AIG Advisor Group needed to seamlessly communicate the complex divestiture of its wealth management business from the larger global insurer. The firm was under intense pressure by Carl Icahn to achieve value in the eyes of shareholders and Wall Street. KCD PR was tasked with managing AIG’s brand separation and communicating its value as the standalone firm Advisor Group.
“KCD PR been an outstanding marketing and communication partner of AIG Advisor Group. They are a smart, nimble team that has created a strategic vision for our communication efforts, resulting in greater awareness of our brand and positioning AIG Advisor Group as a leading player in the independent brokerage space.”
– James B. Brown, Executive Vice President, AIG Advisor Group
In order to generate awareness of the AIG Advisor Group brand, KCD PR implemented a broad communications strategy that included public relations campaigns, targeted media relations, a thought leadership platform, and content creation. KCD PR’s strategy was designed to position AIG Advisor Group as a thought leader on the future of financial advice and a leading destination for independent-minded financial advisors. To achieve that goal, we targeted audiences that included prospective advisors, current advisors, decision makers in the financial community, and key centers of influence.
KCD PR worked directly with AIG Advisor Group executives to develop a formal timeline for strategic company announcements and establish company messaging and key spokespeople.
We then built a platform of relevant topics to discuss with media and centers of influence and leveraged our relationships with top-tier national business and industry media to secure placements in publications relevant to AIG Advisor Group’s target audiences.
Media Coverage Stats
Through proactive media relations initiatives, KCD PR
successfully secured a number of feature stories and articles on behalf of AIG Advisor Group. During the first two quarters of our partnership, we secured the following:
Total Placements: 38
Total Gross Impressions: 16,744,486
Firm representatives quoted: 21
Industry Publications: 29
National Business Publications: 7
Local Publications: 2
KCD PR also developed and executed 13 company announcements, which highlighted the firm’s strategic initiatives, events, awards and recognitions, and recruiting wins. Each provided an opportunity to promote overall company messaging to external audiences.
KCD PR worked to secure coverage of individual advisors in the network with unique stories to tell. In addition to comprehensive profile pieces, coverage also included advisor commentary on relevant industry trends.
The KCD PR team secured coverage of a number of advisor transitions to broker-dealers within the AIG Advisor Group network.
The firm’s executives and affiliated advisors were featured in a number of stories spanning a multitude of topics.
Awards and Rankings
KCD PR nominated AIG Advisor Group for and promoted its recognition of a number of industry awards and rankings.
Top 50 NextGen Independent Broker-Dealer Advisors
2015FT 401 Retirement plan advisors
2015, 2016Top Women Financial Advisors
400 Top Financial Advisers list
Advisory Solutions Sponsor Distribution Team of the Year