RockOrange Looks Back at the Highs and Highs of 2016

It’s finally here: 2017 has landed and those of us at RockOrange are filled with a renewed sense of hope, optimism and eager anticipation for what promises to be our biggest year yet!

But we aren’t exactly glad to see 2016 go—although a lot of people are. For us, it was a formative year. We capped off 2016 being named a Top Place to Work in PR by PRNews, which was a huge recognition (even though we’ve known it for years). We also won honors from Bulldog Reporter who awarded us Bronze in the category of ‘Best Use of Digital/Social for Cause/Advocacy/Corporate Social Responsibility’ for the digital work we executed on behalf of Miami’s Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) and from PR News, who awarded our campaign that launched the Thalia Sodi fashion line at Macy’s top spot in the ‘Facebook PR Campaign’ category in the publication’s annual Social Media Awards. We were also recognized as part of the team behind the award-winning McWhopper campaign at the 2016 Cannes Lions Festival.

Beyond the hardware, we bolstered our business last year by working with some inspiring new client partners, including launching Bloomin’ Brands Dine Rewards and the new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. We creatively introduced multiple Kitchen Aid products to Latin America, and elevated brands such as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Casa de Campo, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Planet Fitness, XtendBarre and Capillus.

We’ve also expanded our scope of work with our friends over at Driven Brands, Maaco, Meineke and Restaurant Services International, and have continued our longstanding relationship with Burger King. These client partners, new and old, have put their faith in us, and we’re excited to continue our great work together.

What else were we up to in 2016? Oh, not much… Only opening our own 17,000 square foot creative campus in the heart of Little Havana!

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With a buzzing mezzanine chock full of hardworking RockStars, to the authentic Cuban coffee/espresso machine in our new cafeteria, to the impromptu creative sessions being held throughout our open-concept flexible floor plan, we finally feel like we are “at home”. So if you’re ever nearby, don’t hesitate to drop in!

And finally, what would a killer creative campus be without creatives to fill it? This year, we added a slew of new RockStars to the team, headlined by creative director Sam Rodriguez, who has already made his mark on the agency’s aesthetic and attitude. We also brought on marketing ninja Louise Finlay, digital guru Rafael Aguirre, accounts superstar Frances Ramos and editorial specialist Jessica Pereda. We also proudly promoted two of our RockStars-in-Training, Elise Rodriguez and Carolina Vigoya, to account positions.

All told, it was a year of challenges met and conquered for our powerhouse agency that seems to get bigger and work bolder every year. Our goal in 2017 is to continue to empower and evolve. We know that when our history is written, 2016 will be an important chapter. This is the start of a new chapter, wherein we are emboldened to do really big things for our awesome clients, to help drive their brands with innovative, fresh thinking, and together, help achieve their dreams.

We can’t wait to get started.

Happy New Year!

—RockOrange

Top Blog Posts of 2016

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Another year has flown by here at RockOrange. And it’s been an exciting one! We moved offices into our new home in Little Havana, added 15 new clients to our roster including Red Robin, Planet Fitness, The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora and Millennium Hotels, had eight new RockStars join the team and continued to be recognized for our work, winning four new industry awards.

Through it all, the RockOrange blog gave us a place to share all these exciting developments with you. That’s why, as we count down the final days of 2016, we wanted to look back and share our top 10 blog posts of the past 12 months in terms of views, likes and comments.

Did your favorite make the list?

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RockOrange Welcomes Its Newest Rockstar, Frances Ramos, to Its Award-Winning Agency

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A Wild Tale of Helping a Foundation Brand Find Its Voice

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RockOrange Wins PR News Social Media Award with History-Making Facebook Campaign

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Question Time With “The Rock”

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A Stark Contrast

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A Creative Force Joins the Fold

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RockOrange Makes Trash Trend with Anti-Litter Campaign

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Tales of a Rockstar Intern

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RockOrange Part of Team Recognized for Helping Broker Peace Between World’s Biggest Burger Chains

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The ABT’s (Always Be Thinking) of Great Agency Marketing

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