SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber Group's eight-month-old San Francisco outpost last week announced the signing of three new high-profile consumer technology accounts, bringing the office close to an estimated $1.6 million in billings for the year.
Headed by Lee McEnany Caraher, Weber's SF branch has taken on ?e-tail? ventures for Berkeley, CA-based Peet's Coffee & Tea (Peets.com) and Kazoo, a Denver-based toy company set to launch a new parenting information portal/e-commerce web site.
In addition, Weber/SF announced last week that it had triumphed in a competitive review for Computec Media USA, a subsidiary of the leading European publisher of video game and computer magazines. Previously handled by Bender Helper Impact in Los Angeles, Computec hired Weber to help publicize MCV, its weekly electronic entertainment trade, and to help launch a line of consumer gaming publications called incite. Among the planned publications are incite PC Games and incite Video Games.
?We worked with Bender Helper on a six-month project basis to get MCV off the ground, but when that contract was up, we had more time to conduct a formal review,? said Computec marketing manager Sharon Lo, who declined to discuss budgets or list other finalists in the pitch.
Weber's three most recent wins - along with other client additions Geoworks, Wedding- Network.com, Konami of America, PeopleWeb and Hitachi America's home electronic divisions - are bringing the SF branch closer to its projected annual billings of $2.5 million, said Caraher. Open since late December 1998, the office now has 14 full-time employees servicing nine accounts.
Three additional staffers in the Palo Alto office work on SF-based clients.