December 15, 2008
New PR shop to offer nimble alternatives
Hoping to address PR needs in light of shrinking budgets, Shannon Troughton has launched VoxPop Public Relations, in Indianapolis.
Troughton, who was most recently VP of corporate communications at US-based health insurer WellPoint, said the time was right for a smaller, more agile offering in the healthcare and technology PR sector.
“Companies can't afford to pay $400,000 retainers monthly or even annually to get the same experience that I have, with no overhead,” said Troughton, who has served as director of communications for GE Healthcare, and VP of corporate and public affairs at Fleishman-Hillard.
VoxPop has already secured clients such as dLife, the online diabetes community, MDdatacor, a clinical patient data provider, and Alaven Healthcare, an Atlanta-based specialty company focused on women's health, gastroenterology and anemia.
VoxPop hopes to attract healthcare and pharma clients that have a unique technology to offer, specifically, notes Troughton, clients that “know how to talk to investors and shareholders, but need help with publicity,” she says. She began her career as a communications staffer for the late Missouri governor, Mel Carnahan.