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All-Natural Granola Brand and Innovative Food Cooking Show Select RMD as AOR

All-Natural Granola Brand and Innovative Food Cooking Show Select RMD as AOR

RMD client WhirlybirdRMD Advertising, an integrated advertising, brand strategy, social media and public relations agency considered to be an expert in the challenger food brand category, is proud to announce the addition of two new accounts. The agency has partnered with Real Food Real Kitchens, a show that films real people in their kitchens telling stories of their family dishes, and Whirlybird Granola, producer of all-natural, Non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan granola. Under its insightful eye, RMD Advertising will help its new accounts grow awareness and attract consumers through the strategic use of public relations, advertising and marketing.

Real Food Real Kitchens is a cooking series and brand that goes into the kitchens of everyday people and Real Food Real Kitchens selects RMD as their AORtells the story of families’ traditions and recipes. Available on Amazon Prime, the show is the image of authenticity. Whirlybird Granola is an all-natural and healthy-for-you granola brand made by passionate food lovers. The brand offers four delicious flavors of granola made with nuts, seeds and berries in four flavors: original, chocolate, vanilla berry and citrus ginger. RMD Advertising is proud to work with both new clients, proving the versatile and nimble approach the agency takes in the area of food brands. Current clients describe RMD Advertising as a partner with unwavering work ethic and commitment to the food category overall.

“Both Real Food Real Kitchens and Whirlybird Granola are the best at what they do, and we are excited to spread the word about their brand,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Brand Strategist at RMD Advertising. “We are primed to make deeper connections for them with their respective audiences, and to make great things happen very quickly.”

Giving Brands the (Re)Boot: Nostalgic Food Brands Connect to the Heart

Giving Brands the (Re)Boot: Nostalgic Food Brands Connect to the Heart

At RMD, we take a great deal of pride in serving Challenger Food and Beverage Brands – and only these brands.  For the past decade, RMD has had the privilege of working with CPG, restaurant and food service brands solely.  From product launches to “reboots”, new brands to nostalgic brands and love brands to brands in crisis.  It’s the category and clients that we love, and that drives us to perform at the levels that we do.

But there’s a special place in our heart for the challenge of “rebooting a brand”.  You know the score, taking a nostalgic brand that was once strong and found in nearly every pantry in America … and giving it new brand awareness, a renewed place in American consumers’ hearts and rebuilding the bottom line along the way.

We love a great challenge. No one out-performs RMD when it comes to the challenger food category.  And no other agency can honestly pledge to never fail (because we simply do not). This is especially important when a nostalgic brand is put back on the table — because one shot is all that’s given.  And that shot needs to stick once again in America’s hearts and minds if it’s to enjoy a second go around as a family love brand.

There will always be something special about bringing consumers closer to those brands again, and bringing the brands back to the dinner table.  To watch a consumer reminisce about their grandparents’ love affair with a product or food — and to watch the sense of smell, sight and touch rekindle that love affair is a marketer’s dream come true.  To walk thru an airport with a branded T-shirt on … and get stopped along the way to hear consumers tell you their love brand stories. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

We’ve been privileged to give this shine back to some of America’s strongest nostalgic love brands over the past few decades:  Popeye Spinach, Veg-All vegetables, Glory Foods, Rudolph Foods pork rinds … and Keystone Meats. Below is some of our favorite work along the way.  Take a walk down memory lane … enjoy!

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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.

5 Ways to Make the Most of a Food Trade Show

5 Ways to Make the Most of a Food Trade Show

Food trade shows can become tiring if food brands fail to invest themselves in their importance and enter those double doors without renewed excitement for the opportunities that lie ahead.

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Here are five ways the best growing challenger food brands hustle to make the most of their food trade shows, whether exhibiting or simply walking the floor.

1. Reconnect with peers.
To walk up and down the seemingly endless aisles of the food trade show is the most basic way to absorb the vastness of the food industry. Clients that continuously do so, all the while looking for emerging trends, are able to effectively spot those that are a passing fad and those that are here to stay. They are also the clients who are most in tune with the industry … and win (big) in the long run.

2. Connect with the media.
Attending a food trade show is a prime opportunity to connect with the media face to face. Use each conversation as a platform to showcase your brand. Share what’s new, how you’ve innovated and even the product and package development you’ve taken on. Use this as an opportunity to prove just how extraordinary you are!

3. Make time for your agency.
The best agency will ask to be an active participant in the role your brand plays as an exhibitor. From time in the booth spent connecting with consumers to taking a few moments throughout the day to catch up with your executive team, your agency should be your support system.

4. Education.
You are never too old or too seasoned to learn something new. The best shows include educational seminars that feature discussions that are topical. Even if you walk away with one or two ideas, they certainly add up over time. If you can’t make the schedule seminars, be sure your agency does. A true agency partner is just as passionate about your industry as you are. If they aren’t, they will become old and outdated quickly.

5. Renew your passion.
The food industry is the most beautiful of all industries. Food nurtures us, it is where our traditions are fostered and is where our heritage shines brightest. For that reason, there is no place like a food trade show. Expo West, Expo East, Fancy Food, Snacks and Sweets and the NRA Show all reconnect us to our passion for food, so celebrate it before, during and after hours.

Doing so ensures that you’re contributing to the food industry in a meaningful way. It’s what RMD Advertising excels in … and it’s what all the best love brands do!

Sue is the head of client brand strategy at RMD, based in Columbus, Ohio.  Her love affair with the agency world and the food industry sprouted at a very young age – and she’s spent nearly three decades working tirelessly to build the client brands she loves. Today, she mostly helps consumers and customers better connect with the nostalgic nature of the food she strategizes for.

Five SEO Tips to Boost Your Content in a Major Way

Five SEO Tips to Boost Your Content in a Major Way

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Experts understand that there is more value in the outcomes of SEO than in the outputs, which can make it difficult to be patient when establishing a strategy for your food brand. However, there are a few tactics that food marketing professionals employ to make the process more seamless.

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1. Work with an expert.
While SEO is undeniably a waiting game – it takes patience and persistence as you work towards increased social media interaction and organic growth in web traffic – it certainly helps to have strategic thinkers behind the work you put into it. Working with an experienced food marketing team ensures you take advantage of all that SEO offers.

2. Give long-form content a shot.
“Co-occurrence is the frequency in which terms or related groups of words appear in a given material,” according to author Al Gomez in a recent blog. Long-form content can give you the freedom to utilize co-occurrence without sounding monotonous. Plus, it allows you to incorporate more of your prime SEO keywords!

3. Take advantage of social media.
While focusing on link building and optimizing your website may seem an obvious part of the SEO puzzle, some food brands don’t put quite as much effort in managing social media. Doing so is an important part in amplifying your content. With consistent content creation, you can build your brand’s authority in the social space and overall presence.

SEO helps to create buzz around your company, its mission and the value it gives customers. Google+, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn are your partners, helping you to grow, grow, grow!

4.Keep it organic.
While it’s important to incorporate strong, branded keywords in your content, it’s also important to maintain the integrity of your work. SEO keywords should fit into each piece of content naturally. Why? Consumers search in conversational questions and statements. Informal language embedded into your website helps to ensure you’re attracting an audience that’s looking for exactly what your food brand has to offer – whether it’s a convenient way to get the family gathered around the dinner table or an easy way to fundraise for your school’s sports team.

5. Create strong communities.
Google is all about pulling up the most accurate search results for its users. Therefore, it’s important to gear your content to a highly targeted audience. You can narrow your niche by relieving the points of pain your audience frequently experiences, as well as by grabbing their attention by using specific topics, keywords, and recommendations.

Finally, it’s important to remember what Matt Cutts said: “The objective is not to ‘make your links appear natural’; the objective is that your links are natural.”

Donn’s passion for food began while growing up in the culturally diverse city of Detroit. Experiencing the wonderful flavors of the city taught him that there’s more to life than the same old same old. Today, Donn takes that same approach with the creative direction of the agency.

What’s on RMD’s Memorial Day Menu?

What’s on RMD’s Memorial Day Menu?

Some think of Memorial Day as the true kick off of summer, with BBQ’s and parties with friends and family galore. But while Memorial Day is often the time to celebrate the coming of warm weather and star-studded skies, it’s also a time to remember those who have fought and died for our country.

How are we honoring them? In the best way whot e know how! With a moment of silence and a thankful plate of food.

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In celebration of Memorial Day, we thought long and hard about the food we want at our own party. Check out our menu below and honor this very important holiday the RMD way.

Appetizers: RMD-MemorialDay-Crunchtables
We’ll pair Crunchtables veggie appetizers with our favorite dipping sauce for a healthier Memorial Day.

Entrèe:
Hot dogs and Tandoor Chef’s Masala burgers with Klosterman fresh-made buns pair perfectly with the grilling we’ll be doing.

Snacks:
Light, airy Gaslamp Popcorn with the perfect, subtle crunch makes for great Memorial Day snacking!

Munch-worthy Southern Recipe pork rinds to encapsulate your Memorial Day celebration!

Dessert: RMD-Graeters
Graeter’s Ice Cream sundaes topped with fresh cherries, whipped cream. And who could forget the Mad Minis?

Have more to add to the menu? Share with us in the comments below and let us know what will be on your Memorial Day menu!

24 Things We Learned & Loved at Expo West

24 Things We Learned & Loved at Expo West

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There was so much to see at Natural Products Expo West this year! From our clients that were exhibiting to the brands that inspired us, we flew home with our heads full of BIG ideas.

This is our 24th anniversary, so in keeping with the theme, we’ll share 24 trends we noticed as we walked the aisles.

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1. Keep an eye out for bone broth!

2. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the food industry.

3. The great divide between certifications, such as gluten-free, organic and all-natural, still remains. Consumers have more than ever to decipher as they navigate nutrition.

4. Brands that grow fastest are those that move swiftly and with a great deal of energy.

5. Taste trumps all. All other aspects of a product are irrelevant if it tastes great.

6. The industry grows in direct proportion to America’s love affair with food. We’re entranced with nostalgia and pop culture all at once.

7. Select food brands have become so popular that the entrepreneurs behind the brand name have become celebrities in many respects.

8. The strongest brands are fueled by a food tribe of consumers that love the brand, as well as a team that is passionate about its success.

9. Similar products are saturating the market, the ever-present question is, how do you stand out? Having a unique voice is vital to success right now.

10.Smart on-the-go snacking is still a hot topic as consumers continue to live their busy, fast-paced lifestyles and want healthy options they can feel good about.

11. Transparency is still one of the most important aspects of a product companies continue to feature.

12. In line with the need for transparency is the need for the humane treatment of animals. Consumers continue to be concerned about where their food is coming from. That’s what we like to see! Check out NestFresh for a look at transparency done right.

13. Jerkies, meats and high protein products are still all the rage.

14. Pulses are currently emerging as a hot trend.

15. Interactive marketing had a huge impact on how recognizable a brand was at Expo West.

16. While there were fewer frozen food brands exhibiting, this could be a great opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of frozen food, highlighting freezing as a natural preservative. That’s why we love our frozen food clients, like Mom Made Foods, Tandoor Chef and Graeter’s Ice Cream.

17. Packaging saw a trend towards a clean and modern feel, with a color design of only two to three colors.

18. Clean nutritional panels are a huge draw for today’s health conscious consumers.

19. Candy has expanded to the organic category, offering consumers a new way to indulge.

20. Organic sodas and juices continue to grow in influence, with fruit flavors being the most popular.

21. The granola and energy bar categories are congested. Differentiation in packaging and variety in flavor will likely help it to grow.

22. Dairy brands are focused primarily on yogurt and cheese. However, butter has great potential to take the category by storm … Minerva Dairy, anyone?

23. Digital displays with video – showcasing best practices and sustainability – helped a number of brands find success at Expo West.

24. Healthy snacks for children, with a focus on fun, party packs and small sizes, made headway.

Snack Attack this Month!

Snack Attack this Month!

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National Snack Food Month is more than a celebration of America’s love for the salty, the sweet and everything in between. Especially in the age of the snack-loving consumer, National Snack Food Month has taken on an entirely new meaning.

This month, we’re celebrating our favorite brands and taking a look at how America has changed the way it eats. Gone are the days of the sit-down meal. Today, it’s all about fueling up and hitting the road!

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“Sales of snacks account for a whopping forty percent of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow two percent annually through 2019,” according to Food Navigator. As a matter of fact, the snack food industry is driving America’s food scene forward, with sales growing more than three percent a year since 2008.

It’s easy to reap the benefits of this trend as a snack food brand. However, we’ve learned that industry leaders ask why. The answer? Millennials.

While millennials can be pin pointed for moving the needle on some of today’s biggest flavor trends, they are also the culprits of our fascination with snacking. Research says they tend to replace meals with snacks two times more frequently than other generations. Making the most of this trend are brands featuring protein-rich and healthier-for-you grab-and-go options that capitalize on consumers’ focus on nutrition.

Brands can take advantage of America’s renewed interest in snacking by speaking loudly and clearly to consumers’ need for speed. We’ve evolved into a quick-paced culture and our eating habits need to fuel our busy lives!

Trends kicking off Super Bowl 50

Trends kicking off Super Bowl 50

RMD Advertising talks Trends for the Big Game

From bold Super Bowl ads to sappy Valentine’s Day messages to the spirit of giving that makes Random Acts of Kindness Month so spectacular, February is a roller coaster of marketing endeavors.

For RMD, the start of February means two things: (1) Super Bowl ads and (2) #PorkRindDay.

While we’re at Radio Row mingling with our Gridiron Greats and Pork Rind Lovers in San Francisco, many Americans will be tuning in to the Super Bowl at home. While the big game is a time to celebrate great football, the ads have become a tradition that many of us look forward to as well.

Here are a few of the trends you’ll notice this year:

Family First: Super Bowl commercials that incorporate a sexy theme, such as Carl’s Jr.’s racy “All-Natural” spot for last year’s Super Bowl, tend to score nine percent lower with consumers than those without such undertones. Many brands are more cognizant of the fact that families tend to gather around the TV on game day. Furthermore, none of the ten most-liked Super Bowl ads from 2011 through 2015 use sex as an advertising technique.

Soft and Fuzzy: Research has shown that puppies tug at viewers’ heartstrings most. Go figure, right? Four of the top ten ads include puppies and dogs, while two others rely on similarly adorable animals, such as horses and polar bears, to capture consumers’ attention.

Storytelling: Inspiring and uplifting themes perform well with Super Bowl viewers. This year will be no exception. “Many of these types of ads don’t include direct plugs for their products, opting instead to create an emotional link with people tuning in,” notes CBS News. While consumers might not be called to go out and make a purchase the next day, these types of ads are memorable, making a long-term impact on shoppers.

Alexandra Brazie As the Senior Media Specialist at RMD Advertising, Alexandra Brazie makes meaningful media contacts and positions our food clients in the print, on the screens and on the airwaves that make the biggest impact on their Brand. She loves pitching food, talking about food and eating food. She’s a girl after our hearts!

Of course we love National Food Days … doesn’t everyone?

Of course we love National Food Days … doesn’t everyone?

Why we love National Food Days, why some people hate them (psh), and why you should adore them:

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August is National Sandwich Month, but don’t think we’re celebrating this yummy month just to perpetuate some obscure marketing gimmick. While it may be an opportunity to highlight all of the best our sandwich-loving clients (like Klosterman Bread, Qrunch Foods, and Panera Bread) have to offer, we’re all about celebrating food!

Sandwiched With Love

Food is love and love is life. It would be a shame to throw away the meaning that we’ve given to our food. Like Peeps on Easter or BBQ on the 4th of July, some foods hold happy memories that make special moments that much more … special!

… And that’s why we’re celebrating National Sandwich Month! Join us!

Donnelly is a millennial and a food writer based in Columbus, Ohio.  She started writing from a very young age, and her writing skills are a reflection of her passion for food, baking and the creative arts, overall.  She moved to the agency world after a stint as a ballerina.  On her journey, she learned a range of skills, including creative writing, the art of influence in advertising and PR, and how food helps people of differing backgrounds connect on an emotional level.

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