ABOUT BALLIN PR & MARKETING


Ballin PR is a San Francisco-based boutique marketing and public relations company serving top interior designers, product designers, architects, and musical talent. In an increasingly crowded digital space, Ballin works closely with clients to bring your story to life by way of targeted digital content, print press, social media marketing, and other tactics that further build your brand and support your bottom line.

"The Internet is cluttered with content, but not always compelling stories," explains Ballin PR founder Nicole Balin, who has built relationships with music, shelter, and lifestyle journalists, bloggers, influencers, and industry insiders for over two decades. "Crafting the right narrative is at the core of good branding."

Ballin PR is unique in its founder, Nicole Balin, comes from the world of journalism. Her ability to identify and place stories is unparalleled and her special attention to clients combines the accountability of a boutique agency with reach of a national firm.  

Ballin PR's current clients include Julia B., Charles Cunniffe Architects, Mead Quin Design, Workroom C, and Lane McNab Interiors, Kari McIntosh Design, and musical sensation Big Freedia. 


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About Nicole Balin

Born and raised in San Francisco, Nicole Balin got her start in journalism in 1995 at Time Inc. as an editor at Parenting magazine in New York City. In 1997, she left the world of child rearing periodicals--and New York--to serve as an editor in Hollywood at The Source, the leading magazine of hip hop music, culture and politics.

In 2001, while living in Beverly Hills, Nicole founded her publicity firm, Ballin PR, and built a roster of musical clients that has included the Grammy Award-winning group Linkin Park, New Orleans Queen of Bounce Big Freedia, DJ Z-Trip, Zion I, Kool Keith, Too $hort, Public Enemy, Dan The Automator, and Prince Paul, to name just a few.

After two decades in the music business, Nicole decided to expand the scope of her work to include her passion and hobby: design. After serving as the in-house PR Director at Coupar Communications for a year and half, where she worked with top designers such as The Wiseman Group, Kendall Wilkinson and Regan Baker, Nicole returned to her own firm full-time. 

In 2015, Nicole authored the critically acclaimed memoir God Save the Queen Diva! (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) with her client and TV personality Big Freedia.

Nicole has continued as a freelance journalist over the years. Her music and culture writing has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The Source, Blaze, Parenting and the Huffington Post. 

Nicole's homes in Beverly Hills and Marin County have been featured in Real Simple and Marin Magazines