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How Strategic Alliances Help Refrigerated & Frozen Food Brands Grab Consumer Attention

How Strategic Alliances Help Refrigerated & Frozen Food Brands Grab Consumer Attention

Refrigerator and Frozen FoodsThe following excerpt is taken from Refrigerator and Frozen Foods magazine, written by Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising

The landscape of the food industry and how brands and consumers interact has changed drastically. Consider how shoppers are making decisions. Who do they trust? Which marketing campaigns deliver maximum engagement from a distracted generation of shoppers?

Nearly 72% of consumers say they now only engage with marketing messages that are personalized and tailored to their interests, according to a report from SmarterHQ, Indianapolis, Ind. This desire for personalization is key for food brands determining how to move forward in capturing the attention of their shoppers. They want to know that the brands they are supporting in the checkout lane understand their wants and needs.  Sue Reninger, RMD Advertising

America’s savvy brands began targeting Millennials back in 2012. That would have put the upper Millennial at the ripe age of 15. Today, the Millennial consumers range from 23-38 years of age. Major lifestyle changes happen within those ages. At 16, female Millennials were preoccupied with lifestyle brands that supported their personal aspirational needs. Today, they have families of their own and focus on filling their family’s meal and snack appetites.

That lifestyle change also means today’s Millennial shopper is considering labels more. The Millennial shopper is buying for varying appetites and brand preferences. Mostly, however, it means they’re level of trust has changed. They trust their friends, family and co-workers more than ever.

The moral of the story—if you’re targeting Millennials the same way you were when your brand first started focusing on them, you may be speaking to an audience that has lost interest. This is where strategic alliances and partnerships can play a critical role within the food industry—when well-orchestrated, co-branded alliances can propel organic word of mouth and do an excellent job of promoting trial.

Read the three areas in which co-marketed efforts can help solve the mystery of trust and personalization on the national Refrigerated and Frozen Foods website.

RMD Grows Roster of Blue-Chip Challenger Food Brands

RMD Grows Roster of Blue-Chip Challenger Food Brands

As a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing challenger food brands, RMD has once again grown its client roster. And we’re so proud to have done so!

In an impressive leap of growth, Mad Mini Foods, Agave & Rye Tequila and Bourbon Hall and Hop Scotch Craft Beer and Whiskey have chosen to name RMD as their agency of record – Mad Minis relying on our social and digital marketing, Agave & Rye relying on our public relations and web marketing for a brand refresh, and Hop Scotch relying on our public relations and social media marketing. Each brand, diverse in how it approaches the food industry, is a leader in its niche.

“The addition of Mad Minis, Agave & Rye and Hop Scotch to our portfolio of challenger food brands is exciting. We’re eager to continue to find success for each and watch them grow in unprecedented ways,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Client Brand Strategy, RMD Advertising. “We’re super-charged and excited to help make a difference for consumers and guests that interact with these stellar brands!”

An example of custom animation for Hop Scotch’s Instagram feed:

RMD’s ideas address the challenges faced by the agency’s clients with solutions embodying the words smart, creative, sharp, passionate and problem solving.Objectively considered one of the strongest brand-oriented challenger food advertising agencies, the RMD team works to find a better way for clients to relate to their audiences from both emotional and intellectual perspectives. In being determined as an agency within the top 20 performing firms by O’Dwyer’s, RMD’s depth of knowledge within the challenger food category, specifically, separates it from the rest and makes it the ideal partner for each of these stellar brands.

How Strategic Alliances MOVE Today’s Female Millennial Shoppers

How Strategic Alliances MOVE Today’s Female Millennial Shoppers

The landscape of the food industry – and how brands and consumers interact – has changed drastically. Consider how shoppers are making decisions. Who do they trust? Which marketing campaigns deliver maximum engagement from a distracted generation of shoppers?

72 percentAccording to a new report from SmarterHQ, 72 percent of consumers say they now only engage with marketing messages that are personalized and tailored to their interests. This desire for personalization is key for food brands determining how to move forward in capturing the attention of their shoppers. They want to know that the brands they are supporting in the checkout lane understand their wants and needs.

Think about it…

America’s savvy brands began targeting Millennials back in 2012. That would have put the upper Millennial at the ripe age of 15. Today, the Millennial consumers range from 23-38 years of age. Major lifestyle changes happen within those ages. At 16, female Millennials were preoccupied with lifestyle brands that supported their personal aspirational needs. Today, they have families of their own and focus on filling their family’s meal and snack appetites.

marketing to millennial women

That lifestyle change also means today’s Millennial shopper is considering labels more. She is buying for varying appetites and brand preferences. Mostly, however, it means her level of trust has changed. She trusts her friends, her family and her coworkers more than everin short, her circle of influence.

The moral of the story: if you’re targeting Millennials the same way you were when your brand first started focusing on them, you may be speaking to an audience that has lost interest. This is where strategic alliances and partnerships can play a critical role within the food industry. When well-orchestrated, co-branded alliances can propel organic word of mouth and do an excellent job of promoting trial.

RMD can help with that… In fact, it’s one of our (many) sweet spots. Let’s hone the power of influence together. Ready? We sure are.

THINSTERS and ParmCrisps Looks to RMD For Public Relations and Brand Expertise

THINSTERS and ParmCrisps Looks to RMD For Public Relations and Brand Expertise

RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations, social media and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing challenger food brands, announces the addition of THINSTERS and ParmCrisps to its list of established blue chip food clients. Under the same parent brand, That’s How We Roll, LLC, RMD will help bring both brands increased brand awareness and expanded reach of products. THINSTERS offers a variety of better-for-you cookie thins to satisfy your sweet tooth, while ParmCrisps offers a keto-friendly, 100 percent pure cheese cracker that packs a decadent, savory crunch. Both will lean on RMD’s public relations expertise to help raise awareness and knowledge about the brands.   Thinsters

THINSTERS tout “deliciously crunchy” cookie thins that are Non-GMO, made with better-for-you ingredients and without corn syrup or hydrogenated oils. With flavors like Chocolate Chip, Key Lime Pie, Toasted Coconut and more, each cookie is designed to give consumers a satisfying crunch. ParmCrisps are a keto-friendly, high protein and low carb snack. Coming in a variety of flavors with the latest being Brick-Oven Pizza, all ParmCrisps are 100 percent premium cheese crackers that also offer a satisfying crunch.    ParmCrisp

“These two national brands are on trend, to say the least. We’re thrilled to be a part of the team that takes these well-known brands to the next level,” shares RMD Advertising Managing Partner and Brand Strategist Sue Reninger. “With two different consumers and two completely different snacks and flavor profiles, we’re eager to bring these consumers closer to these brands and the brands to consumers.”

RMD’s ideas address the challenges faced by the agency’s clients with solutions embodying the words smart, creative, sharp, passionate, gratitude and problem solving. Objectively considered one of the strongest brand-oriented challenger food advertising agencies in the country, the RMD team works to find a better way for clients to relate to their audiences from both emotional and intellectual perspectives. In being determined as an agency within the top 20 performing firms by O’Dwyer’s for two years in a row, RMD’s depth of knowledge within the challenger food category, specifically, separates it from the rest and makes it the ideal partner for THINSTERS and ParmCrisps.

O’Dwyer’s Recognizes RMD Among The Best Food Agencies

O’Dwyer’s Recognizes RMD Among The Best Food Agencies

RMD Advertising has been recognized by O’Dwyer’s as one of the top 20 agencies nationwide specializing in food. This acknowledgement demonstrates RMD’s exemplary work within the advertising, public relations, digital and social media worlds, particularly within the food industry. A total of 49 agencies complete the O’Dwyer’s list of top Food & Beverage Public Relations Firms of 2019, ranking those that have demonstrated their expertise in niche marketing within the food industry.  Awards

In being determined as an agency within the top 20 performing firms, RMD’s depth of knowledge within the challenger food category, specifically, separates it from the rest. An accomplished 27-year history and a full roster of blue-chip food clients has marked RMD’s presence as a continuously growing force. The agency is known for serving national food and beverage brands that are category leaders – brands that have carved out a strong niche for themselves and prefer to work with an agency that is as committed to their growth as they are. What differentiates RMD is a compelling promise to documenting tangible results backed by unique expertise that precedes confidence in sales-oriented results.

“RMD has always been focused on quality, smart and highly strategic work. The challenger food category is where we shine,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner, Client Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “To be recognized for our integrated work for food and only food for the past 15 years is an honor. We’re proud to be able to work with passionate food brands, who have driven us to continue growing, pushing and making strides within this exciting industry.”

RMD’s ideas address the agency’s clients’ challenges with solutions embodying the words smart, creative, sharp, passionate and problem solving. Objectively considered one of the strongest brand-oriented challenger food advertising agencies, the RMD team works to find a better way for clients to relate to their audiences from both emotional and intellectual perspectives.

 

RMD Receives Top Grand Award From the American Marketing Association

RMD Receives Top Grand Award From the American Marketing Association

RMD Advertising, an integrated advertising, brand strategy, social media and public relations agency, regarded as the expert in the challenger food brand category, has been recognized with six awards from the American Marketing Association’s annual Achievement In Marketing (AIM) Awards.

The awards won include: Grand AIM Award for Keystone Meats “What’s Your Beef?” Campaign, Platinum and Gold Online Marketing Division for Southern Recipe Small Batch’s Social Media Strategy, Platinum and Gold Integrated Content Marketing for Keystone Meats “What’s Your Beef?” Campaign and Gold Marketing Campaign for Braxton Brewing Co.’s new product Pumpkin Pie Ale. These awards speak to RMD’s imaginative and innovative use of media, social media, content production and online influencers to create successful and influential campaigns through Braxton, Keystone Meats and Southern Recipe Small Batch.     RMD Wins aAMA Award

The AIM Awards recognize leaders and innovators in marketing, communications, graphic design, public relations and advertising throughout Central Ohio. The American Marketing Association, which judges and selects the AIM Awards Winners, is comprised of practitioners, academics and students, 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.

“What makes Keystone Meats such an amazing marketing challenge is our ongoing need to help America overcome their misnomer about canned meat,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “But the product has just two ingredients: meat and sea salt. Also, by turning on the “yum” power of the brand, and highlighting how quick and simple the product is, America has fallen in love with this brand. It’s a dream client and a dream marketing challenge for RMD.”

Amidst hundreds of submissions, RMD’s entries for Keystone’s “What’s Your Beef?” campaign was distinguished as the leading entry across all categories. By using humor to offer solutions to common kitchen problems for Americans across the nation, Keystone Meats utilized strategic public relations, social media and marketing tactics to create one of their best campaigns to date.

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two and a half decades, contributing to its proficiency and win of this year’s AIM Awards. 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 way lasting relationships have been built with such brands as Graeter’s Ice Cream, Southern Recipe and Keystone Meats. The agency’s more than 25 years of experience and its expansive industry knowledge continue to cultivate strong relationships with its brands in an ever-competitive industry.

How Public Relations Must Change for Food in 2019

How Public Relations Must Change for Food in 2019

Undoubtedly, the way consumers interact with the food industry has changed. However, one constant remains a steadfast pillar: Public and media relations as strategically consistent, credible influences.

Especially where challenger food brands are concerned, the art of communication and building brand relationships between brand and consumer (as well as brand and media) still promotes both authenticity and authority. A one-two punch that, in turn, encourages increased thought leadership. However, while the core purpose of PR remains sound, the strategies many brands rely on continue to evolve. Between new technologies and tools to more efficient avenues of communication, it’s no surprise that this would be the case.  

At the heart of each challenger food brand’s PR engagement is the desire to blow through obscurity, and building credibility is step one. In fact, the key strategies designed to do just that can no longer be siloed, but rather, must be dynamically played off of one another. Full integration is mandatory in 2019, and now is the time to employ a fuller view of Paid Media, Earned Media, Shared Media and Owned Media.

At the risk of being trampled by competition, challenger food brands can stick to the status quo. But, in the face of industry change and consumers making demands for transparency across all fronts, the New Year must bring PR and media relations that influence both customers and consumers.

Here’s your ticket to making moves that impact your challenger food brand beyond media impressions. Let’s make moves that drives tangible sales:

Paid Media can effectively help to expand your reach and awareness in an ever-crowded space. Paid social, for instance, can necessarily cut through the clutter of a platform that continues to grow competitive. In what Hootsuite has called the “pay-to-play era” on social media, “marketers have increased their social ad budgets (up 32 percent in 2018 alone).”

However, to truly bring paid media opportunities to life, countering them with a strong Earned Media strategy is also key. Where paid media can amplify your message, earned media can bring even greater credibility to it. By partnering with an agency partner that can capture the brand’s voice effectively, there is much greater potential to build consumers trust and ultimately, consumer loyalty.

Meanwhile, Shared Media, encouraging brands to partner with like-minded organizations, is an awareness tactic that we know promotes the growth of all communities involved. Whether through a well-strategized cause campaign or through co-marketing across the social space, shared media presents the unique opportunity to capture a new audience at the start of the sales funnel and quickly carry them through to acquisition.

In providing valuable and relevant content to help fuel strong shared media opportunities, Owned Media is unmatched. Whether a blog post from the brand’s internal team, video, webinars or user-generated content, this is an opportunity for you to drive profound credibility. Working your curated content into a well-rounded strategy that makes the most of each piece will further help to fuel the brand’s success with unprecedented awareness. This is where obscurity can be busted through.

In a fully integrated strategy that relies on each avenue of PR, a brand can strike gold and gain coveted credibility, as well as thought leadership. And, thought leadership, in turn, continues to promote credibility. Using the power behind paid media, earned media, shared media and owned media means making the most of each strategy.

Next Steps

While change can be difficult (and daunting), relying on an agency that loves the challenger food categoryas much as your brand does means it doesn’t need to be. For an exceptional agency partner, changing the way we look at PR shouldn’t take a second thought. It’s all for the sake of the brand. And, just as it always has been, brand is still king.

RMD Becomes AOR for the #1 Selling Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Brand

RMD Becomes AOR for the #1 Selling Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Brand

RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations, social media and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing challenger food brands, announces the addition of Raybern’s to its list of established blue chip food clients. RMD will help bring Raybern’s increased brand awareness and reach of products into consumer hands. Raybern’s offers a variety of frozen sandwiches to consumers seek delicious convenience sandwiches for their family, bakery soft right out of the microwave and will lean on RMD’s industry expertise through public relations to raise awareness and knowledge about the brand.

Raybern’s offers the number one selling Philly Cheesesteak in America, and boasts their bakery soft bread fresh out of the microwave. With over ten different prepared sandwiches ranging from Southwest Chipotle Steak to Barbeque Pulled Pork, Raybern’s offers authentic deli-style meals that’s ready to be warmed and served. Recently, they added a new line of food truck-inspired gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in six new crave-able flavors.  

“Raybern’s is one of those amazing, nostalgic food brands we’re so excited to work with,” says Sue Reninger, Managing Partner at RMD Advertising.  ”Who doesn’t love cheese? Who doesn’t love that amazing Raybern’s bread?  We’re just thrilled to help make more consumers across the U.S. remember how much they love that ready to heat and grab n’ go favorite.”

RMD’s ideas address the challenges faced by the agency’s clients with solutions embodying the words smart, creative, sharp, passionate, gratitude and problem solving. Objectively considered one of the strongest brand-oriented challenger food advertising agencies in the country, the RMD team works to find a better way for clients to relate to their audiences from both emotional and intellectual perspectives. In being determined as an agency within the top 20 performing firms by RMD’s depth of knowledge within the challenger food category, specifically, separates it from the rest and makes it the ideal partner for Raybern’s.

A Little Bit of Culture in a Big Way

A Little Bit of Culture in a Big Way

This past March we celebrated our 26th anniversary by continuing to be the strongest and smartest agency in the Challenger Food category. Any RMDer will tell you: RMD is all about the culture. So, what makes this place one we all love coming to every day?RMD Teambuilding

RMD’s culture is like no other. While the formula for a perfect workplace may not exist, we think that by understanding that it is a collaborative effort and that it is something we consciously work to maintain every day, we’ve come pretty damn close.

Here’s a taste of what we think makes our agency great!

 1. Mojo Lunch. Hey, a team’s gotta eat, right? Mojo Lunch on Friday is a perk this hungry team never takes for granted!

2. Quarterly Outings. Team building makes the world or RMD go round! Two for family and friends and two for team only makes for happy people all around.

3. Plank Like You Need It. It might seem unnecessary, but the RMDers who plank every day know that all it takes to manage your state is a couple of abdominal building minutes!

4. #ThankfulThursday. Teambuilding makes RMD go round, but gratitude is at the heart of all we do, and Thankful Thursday reminds us of that.

5. Summer Fridays. It’s summer, it’s warm, it’s sunny and it’s time to enjoy a half day off to do whatever you want to do – except work.

6. Bang a Gong. A gong helps us to celebrate the big and small victories audibly throughout the day!

7. #AttitudeOfGratitude. An RMD-inspired way of celebrating the gifts (big and small) we each give to one another every day. #AOG to you for giving our blog post a read!

8. Soul Train. When we’re saying goodbye to a team member, our version of Soul Train sends ‘em out in a classic RMD manner.

9. Furry friends. They’re our official Directors of Stress Management, and they do a damn good job!

Dogs of RMD10. ProBest. Held every Friday, ProBest is our time to come together and become the high-quality professionals that help to make RMD special.

11. Mojo. It’s our time to reconnect and reflect on yet another outstanding week Think of it as a little teambuilding every Friday morning.

12. Virtual Showers. RMD throws one heck of a shower. Wedding and baby showers are our specialties!

13. Community Work. Because we’re all like-minded individuals, work like that we do with Wagons Ho Ho Ho is something we have a great deal of pride.

14. Food Holidays. National Ice Cream Day isn’t just a fun food holiday to share across social media; it’s also an excuse to indulge in our favorite ice cream brand: Graeter’s Ice CreamSurprise and delight at RMD

15. Sprints. Revolutionizing the way we hold meetings, you have to experience a sprint to see how much more productive they make us!

16. Book Club. In our commitment to excellence, we love meeting every Wednesday morning to share our thoughts on that month’s industry-related book. Check out a few books worth reading.

17. HipChatting. We just use this internal communication tool as our agency-wide message board to celebrate victories, share ideas and feel connected. Sound off!

6 Ways to Improve Your Sense of a Sensible Team

6 Ways to Improve Your Sense of a Sensible Team

Teamwork and relationships within a team can be very elusive. Well done, a strong sense of team seems effortless, but rest assured, it never is. At RMD, we constantly work to balance the need for conflict to bust through complacency in a hurry … with the need to build bridges within our teams that forge strong relationships. We have found these six tips to help along the way:

1. Take the initiative. Go to the other person first.

2. Sympathize with their feelings. Listen before talking. Focus on their feelings.

3. Confess your part of the conflict.

4. Attack the problem, not the person.

5. Cooperate as much as possible.

6. Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.

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