After almost six years, The Golding Group has ended its full-time working relationship with Rococo Restaurants, Catering and The Manhattan OKC. The first client put on retainer upon the launch of The Golding Group in November of 2011, Rococo Restaurants has been the agency’s longest client relationship. This working agreement ended on August 31st, 2017.

Rococo Restaurants owner Bruce Rinehart and The Golding Group CEO Kyle Golding first met when Rinehart opened the original Rococo located at 2825 N. Penn avenue in 2004. The two began their professional relationship shortly after Rinehart opened Rococo Northpark a few years later.

Over the last 5 years, The Golding Group has helped create and managed the Rococo brand identity, advertising and new business development for both restaurant locations and eventually Rococo Catering, Rococo Love Salad Dressing and the newly opened Manhattan OKC in the downtown central business district.

Since 2013, The Golding Group has been recognized by marketing and advertising peers multiple times for their work on behalf of Rococo Restaurants. In 2013, The Golding Group received Awards of Excellence for Integrated Marketing from the American Marketing Association (AMA-OKC) and Integrated Marketing Plan from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC-OKC). In 2014, The Golding Group received the Award of Excellence in Social Media from AMA-OKC and also the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-OKC) for management of multiple Rococo social media accounts. Also in 2014, The Golding Group was awarded the Judges Choice Award coupled with the Award of Merit for Best Special Event from AMA-OKC.

“We have had an amazing time working with Rococo Restaurants on a huge variety of marketing, advertising, product development and special events over the last five plus years. With the successful launch of The Manhattan OKC in March of this year, we felt this was the right time for both of our organizations to explore new opportunities. All of us at The Golding Group wish Chef Rinehart and the whole Rococo / Manhattan OKC family the best of luck in the future. We’re looking forward to expanding our business in new and different ways. This includes attracting client opportunities in Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and new markets as well.”

Kyle Golding
CEO and Chief Strategic Idealist
The Golding Group

The Golding Group is an award winning think tank of strategic planning, business process management (BPM) and marketing integration experts. Our focus is growing organizations from the inside out. The Golding Group connects business, non-profit organizations and others to their best possible audiences while creating internal efficiency to maximize profitability and sustainability. We create business growth opportunities by forming strategic, full-service partnerships with our clients. This is not business-as-usual. To contact us, please visit our website. 

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Entrepreneurs crave growth to help them push through the doubts and frustrations which plague them. Kyle Golding of The Golding Group had these same issues, and that’s why he turned everything inside out to build his businesses. We talk to Kyle about his entrepreneurial experiences and what he can do for listeners.

Questions Asked and Answered:⠀

How did The Golding Group come about?⠀
• Is there a sameness in the corporate world?⠀
• For Kyle, what does building from the inside-out mean?⠀
• How does Kyle’s company help small businesses grow when they have a limited budget?⠀
• Is customizable marketing the future? Is it here?⠀
• Is it easier bringing in a client then maintaining them?⠀
• What has helped Kyle unfrustrate himself from issues during the run of his business?⠀
• How important is honesty in a business??⠀

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Beers And Branding Full Hour @ Anthem Brewing 8/10/17
Networking Happy Hour 5:30pm
Roundtable Q/A Discussion with expert panel 6:00 –7:00pm
We’re back in the Anthem Brewing Company tap room. Your Beers And Branding ticket will get you a delicious Anthem beer PLUS food from The Wedge Pizzeria sponsored by Oklahoma Employees Credit UnionThe Anthem Tap Room will be open before/during/after #BeersAndBranding for your enjoyment. Must be 21 with proper I.D.
The expert panel includes Kyle Golding, Chief Strategic Idealist for The Golding Group + Lori Ford, Community Development Specialist for Oklahoma Employees Credit Union + Heather Parsons, Owner of The Cargo Room mobile boutique. As always, the panel will begin the discussion and take as many questions from the audience as possible.
#BeersAndBranding on 8/10/17presented by Naked City OKC and Revolve Productions, sponsored by Oklahoma Employees Credit Union and Anthem Brewing.

Beers And Branding @ Capital City Barbershop 8/2/17
Sold Out!
• Happy Hour 6:30pm meet, greet and network
• Q/A Discussion with expert panel 7:00 –7:30pm
OKC’s most unconventional marketing and business discussion development speaking series changes the game once again. This special bonus Beers And Branding at Capital City Barbershop will focus on personal branding, lifestyle marketing and audience development.
Beers And Branding is an informal, high-level discussion with a focus on alternative tactics and digital tools best suited for modern audiences. Professionals informing professionals while enjoying a locally made adult beverage.
Join us for an informative brand and audience building round-table hosted by Kyle Golding, Chief Strategic Idealist for The Golding Group along with Jake Phelps, Owner and Barber at Capital City and Brady Smith of Old Blood Noise Endeavors plus special guest with branding tips and techniques.
We will challenge traditional ideas of marketing, providing new and interesting ideas and insights into strategy, tactics and measurement. The audience will very much be part of the conversation. Ask questions, get answers and add your thoughts to the mix. This is not “how we’ve always done it” advice. Grab a beer and let’s talk about business on a whole new level.
 
Kyle Golding is a strategist, business development consultant and dynamic public speaker, Golding has been the featured presenter for many top marketing, PR and advertising groups such as AMAPRSA, IABCOklahoma Arts CouncilIgnite OKC and AFP.
Jake Phelps is not only the owner of Capital City Barbershop but a dad, guitar pedal nerd, and has mastered the art of singing with eyes closed.
Brady Smith is Co-Owner of Old Blood Noise guitar pedals and stuff.
#BeersAndBranding on 8/2/17 presented by Capital City BarbershopNaked City OKC and Revolve Productions.

Beers And Branding Full Hour @ Anthem Brewing 5/11/17
Breaking News! Beers And Branding will now be held in the Anthem Brewing Company tap room at 908 SW 4TH ST. in OKC. Your Beers And Branding ticket will get you a drink ticket for a delicious Anthem beer PLUS food from a great local restaurant provided by Oklahoma Employees Credit Union.
The Anthem Tap Room will be open before/after #BeersAndBranding for your enjoyment. Must be 21 with proper I.D. Networking Happy Hour 5:30pm / Livestream with expert panel 6:00 –7:00pm.
The expert panel includes Kyle Golding, Chief Strategic Idealist for The Golding Group + Lori Ford, Community Development Specialist for Oklahoma Employees Credit Union + Ben Childers, Brand Ambassador for Anthem Brewing. As always, the panel will begin the discussion as well as take questions from the audience. #BeersAndBranding on 5/11/17presented by Naked City OKC and Revolve Productions.

Beers And Branding Full Hour @ Anthem Brewing 2/9/17
Beers And Branding is serious marketing + casual conversation + cold brew. Informal, high-level discussion about branding and audience development with a focus on alternative tactics and digital tools best suited for modern audiences. The discussion will be lead once again by Golding Group CEO Kyle Golding, but audience input is essential. This is professionals informing professionals while enjoying a local beverage from Anthem Brewing Co.
 
Golding will answer questions, challenge traditional marketing ideas and provide practical advice for branding and communications professionals while everyone enjoys a cold adult beverage. This is not a traditional talking head speech, but a back-and-forth discussion about how to really get stuff done. This session will include additional social media live streams and questions from the online audience as well.
During the first Beers And Branding OKC on August 18th, Golding addressed ROI in the sharing economy, not needing a call-to-action, the difference between marketing and advertising plus much more. No punches were pulled, no excuses accepted and a lot of practical advice was given. The full hour+ Facebook stream video can be seen here: http://thegoldinggroup.com/beers-and-branding-okc-81816/
Seating will be limited (25) to ensure a quality experience and plenty of Anthem beer for all attendees. Each hour-long event is live streamed and recorded, but that won’t get you free beer. Attendees will be treated to Anthem Brewing and/or Ozarka water as our treat for participating. This is not “how we’ve always done it” marketing advice. Grab a beer and let’s talk about branding on a whole new level.

Now open, The Manhattan OKC is a new and exciting part of the Rococo Restaurants brand. From concept to opening day, this is one of our favorite projects to date. We still have a few very minor details to add/change but the kitchen and bar are ready to serve you. Lunch begins every day at 11:00am and Happy Hour menu runs at 4:00pm until close (10:00pm weeknights, later on weekends and after special events like Civic Center shows, Thunder games, etc.). Make sure to sign up for the email list and follow The Manhattan OKC on social media (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) for the latest news, special hours, featured food & drink, etc.

Check out our Lunch, Happy Hour and Drink menus, then visit The Manhattan OKC, your NEW neighborhood bar in downtown OKC.

Golding Group co-founder Kyle Golding recently contributed to several articles about future trends in business such as Content Marketing, Consulting and B2B Marketing.

Check out his advice along with a lot of other smart people) here:

 

A good restaurant name is many things, chief among them: memorable, simple, searchable and relevant.

Choose a name that stands apart
“Every business needs to consider a brand — name, logo, slogan, colors, etc. — that connects with the intended audience and stands out from the crowd,” said Kyle Golding, CEO and Chief Strategic Idealist at business consulting firm The Golding Group.

“The most important part of marketing a restaurant is drawing the right customer, someone who will appreciate what you do and how you do it, along with differentiating your product or service from the competition. A well-crafted name can be a big part of these efforts.”

Let customers know what to expect
“Restaurants do really well when part of their name lets you know what type of food they have or what type or style of restaurant is it,” said Golding. Think “Shake Shack” or “In-N-Out Burger.”“Any good branding needs to paint a picture of what it is before you arrive, not only the type and style of food but other expectations such as cost, service, speed, etc.”That doesn’t mean a name like “Speedy Pizza” is the ideal. There are, after all, plenty of quick-serve pizza places. The name should be “universally recognized but specific to you,” said Golding.Take the name “Chipotle” for example. “It doesn’t say ‘burrito,’ but it has the connotation that it’s Hispanic and a little different from Taco Bell, Taco Bueno, etc.,” said Golding.To arrive at that sweet spot, Golding advised, “Start at opposite ends of the spectrum and work toward the center as a compromise.”The name can also give clues about the overall vibe. When creating the name for a new restaurant and bar in downtown Oklahoma City, the Golding Group arrived at “The Manhattan,” after the drink of the same name. “It fits the style of establishment we’re trying to create — classic but comfortable, familiar but not old-fashioned.”

Adding a word such as “café” “or “restaurant” or the acronym for your city could also work, noted Golding. For example, since “TheManhattan.com” was taken, The Golding Group went with “TheManhattanOKC.com.”

“Now people are so comfortable with URLs that you can go with a little bit longer URL if you need to,” said Golding. 

“Any business name should be able to stand the test of time, still be relevant and attractive 5, 10 and 25 years from now,” said Golding. If in the 1980s you named your restaurant “Miami Vice Sandwich Shop,” that name “wouldn’t make any sense today.”

Tempted to use an emoticon or emoji as part of the name? Don’t go there, said Golding.

Make sure it translates to merchandise
Consider that someday you may want your restaurant or café name on napkins or on
brand extensions such as T-shirts, mugs, cookbooks or food products. How well will the name you have in mind work?

Names that are very long or rely on punctuation may not play out well on products, said Golding. If the name is based on a color, such as in “Red Café,” know that “there may be times you have to print that in black and white.”

Hire a lawyer to run a national trademark search. “When you apply for your business license with your city and state, that should be part of that process, but that will only cover your state,” said Golding. “If you want to do a national search you’ll want to consult an attorney that does that. The cost is going to be less than $2,000 for a total search and protection service from most reputable attorneys, and in the long run it’s probably worth it. You’ll spend more than that on the signs you’ll put out front, so you don’t want to take them down and start over.”