From honing the effectiveness of your current communications efforts, harnessing all the latest social media tools, working with the best influencers for your goals, and rebranding and launching major new initiatives, KB Concepts can help successfully tell your story, expand your audiences and inspire others to support you.

See these four case studies of organizations we've helped reach new levels of success with thoughtful, targeted marketing and communications strategies.

Japan-United States Friendship Commission

Japan US Friendship Commission

Since late 2016, KB Concepts has worked with JUSFC to raise the visibility of this federal commission and the role it plays in strengthening Japan-US relations and increasing the quality and volume of applicants to its institutional and creative arts grants.

We’ve accomplished this through establishing new social media accounts, posting regularly and engaging with JUSFC’s audiences in their field, as well as the institutions and creative artist grantees. We also helped update the website, and post regular interviews with grantees about the fantastic work they are doing here and in Japan.

Results

  • Grew JUSFC’s social media audience by more than 100% on Facebook; more than 40% on Twitter and more than 60% on Instagram.
  • Increased traffic to the JUSFC website by more than 1100% in the first three months, with steady growth continuously since then, much of it from social media and blog post interviews.  
I have been working with Karen Bate and here team at KB Concepts for two years in my capacity as the deputy agency head for the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC). JUSFC is an independent federal agency, and Karen and her team manage our entire digital media presence. I recommend Karen for her professionalism, mission-orientedness and innate ability to assess the needs of the client and deliver accordingly. Karen and her team are exceptional in their quality of work, and in their adherence to deadlines. They require near minimum management on behalf of the client. I could not recommend them highly enough.Niharika Chibber Joe, Associate Executive Director

Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta

Arlington Chamber and Joes Place

KB Concepts has helped Joe’s Place Pizza & Pasta revamp their website and increase their presence on social media since 2015. We planned a year-long 40th anniversary celebration that included social media contests and two onsite events, one of which resulted in their busiest day with most meals sold ever in May 2018.

Owner Rosario Farruggio estimates Joe’s has supported more than 1000 community events, sports teams and good causes in Arlington since opening their doors. With KB Concepts help, Joe’s won an Arlington Chamber Best Business Award in 2017, and was recognized as a Legacy Business by Arlington County for their success and generous contributions to the community in 2018.

Since Karen Bate and KB Concepts started managing our P.R, and social media, business has improved steadily year over year. Our 40th anniversary celebrations; a spring fashion show with DC bloggers and influencers; fun, seasonal social media contests; revamped website and e-newsletter; media coverage and awards recognition for our community involvement have all been extremely gratifying. Karen and her team always come up with creative new ways to tell our story and maintain our respected place in the community – and I love supporting and collaborating with another great local company too. Rosario Farruggio, Owner

Arlington Outdoor Lab

Outdoor Lab Logo

After many years of lackluster fundraising and public outreach, KB Concepts was hired to help kick off the nonprofit Outdoor Lab’s 50th anniversary year. Our ambitious goals were to plan and host a gala event for 150 attendees; raise awareness, especially among new audiences, of the Outdoor Lab’s role and benefits to the community through its dedicated science and nature programming for Arlington Public Schools students and their families; net $50,000 for capital improvements through sponsorships of the event; and expand the Outdoor Lab’s social media activity to reach new audiences through creative content and engagement.

Results

  • 185+ people attended the 50th-anniversary event, themed “50 Years & Counting: Dancing Through the Decades,” including numerous County leaders and VIPs.
  • Net proceeds were $100,000 after expenses, thanks to more than two dozen company and community sponsors, including a $50,000 underwriting sponsor.
  • The event and 50th anniversary were prominently featured in major area media including the Washington Post, Arlington Sun Gazette and Arl NOW, as well as in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlington Public Schools newsletters.
  • The Outdoor Lab’s social media presence grew significantly, up 14% on Facebook, 39% on Instagram and 150% on Twitter, now reaching a variety of new audiences - and future donors.

 

KB Concepts helped us kick off our 50th anniversary with a bang. Karen Bate guided us to think big. We met and far exceeded our $50,000 fundraising goal, raised much-needed awareness of the Outdoor Lab with new audiences, expanded our social media reach, attracted hundreds of new subscribers to our email list, and formed new partnerships with dozens of sponsors and other supporters. Most important, we now have the tools and resources to continue meeting the needs of the growing population of Arlington Public Schools students who get to experience the wonder and joys of nature at the Outdoor Lab.

Mike Nardolilli, President, Arlington Outdoor Lab

BbG Outdoor Fitness/Total Wellness Challenge

BbG offers outdoor fitness classes in Arlington and McLean, VA and the Total Wellness Challenge online throughout the region and beyond. In addition to being an early supporter and client, KB Concepts has provided communications and P.R. services to BbG since the company’s founding 15 years ago.

Results

Working with owner Ginny Wright, KB Concepts helped grow the company from one group class and a handful of personal training clients to an award-winning and regionally recognized fitness and health leader, offering more than 20 weekly classes and regular nutrition and wellness challenges to almost 200 clients. BbG was voted Best Bootcamp — among many other awards — in two recent Arlington Magazine Best of Arlington annual polls.

BbG was also featured in multiple live segments during the Great Day Washington morning show about the joys and benefits of year-round outdoor fitness, and on Good Morning Washington as well. Nominated by KB Concepts, BbG was honored with an Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award in 2013. This recognition led to additional local media coverage, as well as Ginny’s column, the Wright Way, that appeared bimonthly in the popular Arl NOW news blog.

In addition to helping Arlingtonians stay fit and strong, BbG actively supports many good causes in the community, including holding regular food drives, and volunteering time and nutritional advice for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Since KB Concepts helped BbG mark its 10th anniversary with the first Obstacle Course 5K to benefit AFAC, this has now become a popular annual event for BbG clients and their families. The 2018 event raised a record $8,000 for AFAC.

KB Concepts PR has helped my company grow and become a recognized leader in the fitness and wellness field over the past 15 years. I have appeared several times on local television and radio stations. I’ve also been included in numerous articles in Arlington Magazine and other media which has significantly boosted my local presence and helped me to win several sought-after awards. KB Concepts provides creative, consistent and effective PR. Karen Bate always goes above and beyond the call of duty; she is extremely professional, enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. Ginny Wright, Owner

Results

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