Communicating with Purpose

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Today, successful organizations need to offer more than just a product. Consumers expect corporate social responsibility. Employees demand companies connect with their core beliefs. Business partners want trust and transparency. All while board rooms continue to require predictable financial results.

We help organizations balance the needs of their stakeholders and develop integrated communications strategies that amplify core purpose, build and protect brand reputation, and create deeper connections.

We deliver more than just excellent results. We are business partners that bring talent, tenacity, and creativity every single day to the brands we represent. Give us a project and let us show you.

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industries

Food & Beverage
Energy
Technology
Industrial
Agriculture
Associations
The food and beverage industry is seeing disruption like never before. Companies must navigate changing consumer preferences, an evolving regulatory environment, and increasing expectations around CSR. Our team has experience working across the industry and we put our experience and passion into practice to help companies improve reputation, manage risks, and increase sales.
To meet the world’s growing demand for energy, we need contributions from energy resources that balance societal, economic, and environmental impacts. Our team brings experience across the energy sector to help organizations, small and large, navigate today’s evolving landscape and build programs that build reputation and drive engagement with customers partners, legislators, regulators, and advocacy groups.
Technology companies face unique communications challenges in scaling their businesses from start-ups to enduring brands. We have worked with venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies and understand the nuances at each stage of a technology company’s lifecycle. We know how to turn complex stories into compelling narratives and move companies from products into brands and vice versa.
Companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors have unique opportunities and risks that require specialized communications capabilities. Whether you’re looking to increase media exposure, better communicate with employees, or establish thought leadership, our team brings a modern B-to- B approach that can help your organization drive deeper engagement with stakeholders and achieve business results.
Communicating in the agriculture sector requires an understanding of how this unique supply chain functions and how customers think. Our team has worked across the sector including technology, soil amendments, animal feed, and commodity organizations. Whether you’re a startup looking to increase sales or an established brand looking for a shot in the arm, our team has the capabilities and experience to help.
Associations play an important role in helping industries grow. Our team has developed and led associations across a variety of sectors and have worked with some of the largest trade and commodity organizations in the world. We understand the complexities around these organizations and have a proven record of using communications to deliver unexpected and tangible market value for their members.
Food & Beverage
The food and beverage industry is seeing disruption like never before. Companies must navigate changing consumer preferences, an evolving regulatory environment, and increasing expectations around CSR. Our team has experience working across the industry and we put our experience and passion into practice to help companies improve reputation, manage risks, and increase sales.
Energy
To meet the world’s growing demand for energy, we need contributions from energy resources that balance societal, economic, and environmental impacts. Our team brings experience across the energy sector to help organizations, small and large, navigate today’s evolving landscape and build programs that build reputation and drive engagement with customers partners, legislators, regulators, and advocacy groups.
Technology
Technology companies face unique communications challenges in scaling their businesses from start-ups to enduring brands. We have worked with venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies and understand the nuances at each stage of a technology company’s lifecycle. We know how to turn complex stories into compelling narratives and move companies from products into brands and vice versa.
Industrial
Companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors have unique opportunities and risks that require specialized communications capabilities. Whether you’re looking to increase media exposure, better communicate with employees, or establish thought leadership, our team brings a modern B-to- B approach that can help your organization drive deeper engagement with stakeholders and achieve business results.
Agriculture
Communicating in the agriculture sector requires an understanding of how this unique supply chain functions and how customers think. Our team has worked across the sector including technology, soil amendments, animal feed, and commodity organizations. Whether you’re a startup looking to increase sales or an established brand looking for a shot in the arm, our team has the capabilities and experience to help.
Associations
Associations play an important role in helping industries grow. Our team has developed and led associations across a variety of sectors and have worked with some of the largest trade and commodity organizations in the world. We understand the complexities around these organizations and have a proven record of using communications to deliver unexpected and tangible market value for their members.

Our Capabilities

Strategy

Most communications agencies pay lip-service to strategy. At Rival, it’s in our DNA. Our services and methodologies help us uncover insights to answer our clients’ most pressing questions and build more effective communications campaigns. Our process helps us understand your audience, develop a creative vision, identify your shared value, analyze results, and build campaigns that move the needle for our clients.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Organizational Development
  • Content & Channel Strategy
  • Media Analysis
  • Social Analytics
  • Message Development
  • Campaign Measurement

Corporate Reputation

More than ever, leaders, organizations, and industries are expected to operate with greater transparency and social purpose. Reputation takes years to build, and in today’s digitally-empowered world, it can change in an instant. We help organizations develop smart, strategic plans that build reputation with every stakeholder, while simultaneously anticipating critical issues and developing a strong defense.

  • Thought Leadership
  • Corporate Reputation
  • Social Responsibility
  • Crisis & Issues Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Communications
  • Public Affairs
  • Internal Communications

Public Relations

Effective public relations requires a command of messaging, engaging creative, and the right mix of paid, earned, shared and owned media channels. Our integrated, insights-driven approach ensures we are telling timely, engaging stories in places that will resonate with your audience. Whoever you are trying to reach, our team can help you identify, develop, and amplify compelling stories from across your organization.

  • Media Relations
  • Influencer Programs
  • B-to-B marketing
  • Product Launches
  • Real-Time Engagement
  • Brand Journalism
  • Events

Digital

In today’s crowded digital world, only the smartest strategies and best content breakthrough. Luckily organizations have more tools to engage directly with customers than ever before. From websites and blogs, to social media, organizations can take ideas and campaigns directly to their audiences. We help clients navigate the digital landscape and create campaigns and content that form deeper connections and digital advocacy.

  • Community Management
  • Long & Short-Form Content
  • Content Distribution & Promotion
  • Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis

Our Client Experience

Rival has been a key partner in helping us position our company and take our marketing and communications efforts to the next level. They consistently bring us strategic, creative ideas that move the needle for our business and improve the reputation of our company.

— Rich Troyer, Chief Executive Officer of Comet Biorefining

I highly recommend Rival to any organization looking to take their communications program to the next level. They have a passion for their clients that is infectious, an expert skill set, and deep industry experience that make them an indispensable strategic partner.

— Jeff Cramer, Executive Director of Coalition for Community Solar Access

Rival helped us develop a more strategic communications program, and as a result, we have seen significant improvement in our industry reputation as a thought-leader. The team at Rival is fun to work with and they consistently bring out-of- the-box, big-picture ideas to the table. Even more impressive is their ability to execute on these ideas in a way that actually moves the needle for a brand.

— Brent Phillips, Head of Marketing for Cool Planet

I am consistently impressed with Rival’s strategic, creative, and results-driven approach to communications. I have had bad experiences with agencies in the past, but they have restored my hope. They genuinely care about my brand and have become an indispensable part of my team.

— Nicholas Beardsley, Founder of Sprinkle Superfoods

Rival Communications has become an extension of our team and important strategic partner for our company. They go above and beyond in their client service and consistently deliver results that advance company objectives.

— Loula Merkel, Vice President Business Development of Comet Biorefining

Rival Communications has it all. They are visionary, possess the ability to execute, have tremendous enthusiasm, and motivate their clients to do their best work. They are the perfect trifecta: visionaries, engineers, and motivators.

— John Horan, President of North Lawndale College Prep