Born from necessity in the heart of Indian Country – New Mexico, USA – 1680PR’s authentic American Indian blood runs deep. A recognized brand name in professional PR services, the “PR” in 1680PR was actually not intended to reference the agency’s area of practice – it is a reverent homage to the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680 – a history that resonates today in the agency’s soul.
Emerging from humble beginnings as an informal Think Tank consultancy to several Native American tribes and enterprises, New Mexico state government, non-profit organizations, established visual fine artists, high-profile personalities, and startup interests, 1680PR quickly evolved into a specialized professional practice, providing expert advice in the particular fields of Public Relations and Strategic Marketing: Positioning, Branding, Media Relations, and Digital Communications.
Our leadership’s early adoption of the first social media platforms propelled 1680PR into the national arena, amassing invitations for appearances at tastemaker events, such as South by Southwest (SXSW), earning fraternal status among a select group of top-ranked social influencers: Marsha Collier, Ekaterina Walter, Allison Aldridge-Saur, Michele Price, Mack Collier, Valeria Maltoni, Leigh Durst, and others.
Meeting with unprecedented early-stage success, some of our first clients include Albuquerque Studios (North America’s largest independent feature film facility: Breaking Bad, Fright Night, Due Date, The Book of Eli, Let Me In, Marvel’s The Avengers), United States Senator and Presidential Candidate Mike Gravel, American Express, New Mexico Tourism Department, “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s final concert tour stakeholders (resulting in production and release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It feature film and assets), New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (the only Cabinet-level department in the United States solely addressing Native Americans), multiple New Mexico Cabinet Secretaries, Heritage Hotels and Resorts (lifestyle-branded luxury resort and hotel properties), Summer Sun Winter Moon feature documentary film, a high-end nightclub brand, NewsCertified Exchange, BlogHer International Conference Events, Laura Smalls’ New York Fashion Week Show, Women Innovate Mobile, Levo League…and a GRAMMY®-winning music group.
Today, 1680PR has expanded its footprint to Los Angeles, Houston, and America’s “Third Coast” where the industries of Music Entertainment, Professional Sports, Technology, and Healthcare converge: Nashville, Tennessee.
As a response to many of our clients’ need for comprehensive outsourced marketing services, we created a specialized marketing department, fueling 1680PR’s aggressive diversification into the multi-national Oil and Gas industry and other B2B verticals. Leveraging the strength of our 1680-branded sister divisions and strategic partnerships, we are supremely positioned to bring a full suite of augmented services to our clients’ respective tables: Outsourced Marketing, Social Media Selling for Sales Teams, Content Creation (Video, Commercial Broadcast, Billboard, Infographic, and more), Exclusive Brand Environment Design (Stadium, Nightclub and Casino Entertainment, Pop-up Retail, and Trade Show Exhibit), Product Packaging (Design, Development, Domestic/Overseas Manufacturing Management), and other leading-edge marketplace disrupters.
We think differently. We are built differently. We operate differently. Our clients tend to like that.
A division of The 1680 Group, LLC (a Native American Women-owned company), 1680PR and our respective sister divisions serve a truly diverse, multi-national client roster. Past and present clients include several B2B and B2C companies and individual brand personalities: Dynamic Air Shelters, Airgas, Bill Miller (3-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, activist, and educator), Entertainment Industry icon Charlie Lico (CL Entertainment: Keith Urban, Trim Healthy Mama, Garth Brooks), GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Jon Vezner, Thunderbird School of Global Management, The Roosevelts Beard Company, NCC Business Services, peermusic (the world’s largest independent music publisher), and scores of others.
A progressive communications consultancy, our work culture and brain trust remain true to 1680PR’s inherent roots: authentic American-Indian values, limitless vision, and maverick attitude. Our chosen namesake best defines the means to the end of every project we touch: we achieve Revolutionary results.
"Ken Lingad is a force to be reckoned with who came to my aid in 2012 at SXSW while I was coordinating 4 events in a 24 hour period with a very high profile tech legend and other talent. He was instrumental in helping us coordinate, execute and secure major media exposure for our events.
The 1680PR team is a stealth force working for the benefit of major personalities in almost every avenue of the media and entertainment realm (and other arenas as well). They are an invisible hand of influence — and they’d never break a confidence for personal gain. I’d highly recommend Ken and his team for their high integrity, no BS, creative, out of the box thinking and awesome results."
"Makayla Telfer ramped our social presence across several platforms, incorporated multiple lead generation campaigns, moved the company onto a new marketing automation system and helped orchestrate meaningful PR for the company. I have been impressed with her knowledge in all aspects of the marketing function, her strong work ethic, and her flexibility in multiple situations."
"1680PR has been a very integral part of our process of repositioning one of our hotels. Ken Lingad is extremely committed to his clients and goes above and beyond to make sure a project is successful. He becomes a part of your team and not just an external consultant. An extremely committed, creative thinker who is extraordinarily knowledgable about the business of public relations, social media, and global trends. 1680PR is a team you can certainly depend on to do whatever it takes to get the job done!"
"Ken conducted several master-class social media campaign strategy workshops and debrief sessions for Women Innovate Mobile and Levo League staff and interns. Eye-opening sessions on the nuances and enormous complexities of the social business world – growing up on Facebook and being social media savvy is not sufficient when the focus is brand growth or new product launch. Women Innovate Mobile directly benefited from Ken’s deep knowledge and expertise…"
Meet our core brain trust – the visionaries leading our experienced collective of maverick communications strategists and relationship engineers: seasoned business development consultants and marketing wunderkinder, tech geeks, a skateboarder, a championship-caliber BBQ enthusiast, nerds who really did rule band camp, craft beer enthusiasts, one chainsmoker, a real viking, and a few beauty queens who are all pretty damn badass.
We aren’t afraid of challenges or crises. We never blink.
We are not a “cheat sheet.” We don’t give answers unless we may explore the questions.
A positive communications exchange is a vital part of our own process. We operate on a system that breaks down without feedback.
Don’t try to do our work for us. You hired us to do things that you cannot.
We do not present unpaid pitches. Our global contacts – rather, “relationship equity” – boundless intellectual creativity, and leading-edge technology resources are our most valuable assets; we will not provide these resources free of charge. What we do offer for free are an introduction to our company and key team members and an initial project/client brief.
We are experienced professionals who work hard (in some cases, around-the-clock) to ensure your success, so pay us.