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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 ParmCrispsto 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.

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.

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.

 

The Value of Culture in the Quest for Inspiring Work

The Value of Culture in the Quest for Inspiring Work

Natural Products Expo West 2017 was a particularly memorable food tradeshow this year. Not only was the size awe-inspiring, but the passion present on the showroom floor made the entire Anaheim Convention Center buzz with energy.

 

As our RMD team walked from Challenger Food brand booth to booth, we certainly felt it.

This is one event made us pause and realize just how grateful we are to be a part of such an independently unique industry. Keynote speaker Doug Rauch, Co-CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and Founder & President of the Daily Table, spoke of conscious consumerism inspiration. Is the food industry doing its part to maintain the integrity consumers so desperately desire? Are we, as an industry, doing our part to lead shoppers to better choices, more healthful choices, greener and more sustainable choices? Are we offering consumers goods because we truly believe in their inherent benefit?

It’s now more important than ever that our purpose for selling food be pure. Profit may be our oxygen, but our purpose runs much, much deeper.

For each brand that purpose is different. Perhaps it’s a commitment to connecting shoppers with the nostalgic foods they grew up with and loved. Perhaps it’s delivering an authentic meal and a taste of ethnic cuisine to those who want to experience the world … but have never left their home. Perhaps it’s helping today’s busier-than-ever consumer take a moment for herself and reconnect to what is most important.

Just one bite can take a consumer from shopper to brand lover. And that comes only when a brand’s purpose is broadcasted loud and clear at every point of sale.

What’s your brand’s oxygen? 90,000 attendees at this year’s Expo West will tell you – there’s more to a love brand than money in the pocket. Let your purpose drive your product to new heights and do what this incredible industry does best: serve.

Your Digital Advertising May Fail Without This

Your Digital Advertising May Fail Without This

How can using creative, strategic thought help your social advertising plan soar?

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The food industry is a competitive one, with food brands dawning trendy personas and introducing new must-have products that entice consumers to buy as soon as they hit the shelves. For marketers, this means battling a crowded field where the average consumer no longer responds to overt messages to “buy now!” A strategic social advertising plan must be in place to cut through the clutter.

As TV ad spending dwindles, digital advertising continues to boom. In today’s digital age, digital tactics can grab consumers’ attention and influence purchasing decisions. That being said, digital advertising has become more important than ever, as well as the way in which companies take advantage of it.

Follow a few of these do’s and don’ts of digital marketing to boost your sales in a volatile food industry.

Do use custom-made links. When hosting a campaign, create a custom link. This is an uber effective way to track it on your website or a third-party website. Clicks to your custom link will be seen as activity on a prospect’s profile, and the more information you have on a prospect, the more tailored and meaningful your conversations can be. This allows you to be a marketer rather than a technician. Use the data that your custom links provide to optimize your message and distribution so that you reach the consumer best suited to your brand.

Don’t speak at your consumer. Speak to your consumer. Develop a meaningful conversation and seize the attention of new leads with storytelling. To portray your product or service as a must-have, your targeted consumer needs to know that their values align with your brand’s values and that you will be solving a point of pain for them. Start a conversation!

Do track your progress throughout your digital campaigns. When you benchmark your social and web statistics at the beginning of any campaign you might be hosting, remember to check back in frequently. This will allow you to evaluate your success as well as identify areas where you can be more successful. Track and measure daily, even hourly. With programmatic advertising technology, this is now more feasible than ever.

Consider shifting your strategy if you feel there are parts of your campaign that need to be strengthened, whether through a reallocation of your funds or through more specific targeting of your audience. It is crucial to understand your audience, including your brand’s buyer persona, how frequently they are online and which social platforms they prefer to use.

Standout digital begins with a standout agency. Are you armed with the best of the best? Check out our team.

Jacob, a Digital Art Director at RMD, helps to make sure the creative power behind the work we do for each of our clients packs a powerful punch. From coding websites to developing shareable artwork for social media and beyond, he’s a pro that’s inspired by the food industry everyday.

We take not one but two national awards!

We take not one but two national awards!

Thank you Rudolph Foods for believing in strong creative and strategy.

RMD Advertising Receives 2015 Clarion Awards From The Association for Women in Communications

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RMD Advertising, an advertising, brand strategy, social media, and public relations agency considered an expert in the food industry, has received two national 2015 Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications. One award went for Rudolph Foods Pork Rind Appreciation Day in the category of Ongoing Public Relations, while the other was for the Dig My Rig contest for Rudolph Foods again in the Special Event category. These awards speak to RMD Advertising’s expertise and excellence in both the food and advertising industries as well as public relations, social media and digital integration.

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The Clarion Awards are awarded for excellence in communication. According to the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), the awards are highly sought after by both men and women. Beginning in 1972, the Clarion Awards recognize achievement in 100 categories across the field of communications. This year’s competition included entries from throughout the U.S. and three countries, with 86 awards received. The judges pick one winner for each category and may choose to pick none at all.

“AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.” Earning this type of recognition is a major accomplishment for RMD, further establishing the company as an industry leader.

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“We are ecstatic to have won not one but two national Clarion Awards. Recognition on this level for our clients and their work is always worth celebrating,” shares Donn Ditzhazy, Executive Creative Director for RMD Advertising.  “To win at this level, creative, copy, strategy and client have to all work together to communicate and sell. I think it shows just how passionate we are about our clients and the food business overall.”

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades, and it is constantly striving for client success. The Clarion Awards are an addition to several other awards over the years, including PRism Awards, AIM Awards and Davey Awards. The proof of RMD Advertising’s success is in the way lasting relationships have been built with such brands as Rudolph Foods, Tandoor Chef, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Panera Bread, and Graeter’s Ice Cream. RMD Advertising plans to continue to further its experience and its expansive industry knowledge to gain success for its clients.

Hungry for food brand success

Hungry for food brand success

We at RMD play many different roles when it comes to helping our clients succeed. Whether through social media and media relations, digital advertising and/or brand strategy, we do what it takes to ensure success. Our very own Alexandra (once again) stepped in to talk on air about one of our favorite clients, Hungry Girl pizza. She does a great job bantering with the morning show talent while making you hunger for some healthy pizza. And dare we say … this girl is hungry for our clients’ success? Ok, a bit too far … enjoy the clip!

Hungry for client's success with Hungry Girl Pizza and RMD advertising

A little bit of bourbon and some of the best tasting ice cream around … it’s gotta be Graeter’s

A little bit of bourbon and some of the best tasting ice cream around … it’s gotta be Graeter’s

Nothing goes better than good ol’ Kentucky bourbon as you watch the Kentucky Derby. Well, to that we say, you haven’t tried Graeter’s Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  

We had a last minute public relations opportunity to get on air to talk horses, bourbon and ice cream for our client Graeter’s Ice Cream. Team member Alexandra did a fantastic job representing the smart RMD brand while helping out one of our clients.  

Although Alexandra made authentic Mint Juleps for the Fox TV co-hosts, she swears no alcohol touched her lips before the segment … after is another story. Enjoy!

We’re Cooking Up Big Plans for Food Expert

We’re Cooking Up Big Plans for Food Expert

RMD Advertising, an advertising, brand strategy, social media, and public relations agency considered an expert in the food industry, is proud to announce the addition of Diane Henderiks to its roster of blue-chip clients. Under the insightful eye of RMD Advertising, Diane Henderiks, an accomplished television celebrity dietitian and chef, will now be able to effectively expand the reach of her audience to homes nationwide. This level of success will be accomplished with RMD’s intelligent social media, public relations and creative expertise, as it is an agency just as committed to her growth as she is.

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Diane Henderiks, a registered dietitian and chef focused on creating healthy-for-you culinary masterpieces, is on a mission to teach America how to eat well. Henderiks’ passion for educating fellow food lovers about the balance of food, cooking and health inspired her to found “Diane M. Henderiks, R.D. & Associates, LLC”, her nutrition consulting firm. She is also the host of “Chef Inspired Healthy”, her series on The Daily Meal Video Network where she collaborates with America’s top chefs. She is one of America’s top go-to food, healthy cooking and eating experts for national television, print and on-line media and frequently appears on such prestigious television programs as Good Morning America, The Chew, FOX & Friends, Cann, TLC, Martha Stewart Radio and more. To learn more about Diane Henderiks, visit: DianeHenderiks.com

“We’re thrilled to add Diane Henderiks to our roster of food brands,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “She has an amazingly bright future ahead of her, and we’re really charged about helping her to get there fast.”

RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades, giving it the right credentials for such a unique client as Diane Henderiks. “With a sales driven mindset and the discipline to follow through on each project they adopt, the RMD Advertising team often attracts growing and emerging food focused clients that are passionate about their future,” notes Reninger. The addition of Diane Henderiks to their list of clients is a welcome challenge that the agency is eager to apply their extensive knowledge of the food industry to. The proof of RMD Advertising’s success is in the way lasting relationships have been built with such brands as Rudolph Foods and Panera Bread. RMD Advertising plans to use their 23 years of experience and their expansive industry knowledge to cultivate a strong relationship with Diane Henderiks.

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