Welcome to the Informed Engagement Network. 

We’re skilled researchers, strategists and content producers—passionate about helping clients grow their business and influence.

OUR PROMISE 

We drive top-line revenue, market share and influence.

Content marketing for Fortune 100 health care company: Grew social traffic 40X, tripled mobile referral, doubled enterprise Google-indexed pages.

Digital marcom campaign for broadband services industry: Short-term results included 11M search impressions, 352K site visits, 334K video views and 24K qualified leads.

Research + target marketing in global supply chain space: Following a period with no deals in 18 months, 25% of targets reached out directly to client and 65% socialized content directly with cohorts. After campaign, the first 4 deals closed in the next 6 months.

Twitter thought-leadership for Fortune 100 healthcare company: Site traffic increased 535%, delivering 2K qualified leads and beating industry benchmarks by 50%.

Awareness campaign for TV entertainment industry: Garnered 4M search impressions, 100K site visits and 100% increase in engagement, doubling CPM efficiency.

COVID19 ”blitz” blog campaign in healthcare industry: 1 million emails with 31% open rate
and 265,000 site visits.

WHAT WE DO

 

Research

 

IEN combines the ability to find and harvest the most relevant digital information with the tenacity and veracity of traditional hard-nosed journalism. We are part intelligence agency, part newsroom. Combined, we’re able to provide our clients with the best data, insights and information about their industry and customers to make better decisions, faster.

 

 

Strategy

 

IEN builds on our research and insights to develop business, brand, content & distribution strategies. IEN works with clients to identify value propositions that drive top-line growth and influence with key target audiences. IEN’s production and distribution roadmaps guide the format, frequency, channels and platforms so your content can deliver measurable results.

 

 

Content 

 

IEN finds the creative talent that best fits your content needs, whether it’s a writer with healthcare expertise, a skilled videographer or an expert who is skilled at optimizing LinkedIn profiles. We transform research and strategy into precise messaging with the right voice and tone, driving powerful storytelling that inspires, educates and persuades.

 

OUR DIFFERENCE

We apply the skills of journalists to get better results like no other agency in the world.

Our Journalistic Approach

Our team has conducted more than 50,000 interviews in pursuit of tens of thousands of stories. The core competencies needed to succeed in these endeavors—investigative ability, tenacity and creativity—are the foundation of our approach.

Our outcomes are fact-based, authentic and impactful

Fact-Finding

We conduct research and intelligence to reveal truths and insights. 

Content Strategy & Production

We blend research and strategy to create informed content with the power to engage, influence and persuade.

News as Content Marketing

We produce and distribute unique, cost-effective and source-agnostic news on behalf of brands.

OUR TEAM

We’re skilled journalists and strategists.

Rick Kupchella

Rick Kupchella

Founder / CEO

“None of us is as good as all of us.” –Ray Kroc, McDonald’s co-founder

Tim Sherno

Tim Sherno

SVP Research & Strategy

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.” –Samuel Johnson

Becky Nahm

Becky Nahm

SVP Content Production

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.” –Edward R. Murrow

Peter Lecy

Peter Lecy

Finance & Operations

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” –John F. Kennedy

Paul Hillen

Paul Hillen

Business & Go-to-Market Strategy

“A great strategy is not just a set of choices of what you will do, but also what you will not do.”

Sarah Elbert

Sarah Elbert

Senior Director of Content Strategy / Director of Client Services

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” –Mark Twain

Maria Reitan

Maria Reitan

Strategist

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” –Shirley Chisholm, congresswoman

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

Digital Strategist

“The most powerful delivery system ever invented for an idea is a story.” –Aaron Sorkin

Anne Cowan

Anne Cowan

Communications Strategist

“Truth is a point of view, but authenticity can’t be faked.” –Peter Guber, producer

Macarena Garcia

Macarena Garcia

Business Development Manager

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
–Albert Einstein

OUR PROCESS

You Can Expect Us To

Know What Questions to Ask

Interrogate the Facts

Distill Complexity

Think Critically

Defend Authenticity

Influence Change

Succeed

OUR CLIENTS

We partner for results.

THE ELEVATE BLOG

 

Insights & Research

What are explainer videos and why do they work?

At the Informed Engagement Network (IEN), we produce content in a variety of media for a wide range of platforms. All of it — in fact, everything we do — is built on a foundation of journalistic integrity and starts with rigorous research that includes audience...

Innovation is moving faster than ever: Is your company keeping up?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a company that doesn’t want to own innovation in its space. The word innovation comes from the Latin novus, meaning “new,” and it’s about creating something new: a totally new product or a new way of doing something or thinking. While the...

Why Brands Should Become News Publishers

Companies are so much more than the products or services they deliver — but not every brand is fully leveraging its capacity to connect and influence. In a global survey of 375,000 people, the media agency Havas found that 84% of respondents expected brands to produce...

So You Want to Sell to Gen Z?

Every generation has its stereotypes: Gen X doesn’t want to grow up. Millennials are self-involved and saddled with debt — but they do have great taste in houseplants and color (see: Millennial Pink). Gen Z are digital natives who will save the world with their...

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