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The Comms Department are a trusted advisor and an extension of Australian Radio Network’s internal marketing department but with the added contacts and big picture strategic thinking that only an outside team can bring. They seamlessly balance managing serious corporate communications, PR for entertainment & celebrity and assisting with internal comms & social media messaging.
TIM 'ROSSO' ROSS
Media Personality/ Comedian/ Author
Bec is quite simply the best in the business. She takes the time to understand her clients implicitly and has a well thought out and strategic approach to all her dealings. She is universally loved in the industry... and she also got me tickets to the Wiggles.
Singer / Songwriter
Australian Idol Finalist
Bec Brown in one word - unbelievable. Her personable approach, commitment and energy is inspiring (not to mention she got me the cover of WHO mag!)
The Comms Department have the unique ability to balance artist's requirements with corporate strategy and media savvy. The result? Every opportunity is a win/win situation.
Bec Brown is someone we trust. She is effective, follows through if there's a challenge and always remains pleasant and positive. And she makes the best brownies too!
The Morning Show & The Daily Edition, Seven Network
Whether a product, personality or campaign, The Comms Department get it right every single time. Being able to streamline and fast track the promotion of any brand, while navigating the often confusing world of commercial media, is no easy feat. On a professional level, it’s always a mutually beneficial experience and, personally, it is nothing but a pleasure working with this team.
We have had nothing but amazing results and happy clients from our work with Bec. From an artist perspective, Bec is one of the best. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bec to anyone as she sets the benchmark.
Bec Brown launched The Comms Department (formerly known as Bec Brown Communications) in 2012.
Quickly growing an outstanding team of experienced PR professionals and an established client base, the company evolved into a respected PR, social media and corporate communications agency.
The 2016 rebrand of BBC to The Comms Department was a reflection of this evolution into the collaborative company that exists today.
Bec’s previous communications experience included half a decade as Senior Publicity and Promotions Manager for the world’s largest record company, Universal Music, and an Account Executive role at a boutique Sydney PR agency, working on major financial clients and beauty and lifestyle brands.
And for six years before this, working as a stage performer and session musician in Australia and Europe has given Bec insight and understanding of the entertainment industry and the life of creatives that’s rare to find.
Bec’s professional experience is also backed by smarts –a Graduate Diploma in Media and Communications and a Bachelor of Music.
Armed with a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Tina Liptai has worked for several news outlets and magazines across Australia, both as a reporter and an editor.
Tina transitioned to become a corporate communicator in 2013, with her first PR role at one of Australia’s largest internet service providers. Since then, her love of media and passion for finding and telling great stories has thrived.
Joining The Comms Department in 2014, Tina has gone on to become a trusted corporate communications advisor to the Executive teams across several of TCD’s clients and an invaluable source for media across entertainment, travel and lifestyle.
With big-picture logic, a reverence for deadlines, and a nose for a great news angle, Tina has an excellent understanding of how the media industry works and takes great delight in creating solid strategies that ensure clients achieve their commercial goals.
Kylee Pryor spent ten years working at several major record companies on all levels of PR, ultimately ending up as National Promotions Director at Universal Music Australia.
To broaden her skill set, she then turned her hand to television publicity for hit television shows on Channel Ten. Kylee has also worked as a publicist for a Sydney talent agency where she prided herself on securing high profile media coverage for emerging actors in television and film.
Known for her ability to “find an angle in a circle”, Kylee thrives on delivering outstanding results for her clients and media contacts alike.
After completing a Degree in Journalism, Bree Gallagher began her career in front of the camera as a journalist for WIN TV.
Based in Melbourne, she moved into PR at St Kilda Football Club using her media savvy to promote talent, produce digital content and re-launch the club’s brand.
More recently, Bree worked as Communications and PR Manager for Racing Victoria, a dynamic role encompassing social media strategy, crisis and issues management, and comprehensive publicity campaigns for key racing seasons.
Bree joined The Comms Department in 2016 and has quickly developed a reputation for her passionate, yet calm and genuine way of operating, while achieving great outcomes for all involved.
Adding to her education credits, Bree will soon complete her Masters in Communications.
Shaheeda Chelat came to The Comms Department with over 12 years’ experience in public relations, and now heads up the Brisbane office.
Most recently, Shaheeda worked as the Public Relations Manager for Australia Zoo and the Irwin family – a role that led her from her home in Sydney to sunny Queensland.
Previously, Shaheeda was a Senior Publicist for two of Australia’s leading film distribution companies, Universal Pictures Australia and Roadshow Films, working across cinematic releases for blockbuster, arthouse and Australian films.
She began her PR career in New York City where she interned for a year for a small, respected music company, promoting bands and tours to US media nationally.
Shaheeda’s education includes a Bachelor of Communications, studied between Macquarie University in Sydney and William Patterson University in New Jersey, USA.
The team at The Comms Department also like to bake.
In fact, many years ago at the annual record company bake-off, Bec’s secret recipe chocolate brownies were awarded second place by judge (and Masterchef winner) Julie Goodwin.
True story. Rocknroll huh?
So this is how our trademark chocolate treats were born… and now life’s always sweet for Bec Brown(ie)’s clients and media friends.
Drool for yourself in the meantime on Instagram – search #becbrownbrownies.
In short, we get your voice heard.
Whether it’s via television, radio, newspapers, magazines, online, or social media, we put your story in front of the right people.
Or maybe you already have an audience – your staff, investors, clients, fanbase – and you need help to clearly and effectively communicate your message to them.
So first we plan.
What’s your ultimate outcome? Will it change perceptions and give you a return on your investment?
Then we create the best strategy, custom made for you, in today’s ‘new school’ way.
We execute using sound PR skills, the best writing and imagery, excellent contacts and, most importantly, integrity. Always.
We deliver. Voila.
Whether your company is going through times of change, or you’re simply looking to best prepare for or leverage growth, you need a solid communications strategy.
This ensures the right message is being told to your investors, partners, staff and externally via media channels.
This is what we do, and we do it best.
We make sure the correct story is being told, from the mouth of the board or CEO, down.
And, yes, some of our best work will always be the stories or rumours that we’d prefer remain untold.
We also provide media training. Anyone speaking with the media needs to know what to do.
The media need a good story, you want to get your information heard.
It’s a skill, just like riding a bike.
But learning to ride a bike can be awkward.
So before you’re splashed across the media with your training wheels on (or worse, careening out of control and falling on your face), we make sure that you have the tools to get your message across, no matter how you’re being interviewed.
And better than that, we teach how to become such great talent, that you’ll get asked back again and again.
We’ve worked with everyone from CEOs, media personalities, financial corporates, small business owners, and artists signed to labels like Universal Music, Ministry of Sound, ABC Music and Decca.
We hear you clearly, now let’s make sure everyone else does.
What is communicated during a crisis may determine your company’s future. Timing is crucial and a solid PR strategy, planned well in advance and executed by experts, will shape what happens to your business and your brand’s reputation.
The Comms Department are proven leaders in this area. Plans are created in line with risk and, when a crisis hits, Bec and her team work quickly and calmly with all stakeholders until the issue is resolved, enabling you to get back to business as quickly as possible, with minimal financial and reputational damage.
Crisis management with us is one of the best insurance investments you can make.
For a confidential conversation on this, please contact Bec directly at email@example.com.
Since 2012, the team at The Comms Department have worked on corporate communications, publicity and social media campaigns and events for:
PR STRATEGY & CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
A long term client, The Comms Department manages the national PR strategy and corporate communications for ARN and its 10 stations across four brands; the KIIS FM Network, the Pure Gold Network, The Edge 96.ONE and iHeartRadio.
In addition, TCD manage all day-to-day media relations and publicity for Sydney’s KIIS 1065 including The Kyle & Jackie O Show and national KIIS FM Drive show with Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek, WS FM101.7 and Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller, The Edge 96.ONE and Mike E & Emma, Brisbane’s 97.3FM and Bianca, Terry & Bob, Adelaide’s MIX 102.3 and Jodie & Soda, and Perth’s 96FM and Carmen & Fitzi.
ARN is an APN News & Media company.
REBRAND CAMPAIGN & PR MANAGEMENT
The Comms Department managed all PR and messaging surrounding ARN’s appointment of Kyle & Jackie O and rebrand launch of Sydney’s KIIS 1065 in 2014, worked with the ARN marketing team and Melbourne PR consultant on the launch of Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1 in 2015, and with Adelaide’s MIX 102.3 and Brisbane’s 97.3FM as the stations joined the national KIIS FM network.
All rebrands were a huge success, with Sydney the highlight. Due to the rebrand, KIIS 1065 (formerly MIX 106.5) rocketed from the seventh FM rating position to number one, all in one short survey period.
TCD continue to manage all day-to-day media relations and publicity for Sydney’s KIIS 1065 including The Kyle & Jackie O Show and national KIIS FM Drive show with Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek, and the national PR strategy for the KIIS FM network.
REBRAND CAMPAIGN & PR MANAGEMENT
Following the success of Australian Radio Network’s KIIS 1065 launch, focus turned to the underperforming Classic Hits network. The ‘Pure Gold’ network rebrand campaign focused on WS FM101.7 in Sydney and GOLD 104.3 in Melbourne and aimed to move away from the incorrect perception it’s a ‘golden oldies’ station, increase ratings and bring imagery surrounding the station into line with its core Gen X audience.
The Comms Department’s PR campaign was designed to complement ARN’s marketing strategy and both directly contributed to WSFM 101.7’s Jonesy & Amanda being crowned #1FM breakfast show twice and WSFM ending the year as the #1FM station. Jonesy & Amanda also won Best On Air Team at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards in 2014 and their Executive Producer was named EP of the year. This success was, in part, a result of their raised industry profile through the rebrand.
The rebrand campaign went on to win an ACRA Award for Best Marketing Campaign at the 2015 awards.
TCD continue to manage all day-to-day media relations and publicity for Sydney’s WSFM101.7 and Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller.
In 2013, The Comms Department managed the PR to launch iHeartRadio, the world’s fastest growing digital service and U.S music and live events phenomenon, into Australia.
Since launch, iHeartRadio Australia have grown to almost one million subscribers on app and web, allowing audiences to get more of the music they love as they listen to their favourite live stations across Australia, New Zealand and the USA, create their own commercial-free custom stations from their favourite artists, and find the best audio casts to create personalised daily custom talk stations.
iHeartRadio Australia also give Australian audiences exclusive access to the famous U.S. live events including the weekly theatre events in Los Angeles and New York and the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, iHeartRadio Pool Party in Miami and iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York.
To date, iHeartRadio Australia have hosted their own live event series with stars like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Adam Lambert, Hozier, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, DNCE, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and many more.
TCD continue to manage all PR surrounding iHeartRadio’s live events, app and digital platform.
After more than 24 years of performing, with over 350,000 social media followers, 7 million albums, 23 million DVDs, and 8 million books sold, The Wiggles have performed to millions of fans across the globe.
A long term client, The Comms Department have worked with The Wiggles since 2012, managing media publicity, targeted influencer promotion and assisting the in-house social media team across eight albums and three national arena tours.
TCD have also worked with The Wiggles’ international PR agencies assisting with the tour PR for New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada.
In 2015 The Comms Department team was also honoured to assist Purple Wiggle Lachy and Yellow Wiggle Emma announce their very happy relationship and engagement news, and then go on to manage the comms for their 2016 wedding. The love continued as TCD managed the media surrounding Red Wiggle Simon’s engagement and 2017 wedding to Lauren Hannaford.
Since releasing their self-titled album in 1991, The Wiggles wiggled their way to worldwide fame. More than 50 CD and DVD releases later, they have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum, 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category.)
ABC For Kids is Australia’s premier children’s entertainment specialist, trusted by parents and adored by kids.
A long term client, The Comms Department have worked with ABC For Kids since 2012, managing PR for several of their key children’s music releases every month. Tactics have included working with parenting bloggers, dedicated children’s radio stations, album reviews, creative media photoshoots, collaborative album launches at children’s function centres, red carpet premiere events and more.
Albums to date have included all Sesame Street, Playschool, Bananas in Pyjamas and Giggle & Hoot releases, and music by artists such as The Wiggles, Justine Clarke, Jay Laga’aia, Alex Papps, Rhys Muldoon, and Splashdance.
DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN, CONTENT MARKETING & PR MANAGEMENT
Cover-More is Australia’s only true specialist travel insurance and medical assistance provider with greater than 40% share of the Australian travel insurance market. They protect more than 1.8 million Australian travellers every year.
Leveraging off Cover-More’s enviable milestone of over 2 million views on their YouTube channel (extraordinary for a corporate insurance company), in 2015 The Comms Department worked with Cover-More on their Ultimate Traveller video competition, a digital and social media content marketing campaign.
Entries came from across the globe and were further promoted via social media engagement from travel influencers and fans alike who created and shared their travel videos. The competition was so successful that TCD repeated the campaign in 2016 with a second competition.
In addition to these successful campaigns that reached over 12 million people and saw Cover-More’s social media grow by over 20% each year, TCD was appointed as ongoing content curator and editor for Cover-More’s Travel Blog.
From 2016, TCD continues to work with Cover-More’s Global & Direct team on various consumer and B2B comms campaigns, as the company expands operations into the U.S and beyond.
Willie’s Cacao, created by artisan chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze, is the UK’s only ‘bean to bar’ maker of premium chocolate. Willie has devoted much of his life to discovering exceptional cacaos from around the world, all to craft the perfect single-estate chocolate.
In 2014, Willie’s Cacao was launched into Coles Supermarkets sitting alongside luxury contemporaries such as Lindt and Green & Blacks.
The Comms Department managed all Australian launch PR with a campaign that included a media and blogger gifting and social media activation, an exclusive media and blogger cocktail event with specially created Willie’s Cacao menu, a Coles staff tasting and meet & greet at Coles HQ in Melbourne, multiple Coles in-store tasting appearances for consumers across Sydney and Melbourne, and a national media interview tour with Willie Harcourt-Cooze.
After the successful launch, Willie’s Cacao’s chocolate range has been doubled in Coles, with 12 different delicious products now stocked in Coles supermarkets around the country.
PR & EVENT MANAGEMENT
The Comms Department was appointed PR for the winner of Australian hit TV show The Voice across 2012 and 2013 for winners Karise Eden and Harrison Craig.
Signed to Universal Music, TCD managed the sponsorship, publicity, event and tour management as the winners performed live across Westfield centres throughout the country, and went on to promote each of their national 10 date concert tours.
The Comms Department also worked with Sony Music on the album publicity for the 2013 The X Factor Runners Up, Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford.
SIDS and Kids is a Non For Profit organisation that saves thousands of babies’ lives by providing crucial education and community awareness programs. As well as providing vital safe sleeping education to expectant mothers, their families and healthcare professionals all around Australia, it also provides crucial bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child, and receives more than 10,000 calls for support and education every year.
Red Nose Day has been an integral part of the charity’s fundraising calendar since 1988.
Since SIDS and Kids’ inception, over $16 million has been devoted into researching stillbirth, neonatal death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and other causes that contribute to the 3,500 unexpected infant deaths that devastate Australian families each year.
In 2015 The Comms Department was appointed to assist with NSW media publicity and events to promote Red Nose Day in support of SIDS and Kids.
TCD were then appointed as the national PR and social media agency for the 2016 Red Nose Day campaign, rolling out a creative campaign that involved celebrity ambassadors, media partnerships and over one thousand fundraising discos in child care centres and primary schools across Australia.
The end result was over 600 media stories worth in excess of $3 million and over 3000 Twitter and Instagram posts. These critical educational and fundraising messages reached over 17.8 million Australians and over 20 million globally on social media. The fundraising financials increased significantly from the previous year and allow SIDS and Kids to continue their life-saving work.
In 2017 TCD are again appointed as the national PR and social media agency for the June 30, 2017 Red Nose Day campaign.