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Happy 10th Anniversary Stephanie!

Stephanie Dunford

Congratulations to Stephanie Dunford on her 10th anniversary with the agency.

Our creative and interactive professionals work on dozens of client projects a month. As the agency’s senior project manager, Stephanie painstakingly manages the timelines of those projects, coordinating the traffic process and workflow. She helps ensure all projects are completed on time and within the client’s budget. Some would say Stephanie has the hardest job at the agency.

“It’s a stressful position to be in. But she handles it with grace and humor. She also seems to like telling people what to do,” said Billy Barnes, creative director.

It’s clear that people listen to her too!

Stephanie is a true asset to Howard/Merrell. We are lucky to have her as a part of our family. Congratulations!

Marketing That Grabs You


Remember when computers were something that stayed on a desk, weighed too much to carry, and tied up the phone line to access the Internet? Well as we know all too well, the days of reliance on stationary desk computers are long gone, and we are a mobile society with the Internet at our fingertips. While this carries a lot of benefits, there are undoubtedly some downfalls.

Take, for example, the world of advertising. The increased reliance on the internet provides a vast array of new advertising options and allows us the capability to reach people we could have never dreamed of years ago…. and this is great! However, it also means that every other ad agency now has that same capability. So, consumers have gone from seeing maybe ten to twenty advertisements per day, are now bombarded with hundreds on every Google search, Facebook browse, YouTube clip, and more. Therefore, now more than ever it is important for advertisers to catch peoples’ attention in a way that makes them stop, think, remember, and pursue.

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Orange Crush

We’ve had the opportunity to produce some great videos and TV spots for KIOTI. Here’s the latest, for their August sales meeting.

Isolating the KIOTI orange in the footage and pairing with a gritty, blues rock track gave just the right amount of energy and attitude to get dealers excited about the 15 new models.


Warning: Watching this video may lead to feet-tapping and head-nodding. You’ve been warned.





Senior Account Executive Wanted

We’ve created an environment based on the belief that there are no challenges that can’t be met, no problems that can’t be solved, and no conventions that can’t be broken. Our drive, determination and unique methodology and approaches have created solutions that have sustained our agency for more than sixty-five years.

Creating groundbreaking work that drives sales is what we strive for – on every project, on every brand and on every client.

Does this sound interesting? Then let’s talk. We currently have a Senior Account Executive position open.

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Emotion In Advertising

Have you ever heard a song, or even smelled a scent that brought you back to a certain event or time in your life? Stimuli often peak our senses and create emotional experiences that are meaningful, real, and memorable.

A great advertisement channels those emotional stimuli and creates a connection with its viewers. We can’t always explain why we are drawn to certain advertisements—often times our proclivity for a specific design, photograph or message is underlying and subconscious. We do know, however, that emotion tends to drive a large percentage of buying behavior and therefore creating that connection is vital for brands to develop a successful campaign.

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Weekly Wrap-Up #128

From American Apparel to the CIA, it’s been a week of social media controversies. Get all the details in the latest edition of the weekly wrap-up.

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Our Newest Addition: Anastasia Ellis

Anastasia Ellis










We have a new member of the Howard/Merrell family – Anastasia Ellis.

Joining us as an Account Executive, Anastasia spent the last few years entrenched in the digital marketing space. Her experience developing integrated campaigns, allows Anastasia to lead and manage client campaigns that involve advertising, media planning and buying, website development, trade show support, PR, social media, market research and analysis.

We’re excited to have Anastasia join our team of strategic branding experts.

Learn more about our newest AE.

Weekly Wrap-up #127

Before you celebrate Independence Day, check out this week’s wrap up.

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Weekly Wrap-Up #126

Take a glimpse into the future of advertising and catch up on your industry news with the latest edition of the weekly wrap-up.

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World Cup Posters

Most designers love to work on posters. I think it’s because you get more creative freedom with a poster than you do with a lot of other forms of advertising and communications. The World Cup has had some nice posters over the years. Here are 84 years worth. Enjoy. And go USA.