WHO WE ARE

Meet the INGROUP

Kristen

Born and bred in the Southwest, this girl brings a big state mentality to our team. Playing Division 1 Volleyball brought this desert dreamer to the Nutmeg State where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from Quinnipiac University. Kristen began honing her eye for design and PR well before walking across the stage with her Diploma, at one of Connecticut's largest real estate firms.  

 

Years later, her passion for sports and helping others soon landed her in the role of community relations and business development for international non-profit, The Special Olympics.

After a move to New York City, she went back to her PR routes and landed a career with the public relations arm of Tokyo based Dentsu, Inc. Here she had the opportunity to position and market some of the worlds most well-known brands in the restaurant, food, beverage, and lifestyle industries.

When her husbands work led them to Hartford, she found herself back in the PR saddle, riding full speed ahead as a PR consultant for small businesses, and later, as Co-Founder of Eat IN Connecticut and INGroup Creative.

You will likely bump into her at the next restaurant opening, a charity event, or boppin' around town with her husband Michael, two children Joey &  Lily and beloved Frenchie "Bad Beckham".

Jeannette

 

With an MBA in finance and a strong background in the corporate world Jeannette decided to take her management experience and follow her passion of owning her own business. Marketing and community development has always given her the opportunity to show-off her creative spirit while helping and bringing people together. With a strong passion for anything related to food, she started the Eat IN Connecticut group, sensing a need in the community for a common and safe place for both industry and non industry to communicate. From there after teaming up with another marketing expert, the agency side of the business began.

 

When Jeannette is not running around attending events with a drink in one hand and a plate full of something amazing in the other, she spends time with her husband and two beautiful and spirited little girls. 

OUR TEAM

 

 

AT YOUR SERVICE

The Goal of INGroup Creative, a DBA of Eat IN Connecticut, is to creatively position your business in an often overcrowded marketplace. With a grassroots flair and plenty of ingenuity, we will generate buzz in the media and the general public around your brand. Our experienced team will work to grow a loyal following of patrons through influencer outreach, strategically planned public relations practices and strategies, combined with marketing and social media techniques.

 
And what do we thrive on? Telling stories, connecting with the community, and giving back. So partner up and let's get to work.
STRATEGIC MARKETING

Our goal is to ensure that your business is marketed cohesively and aligns with your business strategies.

In doing so, we help you create a long-term, forward-looking approach to planning with the fundamental goal in mind of achieving a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. We do this by helping you and your team effectively maintain and market your brand through various marketing efforts.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Developing creative content to tell your story while increasing and maintaining brand exposure is essential to every business. Our team will help you develop campaigns to keep you engaged with new and existing customers.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Your image is paramount to the success of your business. Our goal is to develop and reinforce your messaging, successes, and achievements through cohesive public relations and media outreach.

COPYWRITING/EDITING

SEO Writing 

Copywriting

Content Creation

Corporate Messaging

Promotional Materials

Position Papers

Book Reviews

INFLUENCER EVENTS

Creating an event is no small task. From conception to logistics and successful implementation, our goal is to develop and manage events that help to reinforce your brand messaging and foster strategic marketing opportunities.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We will work to develop valuable relationships with the surrounding community to enhance the overall customer experience. 

A few examples of how our marketing services have helped others
Situation
New to the State

 

New establishment would like to assimilate more within its new location. They do not have ties to the area but recognize that community support is necessary to succeed.  

 

Solution:

 

Our team looked for ways to INtegrate the staff in local events, organizations, and develop relationships with a network that would help them grow withIN the community.  We also brought in social influential state leaders to participate in the establishment's activities. 

Situation
Opening a new concept in the area

 

A developer is interested in bringing a new concept to a transitional area. They want to understand the market and if the concept would work.  

 

 

Solution:

Our team did a market study and spoke to local officials to see if the project would work within the area. We then presented a situational analysis along with our experience in working within the target market. 

Situation
Business is unable to tap into the local market
 

Local Business is unable to connect and gain the support of its local market. After numerous attempts with various promotions, nothing seems to work. 

 

Solution:

Our team took a look at where the company was spending their time and energy, and money, and quickly realized that they were not properly engagINg with their current audience and the community at large. We helped create connections and opportunities with neighborhood organizations and surrounding towns, that helped show support and interest. We also brought in networking opportunities that established long term relationships. 

Situation
Business wants to throw an event that garners the attention of the media and the community.

 

The team wants to engage the community with an event that will help to showcase their business and show their support of the area. 

 

Solution:

Our team helped develop a list of key  media, social influencers, organization heads, and civic officers to invite to the event. During the event, we worked hard to ensure that the team was poised to engage and interact in a fruitful manner. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

MELISSA PICKNELLY.

VP PETER PAN BUS LINES,

 CO-OWNER OF MCLADDENS AND UNION KITCHEN RESTAURANTS

We recently opened four new restaurants. We began working with INGroup Creative to help promote our new restaurants ... they helped us with the grand openings ... social media ... and marketing. They have been great to work with ... energetic and really creative! We received an outstanding amount of exposure we would never have been able to get on our own. Working with INGroup Creative/ Eat IN Connecticut was the perfect jump-start that our restaurants needed.

I have worked with INGroup Creative for 3+ years. We have seen significant growth year over year! Kristen and Jeannette have such enthusiasm for the restaurant industry. They are up on current trends. They show genuine care for the businesses they represent. Their ideas are fresh and innovative. I highly recommend INGroup Creative for marketing, PR and Social Media needs for your business!!

GUY NEUMANN, FOUNDER, Hartford Rib OFF OFF

INGroup Creative is an organization that places their clients first. They operate in the background with a high degree of expertise and creativity. They are also involved constantly with their community and give back to many causes. If you are looking for a PR firm, social media support and all around marketing arm for your business, I strongly recommend their services. Happy to provide personal reference upon request as I am a current client.

PAM PAYDOS.

CO-OWNER POPOVER BISTRO

& BAKERY

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We have been in business for over 40 years. Unfortunately, our business practices are now dated, and we asked INGroup Creative to help us revive what we do. They took no time to point out efficient and inexpensive ways to update our systems and find new business. We are thankful for their continued help. 

Our organization was struggling with employee retention and we asked INGroup Creative to find ways to bolster the moral and improve our organizational structure. Within weeks, their ideas made significant changes! We look forward to working with them more.

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This team knows how to create something out of nothing! They are always on the lookout for creative ways to highlight our business! 

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