Geile/Leon Becomes Grant’s Farm Marketing Partner

Geile/Leon Marketing Communications

Geile/Leon Becomes Grant’s Farm Marketing Partner

St. Louis (Aug. 25, 2021 ) – Geile/Leon (G/L) Marketing Communications is proud to announce that it has been retained by Grant’s Farm to provide the iconic St. Louis destination marketing, public relations and advertising services. 

The 281-acre Grant’s Farm has been home for the Busch family for 118 years, and in the last 67 years, has welcomed more than 30 million guests of all ages. A legendary St. Louis institution, it is home to more than 100 types of animals, including some of the world-famous Clydesdales. It is owned by five Busch family members who will also assume management and operations from Anheuser Busch on November 1. 

From left to right: Grant’s Farm ownership Group Peter Busch, Trudy Busch Valentine, Andrew
Busch, Robert Hermann, Jr. (not pictured: Beatrice Busch von Gontard)

“Grant’s Farm is a one-of-a-kind treasure that has provided lifetime memories for my family and is truly an iconic brand,” said Geile/Leon President and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Leon. “We are thrilled to be named their marketing communications firm, and a valued partner in their marketing and branding efforts.”

About Geile/Leon Marketing Communications 

Geile/Leon is a brand-driven strategic marketing communications firm that helps clients solve their biggest brand challenges. The company offers a full range of services including brand development, advertising, design, public relations, video content, digital and social media. The company has a staff of 14, serving clients that include Lincoln Electric, Metro Imaging, Grant’s Farm, Hussmann Corporation, Washington University and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

What is employer branding and why you should care

Tim Leon
President/Brand Strategist

What is employer branding and why you should care

We’ve seen a lot of definitions of employer branding, and many of them can be really convoluted. However, we believe at it’s core, it’s not that complicated. Simply put, employer branding is the way in which an organization portrays its reputation as an employer and the value proposition it offers both team members and prospective employees.

When implementing an employer branding strategy, the communication efforts center around the company’s mission, culture, values and brand personality. There are tons of articles and research out there pointing to the fact that it’s a contributing factor to employee retention and recruitment efforts. One recent article from Career Plug discovered that more than half of job seekers abandon their pursuit of a company after reading negative reviews, and 24% of prospective job candidates left a negative review online after having a negative experience in the hiring process.

And there’s plenty of evidence that this topic is on top marketers’ minds across the country. A recent survey of 300 communications professionals considered employee communications to be of top importance in 2021.

Employer Branding for Recruitment Campaigns

As a marketer, you must influence how your brand is being represented in recruiting efforts. After all, you have a brand positioning and value proposition developed for your target audiences (at least you should!), so it is important to implement your brand messaging in any communications to employees and prospective employees.

And while employee recruitment efforts may be driven by human resources, marketers should be included in the marketing and communications. The messaging, graphics, and tone should be on the brand. While most of the job seekers might take help from experts (such as Career Climb), as an employer, you have the opportunity to educate, inform and motivate these prospective new employees. In addition, you need to provide them insight on what your brand stands for, what makes the brand compelling, and their role as ambassadors of the brand’s value proposition.

Employer Branding for Your Workforce

In terms of employee retention, employees are critical to building a strong brand. They are on the front line of delivering the brand experience and fulfilling the brand promise both for customers and prospective employees. It’s imperative to train and motivate employees to embrace and live the brand values, not to mention finding prospective employees whose values reflect those of your brand. Many brands also tend to use job management software australia or elsewhere to guide the employees and to help in increasing their overall efficiency. In our brand development work for clients, we always stress the importance of communicating to employees about the role they play in the brand experience.

How to Implement Employer Branding

For Your Employees:

  • Provide ongoing training for employees on all aspects of your brand
  • Clearly define each employee’s role in delivering your brand promise
  • Develop an ongoing employee communications plan, including newsletters, social media posts, events, internal PR, etc.

For Your Employee Recruitment:

  • Develop an ongoing series of employee testimonials to use in print, digital, website, etc.
  • Roll out a recruitment campaign theme that is in alignment with the current brand positioning, brand graphic standard and messaging. This is accomplished by marketing and HR working together!
  • Create brand messaging that internal HR can use when doing introductory meeting with candidates

Check out Employer Branding in Action

We recently developed a recruitment campaign for our client, Harris Products Group, built around look that is consistent with the customer-facing branding creative while using the theme, “We Make the World Run Better.” Creative included brochures, images to be used within job postings on LinkedIn, recruitment booth signage for job fairs/tradeshows and a corporate overview video to introduce new employees to Harris Products Group.

Of course, each brand is unique, requiring its own unique solutions. That’s where we come in. We have over three decades of branding and marketing communications experience, so we are well suited to creating an employer branding plan and executing it. Get in touch to see how we can ensure that brand consistency and brand experience are woven into your employer branding efforts.

The Addition of 300 words to Dictionary.com

Tim Leon
President/Brand Strategist

The Addition of 300 words to Dictionary.com

A recent article from Dictionary.com raised a lot of discussion within our agency about the new words that have been added to Dictionary.com in 2021. Granted, 2020 brought challenges on all fronts and also created a myriad of words as a result of Covid, social struggles, racial injustice, and the ever-changing technology space. Our group had mixed feelings on whether some of these words should really be added to the dictionary or instead should be considered trendy slang words that will be out of fashion by next year.

While I can’t think of a better word to sum up 2020 than “sh*tshow,” I don’t think that term belongs in the dictionary. Call me old-fashioned, but that feels like slang, plain and simple. Also, we are welcoming the new pronoun, “Y’all.” Really? Do people really need a substitute for “you all”?

Other words that have been added feel much more substantial and necessary, such as “ghost kitchen” and “side hustle.” They describe concepts that didn’t previously exist but will most likely have some longevity in our lexicon.

As a marketer, here’s what I do know. It was brilliant for Dictionary.com to publish this article.  It truly brings relevance to their product…and just as importantly, great publicity! They know how to market, and I especially liked the line, “A changing world means a changing language, and a changing language means a changing dictionary.” It’s like the dictionary can release a sequel every year! Happy viewing!

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