Every nonprofit, every small business,
needs and deserves an effective communications plan.
You don't need a huge budget.
You need a smart strategy and a good coach.
We're here to help.
WE ARE COMMUNICATION EXPERTS WITH HEART.
Founder Jean Railla has over 20 years of experience in creating digital content. She has launched websites and start-ups, founded and edited web magazines, and spent several years as a copywriter and creative director at R/GA.
WE VALUE YOUR TIME
We work with your team to create better content, instead of more content. By auditing existing digital and social content, we help you streamline and optimize your communications.
WE ARE PASSIONATE EDUCATORS
We don't just provide communication strategies, we can also teach you to create them yourselves. Railla has been part-time faculty at NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication since 2014, and she excels at training teams of all sizes and skill levels.
WE BELIEVE IN DOING GOOD
We help nonprofits and small businesses tell better stories in order to achieve BIG results. From brand strategy and style guides to expert trainings and ongoing support, our custom-crafted toolkits have everything you need to survive these uncertain times.
WE LOVE WHAT WE DO
At the end of the day, we want to see our client thrive. It's why we are selective about the projects we take on. It's why we prioritize people and causes over budgets. It's why, no matter what budget you have, you should get in touch. If it's the right fit, we'll make it work.
We cannot wait to work with you.
Pick and choose services to design a custom toolkit.
Service with a smile.
We have heard from our clients that finding a reliable, copywriter with a deep knowledge of the nonprofit and social good space is difficult. To meet this need, we now offer copywriting services at affordable hourly rates. Whether it is an ongoing project for a few hours each month, a one-time fundraising campaign, or something larger like a social media style guide, we have the experience and expertise to deliver.
Social media and copywriting workshops.
Bring your whole marketing team up to speed with half-day, full-day or multiple-session workshops on digital communications. We create customized trainings on writing for the web, email marketing, and social media best practices. Each training includes a planning meeting and follow-up call to insure success.
Build your brand from the ground up.
Think of brand strategy as the foundation for all communications. Starting with a research phase that includes competitive analysis, audience articulation, and interviews with key stakeholders, we collaborate with your team to develop a tagline, mission statement, core values and your unique selling propositions.
Expert advice for your next conference.
Founder Jean Railla is a frequent guest speaker on topics ranging from Feminism and Social Media and Advertising for Social Good to Branding for Nonprofits. She brings energy, humor, and twenty years of branding and advertising experience and ten years of high eduation to her speaking engagements.
NY LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY
Services Provided: Tagline Development
Railla Creative developed taglines for the rebranding of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, a trusted and respected voice for preservation laws and policies at every level of government. Working with Suzy Jurist and Associates, we explored the underlying emotion at the heart of NYLC — love.
QUEST TO LEARN
Services Provided: Content Strategy and Copywriting
Quest to Learn is an innovative public middle and high school in Manhattan where the curriculum is co-developed with game designers. Working with Quest middle school parents, Railla Creative provided content strategy and copywriting services that highlighted this novel and innovative approach to education. Employing open-ended questions, student and teacher testimonials, and press clips, we created a playful, game-like approach to the web site.
Services Provided: Social Media Training
Feminist Camp believes in empowering feminists to visualize and pursue their goals. They offer week-long intensives for women in NYC, Seattle and Zambia where campers meet with feminists working on the ground for social change. For their New York City cohort, Railla Creative led a workshop on using social media to tell your own authentic story.
Services Provided: Social Media Training
Railla Creative was hired to lead a workshop for the communications team at Baruch College (CUNY), one of the top public business schools in the US. The Baruch team were experts in higher education and writing for their market, but not comfortable communicating in the digital space. Developing curricula that spoke specifically to the people in the room, our training covered everything from eye-tracking studies, to research on UX best practices for writing online, to analyzing case studies from other colleges and universities.
Services Provided: Brand Strategy and Copywriting
Working hand-in-hand with the founder and CEO of The Collaborative, a new psychotherapy practice in Greenwich Village, Railla Creative delivered a toolkit that included everything from brand strategy and story to taglines and web copy. Our approach was collaborative and open, discovering together the most authentic way to communicate what it was that makes this practice unique.
CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM
Service Provided: Social Media Training
The C4AA is a nonprofit that works with social justice organizations around the globe. They have pioneered a practice of mixing arts and activism in ways that drive engagement and results, and equally important, create a sense of 'wow' for everyone involved. Railla Creative led a social media workshop for the directors of the C4AA and their social media manager. For this culturally savvy crew, we eschewed best practices and instead asked them to play a game of make believe. As a group, we developed several fictional characters that represented their current and potential audience. The profiles we brainstormed were detailed— names, locations, mottos, binges, playlists, guilty pleasures. By doing this, the team was able to build empathy for their audience and think about meaningful ways to connect with them.
Railla Creative is like a one-woman band with the occasional drummer. In other words, when you hire us you get me. I am the creative lead on every project, I am on every client call, and I lead every training. When needed, I have a network of designers, programmers, writers and producers that I call upon.
I have over twenty years of experience telling stories though books, articles, websites, ad campaigns, advertorials, mobile apps, film scripts.
I created the indie website Get Crafty: Making Art Out of Everyday Life and was the author of Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec (Random House). In 2005, I helped launch etsy.com.
A former creative director and producer at R/GA, I worked on several national campaigns and digital tools for clients including Nike, Walmart, Johnson and Johnson and IBM.
Since 2014, I have been a part-time professor at New York University's Department of Media, Culture and Communication. I teach courses on "Ad Campaigns" and "Advertising for Social Good."
A lifelong feminist and slow food enthusiast with a BA in Women's Studies and an MA in Food Studies, I seek work that is close to my heart. With Railla Creative, my focus is on helping small businesses, nonprofits and grassroots organizations tell better stories and employ smarter communications strategies.
“Because of Jean Railla, our social media team are now digital professionals. She helped us craft an outline for our strategy going forward, presented examples of success by other universities and explained their process, and taught us valuable writing tips and tricks. The pace of the 4-hour workshop was breezy and fun while covering a wide range of important topics."
JEAN STRONG, DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, BARUCH COLLEGE
“I recommend Railla for any project that requires thoughtful strategy combined with inspired creativity, a deep understanding of cultural trends, and the ability to prompt user engagement.
KIM TAYLOR, FOUNDER, THE COPY LAB
“Jean creates brilliant branding from concept to copy. Given her vast experience and finger on the pulse of cultural and digital trends, she produces results with insight and ease.”
SANDY FERSHEE, FOUNDER, FRANK FIRST MOBILE DESIGN
Railla Creative is located in downtown NYC.
Contact us at email@example.com.
We can't wait to hear from you!