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Venables Bell + Partners Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Offering AOR Services to a Small Business in Need for $20

Agency Launches Campaign Announcing a Call for Submissions From Local, Independent Small Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic

Venables Bell + Partners Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Offering AOR Services to a Small Business in Need for $20

In honour of its 20th anniversary, leading independent agency Venables Bell + Partners has announced that it will offer its full-service Agency of Record duties to one deserving San Francisco-based small business for one year for $20. The agency launched a contest-related campaign today to share the word with local, independent small businesses that have been significantly affected by the pandemic and related challenges. 

“It’s fair to say that providing our AOR services for $20 is crazy, though somehow it’s entirely fitting in today’s crazy world,” said Paul Venables, founder and chairman of VB+P. “Small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and have faced incredible challenges in recent months. As we mark this 20-year milestone, we’re grateful to be in the position to give back and help another local business realize its potential. We’re looking forward to finding our new partner and getting started together.” 

The integrated campaign highlights a theme of crazy times that call for crazy actions and features messaging such as: “Aliens are real. Venomous caterpillars exist and we’ll be your ad agency for $20.” Content will appear on community-targeted digital platforms such as Next Door and Craigslist, and owned and paid social media channels. Wild postings will be distributed throughout local neighbourhoods, and the agency has also partnered with The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to share news of this initiative with their network of small businesses. 

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15th, and a winner will be announced on December 13th.  As Agency of Record, VB+P will provide all strategic planning and creative ideation with an annual fee of $20. The fee comes with one requirement: the new client must promise not to settle for ordinary work. Submission details and partnership terms are outlined on the program’s website.

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Agency: Venables Bell & Partners

Founder, Chairman: Paul Venables

Partner, Chief Creative Officer: Will McGinness

Senior Designer: Dani Saputo

Junior Designer: Susannah Turley‬‬‬

Art Director: Dwight Williams

Copywriter: Cameron Hamlet

Director Of Integrated Production: Hilary Coate

Head of Agency Resourcing and Workflow: Raquel Bedard

Senior Integrated Producer: Andrew Lovold

Integrated Producer: Livia Biedermann

Producer: Anna Lindsay

Art Production Lead: Michelle Wells

Senior Project Manager: Melissa Redada

Junior Project Manager: Katie Armstrong

Director Of Business Affairs: Quynh-an Phan

Senior Business Affairs Manager: Tina Marie Thorland

Group Brand Director: Kristin Obi

Brand Supervisor: Andy Haumersen

Social Brand Manager: Trent Matthews

New Business Marketing Coordinator: Taylor Cheek