WordSouth Announces Hire of New Content Manager, Marketing Coordinator

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WordSouth — A Content Marketing Company hires Patrick Smith and Beth Garrett to meet the growing demand for services in the rural telecommunications and electric utility industries.

We are excited to welcome Patrick and Beth to the WordSouth family. They are both great additions to our team, and our clients are already benefiting from their talents.

Citing growth in both its rural telecommunications and electric utility divisions, WordSouth announced today that it has hired Patrick Smith and Beth Garrett as its newest team members.

Smith joins WordSouth as a content manager. A native of Bloomington, Ill., he graduated from Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program. He completed internships with the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office and the Chattanooga Times-Free Press in Tennessee.

For the past seven years, Smith served as a videographer and staff photographer for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. While at the newspaper, he was honored with more than a dozen awards, including three consecutive first-place honors for “Best Online Video” by the Tennessee Associated Press (2010 - 2012).

In his new role as a content manager for WordSouth, Smith is tasked with using both the written word and visual components to tell the story of telecommunications companies serving portions of rural America. Smith is working with clients in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Garrett is a native of Rainsville, Ala., where WordSouth is headquartered. She joins WordSouth as a marketing coordinator. A recent graduate of the University of Alabama, Garrett studied general business, consumer marketing and public relations on her way to earning a degree in commerce and business administration. She completed an internship with an online marketing firm, where she managed blog content and directed content contributors.

With responsibilities ranging from project management to social media, Garrett is tasked with coordinating marketing and public relations efforts for both WordSouth and its clients.

Helping fuel WordSouth’s growth is the Regional Telco Magazine, a consumer magazine that WordSouth publishes for the rural telecommunications industry. WordSouth works with telcos in numerous states to research and write stories, capture photos and design their local content, which appears as part of a larger collaborative publishing effort. The shared content of the magazine features stories of regional interest, as well as news and information that is helpful to the rural consumer. WordSouth also manages the printing and distribution of the magazine.

“We are excited to welcome Patrick and Beth to the WordSouth family,” says company founder and president Stephen V. Smith. “They are both great additions to our team, and our clients are already benefiting from their talents. We look forward to watching them grow to take on new challenges and bring fresh ideas to the work we provide our clients.”

WordSouth recently celebrated 18 years of service to the rural telecommunications and electric utility industries. The company engages the power of content marketing to help rural utilities connect with their communities — customers, members, employees and other stakeholders. WordSouth produces custom content, such as magazines, brochures, annual reports and bill inserts, through an all-encompassing approach that saves clients both time and money. For more information about WordSouth, visit the company website at http://www.wordsouth.com.

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