December 2, 2013
Jason M. Martin, M.S., is the director of marketing for The Salvation Army in the Nashville Area Command. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Middle Tennessee State and his master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University.
He is also the owner of and a photographer for Martin Imagery. Previously, Martin worked in marketing for United Methodist Publishing House and for United Methodist Communications. He is a member of PRSA and the American Marketing Association.
“Christmas outreach is what is most commonly associated with The Salvation Army brand including the bellringers, Red Kettles and The Angel Tree,” Martin says of the importance of the holiday season. “Those programs raise millions of dollars and help hundreds of thousands of people across the country each year.”
Name: Jason M. Martin, M.S.
I wanted to practice medicine, specifically in the field of surgery.
Director of marketing for The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command
Thinking that I wanted to be a physician, I entered college as a biology/pre-med major. After realizing that medicine wasn’t a good fit, I studied music for a couple of years but knew that I was not going to teach or play professionally. That is when I discovered the Recording Industry Management program. One of the many great attributes was the integration of technical and business courses, during which I realized I had a natural talent for marketing and public relations.
First public relations job:
Marketing services coordinator for United Methodist Communications — the official communications agency of the United Methodist denomination.
What you know now that you wish you’d known then:
Great storytelling is the key to successful public relations and marketing.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:
You can only help those who are willing to help themselves.
Greatest professional accomplishment:
Completing my master’s of science degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University and becoming a director of marketing before the age of 35, all in the same year.
If you weren’t in public relations, you would be:
Traveling across the country and the world photographing people, places and events
To be an innovator, thought leader and person of influence
Make a “business case” for public relations:
The most simplistic yet effective definition of public relations that I have learned is: “PR is the management of perception.” From that definition, I realized that marketing is the creation of perception. Although the two may exist without each other, it is when the two are integrated that they are most effective in achieving top-of-mind awareness.