Does your agency list dead guys on the door?

Demand business-building experts who are creative, experienced, objective, and, to put whipped cream on top, alive.

Well, you’re asking a lot, pal. Lots of luck with that.

Oh, okay. Don’t wait for luck. Differentiate yourself from your competitors: partner with an agency with solid credentials, i.e., a 4As member, a criterion which removes 92% of all American “agencies” from your list. No shaky startups, no snake oil, no keychain vendors.

Next, demand that the names on the door have a pulse, which wipes out half the rest. We are not exaggerating. Killian Branding might be the best partner for you left standing. We’ve been sharpening our skills since 1987,  for clients of every size or category, increasing visibility, differentiation, and relevance.

But maybe you’d prefer to deal with dead guys*?
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We were founded by Bob Killian, branding guru (he prefers “bomb-throwing disruptor”) who stays involved in every client relationship, in vivid contrast to the names on some other agency doors, e.g., Leo Burnett, J. Walter Thompson, Foote Cone Belding, and BBDO – all nine of whom are, shall we say, extremely unavailable?


Our clients get anchored creativity for strategic branding evolution, including marketing automation, social media, broadcast, websites, digital video, company naming and renaming (boy, are we good at that!), design, print … all strategic, practical marketing disciplines, coordinated to optimize brand asset deployment. Short story short, we make clients’ cash registers ring.


We started in Chicago, then added a Charlotte office, but we work with clients on three continents, and six time zones. Geography is not irrelevant, but it’s no longer destiny.


We began in 1987 as an ad agency, but the world evolved. We did, too. Our vision (and capabilities) adapted to cover the breadth of branding in a digital world. Want to be more visible, more differentiated, and more relevant to your best prospects? Advertising is now only one tactical tool among many. For more, read our White Papers. They’ll change the way you think.


Most mission statements are stupefying laundry lists of promises that nobody takes seriously. Committee-written bafflegab.Your organization probably has one, too, right? But our mission statement is bouncy, short … and we mean it.

Our really simple mission statement:

  1. We will develop visible, differentiated, relevant brands to help clients grow, profitably.
  2. We will all have fun in the process.
  3. There is no number 3.