books ICF Next as PR, social AOR for North America

The agency is working on's Most Remote AF Hotel campaign.

Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse in Greenland by Sassy Films

DALLAS: has selected ICF Next as its PR and social AOR for North America.

ICF Next, which formally launches next month, was selected in early fall following an RFP process that began in August. Work started in October.

ICF is bringing together shops Olson Engage, Olson Digital, Olson1to1, PulsePoint Group, The Future Customer, and We Are Vista into a marketing and communications agency called ICF Next.

The consumer PR team supporting sits within what’s currently known as Olson Engage. The overall account lead is Shannon Lovich, a VP in ICF Next’s Minneapolis office. The team is made up of 12 core members which also includes critical leadership from ICF Next VP and creative director Kara Arneson, and social media VP Jason Miller.

ICF Next is tasked with helping to differentiate its brand personality in an increasingly crowded and competitive travel category. The agency is responsible for driving "breakthrough earned media ideas that reflect the brand’s irreverent personality while collaborating with peer agencies within’s integrated agency team," according to a statement.

"We are both the PR and social AOR, charged with building awareness and relevance-driving campaigns to drive growth in the competitive online travel agency space and bring the brand’s irreverent tone to life," Lovich told PRWeek via email.

ICF Next is already working on’s Most Remote AF Hotel campaign.

"We worked with to put rooms up for grabs at the Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse [in Greenland], dubbed the most remote AF hotel, for stays during March 2019," Lovich said via email. " picked up the room tab if consumers could get themselves to Ittoqqortoormiit."

Budget information was not disclosed.

ICF Next will have revenue of more than $300 million. Its other clients include BMW, Kraft Heinz, Lloyds, Luxottica, MillerCoors, Mars, and U.S. and EU government agencies.

In February 2016, brought on Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its AOR in the U.S. The firm previously worked with, but at project level.

In 2010, brought on Ruder Finn as PR AOR in the U.S. and Canada. The brand has also worked with Cohn & Wolfe Mexico.

Enabling consumers to book a place to stay, has 90 local websites in 41 languages. The company’s app has been downloaded 70 million times, according to a statement. is owned by Expedia, which also owns, Hotwire, and Trivago. In the first nine months of 2018, the company’s revenues grew 12% year over year to $8.7 billion, driven by a 13% year-over-year growth in overall gross bookings.

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