Razor Public Relations was recently named the world’s Best New Agency at the 2021 Global Sabre Awards. The 2021 Global PR Agencies of the Year are the result of an exhaustive research process involving more than 500 submissions and (virtual) meetings with the best PR firms from across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
Razor PR beat out two other finalists – Hong Kong-based Ashbury Communications and The Sway Effect out of New York – to garner the coveted award. Razor had previously been named Best New Agency in EMEA earlier in 2021.
“South African agencies are delivering world-class strategic communications. An award like this doesn’t just recognise the work we have delivered over the last 24 months since launching Razor, but are a real testament to a local industry that can stand equally tall with major global markets,” said Razor managing partner, Dustin Chick.
Chick shares with us what it means to win the title, Razor PR's journey and how important creativity in public relations is.
There are two ways to think about this, the inward view and the outward view. Inside it’s a reminder of quality (quality thinking, quality creative and quality execution) and living true to our own values. Externally it is about “better PR” and fundamentally reframing the role of strategic comms.
Honestly, a little overwhelmed as it sinks in that this is a “Best in the World” recognition. But beyond that, it's about holding ourselves true to the standards and benchmarks we have set. And then, simply, just keep getting better.
Firstly, let’s recognize that an agency in SA (and not operating in a major international market) won this award, and what it says about the quality of comms work in SA.
I think what set us apart, is a clear focus on measurement, creativity and strategy and how these come together to create real business results for our clients.
Razor was formed by the M&C Saatchi Group in January 2020 with a clear focus on doing PR differently. We spent a significant amount of time crafting a proposition that allowed us to deliver better work. Since then, we have gotten on with it.
When we launched Razor, we made a simple promise – the be a better place for our people, and our clients.
Better isn’t bigger, it's better – doing better work; being better at how we are deliberate in what we do; better at understanding the impact we create.We are undoubtedly a high-performance culture but we spend a lot of time and energy (and money) and making sure the environment we work in places people first and sees them as moms, dads and real people long before anything else.
It's non-negotiable. But creativity comes in many forms.
Creativity is about how you strategically tackle and solve a challenge; creativity is how you craft relevant angles and positions, how you engage stakeholders, how you decide your channels.So, it’s a broader view on challenging just doing things the way they have “always been done”. Then it’s about investing in creative talent – both strategic and conceptual.
It's hard to profile just one, but successful projects include work for The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), Newzroom Afrika, BDO and Tiger Brands. You can view the case studies at https://razorpr.co.za.
Being named the Best Agency in the World stands out by a country mile. But for us, awards are a sign of something more than a trophy – it's about the confidence that its work “that works”.
A few nice campaigns coming in the new year, as well as some further growth of our second office in Cape Town.
I think the measurable impact is probably the most significant focus. Everyone can be busy, but it's about the impact you create that we need to profile our industry. It's all the other ingredients that make this possible