About Us

Your business, articulated. Your impact, magnified.

Focused on three specialized industries (real estate + proptech, financial services and cannabis), Akrete is a national marketing, PR and digital content agency that goes “all-in” to help our clients grow and prosper. A woman-owned business founded in 2011, “Akrete” is derived from accretion, or business growth. Our goal is always to apply our marketing, communications and digital expertise to help you write your business growth story and make it real.


SERVICES

Our specialization in three industries is narrow, yet our service offerings are broad, spanning a full range of marketing and communications disciplines.  

We organize our services into five categories as follows: 


INDUSTRY FOCUS

Our deep industry knowledge means rapid impact our clients. We know the terminology, media outlets, social media channels and influencers, applicable regulations and major players. From Day One, we bring ideas and options to the table that enrich your marketing and grow your business.

  • Real Estate + PropTech:  Marketing commercial real estate (CRE), #PropTech and the built environment has never been more electric. Connect creatively using social, video and mobile-friendly campaigns.
  • Financial Services: Deep roots in the financial services industry help our veteran consultants connect financial institution executives with key dealmakers, investors and specialized audiences.
  • Cannabis:  We earned our broad cannabis marketing, public relations, social media and investor communications experience in Massachusetts, and can apply that knowledge throughout North America.

OUR CLIENTS, OUR GREATEST ADVOCATES

We go all in for our clients, combining high-touch service with experienced teams.  We work with companies of all shapes and sizes in our focus industries, from global brands like JLL, to leading family businesses like Skender and Golub & Company, to small businesses and start-ups. We also partner with other Marketing and PR agencies, particularly when deep industry knowledge is needed to drive growth.

Click here for a full list of our clients.


AWARDS AND SOCIAL IMPACT

Founded by Margy Sweeney in 2011, Akrete is a woman-owned business ranked as a leading national PR firm. We have collaborated with our clients on award-winning campaigns and participate regularly in the national dialogue on the future of work and economic empowerment for women and minorities.

Certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise

Akrete is certified as a women’s business enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

O’Dwyers Rankings

Since 2016, Akrete has participated in the industry-leading O’Dwyers PR firm rankings. In the latest (2018) rankings, Akrete is listed as a “Top 20 Financial PR Firm” nationally and we are ranked as “Chicago’s #14 top PR Firm” locally.  www.odwyerpr.com

We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can provide full documentation to any type of supply chain diversity program, supporting our clients’ corporate social responsibility objectives.

Forbes Council

Our Founder & CEO Margy Sweeney is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, where she contributes content about our unique business model, business growth programs and agency management.

Social Impact

Akrete as a whole and members of our team individually are committed to making an impact on issues related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) generally, and more specifically, to expanding economic opportunities for women and minorities.

Our Founder & CEO serves as Vice Chairman of SomerCor, an SBA Certified Development Corporation that provides capital to small businesses with a mandate to serve woman, minority and veteran-owned enterprises.  She also serves as Board Director and Advisory Board Chair of the Drawbridge Community Revitalization Foundation; and as a member of the JLL Supplier Diversity Council. 

We also support our clients directly by providing public relations and communications counsel during campaigns making a difference.  We have collaborated with clients writing and promoting CSR reports; ghost-writing policy statements on legislation; raising media awareness and writing white papers that aim to help solve the affordable housing crisis; and drafting and executing social media content that advocate for gender parity on Boards of Directors and gender equality in traditionally male-dominated industries, for environmental responsibility and for making other positive social impacts.


Award-winning campaigns

We regularly help our clients submit for awards and are proud when we help achieve recognition for their accomplishments in our industries of focus.  A few award-winning campaigns that we have been directly involved in include:

AMCP HERMES CREATIVE AWARDS – 2018 Platinum Award

Akrete client Skender is revolutionizing how the industry builds. The firm’s March 2018 rebrand that transformed a traditional general contractor into a vertically integrated construction, design and advanced manufacturing firm was immediately recognized as an integrated marketing success. The campaign won 10 Hermes awards; Akrete’s portion of the work was recognized with a Platinum Award, the highest honor possible in this competition that included 6,000 entries.

CONTENT MARKETING AWARDS – Best Overall Editorial – Digital

JLL’s brand journalism site Real Views won a 2016 Content Marketing Award for Best Overall Editorial – Digital. The Content Marketing Awards is the largest content marketing awards program globally.  Akrete contributed approximately four articles per month to the publication during the winning time period, including many articles that earned the highest engagement analytics.

PLATINUM PR AWARDS: Employee Relations

The idea behind the winning JLL social seller program was to give JLL’s brokers and sales executives every tool they need to use social media to drive business.  Akrete worked closely with JLL’s corporate PR team to create an extensive database of CRE social media influencers, to enable JLL brokers and other sales people to launch their social channels easily and with meaningful connections.

JLL Best of Americas Marketing Award

Akrete was the driving force behind the “JLL Live at DisruptCRE” digital live stream integrated marketing, digital and PR program that took broadcast from three events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco respectively, from the floor of PropTech conference DisruptCRE.  The combined Akrete/JLL Markeitng and PR campaign team was awarded a JLL Best of Americas Marketing award for the programs.

Hermes Creative Awards
Content Marketing Awards
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