Robin Leedy & Associates Announces New VP; Receives Top Honors by PRSA for Video Development

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OTC Health and Beauty PR / Social Media Specialists Continue Path Toward Integrated Marketing Services.

Leaders in  OTC, health, beauty and lifestyle PR, social media and integrated marketing.


" we continue to leverage our core competencies...and move to a more integrated marketing service platform that includes brand management, digital content development, online advertising, SEO and PPC...” says Robin Russo, president, RL&A.

Continuing along the path of offering top-level integrated services to its roster of OTC health, beauty and lifestyle clients, Robin Leedy & Associates (RL&A;, has brought on board Jonathan Kreissman to its senior management team as vice president of client services. The firm has also been acknowledged by the industry with a PRSA Gold Mercury Award for the development of a video tactic within the social media environment.

Kreissman joins RL&A with more than 13 years of delivering marketing, social media and PR results for clients in the HBA, consumer packaged goods, personal care, beauty, men’s grooming, retail and lifestyle categories. During his tenure at several notable NYC agencies, including Porter Novelli, Marina Maher Communications, and Bullfrog & Baum, he worked on many iconic brands, such as Campbell’s, Arnold Breads, Coppertone, P&G’s Secret and Head & Shoulders, Thomas’ English Muffins, Gillette, Dr. Scholl’s, Absolut Vodka, and others.

"Jonathan has an in-depth expertise in marketing to niche audiences, as well as a long history in brand-building and marketing strategies for the introduction of new products and campaigns. He specializes in strategic direction with a creative edge, steeped in the understanding of a target consumer's path to purchase,” says Robin Russo, president, RL&A. “Jonathan’s strengths are well-aligned with RL&A’s strategic vision. He will be an incredible asset as we continue to leverage our core competencies of PR and social media and move to a more integrated marketing service platform that includes brand management, digital content development, online advertising, SEO and PPC, for example.”

As a testament to the agency’s integrated and creative capabilities, it was awarded a PRSA Gold Mercury Award in the video programs category. The award-winning video, dubbed “Santa Style” was developed and produced as the agency’s 2012 holiday “e-card” and reinforced its capabilities in “gorilla-style” creative social media content creation and sharing, as well as online video creation, production and promotion.

To help break through the holiday communications clutter, the agency produced a shareable video, leveraging the phenomenal YouTube trend at the time, “Gangnam Style.” The video e-card featured the agency’s staff and family doing an original remake of the popular YouTube sensation for the holiday season. “Santa Style” was written, shot, produced, edited and promoted by the RL&A staff.

“We wanted to leverage this once-a-year outreach opportunity to showcase the agency’s creative social media and video production promotion capabilities – as well as the people who work here - with something unexpected and pretty much un-staged, even humorous, that would facilitate sharing in social mediums and generate qualified engagement with the agency,” explains Alyson O’Mahoney, EVP and partner, RL&A.

The social video surpassed viral status by earning more than 13,000 views via strategic organic promotion and sharing exclusively. (According to industry sources, such as TubeMogul, only seven percent of YouTube videos earn more than 10,000 views; recently, Mashable noted that this level of video views is considered “viral” status when obtained via organic methods only.) During the period of the video’s launch, the agency experienced increased engagement on its Facebook page, more traffic to its website and an increase in new business leads during Q1 2013.

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