A top ranked tech digital marketing and PR agency

Karbo Com combines the new digital marketing model, with its emphasis on data, analytics and the bottom line, with the PR methods Regis McKenna honed while working with Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and countless tech pioneers. At Karbo Com, we live and breathe tech; not because it’s our job, but because we’re convinced technology is transforming our world in positive ways.

The buzz generated by millions of companies makes it hard for even the most innovative companies to break through. As a top-ranked, full-service digital PR and marketing agency, Karbo Com develops messaging that cuts through the promotional din. Using our Digital Equity Ecosystem we articulate clear differentiation and market leadership. Creative and strategic programs deliver coverage, market buzz and the ability to attract customers, partners and employees.

Karbo Com has extensive experience in the IoT/IIoT, SaaS/cloud, security, communications, commerce, HPC, community-based tech and mobile markets. We offer a full range of services, including positioning, company and product PR, social programs, paid and earned content development, customer and partner relations, event management, growth hacking and analytics. With Karbo Com you get senior people working with you day in and day out. Founder, Julie Karbo, and her experienced team do “the work," bringing industry knowledge, strategic thinking, experience, creativity and the best of the tech industry's entrepreneurial spirit to create and amplify market leadership for a range of clients, from start-ups to leading global organizations.

Karbo Com’s culture emphasizes responsibility—to each other, to the success of our clients and to the larger community. Everyone’s contributions are valued—from interns to our founder. This leads to the highest quality work and an environment where creativity, persistence, strategic thinking, knowledge, mentoring, respect and dedication to the team are paramount.

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Marketing & PR for IoT Company

"They deliver value, creativity, and results."

Willing to refer: 
The Project
$10,000 to $49,999
Jan. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Karbo Communications secures press coverage, identifies market partners, and crafts messaging. They also designed a launch strategy for an innovative product.

The Reviewer
201-500 Employees
Sunnyvale, California
Barbara Onzo
VP of Marketing, RTI
The Review
Feedback summary: 

By designing effective marketing strategies and landing features in prestigious publications, Karbo Communications has solidified the company's reputation as an industry leader. The team delivers on time, suggests innovative ideas, and collaborates seamlessly with internal stakeholders.  

The client submitted this review online.


Please describe your company and your position there.

RTI is the leading Industrial IoT company. We help organizations develop and integrate their systems with market-leading technology, superior service support, and proven success, RTI’s software is used in platforms and projects to accelerate development, and reduce risk and costs. Deployed systems include medical devices and imaging; wind, hydro and solar power; autonomous planes, trains, and cars; traffic control; Oil and Gas; robotics, ships, and defense.


For what projects/services did your company hire Karbo Communications?

Four years ago, RTI hired Karbo Communications to develop strong positioning that communicated value, reduced message complexity, increased media, and analyst visibility and positioned RTI as a market leader. Today, we retain them to drive awareness and education in our key markets through media and analyst relations, thought leadership programs, product launches, awards, and news.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to build awareness of RTI as a technology leader while educating target audiences on the importance of this technology in key vertical markets. 


How did you select this vendor?

Karbo Communications was recommended by our previous PR agency.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

We conducted an in-depth messaging exercise to establish the importance of our product line and our role as the Industrial IoT leader. Karbo Communications reached out to key analysts and press members with strong product messaging and industry-leading customer stories.

We also developed a launch plan for our new security product. Since this was the first Industrial IoT security product, they built an aggressive outreach strategy. As our partnership progressed, they drove PR efforts by supporting additional product launches, leveraging customers, identifying important partnerships, pursuing press opportunities, and positioning RTI executives as market leaders.

What was the team composition?

The team includes their CEO, an account director, a team lead, an account executive who functions as media lead, and an account coordinator.


Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Within the first few months, Karbo Communications secured briefings with the top market analysts and effectively communicated our important role in enabling the Industrial IoT.

While working on our product launch, they successfully positioned us as the first company to create a specialized security product for the Industrial IoT. They scored coverage in top vertical and engineering press outlets.

A month later, an independent study named RTI as the most influential Industrial IoT Company, above Google, Cisco, Apple, and GE. This survey validated our strong market positioning and aggressive PR and marketing efforts. The Karbo Communications team also secured a feature article and CEO profile in the Mercury News. It received a full, multi-spread feature placement both online and in print.

Throughout our four-year relationship, Karbo Communications has consistently delivered impactful media results, including coverage in Ars Technica, CIO, ComputerWorld, Digital Engineering, EE Times, Forbes, Network World, TechRepublic, TechTarget, VentureBeat, and ZDNet.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We have consistent, positive working experience. They deliver value, creativity, and results. They keep our success in mind.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The Karbo Communications team consistently delivers results and proactively drives our PR strategy.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As RTI continues to grow, we are looking forward to more top-tier press coverage.

Overall Score They deliver consistent results. They're a true partner and a pleasure to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    They're extremely responsive, easy to reach, and flexible.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The team works well within our budget parameters to achieve the greatest ROI.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The team is strategic and organized; they set high standards and deliver quality results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We would definitely refer them. They are proactive and strategic, and they truly care about our success.