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We ensure that digital brands and projects attain media attention.


We deliver results

Achieving and surpassing goals – that’s easiest with experienced professionals. Every project is overseen by a senior team, which not only comes up with great concepts but turns them into results.

We give everything

How do we get new business? Almost entirely via recommendations. To make sure that it stays that way, we apply all our expertise and connections to get the best possible result for every single client.

We work flexibly

Communication solutions off the rack? You won’t find those with us. We think that every assignment deserves an individual approach. Especially as the digital industry is prone to quickly shifting priorities. We remain flexible and adjust our course of action accordingly.

We challenge ourselves

Just do it? Sure, but we also constantly challenge ourselves: Is this really the best course of action? How can we optimize results? We are a true partner, on eye level with our clients so that together we can achieve the best possible results.

Team

We are a team of experienced consultants and senior consultants who enjoy impactful communications and collaboration.


From our “pre-life” we know not only how agencies operate but businesses too. That enables us to understand the processes, interests, arguments and objectives of our clients.

Every assignment is carried out passionately and professionally by an individual senior team.


Our management team

Anja Weinhold
Founder and Managing Director

Anja Weinhold is an experienced communications professional who has worked both in-house and in agencies in Germany and abroad. Before founding HotDot Communications, she headed PR and marketing for an eBay subsidiary.  Before its acquisition by the marketplace, she was responsible for its communications in the UK, France and Germany. Prior to that, Anja Weinhold was senior vice president at a global PR agency in Frankfurt and San Francisco, consulting clients from consumer goods and technology.

Sascha Krieger
Senior PR Consultant

Sascha has considerable experience in PR, corporate and internal communications, both in agencies and in-house. Before starting at HotDot in 2014, he was head of corporate communication at an IT security provider in Berlin for several years. Prior to that he worked as a senior consultant in several agencies, where he advised companies from different sectors, such as real estate, construction or social services. After studies in English and literature, he began his career as a PR officer at an IT industry association in Stuttgart.

Christian Soult
Senior PR Consultant

Christian “discovered” PR as a student more than 20 years ago, while working for a student consulting firm. Instead of becoming an engineer, he opted for a PR career in agencies and in-house in Hamburg and Munich.  Arriving in Berlin over ten years ago, he was excited by the emerging digital scene and the challenge of communicating innovation and new technologies to the public. He has been responsible for the media relations of various start-ups for several years, before joining HotDot in 2011.

Services

We design and implement tailored communication concepts.


Where? In Germany and elsewhere via our network Over There.

Primary objectives

Increase awareness
Enhance credibility
Build brand
Generate leads


Main disciplines

Media Relations

Our core competence: We get businesses, brands, products and people into the media – print, TV, radio and digital channels. This is best done via storytelling, a deep understanding of media and the way it works, and good contacts to media representatives.

Influencer Relations

Experts, bloggers, social media stars also influence opinions about a business, product or service. We collaborate with them to design authentic campaigns that are suitable for both the influencer and the brand.

Speaker’s Bureau

Presentations at conferences are perfect for increasing attention and demonstrating expertise. We select relevant forums and place business representatives as speakers.

PR Stunts

We put the spotlight on brands in high-profile PR stunts that get talked about in both social and traditional media. How? Not as an end in itself, but with a clear return on investment as the goal.

Content-PR

Those who can tell exciting stories have a clear advantage. We create relevant, search engine optimized content for internal and external channels. By using free as well as paid forms of content distribution, we ensure a wide reach and a high number of leads.

Social Media

Communication is most effective when stories are synchronized across and tailored to different channels. HotDot adapts messages for social media, designs customized campaigns and manages all ongoing communications.

References

Our clients are major digital industry players as well as innovative start-ups.

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News

Our brief monthly review: What exciting things happened for our clients and at HotDot?

March 2019

According to a survey commissioned by Turo, one in five car owners are open to sharing their car with others – several regional media reported on the results.

Pinterest analyzed the global wedding trends: Couples around the world go for a smaller, more intimate wedding.

As the cost of international money transfers has continued to rise, TransferWise demanded that financial service providers immediately implement planed EU regulations – Handelsblatt reported.

Oply has opened three more neighborhoods in Hamburg and offers car sharing in less central parts of the city which were previously hardly serviced.

Offerista has the popular shopping app Bring! won as a premium partner for his publisher network.

February 2019

On the occasion of its one year anniversary in Germany, Turo introduced the Turo Private Sharing Index that measures people’s affinity towards private sharing. The result: Younger people, men as well as low and high earners are particularly open to private sharing.

Pinterest analyzed people’s tattoo preferences around the world: Argentinians love to put their soccer team on their skin, French like pink minimalism, Japanese moon and Germans keltic designs.

Oply also started in Berlin with its zonal car-sharing service to replace the private car after previously launching in Munich and Hamburg.

January 2019

New year resolutions are fun if turned into challenges. So many people went to Pinterest to find the one that is right for them.

A study showed that international money transfers became much more expensive with leading financial institutions in 2018. Many newspapers reported and mentioned TransferWise as a fair and low-cost alternative.

In several interviews, GoFundMe manager Jeannette Gusko talked about the company’s strategy and activities in Switzerland – with coverage in, among others, Handelszeitung and Luzerner Zeitung.

The Offerista Group announced a tripling of the campaigns in its own push network. Retailer increasingly use this marketing channel with click-through rates up to 45 percent.

December 2018

In Germany, at least 12 million private cars remain unused during Christmas. This is the result of a representative survey conducted by P2P car sharing provider Turo.

5,000 new campaigns and more than 7 million euros in donations: GoFundMe’s first year in Germany was very successful.

Money as a Christmas gift? TransferWise explained how to do it right. More on freundin.de.

Oply Cares launched car sharing for good causes in Hamburg and provided vehicles for a charity party of Never play alone – Sankt Pauli e.V.

Pinterest already gave a sneak peek into the new year and published the top 100 trends for 2019. We are looking forward to pegan food, sleep logs and cropped banks among many other things.

Image: (c) Pinterest

November 2018

TransferWise introduced a debit card for companies and enables real-time money transfers. In an interview with SPIEGEL Online, CEO Kristo Käärmann explained why transparence in so important in the case of international money transfers.

GoFundMe’s Jeannette Gusko talked to Kurier und Wiener Zeitung about GoFundMe launching in Austria. In a survey, GoFundMe found out that millennials love giving money to support others – BILD.de reported.

Pinterest published the Holiday Report which not only went down well with media but also made us want Christmas to come up faster.

Oply expanded its service in Munich with 30 additional brand new cars and 14 neighbourhoods. In Hamburg, TV news program “NDR Hamburg Journal” covered Oply’s October launch.

October 2018

In a comprehensive interview with digital magazine LEAD, GoFundMe manager Jeannette Gusko talked about how digitalisation is changing social fundraising.

October was all about Halloween with Pinterest: It published the dedicated Pinterest Halloween Report and we organized a media workshop that brought the best Pinterest Halloween ideas to life.

In a representative survey, TransferWise found that more and more Germans would like to live abroad for a while – dpa reported.

Oply launched its service in Hamburg with 100 cars in 44 neighbourhoods.

EMnify was awarded the “AWS IoT Competency” by Amazon Web Services.

September 2018

TransferWise announced 75% revenue growth in the 2018 financial year.

In a comprehensive interview with banking blog “Der Bank Blog”, Bondora’s CEO talked about P2P loans as an attractive investment and the new product Go & Grow.

Pinterest published two global reports, one about the hottest fashion trends in 11 countries worldwide, the other about what Pinterest users love most in beauty. From beauty to scary: The best costumes, make-up, decoration and food ideas were captured in the Halloween Report. We also thought of all Oktoberfest lovers with the top hairstyles and Dirndls on Pinterest.

Benjamin Baumann, former Managing Director of C3, launched the new agency FRASER with 15 digital professionals including former colleagues of C3 and Antoni.

Image: Pinterest

August 2018

The Offerista Group, which operates barcoo, has taken over the Austrian market leader for digital brochures wogibtswas.at.

Hot August, hot Pinterest stories: Media loved beating the heat wave with the best Pinterest hacks to cool down and the top waterproof mascara. Going into Fall, we announced the best ideas to get back to everyday life after the summer break with the Pinterest ‚Back to life report‘. Fashion media picked up the Pinterest trend color of the season – ‚Terracotta‘ – with great new Pinterest streetstyle looks.

GoFundMe announced its planned expansion into Austria and Switzerland and Jeannette Gusko’s appointment as Senior Regional Manager for the region.

TransferWise campaigns for full cost transparency for international money transfers and a proposed EU regulation – and has been interviewed about it by Handelsblatt.

Image: © Pinterest

July 2018

Munich’s mayor inaugurated two new mobility stations, among others with cars from Oply.

A TransferWise analysis revealed that every Eurozone traveller loses 110 Euros a year in hidden fees when exchanging money.

A group of friends from Berlin organised a garbage-free music festival and raised funds on GoFundMe – Berlin media responded very positively.

Together with Pinterest we presented the top summer hacks to beat the heat wave which we also tried first hand in our office. They work!

Image: © Oply

June 2018

GoFundMe raised money for a wasteless music festival in Berlin and fulfilled a young bridal dress designer’s dream of presenting at the Berlin Fashion Week.

Bondora launched its innovative growth account Go & Grow for beginners and experienced investors alike.

TransferWise announced their first partnerships with French and British banks and is now available for millions more people.

Pinterest published the summer party trends 2018 and suddenly we felt like throwing a stargazing party whilst sipping pepper gin cocktails.

For Sleep Day, Deliveroo issued tips for a good night’s sleep together with nutritionist Dr. Brigitte Bäuerlein and created a special smoothie.

Oply has launched its “Oply Cares” program in Munich to provide car sharing vehicles free of charge to nonprofit organizations for events.

Image: (c) Linda Lang

May 2018

TransferWise published an independent price comparison for international money transfers which proved: German banks’ transfer costs remain high and intransparent.

Deliveroo created special food cravings for mothers-to-be on Mother’s Day and analysed  the top dishes ordered during games of the Bundesliga season .

Pinterest announced the Summer party trends for 2018 and we organized a denim workshop.

With Oply’s tips for Munich’s outskirts, summer can start in a station wagon or in a convertible.

GoFundMe raised money for the large rally against the kindergarten crisis in Berlin and support young karate fighters on their way to the world championships.

Image: © TransferWise

April 2018

Pinterest published the home trends for 2018 and launched enhanced features for people with reduced vision.

Deliveroo is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe according to FT 1000.

TransferWise launched the first multi-currency account and debit card for everyone.

A social worker from Duisburg raises money on GoFundMe for videos against anti-semitism among young people.

HotDot accompanied Bondora for their first ever presentation at Germany’s leading investor trade show Invest.

Midem announced the finalists for the Artists Accelerator 2018.

Oply now knows exactly what the Munich car owners want and launches the campaign for new car-sharing offer.

Photo: © Pinterest

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T: +49 30 84712118-0
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International

Is there someone like you in France, Great Britain or the United States?


We get this question a lot, since many businesses appreciate the benefits of a boutique agency. And the answer is: Yes! HotDot is the co-founder of the international PR network ‘Over There Group’, a collaboration of independent, boutique PR agencies. Together we support fast-growing technology brands and businesses by planning and implementing their communications in the European markets and other key international markets.

International PR with a dedicated, single point of contact and the professionalism and passion of a boutique agency.


 

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