Portfolio

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Public Relations

National Media

Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine

A profile of Nevins & Associates President, David Nevins, in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine increased national awareness of the Baltimore-based PR and public affairs firm.

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Entrepreneur Magazine

In an effort to increase awareness for Baltimore’s innovation ecosystem, our founder secured Baltimore a spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of top start-up cities.

9 Hot Startup U.S. Cities That Aren’t San Francisco or New York

Site Selection Magazine

To help attract new business to the greater Baltimore region, this article in Site Selection magazine highlighted the region’s proximity to federal installations and agencies including the NSA, Social Security and the US Cyber Command at Fort Meade, which in 2013 announced its planned expansion from 900 to 4,900 troops and civilians, as well as the highly-educated talent base and higher concentration of IT professionals than Silicon Valley or Boston.

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Local Media

Afro News

Baltimore’s largest software development firm Fearless commissioned a series of murals for its main hall and new large conference room as part of its expansion at Spark, a co-working space located at Power Plant Live, to ensure that those often left unrepresented in technology fields can see themselves on the walls and imagine themselves in this world. We helped secure coverage of the artists installing the murals and the finished product resulting in coverage from the Afro, Baltimore Sun, Technical.ly and WMAR.

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WJZ

When Baltimore City experienced a crippling cybersecurity attack, we positioned local cybersecurity firm ThinkStack as an expert source, securing media opportunities for the firm’s CEO Chris Sachse.

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WMAR

During the COVID-19 pandemic, NCIA had to quickly pivot to provide its vocational training program virtually to ensure its participants- returning citizens, homeless veterans, and low-income individuals- could qualify for employment quickly. The VTC provides training in industries considered essential such as HVAC and automotive- and has employer partners ready to hire. I secured media coverage to amplify their story to drive funding and awareness to expand their capacity to serve.

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The Aegis

When Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) bought a farm to establish a permanent location, we provided media relations support to bring attention to the evolution of the organization, including the Aegis, Harford Magazine and the Baltimore Sun.

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BBJ’s Enterprising Women

A feature article in the annual Enterprising Women publication produced by the Baltimore Business Journal profiled Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s CEO Violet Apple. The article highlighted the evolvement of the Girl Scouts program and the impact it has on the development of young women as leaders. Media coverage like this helped the Girl Scouts reposition themselves as a leader in programs designed specifically for girls to combat PR generated by the Boy Scouts when they announced their new effort to recruit girls.

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Placed Media

Entrepreneur Magazine

In response to the unified uprising across the nation and around the world following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, we secured a bylined article in Entrepreneur Magazine for Fearless CEO Delali Dzirasa to share his perspective on how the tech industry can use technology for good. The goal of the article was to establish Delali as a thought leader, and to build brand recognition and recruit tech talent for Fearless.

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Technical.ly Article

In alignment with Nemphos Braue’s business development goals targeting entrepreneurs and the innovation community, we negotiated and managed a robust paid content campaign with Technical.ly, a digital media outlet focusing on the innovation and tech industries. The campaign included 5 articles about founders, their challenges such as intellectual property or acquisition deals, and how Nemphos Braue helped them navigate and grow.

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Baltimore Sun

When the Boy Scouts of America unveiled its new name, Scouts BSA, to reflect its decision to now accept girls in its program, our founder responded with a pr strategy that included appearances on tv, radio and op-eds in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal. Our message was clear: Girl Scout programs are research-driven and the data proves that the girl-only space is critical to the development of girls, helping them build their confidence, find their voice and take the lead.

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Fundraising

Business Development and Public Affairs

The Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center was founded in Baltimore in 2017. The VTC opened a center in Charlotte, NC in January 2020 and will open centers in Raleigh, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in 2021. To date it has served more than 1200 homeless veterans, returning citizens and opportunity youth, providing 15 weeks of vocational training, and 12 months of 1:1 case management assisting with barrier removal to ensure job placement. Despite incredible accomplishments and sustainable impact, the VTC did not have strong brand awareness or positioning to support additional public and private funding.

We created a business development and public affairs strategy to help the VTC’s Director build relationships with business leaders, government agencies and referral partners. The strategy has resulted in dozens of meetings, appointments to committees focused on returning citizens, invitations to join several influential boards, funding opportunities equaling more than $500,000 and collaborative programs with new referral partners.

Online Giving

Using #GivingTuesday as a model, our founder created the Give S’more Challenge to leverage the annual National S’mores Day – Girl Scouts created the s’more in the early 1900s. The initial challenge included an online giving campaign, social media promotion, and a s’mores-making competition among top cookie sellers and camp counselors. It evolved over three years to include a larger peer-to-peer fundraising campaign and corporate team building day at one of GSCM’s camp sites. The campaign raised $3,500 in its first year, $8,500 in its second year, and $15,000 in its third year.

Fundraising During COVID-19

When Maryland joined other states and countries in a stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements due to the global pandemic COVID-19, the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation, like non-profit organizations throughout the state and around the world, had to quickly pivot and develop new approaches to fundraising. Event fundraisers like their annual Living the Dream Gala represent 80% of their annual revenue. In addition to a significant decrease in revenue, ZACF experienced an increase in request for support from cancer patients and caregivers. Unlike most healthy Americans, their immune-compromised clients struggle to do even CDC-approved tasks like go to the grocery store, but the economic impact is even greater because without work or benefits, many of our clients will struggle even more to pay bills, or access critical care or much-needed wrap-around support. We created a virtual campaign that included emailed appeals to previous donors and promotions on social media as well as matching dollars from long-time supporter Petit Cellars – the campaign raised more than $7,000 in critical funds.

Content Marketing

Establishing credibility and brand positioning

A strong content marketing strategy can be critical to business development, establishing a business’ areas of expertise and thought leadership that influences credibility and brand positioning. For Maryland government affairs firm, Old Line Government Affairs, this included frequent blog articles, paid content opportunities, a podcast, and placed content with industries, associations and clients, to break through the noise of a very competitive industry. 

Generating Social Engagement with Key Target Audiences

HACK Baltimore is creating a new model for social innovation. This city-wide technology movement aims to break down silos and bridge the gap between Baltimore City residents, community leaders, city agencies, businesses, and non-profits to facilitate difficult conversations around deeply-rooted, systemic challenges that have resulted in health disparities, digital inequity, barriers in access to financial capital, and disadvantages in hiring and advancement.

We conceptualized a talk show-style video series featuring interviews with some of Baltimore’s brightest, grittiest, passionate and committed residents and leaders to have frank conversations around what it will take to make a real difference in Baltimore. Conversations with Dionne and Delali can be viewed on Facebook and Instagram, and have helped HACK Baltimore build connections between Baltimore’s business and community leaders.

Outsourced content support

Notre Dame of Maryland University relies on our ongoing support to provide content as needed including blog articles, press releases, and feature stories for its alumnae magazine. We provide outsourced support for the university’s small communications team to continue to publish robust, engaging content for its students, alumnae, donors, family and friends.

Freelance writing

Brand Identity & Marketing Strategy

Branded materials for business development

As a young, three-year-old start-up, Nemphos Braue was positioning itself to become the premier boutique corporate law firm in the mid-Atlantic. With a new business development director, the firm was poised for growth and needed branded materials to use with prospect clients and marketing events. We worked with our vendor partners and created a suite of materials including one page firm overview, attorney bios, e-newsletter template, branded giveaways, pull-up banners and branded tablecloth.
 
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Developing a marketing presence

The Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center is a program of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, a 43 year old non-profit based in Baltimore County. The VTC had little brand awareness in Baltimore despite its incredible successes in just three short years – it has served more than 500 homeless veterans, returning citizens and opportunity youth. As it prepared to open centers in other cities along the East Coast, the director recognized a need for a marketing strategy to help improve brand awareness and positioning and establish credibility among its various stakeholders and partners to help drive funding and expansion. Working within the NCIA branding requirements, we worked with our vendor partners to create a series of videos, suite of materials including a brochure, fliers, pull-up banner and branded tablecloth, as well as create dedicated social media channels for the VTC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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