Rock Candy Media
|Founder||Annie Liao Jones|
|Headquarters||5900 Balcones Drive #205, Austin, Texas 78731, United States|
Rock Candy Media (RCM) is a marketing firm based in Austin, Texas, in the United States.
Rock Candy Media (RCM) is a full-service digital marketing and interactive advertising agency based in Austin, Texas. The company was founded in 2009 by Annie Liao Jones, who continues to serve as its chief executive officer (CEO). In addition to advertising and marketing consultation, RCM offers full service communications, marketing strategy, press releases, print and web design, print consultation and vendor sourcing.
In 2011, RCM launched an online marketing division to expand its portfolio of services, including custom affiliate marketing, email marketing, online pay per click marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and online mobile app creation. By 2012, RCM's staff included a creative director, two designers, a social media manager, a copywriter, and a developer. That year, the Austin-based content management consultancy DigitHaus named RCM the design agency for its app division, and Sirena Water Wear named RCM its agency of record to promote a line of tailored shorts geared for fishing.
In 2015, the company moved to a single, 1,000-square-foot office space at Balcones Drive and MoPac Expressway in North Austin to accommodate its video production department and increased staff of nine employees. The company confirmed Austin Area Birthing Center, Dobie Center, Realty Austin, and TekSavers as clients and projected $600,000 in revenue based on its first quarter performance. In August, the San Antonio-based video production company Geomedia expanded into Austin, sharing office space with RCM.
The company's other clients have included Alexander Cole & Associates, ArthroCare, Austin Cancer Centers, Baldirama Restaurant Group, Bennett Flaherty PLLC, ContactWorks, RVRhino, and SugarPaper Press.
Rock Candy Life
In 2010, RCM launched a sister retail company and lifestyle brand called Rock Candy Life (RCL). RCL began selling a line of environmentally-friendly shower curtains made from PVC-free vinyl. The recyclable, biodegradable curtains began retailing for $25 and was intended to be the first product in a line of bathroom accessories. In April 2013, Austin Business Journal reported that Jones invested $50,000 to launch RCL, which earned $5,500 in 2010 and $40,000 in 2012 (a 627 percent increase). That same month, Upstart Business Journal named Jones one of its five "Entrepreneurs of the Week" for running RCM and launching RCL. Despite the product's success, RCL was shut down by the end of 2014.
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