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Wednesday 06/11/14

PR WEEK Breaks News of OHC Agency Acquisition

PR Week Reports: The deal gives O'Malley Hansen a presence in New York City and boosts its CSR and cause marketing capabilities. Click here to read the full article

 


Wednesday 06/11/14

O'Malley Hansen Communications Announces Agency Acquisition

O’Malley Hansen Communications is growing in size, geography and expertise through our first agency acquisition. Blick&Staff Communications is now part of O’Malley Hansen, adding a presence in New York City and depth to our capabilities in social media and cause marketing. Read the official announcement here.

 


Wednesday 06/04/14

OHC Travels to Hanes in Central America

Mariana Mora, OHC team member and Latin America media specialist, traveled to  El Salvador in May to help Hanes announce the opening of the first Textile Mechanics School. The school is the only one of its kind in the Central America region and was created to help employees develop their textile manufacturing skills and education. The two-year program will cover a variety of topics including engineering, sewing and maintenance. Classes will be taught by experienced plant employees as well as external specialists. OHC was able to secure coverage of the event in several local media outlets.  Read more about the school in El Diario de Hoy (English Translation). Mariana also joined Hanes in an event to celebrate its donation of 120 solar panel kits that will provide electricity to employee homes in the surrounding area.  


Friday 05/23/14

Whataya Nuts?! Talks Expansion with St. Louis Business Journal

Available in more than 100 retail stores in St. Louis, and Amazon.com, St. Louis entrepreneur Howie Sher is looking to expand his crazy snack brand Whataya Nuts?! even further. Sher sat down with the St. Louis Business Journal to discuss his recent successes and potential growth both regionally and nationally.

 


Thursday 05/22/14

Promoting Healthy Vision Month with EyePromise

May is “Healthy Vision” month and to promote summer eye health our team worked with EyePromise and Doctor Sean Mulqueeny of Mulqueeny Eye Centers to share a few tips on how you can protect your eyes this summer. Getting the proper nutrition through EyePromise eye health supplements and wearing the correct UV-blocking sunglasses are just a few. Learn more tips here.


Thursday 04/17/14

OHC is the New Agency of Record for Barclaycard US

OHC is honored to be named the Agency of Record for Barclaycard US, a partnership which began in January 2014 following a competitive review process. OHC will be providing support for strategic communications, integrated marketing, traditional media relations, digital/social media relations, influencer outreach and issues management to tell the Barclaycard story. We will be working with many of Barclaycard’s 60 co-branded credit card partners as well as supporting Barclaycard-branded cards. We are looking forward to building upon Barclaycard's success by letting the right people know about the best credit cards designed for their lifestyle.


Wednesday 03/19/14

Blooming into Spring with LifeStride

For more than 70 years, LifeStride has created quality footwear for women who value both style and comfort. OHC has been working with LifeStride to promote their 2014 spring line which offers women comfortable work-to-weekend footwear that can be dressed up or down. Their floral Radius wedge was featured in Woman’s World which focused on spring fashion and highlighted LifeStride’s trend-right styling and beautiful feminine details.

 


Tuesday 03/04/14

Celebrating Our Favorite Food Holiday with Iconic Sara Lee Pound Cake

In celebration of our favorite food holiday, National Pound Cake Day, our team and Sara Lee Chef Jill stopped by Chicago’s You & Me This Morning to share some simple no-bake recipes using iconic Sara Lee Pound Cake. Check out the tasty ideas here.


Friday 01/31/14

OHC Teams Up with NFL Extra Points Credit Card and Indianapolis Colts Placekicker Adam Vinatieri on Super Bowl Boulevard

OHC team member Torie Abramson and Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri take a quick snapshot in between media interviews on Super Bowl Boulevard this week. Vinatieri laced up his cleats for our client, the NFL Extra Points credit card, and kicked to donate 1 million NFL Extra Points to the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge. See the photo on our Facebook page. 


Monday 12/09/13

OHC Helps Moonshiner Tim Smith Launch Climax Moonshine

With close to 40 years of moonshining experience under his belt, our client Moonshiners’ Tim Smith, has taken his recipe legal. Tim grew up with moonshining in his blood; he knows how real ‘shine should taste. Named after his Virginia hometown, Climax Moonshine is pot-distilled from an original family recipe he has been perfecting for decades. At 90 proof, it’s clean and natural tasting with a subtle sweetness. Tim shares two ways to drink the original recipe with the readers of Country Weekly.


Monday 12/02/13

Getting Down to Bra Business with Bali Intimates and Playtex

Our clients, Bali Intimates and Playtex, are top brands in the bra industry by offering great styles, comfort and support. The right bra can help women feel beautiful and express their unique self. We worked with Jodi Sisley, senior merchandising manager for Bali Intimates and Playtex, to offer readers of Sister 2 Sister magazine tips and advice on some of the most common bra issues.


Wednesday 10/16/13

Women Shouldn't Settle For Just Any Bra - InStyle Gives 27 Reasons Why

In conjunction with the Playtex Be Uniquely You campaign, Playtex is revamping their collections with new styles and colors. The Playtex Secrets Feel Gorgeous Underwire is just one of the many styles to receive an uplift and is named InStyle’s number 10 reason women shouldn’t settle for anything less than perfection when looking for a new bra in their October Issue. Who says support can’t be sexy? This bra answers their call. Check out the article on our Facebook page. 

 


Friday 08/02/13

Sara Lee Foodservice Participates in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program

The OHC team recently assisted Sara Lee Foodservice in announcing its participation in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program which helps supply schools with healthy, kid-friendly meals to be served during school hours to grades kindergraden-12. To support Sara Lee Foodservice’s commitment to K-12 OHC attended the WGN Kid’s Fair. Bright and early, the OHC team handed out double chocolate chip whole grain Sara Lee muffins to eager fair-goers. OHC’s participation in the fair garnered Sara Lee Foodservice a shout out on WGN morning news and left more than 700 happy fair-goers with stomachs full of tasty muffins.

Video from WGN: http://video.wgntv.com/Sara-Lee-Kids-Fair-2013-24991587


Wednesday 07/10/13

Second Street Launches Voters Choice Platform

Second Street, a leading provider of private-label online promotions products for media companies and brands, launched its new Voter’s Choice software product. Voter’s Choice allows print, radio and television media companies to efficiently run metro and niche ballot promotions and open up new revenue streams with advertisers. These ballots allow readers to nominate and vote on their top picks for a variety of businesses and services in their community - everything from “best ice cream parlor” to “best insurance agent”. They can be even more local with a specific topic in a community, such as “state fair favorites”, or “local music awards”. Read more about Voter’s Choice.


Tuesday 07/02/13

USA Today Exclusive: Playtex Launches Be Uniquely You Campaign

OHC worked with Playtex Bras to launch its new integrated marketing campaign asking women to Be Uniquely You. Playtex’s new creative campaign reflects the positive and emotional connection Playtex has with real women. The campaign features relatable, healthy, confident women versus the provocative types featured by other bra brands. In the 30-second spot, four women are wearing the latest Playtex styles while each woman is situated in a unique environment with cues from the color, pattern or fabric of the style she’s wearing.  Read about the campaign in USA Today.

OHC also helped to create a crowd-sourced “Braclaration of Independence,” a bra wearers’ manifesto to highlight the pursuit of bra happiness. Starting May 31, 2013, Playtex encouraged women to let their voices be heard by contributing content on their website. More than 9,600 women have joined the conversation. On July 1, Playtex revealed the crowd-sourced “Braclaration of Independence” and invited women to ratify it. More than 14,000 women signed the Braclaration. Read the Braclaration of Independence.


Wednesday 06/26/13

Bali Intimates Hosts NYC Online Journalists for Dinner and Fall Innerwear Fashion

The OHC team worked with Bali Intimate Apparel to host an intimate dinner at PUBLIC restaurant in New York City.  Six influential online journalists attended the dinner to speak with the Bali team about marketing, design, innovation, and beautiful Bali products.  The evening started with a cocktail hour where attendees had the opportunity to view bras, panties, and shapewear and see what “Living Beautifully” is all about.  Dinner followed where Bali, OHC, KraftWorks NY and online journalists got to get to know each other better.  OHC coordinated and executed an evening garnering new relationships with our online network.  Suffice it to say, both the food and the company was exquisite!  See pictures of the event.


Tuesday 06/04/13

SheKnows.com Gives Women Tips on the Perfect Bra for Summer Dresses

The Bali Comfort Revolution Convertible Wirefree bra and Playtex Secrets 7-Way Multiway Underwire bra were featured on SheKnows.com as two go-to bras for tricky summer dresses like halter and crisscross. Read the article: http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/990759/the-tricky-summer-dress-bra-guide


Tuesday 05/14/13

Second Street Launches their Promotions Lab

Second Street, a leading provider of private-label online promotions platforms for media companies and brands, launched its Second Street Promotions Lab a source for original news, analysis and information about the world of online promotions for the media industry. The Promotions Lab can be found at www.secondstreetlab.com. The Promotions Lab features expert content on industry trends, best practices and real-world case studies. Visitors to the site can learn about driving revenue, building databases, growing audiences and executing promotions.


Thursday 04/25/13

OHC Supports HanesBrands Corporate Responsibility Expansion

Our team headed to Washington, D.C. with HanesBrands to announce the company's expanding corporate social responsibility efforts in Central America through its partnerships with Glasswing International. Watch the video of the press briefing and panel discussion.


Thursday 03/03/11

OHC Supports Hanesbrands' Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts in El Salvador

Over the past year, OHC has helped Hanesbrands Inc. implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, Hanesbrands is participating in the largest CSR conference in El Salvador, sponsored by FUNDEMAS, that has received extensive local media coverage. Watch this video to learn about some of Hanesbrands' CSR projects supporting local communities in El Salvador - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDoa53ZTo7E.


Thursday 03/03/11

OHC Introduces Midwest Craft Brewer to the Big City and Publicizes Craft Beer Tax

OHC planned and executed a national media tour in New York City for Schlafly Beer, the second largest brewer in St. Louis. The tour promoted the craft beer industry and St. Louis as the ideal brewpub destination rich in history and heritage. Throughout the 3-day trip, Schlafly Beer Co-founder Dan Kopman met with prominent media including The Wall Street Journal to discuss celebrating 20 years of success, sample flavorful beers and promote St. Louis' craft beer movement. Along the way, we stopped at FOX News to support the Craft Brewers Association's Excise Tax Reduction Legislation on Fox & Friends.  Watch the segment here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4539680/brewers-introduce-beer-stimulus-plan


Thursday 03/03/11

OHC Helps Hanesbrands Inc. Tell Its' Global Corporate Social Responsibility Story

OHC worked with Hanesbrands Inc. to develop and implement an external communications strategy to showcase the company's global corporate social responsibility initiatives. In addition to helping the company create content for www.HanesbrandsCSR.com, which was launched in 2010, we also launched a social media news release that is continually updated with new initiatives. Watch Hanesbrands' video series about how it's helping communities in the United States and Central America fulfill basic needs for residents: http://smnr.akamediainc.com/Hanesbrands_Responsibility/


Thursday 03/03/11

OHC Vice President to Speak at PR News Measurement Conference

OHC vice president Elizabeth Castro will be a speaker at the March 1, 2011 PR News Measurement Conference in Washington, D.C. to share her insights on how to benchmark and measure the impact of social media efforts. She'll share insights into how to provide clients with quantitative and qualitative data, as well an analysis, to help them understand the big picture of results beyond the numbers. To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.prnewsonline.com/conference/MeasurementConference2011.html


Tuesday 02/22/11

OHC Featured in PR News for its Award-Winning Sara Lee Deli "Mama Saga" Campaign

OHC is excited to be featured in a PR News case study about our work with Sara Lee Deli. See how we partnered with Chicago's famed Second City to entertain, educate and engage moms through the humorous "Mama Saga" video campaign. You can read the full case study here: http://www.prnewsonline.com/free/Case-Study-Fresh-Ideas-and-a-Slice-of-Social-Media-the-Recipe-for-Sara-Lees-Deli-Meat-Brand-Campaign_14528.html . You can also watch the full video series: http://www.metacafe.com/saraleedeli/


Thursday 08/19/10

OHC Vice President is This Week's PR Insiders Column Contributor in PR News

OHC vice president Elizabeth Castro teamed up with Hanesbrands Inc. communications manager Matthew Young on a PR Insiders column entitled, “Embedded Influencers Can Redefine How Brands Connect With Consumers.” The column provides insights into how to work with influencers beyond the typical model of engaging with bloggers, and gives a real life example of how OHC created the model for its work with Expedition Hanesbrands, an expedition to Mt. Everest in spring 2010. Read the full article here on PR News Online - http://tinyurl.com/27kbd89

 


Tuesday 07/27/10

OHC Shares Best Practices in the PR News 2010 Employee Communications Guidebook

Coming out in August 2010, two articles by O’Malley Hansen Communications (OHC) will be featured in the PR News Employee Communications Guidebook (available at www.prnewsonline.com). OHC vice president Elizabeth Castro shares best practices for developing, implementing and managing employee awards programs tied to performance. She also co-authored an article with Hanesbrands Inc. communications manager Matthew Young about how to apply social media tactics to employee engagement strategies using Yammer, a Twitter like platform for internal use by organizations.

 


Wednesday 06/23/10

2010 BrandSmart Award of Distinction

OHC VP, Kim Yurkovich, accepted the 2010 BrandSmart Award of Distinction for a Consumer Campaign from the American Marketing Association, Chicago Chapter on behalf of Sara Lee Deli. Sara Lee Deli won the BrandSmart Award for its groundbreaking Mama Saga campaign. Way to go!


Saturday 05/08/10

OHC Wins Two Silver Trumpet Awards from the Publicity Club of Chicago

The OHC team is proud to accept two Silver Trumpets from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC). The first award-winning entry, “Taking Hanesbrands to New Heights” was received in the marketing category. The Expedition Hanesbrands campaign includes a trek to Mt. Everest to test innovative Champion and Duofold brand apparel. The second winning entry, Sara Lee Deli’s “Sharing the Mama Sagas,” was awarded in the digital media category for successfully implementing valuable online resources for moms through various social media platforms.


Friday 02/26/10

Sara Lee Deli social media campaign featured on NYTimes.com

Part two of Sara Lee Deli’s successful “Mama Saga” social media campaign, featuring the talents of Second City Communications, was featured in advertising columnist Stuart Elliott’s “Campaign Spotlight” on The New York Times website. The new Saga Solver campaign, designed to connect with moms by using humor and providing solutions to her daily saga, is part of the brand’s long-term strategy to provide information to moms to help simplify her life. 

 


Tuesday 12/29/09

OHC Helps Expedition Hanesbrands Reach New Heights

The OHC team continues its public relations support of Expedition Hanesbrands, an expedition to Mt. Everest planned for spring 2010 with Canadian mountaineer Jamie Clarke. The program first launched in September 2009 with a live online press conference in which Champion-branded gear developed for the climbing team was unveiled to the public.  Next up: In early 2010, OHC will lead the public relations effort to unveil the Champion “summit suit” – the thinnest extreme weather suit ever developed.

 


Tuesday 11/24/09

The Magic of Whole Grains and Sara Lee Soft & Smooth

In support of Sara Lee’s collaboration with Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” DVD release, OHC connected fans of the show to the brand by creating a series of online video messages with two of the show’s stars, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin.  Messages from Henrie and Austin helped Sara Lee reach consumers online to spread the word about giving back to local communities to ensure all families have access to good nutrition and whole grains.  The videos encourage fans to participate in a sweepstakes where consumers have a chance to join the stars as they donate 25,000 loaves of Soft & Smooth bread to a food bank near the winner’s hometown.  The videos will be posted throughout the campaign on YouTube, Facebook and fan blogs.

 


Monday 11/02/09

Lane Home Entertainment Brings the Ultimate Entertainment Destination to a Town Near You

After more than 26,000 miles, OHC has signed on for a second year of public relations support for the successful Lane Home Entertainment Tour.  The Tour includes a massive 1,000 square foot custom-built 18-wheeler mobile showroom providing a dynamic, interactive experience for consumers and inviting the local community to come discover why Lane is considered the leader in home entertainment.  This year’s focus is on customizing a room to meet specific home entertainment needs.  The tour runs through Oct. 2010.  Go to www.laneentertainment.com to follow the tour.

 

 


Saturday 10/31/09

Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards

In the fall of 2009, Sara Lee Sweet Goods set out to help America’s city dwellers de-stress with a daily indulgence.  With a focus on snacking with Sara Lee Bites and Simple Sweets, OHC encouraged consumers to enjoy a sweet treat any time of day within moderation.  By leveraging the newsworthiness of the annual Forbes Magazine “America’s Most Stressful Cities,” list and with the help of stress expert, Loretta LaRoche and Sara Lee chef, Jill Houk, our complete program of tips and simple, stress -free recipes became a popular topic of conversation in the media and on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.   

 


Tuesday 09/01/09

OHC Establishes Sara Lee Deli Social Media Presence with Mama Saga Campaign

OHC and Sara Lee Deli launched a robust social media program to build awareness of
Sara Lee Fresh Ideas™ pre-sliced deli meat and foster relationships with moms online.  The program features a
branded channel on Metacafe, enhanced Facebook page and newly created Twitter handle.  Utilizing multiple social media platforms and performing extensive mom blogger outreach, OHC worked to build an online community and position Sara Lee Deli as an everyday resource to moms.

 


Thursday 07/23/09

Sara Lee and OHC Host Mom Bloggers at the Kitchens of Sara Lee

When Sara Lee wanted to gather insights on the nutrition challenges moms face as they get ready for the back-to-school season, they tapped into the influential mom blog community for information, advice and solutions for America’s moms.  OHC engaged 13 top mom bloggers to attend the first-ever Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Back-to-School Nutrition Summit at the Kitchens of Sara Lee. At the Summit, moms discussed family-friendly whole grain nutrition with nutritionists, chefs and each other. The insights were shared with through traditional and social media and expanded our relationships with some of the country’s most influential moms. Check out back-to-school nutrition tips and pictures from the Summit here.

 


Thursday 04/30/09

OHC Spreads Word of EarthGrains Bread Environmental Platform

During Earth Month 2009, OHC helped EarthGrains bread increase consumer awareness of its effort to protect the land where grains are grown through the announcement of a year-long relationship with The Nature Conservancy.  In addition, our work included engaging environmentally conscious consumers through clean-up activities in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Illinois and providing advice from our eco-eating experts.

 


Wednesday 05/14/08

OHC Wins SABRE New Agency of the Year Award

The OHC team was pleasantly surprised at the SABRE Awards ceremony in New York City when the agency was honored with the New Agency of the Year SABRE following its first full year of business. Attending the event as one of five finalists for the business-to-consumer new product launch on behalf of the Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Great Whole Grain Giveaway, the agency was recognized by Paul Holmes at the beginning of a very exciting evening.

 


Friday 05/09/08

OHC Collects Two Golden Trumpets from the Publicity Club of Chicago

OHC celebrated its first year of participation in the industry awards by receiving two Golden Trumpets from the Publicity Club of Chicago. The first one was received in the marketing category for the Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Great Whole Grain Giveaway. The second was awarded in video news releases and films for the crop art event held in conjunction with the Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Switcheroo: Take Your Whole Grain Sandwich to School Day.