Our Story

Mainland was established in 2019, but our story starts more than a decade earlier, when Mainland CEO Nick Powills worked for another PR firm.

After pitching some decidedly forward-thinking ideas to deaf ears, Nick was fed up with the PR world’s refusal to embrace a changing communications landscape. Social media was a fad, his boss told him, and digital publications couldn’t compete with their print counterparts. Nick disagreed. That was Nick’s why.

So, in 2008, Nick struck out on his own and built a small consulting firm called No Limit Media Consulting. Drawing from a career in journalism and public relations, Nick imbued his company with a spirit of innovation and modernization and a dedication to compelling storytelling that continues to drive the business today.

Today, our Why Now is built from our integrated approach, scalable pricing model, and a service delivery unlike any other agency. Ready to stop wasting your budget? Ready for your last agency?

Why Mainland?

There are a million agencies out there. Thus, picking the right one becomes more challenging. We have studied, extensively, why brands stay with an agency. We feel as if we have taken the proper steps to nail this. How? By prioritizing the following:

Story Hunters

Great Talent

Great Tech

Results Focused

Meet the Visionaries

With talent, we have invested in our location, in our ongoing training, in the implementation of Traction/EOS within our four walls, in our recruiting, and in sustaining talent and creativity.

Ben Warren

Managing Editor

Cassidy McAloon

Director

Eliza Larson

Account Manager

Jeremy Kesselman

Project Manager

Julie Green

Account Manager

Lauren Moorman

Senior Vice President

Lauren Turner

Vice President

Matt Puttin

Media Relations Manager

Nick Powills

CEO

Salman Gilani

Graphic Designer

Sharon Powills

Chief Financial Officer

After PR came Technology &
Content Integration

At a time when many brands were scaling back operations to survive the recession, No Limit offered its clients a new and better way to put their best stories in front of new audiences and attract increasingly rare leads. That work did not go unnoticed, and No Limit quickly became one of the few emerging companies to not only survive the Great Recession, but to grow. And it grew a lot. Before long, No Limit Media Consulting became a full-fledged PR firm called No Limit Agency. Soon after that, No Limit introduced 1851 Franchise, a business-to-business magazine and content-marketing platform that quickly became a hub for the franchise world and a powerful marketing tool for No Limit’s clients. Then, No Limit’s ESTATENVY magazine did the same for the real estate industry.

Now, that company is much more than just a PR agency. It is publishing, it is digital marketing, it is website development, it is data analytics, it is sales strategy and so much more.

And now, it is Mainland, a storytelling consultancy built to rewrite the definition of content marketing.

Think of Mainland as Voltron, the ultimate super robot combining the powers of all the best services No Limit has introduced over the past decade-plus. The only thing missing is the super sword. But we’re working on that.

How Mainland is Results Driven

From day one, our focus has been on a consistency of strong placements. How do we achieve this? We know journalists hate follow-up phone calls that start with, “have you seen my press release?” so, we reversed it. We started calling with the story first and, if interested, we followed up with more information. While the call-first approach can be intimidating, it is critical to our success. But the pitching process won’t work without a great story. This is why we say “brands don’t sell brands, people do.” We have to nail the human-interest stories in order to have a fighting chance at securing meaningful media coverage.

With great stories in hand, we researched consistency as it related to results, trying to find definition to the value of public relations. We took Checkers & Rally’s and looked at weeks when we secured press and weeks we didn’t. When we booked press, leads went up and when we didn’t, leads went down. This is the first part of the puzzle, the next piece is studying the analytics to create insights and identify areas for maximization of budget.

Now, comes making you the leader in your category. How do we do that?

  • Clearly define the “why you“/”why now.” Clearly, you have success stories, but are lacking the discipline in positioning.
  • Hunt for amazing stories – humans first (webinars, validators).
  • Create a strategy for telling those stories.
  • Tell them.
  • Merchandize the media.
  • Give the company the tools to continue the story
  • Get the Right Personas in the Right Markets Talking About You
  • Hunt for amazing stories – humans first (webinars, validators).
  • Create a strategy for telling those stories.

…and then we apply the Mainland way.

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