Newport based marketing communications firm, Black Diamond Marketing Group, has won multiple awards for its creative work for Natick, MA headquartered Middlesex Savings Bank. Black Diamond Marketing Group created the bank’s 2016 calendar, featuring photographs of places of interest or historical significance within the bank’s territory that was honored with an “Award of Excellence” from The Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program that recognizes big ideas in marketing communications.  

Additionally the 2016 calendar received a “Winner“ award from the New England Financial Marketing Association in their annual creative contest.  The 2015 Middlesex Savings Bank annual report developed by Black Diamond Marketing group earned an “Award of Distinction” from The Communicator Awardsas well. 

“Winning an “Award of Distinction” and an ”Award of Excellence” from The Communicator Awards is akin to winning a “Silver Medal” and a “Gold Medal” in the Olympics respectively,” stated Black Diamond Marketing Group President, Sandy Kristiansson.  “We are very proud of these awards and proud of the longevity of the relationship we have had with Middlesex Savings Bank going on 12 years,” he added.

Based in Newport, RI, Black Diamond Marketing Group offers comprehensive marketing communications inclusive of marketing planning, brand positioning, advertising creative in all formats, media planning & buying, public relations, collateral development, as well as internet and social media strategy.  The company was founded in 2002.

Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

The New England Financial Marketing Association (NEFMA) is a professional association for financial marketing executives from banks and credit unions throughout New England. NEFMA is one of the country’s largest trade associations of its kind with a membership of approximately 300 New England financial marketing executives from banks, credit unions and financial service companies.

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