GRASSLANDS IS IN THE BUSINESS OF PERSUASION.

Our communications philosophy is centered on a journalism-minded, Aristotle-modeled approach to content creation, marketing, public relations, branding, social media management, events and more.

That means using only vetted information, distributing professionally written copy, getting things right the first time, listening actively to our clients and media partners, and thriving on tough deadlines. Our team proudly offers superior industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the issues that affect our clients across multiple highly regulated sectors—and their customers.

We also approach each daily task via the Modes of Persuasion, as taught most famously by Aristotle back in the day at the Platonic Academy. We know how to use classical strategies of persuasion and influence to create meaningful results in the modern world, and our clients will hear us discussing Aristotle as much as we do Godin or Bernays.

Another aspect of our communications philosophy that helps us stand apart from other agencies: Grasslands leverages our news judgment and editorial savvy to distill our clients’ ideas and expertise, and works with them to develop timely op-eds, singular panel ideas and meaningful media placements meant to spark conversations, inspire curiosity and solidify thought leadership positioning.

When we say we tell stories, build brands and amplify value, that is exactly what we do.

GRASSLANDS CULTURE & SOCIETY

We are centered around a journalism-minded approach to content creation, marketing and public relations. That means using only vetted information, distributing professionally written copy, getting things right the first time, listening intently to our clients and media partners, and thriving on tough deadlines.

Our team proudly offers superior industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the issues that affect our clients and their customers. We value honest, meaningful expression and clarity of thought.

We utilize our news judgment and editorial savvy to distill our clients’ ideas and expertise, and work with them to develop informed op-eds. We secure media placements and interviews to spark conversations, inspire curiosity and solidify thought leadership positioning.

Public Relations

WILLIE’S REMEDY: AN AMERICAN-GROWN HEMP-DERIVED CBD BRAND FROM WILLIE NELSON

CHALLENGE

Launch a new brand and product line in a crowded marketplace.

STRATEGY

Start a fresh conversation in the hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) space to address the growing segment of the public that has yet to try CBD as a wellness alternative.

RESULTS

Grasslands helped secure over 500 international media placements, including dedicated coverage in Forbes, Now This, Simple Most, Rolling Stone and cable news and broadcast stations.

IMPACT

The company sold out in its first week on the market and has steady buzz built for additional product lines to follow.

 

Thought Leadership: Speaking Engagements 

EBBU: A BLEEDING-EDGE BIOTECH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY 

CHALLENGE

Strategically position a high-level, science-savvy biotech start-up in front of investors, peers, industry and consumers. 

STRATEGY

Secure speaking opportunities at key domestic and international conferences to solidify and amplify ebbu CEO Jon Cooper’s thought leadership. 

RESULTS

Grasslands helped secure 10-plus high-profile speaking engagements for Mr. Cooper throughout the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands in less than a year, elevating his public profile—and his brand’s value.

IMPACT

ebbu was acquired for $348 million USD by Canopy Growth Corporation. 

OUR CLIENT’S TAKE

As my colleagues and I were conducting groundbreaking scientific research at ebbu’s laboratory in Colorado, we needed an agency partner to open some strategic doors for us so that we could tell the world about everything we were doing—and Grasslands opened those doors and had our backs with each opportunity. From speaking engagements throughout the U.S. and Canada to brand features in Rolling Stone and USA Today, Grasslands leveraged its extensive relationships in international media and conferences so that I could tell ebbu’s story where it mattered most.”—Jon Cooper, CEO, ebbu

 

Event Production

MARY’S MEDICINALS: AN INDUSTRY-LEADING NATIONAL CANNABIS TOPICALS BRAND 

CHALLENGE

Introduce new branding in a thoughtful, experiential way while educating key audiences on product lines and company mission. 

STRATEGY

Roll out the fresh look with a timely, trendy, interactive educational event that surprises and delights along the way. 

RESULTS

Grasslands ideated, planned and produced the brand-centric activation Mary’s Urban Market, an experiential evening of live music, food trucks, signature CBD cocktails and an exclusive pop-up bazaar featuring artwork, jewelry, textiles and more. 

IMPACT

Exposure for the leading cannabis brand to over 350 budtenders, thought leaders and influencers, increased brand affinity through unique event engagement, and increased product awareness through stationed educational centers throughout the event. 

OUR CLIENT’S TAKE

“When we first engaged Grasslands to produce an elevated event for Mary’s Medicinals, we knew it had to transcend event status—that it needed to feel like a memorable, experiential happening. And even on a modest budget, the Grasslands team had a never-ending list of fun, creative and unexpected ideas to create special touch-points for attendees. Grasslands communicated clearly and efficiently throughout the planning process, and once the doors opened to our special guests it became clear to me that every single detail of the event exuded Mary’s in the most meaningful way. And it wasn’t just an event—it was an experience, which is exactly what we wanted. We were thankful to work with an event production partner who listened to our ideas and translated our vision into such a remarkably on-brand experience.”—Elle Welch, Marketing and Communications Manager, Mary’s Brands 

 

Writing & Editing Project: Website Content Refresh

SMART GROW PROS: A BIG-AGRICULTURAL CONSULTANCY SPECIALIZING IN HEMP AND CANNABIS OPERATIONS 

CHALLENGE

Overhaul existing website wireframe and draft crisp, compelling and SEO-focused web content to clearly communicate the company’s mission, vision, values and services with prospective clients, partners and investors.

STRATEGY

Research competitor sites and work collaboratively with company executives to sculpt a cohesive corporate narrative and establish a clear editorial voice to communicate effectively with target audiences

RESULTS

Grasslands delivered a complete website wireframe and drafted copy for all web pages, including key information about company founders, services, capabilities and contact channels

IMPACT

Overhauling the website helped increase the company’s brand awareness  and establish a strong corporate voice, as well as enhancing  business development capabilities.

Blog Maintenance

COMPASSIONATE CULTIVATION: TEXAS’ FIRST LICENSED MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY 

CHALLENGE

Launch and drive traffic to a brand-new website with no SEO for an unknown state-licensed cannabis brand in a conservative state. 

STRATEGY

Build and maintain a blog that organically attracts digital search traffic via targeted SEO, market-relevant information, strategic SEM and compelling education.

RESULTS

Grasslands ideated, wrote and produced 50+ blogs since September 2017 . 

IMPACT

Compassionate Cultivation’s blog attracted 1,000+ blog views on opening day—on a brand-new website, no less—and its year-over-year analytics show meaningful, brand-elevating growth, including: a 57% rise in total users; a 59% increase in new users; a 50% rise in sessions; and a 50% increase in overall page views. 

 

Thought Leadership: Content

IRON PROTECTION GROUP: A VETERAN-FOUNDED NATIONAL SECURITY FIRM KNOWN FOR HIRING AND SUPPORTING VETS 

CHALLENGE

Elevate brand positioning and messaging for Iron Protection Group, a security firm specializing in highly regulated industries. conservative state. 

STRATEGY

Position Hunter Garth, Iron Protection Group’s Managing Director, as an industry thought leader on issues ranging from safety in security to the importance of employing veterans. 

RESULTS

Grasslands worked with Mr. Garth to ideate and write a first-person column on the importance of hiring and supporting veterans, and the agency coordinated the placement of that bylined column in the November 2018 print issue of Entrepreneur magazine (and GreenEntrepreneur.com).  

IMPACT

Mr. Garth’s phone and inbox lit up when Entrepreneur hit newsstands, and lead generation directly resulted in new client contracts for Iron Protection Group in key markets. 

OUR CLIENT’S TAKE

I couldn’t believe my eyes, seeing my byline and my words in a print issue of Entrepreneur magazine, a decades-old international publication read by so many of my mentors, peers and competitorsand potential customers, as it turns out. A few days after the issue first hit newsstands, my inbox was flooded with biz dev opportunitiesother entrepreneurs who appreciated what I’d written and connected with my perspective and wanted to discuss bringing my security company on as their security provider. A few days later, I’d inked my first deal based on the thought leadership column – a CEO who knew he wanted to work with me after reading my column. And that was the first of multiple doors that opened thanks to Grasslands’ strategic and relentless thought leadership work on my behalf.”—Hunter Garth, Managing Director, Iron Protection Group


Operations Consulting 

PLANTLIFE CANADA: A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED RETAIL DISPENSARY CONCEPT 

CHALLENGE

Create and develop a brand-new Canadian retail concept meant to educate, entertain and encourage sales and customer loyalty.

STRATEGY

Through research of existing retail environments, in-depth client interviews and our own industry expertise, Grasslands helped create an elevated customer experience that is as memorable as it is meaningful.

RESULTS

Plantlife stores see strong retention of customers, whose feedback says they appreciate the education-forward retail environments and the thoughtfully curated selection of products.

IMPACT

Plantlife’s early successes have emboldened their future expansion plans, and the brand will be opening more stores throughout Canada in the coming months. 

OUR CLIENT’S TAKE

“When we realized we needed an external perspective on branding and operations, we knew we needed an experienced team with unquestionable industry expertise and a strategy-forward approach that would help us stand out in a crowded market—and we were lucky to partner with the team at Grasslands. With Grasslands’ help, we created and implemented a creative-but-relatable brand name, an education-forward retail experience, a thoughtfully curated inventory, a sales-savvy showroom and a memorable customer experience. And as our business continues to grow, we hope to engage Grasslands for public relations and other marketing services.”—Roger Newton, Director, Plantlife Canada

 

Social Media Creation and Management

COMPASSIONATE CULTIVATION: TEXAS’ FIRST LICENSED MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY 

CHALLENGE

Launch social platforms and build up community for an unknown state-licensed cannabis brand in a conservative state. 

STRATEGY

Create meaningful content that educates and engages while positioning Compassionate Cultivation as an industry leader in advancing medical cannabis programs, increasing covered medical conditions, and conducting research on treatments for patients in Texas. 

RESULTS

Strong platform, robust growth and 100% organic engagement, with nearly 600,000 impressions and more than 62,000 page and post engagements in the most recent year. 

IMPACT

Facebook leads as the number one referral source to Compassionate Cultivation’s website, a reflection of Grasslands content development and strategic engagement.

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