Bospar a finalist for three PR Drum Awards

Bospar SF Pride

Bospar demonstrates industry leadership with Agency Team, Crisis and Leader of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO — Oct. 26,, 2023 — Bospar, the “politely pushy” PR and marketing firm that puts tech companies on the map, today announced it has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Drum Awards for PR 2023 for Agency Team of the Year and Crisis categories. Curtis Sparrer, principal and co-founder of Bospar, was named a finalist for Leader of the Year. 

The winners will be announced on Dec. 1 during the Drum Awards Festival, a two-week-long event involving 15 awards ceremonies recognizing creative brilliance across the marketing industry. The more than 750 judges are global chief marketing officers. The 2023 Drum Awards participants produced work for big-name brands such as ASICs, Dorito’s, Dove, eBay, Expedia Group, The Lego Group, Paramount+ and Paramount Pictures.

“We are honored to be among the Drum Awards finalists this year. We work very hard internally to keep the creative ideas and strategic client impacts flowing continuously,” said Sparrer. “These awards mean a lot to me and our employees, clients and prospects; it’s another proof point demonstrating to clients they’ve made the right decision to partner with Bospar.”

Agency Team of the Year and Crisis Nominations

The Agency Team and Crisis nominations celebrate Bospar’s work with the San Francisco Pride LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization. With the nation facing a relentless wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, the 53rd annual San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration on June 26, 2023, assumed even greater significance. For example, sponsors were folding under political pressure, and the soft economic climate curbed corporate donations.

Two days before announcing the headliner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, controversy erupted after the performer issued transphobic tweets. This Twitter storm inundated the media and was an inflection point for SF Pride. Should Pride move forward with the rallying cry of “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” one of Twisted Sister’s most resonant hits, or part ways to make SF Pride’s zero transphobia position crystal clear? 

Bospar counseled SF Pride to stay strong, reframing the narrative to position the organization as emerging as a catalyst for change and champion of equality – highlighting the need for donations to fund SF Pride’s event. The secret sauce was establishing SF Pride as a go-to thought leader for trans-rights and LGBTQ+ progress and economic ambassadors for San Francisco’s beleaguered image – offering a respite from the doom loop coverage. Bospar generated more than 500 pieces of coverage in the lead-up to SF Pride. Outlets included Rolling Stone, NPR, Associated Press

Leader of the Year Nomination

The Leader of the Year nomination was based on Sparrer’s transformative impact on client organizations and spearheading social justice initiatives.  . 

Under his leadership, Bospar stands up for social justice. Sparrer made national news with “Bospar Messes With Texas” – the nation’s first program to offer employees full relocation money over abortion restrictions. Fortune named Bospar to its inaugural list of America’s Most Innovative Companies. 

Bospar was also the only PR agency to support the San Francisco Press Club’s 45th anniversary. Over 200 Bay Area Journalists attended. He empaneled reporters from Bloomberg, Reuters, VentureBeat, and Wired to discuss the impact of AI in the newsroom at Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus.

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Bospar is the award-winning “politely pushy” tech and health public relations and marketing agency. The firm, which launched in 2015, provides clients with national support thanks to its distributed agency model. Bospar’s staff includes marketing and PR experts and veteran journalists from top-tier tech and business media. The agency’s strategic and creative thinkers excel in earned and social media, analyst and investor relations, content creation and placement, and public affairs. Leaders from brands – including Alkermes, Standigm, Marqeta, Snowflake and Unisys – trust Bospar to drive category leadership for disruptive technologies and solutions.

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