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The Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis: What to look for?

The Top 5 Things You Should Look For when Choosing the Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis for Your Marketing and Sales Goals

You may be wondering, “What should I look for?” when I’m looking for the Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis. This is a great question! It helps to have a set of objective criteria when you make this decision, because public relations has evolved rapidly over the past decade. There are many strong PR firms in St. Louis.

The best one for your business’ communications and marketing needs may drill down to only a few firms.

Below are the Top 5 things you should look for and think about before selecting a PR firm:

  1. Expertise – Does the PR firm understand your industry and the issues facing it? You want an agency that remains cool, calm, and collected during times of intense activity. You also want a PR firm that understands that PR is a means to an end, and that is increased sales and revenue. All too often, PR firms speak in terms of placements without quantifying how those placements will drive sales, nor how many leads a placement will generate.
  2. Responsiveness – How responsive is the public relations firm to your needs? If you have a crisis or your reputation is at stake, is your public relations firm available 24/7? Does your public relations firm understand how to handle a crisis and the legal ramifications of getting it wrong? Again, losing customers due to bad publicity makes it even more difficult to replace those customers, much less grow your customer base in the future, at least in the short-term.
  3. Agility – Does your PR firm understand how to use social media, content marketing, and digital marketing to amplify your content? The world of digital marketing is perpetually changing, does your PR firm stay on top of current trends? Many PR firms say that they are experts in digital marketing, but do not have a significant digital footprint for their own agency nor for the people who work there.
  4. Network of Contacts – A PR firm that has extensive media contacts is invaluable, especially during times of emergency. You also want an agency that can leverage your story with the maximum amount of media outlets and pitch stories to reporters. The Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis have extensive media contacts nationwide, or the ability to access those decision makers through their personal networks.
  5. Business Development and Sales-Focus – the PR industry has changed and moved beyond traditional PR activities, and PR measurement is the key. Does your PR agency understand the acquisition cost of each of your new customers and place a value on each of those customers? Once a value is determined, it can be measured.

The one question you must ask when you interview a PR firm is, “What are you doing to incorporate current communications technology into your PR and marketing services?

Gone are the days of “traditional” PR. Every industry has gone through a disruption due to technology; public relations, marketing, digital marketing, etc. are no exception. Look for PR professionals who bring excitement, enthusiasm, creativity, and the ability to clearly articulate ideas, when servicing your account.

The lines between public relations and marketing has become blurred, with many PR firms claiming that they do marketing, and marketing firms claiming that they do PR. What sets them apart is sales focus, because at the end of the day, if no one sells anything, a magical thing happens, nothing! So, when you are looking for the Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis for your marketing and sales goals, keep these 5 things in mind, and AMM Communications has all 5 capabilities.

 

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Purk & Associates, P.C., Celebrates Eighth Anniversary

June 1, 2017 (St. Louis) – Purk & Associates, P.C., the leading, independently owned St. Louis-based accounting and management advisory firm, celebrated its eighth anniversary June 1.

 

“Looking back at the past eight years, it is humbling to see how Purk & Associates has grown. We want to thank our clients for the opportunity to serve them and grow with them. The Purk & Associates team members challenge ourselves each day to be better than we were the day before to exceed our clients’ expectations,” said Bill Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates president and co-founding shareholder.

 

Since its founding in June 2009, Purk & Associates has achieved significant financial growth, attracted and retained leading talent, and has been recognized nationally as one of the best accounting firms to work for in the country.

 

“I’d also like to thank the amazing team at Purk. We have an incredibly talented group of individuals who have each contributed to building a strong culture where we support and care for one another,” added Purk.

 

Purk & Associates was named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies from 2014 – 2016, and was selected by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For” from 2014 – 16. Purk & Associates was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as the recipient of the 2010 and 2016 “Best Places to Work,” and selected as a Top 5 finalists in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The firm was voted by the Small Business Monthly readers as one of the “Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis” from 2010 – 2017.

 

Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help you achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit www.purkpc.com.

 

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The Business Bank of St. Louis Celebrates 15th Anniversary

St. Louis (May 16, 2017) – The Business Bank of St. Louis celebrated its 15th anniversary today. The Bank, which currently employs 75 team members and has $600 million in total assets, has its headquarters based in Clayton and focuses on serving the financial and banking needs of entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners.

Larry Kirby, The Business Bank of St. Louis President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “It has been a tremendous experience to lead this highly talented, dedicated group of professionals, and it has been an incredible honor to serve our customers and shareholders, many of whom have been with us since the beginning.”

From day one, the Bank has focused on providing exceptional customer service, and sound financial and banking guidance to customers throughout the St. Louis region.  As the Bank has grown over the years, those guiding principles have remained the same and have helped the Bank create long-term relationships with customers from a diverse group of industries.

“The banking and business worlds are very different today than they were fifteen years ago, and our organization has continually adapted to an ever-changing economic climate in order to to help our clients achieve their personal and business goals.  I am excited about what the future holds for The Business Bank of St. Louis,” added Kirby.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, The Business Bank of St. Louis operates a full-service banking facility in the heart of the Clayton business district located at 8000 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, MO, 63105. The mission of the Bank and the primary focus of the team members is to be the leading financial partner for St. Louis’ business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals who need customized solutions to guide them toward financial success. For more information, visit http://bbstl.com.

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CORE10 Architecture, a St. Louis-based Architectural Firm, Celebrates 10th Anniversary in May

St. Louis (May 10, 2017)CORE10 Architecture, a St. Louis-based architectural firm located at 4501 Lindell Blvd, celebrates its 10th anniversary May 2017. The theme for the milestone anniversary is “10 for 10” – 10 years in business on the founding of May 10th.

 

Co-founded in 2007 by Michael Byrd, AIA, CDT, principal; and Tyler Stephens, AIA, principal, CORE10 Architecture has a team of professionals with clients locally and nationwide working on a variety of projects ranging from institutional and mixed use commercial to multifamily and single family residential projects. Local projects the firm has worked on include: Siteman Cancer Treatment Center in St. Peters; Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood; Loop Trolley Headquarters located in the Delmar Loop; and 801 Chophouse in Clayton.

 

Byrd and Stephens partnered 10 years ago to form an innovative, quality firm that specializes in projects for the urban core. Part of their inspiration to start a business was to bring together the best architectural talent in St. Louis, encourage creative thinking, offer cutting-edge design solutions, and work with a variety of clients.

 

Another aspect for the founding of CORE10 Architecture was that Byrd and Stephens wanted to build a business that promoted the uniqueness of the St. Louis urban landscape.

 

“What sets us apart is that we get to know our clients personally. We embed ourselves at the location, ask questions of the actual people who will use the building in the end, and spend time on the streets to visualize how the proposed structure will complement the surrounding environment,” said Stephens.

 

In March, CORE10 Architecture launched a new YouTube channel to kick-off its 10th anniversary celebration. Each month a new video will be released featuring a building or landmark throughout St. Louis that has significant design elements and architectural features. A drone is used to film so the viewer can experience the full view of each structure that is highlighted in each video. The fist video is about the Lindell Terrace Building located at 4501 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End, where their office is located, and the second is about the Loop Trolley Headquarters.  (https://youtu.be/JSBf3cUkoYc).

 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, CORE10 Architecture is an architectural firm based in the historic Central West End of St. Louis. The team of architects work on a variety of projects nationwide ranging from institutional and mixed use commercial to multifamily and single family residential projects. The goal for each CORE10 Architectural client is the same – to make each design unique and to make the outcome inspirational. To learn more, please visit www.core10arch.com.

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The Business Bank of St. Louis Voted One of the “2017 Best Banks in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly Readers

St. Louis (May 9, 2017) – The Business Bank of St. Louis was voted one of the “2017 Best Banks in St. Louis” by the readers of Small Business Monthly.

“We want to thank the Small Business Monthly readers for voting us one of the best banks in St. Louis. We know and understand that we’re successful due to the relationships we have with our clients, and our ability to connect with them. Our success is determined by our clients’ personal and business successes,” said Larry Kirby, President & CEO.

The list of the “2017 Best Banks in St. Louis,” was published in the May issue of Small Business Monthly. Here is a link to the list, http://www.sbmon.com/Awards/Article/1120/Best-Banks-2017.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, The Business Bank of St. Louis operates a full-service banking facility in the heart of the Clayton business district located at 8000 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, MO, 63105. The mission of the Bank and the primary focus of the team members is to be the leading financial partner for St. Louis’ business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals who need customized solutions to guide them toward financial success. For more information, visit http://bbstl.com.

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Purk & Associates, P.C., Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “2017 Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis”

May 3, 2017 (St. Louis) – Purk & Associates, P.C., the leading, independently owned St. Louis-based accounting and management advisory firm, was recently voted as one of the “2017 Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis” by readers of Small Business Monthly in the May issue.

 

“We are thrilled to be  voted by the Small Business Monthly readers as one of the best accounting firms in St. Louis. Our success is tied directly to the success of our clients. We are problem solvers for our clients. We are their partners. Our goals are to help clients succeed in business, provide for their families, and build an awesome future for their loved ones and community,” said Jennah Purk-Hall, CPA, Purk & Associates president and co-founding shareholder.

 

This year, Purk & Associates has been voted by the readers of Small Business Monthly as one of the “Best in Quality,” in January; “Best in Customer Service,” in February; and “Best in Reliability,” in March. Also earlier this year, it made the St. Louis Business Journal’s “2017 Largest Accounting Firms.”

 

In 2016, the firm made the list of Inc. Magazine’s 500 |5000 list of fastest growing companies – its third consecutive year; and Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For” – also its third consecutive year.

 

To view the Small Business Monthly list of 2017 Top Accounting Firms, click on the following link, http://www.pageturnpro.com/St-Louis-Small-Business-Monthly/78397-STL-SBM-May-2017/index.html#16

 

Founded in 2009 with headquarters in St. Louis, Purk & Associates, P.C., is a nationally recognized and award winning, independently owned accounting and management advisory firm that delivers a full range of tax, accounting, audit and consulting services. At Purk & Associates, our focus is to help our clients achieve more financial and business success. To learn more, please visit www.purkpc.com.

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