Where actions transform outcomes

Zehnder Communications is a full-service, multi-disciplinary marketing agency. But what distinguishes us is our incredibly diverse talent and the way we encourage our clients to become an integral part of the process. 

 

At Zehnder, we’re more than the sum of our parts. We were founded under the premise that great creative and strategy need not be mutually exclusive. That said, we are an inspired team of artists and strategists collaborating to produce engaging and effective results for a variety of clients. Personal pursuits infuse our work with a sense of genuine experience.

 
$75,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1996
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New Orleans, LA
headquarters
  • 365 Canal Street, Suite 480
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    United States
other locations
  • 2030 Lindell Avenue, Suite 190
    Nashville, TN 37203
    United States
  • 4311 Bluebonnet Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Visit South Walton, DuPage Medical Group, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, Origin Bank, Piccadilly, Sazerac Company, New Orleans & Company, Ericsson, Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Reviews

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Full-Service Agency of Record for Bank

"I can tell that they want what’s best for us."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Jan. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zehnder Communications coordinates brand awareness campaigns for a bank in multiple markets. They provide website support and arrange media placement through digital, social, and traditional media channels.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1,000 Employees
 
Ruston, Louisiana
Michelle Allen Cassle
Marketing Director, Origin Bank
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zehnder Communications operates much like a partner and less like a vendor, creating an amicable and productive work relationship. They are capable of handling large-scale initiatives with many logistical considerations. Future clients can anticipate high-level deliverables according to schedule.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the marketing director at Origin Bank. We're located in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zehnder Communications?

Initially, we searched for a full-service agency that could serve as our agency of record for all branding needs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The market share held by our bank varies depending on each state, so we worked with Zehnder Communications to develop our brand awareness in all of our markets. We changed our name from Community Trust Bank to Origin Bank in 2015 and have worked on that brand awareness specifically ever since then.

During this engagement, Zehnder Communications is involved with our digital and social media components, as well as our traditional media efforts. Our internal team determines our target audience, but Zehnder Communications is actively involved in forming the best strategy to reach that audience. They determine the media channel and message, and we rely on them to secure our media placements online and with traditional media outlets such as magazines and other print products, billboards, and some radio sponsorships. Further, they designed our current website, and we work with them to update it when necessary.

How did you come to work with Zehnder Communications?

We found Zehnder Communications through an RFP process. Once we learned that we held similar values pertaining to culture and personnel, as well as the expertise we were looking for, we selected them to be our main agency.

How much have you invested with them?

Over the course of the engagement, we’ve spent more than $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in January 2014 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We do an extensive job to track all of our analytics and progress from our relationship campaigns, and we’ve been very pleased with our results.

How did Zehnder Communications perform from a project management standpoint?

This campaign is complicated because of the number of moving parts, but I’ve been pleased with how they run their projects.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They feel more like a partner than a vendor. I can tell that they want what’s best for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was been some turnover in their media department recently, but they do a good job of onboarding new people so that we never feel like we have to start over.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Invest the time to talk through your objectives. The more they understand those, the better they are in their ability to execute.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They meet or beat all deadlines. We’ve never had any scheduling conflicts.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their costs are very reasonable.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve had to make slight changes to their work, but we’re mostly satisfied.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred them multiple times.

Advertising and Marketing for Steel Distribtion Company

“In addition to producing high-quality work, they make me feel like I’m their most important customer.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Jan. 2009 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zehnder Communications provides ongoing marketing services, working on projects that range from creating marketing collateral to planning trade shows. Now, they’re helping develop an internal service strategy.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Baton Rouge, Lousiana
Julia Taylor
Global Marketing Leader, SC Global Tubular Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zehnder Communications delivers high-quality and sophisticated work, eliciting both internal and external praise. With their highly service-oriented approach, the team ensures satisfaction through responsive communication, a transparent work ethic, and receptive collaborative skills.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the global marketing leader for SC Global Tubular Solutions, a worldwide steel distribution company. I’m responsible for developing our marketing strategies and materials.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zehnder Communications?

I was looking for a partner to help improve our brand positioning strategies and create corresponding marketing collateral.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In basic terms, Zehnder Communications helps us analyze value propositions, develop execution plans, and then build relevant core messaging strategies. So far, they’ve assisted with developing websites, creating marketing collateral, planning trade shows, assembling presentations, assessing proposals, and much more. We generally task them with creating something new for either our parent organization or our multiple branches and subsidiaries. They dive into each project, forming a solid understanding of our goals. Then, they deliver a product that resonates with our company values, both internally and externally.

Over the years, they’ve helped us work through several mergers and acquisitions. The team helped us rename the subsidiary companies and develop new logos and branding systems that speak to both the key strengths of the legacy company and its improved value under our management. These were some of our biggest projects with Zehnder Communications.

Currently, they’re helping us develop an internal service strategy that will span several different branches of our parent organization. The team is assembling a cohesive brand message and additional collateral to implement across the digital platform. When completed, we plan to market the product externally.

What is the team composition?

We have a primary point of contact who is involved in every aspect of our work. When we need certain skills, those specialists are pulled into our conversations. For example, when we’re doing web development, I speak directly with the interactive development team. If we’re working on a marketing campaign, we communicate with creative directors and copywriters. This simplifies our collaborations because all team members still hear each project’s objectives straight from me.

How did you come to work with Zehnder Communications?

I’d worked for Zehnder Communications previously, but we still looked at several vendors.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we’ve spent between $1,000,000–$1,500,000 since the beginning of our partnership.

What is the status of this engagement?

We starting working together in 2009, and it’s an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

I’ve received fantastic feedback on their work, specifically on its level of professionalism and sophistication. Our industry can be a bit boring—it’s hard to make steel pipes compelling—but, Zehnder helps us challenge those perceptions and figure out ways to spark interest and excitement within our market space. With that in mind, I continue to partner with them because I’m comfortable with the quality of their work.

How did Zehnder Communications perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re fantastic. Working with a single point of contact is extremely efficient, but we’ve still established a strong relationship with the rest of their team. There isn’t a lot of turnover on their end.

They set schedules, meet deadlines, and stick to estimates. The team is very transparent about what’s required to meet each of our expectations, but they remain flexible in terms of working within our available budget.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very service oriented. In addition to producing high-quality work, they make me feel like I’m their most important customer. Whenever I need something, they get it done. The team has helped me through some sticky situations, pulling things together at the last minute. At this point, I know I can count on them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Because I’ve been working with them for a long time, I’ve been able to watch them expand along with the needs of the market. They’ve been very good about staying ahead of trends, and they’re not afraid to invest in the right resources. In my opinion, there aren’t any areas to improve because they’re constantly working to better themselves.

When we do provide critical feedback, they’re very receptive. For example, we spoke about incorporating a more analytic and strategic approach to certain projects. So, Zehnder Communications recently acquired a strategy company and absorbed their system into the normal workflow.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re clear about deliverables and schedules. Even if you give them an aggressive deadline, they’ll make it work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s important to understand the value of good marketing and communications strategies. For the quality they offer, they’re great.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I haven’t received any complaints about their deliverables. They’re very talented and skilled across a variety of services.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve done it many times.

Brand Management for Distiller and Importer

"Their follow-up, attention to detail, and communication are stellar."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Jan. 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zehnder Communications provides brand management, focusing on social media, public relations, publication strategy, and some website design.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Marketing Director, Distiller and Importer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work is creative, professional, and well-targeted, ensuring that a number of engaged customers are aware of the company. They manage projects very effectively, communicating seamlessly and taking feedback and suggestions on board.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a marketing director at a distiller, producer, and importer of beverage alcohol. I’m responsible for our liqueurs and brandy.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zehnder Communications?

I wanted to drive awareness to some of the brands in my portfolio. I have other agencies who do more point-of-sale (POS), but not the social media side. We wanted to make sure that the strategy is consistent across all platforms.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They focus on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. They’ve also done some public relations for me. For publications, we work with various bloggers depending on the brand, strategy, and message. They’ve done some experiential planning and execution with other members of our marketing team as well.

They’re great partners in collaborating between where my focus markets and consumers are to make sure that ties into their efforts and communications. I was rebuilding a strategy and communication platform and they helped me with that.

They work well with any programming or design that I already have in place. I give them free rein to create new copy and creative for the platforms they’re working on, with my approval, before anything goes live.

They’re tasked with providing me a report card that outlines how well they’re doing so we can adjust the plan as necessary. We participated in a blogger trade show. They were very hands on and set up the entire program. They were on-site for the entire event. They’ve also created a couple of websites for me that tie in nicely with the overall brand messaging, positioning, and look and feel.

What is the team composition?

I always have an account executive who is my primary contact. They generally have a junior account executive that is part of all communication, whether written or face-to-face. I meet with them twice a year with 8–12 people, depending on what we’re working on. That includes the media buy, the social media, and the PR teams.

How did you come to work with Zehnder Communications?

A colleague of mine had worked with them on a brand pretty extensively and had really enjoyed the experience and the results. I gave them a task for a small brand and I was very pleased with the work. There was a good mix of good personal and professional connection, as well as great work.

How much have you invested with them?

$2.5 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2013 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

When it comes to social media and metrics, I’m not a big believer in using numbers because it’s very easy to get likes if you’re willing to spend the money. To me, it’s about the robustness of the engagement with the target consumer. I’d rather have a few that love me than a lot that barely know me. The results that I’ve seen on a quarterly basis across the five years on the various brands are the reason I’m still working with them.

How did Zehnder Communications perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve performed beautifully. Other than for around 18 months, I’ve had the same project manager the entire time. There’s a lot of continuity and consistency within the group. Their follow-up, attention to detail, and communication are stellar. They keep me and my projects in line and moving in a timely fashion. They have very good project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They listen to me. I’m a firm believer in letting agencies do what they do because you hire them for what they’re good at. If I need to see change, they’ll listen to me, and immediately make those changes. I don’t try to get into the design, but if I have comments or feedback, they hear me and consider if it will improve the outcome. If not, they tell me how they think it’ll be better and why. They’re great communicators.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I challenged them at my last meeting to think outside the box and be a little more creative. They might occasionally get stuck in a tactic and keep doing it. If you give them a little nudge, it gets their creative juices flowing again.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be honest with them. Don’t try to be the expert in the room; let them be the expert at what they do. Be collaborative.

4.5
Overall Score I’m probably their smallest client, but they still treat me as just as important.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve not missed a deadline and generally, they beat them.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re not inexpensive, but they’re not as cheap as some of the smaller people. The expertise makes up for it.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re a big agency and we’re a smaller company without a huge budget. Their strength is on the big stuff.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Without reservation.