Kivvit Named Top 5 Digital PR Agency In North America By PRovoke

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Recognizing Kivvit’s leadership in public affairs and issues management, and “building a future-facing operation driven by the most comprehensive suite of data and analytics tools and the best proprietary technology in the category,” PRovoke (formerly the Holmes Report) has named Kivvit a Top 5 Digital PR Agency in North America as part of its 2020 Agencies of the Year Awards.

According to PRovoke, “the 2020 North America PR Agencies of the Year are the result of an exhaustive research process involving more than 150 submissions and 50 face-to-face meetings with the best PR firms across the US and Canada.”

Below is an excerpt from PRovoke’s profile of Kivvit:

Kivvit was created in October of 2015 through the merger of ASGK Public Strategies and M Public Affairs, two firms with a common ownership that traced their heritage back to Chicago in 2002, when Eric Sedler (former AT&T PR director) and David Axelrod (a high-profile figure in Windy City public affairs who would go on to hold senior roles in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and administration). Sedler remains in place, as co-managing partner alongside Maggie Moran, presiding over a firm that has grown to close to 90 people in six US offices, generating fee income of $33 million (up by 36% for the year).

Kivvit is best known for public affairs and issues management work with a variety of clients in the non-profit sector, labor organizations, and higher education, as well as a growing number of corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Delta Airlines, Exelon, Lyft, Princeton University, the State University of New York, Tesla, the University of Chicago, and the US Olympic Committee. High-profile assignments include support for Legalize Illinois as it advanced the “most equity-centric” approach to cannabis legalization in the nation; helping Pace University’s law school climb the college rankings and strengthen its reputation in environmental law; defending civil rights on behalf of the National Fair Housing Alliance in the face of a Trump administration proposal; and empowering patients and physicians to make personal medical decisions around end of life for Compassion & Choices.

But what truly differentiates Kivvit is a commitment to building a future-facing operation driven by the most comprehensive suite of data and analytics tools and the best proprietary technology in the category. The firm named veteran of the firm Zach Silber as its chief innovation officer in early 2018, and last year added Dave Beattie, formerly of EMC Research, as chief of data and analytics last year. 

Under their leadership, Kivvit has partnered with and developed a host of technology solutions covering news analytics, influencer identification, audience analysis and segmentation, custom audience development, social listening, competitive analysis and more—proprietary products include automated, AI-powered impact dashboards, and purpose and ESG tool mESG and more—all of which can help it to either simplify or mitigate issues on behalf of its clients in real-time and with a thorough understanding of the media, political, and audience landscape.