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    Melody returned to the judging table for a fourth year to review the finalist for the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA).

    Numerous entries from across our country were vying for the top recognition for their creative work in a variety of categories. This annual award program recognizes the broad talents of the editorial, design and journalism professionals who create compelling online content.

    It is a truly inspiring experience to be a part of this award each year. :)


    Thanks to Study Abroad for inviting Melody to speak with their new entrepreneur class on marketing, branding, and getting your story out to potential customers. This class was for newcomers to PEI and Canada, and it was great to have an opportunity to meet some of the new faces of business in our Island community.

    We’re looking forward to seeing just how their businesses and ideas unfold in the coming months.
  • Fries With The Works
    Have you ever had Fries With The Works (FWTW)? If not, you should!

    We recently partnered with the PEI Potato Board to help define, brand, and shine a spotlight on this traditional Island dish that has been satisfying our cravings for a hearty helping of spuds for decades.

    We took our research for this promotion quite seriously, so much so that we sampled more than our fair share of FWTW to get to bottom of what makes it so darn tasty! But the best discovery of all was speaking to the daughters of the originator of this now famed local recipe and how it all came about.

    Check out frieswiththeworks.ca for the origin story and other tasty tidbits. We guarantee you’ll be hungry so make sure to plan a dinner date and try FWTW for yourself.

    We’re excited to share that Melody is representing PEI on the Advertising Judging Panel for the 2017 Canadian Marketing 50th Annual Awards! This a first for her, but we know she’ll use her keen critical eye to select the best-of-the- best. Good luck to all of the entries, we look forward to seeing who comes out on top for each category.


    For the 2017 PEI Burger Love campaign, we introduced the ‘Give Back Burger’ where the 36 restaurants a part of the initiative donated $1 from every burger they sold. When the grills were turned off at the end of April, more than $60,000 was raised.

    We are proud to have partnered with the United Way of PEI as the recipient of the funds, and are excited to announce that they are using the funds to launch the ‘Island Food Security Grant Programs’. Island charities will now have the opportunity to apply for one of these grants to increase food security programs, and we look forward to seeing what ideas come forth to help increase access to local and affordable food for Islanders.

    Fresh Media is thrilled to know that the funds raised through the Give Back Burgers will create a positive impact for many Islanders in our community. For more information on the Island Food Security Programs, visit www.peiunitedway.com

    Melody will be speaking at the PEI Entrepreneurship Forum - “Create Opportunity in Your Community.” April 26th at the Mill River Experience Resort.

    We’re happy to see that she will be rubbing elbows with the famous Pete Luckett of Pete’s Frootique and Luckett Vineyards, Kara Angus- founder and CEO of Go-Go Group Inc., along with other local entrepreneurs.

    This FREE event hosted by CBDC West Prince Ventures Ltd. is a tremendous opportunity to brush up on your business skills.

    This year, as a part of our 7th PEI Burger Love, we have included a new element - Give Back Burgers. Of the 84 PEI Burger Love restaurants, 36 are participating as Give Back Burger restaurants and throughout the month of April, they will PROUDLY DONATE $1 for each PEI Burger Love burger they sell this month TO THE UNITED WAY OF PEI.

    All donations made to the United Way stay on Prince Edward Island, and every dollar raised through the Give Back Burger will fund programs that increase access to local and affordable food for Islanders.

    We’re thrilled to see what the United Way of PEI will be able to accomplish though the funds raised this month.

    To learn more visit http://peiburgerlove.ca/give-back-burger

    Melody recently had the pleasure of speaking at a round table of up and coming women entrepreneurs about what it means to be in business on PEI.

    A frank discussion on getting started, the pitfalls of growing, the pressure of being on top of your game, celebrating successes and building a solid future of your business. Served with a side of laughter and vibrant stories. it was a great way opportunity to speak directly with the next realm of business leaders.

    Special thanks to Katharine MacDonald, Ellevate Program Coordinator, for putting together such lively afternoon.

    We're proud to welcome Meredith MacDonald to Fresh Media as our new Digital Account Manager!

    Armed with over ten years of top-notch creative writing skills, project management, marketing, publishing, and idea-generated successes, not to mention a love of all things Social Media. Without a doubt, she'll fit right in with our band of talented unicorns!

    We look forward to introducing Meredith to our current and future clients.
    Thanks to the folks at Holland College for the profile of Melody and Robbie in the latest edition of the Benchmark. Rob came on board at Fresh Media three years after Melody kickstarted the company. Being business partners, married, and balancing it all with family duties along with clients and creative can be a juggling act, but these two have been perfecting it since 2006. Also, some of Fresh Media's team is comprised of alumni from Holland College programs varying from Graphic Design, to Photography and Multimedia, so it makes us extra proud to be a part of this publication. :) Check out the issue!
    We're proud to share that the boss lady - AKA Melody - was one of the official Judges for the inaugural Applied Arts Magazine Community Awards! It was pretty cool to have her represent PEI on this panel of esteemed Canadian creatives to review the entries from across our nation.

    Check out the Winners Gallery online and in the upcoming issue.
    We’re thrilled to announce we have won ‘BEST SOCIAL MEDIA IN CANADA’ at the recent 2016 BEST OF CAMA AWARDS!

    CAMA is the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association, a network of agricultural marketing and business professionals focused on improving the marketing and communications sector of the industry throughout the value chain, and is the only cross-industry association for agriculture.

    Fresh Media won the Best Social Media category for our ongoing content marketing and social media management for the PEI POTATO BOARD.

    Not only were we happy to represent Prince Edward Island as the only nominated marketing company east of Ontario at the awards, but we are more thrilled to win on behalf of our hardworking PEI potato farm friends.

    This is the second CAMA award we’ve received; in 2014 we won CAMA's Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for our PEI Burger Love campaign.

    With this new national award, we’re extremely proud to be doing our best to help show the rest of our country what good things we have going on here in PEI.

    To learn more about the awards visit www.cama.org/best-of-cama/

    If you’re looking for a fresh take on your own social media marketing, give us a call as we’d be happy to help you step up your online brand and of course ‘create the conversation’ with your customers. :)

    Melody will be a Mentor to the participants of the Start Up Weekend - November 18th to 20th!

    This intense 54 hour weekend allows participants to gain insight from professionals to hone their concept in preparation of pitching to the judging panel. The winner walk away with prizes along with the recognition of having a solid idea that they can then develop further.

    To learn more visit http://startupweekend.org

    We're looking forward to seeing what the next generation of Island Entrepreneurs will create!

    After a month filled with unique and local culinary pork dishes, BBQ Bourbon Pork Belly Tacos has been voted the winner of PEI Porktoberfest 2016 by hungry Islanders.

    This was the 5th annual PEI Porktoberfest campaign, a month-long celebration of PEI pork created by Fresh Media, and presented in partnership with Prince Edward Island Hog Producers, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Hometown Pork.

    As part of the campaign, the twenty participating restaurants cooked up their preferred dish featuring PEI Pork. Islanders were encouraged to try these dishes all October and vote for their favourite based on originality, flavour and taste. When all the votes were tallied, John Brown Grille’s BBQ Bourbon Pork Belly Tacos was voted the winner.

    The dish was the creation of Head Chef Mikolai Lykow, and featured two soft shell tacos stuffed with 6 oz of bourbon-braised PEI Pork Belly, homemade BBQ sauce, jalapeño bacon and corn chutney, greens, and topped with chipotle maple aioli and cajun crispy bits.

    Over the month, there were 5,567 dishes sold as part of the campaign, equally over 2,500 lbs of Island Pork being enjoyed. Sales of the pork dishes equalled approximately $89,000.00 in just 30 days, and since its launch, the food campaign has helped to sell over 15,500 lbs of local pork.

    The winning Pork Belly Tacos are expected to return to John Brown Grille’s menu soon.
    We’re thrilled to announce that Fresh Media is a finalist in the Best Social Media category for the 2016 BEST OF CAMA AWARDS!

    Not only are we pumped to represent Prince Edward Island as the only nominated marketing company east of Ontario for this year's Canadian Agriculture Marketing Awards, but we are very excited to have been nominated for our work managing the PEI Potato Board’s social media channels. We will be wearing our PEI spud hearts on our sleeves, and keeping our fingers crossed to bring home a win on behalf of our hardworking PEI Potato farming friends.

    In 2014, Fresh Media won CAMA's Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for our PEI Burger Love campaign. With this new nomination, we are extremely proud to be doing our best to help show the rest of our country what good things we have going on here in PEI. :)

    To learn more about the awards visit https://www.cama.org/best-of-cama/
    There’s nothing more empowering than seeing an idea become a success. When you get to do that with the great team at the PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), it makes it even sweeter!

    The idea for Camp Dynamo was created in partnership between Fresh Media and the PEIBWA as an annual fundraising event for the association; as well as a retreat for professional women and entrepreneurs to unplug from their daily routine, and to have the chance to spend some quality time focused on their business and themselves.

    Camp Dynamo came to life on September 30th and October 1st at the historic Dalvay By The Sea property. An exclusive environment for 75 like-minded powerful women to come together and learn from the Camp Leaders, share stories, inspire one another, and to leave with renewed vigour to achieve their goals.

    Fresh Media was front and centre at Camp Dynamo as a co-presenter, marketer, and Camp Leader with two workshop sessions - The Power of What If and Defining The Why.

    We’re so happy to have received positive feedback from this inaugural event, and we look forward to building on its future with the PEIBWA.

    If you missed out on Camp Dynamo, visit http://campdynamo.ca to learn more about you could experience at the 2017 event. We hope to see you there!
    PEI Porktoberfest returns for a 5th year with a new approach to the culinary campaign. This year participating restaurants put forth their best Chef’s Cut dishes using the PEI Pork cut of their choice.

    The delectable PEI Pork creations range from ribs to sausages, pork burgers to schnitzel, subs and sandwiches to chops, roasts to pulled pork, and more. The tasty diversity of dishes reflects the many cut options offered by our PEI Pork Farmers and markets.

    Get out this October to sample these one-of-a-kind dishes in celebration of PEI Pork, then cast your vote for BEST CHEF to help us crown this year’s winner. Plus, you get the chance to win fun prizes too.

    Visit http://www.peiporktoberfest.ca for all of the porky details.
  • LUCKY #13
    We can hardly believe it but we are officially celebrating our 13th year in business at Fresh Media this July! Each passing year has brought new creative challenges and adventures, and we are excited for what is yet to come. We owe a huge thanks to all of our clients past and present, along with our stellar team that makes coming to the office each day so much better.

    If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop by for toast with us. :)
    We’re proud to be a Performance Sponsor for The Island Summer Review 4 at Harmony House Theatre again this year. If you haven’t attended the show then grab a ticket and settle in for a night of belly laughs and toe-tapping good times. Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines pull out all the stops for a fun-loving Island show that pokes just the right amount of humour at our province.
    We have been members of the PEI Business Women’s Association since 2003. We appreciate the hard work and determination required to start a company, grow it, and maintain it. Each year the PEIBWA Symposium offers the opportunity for members and non-members to network, learn and be inspired by others in our community. We were proud to have Melody participate in the 'Sweat The Small Stuff' and 'Reaching An Audience Through Untraditional Methods' panels. It was great to share our business journey and of course to learn from the other panelists. We look forward to year 2017!
    When all the grills were turned off this April, a record breaking 163,170 burgers were enjoyed across the Island, equalling 71,821 lbs of Island Beef. This means that sales of just the burgers was over $2.2 million in only 30 days. It is estimated that the minimum overall economic impact was over $3.5 million when we factor each burger purchase included a combination of side, beverage and tip.

    We’re proud to see our campaign continue to grow and thrive each year!

    Last but not least, congratulations to Kyle Panton and all of the hard working team at The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar for creating PEI Burger Love’s Most Loved Burger 2016! www.peiburgerlove.ca
    Melody recently wrapped up a mini speaking tour around the Island where she chatted with different groups about the effects of local marketing campaigns on our Island communities.

    In early April, she spoke to the Hillsborough Rotary, and then with the Executive Breakfast Group. Melody then had the chance to share with the PEI Strawberry Growers Association at their annual general meeting.

    No matter the group, the universal feedback received was that loving local and supporting our industries year round is good for all of us.
  • ROCK ON!
    Life is too short to take every moment seriously, so why not take the opportunity to shake things up a bit and have fun?

    Each year at Fresh Media, we have a little extra fun with our photo for the local Charlottetown Rotary supplement publication. This supplement is a great fundraiser for the local Rotary who use funds from the publication to support their various projects.

    This year, we let our inner rockers out with our FRESH METAL band photo. We had so much fun taking the photo, don’t be surprised if you see us in leathers and wigs at the office from time to time. www.royaltyrotary.ca
    We are proud to announce that Melody has joined the Board of Directors of the United Way of Prince Edward Island. This long-standing organization has given back to our local community since 1962, and assist families, seniors, students and charities who depend on the help of others to execute their mission.

    As well, Fresh Media recently donated our creative services to the United Way of PEI to get their annual fundraising campaign off the ground by contributing our design and consulting services for their campaign print marketing materials.

    Please consider contributing a donation of any amount to continue to help the United Way of PEI give back to our Island communities. www.peiunitedway.com
    After another successful PEI Porktoberfest, it’s clear that the Ultimate Bacon Sandwiches were a hit! During October, over 11,000 sandwiches were purchased, approximately a 20% increase from last year’s campaign. This equalled over 4,600 lbs of pork consumed, and an economic impact of $144,525 in sales of just the sandwiches alone, up over $21,000 from 2014.

    And just how do you earn the title of Best PEI Porktoberfest Chef? You start with a bacon weave made of local PEI Pork.

    We were proud to crown Chef was Craig O’Neill from Brothers 2 in Summerside as the 4th winner of our annual PEI Porktoberfest campaign. The public sunk their teeth into this delicious creation and voted the ‘B2 Piggyback’ as their top choice.

    The winning bacon sandwich featured a smoked maplewood bacon weave, sautéed spinach, fresh mango salsa, caramelized onions, tomato, old cheddar, swiss cheese, and honey mustard mayo all on grilled homemade bread. It will remain on the menu at Brothers 2 for the year, so you will have your chance to sample it for yourself!

    PHOTO: Melody Dover, Fresh Media; Chef Craig O'Neill the Winner of Best Porktoberfest Chef with the Piggyback from Brothers Two; Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac; Paul Larson, PEI Hog Committee Board www.peiporktoberfest.ca
    We’re proud to have had Melody represent Fresh Media at a recent University of Prince Edward Island Social Media Marketing Panel alongside of Al Douglas of PEI Brew Co., and Nancy Beth Guptill of Sweet Spot Marketing.

    Melody spoke about PEI Burger Love and how to ‘Create A Community’ online and offline, as well as our Top 5 things learned managing such a large campaign through social media.

    It was great to have such a responsive crowd of creative young minds. The Q & A was a treat with a good mix of perspectives and suggestions from the panel on multiple topics centered around communications online.
    APEC invited individuals from across the maritimes to share what their Next Big Idea would be to help build a stronger economy as part of their event The Next Great Idea hosted in Halifax this evening.

    It's with great pride that Melody was invited by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council to represent PEI and to contribute what her 'Big Idea' would be for future economic prosperity in Atlantic Canada.

    Watch the video and share your own ideas with us! What do you think would be a 'Big Idea' to help build a stronger economic future?
    Melody was invited to once again be a judge for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards!

    As a judge, she had the opportunity to review great entries from across the country in all forms of online media from culture to news, to arts, etc.

    Good luck to all who submitted their work for COPA, and to learn more about the awards, click here.