Category Archive: Orlando Public Relations Event

Council of 101 Hosts Festival of Trees Media Preview

The 29th Annual Festival of Trees took place at the Orlando Museum of Art. We have had the pleasure of working with Council of 101 for several years, and it was an honor to organize their media preview kicking off the 2015 Festival of Trees event.


A media preview is beneficial to any business. It can offer a promotional boost in advance of an event opening or product launch, and it gives you the opportunity to spotlight your unique angles for an audience that is equipped to spread the word far and wide.


Media events rely on having not only the proper contacts, but the right approach. A specific structure is expected for a successful media event as well. We pride ourselves on our ability to help you put your best foot forward for the most appropriate audience.


Many thanks to the media guests in attendance, and kudos to Council of 101 for another enchanting display! The organization has raised over $6.5 million dollars benefiting the arts, children’s programs, and the museum.

Public relations provides a recipe for success for restaurants on Orlando’s International Drive

Though new food fads are created daily in the restaurant business, it is often the old favorite dishes and drinks that are top sellers.

The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360

The same is true is in restaurant marketing. Public relations – announcing your story before everyone else does it for you – has been around for years. Some might say that public relations and its main dish, the press release, are old news in today’s digital age. Yet PR is still the building block for restaurant success and a key step to customer credibility.

For owners with an eye on the bottom line, restaurant PR can produce results. It can get people talking about your restaurant, your new space or your new menu.

Wellons Communications has had success with restaurants across the Sunshine State, launching new restaurants and keeping existing brands in the public eye – no matter where the customer gets their news.

This month kicks off the  celebration for Orlando I-Drive 360, a new entertainment complex with the Orlando Eye, attractions and host of wonderful shopping and dining options. Our agency is proud to play a part in the promotion of this new mecca for tourists. We were honored to open Tin Roof, a restaurant and live music venue, as well as Cowgirls Rockbar.

We also opened and partied with McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the neighboring complex Vue at 360. For each of the openings we used public relations to help find qualified staff, educate food media on new signature dishes and create credible media buzz that brings people in the door.

At Wellons Communications, we don’t make the food – but we do make it sizzle.

In Public Relations, sometimes it is the small audiences that matter


Barnie’s Coffee & Tea held a pep rally this month in Baldwin Park for the Orlando Magic playoff run and to announce its new limited-time-only coffee appropriately named Orlando Magic Blend.

The rally generated coverage from NBA Web sites, Orlando TV, The Orlando Sentinel and even far away coffee trades. From a pure public relations standpoint, the event was a huge hit. Barnie’s Coffee & Tea owner Phil Jones was gracious and charming with the crowd as they waited to get autographs from former Magic Player Bo Outlaw, get pictures taken with the Magic Girls or spin the Magic prize wheel.

But the real hit of this event cannot be judged solely by media coverage or the number of blue & white Magic Blend coffee bags sold. The best word-of-mouth advertising came from a group of school children from Audobon Park Elementary School, who took a lunch break from their studies and visited with the Magic Girls and played with Stuff. The kids too young for Orlando Magic Blend quenched their thirst with tasty peach lemonade.

A few days after the event, Barnie’s received hand-written notes from the kids thanking them for the event and expressing the fun they had. Those notes can now be seen at the Baldwin Park Store for all Magic and Barnie’s fans to enjoy.

Goes to show you: Uplifting the community provides its own great PR.

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