How we work
As people who understand communities, we value strong relationships—especially the ones we have with our clients.
We get cozy
We immerse ourselves in getting to know you and your vision. We’re dedicated to getting to the heart of who you are, because that means we’ll be able to make the best plan for finding and engaging your community. To us, it’s personal—and we’re never just interested in telling one story.
We act with urgency
We learned how to deliver under pressure from our background in the fast-paced world of crowdfunding. We hustle. When a story angle or branding strategy isn’t working, we help clients pivot and discover the next evolution of who they are.
We get our hands dirty
And we’re honest. If your website needs a makeover, we’ll let you know. If your social media needs a rehaul, we’ll tell you—and we’ll dive in to help you fix it, too. We look at your brand from top to bottom so that you’re set up to succeed.
How we help
Smoke & mirrors
One big media blast
Researched & targeted pitch list
One big story
Several targeted story angles
Personalized press pitches
Waits for news cycle
Finding new communities
Blitz of excitement
No one does comms like us.
Our team comes from a wide range of professional backgrounds including film, production, fundraising, publishing, social media, and journalism—which means we understand what makes a good story, a good pitch, and good comms. And in today’s world of saturated media, that’s important.
But we’re never just interested in telling one story. We’re dedicated to discovering the heart of your brand, so we can tell many powerful stories that reach far beyond your immediate community.
Here’s how we do it:
We create trust
A community that doesn’t trust you doesn’t take action. So we tell stories that people want to read, and find the best journalists to tell them.
We won’t oversaturate a loyal community with different versions of the same message over and over. We constantly develop new angles and stories and new communities to talk to—plus new ways to talk to them.
And we don’t just share your stories—we help you discover and write them, too.
Through copywriting, brand messaging, social media, organic influencer marketing, media training, and more, we help brands develop their voice and tell their message in the most effective, engaging way to activate the right communities.
We deliver irresistible pitches
We send super targeted, beautifully constructed pitches that generate results. Put simply: journalists read our emails (and we’re told they really like them). Like we said: we do comms differently.
From start to finish we work with you to determine your areas of need across both marketing and comms, and make sure to get your ideas into the world.
In 2014, “Crowdsourceress” Alex Daly founded a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding services company, which evolved into what is now Daly. She and her team have raised over $25M across 100+ launches—managing some of Kickstarter’s most groundbreaking campaigns for Neil Young, Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, and musical sensation TLC.
Today, we consult with creators who are launching new and innovative projects to share our unparalleled expertise around building communities.
Here’s how we do it:
We offer two different models for our crowdfunding clients: 1) an hourly consulting package, for an upfront retainer and 2) a full-service package, for an upfront retainer plus a commission of the successful campaign.
The first is a pre-launch model, where we offer a hands-on, hourly consulting engagement. Our time can be split up across calls where we talk big picture plans and strategy, or dive into the nitty-gritty—editing your campaign copy; brainstorming press angles; making introductions to the best platforms; conceptualizing your video script and design assets; or strategizing exciting incentives.
The second option is a full-service model, where we work on a larger scale as your crowdfunding partners—serving as day-to-day project managers launching and running your crowdfunding campaign from pre-launch through campaign completion. Our services include platform negotiation; creating your campaign story strategy; managing your written and visual asset creation; handling brand messaging and crafting newsletters; building an in-depth social media playbook; and executing robust press an influencer outreach.
Human connection is now more important than ever.
We’re not interested in over-the-top, Instagrammable corporate moments.
We aim to create a chance for your community to intimately gather, share, and connect.
Here’s how we do it:
We love hosting special dinners, cocktail parties, and meetups, but we understand that events are not the same right now. This is where we get creative–exploring exciting ways for different communities to talk to and learn from one another (IRL or not!). Communities are made up of people, after all–and when those people connect, together, we can achieve more powerful, energized results.
Alex Daly is the founder of Daly and known as the industry’s “Crowdsourceress.” Alex started her career at New York and WSJ magazines, before transitioning into the documentary film and then crowdfunding space, where she launched groundbreaking campaigns for Oscar-winning filmmakers, MIT Media Lab inventors, Pentagram partners, Neil Young, Joan Didion, and the musical sensation TLC with her first company, Vann Alexandra.
After hundreds of successful campaigns, clients began asking for support for their ongoing PR efforts, and Alex founded Daly—a marketing and comms consultancy. Having been referred to in the press as a “guru,” “whiz” and “wunderkind” who has “an innate understanding of what motivates people” Alex has managed comms for clients ranging from the best designers on the planet to women making significant impact in the world. At the heart of her work, Alex believes in creating intimate relationships with her clients to tell their untold stories.
In 2017, Alex authored her first book, The Crowdsourceress, published by Hachette. She is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2016, and a frequent speaker at festivals and events for designers, innovators, women entrepreneurs, and big thinkers. Originally from Miami, Alex holds degrees in Spanish, Philosophy Honors, and Film from Vanderbilt University.
Ally Bruschi is passionate about creating powerful, well-crafted messages for the companies, products, and people that inspire her. At Daly, Ally has secured print features for clients in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine, The New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Outside Magazine, as well as a range of digital placements in publications like Forbes, Quartz, Bustle, mindbodygreen, Food & Wine, and The Strategist—all the while leading a growing team for Daly’s comms arm.
Before joining Daly, Ally worked as a book publicist at Penguin Random House, where she led national publicity campaigns for acclaimed authors in the health, wellness, food, psychology, and business space including the Dalai Lama, Brené Brown, Seamus Mullen, and Amanda Chantal Bacon. Ally has always been obsessed with nailing just the right message about her clients. As a New York Times Magazine article put it, her press pitch “managed to concentrate the zeitgeist of contemporary female celebrity into its purest form.”
Ally has previously contributed to Bustle, Plated, The Daily Meal, and Borgen Magazine; has been featured in Girls’ Night In; and has spoken on panels for Her Campus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kenyon College.
Bec Speakman is an experienced manager with an international perspective. Before joining Daly, Bec worked in film and television production in Australia on notable projects including Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, the BBC’s The Cry, and the feature film Relic. At award-winning production company Carver Films, she managed the company’s film and television slates—supporting filmmakers, networks, and financiers from conception to delivery.
At Daly, Bec has worked on a number of successful crowdfunding campaigns for brands including furniture and design brand Dims, Waris Ahluwalia’s botanical company House of Waris, and New Zealand-based Heilala, the latter of which became the most funded vanilla project in Kickstarter’s history. Using her skills, she led the creation of a robust crowdfunding how-to guide for a Zurich venture capital firm launching a new crowdsourcing site for Middle East-based entrepreneurs. In addition to her crowdfunding work, Bec spearheads Daly’s company and account operations, creating cohesive and efficient workflows and systems. She also leads Daly’s events arm, strategizing and executing activations for clients including Heilala and Canadian furniture company EQ3.
Bec received her Bachelor’s degree in Media Production from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is certified in Australian Sign Language.
Hailey Murphy is a seasoned communications strategist with experience working across breaking news, product launches, consumer communications, and beyond. She is an expert in finding a creative way to tell any story, and has a keen eye for identifying the latest trends across industries. She has wide-ranging relationships from traditional print and online media to podcasts, social, and partnerships.
Prior to Daly, Hailey worked at Zola, leading daily press efforts and driving coverage across lifestyle, home, relationship, travel, technology, and business verticals. She also led the company’s event planning strategy, including events at their 5th Avenue pop up store and Townhouse. Prior, Hailey worked on the News & Lifestyle team at Time Inc., organizing press outreach for titles like TIME, Fortune, Real Simple, and Health. She also coordinated press efforts for major events such as the TIME 100 and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.
Hailey received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and Journalism from George Washington University.
Junior Comms Associate
Julia Nguyen is experienced in combining the power of communications and strategy to elevate mission-driven brands, companies, and organizations. At Daly, Julia has managed a variety of robust, organic influencer campaigns and social media partnerships, while also strategizing and executing Daly’s own social presence. Julia also has a wide range of client press under her belt, with secured features in publications like Into the Gloss, Quartz, and Mashable.
Prior to Daly, Julia interned at NPR in the marketing, branding, and communications department, where she contributed to the NPR Extra blog, facilitated a Q&A livestream for prospective interns, and wrote social media copy for live events including Code Switch Live, Tiny Desk Talks, Creative Mornings with Invisibilia, Audie Cornish Live, and the How I Built This Summit with Guy Raz.
Julia is fluent in Vietnamese and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
William Kim supports on influencer, crowdfunding, and comms strategies as Daly’s Ops Intern. Prior to joining the team, he interned at large media production companies including Viacom and NBC, gaining experience across market research and tv & film production. William recently graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture and Communication.
Isabelle Rea is obsessed with how and why we tell stories. Before joining Daly as Comms Intern, she interned in a variety of creative fields including cultural journalism at Cabinet Magazine, and film and theater development at Wild Yak, a West End production company. Isabelle graduated with a degree in English and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.
People are talking about our clients!
“A cherished piece of history”
Standards Manual × NASA
“A product that chefs around the world find more exciting than what’s typically available on the market”
“Her work, consistent with her upbringing, brings a tactile feel to computer code”
“A bonafide social media movement”
Subway Book Review
“Shows promise in steering itself into a wellness juggernaut”
Girls’ Night In
“Pushing diaspora-inspired streetwear into the spotlight”
“One of the first brands to stoke the upcycling craze”
“Like Humans of New York, but for book reviews”
Subway Book Review
“The broadcast offers a different luxury: silence”
“Turning old graphic design manuals into Kickstarter blockbusters”
“A mini museum of vintage industrial graphics design”
“Godfather of design”
“An aesthetic and mode of operation”
“Designers have the most organized beauty stash”
“The First US Museum Dedicated to Posters is Now Open in New York”
“Therapy’s new look”
“A plant mecca for all your botanical needs”
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Our past and present clients range from legacy brands who are looking to tell new stories after years of excellence, to exciting new talent and fast-growing startups that are making a substantial impact in the modern retail, food, health, culture, and design industries.
Girls’ Night In
An online community and newsletter of 200,000 women re-imagining the value of self-care.
One-of-a-kind bags and accessories made from recycled truck tarps and fully compostable textiles.
A social impact bakery that is changing business for the better, while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Subway Book Review
A social media movement that shares book reviews from unsuspecting Subway commuters.
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How we got here
“Crowdsourceress” Alex Daly gained a reputation for managing some of the world’s most successful crowdfunding campaigns. After these campaigns ended, clients began asking if she and her team could handle their ongoing PR efforts.
We realized that to take on PR, we would need to modernize and broaden it to include all areas that touched the world of communications. So, we envisioned an approach that was quicker, more flexible, and more intimate when it came to storytelling.
That’s how Daly was born—a modern marketing and comms consultancy—where we take a holistic approach to communications across PR, crowdfunding, and events, with a baked-in sense of culture and values.
In 2014, we managed designers Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s effort to reissue the 1970s NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. It became an overnight sensation, invigorating a niche design community and surpassing its goal by over 700%. Ever since, Daly has overseen the brand’s subsequent campaigns, publicity, and events—witnessing the incredible ripple effect of that very first launch.
The NYCTA manual campaign goes viral and is fully funded by lunchtime on Day 1.
The New York Times Science section showcases the NASA Graphics Standards Manual campaign on its front page.
The NASA manual becomes the most successful graphic design campaign on Kickstarter ever.
The Standards Manual online shop launches to support the continued demand for the manuals.
Vanity Fair runs “Meet the Guys Turning Old Graphic Design Manuals into Kickstarter Blockbusters.”
Hamish and Jesse open their own design office, Order, and New York City’s first graphic design bookstore. New York Magazine hails it a “Best of New York.”
Fast Company runs “Order: The New Design Office That Spun Off A $1.9M Kickstarter Business.”
Standards Manual hosts an oversubscribed book launch for legendary designer Michael Bierut’s Now You See It.
Standards Manual becomes the expert voice in the national conversation around the commercialization of the NASA logo, and are notably interviewed for the Los Angeles Times.
The team publishes Parks, a collection of over 300 United States national park maps, ephemera, and brochures spanning over 100 years. Following features in Fast Company, Curbed, and The Atlantic’s CityLab, Parks sells out within days of launching pre-orders.
Outside Magazine features Parks in its November print issue and across its digital platforms.
We partnered with Heilala—a women-operated, New Zealand-based company that had quietly become the world’s most awarded vanilla—to help them expand into the U.S. market through a crowdfunding campaign, rebrand initiative, and launch of its direct to consumer site.
Bon Appétit calls out Heilala in its recipe for the “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever.”
Daly strategizes and coordinates the first of a series of curated events that allow media to experience the brand with a “Vanilla Dinner.” Journalists from The Cut, Bon Appétit, WSJ, and more, enjoy an exclusive three-course dinner featuring delicious Heilala-infused dishes.
Heilala launches on Kickstarter, amplified by an exclusive feature in WSJ Magazine, which names Heilala as the vanilla “loved by Michelin-starred Pastry Chefs.” Heilala sees its highest day of website traffic to date.
During the campaign, Heilala is featured in New York Magazine’s The Strategist, Here Magazine, Bon Appétit (again!), Bake From Scratch Magazine, and across Kickstarter’s social channels and newsletters.
Heilala becomes the most funded vanilla project in Kickstarter history!
Daly manages the second event in the series—a baking workshop in partnership with social-impact bakery Ovenly and Erin McDowell. Journalists from Esquire, Bon Appétit, Food52, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart Living are given a hands-on experience making Ovenly’s newest pie with Heilala’s vanilla extract!
Forbes publishes a profile feature on Heilala: “Why Some of the Country’s Top Bakers are Swooning over this Vanilla.”
Serious Eats features Heilala in their holiday gift guide, and Bon Appétit rounds out its year of Heilala support with a print feature in their November / December holiday print issue.