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Why I LOVE Negative News

Why I LOVE Negative News

Don’t get me wrong, I love the client love too — learning that something transformed a brand’s business, that product is selling off the shelves or that the efforts of the agency earned a brand’s way into an account.  RMD's Positive SuccessBut I’ve learned to really embrace negative news, too.

But why do we appreciate hearing that product isn’t selling in a certain area, that messaging is falling on deaf ears within a certain market — or that the competition is “eating our lunch” within a specific retail geography (yes, pun intended)?  Because this news fuels the right agency’s performance.  And yes, RMD IS the right agency.  Here are three ways this news can be useful to a super-charged team:

It turns on the firepower.

When you’ve teamed with an agency that cares more about serving your brand and your consumers, than they do about managing agency hours, negative news can turn on the firepower.  It’s akin to having a best friend who rises up to defend you when you need it most.

We work hard to INTEGRATE and pump up the power when we hear that sales are down, or not what they can be.  Social media takes on a hyper-focus with carefully crafted posts and smart, smart, smart geotargeting. Simultaneously, Public Relations truly IS the silent partner in every success story, mobilized to turn on the energy in a specific market. Meanwhile, Advertising should cut through the noise and first grab awareness, then educate.

It solidifies a client/agency team.

Nothing builds bonds faster and stronger than a brand in need, and an agency that rises up to meet that need — quickly.  There’s a gift in speed and being nimble enough to adapt and improvise or mobilize resources for immediate results.  The food business requires this and teaming with an agency that cares enough to be effective when it’s needed most builds lasting relationships.

It allows the agency to actually DO something.

Sometimes, brands become protective.  And, in the interest of safeguarding the company, we actually hold on to our brands too tightly. Being in dire need forces us to let go … just enough to allow success to happen.  To be clear, I love a calculated move — and more importantly, a calculated brand.  But that’s not always how the world operates.  Brands that are built with transparency and honesty are more effective today than those that mark every move.  As consumers, we buy brands from people, not from corporations.  Freeing your agency from the ties that often bind us has led to some astounding success throughout the two and a half decades of food brand experience at RMD.  Sometimes, we need to let go … and let good happen.

Is your brand ready to turn to a strategic partner that digs in? Let us show you what we could do for your brand.

Sue Reninger, Managing Partner
Client Brand Strategy

 

Grassroots Marketing Efforts Mean Expansion for Ohio-Based Nonprofit

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.

Our story:

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

RMD Advertising Is Honored With A National W³ Award

RMD w3 award winner

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.

Inside (And Out) Look At RMD

Inside (And Out) Look At RMD

Fifteen team members strong, we’re tenacious. We think hard for the food brands we serve. We accept nothing but success. We’re relentless when it comes to living up to our promises.  And, we love what we have coined the “challenger” food category.

In short, we serve brands that are challenging the categories they play in. Many of our clients have larger competitors in their competitive set – most with deeper pockets.  We have studied, adapted and improved the way our brands go to market every day, and how they related to their consumers.

With a keen eye on integration and the brand overall, we’ve created a great deal of success for the amazing slate of food clients we represent.  Our clients are category leaders but still bump up against larger mega brands. We are efficient and nimble in our services. It’s what our clients expect, and it’s what we deliver.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, we’re proud of our client list. We serve national food brands that are category leaders … brands that have carved out a strong niche for themselves and prefer to work with a food agency that’s just as committed to their growth as they are. We’re great at documenting tangible results for our clients and have a unique expertise in working with Challenger Food brands.

RMD is proud to document tangible results for a variety of Challenger Food brand clients. This success is often what attracts our blue chip clients to us.  We’ve won local, national and regional awards for our work – in the areas of creative, strategy, public relations and crisis.  National Clarion Awards, Stevie Awards, Addy’s, Gold Quill, AIM Awards from the American Marketing Association and Prism Awards from the PRSA.

Many members of our team have also sat or are sitting on boards of influence, including the American Marketing Association, the Western Michigan University Advertising Department’s Advisory Board, and a host of charitable endeavors, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Communities In Schools, Children’s Hunger Alliance and Wagons Ho Ho Ho.

RMD’s ideas address our clients’ challenges with solutions embodying the words smart, creative, sharp, passionate and problem solving.  We also put a great deal of emphasis on gratitude.

As one of the strongest brand-oriented food advertising agencies, the RMD team works hard to find a better way for clients to relate to their audiences from both emotional and intellectual perspectives.

In short, we make connections … we connect our clients to consumers, channels to end-users, media to experts, and great creative to all of our clients. It is our pleasure to serve our clients with every tool at our disposal – hard-thinking brand strategy, creative traditional and digital advertising, attention-grabbing social media and ROI-driven public relations.

For the Labor of Love and Food

For the Labor of Love and Food

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.

 

25 Years and Counting

25 Years and Counting

When RMD was founded 25 years ago … The cost of a first-class stamp was 29 cents, and a gallon of gas was $1.13. Today, we primarily send emails, and every gas station has turned into a convenience store that sells gourmet coffee. Progress!

As we look back, one thing that hasn’t changed is our Agency Core. What we started out doing those many years ago still holds true today. We help our Challenger Food clients grow their brand. In the frozen, snack, deli and dairy aisles in grocery stores to c-stores and to Fast Casual and QSR’s everywhere. And we love it!

Food is fast, food is fun and food isn’t for everyone. But in this ever-changing world of food, we present consumers with the heart and soul of a brand.

I feel so lucky …

I feel so lucky …

Dear Sue,
Thank you for the opportunity to work for RMD.  I have always looked up to strong, successful and smart women and you are definitely that.  I feel so lucky to have learned from you every day.

Public Relations may not have been my “mojo” but that doesn’t mean I RMD_internwon’t carry all of the things I learned with me for the rest of my career.  You pushed me, questioned me, and gave me solid direction.

I saw myself grow in such a little time and I’m grateful.

Thank you! I hope the best for you and RMD!

SA, past Special Projects Coordinator (RMD Intern)

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