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Tribute to a Great Mentor

Everyone should be so fortunate to have one amazing, influential mentor during the course of his or her career. For Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter, it was her last boss prior to launching this business in 2010. Here is the story…

Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter with mentor Conrad ElliottConrad Elliott, who passed away tragically and suddenly from Creutzfeld Jakob Disease (a rare prion brain disease) on March 25th was my former boss at Dering Elliott & Associates, mentor, and friend. What made this true creative genius the ultimate mentor was he didn’t even know he was being one. Just a couple of months ago, C (as I always called him) gave me sound business advice regarding a client that I am grateful to have followed. We were supposed to be working together now for some of Redhead’s clients. His absence as the creative engine for these projects has been profound.

In 2007, Conrad hired me to manage public relations for DEA’s luxury real estate development clients in various destinations. This was new territory for him as the advertising agency never before had a PR department. He let me do my thing and always seemed pleased with the resulting media coverage. C was the absolute most brilliant and perfectionist writer I have ever had the privilege to know and work with. His mastery of the English language was remarkable. He had an uncanny ability to come up with the catchiest tagline or advertising headline in a fraction of a minute…and with great finesse. Whenever I handed him a draft press release to review, he would redline it to death – even if I had been convinced it was the most fabulous release ever written in the history of public relations. This was always a humbling, yet educational experience.

When DEA was adversely impacted by the recession beginning in 2008, I was one of the few employees he kept on as long as possible. Even when I had little work to do for several months, C let me hang out and collect a paycheck while he more than generously sacrificed his own income. He also turned a disapproving blind eye when I would “sneak” my dogs (Redhead’s future canine interns) into my upstairs office. Conrad actually turned down an offer to do marketing for a mayoral candidate because I was volunteering to manage the opponent’s campaign. How many bosses would do this?

Eventually, he had to let me go in 2010. A blessing in disguise, this departure propelled me into starting my own business. I picked up a few freelance projects which led to the founding of Redhead Marketing & PR.  As someone who had been limited to the realm of public relations, I absorbed a great deal about branding and developing marketing campaigns from Conrad that I could offer my own clients.

An integral force that helped drive Redhead’s success, C sent us his clients who needed PR services. We collaborated on businesses like Carlton Landing, Oklahoma and Conestoga Ranch. I was elated when he agreed to lend his branding magic and writing prowess to some of Redhead’s clients. Then he became ill. He called on a Sunday afternoon in February to notify me of his CJD diagnosis and profusely apologized for not being able to meet his commitments. That was the absolute least of my concerns. It was devastating to think that this man – as healthy and fit as he was intelligent – would likely soon be gone.

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Conrad Elliott, photo courtesy of Christy Grant

When I met Conrad, my admiration for him was instantaneous. And he was a bit intimidating. A handsome, cerebral silver fox, he was articulate, witty, and seemed to know an enormous amount about absolutely everything. Each conversation left me feeling enlightened. We brainstormed proposals and campaigns for clients, and discussed politics, current events, film, and skiing at Deer Valley. Every time I write, I ask myself how Conrad would wordsmith it to an infinite degree with 15 revisions. I know he is on the other side rewriting this tribute as I type (according to WordPress, I am at just 14 revisions for this post). Ironically, what could be his most annoying trait is probably what I will miss and crave the most.

Conrad will continue to be an inspiration; much of my success can be attributed to his guidance, support and belief in my abilities. I hope this longtime, affable Park City local is enjoying eternal skate skiing, alpine skiing, and running amidst breathtaking, otherworldly scenery. And I’m sure he’s penning a few brilliant marketing headlines as well. Thank you, C, for everything. You will be forever missed by those you touched during your amazing life.

Recent Branding Projects

Redhead Marketing & PR assembles some of the best talent we know to work on a variety of branding projects. We are passionate about extracting our clients’ visions and creatively presenting them in a compelling and unique manner. Recently, we have completed two very different branding projects. One was for Spruce, a new interior design firm opening a showroom in Midway, Utah. The other was a rebrand for a technology company, Noorda Technologies, based in Salt Lake City that specializes in scanning and 3D modeling using Reality Capture.

The Process

For each client, the process is a new adventure as an opportunity to grow and better define themselves. And it is just as exciting and challenging for us! We begin with a kick off and brainstorming meeting. This allows us to develop an understanding of their industry, their audience and customers, their mission, and what they wish for their brand to convey. We also explore the type of collateral they think they need, so we know the various applications for their logo in terms of printed materials, digital use, trade show displays, clothing, and more. After this initial discussion, we create a customized branding worksheet. This encourages businesses to have their key players be super thoughtful when it comes expressing what they like and dislike about competitors’ branding, what they seek for their own brand, and identifying key messaging. Next, we are able to take this information and begin the exciting brand exploration process and develop a variety of distinct concepts for consideration. Once a direction is determined, we work to refine the design based on feedback from the client. When the logo design is finalized, we create a style guide to define how logo should be used, signature fonts, and various logo iterations.

Collateral Development

The branding process does not end there. More fun ensues as we come up with designs for various collateral like brochures, business cards, letterhead, and envelopes. It’s truly rewarding to see the branding take shape and how we can apply it to practical items.

Below are the recent projects for Spruce and Noorda Technologies (showing before and after).

Clean, simple and modern:

 

BEFORE: Noorda’s previous logo

AFTER: Redhead Marketing & PR’s Logo Design inspired by the company’s 3D modeling work and blueprints that are used by architects.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about your brand. We are happy to discuss how we can create it or improve it!

 

 

Redhead Top 25 Public Relations Tip

Public relations is a great, cost effective marketing vehicle for small businesses. The problem is many don’t know where to start or have the time or skill set to effectively execute a public relations campaign. Fit Small Business asked 25 public relations professionals to offer up some public relations tips for small businesses. We were pleased to be included (see #17). As a marketing and public relations firm, our suggestion for the article was to have a synergized approach to social media marketing and public relations.

Too frequently, we see businesses of all sizes outsourcing these important initiatives to multiple parties which makes it difficult to stay on message. It also poses a challenge for small businesses to manage and interact with different firms or individuals.

For this reason, and a host of others, Redhead Marketing & PR manages both public relations and social media marketing for our clients. Let us know if we can take this off your plate with a personalized approach that will make us part of your team! In the meantime, check out these handy public relations tips:

Redhead Marketing & PR was included in a story that offers up tips from PR pros for small businesses to follow. Check them all out – we are #17! Thanks Fit Small Business!

Not Your Standard Advertising Agency

When we say we become a part of our clients’ teams, we truly mean it. And we demonstrate this Redhead Difference in a multitude of ways that a traditional advertising agency cannot due to the nature of its structure. Many of the businesses we work with don’t have their own marketing departments. In essence, Redhead Marketing & PR takes on that role for them. This saves companies the expense and time in hiring and managing additional, high-salaried employees who cost more than our services and may not come with the same level of expertise.

We are also vastly different from the traditional advertising agency’s multi-layered structure, which often means their clients are not getting their top talent managing their accounts. Redhead Marketing & PR consists of a small team of only highly experienced independent contractors who specialize in website development, branding, and graphic design. They are not gaining experience on our clients’ dimes – they already have it! And our clients don’t experience the frustration of a revolving door of account managers and the time it takes for each new one to get up to speed.

Because we are passionate about our clients, who we prefer to consider partners, we seize opportunities to go beyond our scope of work. This means booking a gig for a band we are doing media relations for, making an introduction to a realtor for a prospective developer client, and even filling in at the retail shop of a distillery when the owner takes a vacation.

It is our goal to become a valued, indispensable resource for our clients. This makes for a productive, enjoyable, and long term relationship. Try going above and beyond for your clients and customers, and see the difference it can make!

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New Client The Paint Mixer Hosts Several Events in April

We are pleased to now be managing marketing and public relations for The Paint Mixer! With studios in Park City, Utah and the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, The Paint Mixer offers an entertaining forum for participants to create works of art while mingling, and no painting experience is required. They host on- and off-site private events for corporate groups and other parties, in addition to offering fun theme nights for the public. The press release below highlights their upcoming kids camp in partnership with University of Utah, as well as an array of events throughout April.

THE PAINT MIXER AND UNIVERSITY OF UTAH PRESENT A PAINTING CAMP FOR KIDS TO DEVELOP THEIR ARTISTIC SKILLS DURING SPRING BREAK

Several Additional Painting Events Will be Held at the Sugar House and Park City Studios
Throughout April

The Paint Mixer and the University of Utah are partnering to offer a Brush into Spring camp for kids ages 6 to 12 during school break. Children are invited to develop their painting skills and satisfy their appetite for creating art with this fun, spring-themed class. Utilizing acrylic and canvas, kids will discover different expressive techniques and create a personal connection to their own masterpieces. Focusing on technique and development of individual artistic style, instructors will guide kids to a deeper understanding of the medium while they paint works of arts that will impress family and friends.

Two Brush into Spring sessions will be held at The Paint Mixer’s Sugar House location, April 10 to April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The tuition is $215 per session. Online registration and more details are available at: https://continue.utah.edu/youth/class/yeart_85_brush_into_spring_painting_at_the_paint_mixer_age_6_12

Additional April Events at The Paint Mixer are listed below.

Sugar House Studio:

April 5, 6:30 pm
Fundraiser for Utah Nature Foundation
$40, all ages, portion of proceeds to benefit UNF
Paint the Eagle Owl painting. Earthwings will bring live owls to the studio.
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5502

April 13, 6:30 pm
Fundraiser for Halo Family Services
$45 includes complimentary appetizers, 21+ Event
Participants will paint the Cosmic Arch. Portion of proceeds to benefit Halo Family Services.
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5512

April 14th, 7:00pm
Hip Hop Night. Paint custom designs on vinyl records while enjoying the best of hip hop music!
$30, 21+ Event
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5539

April 11 and 25, 6:30 pm
Off-Site Paint Wine & Dine at Hotel RL in Salt Lake City. Paint on the hotel’s “Living Stage,” and the event will be broadcast in Hotel RL rooms across the country. Space is limited.
$35, 21+ event
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5519
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5520

Park City Studio:

April 1, 11:00 am
Brunch Class with Donuts and Mimosas
$35, 21+ event
Paint Park City’s Main Street and enjoy $3 mimosas and complimentary donuts from Little Donuts! https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5509

April 19, 6:00-9:00 pm
Pet Portrait Night
$50, 21+ event
Participants can bring in photos of their pet and be guided on painting their own masterpiece.
https://www.thepaintmixer.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=5517

ABOUT THE PAINT MIXER
Offering a unique mix of art and entertainment for all ages, The Paint Mixer has studios in two locations: Park City’s Main Street and the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City. In addition to a variety of theme nights, on- and off-site events for corporate groups and private parties are offered regularly. An artist leads participants, who need not have painting skills, through fun, step-by-step instruction to recreate a featured work of art. Music, mingling with others, and wine/beer/food tastings create a fun and relaxed social setting conducive to connecting, discovering and expressing. At the end of each session, guests depart with their masterpieces and fond memories. In addition to theme nights for the public, The Paint Mixer hosts private gatherings for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, teen workshops, bridal/baby showers, and more. For more info, visit www.thepaintmixer.com.

 

12 Social Media Tips for New Businesses

Presenting 12 social media tips in honor of 12 days of Christmas (we could go on and on, but we are sticking to the holiday theme!).

A reporter recently asked us to provide some social media advice for entrepreneurs, so we figured we’d share them here as well. These apply not only to new businesses but to ALL businesses who want to make their social presence more effective and powerful. Try implementing some of these for your company’s New Year’s social media resolutions!

blog-header-social-media-101-1024x7681) When launching your business on social media, use the platforms that you are both familiar with and where your audience is likely to be present. We often see businesses on too many platforms that they don’t have the ability to manage.

2) Don’t mix business with pleasure. Create separate accounts for your company. One of our pet peeves is when people use their personal social media accounts to promote their businesses. These should be separate accounts .

3) Ensure your posts are grammatically correct! Nothing screams lack of professionalism more than grammar and spelling errors.

4) Don’t post in the first person, especially if your company is a brand and not an individual, politician or celebrity.

5) Experiment with different times of day with your posts to discover if there are days/times that receive more engagement.

6) Use social media to drive traffic to your website to boost your organic SEO. Links to your blog and other pages on your website should accompany posts when appropriate.

7) Respond to both positive AND negative comments/reviews in a professional, timely manner to demonstrate strong customer service.

8) Social media strategy should be implemented into your overall marketing plan and branding.

9) Be consistent in your voice and messaging on your own accounts and when engaging with other businesses on theirs. Too many people posting can be detrimental to your brand while confusing your followers. Designate one or two individuals on your team to manage your social media campaign.

10) Post regularly to keep your following engaged. This is also an experiment to find out what frequency of posting performs best for your business. A great way to ensure regularly is to create a monthly calendar of content. It’s important to also be nimble, but a calendar generally keeps everyone on track and results in businesses being more likely to post.

11) Partner with social influencers whose following is likely to be your businesses’ customer demographic.

12) If your company’s staff is too busy or lacks the knowledge to take on social media, outsource it to an individual or agency (like Redhead Marketing & PR!) who understands your industry, consumer demographic, marketing strategy, and brand.

Cheers to A Spirited Ad

We are having so much fun handling the marketing and public relations for Alpine Distilling, a premium craft spirit distillery poised to launch shortly in Park City, Utah. It isn’t often that advise our clients to devote significant budget to print ads in the digital world we live in, but strategic ad placement makes sense for brand visibility in this case.

The ad we designed for Alpine Distilling can be seen in the winter issues of Big Life magazine and the Park City Menu Guide.

Thanks to our graphic designer extraordinaire Sue Randall for the lovely, clean layout and genius photographer Kyle Jenkins for the gorgeous photo!alpinedistilling_biglife

The Spirit of Alpine Distilling

Shortly before Park City, Utah-based High West Distillery sold for $160 million, Redhead Marketing & PR was thrilled to become the marketing and public relations firm for the world-class resort town’s newest craft distillery – Alpine Distilling. Why do we love working with them? Because they take inspiration from the outdoor, healthy, mountain lifestyle we love!

Our many areas of oversight for Alpine Distilling, include social media management, public relations, print advertising design, website maintenance and grassroots marketing. The brand of deliciously flavored spirits is enjoying and early,  enthusiastic response from locals and media. Below is our first press release for Alpine Distilling with more detail.

This morning, we had our first tasting for media. An editor and photographer from Utah Business magazine had a chance to start their morning with distiller Rob Sergent.

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PARK CITY, UTAH’S NEWEST DISTILLERY, ALPINE DISTILLING, RECEIVES PLATINUM & GOLD AT THE 2016 SIP AWARDS INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION IN ADVANCE OF PRODUCT LAUNCH

The Resort Town’s Newest Distillery Plans to Have Product Available by End of 2016

Park City, Utah – Alpine Distilling, Park City’s newest craft distillery opening this year in the Silver Creek neighborhood, recently earned two medals at the prestigious International Consumer Tasting SIP Awards. Preserve Liqueur, a tea, fruit and spice flavored liqueur received the highest Platinum award, and the StoneFruit & Primrose flavored Bourbon Whiskey was awarded Gold.

“We have worked very hard to create world-class products that are worthy of our renowned Park City, Utah location,” says Alpine Distilling’s Managing Director Robert Sergent. “Being recognized pre-launch with such high honors is very rewarding. Enthusiastic feedback from early tastings coupled with these two awards confirm that both the Preserve Liqueur and StoneFruit Bourbon are deliciously unique and approachable. We look forward to making them available to the public shortly.”

The 2016 SIP Awards featured a 98-member consumer judging panel perform double-blind tastings of 462 international brands. Their patented delivery system ensures a consistent, focused and accurate survey. More information is available at: www.SIPAwards.com.

The United States Department of Agriculture invited Alpine Distilling to attend next month’s HKDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, Asia’s premier showcase of the alcoholic beverage industry. Alpine Distilling will have a booth at the show and looks forward to introducing the West’s newest premium spirit brand to the Asian market.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING
Alpine Distilling is a craft distillery specializing in flavored cordials based in Park City, Utah opening November 2016. The distillery’s first two products, Preserve Liqueur and StoneFruit Primrose Bourbon Whiskey, pay homage to classic spirits inspired by alpine settings and those who enjoy recreating in them. Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits Park City Community Foundation and Swaner Nature Preserve. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

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Starting Summer 2016 with Exciting New Clients

It’s looking to be a red hot summer for Redhead Marketing & PR after what has been a fantastic first half of 2016 for our small, but robust, full-service marketing and communications firm based in Park City, Utah.

This month, we began working with two Southern California clients in two very different industries – luxury real estate and animated film. Equity Residences offers high net worth individuals the opportunity to invest in a portfolio of high-end vacation homes in many exciting destinations. Investors can vacation in the exclusive homes, earn dividends in the form of rental revenue, and have the opportunity for capital appreciation when homes are sold in the future. What a creative concept that makes it possible to own and enjoy many vacation homes! We are creating content for social media and blogs, and making some improvements to their website.

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Hollywood-based Epic Pictures is doing an initial, limited release of animated film, “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon,” a sequel voiced by Ashlee Simpson and Alicia Silverstone. We are pleased to be managing the marketing and public relations in the Salt Lake City market for the adorable film about two canine astronauts going to the moon. Needless to say, our four-legged interns are quite thrilled to have landed this project! We are conceiving and managing grassroots marketing efforts, traditional public relations, and digital advertising in advance of the August 26 release date. The film will be showing in many Utah theaters in cities like Provo, Draper, Ogden and Salt Lake City. Stay tuned for more info about Space Dogs coming to a Utah theater near you!

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The third new client to announce is a special one – paralympic snowboard cross athlete and motivational speaker Nicole Roundy. We will be helping Nicole get media exposure for her motivational speaking engagements around the country, activities with sponsors, and snowboard competitions.

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We are excited to team up with these diverse businesses. Additional clients we are currently working with include:

Conestoga Ranch

Carlton Landing, Oklahoma

Meds for Vets

Newpark Town Center

ActiCare Health

Compass Property Services

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Happy 6th Birthday to Redhead Marketing & PR

Happy birthday to us – today marks Redhead Marketing & PR’s 6th anniversary!

We have so much to celebrate and be hugely grateful for – Our business doubled in the past year, and we are fortunate to work with some amazing clients in different parts of the U.S. who we get to call our friends and biggest champions. Redhead’s growth has been especially rewarding because it has been completely organic and by word of mouth. We appreciate all the support and love what we do!

During the past several years, we have enjoyed providing a variety of marketing services to and partnering with diverse range of industries, including hospitality and travel, technology, luxury real estate, finance, commercial real estate, legal, professional associations and more. We have learned about so many types of businesses and their target audiences that we enjoy crafting customized, thoughtful messaging for. It has been exciting to help businesses grow by consulting with them on their social media, public relations, email marketing, website development, branding, printed collateral and event planning. Our talent has evolved and matured as well.

We can’t wait to see what the next six years bring!

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