November 20, 2020
The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation announced today the appointment of Linda Dektas to the Board of Directors. Linda Dektas is owner of Creative Storm, a WBE, SBE, WOSB woman certified marketing firm, diversity supplier.
The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to using tennis as a vehicle to positively impact lives. Voted 2020 USTA Midwest Community Tennis Association of the Year, The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation has a staff of over 150 volunteers working tirelessly to deliver tennis, character and education programs to youth throughout Cincinnati. Programs offered include Inner City Tennis, Wheechair Tennis, School Tennis, Perfomance Scholarships and Community Tennis. “I am very proud to be part of this wonderful, character-building organization,” said Dektas. “The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation truly transforms lives, and that’s a very important cause.”
With over 30 years in the marketing profession, Linda Dektas and Creative Storm offer results-oriented, marketing solutions that are both unique and effective. Linda has had the wonderful opportunity to work with many corporate companies such as P&G and Macy’s as well as many noted urban revitalization projects and programs in conjunction with the Port Authority and the City of Cincinnati.
Linda joins the Board of The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation with executives from Great American Insurance Group, Eaton Companies, and Northern Kentucky University.
To learn more about The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation, visit www.cincinnatitennisfoundation.org
November 16, 2020 – PR Results
As the stock market continues its roller-coaster ride this year, the Cincinnati Investment firm, Bullseye has generated outsized results that beat the market consistently. Bullseye partnered with Creative Storm to generate PR media coverage for Bullseye’s success.
The Cincinnati Business Courier covered that Bullseye’s 5-year annual average beat the Morningstar Index, while Bullseye’s aggressive accounts beat the S&P in all time frames.
“When the market gives us a storm, we look at what’s attractive,” Tim Guthrie, founder of Bullseye related in the article.
“It is a pleasure to work on PR and media outreach for a client that has achieved so much as Bullseye,” said Mike Dektas, Creative Storm Managing Partner. “This is a success story which needed to be told in the media.”
As the article states, the success of Bullseye has led to the company moving in a larger space, as well as planning to add staff, doubling its number of people.
Read Full Cincinnati Business Courier Article here
November 11, 2020
Mission Treasure partnered with Creative Storm to create PR buzz surrounding a new entertainment experience for the Tri-State, that is a true escape from the pressure of COVID-19: The Mission Treasure Hunt for $25,000 hidden in Cincinnati!
Upon registering for the hunt, participants receive a packet in the mail with the materials they need to begin their quest for the treasure. In addition to clues, the packet also contains introductions to the historical and modern-day characters in the story that will unfold over the hunt.
Creative Storm gained a host of media PR coverage for the event on TV, print and online. View Fox 19 Full Story Here.
The hunt is still going on – to register go to www.missiontreasure.com
October 20, 2020
To maintain a creative edge, Creative Storm is attending the Adobe MAX 2020 Creativity Conference this month. A wide variety of content is offered, from Luminary Sessions, to Celebrity and Musical Performances, Evangelist Broadcasts and more! Through this industry leading conference, Creative Storm creative executives will interact with peers, speakers and experts. Over 350 sessions touch upon a comprehensive offering of creative techniques being used today to connect with customers of all kinds. Guest speakers include national creative leaders, such as Tyler, the Creator, Annie Liebovitz, and 250+ expert speakers. Global art projects, virtual art walks, and creative cloud product teams is all part of the excitement.
“This is an opportunity to connect with creators around the world. We are really looking forward to being a part of it.” — Margie Long, Creative Director, Creative Storm
October 15, 2020
Workhorse Electric Vehicles has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to Creative Storm. On “Morning Trade Live,” a TD Ameritrade broadcast, Workhorse CFO, Steve Schrader interviewed and shared Workhorse’s latest financial achievements. The story covered everything from the all-electric step vans Workhorse builds, all the way to government incentives and a $200 million capital raise from the investment market. A successful PR effort, Workhorse stock began climbing on the NASDAQ just hours after the national interview.
View full story here
March 20, 2020
The PORT Authority partnered with Creative Storm in a program to revitalize Bond Hill. Blade signage designed by Creative Storm was installed along a new construction area on Reading Road. Hanging signage and brick walkways transformed the area. Retail establishments include a beauty salon, a cookie bakery and more. The program was in conjunction with the City of Cincinnati.
March 15, 2020
JOHO, a hi-tech data mining company specializing in community banks, partnered with Creative Storm to feature banking data technology at a financial trade show. Targeted to Presidents & CEOs of community banks, the program will provide recommendations to help banks improve their performance. An “EASYStart” program is designed to let banks use the system and quickly receive top-line recommendations.
Feb 15, 2020
To launch their new C650 all-electric step van, Workhorse partnered with Creative Storm to create displays for use at trade shows and Ride & Drive events. The launch was well-received, as leading automotive journalists covered PR articles featuring the new vans, which have been ordered by some of the country’s largest shipping companies.
Feb 1, 2020
Expertise, the nationally recognized research firm, once again selected Creative Storm as ranked among the best PR firms in the area.
Selected on the basis of a history of outstanding work, credibility, experience, and professionalism, Creative Storm is once again honored among top peers. The firm, a WBE and SBE certified PR firm, serves local, regional and national clients.
“We are very proud to be awarded this honor again in 2020,” said Linda Dektas, Owner Creative Storm. “We are committed to only the finest media coverage for each and every one of our valued clients.”
Nov 26, 2019
River’s Bend Land Company partnered with Creative Storm to develop a new interactive Vista Pointe at River’s Bend website. Complete with aerial videos of the property, the website features an interactive homesite plat that highlights available homesites. The Andrea DeStefano Realtor Team is shown as the real estate company for the project. Vista Pointe top level amenities are showcased, and new homebuyers have the opportunity to be a member of the TPC River’s Bend Golf Club, a PGA Tour facility. Visitors to the website have multiple choices of how to contact the Vista Pointe management team.
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Nov 11, 2019
Bond Hill is a neighborhood going through a tremendous revitalization. On Reading Road, Davis Cookie Collection, a new cookie tenant and part of that revitalization, partnered with Creative Storm to bring exciting graphics signaling their arrival. Graphics were installed on the entire storefront announcing a “Coming Soon” message. Local residents have already begun to visit the website and order their cookies online.
October 19, 2019
Marie Plett, a certified master resume writer has a unique talent: getting computer bots to approve the resumes she writes. Marie’s company, AspirationsResume.com, teamed with Creative Storm to get the word out on Marie’s talents. Articles in the Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as a guest appearance on 700WLW and iHeart radio online, an op-ed piece in the Business Courier, all featured Marie and AspirationsResume.com. Also included in the coverage was the fact that Marie recently was awarded 7 out of a possible 10 TORI Awards, the highest international resume writing accolades. All of these achievements were certainly press worthy!
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September 15, 2019
CINCINNATI, OH –KMK Law wanted their branding to stand out among the business marketplace. KMK partnered with Creative Storm to create an animated digital ad campaign. The digital ads appeared on the Legal Perspectives home page of the Cincinnati Business Courier, tied in on the XU digital ribbon boards at the Cintas Center and at UC's Nippert Stadium. The KMK green branding graphics ask the viewer "How do you define success?" Animated KMK chevrons point to the answer, which is "find out more." in the case of the Business Courier, once the viewer clicks on the find the answer they click through to the KMK Law website for in-depth information on the firm. Consistent KMK Law branding in an animated digital marketing campaign.
July 1, 2019
Pilot Chemical is a leader in the industry, and wanted to work in an office environment that reflects that fact. Pilot partnered with Creative Storm to create impact with a supergraphic of the periodic table for their office waiting area. The textured wall graphic features all the elements and colors of the periodic table. Creative Storm designed and installed the environmental graphic in scale with the office space. The new wall graphic serves as a unique inspiration to Pilot staff, customers, and suppliers alike.
May 15, 2019
CINCINNATI, OH –Recognized as a Top PR firm in Cincinnati, Creative Storm was invited to speak to the University of Cincinnati Public Relations class. Creative Storm CEO, Linda Dektas excitedly accepted!
“These students are the brightest minds of our future,” said Dektas. “Their questions and insights were tremendous!“
Linda covered many PR success stories, and invited the students to participate in interactive drills. Themed by Bill Gates who said, “If I was down to my last dollar, I would spend it on public relations,” the program received rousing applause.
February 20, 2019
CINCINNATI, OH –Expertise, a nationally recognized research firm, has completed its 2019 review of 93 Cincinnati PR firms, and announced that Creative Storm is ranked among the 13 best.
Each PR firm was scored across five categories:
1) Reputation – a history of delighted customers and outstanding service
2) Credibility – building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards
3) Experience – masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education
4) Availability – consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored
5) Professionalism – providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect
“We, at Creative Storm, are honored and proud to be selected among Cincinnati’s top PR firms,” said Linda Dektas, CEO and Owner. “Each and every one of our clients deserve only the best. Our job is to make sure they get those kinds of results.”
Creative Storm PR is backed by decades of experience in the field. Our award-winning team works with companies on a local, regional and national level and has a reputation for results-driven creativity. Services include public relations and social media, strategy and planning, branding, environmental graphics and signage, website, mobile, digital and media buying.
Creative Storm is a Certified Women’s BusinessEnterprise (WBE), as well as Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE). The firm has worked on projects with Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, Horter Investment Management, The Port, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and many others.
December 31, 2018
HAMILTON, OH –When The Records Company, the nationwide records retrieval company decided to move into new spacious quarters, they really wanted to make a hi-tech statement.
Partnering with the CreativeStorm Marketing firm seemed to make the most sense. One of the unique services Creative Storm offers is what the company calls “impact walls,” supergraphics designed and installed to span across large office walls.
“When The Records Company saw what could be done, they immediately said this was what they were looking for,”said Linda Dektas, CEO of Creative Storm. “They had just completed an impressive hi-tech video with a company in San Francisco, and our designer tied in a 60 foot impact wall design with the tech theme of the video.”
The Brookings Institute agrees with the philosophy of bringing hi-tech surroundings to the workplace. Recently, the Institute conducted 50 interviews with top architects to gain insight into the subject. The interviews concluded that today a technology environment is more pervasive, connecting people to ideas and to each other in ways not seen before.
“We have seen how impact wall graphics affect things in a major dramatic way,” continued Dektas. “The transformation of normal office space into something truly inspirational is dramatic. The work that The Records Company does in nationwide retrieval of records is cutting edge and unlike any other. Now their office environment is unique as well.”
Creative Storm pioneered the impact wall environmental design service in 2012. Since that time, many corporate and government institutions have contracted the services, including Macy’s, the City of Cincinnati and Horter Investment Management among others.
“Today, changes in demographics have influenced office design,” Dektas observed. “Millennials as well as older generations view environmental design as a means to connect. On reflection, the impact wall designs create just the right kind of environment to bring multi-generational groups together.”
November 28, 2018
MASON, OH –Matt Brennan is a true mountaineer. Matt partnered with Creative Storm to tell the story of his latest climb, climbing Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.
Part of the PR story is that Matt is climbing the icy summit with a famed guide, Dave Hahn, the most experienced and widely regarded Vinson guide in the world, having accomplished 29 summits at Mt. Vinson!
Media were excited to cover this story, as the story ran in various Cincinnati print publications. Matt set out to climb the 7 summits’ highest peak on each continent. Mt. Vinson makes number 5 in his quest. Matt has also climbed Aconcagua in South America, Denali in North America, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, and Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Creative Storm is proud to be part of this amazing accomplishment. Next year, Matt climbs Mt. Everest and Creative Storm PR will be right with him!
Cincinnati Enquirer - Sheila Vilvens
May 23, 2018
SHARONVILLE, OH –Linda Dektas attended the “All About Women” forum at the Sharonville Convention Center on Wednesday, May 23rd. A full day and a highly informative and inspirational event designed to help women dream bigger, be better, and rise higher in their personal lives, careers, and communities! A wonderful event which included several panel discussions presented by UC Health as well as leading prominent women from various Cincinnati companies including Beth Robinson, President & CEO, Uptown Consortium, Robin Everhart, Sr. Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Cintas Corporation, Delores Hargrove-Young Vice Chairwoman at Foxx & Associates, and Barbara Turner, Executive Vice President at Ohio National Financial Services. Keynote address by Robin Roffer – Big Fish Marketing Santa Fe, NM.
April 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, OH – Linda and Mike Dektas of Creative Storm participated in the WBENC Annual “Catch the Wave” Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The conference features business creative breakout meetings and collaborations of women-owners from the entire Midwest region.
"We are always excited to participate in this annual WBENC conference," said Linda Dektas, Creative Storm owner. "We meet with many business leaders, share ideas, and each year we are inspired with new ways to service our clients and grow our business.
"Recognized as a WBENC Certified Company, Creative Storm is among a select group of business enterprises. It is a certification accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, as well as many government organizations.
April 10, 2018
CINCINNATI, OH – How do you make sure your company is on top of the world? Creative Storm recently told the story of Loveland man, Matt Brennan in his Horter-sponsored climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. In honor of the climb, Matt will be staking the Horter flag literally on top of the world. Creative Storm accomplished PR coverage for this unique event on all the Cincinnati TV stations, in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Business Courier, the suburban newspapers, and the Loveland Magazine.
Matt has begun his climb, and will reach the top of Mt. Everest the beginning of June. He is regularly sending photos and video updates, which Creative Storm is sending to the TV stations for the news to follow Matt’s progress.
December 20, 2017
November 23, 2017
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm worked with Julie Isphording, Chairman of the 2017 Thanksgiving Day Race, in development of a new sponsor this year - Inner Fire Fitness. On Thanksgiving Day, as arranged by Creative Storm, Inner Fire Fitness and owners Amanda Bloomquist and Christine Lindner kicked off the day's festivities with the Ronald McDonald kids race. They then launched the first annual Celebration of Women classic. All major TV, radio and newsprint media covered the event.
October 19, 2017
CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern University recently held its Business Advisory Council and invited Mike Dektas to speak on Automation in Transportation, on behalf of Workhorse Electric Vehicles.
The meeting was held at the Evanston campus, where Northwestern operates its Transportation Center. Mike’s speech focused on “last mile delivery,” a subject which has appeared heavily in the news. The Council included executives from Boeing, UBER, General Electric, the Port of Los Angeles and many others. The Leon N. Moses Distinguished Lecture recognized economist Martin Eichenbaum as this year’s recipient.
CINCINNATI, OH – The P&G Alumni Group held their annual event this year, with emphasis on marketing. Creative Storm was invited to participate as a leading Cincinnati-based marketing firm. Exhibiting in the main hall, Creative Storm presented a host of sample marketing programs which were created for both local as well as national clients. As part of the program, Mike Dektas presented to the group the P&G case history of a PR Event for Pepto Bismol. The event was well-attended, setting a new attendance record.
May 30, 2017
April 11, 2017
LOUISVILLE, KY – Creative Storm announced today that Linda Dektas, CEO and Owner, will be participating in the 8th Annual Regional Conference, “Catch the Wave” in Louisville, Kentucky, presented by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV-WBC).
The theme for the conference is “Defining Success – Explore the Possibilities.”
The conference features both a full spectrum of keynote speakers, as well as breakout sessions. Ms. Dektas will be sharing with other women-owned businesses best practices used in the growth of the Creative Storm marketing firm.
“Participating in the Annual Catch the Wave Conference always produces many new ideas that we use to grow our business at Creative Storm,” said Dektas. “Each year the ORV-WBC outdoes itself in presenting stimulating information in creative ways. To me, participation is a must.”
The Catch the Wave Regional Conference brings female entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and gain inspiration from each other. The conference provides access and training to both women business owners, as well as ORV-WBC corporate members across the region. This year’s conference is expected to draw over 350 attendees, including over 30 corporate members’ buyers and supplier diversity teams.
The spirit of the Louisville conference is defined by St. Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
“The ORV-WBC has truly made the impossible possible for us,” concluded Dektas. “We at Creative Storm are proud to be part of this group, today and in the future.”ORV~WBC is operated by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League's Business Development and Entrepreneurship Department under the authority of WBENC. The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 5, 2017
CINCINNATI, OH – At Creative Storm, we believe in the credibility that a strong PR program brings to our clients. Through media relations, Creative Storm recently scheduled live interviews on the Scott Sloan radio show, heard on over 800 stations across the country through the Clear Channel network.
The first client was Workhorse Technologies. A 25-minute segment in this news program featured the CEO of Workhorse, discussing the recent successful residential drone package delivery by UPS in Tampa Florida. Following the interview, calls came in to Workhorse from many cities.
A second interview on the Scott Sloan news hour with Drew Horter, the CEO of Horter Investment Management, discussing the unique “Horter University” program that teaches high school students how to plan their financial future. A long-format 25 minute interview produced results, as the next Horter University session filled up fast.
“Many of our clients offer unique products and services,” said Linda Dektas. “These subjects are newsworthy, and deserve to be featured in the news. It is a strong way to inform the public.”
In addition to national radio presence, Creative Storm regularly releases stories on the National Newswire, as well as scheduling speakers at events.
August 1, 2016
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm, certified by the City of Cincinnati as an SBE firm, knows the importance of keeping capabilities information current. To that end, the firm has recently updated company capabilities information in the City of Cincinnati Master Computer system.
A full-service marketing firm, Creative Storm is committed to community outreach, and regularly attends City of Cincinnati functions, many times as a guest speaker.
“We know the importance of keeping current with the city,” said Linda Dektas, Owner Creative Storm. “It means a combination of participating in events and keeping our digital online presence up to date as well.”
The firm has updated services offered as well as key contacts.“
Our city is a dynamic place to do business,” continued Dektas. “We are making sure Creative Storm remains just as current in our thinking as our City of Cincinnati contemporaries.”
February 1, 2016
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm announced today that the firm has been awarded Certification as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE). The SBE Certification expanded the firm’s qualifications as an economic inclusion diversity supplier.
“Our firm continues to grow in the government contract area, and the SBE Certification is an important credential in this arena,” said Linda Dektas, Creative Storm Owner & CEO. “We are very excited to have received this acknowledgement.”
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends the SBE Certification as a unique distinction for small businesses entering into government contracts. Dun & Bradstreet cites that today many government contracting opportunities are reserved for small businesses meeting the SBA’s standards for SBE Classification. The SBA uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for qualifying an SBE company.
“The government as well as an increasing number of global brands are recognizing the strong potential of economic inclusion programs in helping them grow their businesses,” continued Dektas. “We are committed to this forward-thinking method of doing business, and proud to be part of the group of SBE companies across the country.”
The SBE Certification was presented to Creative Storm by Thomas B. Corey, Director of The Department of Economic Inclusion City of Cincinnati, and is effective through January 26, 2018. Creative Storm also holds the WBE (Woman Business Enterprise) Certification as a minority credential.
July 2, 2015
MADEIRA, OH – Creative Storm and American Savings Bank officially celebrated Independence Day this year above a float in the Madeira parade on July 2nd.
Linda Dektas, Creative Storm CEO said, “Celebrating America with American Savings Bank is really special. Everywhere you looked in the parade you saw red, white and blue. And a lot of patriotism!”
Madeira celebrated Independence Day with a long parade up Miami Avenue. It was a celebration everyone enjoyed. The American Savings Bank float featured the bank CEO dressed as Uncle Sam. A good time was had by all.
“We were really happy to be a participant in this event,” continued Dektas. “Happy Birthday America!”
May 20, 2015
CINCINNATI, OH – Thursday, May 20th marked an important day in advertising for 2015. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) held the Silver Medalist Award Ceremony honoring the outstanding advertising professional of the year. Michel Keidel, Cincinnati Creative Director, was inducted this year in an unusual ceremony held at the Horseshoe Casino River Room.
Creative Storm created the format of a “Roast & Toast” fun time, as many colleagues shared stories about Michel, and eventually, the day culminated with the actual Silver Medal Award presentation. A record advertising crowd turned out for the event.
Hosting the 2015 AAF Ceremony was Mike Dektas, president of Creative Storm. Speeches were very entertaining, and the program was highlighted by a 10-minute feature video with clips from Pete Rose, Morris the cat and more, created by Creative Storm and Sound Images.
The AAF Silver Medalist Award has been given for over 50 years to deserving individuals who have contributed significantly to the advertising community. In attendance were many past Silver Medalist recipients, which included Mike Dektas, who had received the prestigious award in 2011.
May 1, 2015
CINCINNATI, OH – Creative Storm, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, earned national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Creative Storm is an established Greater Cincinnati marketing and PR firm, one of few to earn WBENC certification. Only 11,000 businesses nationally are Women’s Business Enterprises. WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection.
Owner Linda Dektas, who has been with Creative Storm since its inception in 1999, became 100% owner of the company in 2008. The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble and other major corporations nationally and locally, who are committed to utilizing diversity suppliers.
“We are finding that being a certified woman-owned business is important to many of our clients and in presentations to prospective clients,” said Linda Dektas, CEO Creative Storm. “Creative Storm is recognizable for creative, results-oriented national and local campaigns, and now, this WBE certification brings the added dimension of helping companies reach their diversity goals and quotas by working with a Women’s Business Enterprise.”
WBENC’s world-class certification is actively endorsed by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s largest and most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities.