Welcoming B Spot Burgers to Indianapolis

Burgers, bologna, brats, bourbon and beer. What more could you ask for? Award-winning chef Michael Symon is now offering all of his favorite “B’s” to Indy with his restaurant chain, B Spot Burgers.

The new burger eatery is located at Ironworks at Keystone (2727 E. 86th St.), one of Indianapolis’ premier living and retail properties. With seven other locations throughout Ohio and Michigan, the Indy spot marks the celebrity chef’s eighth home for the burger joint. This is the first to the Hoosier state.

How Dittoe PR assisted in the B Spot opening

In preparation for the B Spot opening, Dittoe PR took the lead on securing all existing coverage to date, coordinated interview prep and handled all local outreach.

We began teasing to local Indianapolis and regional Indiana media back in April. We then worked to coordinate the grand opening throughout the months of May and June. And after setting the opening date we were able to follow up to media.

We primarily focused on getting coverage from major Indy outlets (IBJ, Indy Star, Indy Monthly) as well as top-tier local bloggers. We also pitched TV cooking segments, Q&As with Michael Symon, and local TV segments.

Our PR efforts were quite a success. Check out the list of coverage below for more information on B Spot Burgers:

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Go get yourself a burger!

B Spot is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Eric Kokonas Named to TechPoint’s Tech 25 Inaugural Class

Innovative. Sarcastic. Dedicated.

These are all words we would use to describe our Vice President of Strategy, Eric Kokonas. After this week, we can add award-winner to the list.

Today, Dittoe PR is pleased to announce Eric has been selected to join the inaugural class of TechPoint’s Tech 25, a prestigious designation for 25 tech builders, creators and other individuals who are critical to building organizations in the local tech community, but very seldom get the recognition they deserve.

In true Eric fashion, his initial reaction to receiving the good news was filled with humility.

“Here I am, being acknowledged for an award that I never thought I had a chance at, and you know that’s not me
trying to be modest. I honestly didn’t think I would even be considered for this. But it really means a lot to me that you guys think I’m deserving of it.”

Eric KokonasEric will be recognized for his achievement at the 16th Annual Mira Awards on May 2 and featured on TechPoint.org prior to the awards ceremony.

As an agency that loves to support one another, we couldn’t be more proud of Eric. In his six years at Dittoe PR, Eric has worked diligently to secure powerful national media coverage for some of Indy’s biggest tech companies, most promising startups and other top marketing tech companies. We can say with certainty that Eric knows the tech media landscape better than anyone and consistently lands stories for clients in Mashable, TechCrunch, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and WIRED – just to name few.

In fact, his fervent fan base doesn’t stop within the walls of Dittoe PR. Taulbee Jackson, CEO of Rundown and former client of Eric’s, couldn’t say enough great things about his work ethic or efforts.
“Eric – you changed the course of Raidious, made the city of Indianapolis look amazing in the national spotlight, and you’ve made better lives for all of our employees and their families – along with influencing the thinking and approach of marketers across the globe. Eric made a mark on history, and the ripple effects will continue forever,” Taulbee said.

Tech 25_2015_FacebookCongratulations, Eric! We can’t wait to cheer you on next month when you accept your award and watch you continue to help many of our state’s best and brightest tech companies achieve greatness through your tireless PR efforts. Whether you are developing a strategic PR plan, crafting targeted media pitches or cooking gourmet waffles for us, your dedication to your craft, our clients and Dittoe PR fully demonstrates why you are so deserving of this award.

2014 Fall Internship Opportunities

It’s time for us to start looking for our next class of Dittoe PR fall interns. If working with a team of ridiculously smart and talented individuals such as ourselves interests you, please read the job description below.

Requirements/Skills: Public relations interns will be actively enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a university journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising or other related program. Current students will preferably have at least sophomore standing. The individual must demonstrate an understanding of basic media relations skills, solid writing skills, an ability to interact professionally with clients and good judgment. A working knowledge of computers, as well as word processing and database management software is necessary. The public relations intern will be mentored by the intern director and will work closely with the firm’s account executives. The intern director will help the intern prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Fall interns will work 20-40 hours per week. Prior relevant experience is preferred.

InternResponsibilities: We are looking for a paid intern to work with us on a wide variety of client projects, including but not limited to:

  • Drafting basic public relations materials including news releases, fact sheets, client meeting summaries, status reports, social media posts and other materials as directed
  • Carrying out special event planning activities and arrangements as outlined by the intern director
  • Attending and participating in client meetings, media training sessions, presentations and brainstorming sessions as directed
  • Assisting with the development and updating of media lists and other databases. Other tasks include database creation, data entry and update additions and corrections
  • Assisting with administrative duties including sorting, collating, stuffing envelopes, mailings and other administrative functions as assigned
  • Supporting the firm’s efforts by drafting news releases and performing research activities
  • Assisting firm staff with other client, business development and firm management projects as needed

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to:

Michelle Bower, Senior Account Manager Dittoe Public Relations 2815 E. 62nd Street, Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46220 Email: michelle@dittoepr.com

No phone calls please. The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, July 9. Interviews will begin the following week of July 14. Happy summer!