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OCTOBER 2014

STIR's work with MATC wins gold

STIR Advertising and Integrated Messaging is pleased to announce its creative campaign work, ‘Turn Pro Sooner,’ – developed for the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) – received numerous awards at the recent National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District Three Conference Medallion Awards ceremony on Oct. 23, 2014.

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Brian Bennett was interviewed for his take on effective public relations in political campaigns

Fox 6 News interviewed Brian Bennett to discuss the necessity of having a crisis communication plan during a political campaign. Brian discusses how to handle negative press and move forward to continue a successful campaign as elections draws near. Click Here to see the segment.

STIR becomes a HubSpot Certified Agency Partner

STIR Advertising and Integrated Messaging is pleased to announce that it has joined the HubSpot inbound marketing team as a Certified Agency Partner. With HubSpot, STIR has the ability to utilize a robust, comprehensive tool to run successful inbound marketing campaigns for their clients.


AUGUST 2013

STIR wins Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).

The Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) has assigned STIR to launch a fully integrated campaign. MATC is a premier, comprehensive technical college that provides excellence in education to enrich, empower and transform lives in our community.


JUNE 2013

STIR listed on BizTimes Future 50.

STIR is proud to be one of the winners of the MMAC's Future 50 awards! The Future 50 program recognizes companies within the seven-county Milwaukee region that have grown significantly in both revenue and employment and are locally owned and operated for at least three years. Read More


Aprl 2013

STIR in The NEWS.

New York Times:

Accounts and People of Note in the Advertising Industry

BizTimes Milwaukee:

The Last Word - Dare to be bold

CEO Blog Nation:

Why Did You Start Your Business

CEO Blog Nation:

Diverse Ways to Use Email Marketing

Bulldog Reporter:

How to Develop Your Brand's Story

Bulldog Reporter:

Planning for Success - the Savvy Way to Write a Brilliant Marketing Plan

Spin Sucks:

Public Relations - Lessons from Marty McFly


MARCH 2013

STIR wins Chicago tourism account.

The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau has assigned STIR to rebrand this convention and tourism destination with a branding and messaging campaign.


FEBRUARY 2013

Axis Automation has appointed STIR as agency of record for trade advertising and public relations.

Axis Automation, a leader in automated food topping and dispensing solutions, has assigned STIR to launch a fully integrated campaign including a website, trade advertising, collateral materials and public relations. Axis Automation has been developing innovative automation systems and machinery for Fortune 500 manufacturers worldwide since 1984.


FEBRUARY SUPER BOWL EDITION

STIR provides expert commentary on this year's Super Bowl commercials.

620-WTMJ Radio, Wisconsin's Morning News - 2/1/13 – Brian Bennett interviewed live by Gene Mueller on the strategy behind the commercials. Listen to the Segment.

620-WTMJ Radio, Wisconsin's Afternoon News – 2/1/13 – Brian Bennett interviewed by John Mercure to preview the Super Bowl commercials. Listen to the Segment.

Fox 6 TV Now – 2/4/13 – Brian Bennett appeared to review commercials. Watch the Segment.

620-WTMJ Radio – 2/4/13 – Bill Kresse interviewed by Gene Mueller on the best Super Bowl commercials. Listen to the Segment.

Bulldogreporter.com – Brian Bennett, "Super Bowl Fever: Marketing To the Real Masses During the Advertising Industry's Super Bowl" Read the Article.

MarketingProfs.com – Brian Bennett, "Advertisers Step up Their Game for Super Bowl 2013" Read the Article.

OnMilwaukee.com – Brian Bennett, "Beyond selling, Super Bowl ads need to be entertaining. Read the Article.


NOVEMBER 2012

STIR's print ad for the MACC Fund wins the Building Partners for Humanity advertising contest.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Building Partners for Humanity is an organization that partners with local ad agencies to assist non-profits in creating awareness of their causes. STIR created an ad for the MACC Fund that was selected by a national panel of judges as one of this year's three most effective ads — out of 26 submissions. The MACC Fund received a $1,000 check and commemorative plaque.


OCTOBER 2012

BlueCo Brands Corp., the maker of Barbicide and Lucky Tiger assigns, STIR to handle brand portfolio.

BlueCo Brands Corp. owns two legendary brands – Lucky Tiger men's grooming products and Barbicide disinfectant cleaner. They have assigned STIR to redesign and expand the BlueCo "family of brands" web sites. This includes BlueCo, corporate web site and product sites for Barbicide, Lucky Tiger, Ship-Shape, Dy-Zoff, Clippercide and King Talc.

Halloin/Murdock, a corporate law firm specializing in construction law assigns STIR to redesign their firm's web site.

Halloin/Murdock is a law firm that focuses on construction, real estate environmental, employment and insurance. They take a "boutique" approach to litigation. They have assigned STIR to redesign their firm's web site and update their brand identity.


UPAF has selected STIR to handle their brand advertising campaign.

The United Performing Arts Fund secures community resources, promotes the performing arts as a regional asset and improves the quality of life through financial support of the arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. They have assigned STIR to create an integrated campaign.


SEPTEMBER 2012

STIR would like to team up with you to help your community

The president of STIR, Brian Bennett, recently spoke about Mindset Marketing at the SHSMD Connections conference in Philadelphia. At this event, STIR launched the Greater Good Giveaway to empower healthcare organizations to do... greater good - by giving them an opportunity to win a custom produced TV commercial with a value of $150,000. Think it's too good to be true? Learn more at StirStuff.com/GreaterGood.


AUGUST 2012

STIR launches new TV spot for the Cousins Subs Wisconsin Steak & Brat

Fish aren't biting? Put a piece of Cousins Subs Wisconsin Steak & Brat on your hook. It will lead to a better day out on the lake. Check out this entertaining spot that features some amazing footage of an animatronic fish, built specifically for this spot. It may change the way you fish for Walleyes.
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JULY 2012

STIR recently launched a new website and mobile site for
Cousins Subs

Can a new Website really make your day better? Yes it can. STIR created a new traditional and mobile site as an integral part of the Cousins Subs rebranding effort. The sites feature a new interactive store finder with a GPS locator on the mobile side for ease of finding a Cousins Subs near you. The new sandwich menu "dashboard" allows for easier navigation of all menu options and nutritional info in a central location.
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JUNE 2012

STIR ad campaign wins platinum in the 2012 Graphis 100 Best in Advertising Award Annual.


Two ad campaigns that STIR created were selected by the prestigious international publication Graphis for its 100 Best in Advertising 2012 edition. The LifeChurch campaign was among the six ad campaigns that were chosen as platinum winners by a jury of international judges. Also, an ad for Agnesian HealthCare was recognized as one of the top 100 Best in the 2012 Graphis Advertising Annual. View work


MAY 2012

Roadrunner Transportation Services has assigned STIR to create an integrated B2B campaign.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems is a leading transportation and logistics services provider that offers a full suite of solutions. They have assigned STIR to create an integrated B2B campaign.


APRIL 2012

WISPARK retains STIR to help launch a retail development in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

WISPARK is developing a retail and town center at the intersection of Drexel Avenue and Howell Avenue in Oak Creek. STIR has named the development, Drexel Town Square. They are currently developing identity and collateral materials for the project.

Adelman Travel Group assigns STIR to develop a B2B integrated campaign.

Adelman Travel Group is one of the top 10 U.S. travel agencies. They specialize in sustaining lower spending levels while offering companies the most convenient travel options through on-line, mobile and call-in reservations options. STIR has been hired to develop a comprehensive marketing campaign.


MARCH 2012

Brian Gosizk hired as Director, Integrated Partnerships.

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Gosizk as Director, Integrated Partnerships. Brian is veteran of the advertising and marketing world, he has worked in New York, Chicago,Toronto and Milwaukee on some of the worlds best known brands, including General Motors, Motorola, AON and PepsiCo. Read more about Brian here.

FEBRUARY 2012

Hannah Jablonski hired as Junior Art Director.

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Hannah Jablonski as Junior Art Director. Hannah has gained experience at a number of Milwaukee ad agencies since graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. Hannah has worked with major clients such as Cousins Subs, Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin, Heartland Credit Union, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Verlo Mattress Factory Store, Walmart and many other well-established brand names. Read more about Hannah here.

STIR launches a new site for award winning hamburger phenom, Dotty Dumpling's Dowry.

A longtime staple of the burger scene in Madison, Wisconsin, Dotty Dumpling's Dowry was in need of some seriously fantastic, digital dynamics. We came to their rescue with a website design and tone that captured the personality of this uniquely, whimsical brand. The site allowed Dotty Dumpling's Dowry to make a stronger connection with consumers, which resulted in more seats being filled. Check out the site.

JANUARY 2012

Dan Burkee hired as Public Relations Director.

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Burkee as Public Relations Director. Dan has handled national, regional and local business in the B2B and B2C arenas. He's a strong writer, planner and strategist whose work has been honored by the Business Marketing Association. Read more about Dan here.



DECEMBER 2011

Lori Lanza hired as Media Manager.

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Lori Lanza as Media Manager. Lori has researched, planned, placed and trafficked traditional and nontraditional media for national and local clients. She has worked for a number of agencies and companies including Versant, Batteries Plus and Creative Suit & Tighe. Her experience includes working on accounts within the transportation, retail, tourism, and financial industries. Her former clients include Milwaukee County Transit System, Shopko, Batteries Plus, Miller Visitor Center, and Bank Mutual. Lori will work closely with STIR's clients and all their media needs. Outside of work Lori is an avid Packers and Brewers fan and also practices yoga.


NOVEMBER 2011

STIR recently launched a new site for Agnesian HealthCare.

After years of serving as a beacon for their organization it was time for Agnesian HealthCare's site to be replaced with a brand new site. Part of a rebranding effort for Agnesian HealthCare included a website redesign. We strategically designed the site to be more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Additional navigation organization was implemented including a more streamlined physician search as well as many other innovative new features.
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STIR Launches new mobile site for Visit Savannah.

For the first time in history visitors in Savannah, Georgia will be able to access a mobile site, created and designed by STIR, that will help guide them through the city to ensure that they get the most out of their stay. Savannah, Georgia is a national tourist destination. Visit Savannah assigned us to develop a mobile site that would give visitors instant access to information on restaurants, museums and everything else Savannah has to offer.
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OCTOBER 2011

Lee Tse hired as Senior Art Director

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Lee Tse as Senior Art Director. Lee comes from a strong background in design with a degree from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and over 16 years of professional experience as a creative and art director. Lee has worked with major clients such as Harley-Davidson, Kohl's Department Stores, Brady Corporation, Valpak, Milwaukee County Zoo, and many other well-established names. Lee's work includes co-founding his own advertising agency, project and team management, as well as brand building. "Lee's work has strong branding messages alongside creative, unique, one-of-a-kind designs. As the new Senior Art Director, Lee will be focusing on work for clients such as InControl Medical, Cousins Subs, and many other existing clienteles here at STIR. We are pleased to have Lee join us here at STIR, he is a great addition to our team," said STIR's Partner/Executive Creative Director, Bill Kresse.



SEPTEMBER 2011

Karin Oliver-Kreft hired as Account Supervisor

We're pleased to announce the hiring of Karin Oliver-Kreft as Account Supervisor. Karin began her marketing career at Doner Advertising in Detroit, working on national clients such as Blockbuster Video, Helzberg Diamonds, PETsMART, PNC Bank, and Six Flags. Since then Karin has worked at a number of other agencies including People To My Site where she oversaw strategy and development for traditional and interactive marketing clients. Outside of work, Karin was the lead singer of international recording artists, His Name Is Alive. She is happily married, and spends her time touring apple orchards, cooking, learning about Japanese pop-culture, writing fiction, and updating her blog.



AUGUST 2011

STIR posters featured in Communication Arts

A poster campaign STIR created for the Jalapeño Eating Contest sponsored by the Wisconsin State Fair was featured in the highly respected Communication Arts portfolio section.
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JULY 2011

Cousins Subs has appointed STIR as agency of record for advertising and promotions

As Cousins Subs approaches their 40th anniversary they called upon STIR to help reinvigorate their brand. "STIR will be our agency of record, working with us on all advertising strategies and creative, media production and purchasing media on behalf of our coops." Christine Specht, President & Chief Operating Officer said, "We will be working closely with STIR to ensure that our strategic initiatives are fully aligned with the execution of our brand positioning and advertising. It will be a great opportunity for the future. This isn't business as usual!"



MAY 2011

InControl Medical chooses STIR to launch new national product

InControl Medical is launching a breakthrough new device to treat female incontinence. STIR will launch a fully integrated campaign including a website, print advertising, collateral materials, social media and an extensive public relations campaign.



APRIL 2011

STIR adds Visit Savannah to its roster

STIR has been assigned by Visit Savannah to promote tourism for Savannah, Georgia, which is a historical, outstanding national destination. STIR will begin their journey by developing a mobile site. "This is a extremely exciting project for us and it further enhances our tourism credentials in the areas of mobile and destination marketing." Brian Bennett said.



JANUARY 2011

STIR ad featured in Graphis 100 Best in Advertising

An ad STIR created for Urban Motorworx was selected by prestigious international publication Graphis for its 100 Best in Advertising 2011 edition. View Work



DECEMBER 2010

STIR helps the Wisconsin State Fair win gold

STIR’s 2010 summer campaign for the Wisconsin State Fair has earned multiple first-place awards and numerous other awards at the Competitive Exhibits and Communications Awards during the annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions conference in Las Vegas. “Marketers often express frustration over the ability to have a collaborative partnership that melds in-house and agency creative groups. The Wisconsin State Fair allowed us to do what we do best – provide them with engaging creative, all while working closely with their in-house talent. As a result, the client has a campaign that is recognized as the best in the nation - all on a very modest budget.” Brian Bennett said.



NOVEMBER 2010

George W. in the house

One of our favorite charities to work on is Teen Challenge, Milwaukee.  They help transform the lives of those battling with drug addiction. Recently, they needed to raise some big dollars. The solution was to bring in a heavyweight. President George W. Bush accepted our invitation and spoke at the 2010 Teen Challenge Fund Raiser. Nearly 3,000 people attended including enough press to generate over $2 million in media. STIR managed the media and the Secret Service.  Or did they manage us?



OCTOBER 2010

Your visits to STIR now come with a view

After eight years in the Blatz Building, STIR pulled up stakes and moved to the top floor of the Germania Building, one of the few older, more historic structures in Milwaukee. The space was fully reconfigured for us and has a beautiful view of the city. Please, stop by and pay us a visit.  We have a fully stocked bar.



SEPTEMBER 2010

STIR ad featured in Communication Arts

An ad campaign STIR created for Sonora Hunting Association was featured in the highly respected Communication Arts online portfolio section.



AUGUST 2010

Pete Rathkamp hired to head up Digital Strategy

We’re pleased to announce the hiring of Pete Rathkamp as Director of Digital Strategy.  Pete is a tremendously talented individual with impeccable credentials in the digital environment.  He is already deeply involved in the development of three major web sites and is leading the charge on many other elements including presentations and online research.