The Best Creative Agency in each State: 2018

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It’s that time of year for the Midterm creative agency evaluations. Below are the winners, by state. The single criterion is current creative work; not legacy reputations. The best work right now. In some cases, certain states are omitted. Either no agency met the standard, or I simply didn’t know enough about the creative landscape in that particular state (Alaska, for instance).

The Palma Honor Roll:

  • Alabama               BIG, Birmingham                              http://bigcom.com
  • Arizona                 Santy, Scottsdale                               http://santy.com
  • Arkansas              Eric Rob & Isaac, Little Rock          https://ericrobisaac.com
  • California (So.)    Anomaly, LA                                      http://anomaly.com
  • California (No.)   BSSP, Sausalito                                  https://bssp.com/#!/welcome
  • Colorado               Made, Boulder                                  https://www.heymade.com
  • Connecticut         Cronin, Glastonbury                       https://www.cronin-co.com
  • D.C.                       Admirable Devil                              http://admirabledevil.com
  • Delaware            Aloysius Butler & Clark, Wilm.      https://abccreative.com
  • Florida (So.)         David, Miami                                   http://www.davidtheagency.com
  • Florida (No.)         Bright Red\TBWA                            https://www.brightredtbwa.com
  • Georgia                 Fitzco, Atlanta                                  https://fitzco.com
  • Illinois                   C-K, Chicago                                     https://c-k.com
  • Indiana                  Young & Laramore, Indy             https://yandl.com
  • Iowa                       Flynn/Wright, Des Moines          http://www.flynnwright.com/work/
  • Kentucky               Scoppechio, Louisville                  http://scoppechio.com
  • Louisiana              Trumpet, New Orleans                 https://trumpetadvertising.com
  • Maine                    Via, Portland                                   http://theviaagency.com
  • Maryland              RP3, Bethesda                                 https://rp3agency.com
  • Massachusetts     The Fantastical, Boston                 https://thefantastical.com
  • Michigan              Doner, Southfield                           http://www.doner.com
  • Minnesota            Fallon, Minneapolis                       https://www.fallon.com
  • Mississippi           MWB, Jackson                                  https://mwb.com
  • Missouri               Barkley, KC                                       https://www.barkleyus.com
  • Nebraska              Bailey Lauerman, Omaha            https://www.baileylauerman.com
  • Nevada                  R&R, Las Vegas                               https://www.rrpartners.com
  • New Mexico         McKeeWallwork, Albuq.               https://www.mckeewallwork.com
  • New York               360i, NYC                                          https://360i.com
  • North Carolina     Baldwin&, Raleigh                         http://www.baldwinand.com
  • Ohio                       Brokaw, Cleveland                         https://www.brokaw.com
  • Oregon                 Wieden & Kennedy, Portland        https://www.wk.com
  • Pennsylvania (E)    Pavone, Harrisburg                     http://www.pavone.net
  • Pennsylvania (W)  Brunner, Pittsburgh                     https://brunnerworks.com
  • Rhode Island          NAIL                                                 http://www.nail.cc
  • South Carolina       EP, & Co. Greenville                      https://www.epandcompany.com
  • Tennessee                Tombras, Knoxville                     https://tombras.com
  • Texas                         McGarrah Jessee, Austin            https://www.mc-j.com
  • Virginia                     Martin Agency, Richmond         https://www.martinagency.com
  • Washington              copacino+fujikado, Seattle         https://www.copacino.com
  • Wisconsin                 C-K, Milwaukee                             https://c-k.com

8 thoughts on “The Best Creative Agency in each State: 2018

  1. Trevor

    Interesting list, Mr. Palma. But I can’t help but wonder why you chose Baldwin& over, say, McKinney or BooneOakley. You say your sole criteria is “current creative work.” Baldwin& has certainly done some tasty stuff for the likes of Burt’s Bees and Krispy Kreme in the past. But what have they done that is noteworthy in the last year or so? They did get some press for a Kioti commercial that, truth be told, is meh at best. But I’d be hard pressed to think of anything else they’ve done recently. I’m not slagging on Baldwin&. Far from it. I’m just not familiar with what they’ve been doing lately. (It might help if they updated their website. It looks like they haven’t posted anything new for quite awhile.) If you can point us in the direction of their latest work, I for one would love to see it. Thanks.

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    1. mikepalma Post author

      Thanks for reading Trevor. Subjective of course. Oakley doing good work yes…Bojangles Lent spot was great. Cude too. Gorgeous work. Most agencies don’t show most current work on site. I know some stuff that David is doing, soon to be seen. But KK is strong for now.

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  2. Craig

    Folks, don’t be fooled, or overly excited by this list — all of these agencies also represent Mr. Palma’s largest source of income, per state. Hopefully this is obvious to all. If not, you’re welcome.

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    1. mikepalma Post author

      Hi Craig, thanks for reading. And thanks for your note. I’m not sure where your information is coming from but it’s inaccurate. Of the 40 agencies/states listed, I have done one transaction with ONE agency in 2018. I’ve been in this business a long time and of the 40 agencies, 29 of them I have NEVER done business with. I’m sorry you feel this way. I don’t know you but I wish you and your agency good luck. Best, MP

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