Just Be”Cause”
Blick&Staff Communications® | A-List Agency - 2013 | Corporate Social Responsibility
Puppy Love
Humane Society of Missouri® | Bark in the Park | Cause Marketing, Event Marketing, Community Relations
The Power of Pink
Energizer® | Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® | Partnership Engagement, Cause Marketing, Event Marketing, Social Media
Recognizing “Pawsome” Kids
Build-A-Bear Workshop® | Developing Equity Programs | Brand-Building, Cause Marketing, Blogger Events
Race for a Brighter World
Energizer® | Global Campaign Launch | Cause Marketing, Partnership Engagement, Event Marketing, Social Media
Opening Doors
Save-A-Lot® | Connecting Company and Community | Brand-Building, Cause Marketing, Community Relations, Event Marketing
A Day at the (National) Park
Energizer® | National Parks Enterprise Initiative | Partnership Engagement, CSR, Celebrity Negotiation, Event Marketing, Social Media
School of Rock
Energizer® | VH1 Save The Music Foundation Tour | Cause Marketing, Partnership Engagement, Celebrity Negotiation, Event Marketing, Social Media

We're Blick&Staff Communications

(but call us Blick…all our friends do).

We are a full-service, public relations, social media and marketing communications
agency dedicated to bringing fresh thinking to a select group of clients who want
to make a meaningful difference for their companies, communities and customers.

Simply put – we are experts in understanding, refining and communicating
your story to make an impact on the audiences that are important to you.
We specialize in helping connect brands with strategic and meaningful causes
that build sales and brand loyalty.

 

 

Meet our Team

  • Harriet Blickenstaff
    President
  • Rini Ader
    Leadership Team
  • Samantha Fisher
    Leadership Team
  • Sara Miller
    Leadership Team
  • Jeff Bachmann
    Social Media Team
  • Wendy Bain
    Blogger & Community Outreach Team
  • Sara Schaecher
    Account Team
  • Brian Gaffney
    Account Team
  • Jessica Edgar
    Account Team
  • Kris Brill
    Account Team
  • Maureen Blazevic
    Account Team
  • Heather Allen
    Account Team
  • Sue Madden
    Administrative Team
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Harriet Blickenstaff

As a cub reporter, Harriet Blickenstaff quickly learned her most important professional tools were … her ears. Listening was the foundation of good journalism, a lesson carried throughout Harriet’s career.

Journalism led Harriet to employee communications at Ralston Purina, eventually building its marketing communications department. In 1993, Harriet scratched an entrepreneurial itch and founded Blick&Staff Communications (now when she’s itchy she just goes scuba diving).

The agency’s passion for service and creativity has produced awards and accolades, but Harriet is most proud of her long-term (we’re talkin’ 20+ years) client partnerships. Her secret? Those ears.

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Rini Ader

Rini Ader is not divulging exactly how many years of PR experience she has, but she admits moving to NYC sometime in the ‘80s and hopes no one posts pictures of that hairdo and those glasses on Facebook. Despite the ‘do, during that time Rini honed her communications strategy, client relations and staff development skills at agencies big and small, and in industries spanning consumer electronics, education, retail, fashion, food and travel. In fact, traveling is one of her passions and when she isn’t headed to Blick St. Louis from Blick NYC, she’s planning her next exotic adventure.

Rini does not sing or dance (at least not in public) but plays a mean tambourine.

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Samantha Fisher

Ten years ago, Samantha Fisher traded in the news desk for the Blick&Staff conference table. Ever since, she’s been wrangling bears, bunnies and beagles from south St. Louis to South America. Whether it’s the Humane Society of Missouri, Build-A-Bear Workshop or Energizer, Samantha strives to build true partnerships with her clients – providing out-of-the-box thinking with seamless execution.

Outside of the office, Samantha goes for out-of-the-building thinking – enjoying summer days with her family at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, Missouri Botanical Gardens and playing outside.

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Sara Miller

Since joining Blick&Staff Communications in 2007, Sara Miller has worked on a range of projects she could never call dull, from her first assignment—finding a place inManhattanto house farm animals—to her more recent work powering a Grand Canyon campsite by solar energy and hosting a pop-up concert inTimes Square.

Sara has honed her skills in media relations, event planning, project management and internal communications, but her true passion lies in corporate social responsibility–creating win-win initiatives to benefit both clients and strategic causes. Call Sara if you need a great CSR program or if you’re wondering where to house your goat in NYC.

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Jeff Bachmann

Jeff Bachmann has more than eight years of digital media, public relations, event planning and marketing communication experience, along with established experience in client service and counsel. Specializing in social and digital media, Jeff’s passionate about emerging technologies and how they fit into his client’s overall business and marketing objectives. Have a question pertaining to a social media platform? See Jeff.

When not checking his Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest accounts, you can find Jeff at the gym, playing softball or on the lake.

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Wendy Bain

Wendy Bain brings broad based experience in marketing and public relations including non-profit (social services) and for-profit (high technology, training, financial services and media) environments. Wendy has developed and executed national programs on behalf of Energizer, Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Borden Cheese and now leads Blick&Staff’s Blogger Relations Team.

When not meeting up for lunch or coffee with her favorite bloggers, you’ll most likely find Wendy jet-setting to England to meet up with her friends for some rest and relaxation.

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Sara Schaecher

Sara Schaecher brings a broad base of experience in public relations, marketing, media relations, event management and media buying. Before joining Blick&Staff Communications in 2012, Sara worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors for a variety of clients including the American Diabetes Association, the CW television network, The Magic House and St. Louis’s Children’s Museum.

With a passion for giving back, Sara spends a great deal of her spare time volunteering. She currently serves on the Young Professionals Committee for Rainbow Village and the Marketing Committee for The Magic House.

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Brian Gaffney

Brian Gaffney likes to be in the know. As a product launch professional, he enjoys being among the first to learn about something that’s going to make your life better, and takes pride in planning an attack that creates excitement and buzz. For nearly seven years, Brian’s thrived on stepping into new industries, absorbing the market and key media players, and supporting launches for everything from sliced bread (Sara Lee) to camping lanterns (Energizer) to “High School Musical” apparel (Hanes brands).

The challenge of “selling” a story to national media outlets and Harriet’s occasional potato pancakes are among his favorite aspects of his job.

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Jessica Edgar

With an eye for detail, Jessica never misses an opportunity for her clients. Her strong media relations skills are utilized for a wide range of clients, with emphasis on household products, the food industry, technology, corporate social responsibility – among others. She has gained relevant experience further developing brands, such as Energizer, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Nelly’s Ex’Treme Institute and L’Ecole Culinaire.

A former college softball player, Jessica brings a competitive spirit to her position, striving to deliver only the best results. She is an avid traveler, having visited more than 10 countries and is looking forward to her next adventure wherever it may take her.

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Kris Brill

From stuffed bears to live animals, fashion to food, toy cars to amusement parks, Kristine Brill has the consumer marketing bases covered. With 25+ years of public relations experience, Kris specializes in strategic counseling, event management, media relations, cause marketing and spokesperson training.

Kris began her career writing for retail and packaging magazines before moving into PR to work with clients including Burberry, Vidal Sassoon, Sara Lee, Purina Dog Chow, Busch Gardens and Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Her work has garnered four Silver Anvil Awards, which she uses for weight lifting after running and a few yoga poses.

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Maureen Blazevic

With more than 25 years experience in strategic public relations, Maureen’s dedication to her craft and passion for her clients’ business carries through with each program and campaign.

Maureen joined Harriet at Ralston Purina in the Marketing Communications department and for eight years executed targeted consumer programs working with marketing teams in cereal, pet food and Protein Technologies. Since then, Maureen has found her niche in managing food-related clients and enjoys using all of the “food styling tips” she’s learned to prepare beautiful meals for her family and friends.

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Heather Allen

Heather Allen manages and coordinates media interaction at Blick&Staff. Her passion for writing aids in the creation of media materials, consumer responses and client reports. She is a member of the News Engine team and engages with media daily. She believes reporting is essential to public relations and has enjoyed assisting in bringing Blick&Staff’s analysis methods to new heights. Previously, she worked with clients including Budweiser, U.S. Cellular and Milky Way.

Heather is an avid sports fan and April through October can be found cheering on her St. Louis Cardinals. However, once March Madness hits she only has eyes for her alma mater, the Murray State Racers.

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Sue Madden

Known as “the glue” that holds us all together, Sue Madden is an experienced professional with more than 16 years of service in the public relations arena. Currently, her varied responsibilities at Blick&Staff Communications include overseeing and managing vendor relationships, client invoicing, and office and process management. Before joining Blick&Staff, she handled media relations, project management and special events for Wachovia Financial Services and A.G. Edwards.

An avid sports enthusiast, Sue enjoys being a sideline cheerleader at her sons’ various sporting activities as well as for the St. Louis Cardinals.

What can we do for you?

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Cause Marketing

Your company can support a great cause while at the same time earning the loyalty of customers who will support you for years to come. Blick has decades of experience in the field of cause marketing and has helped dozens of companies find the right non-profit partner to deliver results. We can help you navigate through the non-profit world in order to find the right partner for you.

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Digital & Social Media

From Facebook to Pinterest to Blogger Outreach, communicating online to the right audiences in the right ways is an essential part of any marketing effort. Blick’s experienced, dedicated digital team works hand-in-hand with our account specialists to ensure powerful, integrated online communications – providing a comprehensive and consistent message to your audiences.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Whether looking at a company’s environmental performance, volunteerism efforts or full philanthropic programs, corporate citizenship is valued by consumers, influencers and employees alike. Blick helps companies bring their core values to life with programs that encourage positive engagement with employees, customers and consumers. Our CSR programs strengthen our clients’ reputations and build the bottom line.

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Equity Programs

Blick specializes in executing long-term marketing programs that become intrinsically associated with a brand or product. With some of these “equity programs” having run more than 15 or 20 years with a client, Blick understands how to create something inherent to your brand while keeping it fresh and exciting for consumers. Want to build a program that is uniquely yours? Have a project that needs a boost? Call us.

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Celebrity & Partnership Negotiation

Finding the right celebrity partner is no easy task. They must be able to communicate your message, connect with your audience, embody your values and fit within your budget. That’s where Blick comes in. Think of us as your marketing match.com.

Blick has long-standing experience setting up clients with celebrity and/or promotional partners that are perfect for them. Through endorsements, event participation and more, Blick helps these partners bring your marketing efforts to the next level.

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Store Openings

If you build it, they will come… ideally. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. With clients including Build-a-Bear Workshops, Ridemakerz and Save-a-Lot, Blick has unique experience in store openings across the country. We work with local, national and online media as well as local influencers – city leaders, government representatives, community celebrities, etc – to ensure excitement and traffic surrounding each store opening.

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Event Marketing & Production

Whether it’s a pop-up concert in Times Square (did that) or a traveling tented spa (did that too), events can serve as influential tools for your brand. They bring to life your messages and connect with audiences in ways nothing else can. Blick is your one-stop shop for production and marketing of your brand event, helping create an experience that integrates your messages and delivers results.

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Product Launch

How do you set your product apart when hundreds of others are also vying for attention? How do you reach the audiences you need to? Blick’s creativity, media expertise and event experience ensure your product breaks through the clutter.

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