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A New Job in a Pandemic World

In the first few months of 2020, I was finishing up a three-year contract leading a statewide campaign promoting pet adoption and raising awareness for homeless pets in Nevada. Animal welfare is one of my passions, but my contract was ending, so I was looking for my next challenge, not knowing what 2020 would bring. I saw KPS3 had an account manager opening and having been a client in my former role, I thought I would be a good...

Targeting Latinos Beyond Hispanic Heritage Month

Each September, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos by honoring the history, culture and influence of past generations. But why only focus your PR and marketing efforts on a community that surpasses 60 million people one month out of the year? Latinos are Not a Niche Market     Latinos are the largest ethnic market in the U.S. and they control around $1.5 trillion in spending power. Research revealed that Mexican Americans are...

So, what does an “account person” really do?

If you, yourself, are an “account person” at an advertising/marketing agency, I would think (hope!) you already know what an account coordinator/executive/manager/director does in that role. However, it might look slightly different from what your counterpart does at another agency – it might actually differ quite a bit. It’s not a cut-and-dry definition for us agency folk, let alone someone on the outside of our world. Usually, when people ask me what I do, I give them a very...

The meaning behind Wite-Out

When I was first learning how to type, I used an IBM Selectric typewriter where each strike of the finger imprinted a lasting impression on the paper. With that typewriter, I produced many, many papers, documents, and treatises. Most of my teachers in high school and college demanded that each typed page be perfect, which included leaving spacing at the bottom of each page so you could type in the footnotes (yes, footnotes). And, as I moved into professional...

You hold the flashlight

When I was a kid growing up on a farm in Iowa, I always wanted to help my dad fix things. You know, do REALLY important work. After my older brother left for college I’d actually get called into action by my dad to go fix things. He’d invite me along and then say: “You can hold the flashlight.” As he hunkered down in front of the furnace, the car, the tractor, the water pump by the barn, he’d...

There’s No Playbook for Marketing in This Pandemic

Marketing in a pandemic has been challenging for all clients and brands. There’s not a playbook to go by since we’re all navigating this new world together. What we have seen though, is a larger focus on support and corporate responsibility in the past few weeks. As discussions continue to progress on when it will be safe for normal life to pursue, people are consuming content at an all-time high. That being said, the fascination of the COVID-19 news...

The “What Now” Phase

It’s been an interesting ride the last few weeks, yes? KPS3 has been honored to have worked side-by-side with many wonderful clients through these times, advising and helping inform decision-making on crisis communications and often, marketing strategy adaptations as well. It’s looked like this graph. First of all, there comes the immediate spike in efforts on what, how and when to communicate what your organization is doing about the COVID-19 pandemic, reassure them, and shortly after, what it is...

How brands (and our clients) are strategically navigating through COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread, millions of people are striving to #StayHome to flatten the curve. Throughout this pandemic, the MarComm world has faced an interesting set of circumstances. Communications pros in particular are hustling to stay on top of evolving guidance from trusted organizations, all while providing clients with recommendations to best serve their businesses, stakeholders, customers and audiences. For some of us, it seems as if we’ve been working from home (WFH) for months on end, but...

From D&D to PPE: 3D Printing Face Masks for Reno Hospitals

From D&D to PPE: 3D Printed Face Masks for Reno Hospitals Andy Muth, a web developer here at KPS3, and his wife, Katie, own and operate GriffonCo, a 3D printing company specializing in tabletop gaming. GriffonCo was created from a love for Dungeons and Dragons, but now Andy and Katie are spreading love to the community by printing face shields for local hospitals to use while treating COVID-19 patients. As the novel coronavirus spreads, hospitals are using more personal...

Communications in the time of COVID-19

It seemed far away at first, but the novel coronavirus is now sweeping through the U.S. and the rest of the world, bringing with it sprawling change. Recent news has been dominated by COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Prevalence of the virus proliferated through Asia and Europe, with scientists struggling to stay ahead of its incubation period, virality and devastating symptoms. Eventually, coronavirus made its way to the States. Its arrival and rapid spread heightened focus...