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August 4th, 2015

For the LOVE of Star Wars: Why good stories matter

Star Wars blasted onto the screen when I was eight years old. Sci-fi instantly went mainstream. In epic proportions. We had a modern Hero’s Journey which we could all embrace. To find we felt empathy for the chief villain, Darth Vader, humanized us. Star Wars impacted science as well. Imaginations soared with “what could be possible?” Technology’s bounds exploded. The digital age leapt forward. That is...
 

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August 3rd, 2015

Are Students ‘Digitally Divided’ In Jackson?

There’s no doubt kids today are immersed in digital technology like never before. Look around, and it seems almost every child has a tablet, smartphone, laptop or other techno gizmo they’re glued to. And that can be disconcerting for parents and educators. Because while these “digital natives” are admittedly tech-savvy users who Snapchat on a dime and play Minecraft in a mesmerized state for hours on...
 

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August 3rd, 2015

MWB Wins Best of Show Honors at Ragan Healthcare Communications Awards

Maris, West & Baker (MWB) has been awarded the overall Best Wellness Campaign for 2015 by the Ragan Health Care Awards. The campaign, developed by MWB on behalf of the Mississippi State Department of Health, takes a direct and hard-hitting approach to encouraging young people to get tested for HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. Ragan's Communications Awards are among the most prestigious in the fields of...
 

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July 22nd, 2015

MWB Creative Fire Podcast: FireEye, TECHJXN, Data Security & B Sides Jackson

Check our newest edition of the MWB CreativeFire Podcast. A big announcement regarding the TECHJXN hackathon and great conservation with Chris Sistrunk of red-hot data security company FireEye and news about his B Sides Jackson conference.
 

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June 23rd, 2015
MWB Creative Fire Podcast for May 7

MWB Creative Fire Podcast: Craft Beer, Matthew McLaughlin, & TECH JXN

On this edition of the MWB Creative Fire Podcast, host Tim Mask talks with "Craft Beer" attorney Matthew McLaughlin about the challenges and opportunities of the burgeoning craft beer industry in Mississippi. We also give a brief overview of the exciting upcoming TECH JXN student hackathon and innovation townhall summit happening in Jackson June 30 - July 1.
 

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June 9th, 2015
MWB's own Tim Mask hosts a weekly podcast

New MWB Creative Fire Podcast w/ Chef Tom Ramsey

Checkout the new MWB Creative Fire podcast. In this episode we talk the culinary side of the creative economy with raconteur Chef Tom Ramsey. We've also got an update on the Fast Forward Mississippi Initiative. Check it out.
 

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May 13th, 2015
MWB Beer 30 is fun and inspiring

Childhood Music Education, State of MS Craft Beer, & a Brewery with a Coast Flavor #MWBeer30

Just another MWBeer30 event... Possibly our biggest #MWBeer30 event yet. Friday, May 15th we have a lineup of three highly creative/innovative individuals. In recognition of American Craft Beer Week, Jackson attorney Matthew "The Craft Beer Lawyer" Mclaughlin will give a "state of the state" of the craft beer industry and related legislation in Mississippi. Local legend Patrick Harkins of Fondren Guitars will also be on-hand to...
 

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May 12th, 2015
MWB Creative Fire Podcast for May 7

MWB Creative Fire Podcast w/ Kids Code, MWBeer30, and Camgian CEO Dr. Gary Butler

This edition of the MWB Creative Fire podcast originally posted 5/7/15. It's the first of our revamped podcast recorded in the brand MWB Creative Fire Studios. Enjoy!
 

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May 8th, 2015
stay puft and responsive design websites

Did You Survive Mobilegeddon?

Perhaps you heard about Google's search algorithm update last week. Google, a company that has been hinting for some time now that marketers should take steps to make their websites mobile-friendly, finally gave their mobile-friendly advice some teeth. The reaction was not entirely unexpected: https://youtu.be/SA1SxZoFmOU Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising...
 

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May 5th, 2015
Dev 4 Mississippi in Terry Mississippi

DEV4MS

Our agency is the founding entity of the Fast Forward Mississippi initiative, which is dedicated to reversing the loss of Mississippi's intellectual capital (brain-drain), and helping to develop a knowledge-based workforce for the 21st century. One of the signature projects of initiative is Kids Code Mississippi. As you can probably guess, Kids Code MS focuses on digital literacy awareness and promoting digital skills (coding) among Mississippi...
 

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