Ballin PR is a San Francisco-based marketing and pr firm serving interior designers, fashion designers, architects, and product designers.

We believe in a holistic approach to marketing and build customized campaigns for each client. Ballin will devise a strategy, and then employ tactics (PR, email marketing, social media marketing) to build your brand and support bottom line of your business.

In an increasingly crowded digital space, Ballin PR works closely with clients to bring their stories to life and help them stand out.

β€œThe 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, craft, and place stories is unparalleled and her special attention to clients combines the accountability of a boutique agency with the reach of a national firm.  

Ballin PR's current clients include Big Freedia, The Wiseman Group, Julia B., CCA, Libertine, Workroom C, Lane McNab Interiors, and Kari McIntosh Design



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 including 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, Nicole returned to her own firm full-time in 2017. 

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, Parenting and the Huffington Post.

Her homes in Beverly Hills and Marin County have been featured in Apartment Therapy, Real Simple and Marin Magazines