Society for New Communications Research Honors Business Wire for Social Marketing Campaign

Integrated Social Media Marketing Campaign Celebrating Business Wire’s 50th Anniversary Garners FOURTH SNCR Award


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:30 am EST


"We are honored to recognize Business Wire through this awards program"

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Business Wire’s marketing team earned its fourth award from the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) last week, a Commendation of Merit Award for New Communications Research Excellence. The Award was announced at the 6th Annual SNCR Symposium & Awards Gala held at Harvard University’s Faculty Club on November 3-4.

Competing in the Social Marketing / Corporate category, Business Wire entered a cross discipline social media and integrated marketing campaign developed by its marketing team--Thomas Becktold, Monika Maeckle, Phil Dennison, Amy Yen, and Jessica Lueck—who worked closely with a committee of Company volunteers assembled to commemorate Business Wire’s 50th birthday.

The campaign included traditional advertising, optimized press releases and a special event featuring Warren Buffett and Business Wire CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz at the NYSE. The committee recommended a public service program, Business Wire Gives Back, whereby Business Wire provided paid time off to employees who volunteered their time to worthy causes. The program was approved and adopted earlier this year.

Social media elements included a dedicated blogging campaign, Twitter and Facebook outreach and a Facebook-centric college video contest posing the question: What is the future of public relations? The campaign scored the Company TV, web and print news coverage around the world.

“We set out to celebrate the past while embracing the future, raise awareness of our leadership profile, and make our employees, clients and investors proud,” said Becktold, Business Wire’s Senior Vice President for Marketing. “Winning our Fourth SNCR Award is frosting on the cake for our entire team.”

The prestigious SNCR awards honor individuals and organizations that are pioneering the use of social media and Internet communications technologies (ICT).

“We are honored to recognize Business Wire through this awards program,” commented SNCR Senior Fellow Paul Gillin, chair of the SNCR Excellence Awards committee.

Award nominations were submitted as case studies, and reviewed by a panel of SNCR Fellows. In addition to the top award winners in each division and category, Commendations of Merit and Commendations of Excellence were presented to nearly 25 other organizations that submitted case studies in the awards program. In its sixth-year, SNCR has honored nearly 200 organizations and individuals through this prestigious awards program. Winning case studies will be published on

About the Society for New Communications Research

The Society for New Communications Research is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and education foundation and think tank focused on the advanced study of the latest developments in new media and communications, and their effect on traditional media and business models, communications, culture and society. For more information, visit

About Business Wire

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011 as the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Public relations and investor relations professionals rely on Business Wire for both broad-based and targeted market reach. A recognized disclosure service in the United States, Canada and a dozen European countries, Business Wire handles XBRL tagging, document formatting and regulatory filing into EDGAR, SEDAR and other systems. Business Wire provides online newsroom hosting and integration services as well as search engine optimization, mobile distribution and detailed measurement on every press release. Its patented NX delivery platform provides simultaneous full-text posting of Business Wire content to news systems and websites in virtually any country or language. With 32 bureaus worldwide, Business Wire offers local service and global reach.

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Society for New Communications Research
Gina Hernandez
Program Director
Business Wire
Tom Becktold, +1 310-820-9473
Senior Vice President, Marketing

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Melinda Rosenzweig, Marketing Manager (Photo: Business Wire)
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Monika Maeckle, Vice President of New Media (Photo: Business Wire)
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Phil Dennison, Senior Marketing Specialist (Photo: Business Wire)
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Thomas Becktold, Senior Vice President of Marketing (Photo: Business Wire)
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Amy Yen, Marketing Specialist (Photo: Business Wire)
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Jessica Lueck, Global Event Services and Marketing Associate (Photo: Business Wire)