2009 Platinum PR Awards: Small PR Firm—Lewis PR US

With 38 offices across the globe, Lewis works with leading and emerging brands in both the b2b and b2c sectors. Since the beginning of 2008, the agency has signed approximately 35 new clients, including Bigfoot Networks, Lexmark, ViewSonic and Tessera.

This expansion culminated in a landmark year for Lewis PR, which, in addition to receiving a lion’s share of industry laurels, recorded its ninth consecutive year of growth and profitability for Lewis’ U.S. operations.

A notable highlight of the agency’s achievements last year was its launch of an internal global initiative entitled the 2020 Digital Vision. This program involved reengineering of all of the agency’s services from the ground up to integrate social media and digital PR techniques into the firm’s campaigns. The goal was to ensure that personnel were ready to assume the demands and responsibilities of the future. As a result, Lewis has expanded its offerings to include SEO, video, podcasts, Web design and social media engagement. â– 

Honorable Mentions:

Singer Associates—Since its inception in 2000, San Francisco-based Singer Associates Inc. has become the PR agency working at the forefront of many major news events throughout California—including the 2007 oil spill in the San Francisco Bay, a sex scandal at San Francisco City Hall and the announcement of a $4 billion transportation center in Northern California.

Warschawski— The firm’s revenues have seen a 324% increase over the past five years, and its 17 executives have worked a diverse array of clients, including New Balance and Capital Funding Group.

Linhart PR—Linhart PR places strong emphasis on client satisfaction, and has had long-term relationships with clients like Red Robin, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. In 2007, Linhart collaborated with Crocs to develop SoulsUnited program, which donates recycled and refurbished Crocs to children in Malawi.

Adfero Group—In 2008, Adfero collaborated with the American Medical Association in a battle to stop physician payment cuts under the Medicare reimbursement system. The firm prides itself on using cutting-edge strategies in its campaigns, such as creating YouTube channels, interactive microsites and animation.

Alpaytac—Satisfied with its Ultimate Ears’ Loud Enough campaign, Logitech decided to keep Alpaytac as its PR agency of choice for its latest acquisition, Ultimate Ears. In addition to Logitech, Alpaytac won eight new clients and two large contract renewals in 2008, working with a diverse field of clients.

Affect Strategies—The New York City-based firm recently relaunched its Web site, equipped with an area devoted to social media, which has led to the firm securing two strictly social-media based clients. Affect has also consulted other PR firms in the area of social media through “boot camp” training sessions.

Merritt Group—In 2009, Merritt launched Digital Services, a new Practice Group team. This team created a campaign to raise awareness of the USO/Microsoft Salute to the Troops, utilizing a Facebook group to promote the cause. 10,000 Facebook users became members of the group.