Funding Makes the Headlines at Kite Hill

As a tech agency working with thriving and growing startups, one key piece of news we’re often tasked with announcing is funding. From showcasing business growth to entering new markets, three Kite Hill clients recently leaned on our expertise to tell their brand story in an impactful way.

  • Applicaster, a company simplifying the production, delivery and maintenance of direct-to-consumer media applications, secured a $20 million round in funding to expand their global presence and product set. We generated more than 30 pieces of coverage for them, with key placements including Axios, VentureBeat and WSJ Pro Venture Capital.

  • PhotoShelter, a leading digital asset management platform for visual storytellers, raised $8 million in order to drive product innovation across its cloud-based visual media platforms, PhotoShelter and Libris; accelerate staff expansion; and finance a new company headquarters. We worked with their team to secure 11 pieces of coverage including features in New York Business Journal and VentureBeat.

  • TRIBE, a self-serve marketplace connecting brands with influencers, secured $7.5 million in funding to support their US launch and platform expansion. Results included an exclusive feature story in TechCrunch, with 11 placements across the US and UK. 


Funding is incredibly important to businesses, and communicating this news efficiently is even more crucial to support your company’s growth. Here are three tips to keep in mind for your next funding round announcement.

Plan and Prepare Efficiently
Beyond the time it takes to share the news and secure coverage, there is so much critical behind-the-scenes work that needs to be done for funding announcements. For PR teams to be able to shape the right story, engage a PR firm well in advance of the proposed announcement date. Make sure you establish what key information is necessary from both internal and external stakeholders and develop a clear and strategic plan of action in advance. 

Go Broad
Everyone has their “cream of the crop” publications. You should target outlets that are most important for your business, but remember that there’s a broader media environment through which you can amplify your message. The right PR partner will be able to target your message at both the key trades as well as business, financial and venture capital-focused publications. A tailored, yet broad outreach strategy will help you break through the noise and ensure the right people see your message.

Amplify the News Beyond PR 
When announcing your funding round, think about creative ways to amplify the news beyond press coverage that directly reinforces your business goals. For example, TRIBE shared their funding coverage across different social media networks, and as a result of sharing the news on LinkedIn specifically, they received dozens of job inquiries from applicants in the US. Meanwhile, Applicaster saw a significant increase in traffic to their website during the week the funding was announced. 

There are so many ways to announce a funding round, but these core strategies will help you produce the right results for your business.

- Mike Siegel, Account Manager

Catch These Kite Hill Clients At NAB 2019 Plus Tips for Maximizing Your NAB Investment

NAB 2019 is nearly upon us. Kicking off on April 8 in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, NAB will explore the latest media, entertainment and technology developments. Industry innovators and leaders are preparing to exhibit their latest developments and explore the hottest industry topics such as AI, 5G, and eSports, to name a few.

All eyes are on Vegas to see what creative ideas emerge from the event surrounding managing, delivering and monetizing content in new and efficient ways across every platform. From cybersecurity, to in-vehicle entertainment, no corner of the industry will be left untouched and Kite Hill’s clients will be leading the conversation. 

Keep an eye out for these Kite Hill PR clients at NAB 2019: 

  • Applicaster, a media-app maintenance company, will be amongst the first round of startups exhibiting at SPROCKIT’s 2019 show. As a company that allows users to quickly develop high-quality media apps at scale through an innovative SaaS platform, NAB will give Applicaster a platform to connect with attendees about new changes coming to the world of app development, which is crucial to the 5G conversation. Applicaster will be demonstrating its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based app platform Zapp.

  • Deluxe, an entertainment content creator and distributor partner, has solidified an exhibition spot at NAB as well to showcase how its capabilities help content creators. At 2018’s NAB Show, Deluxe unveiled Deluxe One, a cloud-based solution. This year, the company’s top execs will be there to showcase the brand new features - including AI and ML capabilities. Deluxe’s SVP of media and cloud architect Konstantin Wilms will participate at the Streaming Summit on the panel SRT Technical Panel: Implementations and Best Practices.

  • Stringr, a video marketplace that enables media organizations to source custom footage, edit and publish, is among Kite Hill’s clients that will be on the ground exhibiting. CEO and co-founder Lindsay Stewart will be moderating the Women in News: Immersive Journalism  panel on Tuesday, April 9 alongside other female industry powerhouses.  

We're only just a few weeks away from the kickoff of NAB 2019. It's a pivotal time for every industry player to prepare to be apart of the conversation that will shape the future of media and technology. 

Are you attending NAB? Here are some ways that you can maximize your company’s exposure at the show: 

  1. Tell your story. Before the show, leverage your social channels to let your network and other members of the industry know that you will be at NAB and why your product or service is unique. Post the details of your panel, booth, etc., and promote accordingly to keep your followers, clients, potential clients and target audience in the know!

  2. Consider your competition. Major events are leveraged by many different companies, including your competition. If this is the first time you are attending the show, research which journalists have covered your competition. This will give you a sense of what media will be attending the show. This will also help your team understand how the media or attendees talked about services like yours last year. Use these learnings as your team preps for its presentations overall. 

  3. Engage with relevant journalists, with relevant information. The best public relations professionals understand that targeted journalist outreach can lead to great earned media coverage of your company and help lay the foundation for a positive, ongoing relationship. Reach out to journalists and offer information that is relevant to their beat. They will likely be writing articles about news released at the show or major trends coming out of the conference. Be sure to tell them why your company is relevant and what insights you and/or your executives can speak to.


If you are looking for PR for your media company or service, Kite Hill PR will be in attendance at the NAB. If you’d like to arrange a meeting to talk about PR tips and tricks, please contact Dana@KiteHillPR.com 

2019: The Year Brands Get to Know Their Audiences

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As an agency with an expertise and deep understanding of the ad tech, publishing and media spaces, we host regular events that examine the most pressing topics and trends affecting these increasingly integrated industries. Last week, we hosted our first NY AdTech Meetup of 2019 at dailymotion’s offices, welcoming nearly 100 guests who were eager to learn about the value of personalization in advertising and marketing.

Panelists included Caroline Blavet (VP, Business Operations, dailymotion), Josh Neckes (Co-Founder & President, Simon Data), Claire Mitchell (Director, VaynerSmart, VaynerMedia) and moderator, Ginger Conlon (U.S. Editor, The Drum), who broke down personalization as it applies to publishers, media and ad tech companies. 

As the discussion unfolded, a few keys components of personalization came to the forefront; How do you define personalization? How do you make it cost-effective? And what are the benefits?

How do you define personalization

“At the end of the day, personalization is about relevance,” led Josh Neckes, to which the entire panel agreed. However, the bar at which brands are now being measured, according to Neckes, is very high. And although our expectations as consumers are very high, the panel agreed that few brands other than Google or Amazon can achieve that level of personalization. There is hope though, using the analogy of the bear and the sprinter, Ginger Conlon joked, “as long as you’re faster than your friend, you don’t have to be Amazon or Google.”

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Claire Mitchell then broke down personalization into three buckets. The first, and the one that most encounter, is your name appearing in an email or in an ad you see online. Followed by segmentation, or creating different creative assets for different groups based on interests, demographics or location. Finally, there is contextual relevance, not just how to personalize an ad based on information about the user, but meeting them where they are.
As is commonplace when discussing advertising and media in today’s tech-heavy landscape, data began to permeate the conversation. Specifically, how customer data is used by brands when it comes to personalizing experiences, and in turn, what consumer expectations are for their data. “What data is the consumer generating,” asked Neckes. “The data being generated is what creates expectations.” The gaps created when it comes to data and expectations for the user are responsible for the weird middle ground that Neckes believes we are currently in.

How do you make it cost-effective

Creating personalized experiences for users doesn’t come cheap though. There needs to be an investment made by the brands on both the creative and technology side. Those investments need to be carefully vetted and allocated however, or companies risk wasting money before they’ve even started. According to Neckes, one of the biggest mistakes brands make comes in the form of their data team. Having good, clean data is more important for your data team than having a good data scientist. An average data scientist with good data can do much more than the best data scientist with bad data.   
“Our bet, ultimately, is that it will be more cost effective in the long run to create something relevant for specific segments and individuals, rather than creating one piece of content and hoping it is resonant with the entire population,” argued Mitchell.

What are the ultimate benefits

“Consumers want it and it works,” stated Caroline Blavet. Blavet then continued by citing studies that showed that consumers prefer personalized ads, as opposed to non-personalized ads. Consumers are willing to give up their information, as long as there is trust involved and explicit disclosures are made available.

“Regardless of fears about privacy, users are open to personalization,” Conlon agreed. The key is making sure that you are able to stay on the right side of the creepy/cool line. A line, Conlon states, that moves depending on the person and the brand. A way to make sure you stay on the cool side of the link, according to Neckes, is to ask who are you targeting, why are you targeting them and what’s the explicit agreement. What’s the value proposition.

The bottom line, personalization is something that all brands need to be cognizant of. Not only because consumers want it, even with concerns about privacy, but because in the long run, personalization is the most profitable way forward. However, brands need to make sure that they are considering their audience, their product and the message, as well as establishing the value exchange. Doing so ensures that they are able to stay on the cool side of the line. 

- Michael Deleo, Senior Account Executive

2018: A Look Back at Kite Hill PR

A Look Back on My Internship at Kite Hill PR

As a senior year at Manhattan College, I’d already spent many hours learning about what PR agencies do, but had yet to experience it hands on. At the end of this past August, I was offered the opportunity to join Kite Hill PR as the agency’s fall intern. Over the past several months working with the Kite Hill team, I have expanded my knowledge of the industry and have learned the true importance of a collaborative and proactive work environment.

Throughout my internship, I was able to explore an industry that was entirely new to me, adtech and martech! I quickly learned the basics of the industry and began to realize that martech is actually behind almost all of the marketing I’m exposed to on a daily basis. My hands-on work with Kite Hill’s clients and team projects allowed me to learn how the industry is constantly evolving and linked to many, if not all, marketing efforts in today’s interconnected advertising ecosystem.

In addition to learning about the broader technology landscape, my assignments showed me the importance of research, and the impact it plays as a strong foundation for all of the work the Kite Hill team does on a daily basis. Without detailed research, projects will not be completed as accurately and effectively as possible. Expanding my research skills and learning to identify what information is relevant to a task has at the same time helped me outside of Kite Hill with work in my college courses.

Not everything I learned was PR related, however. I’ve also been able to sharpen my time management and multitasking skills throughout my internship, seamlessly switching between different client tasks. I’ve become more confident in  handling day-to-day activities that require me to multitask.

The team at Kite Hill is made up of some of the most ambitious, friendly, positive professionals I have encountered throughout my prior years of interning. Everyone has contributed to the development of my skill set, setting me in good stead as I prepare to enter the workforce this spring. I am sincerely grateful that the entire team welcomed me with open arms and helped me learn so much.

Thank you Kite Hill for welcoming me as a part of the team!

- Nora Duffy, Senior at Manhattan College, Intern

Kite Hill PR Hosts UK University Students for Chat with Vox Media on Becoming a Seasoned Pro

Each year, as students near graduation and head off into the workforce, they often ask themselves, “how can I set myself up for success?”  At Kite Hill, we work closely with our interns and young professionals attending Communications Week, to help those interested in PR, media and marketing become a proactive, solutions-driven professional. When we heard  University of the Creative Arts students were headed to NYC looking to fill their itinerary with lectures and events on how to do just that, we immediately welcomed the opportunity to have them in our space. With the help of Carly Walsh, Senior Communications Manager at Vox Media, we were able to host a fireside chat filled with advice and lessons learned for these vibrant, international students.
 
Kite Hill’s very own Dana Casalino, PR Director and Head of Kite Hill Experiences, moderated a discussion with Walsh. The conversation dipped into what the future of the workforce will look like, the evolving world of PR and integrated communications as well as the importance of developing key hard and soft skills for continued career growth.
 
Kicking off the discussion by recapping their own personal career progression and professional background, Walsh and Casalino shared insights on how students could prepare themselves for their first job by identifying transferable skills they’ve picked up along their professional journey. While many young professionals progress and often times switch roles and companies, Casalino advised students, “Even if you don’t start out in the place you hoped you’d be, think about what you’ve learned in your past or current experiences that you could take with you along the way.”
 
While there are a few key differences between the U.K. and U.S. media landscape, Walsh noted that regardless of industry or marketplace, creating a valuable network that can help guide you is important no matter where you are.  In an effort to build your network, Walsh advised that students should expand their activities, “Make sure you are getting connected with organizations outside of work." She referenced her involvement in an improv group that’s helped to fine tune her quick thinking and public speaking skills.
 
Casalino and Walsh concluded the chat with top career tips for the rising stars in the audience. Walsh wrapped up with advise on how students can champion tactical elements that will have a big impact on their career. She referenced programs like InDesign, PowerPoint and others that will become invaluable to teams that are looking for young professionals who can quickly develop high-quality social assets, presentations, marketing collateral and more.
 
Walsh also encouraged students to remain creative and authentic when presenting themselves to future employers. She challenged students to think about:

  1. What non-traditional platforms they could use to accompany or replace their resumes to represent themselves in a unique way.

  2. What ideas/strategies they could proactively recommend in follow ups or interviews.

 
Walsh’s final thought was simple but vital for young professionals, “Ask as many questions as you can. Nobody expects that you are going to know everything.”  
 
Casalino harped on the importance of building a strong network reminding students, “Be sure to surround yourselves with like-minded people. Those people are the ones that will lift you up in your career.” Casalino left students with insight on how to remain relevant in the continuously evolving digital media landscape. “You will not survive in PR and marketing if you are not taking an integrated approach to communications. You must incorporate all the channels in which you can reach your brand or clients’ audience to tell your individual story.”
 
Thank you to all the students from University of the Creative Arts UK for joining us!
 
- Kara O’Donnell, Senior Account Executive, Kite Hill PR

2018: Kite Hill’s Award Winning Year

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2018 has been an eventful year for Kite Hill PR. Our team has continued to deliver groundbreaking results through our hands-on approach, which has not gone unnoticed by our broader industry!

Earlier this year, Kite Hill was recognized by PR News in its listing of the 2018 Top Places To Work In PR. This recognition is given to organizations that work hard to become leaders within the PR industry, while also creating an engaging and productive environment for their employees. Receiving this award has been a great acknowledgement of our dedication to the growth of our employees, while also delivering stellar results for our clients. Kite Hill’s culture of collaboration, creativity and flexibility are some of the driving factors behind our commitment to employee progression and originality.

In addition, our fearless founder and CEO Tiffany Guarnaccia was named among PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 this year. PRWeek carefully selects industry leaders from the top PR pros that demonstrate the most innovative approaches to redefining their industry. Tiffany’s dedication to advancing our agency and clients, as well as adapting to and progressing in the ever-changing PR industry, helped to land her a spot on the elite list.

Most recently, Kite Hill was recognized in Bulldog Reporter’s Stars of PR Awards. Named a Most Innovative Agency, Kite Hill was featured alongside other agencies that are continuously approaching PR in a creative way. Kite Hill firmly believes that the days of “traditional PR” are long gone, and continues to innovate the way we approach our work differently for each individual client and project.

As 2018 comes to a close, the momentum continues as Kite Hill will be entering 2019 on a high note. Keep your eyes open as the dream team aims for “Bigger and Greater!” 

Will Vogel, Account Associate

Being open about mental health needs to start at the top

Last week I had the pleasure of observing HRH The Duke of Cambridge speak at the insightful new mental health in the workplace conference, This Can Happen. About halfway through the session, referring to a traumatic incident he’d been party to while serving in the Air Ambulance service, HRH explained that he didn’t tell his family what he’d seen or how it affected him – he didn’t want to burden them with it. Consequently, his workplace became the antidote to these negative feelings; he was able to process them by sharing these experiences with his colleagues.
 
This is both brilliantly observed, as well as blindingly obvious once you start thinking about it. Our families and friends are the people we love the most and try hardest to protect. Yes, we’re supposed to share our thoughts and feelings with them, but at the same time we wish to avoid hurting or upsetting them, often an unwanted consequence of being honest about mental health issues. On this logic, of course the workplace must play a role in helping people stay mentally healthy.
 
Conversely, our family and friends are not there to serve as lifeguards or human stress balls to the mental troubles induced by stressful or over-pressurised working environments. High performance workplaces should not come at the expense of high performing personal relationships.
 
Research unveiled by Accenture at This Can Happen revealed that the scale of our exposure to mental health problems is greater than previously calculated. Two out of three people have had a personal experience of mental health challenges – that’s as many as have been considered obese at some point in their lives, and as I understand it we have an obesity crisis in the UK right now.
 
Fewer than half of companies are currently set up to support employees with common mental health problems. I don’t believe that’s due to a lack of corporate interest. Rather, in most cases it’s an inability to understand what companies need to do to put these systems, processes, values and cultural practices in place.
 
Yet any of the 750+ delegates visiting the event will have seen that what’s needed is pretty straightforward, albeit not always easy to implement. At its core, this is about talking. If people talk about how they’re feeling and what they’re experiencing, knowledge and information will be shared, empowering employers to act accordingly. The issue isn’t a lack of solutions – we were shown one slide with 40+ digital mental health care provider logos, a far-from-comprehensive outline of the sheer range of support options available… and that’s just in the digital space. Once employers understand what the problem is, it’s not hard to investigate the potential options available. However, too many employers never receive the right information in the first place.
 
This is because encouraging people to talk requires, a) a culture of openness and, b) a culture of leaders being open. If people are afraid of sharing their stories - through fear of professional reprisals, of appearing inadequate, or simply through a lack of belief that anyone is there to listen – they will almost certainly keep their lips sealed. Likewise, if leaders appear omnipotent and utterly invincible then there’s little chance the rest of the workforce will want to share their all-too-human troubles, irrespective of the support that’s technically available to them.
 
When I first experienced mental health problems in the workplace – severe anxiety brought on by chronic insomnia, itself a product of silent, internalized depression after a very tough year in my personal life – I was fortunate enough to be given as much time out of the office as I required to receive the treatment I so badly needed. It took me having to flee a meeting because I thought I was going to be physically sick from the stress, in order to even realize there was something wrong. Back then, we just weren’t talking about the potential for mental health issues to arise in the workplace, irrespective of cause, or the impact they could have on our ability to carry out our jobs.
 
Today I try and talk about the ongoing, complicated relationship I have with my mental health as openly as possible, because I find it helpful and because I hope it makes other people more comfortable in sharing their own stories. I haven’t always done this within a workplace context. If This Can Happen has taught me anything, it’s that if I want to be a true leader, I’m going to have to lead the conversation about mental health rather than keeping quiet around my colleagues.
 
One final thought: Another stat that emerged from the conference is that a culture of working 11+ hours per day, as opposed to 7-8 hours, makes someone 2.4 times more likely to have a major depressive episode. In our Kite Hill handbook we specifically state the following:
 
“We believe that best-in-class client service is achievable without the pressure-cooker environment and long working hours so often associated with our industry... A stressful workplace does nothing to foster account teams that are always passionate and motivated.”
 
So keep it in mind folks – the PR industry can do a lot to improve everyday mental health simply by making sure everyone sticks to their contracted hours. This too needs to start at the top.

-Tom Kirkham, VP

2018: A Letter from the UK

Kite Hill UK is three years old! If it weren’t for our steadfast commitment to avoiding client-servicing while half-cut, we’d be cracking open the champagne right now. Maybe we’ll pour a glass later; we have prosecco on tap after all (how very PR of us), courtesy of our good friends and landlords at WeWork. 
 
When the UK operation began, we had neither landlord nor prosecco, just a small handful of part-time freelancers lending a few valuable hours to support a limited number of ad and marketing tech clients looking to expand their communications outreach into the UK market. Today we’re a full-fledged tech PR agency with our own client roster, a permanent, growing team, our own lovely WeWork office, and even our own inaugural hosted educational industry event behind us.
 
So much progress has been made, but rather than spend further time reeling off our achievements and boring everyone to tears, I thought it would be infinitely more interesting to ask some of the UK team for their personal reflections and highlights on 2018 at Kite Hill UK.  
 
Frances, Account Executive: "My client highlights of the year, in no particular order; revealing the DMARC implementation - or lack thereof - of cybersecurity’s leading lights at Infosec with Red Sift; starting work with Attest where food + tech + brands = all of my professional goals realised; elevating the voices of Qutee’s influencers to challenge the negative stereotypes of video gaming; and coordinating with the PB to my J, Moira Shannon, on IgnitionOne. Who knew the auto industry was so interesting?!
 
But I know that my top highlight of the year is yet to come; it’s only a few days until VP Tom and I are heading to Kite Hill HQ in New York, where I finally meet the team I’ve spent a year learning from, working alongside and exchanging ridiculous gifs, laughs and sarcastic Slack messages with.”
 
Georgie, Intern: “In my first few weeks at Kite Hill, I felt welcomed by the team and was presented with an array of clients paving the way with innovative tech which sparked my excitement from the offset. As someone who is fresh out of uni and whose parents were convinced the only pathway I had was to teach, everyday the Tech PR industry presents me with new opportunities I can only struggle to explain to them! 
 
A particular highlight was the inaugural London Comms Week event, which embodied the spirit of Kite Hill and showed how a small team of hardworking individuals can produce big results with the help of our lovely colleagues from across the pond. The event contributed to an important dialogue about the future of PR, which for me, as someone who is just starting out in the industry, raised lots of questions and gave me hope and excitement as to what my career has in store…” 
 
Yogi, Senior Account Manager: “If I had to use just one word to sum up 2018 for Kite Hill UK, I'd say 'startup'. We've had startups and scale-ups aplenty coming on board over the past 12 months. Unlike the multinational conglomerates or the sassy independents now heading into their teens, they've afforded us the freedom to push the boundaries of conventional corporate news-driven PR, for example, using proprietary data to drive media interest, set debates on fire and land some hot, high-impact coverage.
 
We’re lucky to enjoy an incredible working dynamic between the humans in London and New York. We strive to support, mentor and champion each other and the agency’s successes are testament to the excellent people that call themselves the Kite Hill Dream Team. Our inaugural London Communications Week event looked at the agency of the future and how to attract the next generation of talent – at Kite Hill, I believe we’re already doing much of this right – we are diverse, we are flexible and we nurture raw talent. It’s a great platform to build on.”
 
Alice, Account Associate: “I joined the Kite Hill UK team as a fresh graduate slightly nervous about moving from the world of Fashion PR to Tech PR, but I’ve felt embraced and encouraged by the entire team, including the team in the US.
 
The last few weeks have been very busy with a lot to take in and new clients to learn about, but I feel like I am learning from the absolute pros in the industry here. I have particularly enjoyed working with Garrison, our cyber security client. I have loved stepping up to the challenge of learning about a new industry, and I’m really excited to see what 2019 will bring!”
 
And there you have it - the view from the people that really matter, the people that have enabled this young PR agency, in a vastly competitive marketplace, to enjoy such a positive and promising 12 months. So hats off to the team: Kite Hill UK is three years old, but 2018 is the year our UK business truly came alive.

-Tom Kirkham, VP

Communications Week® Concludes Fifth Annual Conference

Now in its fifth year, Kite Hill’s industry event series Communications Week® concluded its annual conference with successful events in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, London and Hamburg. Founded in NYC, 2018 was the first year the event expanded globally.

The 2018 theme “Workforce of the Future” was addressed at each event, discussing the most pressing issues in each marketplace. Our New York City events kicked off at Blender Workspace, featuring speakers from companies such as Business Wire, Away and Johnson & Johnson, as well as executives from agencies such as Ruder Finn, Ketchum and Kite Hill PR.

Speaking to the future of the PR, media and marketing industries, sessions examined not only the tools and skills needed to be successful in our industry, but the kinds of people and talent companies will continuously want to attract and retain. Sessions dove deeper into the importance of building a healthy and trustworthy external relationship with partners and vendors, and how these relationships will result in better quality work and a more engaged workforce. As covered in PRWeek, our “Workforce of the Future” event stressed the importance of PR professionals not only being an expert in their space, but making efforts to better understand marketing and other business departments.

The week continued with events at Viacom’s Sky Square Amphitheater, including our “The Human Factor” conference which looked at holding a closer lens to the people-centric issues that will impact the future of the PR industry. Sessions addressed how leaders can encourage a low-stress environment while setting up their teams for success. Executives from companies such as WHOSAY, Bloomberg, Thrive Global, MSNBC & NBC News, among others, addressed pressing industry issues such as the importance of creating and fostering a diverse culture and work/life integration.

Communications Week® continued across the pond with London’s event, “Meeting the Needs of Next Gen Talent.” With a panel discussion led by our own UK VP Tom Kirkham, the event featured panelists from companies such as Luminous PR, ICCO, PRCA, Reuben-Sinclair, The PR Networkand Women in PR UK. The panel dove into the challenges we face as an industry in attracting and retaining a talented workforce. The conversation then shifted towards the importance of positivity in PR. Panelists shared insights and tips not only on how we can make sure we are promoting the positives of PR, but actionable ways we can ensure we are living out these values in our own workplace.

Communications Week® once again brought together top talent to discuss how we can improve our industry, as well as how we can better ourselves as professionals. As our fearless founder and CEO Tiffany Guarnaccia, also the founder of Communications Week®, shared with attendees, "Take control and manage up. You're in control of your own universe." 

- Kara O'Donnell, Senior Account Executive

Kite Hill PR CEO & Founder Joins Powerful Women Leaders to Reflect on Success & Look to the Future

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The workplace is in a moment of reckoning. Our workforce has overcome incredible feats in the past few decades, including the promotion and support of female leaders. With so many monumental breakthroughs and milestones on inclusion and employee empowerment, the question now is how leaders can empower top talent and the workforce of tomorrow.

Tiffany Guarnaccia, CEO and founder of Kite Hill and founder of Communications Week®, recently joined top female executives in the media, marketing and technology industries to discuss how they rose to the top, sharing lessons, insights and best practices they learned along the way. Hosted by Dailymotion, Guarnaccia moderated the conversation and was accompanied by Laura Burkhauser, Director Product Management at Rent the Runway, Stephanie Fraise, Chief People Officer at Dailymotion, Morgan Greco, VP Digital Partnerships at A&E Networks and Jacqueline Quantrell, Chief Revenue Officer at TripleLift.

Kicking off the conversation, Guarnaccia asked each executive to share insights from their personal career journeys and explain how they came to their current roles. While each panelist had a different background story, Guarnaccia pointed out that “there was no one path to the top, everyone had an entrepreneurial spirit while establishing themselves in their career.” Panelists went on to shed light on particular company initiatives that are helping to support women specifically.

The conversation then shifted to broader workplace challenges. While climbing the ranks within a workplace, professionals are tasked with achieving a healthy work-life balance. Burkhauser shared a tip for all audience members, advising them to find the things that matter most to themselves while striving for a balanced life. With so many senior leaders raising a family, Burkhauser advised parents to “take the time to do what you enjoy with your child and the rest of the time be the best parent you can be. Also add in the things that give you energy and make you happy." While it’s not always about doing less, it’s often times about making time for the commitments that make you feel energized and complete. Panelists went on to expand on the fact that a healthy work-life balance is not something that comes without putting in the effort. "You have to seek the work-life balance for yourself. Part of it is the support your company can offer directly and another part is support you demand for yourself," explained Greco.

Panelists reflected on situations where they’ve worked to “break the mold” of women in the workplace. Quantrell shared an experience from early on in her career that has stuck with her to this day. While travelling to CES, she recalls walking on a flight and quickly realizing she was one of only four women on a flight of 300 passengers travelling to the event. While the industry has made huge strides and improvements over the past decade, women need to continue finding their voice in the workplace.
Speakers went on to share advice for those coming up in their career. “Use all the experience you’ve learned throughout your career to make insightful, powerful decisions to make sure your voice is heard,” noted Quantrell. When managing a team, it comes down to leading by example. Guarnaccia challenged leaders to “manage with transparency and to be authentic when communicating to your team” - a best practice she lives by while managing her own company.

Burkhauser chimed in, "Sometimes we feel like we need to wear a mask at work. It's really important for leaders to be the ones that are authentic for their teams to feel they can be themselves in the workplace."

Looking to the future, speakers shared how they want the workforce want to look in 2025. Panelists agreed that inclusion will continue to prevail, hoping all workplaces will foster a fully diverse environment.

The panel concluded with tips on how to advance in today’s workplace. While anyone on a team can identify what’s going wrong, professionals can differentiate themselves by providing strategic insight on how to fix an issue. “Have a voice, be strong and be passionate,” Quantrell advised. Coming to work motivated and enthusiastic is another factor up to each individual employee. While it’s easy to teach someone skills, strategic thinking is a technique that is learned through experience. Guarnaccia stepped in to explain the importance of an employee taking the time to understand the larger business and how their role impacts the broader company.

Promoting a strong future workforce stems from the actions of today’s leaders. Thank you to all  the attendees for joining us!

- Kara O’Donnell, Senior Account Executive

From Mumbai to Kite Hill: Observations on Advertising’s Future

Does advertising have a future? That was the thought-provoking question posed to us by Ana Milicevic, co-founder and Principal of Sparrow Advisors, at a recent adtech breakfast we held at our office. Ana, an adtech veteran and consultant, began the session by asking what the last great, or even good, ad we saw was. Most of us needed to go back half a year, to the Super Bowl, to recall such an ad. 

Which leads us to the short answer of no – at least not in the capacity as we see it now. Instead, advertising will have to go through an evolution. As Milicevic continued to drive home, the only constant is change. Definitions change. Behaviors change. Expectations change. And in today’s mobile and digital-first society, the speed of these changes has increased exponentially, and advertising will need to adjust accordingly.

Flexibility

In today’s tech-heavy and user-centric society, these changes have lead to the shift from mass media to semi-private channels. This shift in media consumption habits has forced advertisers to create more targeted experiences for consumers, or face being skipped. With the growth of ad blockers, whose usage is up 15 percent (2014) to 30 percent, advertisers need to have the flexibility to change their “old world” models to adapt to changes in consumer behavior and preferences of the “skip-ad” generation. 

Think like a consumer

In order to combat ad blockers, and being skipped, advertisers need to put themselves in the consumer’s shoes - which shouldn’t be hard, they are marketed to during their daily lives as well! Milicevic highlighted five key factors that are important to today’s consumers: curation, personalization, simplicity and semi-automation, immediacy and non-friction. Essentially, consumers want everything today to be a mix of the Netflix and Amazon models - and you can’t just blame Millennials for this one.  

Milicevic also highlighted a number of trends we are seeing in regards to consumer behavior, as opposed to what was traditionally thought of as the standard. No longer do consumers feel comfortable with invisible services and assets, they want to feel like they are in control. Loyalty and trust have become defining factors when considering products and services for today’s consumers, leading to a shift from push marketing to pull marketing. Additionally, consumers today have been shown to prefer experiences, rather than just accumulating things, and are far more open to sharing (Uber, Netflix) rather than owning. 

Challenges for the industry

In our profession, and in adtech PR specifically, GDPR has been ever present since the 25th of May. As such, there is no need to go into great detail, as you’ve heard it all before. However, the impact GDPR has had on advertising cannot be understated. With the recent legislation in California, Milicevic believes it is only a matter of time before we have country-wide regulations in the US as well. Another aspect that came out of GDPR was a more scrutinized look at where your data is coming from - whether it be first or third-party data. 

Data regulations and the way that it’s collected aren’t the only challenges advertisers are facing either, as both ad fraud and the duopoly continue to play major roles within the industry. Milicevic, however, voiced confusion at the fact that some executives within the industry have come to see ad fraud as “just part of doing business,” instead of an actual problem. Some even include expected losses due to ad fraud in their budgets, anywhere from 15 to 20 percent! 

Silver Lining 

Not all is doom and gloom in the industry and advertising is not going away, nor should it. However, like the automobile, telco and media industries, the advertising industry needs to adapt. Consumer’s habits change – Baby Boomers consume products and services differently than Millennials, and Gen Z will bring an even bigger shift in its consumption habits. Using Ana’s insights, paired with our own experiences, it is now up to us to help our clients, and the industry as whole, to adapt and rebrand.

Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks to see our blog post expanding on the current challenges adtech, and the advertising industry as a whole, are facing. 

- Michael Deleo, Senior Account Executive

Following GDPR, ad tech has a PR problem

The drumbeat “ad tech is dead” has risen in intensity and bubbled up from what was an insider conversation to the mainstream media thanks to the roll out of GDPR. Experts questioned the model of many ad tech providers -- pointing to the fact that in order for online advertising to be effective, it needs to be based on personally identifiable information (PII). But the reality is different from the picture that’s been painted. 

GDPR could positively impact the industry by pushing issues that have been swept under the rug up to the forefront. If you’re an ad tech company, here are four ways that you can help combat the industry’s PR problem. 

Highlight Compliance & Proper Use of Data
The best ad tech players in the industry, like Kite Hill PR client Tapad, have been preparing for this rollout and have taken a proactive stance in communicating the impacts, new process and procedures that they’ll employ in the post-GDPR world, including “3 Reasons Why Marketers Should Welcome GDPR.” 

Another Kite Hill PR client Merkle recently voiced a positive perspective on the legislation, explaining that it validates the way marketers are striving to communicate with consumers. Rather than a en masse approach, GDPR enables people-based marketing. 

Deliver Better Ad Experiences
In some ways, the industry created its own issues. Frequently forgetting best practices and letting ads follow uninterested consumers around the internet, burying user terms and conditions so that privacy policies are an afterthought - there’s plenty of no-no’s to highlight. GDPR will help weed bad players out. Companies should now be taking control into their own hands by reviewing how marketers are leveraging their platforms and offering training on how to deliver the optimal experience. We’re well past the John Wanamaker days. Every ad dollar counts and should be put into great creative that reaches the right users.

Demonstrate the Benefits Beyond the Duopoly
The media industry needs ad tech. And ad tech needs media. An unexpected consequence of GDPR’s rollout could be to strengthen the hold that Google has on the marketplace. Google has noted that websites and apps using its ad tech tools must get a user’s consent, while also limiting their use of other ad tech vendors. A more diverse ad tech ecosystem can put the control in the hands of publishers.

Think about What’s Next
In the U.S., there are several laws being proposed that would curb data usage in similar ways to GDPR. In the EU, ePrivacy legislation is also now being debated. ePrivacy would go further than GDPR to curb a company’s ability to use data. Speaking about the potential consequences of these proposed laws offers ad tech companies an opportunity to stand apart from their competitors, and might even play a hand in influencing the likelihood that the laws will be passed.  

The ad tech industry isn’t dead. But it is evolving. Highlight how you are a part of the industry’s evolution to survive.

Reflecting on my time interning with Kite Hill PR

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A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I could start thinking about my time with KITE HILL to help inform the company’s internship program going forwards. And so, after digging through my notes, emails, past tasks and briefs on anything and everything we have been up to during the past 12 weeks, I thought I’d offer some reflections on the most educational and formative experiences of my time with the UK team. I have also met some of the most creative, motivated, friendly and fun individuals since I moved to London and therefore I would first like to thank the KITE HILL UK team for their support and guidance through all of my assignments.
 
I have a profound interest in the tech and the start-up scene, especially new and innovative tech companies that tackle issues and problems impacting our everyday lives. Innovating is hard work, and within the walls of Kite Hill I have discovered how working with some of these tech companies demands similar innovation and creativity be reflected in their PR strategies.
 
Arriving to the office on a typical Monday morning to be introduced to new clients with unique products or solutions is something I will miss. To assist my colleagues in their work on these accounts has made me realise the importance of clear and strong research and insight to inform valuable strategies for clients, as well as good outcomes for the team. My time at Kite Hill has introduced me to several new methods for improving my research and communicational skills, whether compiling reports or researching for client projects,  which is something I am grateful for and will take with me to future roles.
 
Another skill I have enjoyed developing over the past weeks is employing creativity whilst conducting research. I found the most success while thinking creatively while still demonstrating great attention to detail. Bringing creativity and new thinking to everyday tasks can be a challenge, especially when a task is, as my colleague Yogi once remarked, “Mammoth”. However, I have learned the importance of learning and pushing for continued improvement through each assignment.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed working with the KITE HILL UK and US teams: they are all strong communicators and team-players who deliver great feedback that has certainly helped me to develop in the role and allowed me to benefit from new experiences as a consequence. These personal developments mean a lot to me and I am glad and grateful that the team of Kite Hill PR took me on for this truly educational and fun stint. Thank you!

Jacob Möller, University of the Arts London, School of Management and Science

Two-way conversations and more humanity are what we need to bridge the social divide

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Has it really been 10 years? Toby Daniels, founder of  Social Media Week, began the 2018 event with a walk down memory lane. Momentous changes have occurred in the social realm in the decade since Daniels ran his inaugural Social Media Week, from the rise of Instagram to peak over-share in 2012, the ice bucket challenge in 2014 through to the emergence of the social influencer, the point at which, in Daniels’ words, “A niche internet trend becomes one of those most influential mediums in the world.” Given the amount of youngsters these days who have never, and will never watch traditional television, that seems pretty accurate.

But Daniels also noted that, “Our collective outlook on the relationship between humanity and technology was much more simplistic and much more positive in 2009.” SMW revealed stats this week showing that nearly half of US adults have proactively blocked or unfriended someone because that person’s worldview conflicted with their own, creating rifts amongst communities and a growing social divide. Alongside this, 48% of adults say social media and tech have had a negative impact on democracy. It really does feel like an awful long time has passed since those wide-eyes optimistic days of social media’s infancy.

Many of us bear witness daily to this growing negativity within our social feeds as arguments are played out with a bluntness or lack of respect that would never occur within the physical domain. And yet conversely, even the most begrudging of social media users would be forced to admit to smiling after seeing friend after friend – punctuated by the occasional celebrity - soaking themselves to the bone in the aid of ALS cause that, prior to the ice bucket challenge, most of us had never even heard of.


Daniels’ point about marketing felt particularly prescient. “Social media was supposed to facilitate two way conversations between marketers and their audiences.” Yes it was, but to what extent is this truly happening today, particularly in a world where everyone – brand, individual, community – seems to prioritise broadcasting over listening and engaging?

There’s a lesson here for the world of PR and communications. We speak to the media every single day, we run our clients’ social feeds and represent the brands to their customers, we speak to dozens and dozens of fast-growing businesses every month. If we are to play our own small part in bringing this fragmented world closer together, then we must break with the "pitch first, listen later" attitude that still makes people sceptical of PR people, and we must build closer, reciprocal relationships with everyone in our professional lives.

Burgers, Beyonce, and Branding: A Reflection on Millennial 20/20

Kite Hill’s UK team recently attended Millennial 20/20 - recently rebranded as FUTR - a fairly new event located in East London’s Old Truman Brewery, focusing on how brands, marketers and retailers can respond to ever-changing consumer culture and consumption habits.

What was striking about Millennial 20/20 was its atmosphere. Though partially attributable to the free waffles and popcorn, there was an infectious excitement and a noticeable lack of formality. Exhibitors and attendees alike seemed to bask in the opportunity to meet and chat in a relaxed and casual way. Within this context, it was inspiring to explore a range of mar/adtech, digital media and retail companies’ work and, after a morning of insightful talks and panel sessions, we left feeling stuffed full of both ideas and burgers (having dropped by Deliveroo’s wall of burgers activation on the way back to the office).

Here are the key takeaways from our favourite sessions:   
 
     1. What Beyoncé’s beyhive can teach us about brand loyalty
Josephine Hansom, Head of Youth Research & Insight, YouthSight

Hansom explained that being truly strategic requires a creative and innovative approach to communications strategies, one which is cognisant of trends in wider society and culture, and one which takes inspiration from outside of traditional PR and communications thinking. This session explored - through the lens of Beyonce - how to cultivate brand loyalty with Gen Z, by transposing the characteristics young people admire in celebrities to your brand and messaging.

  • Be unapologetically disruptive. Like with her groundbreaking album Lemonade, Beyoncédisrupts the status quo with everything she does. Prior to Lemonade, she hadn’t released an album in almost two years. That in itself is disruptive in today’s music industry, and it hasn’t cost her any fans.
  • Stand for something. From her Black Lives Matter Superbowl tribute to her Formation Scholars college grants, Beyoncé is a committed activist. She stands for causes outside of her main talent, and does so with authenticity. Gen Z expect celebrities, influencers and brands to be ethical, virtuous and just. However, this doesn’t extend to a CSR campaign or token project, this must form a central component of a brand’s identity.
  • Be real. Social media has fundamentally changed the ways in which audiences can communicate and relate to celebrities and influencers. Young people align themselves more closely with those who are authentic and imperfect - who Snapchat without a full face of makeup, who Instagram Live stream eating pizza in their pajamas. Gen Z doesn’t relate to the perfectly coiffed, impeccably executed: they look for real and raw, for truth.


     2. What does authentic marketing look like in today's world?
Moderated by Rich Kitto, Head of Creative Brand Strategy, The Tab

With speakers from Yotpo, Lifestyles, Tata Communications, Lego, and Livearea, this panel explored the concept of authenticity in marketing, how it has come to be expected by today’s consumer, and how to execute authentic brand marketing strategies.

  • Brands should engage directly with their consumers, letting them guide brand and marketing strategy. This comes from listening to the consumer, and allowing them a space to have a voice in the brand.
  • Authenticity and trust in a brand comes from friends, families and peers - so marketing strategies must be centred around empowering an audience to share stories. Stories add realness to a brand, and are the foundation of awareness, authenticity and loyalty.
  • Communications strategies must also be holistic in order to build authenticity. The experiential aspect of a brick-and-mortar store must tie together with the experiences of brand interactions on social, apps, and ads, allowing consumers to connect with a brand in a way that’s individual and organic, and therefore authentic.

AD tech experts debate the impacts of GDPR at KITE HILL PR's April #NYAdTech meetup

As an ad tech specialist PR agency, we host quarterly events that examine some of the biggest issues impacting the digital marketing and advertising industry. With Europe poised to bring down the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) hammer on May 25, we knew we needed to bring in industry experts to make sense of this pivotal moment in the industry.
 
Panelists included Laura Koulet (VP, Legal Counsel, Tapad), J. Allen Dove, (CTO, SpotX), Ana Milicevic (Co-founder & Principal, Sparrow Digital Holdings), and moderator, Hillary Adler (Senior Editor, DMN), who broke down the complexities of GDPR and educated the audience on what a post-GDPR world will look like.
 
As the discussion started to take shape, a few keys components of GDPR began to stand out – how did we get here? Who will be affected? And what role do consumers play in all this?
 
Why was GDPR needed, and will the U.S. follow suit?
 
GDPR is a wake-up call, and a good first step. “I would say that GDPR is definitely enough for companies to sit up and take notice, and to ensure that they aren’t just operating like it’s business as usual,” said Koulet. “Companies have to take a deep dive into their data processing activities and understand where the data is coming from, how they are collecting it and whether they are doing it within the scope of the law.”
 
This shouldn’t be a surprise to companies either, according to Milicevic. Lazy designs, and a laissez-faire approach, are to blame for some of the current problems companies are facing with data breaches. “A lot of the platforms need to ask themselves what is the purpose, and use, of the data that is being collected, and what do consumers expect future use of that data to be,” said Milicevic, “because this is exactly where we are starting to see things fall apart at the seams.”
 
Corporate responses to these breaches have also surprised Milicevic, who added that she was very surprised with Facebook’s comment regarding whether they were going to apply GDPR-related changes everywhere. “They said they would ‘in spirit.’ Spiritual compliance,” joked Milicevic.
 
The panel was not keen on U.S.-based companies’ approach to the global regulation either. “U.S. companies are less privacy-focused,” said Koulet. Dove added that the U.S. “doesn’t have the stick,” to enforce regulations. The panel did agree that GDPR is a good baseline for other countries, however, the large gap in the understanding of customer data collection by the customer and legislative side makes similar U.S.-based regulations a less realistic option. Yet California was mentioned as a possible beacon of hope.
 
Place your bets – When, where and on whom does the hammer fall?
 
“We have an internal bet,” Dove joked. “Which group, or industry, is going to get tagged first? Low hanging fruit, which is, well, raise your hand if you’re in advertising technology. We’re kind of an easy mark.”  
 
“We also have an internal bet,” responded Milicevic, “where the first lawsuit is going to be filed, and when. I’ve got my money on Spain and May 28.”
 
A call to consumers to stand up
 
Companies and legislative bodies are not the only responsible parties when it comes to data usage and protection.
 
“At the end of the day, consumers have to take some responsibility too,” mused Dove. “There is no motivation for legislators or companies (to take additional measures regarding the collection of data in the U.S.), if consumers are not behind this,” he continued. “You want consumers to stand up and demand something? Offer them some money! Offer them a way to make money off of their data.”
 
Dove hopes that these recent breaches and regulations will serve as a wakeup call to consumers and make them more aware of what happens to their data.
 
In summary, while our speakers did not have high hopes for any U.S. regulations off the back of GDPR, they agree that the regulations are a great first step. The onus is now on impacted companies to be in compliance. Consumers aren’t off the hook either, it’s time for us all, as consumers, to start caring about who has our data and what they are doing with it.
 
We will leave you with the question that Milicevic proposed to attendees. When was the last time you actually read a privacy policy or ULA (user license agreement), in full? Now might be a good time to start. 

Kite Hill acquires Cutler PR

Since our founding, we've been focused on telling the stories of tech and media companies around the globe. As technology continues to shape every aspect of our lives, we’re excited by having more opportunities to craft stories for today’s most innovative tech companies through the acquisition of Cutler PR. 

Our mission is to create a communications agency that truly represents the ever-changing field of communications. Today, that means having divisions that include content creation, events production and experiential marketing. We’re keeping an eye on what that means for tomorrow -- both through the work we do each day at Kite Hill PR and the issues we explore each year during our leading industry conference, Communications Week.

This is a tremendous step forward as we continue to forge a path of growth. Read our press release below for more details. 

PRESS RELEASE

Kite Hill PR Acquires Leading Tech-Focused Firm, Cutler PR

Acquisition Bolsters Kite Hill PR’s Client Base in the Emerging and B2B Tech Sectors and Accelerates Agency Growth

NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2018) - Kite Hill PR, an award-winning strategic communications agency, today announced it has acquired Cutler PR, a tech-focused PR firm based in New York City and Tel Aviv with clients in the cyber security, enterprise technology, mobile and retail tech categories. The addition of Cutler PR’s client base and staff to Kite Hill PR’s expanding roster serves as an immediate extension of the agency as it extends its client base into new B2B and emerging tech categories.

Since Cutler PR was founded by Zach Cutler in 2009, the media relations-focused firm has served as agency of record for nearly 100 tech startups and industry leaders. The firm  has been known for leading the U.S. launch of Gett, heading worldwide PR for Trivia Crack and helping it reach 250 million users, and executing PR for Andela’s launch and prior to its $24 million investment by Mark Zuckerberg. Cutler PR’s team of media relations experts have helped dozens of startups and scale-ups achieve funding, acquisition or IPO.

"This is a significant milestone in our company’s history and a first step as we forge a path of continued international growth,” said Tiffany Guarnaccia, CEO of Kite Hill PR and founder of Communications Week. “My goal is to continue to shape an agency that represents the future of communications – spanning traditional PR, content creation and experiential marketing. Cutler PR’s notable client roster combined with the teams’ experience and knowledge in the technology PR space adds value to our firm.”

Cutler PR’s existing clients will benefit from Kite Hill PR’s expansive service offering, which encompasses traditional PR and media relations as well as event production and content creation.

“I’m thrilled for Cutler PR to be joining the Kite Hill PR family. We will be able to provide more resources and service offerings to our clients, as well as more opportunities to our team. Cutler PR’s ethos since day one has been to deliver excellent results to clients and empower every team member to achieve and learn more than imagined. I couldn’t think of a better home for these values to be continued,” said Zach Cutler, founder and CEO of Cutler PR.

“Kite Hill PR has been known for its strong media relations skills and expanded set of services. By combining our strengths, the agency will be able to deliver even greater value to clients,” added Cutler.

“Cutler PR helped LocalVox gain tremendous visibility, including recognition as one of the hottest NYC startups in Forbes, Business Insider and the Huffington Post,” said Trevor Sumner, co-founder and former president of LocalVox and current CEO of Perch Interactive. “Our success and acquisition were in part fueled by ‘punching above our weight class’ in the media, and I’m excited to see Kite Hill PR take that approach to new heights for Perch Interactive.”

Zach Cutler will transition to the role of strategic advisor and will be based in Tel Aviv. Following the acquisition, Cutler will be focused on developing Propel, a new technology venture he has formed to bring innovation, machine learning and analytics to the PR industry. Propel, the first smart CRM for PR, has closed an angel round of funding and is launching its public beta for agency and in-house PR teams next month.

“I am personally excited to see Zach’s vision for a new PR tech platform become a reality. One of the tenets on which Communications Week was founded was that the PR industry needs to continue to reinvent itself – not only from the services that we offer, but also the tools and platforms that professionals use. I commend Zach for leading this charge and look forward to Kite Hill becoming one of Propel’s first beta customers,” said Guarnaccia.

Kite Hill PR is known for its proactive, creative culture and flexible work environment. Cutler PR’s existing staff will join Kite Hill PR in its New York headquarters. Kite Hill PR has expanded both its areas of specialization and its service offerings since its official launch in 2014. The firm currently has two offices and three divisions – Kite Hill PR, Kite Hill Content Studio and Kite Hill Experiences – through which it provides content marketing, event management and media relations services to a growing global client base. The firm’s events division owns and operates the weeklong industry event,Communications Week, as well as numerous local tech-focused Meetup Groups in New York City.

Kite Hill’s acting CFO Seth Rosenstein was the advisor to Kite Hill. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

nterested in working with Kite Hill PR? Email James@KiteHillPR.com. 

2017: a year of growth

2017 was a year of growth and many successes, which would not have been possible without our incredible roster of clients and partners around the world. Over the course of the past year, the Kite Hill team has grown substantially, with new hires in our offices, exciting new clients and a diverse range of projects and assignments that have tested our creativity, enthusiasm and communications skills. Bring on 2018!