what we can do for you
Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in all phases of economic development marketing. Our track record includes marketing programs for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries. The services we offer include:
Editorial Placement and Media Relations
DCI has developed a superb network of national, international, regional and trade media. The unique nature of our clients and an ability to quickly respond to editorial needs often makes us the first stop for journalists developing a story.
Prospect Development/Qualification (PDQ)
Our PDQ Division is a team of full-time professionals who are industry experts and focus solely on investment attraction marketing. We specialize in identifying companies that are in an expansion mode and arranging meetings with the appropriate decision-makers.
Location Advisor Relationships
As a result of our strong relationships with location advisors, DCI can arrange meetings, focus groups, roundtable luncheons, familiarization tours and special events that bring our clients face to face with these key site decision influencers.
DCI can arrange meetings with important wholesalers, distributors and buyers, as well as design and execute events to promote products and services to the North American market.
DCI has some of the most creative minds in the business when it comes to shaping and holding an event, such as a site selector luncheon or investor reception, that will grab the attention of the target audience. We can help you craft the invitation, find the appropriate venue, develop the right guest list and make your event a resounding success.
Media and Corporate Executive Surveys
An objective assessment of how key audiences, such as the media, corporate executives, location advisors, travel agents, consumers and others, view your community is critical. A better understanding of both perceptions and misperceptions can help drive a more effective marketing program.
The DCI Marketing Blueprint goes well beyond the traditional, “vague and fuzzy” marketing plan. The Blueprint spells out a well-coordinated marketing campaign in great detail.
DCI has worked with our clients through a range of crisis situations as well as proactively developed crisis communications plans for a number of communities.
Videotaped media training done one on one or in small groups will prepare your spokespeople to interact confidently with the media in all situations.
Social and Digital Media Marketing
We work with economic development organizations to ensure their social media marketing programs are a success. We consult with economic developers on all mediums including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+.
DCI has worked with organizations across the country to market their communities to attract talent to build a more highly-skilled workforce.