Food Bank Program

Dot Foods recruited Catalyst to launch and promote the company’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Bank Program.  Dot Foods donated $50,000 to a food bank in each market that Dot, the nation’s largest food re-distributor, serves – showing each community that Dot Foods is a business willing to help a neighbor in need.  Catalyst went to work to conceptualize and coordinate nine unique and visual check presentations across the country, and worked the media to land multiple placements in every market.

Sewing Room Tour

Tacony’s Baby Lock Sewing Machine’s tapped Catalyst to promote the company’s sponsorship of the Enchanted Makeovers Sacred Sewing Room Tour.  This makeover program created sewing room sanctuaries where women and children could use the art of sewing to heal in women’s shelters in five cities across the U.S.  Catalyst hit the ground running, pitching to broadcast, print and online outlets. Catalyst helped Baby Lock and Enchanted Makeovers develop a strategy for the makeovers and reveal events which maximized publicity in each market. We landed 34 placements in five markets with a total audience reach of more than two million.

Dot Foods Mid-South DC

Catalyst lead PR efforts for the announcement, design and construction of Dot Foods’ tenth distribution center, located in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  We worked closely with Dot Foods senior management, community leadership, and the design and construction firms to create buzz in the community and drive resume submission.  Our tactics included an announcement press conference, groundbreaking event, jobs announcements and recruiting drives, community sponsorships, a hard hat sneak peek tour for VIPs and media, and grand opening celebration.

@4240 Cortex

We worked with Wexford Science + Technology for several years, starting with the announcement of their first project in the Cortex District, @4240, which was fully leased just one year after opening.  Our tactics involved an announcement press conference, hard hat tours, a drumbeat of media pitches that kept the project top-of-mind for the media over the long construction process, grand opening events, tenant announcements and support of their openings, and now awards submissions for the finished LEED Platinum building.  We feel this campaign was such a success because of our strong media connections, our strong partnership with the client and strong relationships we built alongside this out-of-town client with key Cortex and St. Louis leadership, stakeholders and potential tenants.  Not to mention the fact that Cortex is just an amazing story – but when we first started only a couple of journalists were even aware the district existed.

Plug N2 STL Event Series

Catalyst client Wexford Science + Technology came to us with a problem.  The Cortex District charged Wexford with wooing big name companies, incubators and entrepreneurial influencers to the District. Wexford has the connections, but these key influencers doubted St. Louis has the entrepreneurial community with investment dollars and the right workforce.  Catalyst worked with Wexford to overcome this challenge by creating the Plug In2 STL speaker series – a networking event strategy designed to show the strength of the St. Louis start-up community.  At each event, we featured a speaker who drew the crowd (plus free beer and pizza).  Sometimes the speaker was the influencer we were trying to impress, and would be willing to do interviews with St. Louis media while in town.  Wexford brought potential Cortex tenants to the events to see and feel the strong spirit of St. Louis.  This program was very successful for Wexford, resulting in the landing of a couple of “whale” tenants such as the North American headquarters of AB Mauri, Boeing Ventures Group, and the recently announced St. Louis expansion of the tech company Square.

Community Announcement

Catalyst Communications gave the assist when Jewish Federation of St. Louis announced the first study of the St. Louis Jewish community in 20 years.  Catalyst produced two key events to share the study results with the community, and pitched and landed several media stories, including a front page St. Louis Post-Dispatch feature.  Catalyst also produced this video which opened the larger community event, teasing the study results and building support for action based on the study findings.

Get in the Olive Groove

Jewish Federation of St. Louis challenged Catalyst to showcase all that Federation does to build community connections in the St. Louis Jewish community in an all-encompassing, three-hour event. Catalyst produced Get in the Olive Groove, a large street party for 600+ guests at the Nine Network Public Media Commons. The Jewish Federation held the event in conjunction with their Annual Meeting, which took place inside of the Nine Network Building. The Public Media Commons is a 9,000 square-foot open air environment featuring two, two-story video screens.  Catalyst Communications was the perfect fit for this event.  Our core capabilities in event planning and live production, video production and public relations make us an experienced and well-equipped agency for handling all event needs, large or small. We see the event through from the early beginning stages all the way to the final execution and deliver proven successful results.