“I want to express my deep appreciation...I sincerely appreciate the amount of time, effort and the level of detail and accountability you have demonstrated on each project for The Occidental and the way you conduct business as a whole.”
Simone is a powerhouse publicist.
Your team always makes my job so much easier!
Simone is your girl. You are in good hands.”
Will look forward to anything you guys come up with, since y’all are the PR wizards “dream team!” I have always marveled at the angles emerging on those press releases for various clients!! Very creative indeed.”
Well, your Southern hospitality kept us full till dinner time. Thank you for the spirited conversation and tips.”
I’ve admired your work for so long, and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to help me do my job. It has meant a great deal to me.
You have been such a HUGE supporter of mine and brought so many great stories to the magazine. I’m so appreciative of all you’ve done
We’re thrilled you are happy with the piece and we always enjoy working with you and your thoughtful, articulate pitches.”
Simone, you get me the best. I trust you on this!”
You guys are really the best. Thanks so much for putting all the work into organizing this. Looking forward to it!”
It’s so hard to measure what fine PR/marketing does - but I can quantify that your effect and positive impact is immeasurable.
[That] was a very well-informed pitch. Thank you… I wasn’t clear if you were pitching to write this as a freelancer. Definitely a great story - strong local angle!
You’ve got a winner here with Simone, she is always prepared with information.”
I’ve enjoyed our many collaborations over the years, I will most fondly remember that first story in Cottage Living! xoxo”
Simone, This is truly cracking me up. Brilliant. Great humor for a good cause.” [On the ‘OctoberBreast: Booze for Boobs’ release from Cured]
I met Simone in the 1990s when she traveled to New York while working for the Windsor Court hotel. She struck me as an absolute original, a young woman who was stylish, fun, and honest—three qualities you rarely encounter together in the public relations field. She was so passionate about her client, and so sure that it was a good fit for my readers, that I actually got on a plane and visited the hotel. It was a wonderful experience, and I’ve been a fan of the Windsor Court and New Orleans ever since. Over the course of the past 15 years, I’ve worked with Simone and her clients on many projects, from travel stories to spa articles to full-scale wedding shoots. (My husband, Bob Payne, who is a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveler, has worked with her on restaurant pieces as well.) I can speak for my colleagues here at the magazine when I say that she is not only creative, but equally reliable and responsive, seeing every undertaking through to the end. We know that Simone understands our audience, and doesn’t waste our time with inappropriate pitches. Any communication that comes from Simone is worth paying attention to. She is a professional I’m so delighted to also call a friend.”
I’ve worked with Simone Rathlé and Simoneink public relations for 17 years, since the conception of my company, Passion Food Hospitality in Washington, DC. When you have Simone on your team, you don’t just have a PR company working with you, you have creative and intuitive person will guide you through concept development, marketing, planning of invitations, special emails - She is a vast spectrum of input and knowledge. Simone has, thru her many contacts in the media world, produced several feature articles, regular article inclusions and so much more. I would highly recommend hiring her not only for her PR skills, but also for her valuable feedback and contributions to all aspects of a hospitality company.”
Simone, we have worked together for many years, you have done an excellent job, we count you as not only a valuable partner, but a very good friend.
Thank you for all that you and your girls do for me. I find myself caught up in life and not looking at all we’ve accomplished. I want you to know I appreciate your effort, time and most of all patience.”
Getting to work with a press/media firm as well known as your would be amazing.”
Identifying the Capital with all the exciting activities throughout the South is the key to our long-range success. Thanks for all your collective efforts in assuring that we were “in that number.”
We have enjoyed working with Simone Rathle for the past three years and will continue our relationship with her as our media consultant due to her creative input, proactive approach to gaining media coverage, detailed follow up, precise preparation for media interviews and presentations, and overseeing the photo shoots and development of our electronic library. Simone has varied her roles as our media relations representative and has positioned several of our restaurants to gain exposure in the local and regional markets. We predominantly work with Simone on our flagship/initial restaurant, Marcel’s, as well as positioning me the Executive Chef/Proprietor/President of a 16 year old company in a strategic and productive manner. Simone’s focus is to gain coverage that goes beyond mentions, but rather feature stories that take time. She has educated me and my team on the importance of patience — that success does not happen over night — and that goes with great media coverage. We do our part in helping Simone have the tools to bring my name and my restaurants to the forefront of the media’s minds. And if we forget or get caught up in other tasks, she is right there reminding us to provide her with that information. Simone is on top of it!”
I have had the pleasure to work with Simone Rathlé and Simoneink since 1998 via a restaurant group of which I was the Executive Pastry Chef. Through her proven ability in media relations, I hired her directly in 2010 to oversee the PR for my own restaurant and cookbook. Simone’s ability to secure quality placement is beyond any other company I have worked with in the past. With Simoneink being a smaller boutique PR firm, I receive personal attention that I would not find at a larger firm where I might get lost in a list of hundreds of clients. Simone and her team at Simoneink are always attentive, professional, and reliable. They understand me personally, my restaurant concept, and where I want to take my business. We have a valuable and trusted partnership, and I am fortunate to have them as members of the Bayou Bakery family.”
I hired Simoneink to promote my first book, Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard, and I could not have been happier with the results. Simone Rathle and her team simply are in the know as to who is who, and their targested campaign was directly responsible for numerous book sales. They have contacts that are key to anyone looking to create a big splash in the New Orleans community and throughout the entire East Coast. As a first time author, it was wonderful to have a seasoned professional that I had total confidence in. In fact, she has worked with several of my colleagues at Hearst, Pamela Fiori, former Editor in Chief of Town & Country Magazine, and editors of both O, The Oprah Magazine and Country Living. Simone has successfully and professionally secured exposure for her clients with several publications under the Hearst umbrella. I have no doubt I will be using Simoneink again for my next book.”