Advertising Agency Tours in Minneapolis!

So today myself and fellow WSU Ad Fed member made the treck to Minneapolis to tour 3 amazing advertising agencies. We hit the road around 730 this wonderful Friday morning and ended up in outside of Campbell Mithun right around 10 am. The Campbell Mithun tour is HUGE and we were not quite sure where the heck to to find the actual reception of Campbell Mithun the agency, so first we asked a janitor and then another person who was sitting at a desk in the lobby. We were directed to go the the 26th floor and low an behold, there she be, Campbell Mithun. After we checked in, we waited for the lovely Kat Dalager to come and show us around the place. It was really interesting to see how Campbell Mithun was laid out, it had a very circular flow when you were walking around it, which was a nice change from the normal box room layouts. After we toured the 4 floors that Campbell Mithun has in the tower, we went to the conference room to view a reel of Campbell Mithuns work. It was so great to get a inside look at the layout and feel of such an amazing and established agency.

Next we hit International Market Square for lunch. I had a quite delicious turkey, bacon and avacado sandwhich for lunch. 🙂

Next stop Mono! We found the blue door and we were super excited to check out Mono, we had seen Larry Olson speak at the SAS and it really sparked our clubs interest in Mono, so we were super excited to be able and go check them out! We met Larry at the front desk and he showed us around and gave us a feel for Mono. One thing I really enjoyed about Mono was their concept wall. They have these glass wall type things that they will put up ideas, pictures, comments, etc up when working on a client, and everyone is encouraged to put in their 10-cents on the wall each day. I really love the collabrative concept behind the wall. After our tour we went into the conference room to chat with Larry and Learn some more about Mono and their work. I really enjoyed being able to see Mono, and see the differences between them and Campbell Mithun!

Our last agency we saw today was Knock. Our former AdFed president Julia, had recently got a job their, so we were all really excited to check it out! First we went on a tour, and one thing I really liked about Knock was that where the creatives sat was all open and front of a big window, you get that natural lighting and the collaborative effort in that space again that I really enjoyed. After the tour we sat down in the conference room to take a deeper look into Knock and the work they do. It was super interesting to sit down with the 5 or so employees they had in there and really get a feel for the different roles and aspects that they were involved with!

Overall today was a very long and exciting day! It was so interesting to be able to the differences between all the agency we saw today and get to know everyone we met! I definatly enjoyed it!


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