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Meet Al Franklin


Al Franklin is a dynamic digital marketer located in metro Atlanta. He is a 20-year professional with management, sales, and marketing background which includes Major Fortune 500 companies to small companies in internet and print media. The industry categories include yellow pages, search engine optimization, internet daily deals industry (such as Groupon), and digital construction data information reports. He knows firsthand the experience of the impact of the digital world on print and it has fueled his passion for internet marketing. His goal is to help businesses transition with cutting edge digital marketing. Mr. Franklin created the social media strategy and campaign that led to the historic creation of the State of Georgia’s 16th largest city in 2016-2017 through the activation of increased voter turnout. He states, “if you can overcome over 200-yard signs throughout businesses and homes that said, “Vote No to Stonecrest it’s a trick city” then you know what that our agency's marketing campaign had to be extremely strategic." Plus, negative ads and major political leaders opposition bolstering the efforts to defeat the plans at county, state, and congressional levels, then you know that your message is effective and resonated in the spirit of the voters who were polled 45 days out from the Referendum vote with trends showing negative 9 percentage as the leading number (36% Not in Favor and 27% In favor). As of 2020, the city has reported over $1 Billion dollars in public and private investments into the city and is rated as one of the fastest growing cities metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. It Includes investments such as Home Depot $75 million plus 615,000 square foot facility to produce flat-bed trailers and when at capacity will employ more than 1,000 employees. A new SeaQuest Aquarium in 2022, and millions of dollars in new home inventory has grown the city from 52,000 to 60,000 people in four years which made it the biggest city in Georgia’s third largest county.


In addition, he has excelled in government leadership. He is a former 3-time elected City Councilman in the city of Lithonia who also served as Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Mayor). Mr. Franklin led as Chairman and Vice-Chairman for six years in the city’s Local Downtown Development Authority by ushering in millions of dollars in real estate deals including a $10 million dollar apartment affordable housing complex for 75 families. In addition, Mr. Franklin led in the reactivation of the city’s amphitheater after nearly a decade of dormancy. This led to cultural activities including summer music concert series. During his tenure as City Councilman, he was also invited to the White House for a full day with young elected officials from throughout the country for a technology briefing. He states that it included dining in the White House and meeting the President of the United States. In Mr. Franklin’s additional role in city government, he became the Senior Director of Community and Cultural Affairs. He spearheaded the project management of bringing one of North Americas largest Caribbean Carnivals which brings more than 25,000 people for the one-day festival. With the new role, the additional responsibilities will include leading the direction for the City with International Affairs. This will include the establishment of Sister City agreements to match the goal of transforming the city as an attractive city for international visitors and commerce. Led in international affairs by traveling to Guyana, South America with the Mayor by establishing sister city relationships with the capital city Georgetown and New Amsterdam. Guyana is a developing country and has one of the largest newly discovered premium oil reserves in the world. Established a Sister City Relationship Agreement with Kasoa, Ghana, Africa which is widely known for the Year of the Return. He also visited the Capital City of Accra, Kasoa, and Kumasi to continue to build international diplomatic relationships on behalf the city. While there he interviewed on Angel 102.9 F.M. and simultaneously broadcasted live on 20 radio stations live reaching over one million listeners throughout the country for a prime-time interview with one of the nation’s top radio journalist, Captain Smart.

Education


Mr. Franklin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Economics from Florida A&M University and a Master’s of Science Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Troy University.

Certifications


Digital Marketing and Government


Al Franklin has certificates of completion of courses with Udemy.com online educational training platform for Google Display Ads Mastery, Banner Ads, Promotion of Facebook Ads through Webinars, C-Panel installation and configuration, Moz Advanced SEO Tactics and Strategy. The summation of course 9.5 hours of study.

In addition, Al has certifications from the Atlanta Regional Commission in City Zoning, the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia as a City Councilman, and a White Belt Six Sigma certification from the Aveta Business Institute, and Local Downtown Development Authority certificate of training through the Georgia Municipal Association. 

Community


Mr. Franklin is a three-time elected politician in metro Atlanta who has appeared in several press articles and an interview on Comcast 24 People-TV. He served as a City Councilman, Mayor Pro Tempore and is the present Chairman of the Local Downtown Development Authority. Recent projects include collaborative efforts as a City Councilman and LDDA Chairman to complete construction of a $10-Million dollar apartment complex (Granite Crossings) in 2018. The apartment complex was 100 percent occupied after only 3 months of opening due to the demand for new affordable apartment structures.
Furthermore, Mr. Franklin lead the charge of the reactivation of the city’s historic outdoor amphitheater after more than eight years of dormancy to hosting major award-winning musical artist. The LDDA oversaw the operations by incorporating promoter management contracts of the amphitheater hosted “Wednesday WindDown” with an average attendance of 400 people a week in the summer and fall. Lithonia is a small city however the unincorporated portion is about 98 percent greater with a population over 75,000 at the time during office.

Career Highlight


Mr. Franklin received an invitation to The White House for a Technology Briefing presented by country’s Chief Technologist. It was a full day that included a tour, dinner, and meeting the President of the United States of America. “For me, it was certainly a significant highlight in my life to watch the President come down the stairs from the Oval Office and address our group! It was like history in slow motion. I think about all of the people who are happy to stand at the gate or even get a tour but do not get the opportunity to meet the President. It felt like I was the same kid sitting on down on the side of the highway in the crowd who was overjoyed as I watched President Ronald Reagan’s motorcade roll through the city in the 1980’s.”

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QUICK LINKS

Google Ads

Search Engine Optimization

Mobile App Design

Graphic Design

Reputation Management

Social Media Marketing

Web Design

Video Marketing

CONTACT

(404) 982-4020

3602 Camille Avenue

Conyers, GA. 30013

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