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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 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.

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.

Happy Anniversary RMD!

Happy Anniversary RMD!

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March marks RMD Advertising’s 24th anniversary. That’s 24 years of exemplary client service, 24 years of cultivating a culture of intensely passionate, smart-as-a-whip RMD’ers … and 24 years of celebrating the food industry. All month long, we’re shedding a spotlight on what makes RMD great, from the people to our clients.

Tweet: Why do we love #RMD? In honor of our 24th anniversary, here are 24 of our fave things! #AgencyLife https://ow.ly/YFl5l https://ctt.ec/aa36jWhy do we love #RMD? In honor of our 24th anniversary, here are 24 of our fave things! #AgencyLife https://ow.ly/YFl5l https://ctt.ec/aa36j

We asked team members to share what makes RMD special, and this is what we heard:

24: “RMD is a culture of learning, of growing and of failing forward. We believe that if you’re not growing, you’re sinking.”

23: “We plank. We host water challenges. We ring the gong. We do what we can to make RMD more than just a place of work!”

22: “We’re smart marketers, constantly sharpening our skills. RMD works hard to deliver the best of the best for our clients – no exceptions.”

21: “We’re experts in our field and know how to put our clients first. This drives us to think harder and smarter each and every day.”

20: “Puppies in the office! Who else can say that?”

19: “We’ve got a great culture!”

18: “RMD works with truly incredible food brands, many of which are family-owned. What a gift to be able to work so closely to people who are passionate about the food business.”

17: “RMD is a team of people who make the environment what it is: Inspiring, enthusiastic and driven.”

16: “To be able to say I am an RMD’er is a point of pride.”

15: “Every day is a celebration. From National Margarita Day to National Toast Day and from Random Acts of Kindness Month to throwing baby showers for a fellow team member, we make the most of it!”

14: “We get to celebrate our amazing clients by eating their delicious food!”

13: “There is great music pumping through the office all the time.”

12: “We focus on taking care of each other and our clients each and every day.”

11: “Working with amazing food brands and becoming experts in our industry as well as theirs is something I am truly proud of.”

10: “Puppies in the office!”

9: “Who else can say they work with the best stress managers in the world? Dogs!”

8: “RMD is part of the Columbus community, embodying its energy and vibrancy!”

7: “We inspire each other to push farther each day. We push past our creative limits for the sake of our clients, whom we love.”

6: “Did we mention the dogs in the office?”

5: “Our clients inspire us to be better marketers, faster marketers, smarter marketers!”

4: “We learn so much from our clients. They’re the reason we push for success and abandon the status quo each and every time.”

3: “Seeing that increase in numbers each month, whether in the social space or in sales, is so gratifying. It’s something that makes RMD standout.”

2: Working with the RMD team is unlike working on any other team I’ve experienced. The commitment to bringing our clients success is at a caliber I am proud to say is not commonplace in our industry.”

1: “Food is our passion and working with so many family-owned brands is a gift I never take for granted. They’re invested in their company and take an incredible amount of pride in the product they put on the shelves. It is a true honor.”

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!

Tweet: #FunFact: 67% of households prefer salty snacks. #NationalSnackFoodMonth https://ow.ly/XOui2#FunFact: 67% of households prefer salty snacks. #NationalSnackFoodMonth https://ow.ly/XOui2 https://ctt.ec/L7r22

“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!

The value of “failing forward”

The value of “failing forward”

Recently, I had an article shared with me about Millennials, and their quest/desire for experiences over material things.  Admittedly, this is not a quest isolated only in Millennials. I believe people, in all walks of life, prefer experiences. However, the fact remains:  we are experience junkies as a population overall.

But not all experiences are positive ones, right?  Of course not.  In fact, when we fail at a challenge, task or goal – that’s an experience, for sure.

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So what if all experiences COULD be positive? Failing in fact can be a positive experience. By focusing on the art of failing forward — always learning, improving and growing from those times when we “fail” or fall down, we can create a positive experience. By embracing what we don’t know and growing from those times, even something devastating can have a positive affect.

More than simply “positive thinking”, a growth mentality is not only crucial in a hyper accountable, hyper productive environment like RMD Advertising, it’s a strong career survival skill. If there is any shortage in the workplace today, from our vantage point, we think it’s a shortage of accountability. By learning every step of the way, seeking progress and growth, everyone wins: our team, our food clients and our community. Here’s how to adapt this state of mind:

1. Stop and Analyze: How would I do this differently NEXT time?  What would I change?  How would I reword that? How do I see myself acting differently next time around?

2. Be Alert: The “next time” isn’t always so obvious, and it doesn’t come with a flashing yellow light. Do yourself a favor and before rushing into an experience, task or project, take time to be alert and reflect.

3. Grow in Confidence: Know that knowledge can be obtained by books, seminars and classes. But WISDOM comes only after experiences … and the act of failing forward. And wisdom always trumps smarts.

Sue is a 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.

I’m an RMD’er because …

I’m an RMD’er because …

RMD is an office full of passionate people, creative minds, and intriguing personalities. Like all of those who are truly inspired by their jobs, coming into work each day isn’t a mandate. It’s a necessity.

The word “passion” has been thrown around quite a bit. So much so, in fact, that it has begun to lose its luster. That’s why we’re re-defining it. Right here. Right now.

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When we asked RMD’ers to explain why they are in advertising, we got a range of answers. Because we believe we’re all important parts of a greater whole, we make each day count. When it really boils down to it, we’re all here to contribute something that wasn’t there before. We are fueled by the thought that we could brighten one client’s day. We are inspired by the idea that the words we write could help grow a brand. We are passionate about the prospect of our packaging design influencing one consumer to pick up a new product in the grocery store.

So now we ask you. What are you passionate about? What can you contribute to the world today?

Our first back-to-back winner!

Our first back-to-back winner!

It’s not that we’re playing Mojo favorites, because selecting last week’s MOJO WINNER was a really tough decision. So many great things happening for our food clients by our amazing team members.  Sometimes, the good Mojo just follows you … and to that we thank our first bad-to-back winner, Alexandra B. It was due to her tenacity that our clients not only got media hits, but got big media hits last week!  Thank you Alex for all you do, and enjoy some burritos on us!

We’re Sweetening the Pot with a New Client

We’re Sweetening the Pot with a New Client

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 Graeter’s Ice Cream to its roster of blue-chip clients. Under the insightful eye of RMD Advertising, Graeter’s Ice Cream, a celebrated ice cream company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, will now be able to effectively expand brand awareness while working with an agency as committed to their growth as they are.

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RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades, which makes it the ideal agency for such a unique client like Graeter’s Ice Cream. 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 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 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 Graeter’s Ice Cream.

“We’re thrilled to add Graeter’s Ice Cream to our roster of clients,” shares Sue Reninger, Managing Partner of RMD Advertising. “The ice cream category is a beloved category for consumers, and the Graeter’s brand is a family tradition and true love brand among consumers. We’re so excited to help take this company to yet another level in their history.”

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream and gelato using a small batch, artisanal French pot method of production dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. It is for this reason that the RMD Advertising team, comprised of foodies itself, is prepared to dive into this new relationship whole-heartedly. Today, Graeter’s has 40 retail stores and ships over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. To learn more about this new addition to
RMD Advertising’s list of favorite food brands clients check us out.

Columbus Advertising Agency’s Website Reinvented to Share Passion for Food, Resources for Food Clients

Columbus Advertising Agency’s Website Reinvented to Share Passion for Food, Resources for Food Clients

RMD Advertising, an Ohio based advertising, brand strategy, social media and public relations agency that is an expert in the food industry, has re-launched its website to better reflect their passion for and intelligence regarding the advertising industry. As the agency serves global and national food brands that are category leaders, this fresh, new look represents their ability to produce successful and engaging work to the highest standards. Live on their website now, it can be seen at RMDadvertising.com.

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RMD Advertising’s expertise in the food industry spans more than two decades. Their sales driven mindset is often what attracts growing and continuously emerging food brands. Such lasting relationships as the ones built with Rudolph Foods and Panera Bread are proof of the agency’s ability to successfully connect their clients to consumers. The new website will be used as a central platform tor all industry knowledge, client success and campaigns, and will showcase RMD Advertising’s wealth of knowledge.

RMD Advertising’s new website showcases the creativity and passion they strive to bring to each new challenge. Donn Ditzhazy, managing partner, adds, “RMD is a tight-knit team of go-getters, problem-solvers, and driven minds who believe that we can make a difference every day. The website’s new design lends a fresh perspective to the strategic creative work and dedication we have always been committed to”.

About RMD Advertising and our website

In 2014, RMD Advertising rose to new heights. First and foremost, they grew in the food brand marketing category and consumer packaged goods (CPG) category overall. Their impressive roster of clients, including such prestigious brands as Rudolph Foods, Dei Fratelli, and Bil-Jac dog food, expanded to encompass NestFresh, Fazoli’s Snacks, The Piping Gourmets, and Mikey’s Muffins. Each food brand they acquire is served with every tool at the agency’s disposal – hard-thinking brand strategy, creative traditional and digital marketing, attention-grabbing social media, and ROI-driven public relations

Paleo and Gluten Free Muffins Leader Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

Paleo and Gluten Free Muffins Leader Selects Ohio Food Advertising Agency

Mikey’s Muffins turns to food brand expert RMD Advertising for
continued growth.

RMD Advertising, a fully integrated advertising, public relations and brand strategy agency, focusing exclusively on growing and emerging food brands, announces the addition of Mikey’s Muffins to its list of established clients. Mikey’s Muffins, a low calorie, Paleo-friendly muffin product meets consumers with an allergen free way to reintroduce a clean bread product to their diet. Mikey’s Muffins will rely on RMD’s strategic counsel through an increased focus on public relations to enhance sales and brand awareness.

Mikey's MuffinsOut of an increasing demand to meet the needs of the consumer with dietary restrictions and those choosing to eat clean, Mikey’s Muffins created a tasteful English muffin to fill the needs of consumers. Mikey’s Muffins are Paleo friendly, low calorie, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and grain free. Simplicity and clean eating is the driving force behind Mikey’s Muffins and is reflected
in their six ingredients, one muffin product.

“Mikey’s Muffins meets the needs of a growing number of consumers looking for good tasting products with a clean label and sensitive to dietary restrictions,” said Sue Reninger, Managing Partner and Brand Strategist of RMD Advertising. “We are excited to add this client to our array of amazing food clients, and look forward to working with their passionate team to continue to fuel their growth.”

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