We are a San Francisco-based B2B technology communications agency, driven by analytics. We provide a new and better way of thinking about your brand and how to best run an effective communications program that not just delivers results, but ties back to your company’s business objectives. Our passion is working with leading-edge, disruptive technologies.
Our approach is always focused on top-tier visibility – quality over quantity. We believe in leveraging our top-tier media relationships to tell your story. It’s about telling the right story at the right time in front of the right audience.
WE'RE DIFFERENT - AND BETTER - THAN THE TRADITIONAL AGENCY
We don’t operate like a typical agency because the old model is broken. You shouldn't hire an account manager. You should hire experts.
We’re led by a senior team of communication advisors and experts with decades of experience guiding numerous clients across tech sectors - both as internal team members and agency-side.
We’re strategic advisors and experts, but we roll up our sleeves to work alongside your team on precision execution once the right strategy is in place. We prefer to operate as an extension of your team.
We focus on the right things that will really move the needle for your business - and will give you our honest opinion about what will work, what to avoid - based on experience.
We don’t waste our client executives’ time, but use it strategically when we need their point of view, input and buyoff - then we take the ball and run with it.
We really care that your executives are fully prepared to succeed - whether it be a media interview, an analyst briefing or a speech or event to allure prospects or charm influencers.
With us, there’s no “bait and switch” - if we sign up and commit to your business, you’ll have at least one (if not three) senior advisors and experts who execute for you, all with 15-20+ years of experience.
We pride ourselves on ingraining ourselves in your business, understanding it inside and out, and thinking about the strategies and tactics that will raise visibility, drive differentiation and generate incoming prospect and partner leads.
THE DREAM TEAM OF EXPERTS
Founder & CEO
Scott has 20 years of tech marketing and PR experience, spanning both B2B and consumer within mobile, enterprise software, hardware, social, cloud services, ad tech, security and cleantech. He was recognized as Top Executive of the Year by Business Intelligence Group’s 2016 Marketing Excellence Awards. Previous to SamsonPR, Scott was VP of Global Marketing and Communications at Quixey and Head of Communications, North America at Criteo.
Executive Vice President
Brent is a senior-level media relations pro. Over the years, he's developed deep media relationships and produced huge media placements for clients with top tier media from TechCrunch and VentureBeat to Business Insider and the WSJ. He has agency and tech startup experience, previously as VP of Developer and Brand Relations for MediaFire.
Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D
Senior Advisor/Employer Branding/Employee Communications Expert
Tamar was most recently the Chief People Officer for a Silicon Valley late stage startup and before that was the Chief Learning Officer at Qualcomm. During her long tenure at Qualcomm she helped grow the organization into one of the most successful companies in the world. There she led the development of Qualcomm’s workforce, scaling the employee base from 700 to 31,000 employees worldwide.
Alexander is a communications professional who has a knack for brand storytelling through concise and strategic messaging. He has a sweet spot for media relations; Alexander believes there's always an angle to spin for a story to have a positive outcome. Having worked in the entertainment space as well as in the B2B technology, consumer lifestyle, cannabis, and blockchain technology sectors, Alexander has a unique and in-depth knowledge across multiple verticals. Alexander recently has placed clients in Haute Living, Esquire, Venture Beat, TIME and Forbes.
John Henry Frankel
John Henry is a PR and marketing professional who excels in crafting exceptional content for brands and CEOs. He is a writer at heart, with a variety of experience ranging from creating technical Wikipedia articles to ghostwriting robust thought leadership. John Henry has worked in B2B tech, music industry, and digital advertising, and has placed articles in Forbes.
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Global Vice President, Talent Relations
CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES
Jumpshot Success Story
Jumpshot was accelerating growth and brought in a new head of marketing to roll out improved messaging and positioning. As part of this effort, there was very little quality media coverage on message. There was a need for tier 1 media coverage in tech, business and trade publications to raise awareness of the company’s solutions, enable the sales team with high quality coverage and ultimately drive leads.
Developed and launched a strategic PR program focused on 1) building a strong narrative and POV in the market, 2) building high-profile media relationships, and 3) generating tier 1 media coverage.
Media Coverage Highlights:
Bloomberg Technology (live TV interviews):
12/17/18: What to Expect From Amazon in 2019
7/17/18: Amazon Prime Day Overview
The Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times:
9/10/18 (6.3 million unique visitors per month): Amazon is stuffing its search results pages with ads
Additional Recent 2019 Coverage:
MediaPost on 6/14/19: Search Traffic Data Yields Insights On Brands, Retailers That Failed At Ecommerce
The Motley Fool on 1/17/19: Can NBC Take On Netflix and Disney With a Free Streaming Service?
SlashGear on 1/16/19: The Office just brought Steve Carell to Netflix for a new show: Space Force
Daily Mail UK on 1/15/19: NBC may pull The Office off Netflix as network prepares to launch rival service in 2020
Screen Rant on 1/14/19: The Defenders Is What Killed Netflix's Marvel Shows
Internet Retailer on 1/9: Holiday 2018 conversion rates—which retailers bucked trends?
AdExchanger on 1/8/19: Nielsen Releases 'Bird Box' Ratings As SVOD Measurement Comes Into Focus
Investor’s Business Daily on 1/8/19: Netflix Bull Has This Idea For Disney On How To Win Streaming Wars
Vox on 1/7/19: Netflix’s upcoming content crisis, in one chart
The Daily Dot on 1/7/19: The surprising reason why Netflix’s future could be in jeopardy
2018 Additional Coverage:
Newsweek on 11/5/18: WHY ISN’T MARVEL’S NETFLIX STRATEGY WORKING?
MarketWatch on 9/9/18: What does your Netflix viewing history reveal about you?
Bloomberg TV on 7/17/18: Amazon Recovers from Prime Day Stumble
AdExchanger on 7/12/18: Intel Analyzes Clickstream Data For A Look Inside The Full Funnel
MediaPost on 6/20/18: Marketers Concerned About Lack Of Data On Consumer Buying Habits
FierceRetail on 6/1/18: Amazon dominates 80% of market
Marketing Land on 5/31/18: Amazon owns more than 90% market share across 5 different product categories [Report]
MediaPost on 5/31/18: Amazon Search Focuses On Its Private Labels
eMarketer on 6/4/18: Amazon Doesn't Dominate Private-Label Sales (Yet)
Internet Retailer on 3/21/18: Amazon dominates the online sales of four major toy brands
Business Insider on 3/27: This is the fallout from Toys “R” Us’ closing
Internet Retailer on 3/5: Mobile shopping surges for Valentine’s Day
RTB House Success Story
SamsonPR began working with RTB House in April of 2018, helping the Poland-based ad retargeting company launch in the US market. As a hot, fast-growing global company, the US market is competitive with a need for market differentiation and brand awareness to stand out.
SamsonPR helped to build the US story for RTB House's US launch, and then began building media relationships and generating targeted media coverage. In addition, to help RTB House not just have a dialog, but drive an authentic conversation in the market as an industry leader, SamsonPR planned a State of Ad Tech Media Roundtable in NYC moderated by TechCrunch -- bringing together RTB House executives, major ad players like Google, top brands, retailers and other media including Business Insider, Adweek and ClickZ, among others.
Some of the US coverage, and bylined articles include:
Tigera Success Story
Tigera was in the process of building out new messaging and positioning for the company, growing the team and accelerating market awareness. The issue – as a fast growing startup, they needed a PR team that serves as an extension of their team to drive big results, create a strong series of announcements and leverage high-level media relationships.
SamsonPR was engaged to accelerate market awareness and put Tigera on the map. We leveraged a new funding round to put Tigera in front of Tier 1 media to show their growth and focus. Their number one media target was TechCrunch.
•Offered exclusive to cover new funding to TechCrunch with 12 million unique monthly visitors, resulting in a great article
•Obtained Tier 1 coverage for Tigera in publications including Fortune’s Term Sheet (36 million UMV), Reuters (6 million UVM), VMblog, Sweetcode and The PE Hub, among many others.
Adopt-a-Pet.com Success Story
Adopt-a-Pet.com is a leading pet adoption website, but operates in a very competitive market with lots of consumer options. Adopt-a-Pet.com wanted to stand out with consumers against PetFinder.
SamsonPR developed and launched an ADOPT campaign to raise national awareness for 1) the importance of pet adoption and 2) to drive consumers to use Adopt-a-Pet.com. The campaign brought in artist Shepard Fairey to create an ADOPT image, and rolled that out at a high profile media event with media, celebrities and influencers.
•Obtained Tier 1 media coverage in media outlets (TV and online) such as PEOPLE, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, etc.
•Dramatically increased website traffic and in turn, increased the number of customers – helping Adopt-a-Pet.com hit important revenue figures.