In The News: Enhancing The Food Influencer Program Brings Greater Awareness to Challenger Food Brands
RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing challenger food brands, announces its renewed strategy to influencer marketing with a unique program. This exclusive program invites food brands to celebrate new levels of awareness. It also allows digital influencers to become official brand ambassadors for RMD’s food brand clients. As brand ambassadors, influencers will create unique recipes and work with these challenger food brands in unique ways.
According to Forbes, 30% of consumers are more likely to buy a product from a non-celebrity blogger. Similarly, 70% of millennial consumers are influenced by online reviews of products by their peers. This consumer to consumer marketing strategy gives shoppers a try-it-before-you-buy-it reassurance and ensure an honest review of products.
“We’ve been enhancing and perfecting this program for several years,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Client Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “As one of the few advertising agencies in the US that focus exclusively on Challenger Food Brands, we’re proud of the value this enhanced program now brings to the food brands we serve.”
RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two and a half decades, making it the ideal agency for authentic clients. With a sales driven mindset and the discipline to follow through on each project it adopts, the RMD Advertising team often attracts growing and emerging food brands that are passionate about their future. The proof of the agency’s success is in the lasting relationships built with brands such as Graeter’s Ice Cream, Rudolph Foods and Bil-Jac Foods. Currently celebrating 26 years of experience and its expansive industry knowledge, the agency cultivates a strong relationship with its brands in an ever-competitive industry.
Natural Products Expo West is arguably the biggest, the most interesting and the most exhausting food trade show of the year. Food brands of all types come from across the country and the globe to introduce their foods and new product development, share their ideals and gain new distribution and fans. In short, everyone is after the almighty and powerful retailer relationships … and consumer dollar.
So, what were the trends that Team RMD spotted at Expo West last week? Here’s a summation, along with some of our favorite finds:
Bars and Balls: From protein-enriched to caffeine-enhanced, meat and grain bars and nutrition balls are making their way into all meal categories — and aren’t just for snacking anymore. Our favorite: The Better Than Coffee bar at 100 calories and just 3g of sugar, it truly tastes like a caffeine kick (and agency people are known for their love of coffee). We also love the relaunched MetaBall, which has introduced a whole new array of flavors (and new packaging!), including our favorite – Berry Cobbler Crunch.
Pork Rinds: Grandpa’s snack has made its way to mainstream America with reinventions of this old favorite. Our favorite, of course, is Southern Recipe Small Batch’s rinds. Newly introduced at the show? The oven baked rinds, touting less fat and a powerful bacon flavor. The traditional line of Southern Recipe Small Batch rinds is equally delicious. We suggest the Spicy Dill. This flavor combination insists that your taste buds take notice.
Grab ‘N Go Everything! There’s protein-enhanced, grab ‘n go foods in nearly EVERY category. Clearly, we’ve gotten the message that protein = good and we’re all on the run. For a flavor sensation that’ll make you turn that car around and want more, give Lilly’s Hummus a taste. It’s hummus made with clean, simple ingredients… and obviously, lots of heart.
Grain Free/Alternative Grains/Gluten Free: The Gluten Free community is in for a TREAT if Expo West is any indication of what’s going to be found in grocery aisles and on Amazon in the coming months. Outrageously delicious, this category has come a long, long, long way. Our must-try favorites: Soozy’s Muffins, Brekki Overnight Oats, The Toasted Oat and Oggi Pizza. OMG, delicious!
Convenience: Everything that’s entering the market is in some way trying to solve our biggest challenges … we’re time-starved and still, want delicious food when we sit down at the table. Food brands have gotten this message. For the best products in this category (that we LOVE), try Saffron Road entrees (like, wow!) and Medlee Food’s new line of flavor-infused butters.
We are proud to have been recognized with three awards from the American Marketing Association’s annual AIM Awards, including Platinum PR Publishing Division for Graeter’s National Ice Cream Month, Gold PR Publishing Division for Graeter’s National Ice Cream Month and Gold Marketing Campaign for Southern Recipe’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week. These awards speak to RMD’s imaginative and innovative use of media, social media and online influencers to create successful and influential campaigns through both Graeter’s and Southern Recipe.
The AIM Awards recognize leaders and innovators in marketing, communications, graphic design, public relations and advertising throughout Columbus, Ohio. AMA, which judges and selects the AIM Awards Winners, is comprised of practitioners and academics, who share an interest in networking, learning and serving the community. The awards symbolize excellence in clear, concise communications, and AIM recipients represent marketing professionals, companies, nonprofit associations and institutions local to Columbus.
“We were honored to have been recognized for the strategic work we did with the Graeter’s Ice Cream Month and Truck Driver Appreciation Week campaigns,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Client Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “We love the AMA’s because we are so proud to be amongst marketers statewide and nationally who work to help their brands grow. For us, it is all about helping our clients reach a new level of distinction, growth and success.
Amidst hundreds of submissions, RMD’s entries for Southern Recipe’s annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week and Graeter’s Ice Cream Month campaigns were distinguished as leaders in their respective categories. Graeter’s Ice Cream Month campaign focused on utilizing National Ice Cream Month to generate sales and brand awareness through media, contests, giveaways, social media and online influencers. Meanwhile, Southern Recipe’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week campaign partnered with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund to spread awareness of health problems truckers face and raise money for the charity through the use of a social media photo contest.
The Clarion Awards symbolize excellence in clear, concise communications. Clarion recipients represent media companies large and small, leading corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit associations and institutions. Started in 1972, the Clarions honor excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines. Amidst hundreds of submissions, RMD’s entries for Rudolph Foods’ annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week and NestFresh Egg-Cellent Baking Contest campaigns were distinguished as leaders in their respective categories.
“Winning not only one, but two Clarion Awards for our campaign efforts is an honor,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Client Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “We are so proud to be amongst marketers nationwide who work strategically to help their brands grow. For us, it is all about helping our clients reach a new level of distinction, growth and success.”
Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, works to celebrate Truck Diver Appreciation Week each year – an event partnering with the St. Christopher Truck Driver Relief Fund. To advocate for the all-American egg during National Egg Month in May, NestFresh, one of the most innovative specialty egg products in the nation, hosted a baking recipe contest. These campaign efforts accurately portrayed RMD’s excellence within the industry and led the agency to its Clarion wins.
Two RMD Social Media Clients Shine In National Spotlight
Well, color us proud … thank you, Social Media Today for selecting not one but two of our client social media campaigns to spotlight in your article, “37 Inspiring Ideas to Rock Your Facebook Contest.” We kinda think you rock, too! To learn more about our social media efforts for Southern Recipe Pork Rinds and Keystone Meats, give us a call … or read on to see all the excitement.
Grassroots Marketing Efforts Mean Expansion for Ohio-Based Nonprofit
Ten years ago, RMD Advertising dreamed big. The agency’s team members took the first step in what would become the company’s largest charitable initiative. It all stemmed from a simple desire: to give their clients a holiday gift that would stand out from the typical corporate gift.
So, the agency took the money earmarked for client gifts and bought 25 red wagons, filled each with food and distributed them throughout the community to local Columbus families in dire need during the holidays.
Wagons Ho Ho Ho began with that simple mission in mind. We’ve grown since that first year. Last year, our Wagoneers donated more than 8,000 pounds of food and built a total of 1,000 wagons. This year, we’ll call on the Central Ohio community to help us build and distribute 1,250 sturdy wagons – our largest initiative to date. But we’ll also fill each one with enough food to feed a family of four Christmas dinner. 1,250 wagons and enough food to feed 5,000 people … all assembled in one day. More than 600 volunteers make this possible.
How does one 501(c)3 organization mobilize a group of over 600 volunteers and inspire the Columbus community to donate enough nonperishable food to feed so many Ohioans in need? Powerful marketing, lean, targeted messaging, smart event marketing and word of mouth certainly play a critical role.
Marketing to the head and the heart
Wagons Ho Ho Ho is an enormous responsibility, and without the support of our volunteers and the city of Columbus, it wouldn’t be possible. With strategic and targeted marketing efforts, our grassroots initiatives have fostered a giving and selfless community that has made Wagons Ho Ho Ho’s annual Build Day more than simply eight hours during which we assemble wagons.
Build Day is now an event that epitomizes the spirit of the holidays. It reminds volunteers that what they contribute is unique. On that day, the city’s local recreational center turns into Santa’s workshop and strangers work side-by-side, working towards one goal and becoming friends in the process.
We’re proud of this accomplishment. We realize that providing a gift and a meal on Christmas is important, but what is really important to us is what each wagon represents to its recipients … hope. It’s our way of showing these children that there is a community of people who care about them during the biggest holiday of the year.
Each local radio interview, television segment, printed story and event Wagons Ho Ho Ho participates in is an opportunity to make an emotional connection with the next potential Wagoneer. While we share the harrowing facts of Ohio’s food insecurity and the daunting need of families in the area, we are also keenly aware of our story.
Marketing Wagons Ho Ho Ho as a brand has required us to approach each piece of content created as a vehicle for communicating our story, celebrating the people behind our strong but mighty nonprofit and our hopes for the future. By concentrating our media opportunities to the months leading up to the annual Build Day, we have been able to saturate the local airwaves with our story … and in return, have continued to inspire volunteers to proudly step forward and call themselves Wagoneers.
Can a wagon really change a child’s life? We think so. And it takes just one voice to help a family know they have a supportive community of caring neighbors behind them.
Today, the face of the hunger has changed. 1 in 6 in Ohio experience food insecurity, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. These are your neighbors and your co-workers. Sometimes, it is a matter of having to sacrifice dinner one day a week. It may even mean having to choose between buying food or medicine for a sick child. If they are struggling to buy food, how can they buy Christmas gifts for their children?
On Build Day this Saturday, December 2nd, we’ll once again open the doors of a local recreation center and invite over 600 hard working Wagoneers to bag food, build wagons and send each delivery off with our dedicated distribution charity partners. With music, plenty of food and laughter filling each corner of the room, it’s plain to see – this is a special event not only for the recipients of the wagons but also for the builders themselves.
Every volunteer who touches Wagons Ho Ho Ho, whether by donating food, funds or their time, is an important part of the Wagons team. Visit WagonsHoHoHo.org to learn more, and help to give a child HOPE for today and the future.
RMD Advertising Is Honored With A National W³ Award
We are proud to be honored with a national W³ Award by The International Academy of Visual Arts. This award highlights RMD Advertising’s excellence in overall strategy and digital design for a Cause-Related Marketing Campaign for Rudolph Foods’ annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week campaign.
The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos, marketing programs and mobile sites/apps. It is the only major web competition to be accessible to the largest agencies, the smallest firms and everyone in between. Amidst hundreds of submissions, RMD’s entry for Rudolph Foods’ annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week campaign was distinguished as a leader in its respective categories.
“We’re honored to have been recognized as a leader in the advertising industry,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Client Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “W³ recipients represent prestigious companies, both large and small, leading corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit associations and institutions. It’s exciting to be publicly recognized as part of such an accredited group of professionals!”
Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, works to celebrate Truck Diver Appreciation Week each year – an event partnering with the St. Christopher Truck Driver Relief Fund. During this pivotal awareness week, Rudolph Foods, with the help of RMD Advertising, shared their gratitude for the hard-working truck drivers who play such a critical, yet underappreciated, role in the food industry. This campaign effort accurately portrayed RMD’s excellence within the Challenger Food category and led the agency to its W³ wins.
Restaurant-Quality Mexican Food Brand, Bueno Foods, Turns to Expert Food Brand Agency for Continued Growth
We are proud to announce the addition of Bueno Foods to our list of established food clients. Together, RMD and Bueno Foods will expand the reach of their premier, authentic chile products and frozen food line. Bueno Foods is the Southwest’s premier producer of restaurant-quality Mexican foods. The product line will rely on RMD’s strategic counsel through an increased focus on digital, social media and public relations to raise awareness and knowledge about their brand overall.
Since 1951, Bueno Foods has manufactured, prepared and distributed authentic, gourmet-quality food products. They take great pride in preserving their cultural heritage and have remained true to tradition since their inception. As they translate traditional family recipes into commercial production, authenticity is their overarching goal to achieve premium quality and homemade taste.
“Bueno Foods has dominated the market in flame roasted chile and are allowing traditional families, much like the Bueno Foods family, to experience authentic, restaurant quality New Mexican cuisine in the freezer aisle,” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “The passion behind each product Bueno Foods produces is beyond compare, and we are excited to share that passion with the rest of the world.”
We often get asked about the history of RMD. Now, for nearly three decades (how time flies!), we’ve been through many, many colorful periods. Mostly, however, we’re proud of who RMD is today. It’s because of the labor, smarts and creativity of past and current team members that made us who we are today.
Born in 1992, RMD Advertising is celebrating its 25th year in the agency business. The agency was started by Sue Reninger, and within two years added the creative expertise of Donn Ditzhazy. The agency was started out of the belief that there was a better way to manage strategic campaigns and still serve the client in an unprecedented capacity. In those early days, the core of RMD was born – and today we function more as an extension of the client team (and in many cases as a marketing department) than a traditional agency.
Once upon a time, RMD, like many agencies, focused on a variety of categories: manufacturing, healthcare, and technology to name a few. However, once we served on our first true food brand (Panera Bread), we took our own advice, knowing that brands are aided by sacrifice. We narrowed our focus, and for the past decade or more have worked ONLY with challenger food brands.
Simply put, RMD is an advertising, digital, brand strategy, social media and public relations agency that “gets it.” We drive results from day one. RMD specializes in helping Challenger Food and Beverage brands grow.
We are proud to introduce a new client to our growing list of challenger food brand partners: Cucina Antica. Together, RMD and Cucina Antica will expand the reach of their delicious, artisanal sauces made with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes. With no preservatives, no artificial flavors and no added sugar, Cucina Antica encourages healthy ingredients for the home chef. We’re excited to be called on for our strategic counsel for their brand overall.
In our first week on the Cucina Antica team, we were able to earn this delicious brand more than 3 million media impressions. That’s passion. Cucina Antica, based in Dallas, prides itself on providing non-GMO, gluten free cooking sauces for consumers. In addition to its commitment to authentic, homemade flavors, Cucina Antica aims to produce delicious sauces made by family, for families.
“Cucina Antica is changing the culinary world by providing a unique cooking sauce that truly allows the home chef and everyday consumers who desire the flavors of home chef cooking to discover new possibilities.” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “This brand has been a Love Brand of ours for many years and we’re excited to share the love with the rest of America.”