2013 Blacksmith Awards Winners

Cincinnati’s Public Relations Community Honored at the 2013 Blacksmith Awards

The 2013 Blacksmith Awards were held on November 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati.  Hosted by Dan Hurley of LOCAL 12, more than 100 PR professionals gathered at the event that also recognized individuals and agencies for their accomplishments.  The 2013 Blacksmith Award winners include:

CAMPAIGN WINNERS

Community Relations Campaign

Blacksmith Award

  • Wordsworth Communications for the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority for Community Relations Becomes Key to CMHA's Success

Silver Award

  • The Eisen Agency for Rotary Updates Image

Nonprofit PR Campaign

Blacksmith Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of People Working Cooperatively for People Working Cooperatively's "Ramp it up for Veterans" Campaign

Government/Public Affairs Campaign

Silver Award

  • Flottman Company - Brilliant Communications, Tom Flottman, CEO, Ed McMasters, Director of Marketing & Communications for Remove Section 8 from HR 1919
  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project for A Public Affairs Campaign for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor

Influencer Relations Campaign

Blacksmith Award

  • Copperfox Marketing for Plan 2017, a Rallying Cry for UC Health Employees

Integrated Marketing Campaign

Blacksmith Award

  • Fahlgren Mortine with the Office of TourismOhio for TourismOhio and McDonald's Drive Awareness and Visitors with Discover Ohio To Go Promotion

Silver Award

  • Renee Redmon for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Green Township Opening Campaign
  • Flottman Company - Brilliant Communications, Tom Flottman, CEO, Sue Flottman Steller, President, Ed McMasters, Director of Marketing & Communications for Flottman Company WOW Campaign

Bronze Award

  • Cristofoli - Keeling, Inc. for LaRosa's Columbus Franchise Expansion
  • Mercy Health Marketing & Communications Team, Jennifer L. Young, Communications Director for Mercy Health 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
  • Northlich for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio for National Treasures of Ohio Sweepstakes

Media Relations Campaigns

Silver Award

  • Northlich for Yard House for Going the Extra Yard to Build Buzz for a New Restaurant in Town
  • The Eisen Agency for Roto-Rooter Fall/Winter ARC

Bronze Award

  • Flottman Company - Brilliant Communications, Ed McMasters, Director of Marketing & Communications for Year in Media for the Flottman Company

TACTIC WINNERS 

News or Feature Release

Silver Award

  • M. Gail Myers, APR for Bethany House Services Wine Tasting 2012

Bronze Award

  • Kathleen B. Williams for Platform to Employment Offers Help to Displaced, Older Workers

News or Publicity Stunt

Bronze Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of the UC Foundation for Marking a Billion Dollar Milestone

Best Placement

Silver Award

  • The Eisen Agency for Roto-Rooter Featured on MSNBC

Bronze Award

  • Flottman Company - Brilliant Communications, In Support of Patient Safety - Remove Section 8 from HR 1919, Tom Flottman, CEO, Ed McMasters, Director of Marketing & Communications for The New York Times Highlights Flottman Company
  • Nanette Bentley, PR Director, Mercy Health  for Best Placement: Helping Americans Understand Accountable Care

Op Ed/Bylined Article

Bronze Award

  • Rockfish for 10 Startup Techniques to Jump-Start Your Brand by Dave Knox

External Newsletter or Magazine

Silver Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project for "Connect" to the Brent Spence Bridge Project

Annual Report

Silver Award

  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Tom Schick, Dennis Orner, Western & Southern for Shape a Life, 2012 Financial Report & Progress Summary
  • Starboard Strategy for The Banks Public Partnership 2012 Annual Report
  • Julia Mace for GCF: 50 Years of Greater Generosity
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati for United Way 2012 Report to the Community

Bronze Award

  • M. Gail Myers, APR for Health Care Access Now Annual Report
  • Northlich for the Cincinnati Public Library for Advocating for "Our Library" 
  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of Uptown Consortium for Success Report Impacts Investor Opinions

Print Collateral

Blacksmith Award

  • Rxperts Printed Packaging Group, Flottman Company - Brilliant Communications for Rxperts Printing Alliance Promotional Packaging

Silver Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project for Brent Spence Bridge Leave Behinds

Website

Blacksmith Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project for Bridging the Gap: The BSBC Website

Silver Award

  • Flottman Company Website Redesign, Traction LLC, Flottman Company, Ed McMasters, Director of Marketing & Communications, Sue Flottman Steller, President for Redesign of the Flottman Company Website

Webcast or Webinar

Silver Award

  • Northlich for Buffalo Wings & Rings for Facebook: Taking the Buffalo By the Horns

Video

Bronze Award

  • Starboard Strategy for The Banks Public Partnership—Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront, Re-birth through Planning

Microblog/Twitter

Silver Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of The University of Cincinnati Foundation for Billion & Beyond: Announcing a Milestone for UC

Blog

Silver Award

  • Rockfish for Rockfish Blog

Bronze Award

  • The Eisen Agency for Cult of the Blue Tongue

Blogger Outreach

Blacksmith Award

  • Renee Redmon and Kate Setter for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Green Township Opening – Blogger Sneak Peek Event

Other Social Media

Bronze Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of Protect-A-Bed  for Protect-a-Bed, Pets and Pinterest

Special Event

Silver Award

  • Northlich for Yard House for A Ribbon Cutting and $10,000 Food Bank Donation Kick-Off a Wildly Successful Restaurant Opening

Bronze Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of People Working Cooperatively for People Working Cooperatively’s "Ramp it Up for Veterans" Campaign Kick-off

Experiential Marketing

Blacksmith Award

  • Wordsworth Communications on behalf of Skyline Chili for Skyline Chili Initiates New Cincinnatians on National Chili Day

Research

Silver Award

  • The Eisen Agency for Roto-Rooter Bathroom Study

Partnership

Bronze Award

  • Fahlgren Mortine with the Office of TourismOhio for TourismOhio and McDonald's Create First-of-its-Kind Discover Ohio To Go Partnership

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION WINNERS

CEO Communicator of the Year

Kathryn E. Merchant, CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

PR Professional of the Year

Mike Maul, Wordsworth Communications

Small/Mid-Size Agency of the year

Wordsworth Communications. 

Large Agency of the Year

The Eisen Agency

BEST IN SHOW

Tactic Division

Renee Redmon and Kate Setter for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Green Township Opening – Blogger Sneak Peek Event

Campaign Division

Fahlgren Mortine with the Office of TourismOhio for TourismOhio and McDonald's Drive Awareness and Visitors with Discover Ohio To Go Promotion

The 2013 Blacksmith Awards were co-chaired by Stephanie Honan and Sarah McGee, and the committee included: Sara Cullin, Allison Rice, Kathleen Williams and Nikki Williams. The Platinum sponsor was Wordsworth Communications, Gold sponsor was Gail Myers Public Relations and Silver sponsors were Halo Branded Solutions and PPS Group.