ABOUT BALLIN PR & MARKETING


Founded in 2001 by Nicole Balin, Ballin PR & Marketing is a San Francisco based boutique communications firm.

Our aim is to support interior designers, architects, and musical talent to build brand identities. Every client is different, and our tailored campaigns reflect that individuality. We work closely with creatives to ensure their personalities and artistry are brought to life via print and digital media. Ballin employs a range of tactics such as PR, content marketing, and social media management to communicate messaging and ultimately support the business goals of our clientele. 

"The Internet is cluttered with content, but not always compelling stories," explains 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."

After two decades in the music business, Nicole decided to expand the scope of her work to include her hobby and passion: design. Over the past three years, she has immersed herself in the industry, including serving as PR Director at Coupar Communications, where she worked with top Bay Area designers including The Wiseman Group, Kendall Wilkinson, Regan Baker, Allison Caccoma and Melanie Coddington

Currently, Ballin's clients include award-winning firm Charles Cunniffe Architects, internationally recognized homewares designer Julia B., interior designers Mead Quin Design, Carolyn Rebuffel, Kari McIntosh, September Studio and TV star and musical performer, 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, CA, 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 personal hobby: design. She served as PR Director at Coupar Communications for a year and half, where she worked with top Bay Area designers including The Wiseman Group, Kendall Wilkinson, Regan Baker, Allison Caccoma and Melanie Coddington. In 2018, she returned to her own business representing creatives in the design industry and musical talent. 

In 2015, Nicole authored the 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