Sonnhalter Receives 2011 Silver Davey Award for Insider’s Guide Trade Show Initiative

by | Feb 1, 2012

Sonnhalter Receives 2011 Silver Davey Award for Insider’s Guide Trade Show Initiative

BEREA, Ohio – February 2012 – Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, received a Silver Davey Award in the Seventh Annual International Davey Awards competition for 2011. Sonnhalter received the award in the Promotional – Specialty Item category for its Insider’s Guides trade show initiative.

The Davey Awards honor the finest creative work from small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. The Davey Awards are named after King David who defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock. The story resembles what small firms do each year by deriving strength from big ideas instead of big budgets.

Sonnhalter developed the Insider’s Guides initiative to improve the trade show experience for the exhibitor by offering a guide to the trade show host city. The Insider’s Guides list area restaurants, bars, transportation, entertainment and sightseeing opportunities that were recommended by “insiders” as the places where the locals go. The guides included in the Davey Awards entry were for trade shows in Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston and Phoenix.

The cities featured in the Insider’s Guides were selected based on the industry trade shows that the agency attends within its clients’ markets. Materials within the Insider’s Guides initiative, and Davey Award entry, included printed and electronic versions of the guides, quick reference Insider’s Guide cards, trade publication cover wraps and “Sonnhalter Sacks” with refreshment and entertainment items for trade show exhibitors.

“The Insider’s Guides are Sonnhalter’s way of helping exhibitors find a great place to eat in an unfamiliar city,” said Matt Sonnhalter, vision architect at Sonnhalter.

Sonnhalter continues to offer Insider’s Guides for trade show cities. The firm recently released the Insider’s Guide to San Antonio, the host city for the November 2011 STAFDA Convention. The San Antonio guide is available on Sonnhalter’s website along with the other Insider’s Guides:

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About Sonnhalter

Established in 1976, Sonnhalter is the leading B2T marketing communications firm to companies that target professional tradesmen in construction, industrial and MRO markets. Sonnhalter’s brand identity highlights its expertise in marketing to the professional tradesmen. Its tagline, “Not Afraid To Get Our Hands Dirty,” promotes the employees’ willingness to roll up their sleeves and dig deep into clients’ businesses, also, it refers to the market it targets: the tradesmen who work with – and dirty – their hands every day. Sonnhalter developed the acronym “B2T,” which stands for “business-to-tradesmen” to capture the essence of its specialty. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Sonnhalter was named one of BtoB Magazine’s Top Agencies. For more information, visit the company website at or visit the company blog at

About The Davey Awards

The Davey Awards honors the “Davids” of creativity, the smaller agencies, companies, or organizations with annual billings or revenues below certain levels. Each year, The Davey Awards honors winners who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets.

The Davey Awards is judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only organization consisting of top-tier media, advertising and marketing professionals from the world’s leading organizations and firms. For more information about the Davey Awards, visit

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