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12/7/2018 Chamber

Love, Little Rock campaign named a PRWeek Awards finalist in “Best Viral” and "Best in B2B" categories

Stone Ward, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Little Rock and Chicago, yesterday was named a finalist in two categories of the annual PRWeek Awards for its work on the “Love, Little Rock” campaign in coordination with the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

“It’s an honor to be considered among a set of such notable companies by PRWeek. We have seen ‘Love, Little Rock’ truly turn into a rallying cry for our region to be showcased to national site selectors as one ripe for economic development,” said Jay Chesshir, President& CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

Starting with a full-page ad in the Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, on the RFP deadline, “Love, Little Rock” has since been featured or mentioned in over 1,000 pieces of print, online and broadcast news coverage totaling more than one billion potential impressions. Its tongue-in-cheek “breakup letter” to Amazon, beginning with the now-famous line “It’s not you, it’s us,” allowed the Chamber to celebrate the city’s resources and benefits with site selectors and C-suite executives alike. Since Amazon announced two HQ2 locations – Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York – last month, the campaign has seen a resurgence of news mentions for its cleverness.

“I am so proud of our team for creating this now viral campaign that has spurred interest from several large companies that may not have previously considered Little Rock,” said Millie Ward, President of Stone Ward.

The PRWeek Awards are firmly established as the communications industry’s highest accolade. They celebrate the best of the best corporate, agency, nonprofit and education teams, and the work they produced. This year’s awards were judged by a set of 85 elite judges from various industries.

“Love, Little Rock” stands alone as the only B2B contender in the “Best Viral” category, honoring “work that takes on a life of its own – with a little help from our [earned media] friends.” Others in this category include Gerber, Hidden Valley, IHOP and Red Stripe. Notable names, including Businessolver, Clorox, Magisto and Wilsonart, accompany the brand in the “Best in B2B” category, honoring campaigns addressing “a niche business sector or the business community at large.” The full list of finalists is available here.

The campaign has also been awarded both by the Public Relations Society of America’s Bronze Anvil Awards in the “Word-of-Mouth” category, and by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives with a “Communications Excellence Grand Award.” Since its inception, the agency has worked with the Chamber to utilize the campaign’s notoriety to inform an enhanced branding strategy.

For more information on the Love, Little Rock campaign and Stone Ward, visit StoneWard.com.

About Stone Ward Stone
Ward is a full-service advertising agency with offices in Little Rock and Chicago. With dedicated teams devoted to strategy, creative development, digital technology, video production, client services and public relations, Stone Ward is a leader in creative and innovative marketing solutions throughout the region. Stone Ward clients include the U.S. Soccer Federation, Sport Clips Haircuts, Snap-on Tools, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baptist Health, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Central Arkansas Honda Dealers, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and numerous others. For additional information, please visit StoneWard.com.

About Little Rock Regional Chamber
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization responsible for fostering the economic growth and development of the Little Rock region to ensure that business and industry may operate profitably and enhance the earning opportunities and quality of life for every citizen. To learn more, visit LittleRockChamber.com or find the Chamber on social media @LRChamber (Facebook and Twitter) or @LittleRockChamber (Instagram).

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