Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Improvement Needed: PR Firms

When it comes to public relations firms, the good news is that downtown is already home to the headquarters of PR powerhouse Fleishman Hillard and a local office of publicly-held Weber Shandwick. In addition, three more of St. Louis' top PR firms will be moving downtown when Osborn & Barr and Adamson relocate from Clayton to Cupples Station and Millenium Communications is absorbed by the Hughes Group.

However, there is still much room for improvement, and public relations is one industry to which downtown is an appealing locale. According to the St. Louis Business Journal's Book of Lists, the following prominent St. Louis PR firms are located outside of downtown:

- Black Twig Marketing & Communications - Clayton - 18 employees - $6.1 million in billings (Black Twig was founded by former Kupper Parker chief Bruce Kupper)

- Cushman/Amberg Communications - Clayton - 11 employees - $5.6 million

- Standing Partnership - Chesterfield - 23 employees - $3.5 million

- Clayton-Davis Associates - Clayton - 3 employees - $3.2 million

- The Vandiver Group - Chesterfield - 19 employees - $2.8 million

- DDC Advertising and Public Relations - Clayton - 5 employees - $1.2 million

- Casey Communications - Clayton - 7 employees - $1.2 million

- Brigton Agency - Clayton - 39 employees - $495,000

- KolbeCo Marketing Resources - Dardenne Prairie - 6 employees - $447,345

- Common Ground Public Relations - Chesterfield - n/a - n/a

The Standing Partnership and The Vandiver Group are both located in Maryville Center - they would be absolutely perfect for downtown, as would the others. (Editorial note: my first job out of college was with a firm in Maryville Center. Toiling in that glorified office park was an absolutely soul-crushing experience.)


Anonymous said...

For the record, Mack Bradley of the Vandiver Group recently broke off and formed his own agency and is now located, I believe, in Soulard.

Brian said...

It's a start! Thanks for the info.

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