Smart communications for projects of substance.

About Think HQ

We’re
passionate
about our work.

Since entering the market in 2010, Think HQ has built a reputation as a formidable public relations and communications agency, with solid experience in delivering both small-scale and national campaigns.

Our clients span government, not-for-profit, philanthropy and corporate sectors. We genuinely care about the projects we work on, and we’re proud to be a truly independent public relations and communications agency.

We’re dedicated to projects
of substance.

At Think HQ, we work on meaningful projects.

Whether it be through public education, agenda setting on important issues, promoting diversity, employee engagement, showcasing research, or capacity building for organisations, at Think HQ we aim to make a positive difference in all that we do.

We’re
creative and pragmatic.

Our company name reflects our ability to absorb and understand the core motivations underpinning a communications challenge.

We identify solutions that are effective, appropriate and ultimately successful for each client. Spanning a range of sectors, our key services include, but are not limited to strategic communication planning, event management, media relations, stakeholder engagement, digital storytelling, writing and collateral production.

What we do

We develop engaging,
integrated campaigns, appropriate
to our clients’ needs.

Our team is capable of delivering projects both big and small, drawing on a range of complementary skills and campaign elements.

Public Relations

We create effective strategy-driven public relations campaigns that consistently achieve high quality results for our clients. Our particular area of expertise lies in social marketing and community education campaigns, driving attitudinal and behavior change.

Creative Concept Development & implementation

We develop creative campaign concepts and themes for new and established projects. From new logo design to developing copy and creative for project collateral, Think HQ creates engaging campaign materials.

Stakeholder Relations

We develop effective stakeholder engagement plans that incorporate consultation, management, reporting and analysis. We manage and coordinate stakeholder briefings and relationship building events.

Event Management

We plan, produce and manage exciting event concepts that engage key stakeholders and effectively communicate key messages. From award ceremonies and conferences to roundtable forums and media launches, we provide strategic planning and event management support.

Project Management

We manage projects from idea creation through to implementation and evaluation, working cooperatively with clients, collaborators and key stakeholders to bring your vision to life. Think HQ has established relationships with research, digital, media buying and advertising suppliers and can manage integrated campaigns.

Digital Communication

We develop end-to-end digital services that are creative, achievable and impactful. Think HQ offers full digital consultancy services and digital strategy development across platforms including websites, intranets, apps, and social media. We focus on both content strategy and digital channel strategy, staying in step with the constantly shifting technological environment and ensuring our clients do too.

Digital Advertising

We create and manage digital advertising across a range of websites, search engines and social media, including Google, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube. Through our thorough target audience research, we are skilled at Google AdWords, Google Display and social media advertising. We also help clients secure supporters and donors by placing ads where your audiences are at the times they are there.

Graphic Design and Branding

Our in-house designer and illustrator creates exciting brands and graphic products, including web design, infographics, print booklets, reports and more. Our branding work includes logo suites, brand guidelines and more. Working closely with our front-end developer, our graphic artist creates layered animation-ready images, ensuring our digital design work is as engaging as possible.

Social Media

We create and deliver social media campaigns and general content strategy for clients. Ranging from daily posting, competitions, influencer campaigns, geo-campaigns and more, Think HQ has helped some clients substantially improve their social media performance. With expertise in Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – and advertising across all of these platforms - Think HQ can help drive your social following and engagement to help you achieve your strategic communication goals.

Data Analysis

We can extract and analyse your online and offline data to provide you with an evidence-based approach to targeted communications. Our development team can pull data from your website, apps, systems databases, excel spreadsheets and other records to identify ways you can further engage your audiences – and enourgae more donations and greater support. This data can be further used to create full Customer Relationship Management systems, helping you effectively manage future interactions with your supporters.

Crowdfunding campaigns

A great way for not-for-profits to raise thousands of dollars for important projects, crowdfunding can kickstart or reinvigorate any worthy project. With experience in crowdfunding with tens of thousands of dollars raised under us, we can create engaging campaigns on established web platforms.

Media Relations

We have great relationships with journalists because they know that when we contact them, we have something substantial to pitch. We don’t use generic media lists and releases, instead we spend time building a strategy with the contacts and targeted angles we know will get your project the coverage it deserves.

Strategic Planning & Implementation

We develop holistic communications strategies that integrate multiple channels and promotional tactics including public relations, advertising, social media and marketing activity. We dedicate time to research and understand the communications challenge and develop strategies in close consultation with our clients to ensure they are realistic, achievable and have the buy-in from relevant stakeholders.

Digital Storytelling (including Social Media)

With experience in website and app development, social media, and online video content production, we are adept at developing and implementing digital solutions that contribute to project objectives.

Writing, Editing & Collateral Development

We produce content for a wide range of collateral and communications channels, including speeches, articles, presentations, brochures, media releases, opinion pieces and online copy. Our team of writers can confidently produce quality content for a range of audiences and channels including online and print.

Capacity building

We work with our clients to develop their capacity to create, implement and manage their own internal and external communications through workshops, training sessions, mentoring and media briefings and preparation. We can work directly with you and your team to build the skills internally, to effectively and efficiently implement your communications activity.

Third sector engagement

We are experienced in working for, and with, members of the not-for-profit, community and government sectors on a range of communications projects. These include public awareness and advocacy campaigns, cause-marketing efforts, events and fundraising. Our genuine understanding of the community and not-for-profit sector gives us a unique edge over our competitors.

Profile Management

We work with people of substance to help them build and sustain meaningful public profiles. We help our clients to define their public presence objectives, and use these to create customised communications strategies incorporating media relations, social media, speaking engagement opportunities, digital platform creation and content, event management and more.

eNewsletters

We create and manage eNewsletters and email marketing campaigns on behalf of clients from newsletter strategy to design and production. Using software including Campaign Monitor, MailChimp and more, Think HQ can help you lift email engagement and engage more deeply with your audiences. Think HQ can also sync eNewsletter production with the back end of many client websites, making it quicker and easier for clients to share eNews updates directly from your website, saving you time in unnecessary content duplication.

Video

Think HQ manages video production from large-scale multi-day shoots, to smaller scroll-text videos. Our in-house development team oversees the production of smaller web and social-media ready video content. For larger jobs and animation, we project manage video agencies that we have an existing relationship with.

SEO and SEM

Our skills in Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing help our clients attract the audiences, donors and customers they want. We work with clients to create metadata tags to drive website visitors and – where possible - align these with Google AdWord buys for maximum effectiveness.

Apps

Our in-house team is experienced in cross platform app creation, having created apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and more. We also custom build web apps for use on other devices such as desktops and laptops. We have skills and experience in database development, animation, app content creation and more.

Who we are

We’re an experienced team with diverse skills.

We’re a small but agile team with big agency and in‑house experience. Our team’s collective experience extends beyond just marketing and
public relations, to internal and corporate communications, event and project management, and philanthropy and fundraising.

Close Profiles

Jen Sharpe

Founder and Managing Director

Jen is an experienced communications and social marketing strategist with a diverse background spanning corporate, policy, not for profit and entrepreneurial industries.

Jen established Think HQ in 2010 because she wanted to lead a truly independent agency that stood firmly by its values through the work and projects it delivered, and over the last six years, that vision has been realised. Overseeing all Think HQ projects, Jen has quickly grown an impressive catalogue of clients, including the Federal Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority, the National Australia Day Council, the Scanlon Foundation, and Orygen Youth Mental Heath.

Jen brings a creative yet pragmatic approach to strategy development and execution, as well as the relationship building nous needed to broker and manage successful partnerships. A natural leader with a finely-tuned business mind, she is adept at managing a team to deliver beyond expectation.

Jen has strong experience overseeing high-profile national campaigns, including media strategy and media relations projects, Ministerial launches and securing and managing media partnerships. She has devised and delivered exceptional campaigns and programs for clients including The Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, The Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation.

Prior to setting up Think HQ, Jen founded and managed the social marketing team at one of Australia’s largest media agencies. In this role, she received numerous awards for the delivery of high-profile social marketing campaigns, including a Taste of Harmony for the Scanlon Foundation and Enrol to Vote Week with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Jen is a regular workshop and conference presenter. She is also a Board Member of the Centre for Multicultural Youth.

Jen holds a 1st class Honours Degree in Politics from Monash and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Entrepreneurialism) from Swinburne. In 2013, she was the recipient of a scholarship to study an Executive Certificate in Business at Berkeley, California.

Anna Chalko

General Manager

With more than sixteen years' experience in media relations and corporate communications, Anna has developed PR strategies and campaigns across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors and delivered outstanding results for clients including the Organ and Tissue Authority, Victoria's Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, the Scanlon Foundation, the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and the Transport Accident Commission.

At Think HQ, Anna oversees media and communications campaign strategy and implementation. Known for her strategic nous and respect amongst journalists, one of Anna’s many strengths is her ability to quickly understand and digest complex information and then translate that knowledge into national or targeted media and stakeholder strategies.

She conducts Think HQ’s media training and has run communication workshops for some of Australia’s most high profile businesspeople.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Public Relations and a Master of Communications degree from RMIT University. She was previously on the Board of the IABC Victoria.

Anna Spraggett

Account Director

Anna is a relationship builder with a keen interest in supporting social cause initiatives that inspire communities to create positive change.

With more than 16 years' experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector, Anna brings her network and knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and partnerships to her role at Think HQ. Her areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, event and project management, mentoring, campaign research and content development.

Anna has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector, managing and delivering a range of communications including stakeholder events, video production, donor and membership programs, and campaigns.

At Think HQ, Anna has achieved exceptional outcomes in communications strategy and implementation for numerous clients including the Children’s Protection Society, Princes Charities Australia, Australians for Mental Health, and the Sydney Community Foundation.

Anna is a Board member of The Cranlana Program, and previously held the role of Vice President of the Myer Foundation and The Butterfly Foundation.

Alice Suter

Senior Account Manager

An experienced and multi-skilled Senior Account Manager, Alice is instrumental to the delivery of Think HQ projects.

Alice has managed media relations campaigns for clients including Sydney Community Foundation, Toyota Community Foundation, and Support Small Business Day (Vic Gov).

For the last four years, she has worked with the Scanlon Foundation to help launch its annual Mapping Social Cohesion Report, including securing quality media coverage for the research, capturing migrant case study stories through video content, and managing the national launch event in Melbourne.

She has been involved in ongoing PR activity for the Organ and Tissue Authority since 2012, including traditional and social media strategy to support its annual awareness campaign, DonateLife Week.

Recently, she developed a stakeholder engagement strategy for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and worked on internal communications plans for The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and TAC.

An analytical thinker, Alice understands the intricacies involved with delivering a campaign from start to finish. This, combined with a fastidious attention to detail, makes her a natural project and event manager. She has devised and organised successful events involving multiple locations and stakeholders for The Australian Multicultural Foundation and Small Business Victoria.

Alice has developed and secured contributed content for The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald on behalf of clients including the National Australia Day Council.

Alice holds a Bachelor of Communications from RMIT, with Distinction.

Jenna Waite

Account Manager

Jenna is a media-savvy communicator, skilled writer, natural organiser and creative thinker. Spending much of her early adulthood living and travelling in developing countries, she discovered a passion for authentic relationship building and an appetite for creating positive social change.

An experienced Account Manager, Jenna has devised and implemented innovative and strategic solutions for a range of clients spanning government, non-profit, philanthropy, corporate and commercial sectors.

At Think HQ, Jenna plays a key role in project delivery, leading media relations and event management activity including media launches, reputation and publicity campaigns, communication strategies and community awareness initiatives. For the last two years, Jenna has worked with a range of clients including Organ and Tissue Authority, Small Business Victoria, Children Protection Society, Philanthropy Australia, and WorkSafe Victoria to name a few.

Jenna also established Think HQ’s internship program, which includes creating and planning frameworks and agendas.

Jenna sits on the Victorian Board of Directors for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as the Academic and Student Liaison, where she provides project management support for events and develops professional development initiatives.

She has penned content for a range of publications, and has had articles published both in print and online.

Jenna is a Valedictorian, holding a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Public Relations) (Journalism) from Deakin University with Distinction.

Jane Metlikovec

Account Director - Digital

Jane is an expert storyteller, content specialist and digital strategist who has broadened her skills from major journalism into app creation, website production and winning a major hack-a-thon.

Jane comes to Think HQ from the Victorian Government, where she led digital, internal and community communications teams for the state’s largest employer, the Department of Education and Training. During her six years in government, Jane also acted as Media Manager at DET, before heading to the state’s anti-corruption commission, IBAC, where she ran its first communications team.

In 2015, Jane led a team at an international hack-a-thon, taking out three major awards for a web app she created and built with former colleagues in 46 hours.

Jane's app for parents, SchoolMate was launched by the Deputy Premier in 2015 and has been downloaded tens of thousands of times in the App Store and Google Play. Jane is passionate about digital communications and believes in the transformative power of technological change and dynamic storytelling to make our world a better place.

Before joining government, Jane spent seven years as a senior reporter at the Herald Sun in Melbourne, covering a variety of rounds including politics, crime, courts and education. Jane’s digital reporting from the Black Saturday bushfires helped the heraldsun.com.au team win the prestigious 2009 Walkley Award for Outstanding Continuous Coverage of an Issue or Event. Jane was also the location reporter in London covering the 2005 London Bombings.

At Think HQ, Jane leads the digital team and has created websites for The Prince's Charities Australia and The Scanlon Foundation's Australians Today. Jane has also developed social media strategies for Community Sector Banking and DonorMate.

Jane has a Masters of Communication (distinction average) at Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from RMIT University with a distinction average.

Thanh Lam

Account Executive

Resourceful, enthusiastic, and detail-driven, Thanh is a skilled researcher and strong writer.

At Think HQ, Thanh has assisted with the management and delivery of launch and stakeholder events for clients including the Scanlon Foundation, Australians For Mental Health, and The Prince's Charities Australia.

Thanh produces campaign research essential to the development of achievable communication strategies, and develops collateral for project launches and stakeholder briefings.

With experience developing and posting content for a range of social media platforms, Thanh develops social media content for clients including The Princes Charities Australia, Australians for Mental Health, Community Sector Banking and DonorMate. She has experience with HTML, software programs including Adobe Lightroom, and online publishing platforms including WordPress.

Thanh has helped to develop detailed campaign evaluation reports for Think HQ clients including the Scanlon Foundation and the Transport Accident Commission.

She is completing her final unit at Deakin University studying Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations).

Lauren Stanhope

Account Coordinator

With a background in project and event management, Lauren is a smart and strategic communicator with great attention to detail.

At Think HQ, Lauren is focused on event management, research and campaign planning, and social media content development.

Lauren has assisted the delivery of a regional bus tour as part of WorkSafe's 'Explore Geelong' initiative and was heavily involved in the execution of the Small Business Victoria's 2016 Festival Roadshow event series, which visited six regional locations across Victoria. Lauren is also vital to the successful implementation of key projects, including the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonorMate, and the Transport Accident Commission.

Prior to joining the Think HQ team, Lauren worked with The Barwon Health Foundation and Give Geelong, assisting with the planning and delivery of several community events including Gala Day, VECCI Charity Golf Day and Geelong RiverFest.

She also co-writes the Think HQ newsletter and regularly contributes content for the Think HQ website and blog.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) with Distinction from Deakin University.

Georgie Hoven

Graphic Designer

Georgie is Think HQ’s resident graphic designer, with skills across branding, illustration and digital design.

With a Bachelor of Communication Design, Georgie is a creative but strategic thinker – she always strives to create work that not only looks great, but also effectively communicates client messages, on-brand.

Recently, Georgie designed and developed a suite of collateral for WorkSafe’s ‘Explore Geelong’ initiative. She has also worked with The Prince’s Charities Australia and The Scanlon Foundation on website design.

Using programs across the Adobe Creative Cloud, Georgie has completed branding and design projects for Think HQ clients including SNAICC - National Voice for our Children, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Children’s Protection Society, and Philanthropy Australia.

Antony Dabonde

Web Developer

Antony is Think HQ’s Web Developer with extensive experience in the IT industry.

Prior to Think HQ, Antony worked in building web, print, mobile and email systems for several ASX200 listed companies including NAB, Transurban and Origin Energy. Antony has also previously worked for Pizza Hut Australia, where he developed and supported ecommerce systems.

At Think HQ, Antony works with our Digital Strategist, Jane, and Graphic Designer & Illustrator, Georgie, to create and develop web applications and interactive media tailored to individual clients. Antony has developed websites for The Prince's Charities Australia and The Scanlon Foundation's Australians Today.

Antony is experienced in a range of tools and is highly skilled in creating interactive websites and applications, using languages and frameworks such as WordPress, Joomla, Bootstrap, C#, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL and Python.

Antony holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and is currently completing his Master of Information Technology specialising in Software Development at Deakin University.

... On projects we care about.

At Think HQ, we’re passionate about the causes and campaigns we promote. We work with clients from government, Corporate and Social Responsibility, Not for Profit, and philanthropy, and have excellent networks across all sectors.

How we work

First, we meet

When we meet we like to understand not only your communication needs, wants and objectives, but the broader picture, the key drivers and core motivations behind the project. Relationships are important to us, because the best results are achieved as a team.

Research

Once we understand the task, we put in time to research and analyse your organisation, your competitors, your sector and relevant past campaigns and strategies. We also look at where there are knowledge gaps, and what further research opportunities may exist.

Plan

Next we discuss your brief and develop creative, strategic and cost effective ideas that we believe offer the best value approach to meeting your objectives. Our recommendations are realistic and effective.

Create Concept

As a team, we develop an overarching creative theme to support your project. We work with you to ensure the creative elements truly bring value to the campaign, and so you love the concept as much as we do.

Implement

We believe good implementation is the key to project success. That’s why we are meticulous in project planning and management. We provide regular updates and make sure that we do all that’s needed to get the job done well.

Evaluate

We are passionate about making a positive impact so we monitor project activity all the way through to the campaign period. We evaluate and analyse our work, and provide you with regular reporting on coverage, impact and key campaign wins, as well as future recommendations.