An internationally renowned keynote speaker, author, and thought leader contacted KDD about managing her social media presence and promoting her new podcast. She was seeking a marketing team that could hit the ground running for a seamless transition from her former social media manager.

Challenge: Our client had a well-established brand with a specific voice and message tailored to her niche audience of Fortune 500 companies and C-suite executives. She had a very active social media presence and was looking for new ideas on the types of content she could be sharing. Her podcast had not yet been branded or packaged for social media promotion.

Result: In order to quickly adopt our client’s voice and message, our team audited her past social media posts, researched prior media appearances, such as television interviews and articles, and thoroughly reviewed her speeches, books, videos, and podcasts. We crafted an extensive social media strategy that included updated graphics, a steady pace of new, informative, and engaging content, and an achievable schedule for recording, promoting, and releasing new podcast episodes. This fresh approach has greatly enhanced our client’s social media presence and elevated the quality of engagement among her substantial following.

After running their own paid search ads for several years, the partners at a law firm approached KDD for insight and assistance. The Google Ads platform had changed significantly since their campaigns were first launched, and the firm was seeking an agency with the expertise needed to adapt to those changes and run successful campaigns with proven results.

Challenge: The firm wanted to reach a very specific audience for the types of cases they handle and target a large geographic area while prioritizing some locations over others. Since their prior campaigns had not been optimized for that audience, there was very little historical data that could be used to inform the design of new campaigns. Additionally, the firm’s website did not have a landing page to support the performance of the ads.

Result: KDD did extensive audience and keyword research to design streamlined campaigns that would generate quality leads and ensure that the budget was allocated according to the firm’s priority target locations. Our team also created an SEO/SEM-friendly landing page that included a lead generation form. Through our transparent reporting and monthly client meetings, we have been able to collaborate with the firm to adjust the ads as needed to improve performance. Since the new campaigns have been running, there has been a steady stream of leads resulting in several large cases for the firm.

A popular local restaurant chain needed help managing social media and reaching a wider audience.

Challenge: With multiple locations, and another in the works, the owners of the restaurant chain needed help defining a social media strategy, developing content, and reaching more people in the region where they operate. The chain was well-known for its signature dish but needed help raising awareness of its other menu items. Although each location had dinnertime regulars, the owners wanted to reach new customers, including tourists and the local lunchtime crowd.

Result: KDD defined a social media strategy for the chain, focusing on consistent posting, reinforcing brand recognition, and showcasing a variety of content. Social media posts have included the full range of menu items, user-generated content, customer reviews, and promoting lunch specials. Our team also managed the creation of new content by conducting photoshoots at each of the restaurant’s locations. In addition, KDD encouraged the chain owners to consider alternative marketing initiatives to expose their business to a wider audience. As a result, the expanded marketing efforts and content consistency have generated significant increases in organic reach and engagement on social media and an uptick in year-on-year sales for each of the restaurants.

The owners of a skincare and massage studio, which had been open for about a year, wanted their business to quickly evolve into a premier wellness destination. They approached KDD for assistance with refining their brand, reaching new clients, and maintaining consistent contact with current clients.


Challenge: The studio’s branding efforts had been handled by several different sources, which led to inefficient workflow and marketing challenges. KDD stepped in as a marketing consultant to help fine-tune the different strategies for more efficient marketing and ensure a consistent brand. Our work has included: revising their website with a new sitemap and new content, auditing their social media and making recommendations for increasing organic reach and engagement, creating monthly email marketing campaigns, initiating and managing Google Ads, designing print ads and signage, and updating their logo to reflect their evolving business.

Result: Significant growth in Farida Studio’s client base has helped them expand their services and move to a larger location.

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When Brickmen Kitchen + Bar opened in Uptown Kingston, New York, the restaurant brought a globally-inspired menu to the Hudson Valley while embracing the area’s industrial heritage. The name “Brickmen” pays homage to Kingston’s history as a brickmaking hub and to the owner’s grandfather, who was a prominent brickyard worker.

Challenge: As long-time client and friend Dave Amato was preparing to open Brickmen Kitchen + Bar, he came to Katy Dwyer Design (KDD) for his website, menus, and marketing materials. While Jackson Creative Group created the logo as part of their restaurant design package, KDD was tasked with translating that logo into a full visual brand. There was a clear direction for the cuisine, but the challenge was to create messaging that would convey the restaurant’s diverse menu flavors, vintage atmosphere, and historical influence.

Result: KDD began with the messaging for Brickmen Kitchen + Bar, developing a brand voice and storytelling strategy that features the cuisine, physical design of the restaurant, and the brickyard legacy of Dave’s grandfather. KDD designed the website, menus, and various advertising to support Brickmen’s marketing efforts, and continues to partner with Dave, offering support in this and other ventures.

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The Arlington, a mixed-use community of residences and shops in Poughkeepsie, New York, enlisted Katy Dwyer Design (KDD) to help create a brand identity and reach prospective renters.

Challenge: The Arlington occupies the site of the former Arthur S. May Elementary School, but rather than demolish the building, the developers chose to honor the community’s heritage by renovating and repurposing the school into residential apartments. Next to the repurposed school, a new mixed-use building was constructed to offer modern residential units and commercial space for shops and food establishments. When the client approached KDD, The Arlington had an existing logo and a landing page, but a defined brand identity and marketing strategy were lacking. The client needed help designing a full website and reaching prospective renters for both their residential and commercial units.

Result: KDD began by creating brand guidelines and a visual architecture that supported the existing logo. As no renderings or photographs were available, KDD focused on marketing the lifestyle of the community, utilizing stock photos and a series of key messages to convey what living at The Arlington would be like. This messaging strategy was carried over to an updated landing page, email drip campaign, and once photographs became available, a full website design.

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A well-known national eCommerce brand approached KDD about up-leveling and optimizing their Google Ad campaigns.

Challenge: Our client was running too many campaigns that were not converting into sales, and they were unable to keep up with the latest best practices and features on the Google Ads platform.

Result: KDD performed a thorough audit of the latest ad data to determine which campaigns were performing and which weren’t. We helped to connect the client’s account to their Google Merchant account, adjusted landing page links, and instituted better conversion tracking. We established new, streamlined campaigns with targeted ad copy and updated keywords to better resonate with potential customers. As a result, the client saw not only an increase in online conversions (more sales!) but also was able to decrease overall ad spend.

The Institute for Holistic Health, a massage school that opened its doors in 2022, needed to establish a brand identity and attract students.

Challenge: As The Institute for Holistic Health was preparing to open its doors in the Hudson Valley, the founders needed help creating a brand identity, identifying target markets, establishing an online presence, and developing and executing a full marketing and advertising strategy. The biggest challenge was raising awareness of massage therapy as a viable career option and reaching people who had never considered becoming a massage therapist.

Result: KDD worked with The Institute for Holistic Health to develop a recognizable brand identity and a friendly, approachable voice. Our team created and implemented an integrated marketing strategy, identifying multiple distinct target markets and crafting content to appeal to each one. In addition to the website design and content work, KDD also executed email funnel campaigns and digital advertising to increase reach, connect with prospective students, and encourage higher enrollment. Since opening, The Institute for Holistic Health has seen steady enrollment and high satisfaction from students. KDD continues to support The Institute for Holistic Health with ongoing strategic marketing.

“We are so appreciative of the website and marketing expertise provided to us by Katy Dwyer Design. We have tripled our business expectations for this year with their skilled guidance.”

Andrea Whitney, Director of Education, The Institute for Holistic Health

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The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) of Albany Medical College came to KDD seeking fresh ideas and a more hands-on approach to building its brand message.

Challenge: AMBI is internationally recognized as a leader in the growing field of bioethics, offering Graduate Degree and Graduate Certificate programs in Clinical Ethics, Bioethics, and Health Ethics and Policy. The institute’s brand image needed a major rejuvenation to remain competitive amidst an expanding field of rivals in the bioethics education space. Recent marketing efforts and digital advertising campaigns lacked versatility, innovation, and definitive examples of ROI. In addition to redesigning AMBI’s logo and updating its brand guidelines, KDD was tasked with creating a robust marketing and advertising strategy that would reach and attract a wider target audience with the measurable goal of increasing enrollments. Both the rebranding and marketing efforts needed to align with Albany Medical College’s global brand guidelines and messaging.

Result: The KDD team created a fresh, well-defined, recognizable logo and a cohesive set of brand guidelines that were implemented across all of AMBI’s traditional and digital materials. Working within the confines of an existing website structure, KDD consulted to improve the content and messaging to better resonate with prospective students. In addition, KDD created new email funnels that respond to program inquiries and guide potential students toward enrollment. After a detailed analysis of AMBI’s past Google Search ads, KDD developed a comprehensive campaign strategy that properly optimized ads to produce better ad performance and conversions without increasing the ad budget. Throughout the entire process, KDD guided AMBI’s decision-makers by offering thoughtful and research-backed recommendations, providing data with clear explanations for how goals were being accomplished, and adapting our strategy, as needed, based on AMBI’s feedback and ideas. KDD continues to act as a team partner with Alden March Bioethics Institute, consulting in content and strategic digital marketing.