We are a communication firm
We have big ideas, bold plans, and a commitment to equality.
If you do too, let’s get to work.
Grey Horse is a full service firm with a wide range of practice areas. We know that’s a very broad statement, so let’s break it down with some real-life examples. Full service means we handle everything from big picture strategy (crafting your key messages, voice, and ethos) to the nitty-gritty details (building your VIP guest list for the launch party, writing your tweets) and everything in between (getting you an interview in the New York Times). As for our practice areas, you’ll find a list of them below.
- Public Relations
- Audience Engagement
- Personal Branding
- Live Events
- Web Development
- Social Media
- Crisis Communications
- Brand Design
- Content Creation
- Media Training
In this business, everyone loves to collaborate. We do, too! Listening–and asking questions–helps us pinpoint your unique needs and tailor the perfect plan for you. At the same time, we understand that you hire us to provide skills and expertise that are outside of your scope, and sometimes you just want to sit back and let the experts do their thing. The pace of a project, and the roles everyone plays, is in constant motion. With Grey Horse, one thing is consistent though – we always keep you in the loop.
- Full internal audit
- Competitive analysis
- Onboarding interviews
- Strategic plan
- Asset development
- Campaign execution
- Daily real-time communication
- Scheduled calls + meetings
- Regular analytics reports
- Evaluation + adjustments
The Opposite of Hate
Throwing a gala at the Guggenheim
Called the “party of the year” by Cosmopolitan’s Laura Brounstein, this 500 person gala was one of the most ambitious book launch events in recent memory. Held in partnership with brands like Tinder, Lifetime, and Hint Water, it marked the release of CNN commentator Sally Kohn’s first book.
The gala was hosted at the iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York and attended by media luminaries like Katie Couric and London. The Resistance Revival Chorus, made famous by their politically-charged performance at the Women’s March, headlined the evening’s entertainment.
Co-hosted by Shonda Rhimes and Katy Perry, the event was held to benefit the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Over $250,000 in sponsorship money raised
Co-hosted by Katy Perry and Shonda Rhimes
Called “party of the year” by Cosmopolitan
Protecting those who tell the truth
One of America’s leading legal firms had a delicate situation: a prominent client was filing a lawsuit against her employer, placing her in the center of a highly contentious public conversation. Grey Horse provided digital security to safeguard the client’s data, and trained her in crisis messaging on social media. We developed an engagement strategy that minimized her legal exposure while allowing her to speak out with confidence against injustice.
1.8 billion media impressions
50+ pieces of earned media coverage
Training digital world ambassadors
The United Nations needed a way to streamline and standardize its social media posting practices across 100 channels in 8 languages. Grey Horse led a series of in-house workshops for over 20 UN social media specialists, helping them develop formalized guidelines and best practices for their respective platforms.
Workshop participants reported dramatic boosts in confidence dealing with daily routines as well as high-pressure situations.
Managing nearly 100 channels (in 8 languages)
Optimized response times for breaking events
MIT Technology Review
Making science tech feel like magic
This 117-year old magazine needed fresh ways to appeal to a younger audience of online readers. Grey Horse led a series of workshops that trained staff in engagement techniques and maximizing social media reach. We also provided strategic guidance in developing a series of podcasts, videos, and digital communities to reach audiences with content beyond traditional text-based articles.
3x increase in Twitter engagement rates
Named one of the best scientific content creators by Synthego
Al Jazeera English
Speaking out in the Arab Spring
Al Jazeera English was looking for ways to attract new social media followers (and get more engagement from their current fans). Grey Horse helped them create “The Stream,” the first show to broadcast breaking news on social media.
It launched on the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, and later became the go-to source of information for millions of people on the ground during the Arab Spring. It soon became one of the most decorated online news programs, being nominated for the 2011 Emmy Award for Breaking News and winning the Webby People’s Choice Award and Royal Television Society’s Most Innovative Programme in 2012.
In 2013, “The Stream” won the Online Media Awards “Best Twitter Feed Commendation” and “Outstanding Digital Team Commendation” along with the The Gracie Award for Outstanding News Talk Show.
World’s only interview with eyewitness of Bin Laden death
Emmy Nominee for Breaking News
Royal Television Society Most Innovative Programme Award
Webby People’s Choice Award
The Gracie Award
Multiple Online Media Awards
Raising funds for visionary creators
Cofounders Erin Polgreen and Joyce Rice had an idea for a groundbreaking experiment in graphic journalism. Designed for tablets, their new magazine would offer readers a fusion of comic book-style illustrations and hard-hitting news stories.
Grey Horse helped them execute a successful Kickstarter campaign that greatly exceeded their goals. We also executed a press outreach strategy that saw Symbolia attract attention from many of the leading journalism and design publications in the U.S. and abroad.
700 paid subscribers before launch
Critical praise in journalism and design publications
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Telling a story with social media
This international broadcaster needed to modernize its “Voice of America” stations to appeal to new audiences in Russia and the Middle East/North Africa region.
Grey Horse trained over 40 journalists in digital strategy and brand building, and helped build a dedicated in-house audience engagement team. We also helped internal teams optimize their television and radio broadcasts to be digital-friendly, with on-air segments for social media integration.
Over 40 journalists trained in workshops
Hit programs in Russian and Middle East/North African markets
New York Public Radio
Engaging an everywhere audience
New York Public Radio (NYPR) had over 36 radio shows and podcasts, produced both in-house and by its affiliated production companies. They needed a consistent audience development strategy for these shows across a multitude of platforms.
Grey Horse trained over 100 staff members in workshops that covered topics like analytics, audience engagement, and KPI measurement.
NYPR’s audience increased tenfold over the next two years, and earned praise for its ability to provide coverage in the midst of Hurricane Sandy.
Audience size across platforms increased 10x in two years
Reached millions during Hurricane Sandy with vital news and updates
Leading a legend into the digital era
PBS Newshour had built a reputation as one of America’s most trusted broadcast institutions. But they needed to transition to a digital-based identity, while still safeguarding their journalistic standards and integrity.
Grey Horse built a comprehensive social strategy for engaging new audiences across all platforms, showcasing the client’s strengths as producers of thoughtful, high-quality video content.
PBS Newshour’s social channels saw massive month-over-month gains, culminating in an Emmy nomination for their livestream of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Growth rates of 15%+ on key social platforms
Emmy nomination for coverage of BP oil spill
Reinventing an icon of journalism
After being acquired by upstart IBT Media, Newsweek needed to reinvent itself for the digital age. Its leadership aimed to start fresh with a revamped print edition while simultaneously attracting new readers to its online content.
Grey Horse designed an audience engagement strategy and built in-house teams to implement, training them in best practices using the company’s first-ever community guidelines. We also created a relaunch event coinciding with SXSW, which involved a car chase across Los Angeles and generated immense word-of-mouth buzz among attendees.
Car chase across LA for SXSW event
More than 10 million views of relaunch print issue
Years of Living Dangerously
Connecting all the right players
This nine-part documentary series about climate change featured some of the brightest names in entertainment: James Cameron, Harrison Ford, and David Letterman, to name just a few.
But they needed a consistent outreach strategy to capitalize on all their star power. Grey Horse devised a plan that built relationships with over 100 publications and content platforms, in addition to developing audiences across all social platforms.
Our team also commissioned and directed a set of digital comics that helped the series (and its message) reach a vital new audience.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Over 100 media placements
Feminist Fight Club
Proclaiming a manifesto in style
New York Times editor and author Jessica Bennett (HarperCollins) HarperCollins author and New York Times Technology columnist Jessica Bennett wanted to throw a ‘feminist wedding’ hailing the launch of her book, Feminist Fight Club: a venue-busting party featuring media luminaries from all over the world.
During the exclusive 450 person ‘Support Your Local Girl Gang’ event in Red Hook, Brooklyn, feminist influencers shared their support for their local girl gang on their social media accounts, and the vast majority of vendors donating product were female-owned companies from New York and Vermont. GIPHY photo booths, sponsored by Dots the game company, provided a social-friendly photo experience for attendees.
Several hundred books were eventually sold – and GIFs from the event have been viewed more than 15m times on the social media platform GIPHY.
15 million views on GIPHY
Dozens of local sponsors
Hundreds of books sold
Founder & CEO
Kate Gardiner is the founder of Grey Horse. She began her career as a traditional journalist on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, where she led some of the first experiments with social media as an audience engagement tool for publishers. Later, she was enlisted by outlets like Al Jazeera, New York Public Radio, and Newsweek to modernize their editorial and distribution strategies for the digital age. Her work led her to be named to the Forbes #30Under30 list.
Today, Kate specializes in audience engagement, brand development, and crisis communications for diverse range of clients. She’s worked with global media organizations, bestselling authors, socially conscious non-profits, and some of the world’s most powerful executives. Her team has produced major launch events, award-winning content, and digital media campaigns with billions of impressions.
A vocal feminist and social activist, Kate is a frequent speaker at conferences like SXSW and the Summit Series. She’s the founder of WJChat, the former executive director of TheLi.St, and a board member of the influencer group Advocates. She’s been named a #NextJ Fellow by the Radio, Television, and Digital News Association and a Young Leader by the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.
Grey Horse features a highly experienced team with backgrounds in journalism, public relations, design, business development, education, project management, content production, and law. Based on the East and West Coasts, we offer local expertise with international perspectives.
Our team has an extensive track record of success with a diverse array of clients. We’ve crafted award-winning publicity campaigns, led six-figure fundraising drives, and earned multiple residencies thanks to our artistic creations. Grey Horse team members have served as startup founders, magazine editors, and social media directors, to name just a few examples.
We’re firmly committed to supporting worthy social causes, and we actively participate in efforts that promote racial justice, gender equality, refugee rights, LGBTQ communities, and more. We also share a strong love of animals, except for the grosser varieties of bugs.