What We Do…
We help organizations build a solid brand presence that protects reputation and builds advocacy. We are experts in real-time crisis monitoring/management, social media loyalty strategies, rebranding, and crisis prevention strategies. We also are a training company–helping you learn how to use social media responsibly to increase your bottom line by building advocacy in media. Contact us for a free needs assessment (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and let’s talk about how our expertise can work for you.
About Chris Syme…
Chris Syme is principal of CKSyme.org in Bozeman, Montana, a strategic communications agency. She has 25+ years of experience in communications from teaching to media relations in higher education, to radio and newspaper, to crisis management. Her specialty is crisis and reputation communications planning and training, with an expertise in digital and new media. She has a passion to help organizations protect their reputation and build advocates via social media.
As a communications associate at the Montana State University Department of Athletics, she engineered a reputation recovery program with a team of staff that was heralded by Athletic Management magazine. While at MSU, she helped author one of the first social media policies in collegiate athletics, and designed a comprehensive social media program. She is a regular contributor to MTbusiness.com and Social Media Today, in addition to writing her own blog, which is syndicated on AllTop and BlogHighEd. Chris is a frequent conference speaker and workshop presenter. She and her husband farm in northeast Montana and they have two grown daughters.
Our Strategy Team…
Laura Rhodes is the founder of Third Sector Consulting Group, which provides comprehensive grant-seeking services to nonprofits nationwide. Her expertise includes prospect identification and funder research as well as grant writing and editing. Laura has more than 12 years experience in philanthropy and nonprofit development. Laura also has extensive experience in social media training for small business and nonprofits, and helps facilitate the CKSyme.org social media training workshops. You can contact Laura at email@example.com
What Others Say…
“On a practical level, Chris has the ability to see an organization in big-picture terms, which allows her to integrate her understanding of messaging into action. An understanding of the evolving role of social media and other alternative communication forums separates Chris from many in our profession. Chris’ strongest attribute is her ability to understand an organization’s communication needs and put to use a wide range of tools and skills in working toward its goals. This, I believe, is a rare attribute.”
-Bill Lamberty, Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations, Montana State University
“Chris is one of the leading experts in social media in the nation. She is especially strong when it comes to enhancing a company/organization’s brand through social media. This is such a valuable asset as social/new media is in constant change. I highly recommend hiring Chris as a consultant in this area.”
-Larry Dougherty, past president of CoSIDA; Sr. Associate AD of Communications, Temple University
“As the former Director of Yellowstone Valley Bible Institute in Billings, MT, I had the privilege of supervising Chris in the development and teaching of a communications’ workshop, the development of the Institute’s internship program and the development of the Institute’s Distance Education curriculum. Chris is innovative; resourceful; diligent; dedicated; hard working; committed; and given to excellence. She has excellent verbal and written skills; is able to analyze, develop and explain systems; and is able to assess big picture needs and develop practical means for arriving at assessed goals.”
-Gary Matsdorf, Executive Director; New Hope Christian College; Eugene,Oregon
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