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Zeppos & Associates, Inc.
2008 Paragon Awards
Awarded in June 2009 by the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
of the Public Relations Society of America

BEST OF SHOW
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Public Affairs – Revising a Regulatory Process for Industry Growth

WSCGA Amid growing worldwide demand for cranberries, Wisconsin’s cranberry industry saw the opportunity to grow and create more jobs and economic activity in the state. Zeppos & Associates designed a strategic public affairs effort to target government leaders at the highest levels, as well as media, environmental groups, third-party supporters, cranberry growers, industry leaders and others to help streamline the expansion review process. Within three months, the goal was met, paving the way for the cranberry industry’s expansion in Wisconsin.

Judge’s comment: “This was an extremely well thought-out and executed plan. No stone was left uncovered and communication was open via all channels.”

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AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Video Programs – Leveraging a Senator’s Visit to Reach Out to Customers




When U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold announced proposed legislation to enhance workforce development, he chose to make the announcement at Procorp Enterprises, a Milwaukee-based company specializing in sustainable water and wastewater treatment solutions. The company turned to Zeppos & Associates to assist with not only the announcement, but also to use it to reach out to potential customers. One of the key tools used to communicate with these stakeholders was a video – created in one day – highlighting the visit and Procorp’s capabilities.

Judge’s comment: “Excellent use of time management and budget…you were able to provide the client with an effective and well-produced video that they can utilize for future impressions on prospective customers and stakeholders.”

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AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Miscellaneous – I-94 North-South Freeway Branding Research

94 Zeppos & Associates developed a comprehensive branding research plan to help the Wisconsin Department of Transportation educate the public on a seven-year, eight-lane expansion of Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. Elements of the plan included secondary research, a three-county community leader survey, a 400-person phone survey and a focus group. The results exceeded client expectations with well-tested messages, an effective tagline and color logo currently used in all online, multimedia and advertising communications.

Judge’s comment: “Very well thought-out research. Very intensive. Touched very specific audiences, both with the knowledge of specifics of the project and citizens who may not be aware of everything a project like this entails.”

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AWARD OF MERIT
Media Relations – The Making of a “Masterpiece”

When Milwaukee’s Jewish Family Services began coordinating the 2008 Masterpiece Style and Speed Showcase, the nonprofit organization again turned to Zeppos & Associates. The firm helped generate positive media coverage for the annual event, which gives the general public a unique opportunity to experience more than 150 rare and historic automobiles from around the world. The firm’s media relations efforts generated extensive media coverage, including coverage on Milwaukee’s No. 1 morning news program, the city’s most popular entertainment Web site and in the state’s largest daily newspaper.

Judge’s comment: “Well-balanced media outreach included Web and traditional media – very well thought out.”

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AWARD OF MERIT
Media Relations – North Shore Bank’s 2008 Community Shredding Day

North Shore Bank North Shore Bank turned to Zeppos & Associates to publicize the yearly Community Shredding Day at its 40 Wisconsin branches, increase participation and highlight the bank’s trustworthiness, knowledge and community commitment. Building on a hard news angle – preventing identity theft – the resulting multifaceted, consumer-oriented media relations campaign spurred significant statewide and even national coverage, as well as a 400 percent jump in materials collected for shredding.

Judge’s comment: “Garnering spokespeople from local police departments plus the tie-in to identity theft and tax time made for the perfect combination media pitch. Great job!”

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AWARD OF MERIT
Public Affairs – Increasing Electrical Fire Safety “One State at a Time”

In 2008, Zeppos & Associates was successful in affecting regulatory action, generating widespread awareness for and educating state electrical code decision makers about an innovative home safety device that helps prevent electrical fires. The firm’s public affairs efforts resulted in significant media coverage on the safety benefits of the new device. More importantly, the campaign was successful in educating decision makers in 23 states as they reviewed the expanded National Electrical Code requirement for its installation.

Judge’s comment: “Excellent plan, clearly stated goals and solid effort to bring about change.”

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AWARD OF MERIT
Brochures (Three or More Colors) – Plum Creek Lake States: A Community Partner

In the fall of 2008, Plum Creek officials in the Lake States Region wished to develop a brochure to highlight the company’s commitment to the communities where it owns land in Michigan and Wisconsin. Plum Creek turned to Zeppos & Associates to conduct the research to draft and compile content, work with a designer and print the final product. The client was very pleased with the results, calling the brochure “well done” and “effective.”

Judge’s comment: “Congratulations on an excellent brochure! The design, typography, clear and crisp writing were all impressive!”

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