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Peppercomm Ranked PR firm


470 Park Ave. South, floor 5, New York, NY 10016


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Twitter: @peppercomm
Instagram: @peppercomm
Facebook: @peppercomm
LinkedIn: @peppercomm
Capabilities include communications, marketing, PR, brand & digital strategy, content, web development, societal crisis/issues management, employee engagement, experience and analytics.

Founded: 1995.

Agency Statement:

Peppercomm, A Ruder Finn company, understands that how you tell your story can mean the difference between success and failure. That’s why we have made a science of communication, combining wit and wisdom with proven communications discipline and innovative offerings to break through, build deeper connections and ensure our clients’ success. One of those innovations, rooted in the tenets of humor, has proven so effective it’s become embedded in how we work.

We have studied, embraced, and employed the tenets of humor to help our clients more clearly see who they are, why they exist and how they can connect to those they serve. Our model is about brand analysis, development of narrative and voice, and connection to the culture, media and influencers who matter. Each should be thoughtful, bring perspective and insight, and—when appropriate—be a little unexpected.

Peppercomm, wit and wisdom.

Steve Cody, founder & CEO; Maggie O’Neill, chief client officer, sr. partner; Jacqueline Kolek, chief innovation officer, sr. partner; Ann Barlow, west coast pres., sr. partner, mng. dir., employee engagement; Tara Lilien, chief talent officer, partner

Clients Include:

Travelers Insurance
Wilmington Trust

Peppercomm in the news with O'Dwyer's:

News of Firms: HMA Acquires Lovell Communications

Fri., Feb. 3, 2023

...interviewing coaching, KPI communications workshops, and individual Board CV review and advisory. Luvell Anderson, Malcolm Frierson Peppercomm is expanding its Laughing Matters Council, which helps businesses harness the power of humor...

On the Move: IPR Names CVS Health's Woodall

Wed., Jan. 11, 2023

...past chair. Public Affairs Council president Doug Pinkham, who previously served as treasurer, and Peppercomm co-founder and CEO Steve Cody, who was immediate past chair, will remain on the...

Good Riddance 2022

Wed., Dec. 28, 2022

...been chief communications and public affairs officer since 2012 Kathy Bloomgarden, Steve Cody Ruder Finn acquires Peppercomm , a firm that reported $9.2M in 2021 fee income for the 58th slot on...

On the Move: GCI Health Hires Vanner, Malunda

Fri., Dec. 9, 2022

...excited about the vision he will bring to Hertz," said Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr. Marissa Dunn Peppercomm brings on Marissa Dunn as a senior media strategist. Dunn was most recently a...

Accounts in Transit: Pollack Group Reps 'Elevating Walker Chair'

Fri., Aug. 19, 2022

...impacted people rediscover the joy of flexible mobility,” said The Pollack Group president Stefan Pollack. Peppercomm is named global PR agency of record for AgriFORCE Growing Systems, an AgTech company dedicated...

News of Firms: Porter Novelli Launches Erica Smith Fellowship

Tue., Aug. 16, 2022

...than 20 startups including Noora Health, WorkChew and Moving Analytics. The consortium’s other members are SourceCode Communications, Superbolt, Cheer Partners, Peppercomm , Clarity, Racepoint Global, Praytell and Max Borges Agency. “Bringing on quality agencies is essential to maximizing...

Peregrine Communications Adds BCW's Kissane 

Wed., Jun. 29, 2022

...where she was executive VP/managing director. During her more than 30-year career, Kissane worked at Walek/ Peppercomm , Hill+Knowlton, Georgeson and Abernathy Macgregor.  She also chaired the advocacy committee of the National Investor...

News of Firms: ICR Launches Events Unit

Tue., May 10, 2022 now made up of eight marketing and communications agencies—Cheer Partners, SourceCode Communications, Superbolt, Peppercomm , Clarity, Racepoint Global, Praytell and Max Borges Agency. To date, the DMC has supported more than...

Ruder Finn Acquires Peppercomm

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022

... Kathy Bloomgarden, Steve Cody Ruder Finn has acquired Peppercomm , a firm that reported $9.2M in 2021 fee income for the 58th slot on...

On the Move: Corcoran Quits Real Chemistry for BCW

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022

...director. Shafroth is founder of Momentum Communications Strategy. He was previously a director at Peppercomm and a vice president at Walek & Associates, where her worked alongside Peaks Strategies...

News of Firms: IPR Launches New Membership Program

Thu., Feb. 17, 2022

...of research and insights to the field,” said Steve Cody, founder and CEO of Peppercomm and inaugural chair of the IPR ELEVATE Committee. “I’m excited to work with these...

Ruder Finn Names Harb US Design Director

Mon., Nov. 29, 2021

...vice president, design at Hot Paper Lantern. She has also been design director at Peppercomm . Working for clients such as MINI, Forbes, Amazon Web Services, Facebook and Raymond James,...

Events: Museum of PR to Broadcast PR Talent Show

Wed., Nov. 24, 2021 of their favorite performers. The show’s emcees are ConAgra chief communications officer and Peppercomm CEO Steve Cody. Judges include Institute for Public Relations CEO Tina McCorkindale, Page president...

News of Firms: UniWorld Establishes NIL Unit to Promote Black College Athletes

Tue., Oct. 19, 2021

...generation to become the brands of the future,” said UWG chair and CEO Monique Nelson. Peppercomm  launches the Laughing Matters Council to focus on ways that the principles of humor can be...

News of Firms: UniWorld Establishes NIL Unit to Promote Black College Athletes

Sat., Oct. 9, 2021

...this generation to become the brands of the future,” said UWG chair and CEO Monique Nelson. Peppercomm  launches the Laughing Matters Council, a strategic advisory council of experts in humor that will focus on ways...

Accounts in Transit: Peppercomm Cements Ties with Dole Sunshine

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

... Peppercomm is named PR agency of record for the Dole Sunshine Company, formalizing a partnership...

News of Firms: APCO Works With George Floyd Foundation

Wed., Apr. 14, 2021

...through the Diversity Marketing Consortium, a group of 20 agencies and consultants that includes Peppercomm , SourceCode Commnications, Racepoint Global and Praytell. DMC was founded in 2020 to provide $3...

Understanding Election Emotions Through AI

Tue., Nov. 3, 2020

...the country and safety of its people are at stake. Using our propriety Mindset.AI solution, Peppercomm identified, tracked and predicted how the candidates’ supporters will react to the election. Fueled...

Diversity Marketing Consortium Expands Ranks

Wed., Oct. 14, 2020

...systemic racial and gender-based inequity for underrepresented business founders, has brought on several new members. Peppercomm , Clarity, Praytell and Racepoint Global have all signed on to support the organization, which...

On the Move: Peppercomm Picks Corsi for Digital Post

Thu., Oct. 8, 2020

... Stephen Corsi Peppercomm  picks Stephen Corsi as chief digital officer and senior partner. Corsi most recently served as executive...

Disinformation Ranks Among Top Societal Problems

Thu., Aug. 27, 2020 Society Report” was written by IPR President and CEO Dr. Tina McCorkindale and Peppercomm founder and IPR chair Steve Cody. The report surveyed 2,200 Americans in late March....

Accounts in Transit: Peppercomm Wins Xero

Tue., Jul. 21, 2020

... Peppercomm has been appointed agency of record in the U.S. for global small business platform...

News of Firms: Institute for PR, Peppercomm Launch E-Book About COVID-19 Impact on PR

Wed., Jul. 15, 2020

... The Institute for Public Relations and Peppercomm have released an e-book focused on COVID-19’s effect on PR, as well as other...

News of Firms: Peppercomm Unveils Mindset.AI

Thu., Jul. 9, 2020

... Peppercomm has launched Mindset.AI, an analytics dashboard designed to help brands map their customer’s emotional...

On the Move: Lagrant Foundation Adds GM's Craig Buchholz to Board

Thu., Jun. 11, 2020

...where he was a senior VP.. He previously served as a senior director at Peppercomm , and was a partner with Peaks founder Tom Walek at Walek & Associates. “Armel...

Top 10 Financial Firms See Revenues Rise 9.8%

Wed., Apr. 22, 2020

...opportunity for smart, resourceful companies to utilize PR effectively to grow their businesses and brands.” Peppercomm 'Busier Than Ever' ...

PR Plays Key Role in Fighting COVID-19

Tue., Mar. 17, 2020 to deal with the effects of COVID-19, according to a new study from Peppercomm and the Institute for Public Relations. “COVID-19: How Businesses are Handling the Crisis” surveyed 300...

IPR Polls Pros on COVID-19 Response

Sat., Mar. 14, 2020

...& CEO of IPR, and Steve Cody, IPR Chairman and Founder and CEO of Peppercomm . Recent episodes: Mar. 6 - Are You Ready for a PR crisis? Feb. 21 - How Will...

Comms Pro Insights Needed for Coronavirus Survey

Thu., Mar. 5, 2020

...The Institute for Public Relations and Peppercomm are seeking input from communications executives to determine how companies are responding to the...

People: Golin Ups Carrie von der Sitt to Head of Growth

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

...she was vice president, communications at Hot Paper Lantern and director, client relationships at Peppercomm . Parker succeeds Brian Havliand, who has served as president and CEO since 2016. Both...

Top 25 PR Firms Post 12.9% Jump in '18 Income

Wed., Mar. 27, 2019

...(No. 9 at $42.6M) returned to Top 10 rankings. RF | Binder, Taylor and Peppercomm were among the top 50 firms in 2017 to drop out of the rankings...

News of Firms: LDPR Sets Up Shop in Chicago, Baerlein & Partners Revamps Website, The Door Launches Consumer Division

Tue., Mar. 26, 2019

...recently served as executive vice president. Lowe, who has also held senior positions at Peppercomm and Ogilvy PR, has worked with such consumer brands as Unilever, LG Electronics, Verizon,...

Embracing Tech in the Food and Beverage World

Tue., Mar. 12, 2019 year. See you in 2020. *** Maggie O'Neill is Chief Client Officer and Partner at Peppercomm ....

IPR Unveils Top Research Studies of '18

Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

...the IPR showcased the findings of a report that it conducted in partnership with Peppercomm . That report found that CMOs and CCOs are increasingly taking stands on social issues,...

2018: The Year Crises Became a Critical Comms. Factor

Wed., Jan. 9, 2019 their organizations and clients. *** Matt Purdue is senior vice president of Content Strategy at Peppercomm . Steve Goodwin is principal and chief brand architect at BrandFoundations....

People on the Move: FrazierHeiby Hires Lauren Parker; Osborn Barr Ups Karen Pfautsch to Senior VP; Heinrich Marketing Recruits Matt Ingwalson

Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

...Paper Lantern, where she VP- communications. Before Hot Paper Lantern was spun off from Peppercomm earlier this year, she had been with ...

Awards & Events: PRSA/NY Holiday Party to Benefit Dress for Success... Institute for PR Launches "In a Car with IPR" Videos... PRSA/Dallas Honors TrizCom

Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

...CEO Tina McCorkindale, who travels across the country to interview such industry leaders as Peppercomm CEO Steve Cody and University of Florida Public Relations Department chair Marcia DiStaso. In...

News of PR Firms: Hot Paper Lantern, Golin, Germinder & Assocs.

Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

... Hot Paper Lantern, a tech-focused affiliate of  Peppercomm , is partnering with SwissVBS, a provider of digital learning solutions, on a cloud-based, SaaS...

Peppercomm Stands Smart

Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

... Steve Cody Peppercomm has developed a system designed to help companies stay ahead of the curve on...

Volatile Markets, Social Purpose Test Financial Firms

Thu., May 24, 2018

...roster and capacity in 2018.” Intermarket chalked up $4.1 million in financial income. Countering fake news Jacqueline Kolek Peppercomm worked with the Institute for Public Relations in 2017 to study the challenges faced...

Preparing for New Kinds of Crisis and Controversy

Tue., Apr. 3, 2018

...brands and the executives who run them. *** Jacqueline Kolek is Partner and Managing Director at Peppercomm ....

What’s on the Menu for Food/Beverage Brands in 2018

Tue., Mar. 20, 2018

...the whole experience over just the entrée. *** Maggie O’Neill is partner and managing director at Peppercomm , and provides agency-wide communications and brand experience support to the agency’s expanding portfolio of...

News of PR Firms

Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

...“Providence bolsters our strong public affairs practice as well as our West Coast presence.” Ann Barlow Peppercomm ’s west coast president, Ann Barlow, has been elected 2018-2019 board chair of Watermark, the Bay Area’s...

People on the Move

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

...providing integrated communications and media relations counsel for its clients. Leslie joins Sloane from Peppercomm , where he was senior director, running the firm’s capital markets team within the financial...

Without a North Star, Your Brand Could Head South

Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 the future for every corporate communicator. *** Jackie Kolek is partner and managing director at Peppercomm ....

Three Ways Sports Marketers Can Up Their Game

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

...more accessible. Marketers must embrace this reality to succeed. *** Marya Ketchell is senior director at Peppercomm ....

AR Isn’t Technology for Technology’s Sake

Tue., Nov. 28, 2017 as it is applicable to their business. *** Jeremy Lerner is Digital Project Manager at Peppercomm and oversees integrated content campaigns. Deborah Brown is Partner and Managing Director, and manages...

Evolution of Lifestyle PR: Step Up and Enjoy the Ride

Mon., Sep. 18, 2017

...So, step up and enjoy the ride. *** Maggie O’Neill is partner and managing director at Peppercomm ....

Financial Services Communications Post-Crisis

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

...that is starting to rule the world. *** Jackie Kolek is Partner and Managing Director at Peppercomm ....

Harris Resigns Grayling US Chief Post

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

...and headed the United Technologies account. Earlier, he held key posts at Ketchum, Access and Peppercomm , counseling clients such as IBM, Citibank, Visa and HP. Paul Taaffe, CEO of Grayling parent...

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