wouldn’t normally think of, and get to discuss them over fruit and cookies!

Q. Tell me something about yourself that not many people may know:

A. I lived in England when I was a kid. I got to go to the public schools there. It was a great experience that gave me my love of Shakespeare. I also picked up the accents and like to use it once in a while to see who’s paying attention.

Q. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?

A. Writing has a pretty high spot on that list, I like to read a lot, and I am a self-proclaimed couch potato. I have a list the length of my desk of all the TV shows I watch on rotations. I also enjoy art, photography, experimenting in the kitchen, and crafting. (None professionally, at all). I pride myself on perfect pancakes…sometimes.

 

Frank Reynolds

 

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Q. What’s your position here at Compulse and what do you do?

A. I’m our web content specialist, a job that requires me to take the content provided by our clients and organize it on the sites we build. I’m also our senior deals builder for Sinclair’s “deals program,” as well as a lead on the company’s case studies program. Oh, and I’m also a lead writer for this blog!

Q. What drew you to this company? To the blog?

A. I’ve grown up in this area my whole life, so I’ve always known what Sinclair was. I had a journalism focus throughout both high school and college, so it’s always been something of a dream of mine to work for this company. I graduated from Stevenson University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in business communication and a minor in English, so ending up here in the marketing sector of Sinclair’s team seemed like the perfect fit.

As for what drew me to the blog, what writer wouldn’t want to be part of it? When I was asked to join almost a full year ago, we only had one article written. Seeing how far the blog has progressed in that time – and also what we’ve planned for the future -doesn’t just get me excited, but also makes me proud to be part of such an awesome team.

Q. How have reading and writing made an impact in your life?

A. For me, reading and writing have always been great ways to express one’s self. Having taken many collegiate courses in communication, I understand that some things can be rather difficult to say out loud. Still, that doesn’t mean we want to keep quiet on those issues, right? We still want a voice, and writing is one of the best ways for people to truly speak.

Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to work in Hollywood. That dream has shifted back and forth from director to writer over time, but it was apparent from an early age that this was the career path I wanted to take. Now, at 23 years of age, I’m working on my first novel in addition to multiple short stories and teleplays that I plan to one day share with the world.

Q. Tell me something about yourself that not many people may know:

A. I feel like I’m an anomaly in that I’ve always been both a “jock” and a “nerd.” While that may sound like a strange combination of two stereotypically different groups of people, I’ve always found it to be a blessing since it gives me an opportunity to connect with lots of different and awesome people.

Q. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?

A. I love hanging out with my girlfriend, family and friends, whether we’re going out for the night or staying in to watch some football or television. More specifically, I love anything from working out and playing sports to relaxing with a good book or movie. Playing guitar is also a huge past time of mine.

 

Alison Klein

 

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Q. What’s your position here at Compulse and what do you do?

A. I wear a lot of hats! I’m the Branded Content Supervisor, so I manage and write sponsored and branded content for Sinclair’s websites. I also serve as a copywriter, writing copy and content for sites that we design and build for our clients. I also help with strategy and execution for Compulse’s blog and other marketing efforts.

Q. What drew you to this company? To the blog?

A. First and foremost, I was impressed by the quality of Compulse’s work. I also liked the idea of coming on as the agency’s first copywriter and expanding its capacity to serve clients looking for help writing. An added bonus was the variety of businesses we work with – as a writer I enjoy new subject matter, and Compulse has a really diverse book of clients.

Q. How have reading and writing made an impact in your life?

A. Writing has always been my primary means of expression and reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, so I would say both have played a big part in shaping my life. I studied contemporary literature in college and it felt a little like cheating – getting to read lively stories while my classmates were stuck plowing through dense tomes. It was [almost] all stuff I would have wanted to read anyway!

My affinity for poetry was specifically what turned me on to copywriting because the two arts are the same: they consist of whittling words to fit big, compelling ideas into tiny spaces. I still write for fun and I read voraciously. Right now I’m enjoying Neil Gaiman, Thomas Harris, and Chmamanda Ngozi Adiche, and I’m looking forward to reading House of Leaves. I also listen to audiobooks during my commute and just finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and Euphoria by Lily King.

It might be naïve, but I look to literature as a teacher in life too. The settings and characters and narratives are imagined, but the best fiction really concerns itself with illustrating larger truths. Sometimes those truths are heartening, sometimes they’re depressing or terrifying or uncomfortable, but I always enjoy considering what well-crafted stories seem to say about the purpose of life, the nature of the human condition and all the other big questions.

Q. Tell me something about yourself that not many people may know:

A. I can fold socks with my feet. But I have to put them on first, so it doesn’t really help with the laundry!

Q. What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?

A. I really enjoy napping and reading, which I guess makes me pretty boring! I also like hitting the gym and hanging out with my dog, Wall-E. I like crafting and painting and yoga too as well as exploring cuisine (a.k.a. eating), watching movies and reading BuzzFeed articles.