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We do things a little differently.

Brands Create Emotions. Tactics Create Interactions. Smart Thinking Binds Them Together.

Brand Development

A brand is more than a name. It's the emotional connection formed with customers that drives them to choose you over the others. And, there's a science to uncovering your brand identity that's steeped in research, market and industry analysis. We're passionate about uncovering your brand's personality. In fact, we believe it's the most vital piece of your marketing strategy.

Content Marketing

Gaining recognition requires consistently telling compelling stories in the right place, at the right time and in the right way. It's the culmination of PR, social media, and online interactions that create relationships, not just pitch products. It's about real, useful information that builds trust and brand fans. We tell your unique story.

Digital Engagement

Websites and what drives people to them tell a valuable story about how your customers identify with your brand. SEO, SEM, Analytics and websites work together in an ever evolving world of digital touch points. We align them and use them to increase awareness for you. 

Creative Solutions

Bringing life to your brand takes vision and strategic planning. Each representation of your brand must work together, no matter the medium. We have decades of experience across print, broadcast, video, and digital mediums. Plus, we're sticklers for the smallest details in production and execution -- all to ensure your brand is represented in the best possible light.

Portfolio

JENNY MARTIN

President

Chief Rainmaker. More than 30 years in advertising. Former radio and television station account executive. Logical. Analytical. Thinks on the right side of the brain. Oh, and once rode a live bull in a rodeo.

Head in the clouds.
Feet on the ground.

LAURA McALILEY

Vice President

Chief Storm Chaser. Former journalist with a knack for storytelling and insatiable appetite for facts. A problem-solver and strategic thinker. A champion for connecting brands with their fans. In her world, life is all about emotional connections built over great stories—and a tasty craft beer.

People Lover.
Information Junkie.

JATANA CLEVENGER

Director of Client Services 

The Wedding Planner. Over 20 years in advertising. Former radio promotions intern turned account executive turned community manager. With more than 15 years of agency experience, her expertise lies in tactical execution connecting all points and people. Expectations are the name of her game: if you don't know them, you can't meet them. And, you'll find her heart on her sleeve pretty much most of the time.

Peacemaker.
Relationship-Builder.

KEVIN BOXELL

Director of Internet Services

The Godfather. Over 20 years of web strategy, analysis, development, search engine optimization and web marketing experience. And if you need more cowbell, he's your guy.

Tech-head.
Marches to his own beat.

LORRIE van den BOSCH

Creative Director, UX/UI

The Visionary. Award-winning Creative Director for advertising agencies for 26 years—loves problem-solving and the thrill of discovering the solution. Connecting the proverbial dots and making sense of the impossible simply thrills and captivates her. Caught wearing rose-colored glasses 90% of the time, she can see the big picture and directs everything toward making it happen through both design and copywriting. Avid outdoors enthusiast and angler.

Pixel-Pusher.
Saves Everything.

JODIE LEHMAN

Social Media Manager

The Squirrel Chaser. Background in media planning and buying. Spent the past 18 years helping establish strong brand presence for many clients across the southeast. Can manage and analyze small details while keeping the main objective in mind. Organization freak who believes everything should be in its proper place. Wolfpack alum and lifelong fan.

Head in the game.
Eye on the ball.

AMY NEEDHAM 

Director of Public Relations

Spin Doctor. Excellent writer, strong media relations specialist and solid strategist. She finds herself on the frontlines at events and tradeshows, as well as when a crisis occurs.

Tells it like it is.
Obsessed with Florida Gators.

DEBBIE DILLON

Account Manager

The Swiss Army Knife. A champion in account servicing in advertising agencies for over 20 years, Debbie knows every facet of marketing and advertising and draws upon that experience to create the best possible environment for both clients and coworkers. Creative, artsy, full of life and endless ideas—her huge heart speaks volumes of her commitment and dedication to her work and those around her.

Jill-of-All-Trades.
Gets It Done.

TAMI BRIGHT

Account Manager

The Entertainer.  Her sense of humor and bright outlook mean everyone she touches smiles. With more than 30 years in marketing, Tami has a knack for managing all aspects of a well-rounded, strategic advertising program. Clients love her attention to detail, impeccable communication skills, and understanding of how each piece of the marketing puzzle works together.

Former Clown.
#MartinFunnyGirl

REBECCA PASTRANA

Web and Visual Design Artist

Mind-Reader. Gives a fresh new look to every elements of graphic and web design with an artistic and creative flair all her own. All aspects of design and art intrigue and inspire her to develop strong concepts for clients. Loves taking old-school design methods and combining them with her keen eye for progressive trends to make magic happen for our clients!

Artsy and Imaginative.
Passionately Curious.

JENNIFER ALLRED

Digital Account Coordinator

The Organizer. A passion for others and keen sense of organization, she's the engine behind the scenes. Paired with a love of social media and digital marketing, she's the glue that makes it all stick. And, if you're quiet you might just catch her singing praises at her desk. She's also a lover of naps, eating, and occasionally embarrassing her three daughters.

Joyous Singer.
Planner Girl.

SCOTT CLEVENGER

Photographer

The Image Perfector. Eleven years experience as a professional photographer and meticulous as the day is long. Crazy about lighting theory and crystal clear focus. Loves happy clients, BMX, snowboarding and surfing. And, gets more compliments on his hair than his wife does on hers.

Eye for detail.
Up for an adventure.

LAUREN CURRIN

Law Marketing Advisor

Lauren started her career in the courtroom. She has married her passion for the law with marketing, and oversees all legal marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys mission trips, her grandchildren, and life on the farm.

Legal Eagle.
Brand Champion.

AMIE CHAMBERLAIN 

Supervisor of Paid Media

The "Excel"lerator. Former math teacher turned Media Buyer/Planner. 17 years in the advertising biz. Love of all things numbers (cost per points, reach and frequency, index percentages, etc). In her world there is a formula for everything. Strategic planner – what does the research show? Listens and reads Dave Ramsey, applies that money philosophy to home and work budgets.

Straight-forward.
Numbers lover.

VICTORIA JAMES

Social Content Ignitor 

The Steward. Graduate of North Carolina State University, Victoria studied brands as living, breathing entities and is passionate about helping them communicate their story. Logical thinker; Good listener. Avid reader. When she's not on the go she's probably trail running, watching classic films, or dreaming in vintage.

Gives Brands Life.
Master Story Teller

CHERI BARBARE

Finance Officer

The Shenana"gator". Cheri, aka, the "Gate Keeper", oversees the financial day to day operations. Loves the numbers, but not your typical nerdy shut-in accountant type. She maintains excellent communication skills (on and off the golf course) as well as a great sense of humor.

Funny girl.
#PayYourBills!

AMY GRACE BURKE

Social Media & PR Coordinator

The Intern. Current student at Meredith College studying Family & Consumer Sciences and Communication. Loves creative writing as well as all things fashion and interior design related. Total introvert and people person at the same time. If you need her she's probably on Pinterest or petting a dog somewhere.

World Traveler.
Resourceful Thinker.

 

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Thu Aug 10 2017 - Colorblindness and Graphic Design

Colorblindness by definition is the inability to distinguish between certain colors. It’s estimated that about 8% of males and 0.5% of females are born colorblind. That may seem like a low number, but as graphic designers for a large audience, it is vital we create designs that are usable for over ten out of every hundred people who are colorblind.

 

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