About Us

From the day Empower opened,
we challenged the media status quo

We did something new to prove what’s possible. That entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well today as we blur the lines of marketing expertise.  

We take risks others wouldn’t. We aim higher than expected. And if we miss, we dust ourselves off and keep charging forward. We have deeper commitments to each other and clients than most agencies, being independently owned and not in the fishbowl of huge coastal cities. We can emphasize values most human beings care about. It sets us apart. 


How We Do It

Our Integrated


We leverage data to uncover the audiences most likely to engage with your brand.

  • Quantitative & Qualitative Research
  • Segmentation
  • Advanced Targeting
  • Impact Moments
  • Audience Prioritization
  • Consumer Journey Development
  • Look-a-like Modeling
  • Influencer Mapping


Our award-winning team manages integrated media across all channels.

  • Cross-channel Planning
  • Omni-channel Planning
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Print
  • Out of home
  • Search (Paid & Organic)
  • Social Media
  • Programmatic
  • Display
  • Native
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Websites
  • App Development
  • Content Marketing
  • Commerce 


We infuse storytelling into media to build meaningful relationships (and trust) with consumers.

  • Message Mapping
  • Brand Identity & Positioning
  • 360º Creative Campaign Development
  • Digital Design & Development
  • Adaptive Creative
  • Cause Marketing
  • Content Studio


A robust measurement strategy is baked into every plan, and the data drives our optimizations.

  • Marketing Impact Models
  • EmpowerDashSM
  • TV to Web Attribution
  • Brand Health Tracking

Who We Work With

Trusted Client Relationships

Over the past 33 years, we’ve worked across 60 categories for more than 600 brands. With an average client tenure of eight years, three times the industry average, we have a proven reputation as a trusted partner. Our current client roster includes more than 25 brands. Among them are:

  • Jack Link's Protein Snacks
  • Ashley Homestore
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Wendy's
  • Famous footwear
  • Tempur Sealy
  • TriHealth
  • LasikPlus+
  • VTech
  • Bush's Best
  • PetSmart
  • GNC
  • Rust-Oleum
  • O-Cedar
  • Brooks

How We Got Here

Our Herstory

Thirty-three years ago, Mary Beth Price took a risk few others were willing to take and created one of the first media agencies that unbundled media from creative. She started with one client, two employees and a humble one-bedroom apartment “office.” As new channels such as cable TV, satellite and the internet emerged and gained scale, a burgeoning, diversifying ecosystem was born. Price understood that for media to work and drive business objectives in this changing landscape, media itself had to become more than just an ad delivery mechanism. Media was obligated to have a much greater focus on the science side of where and how ads were placed and who they targeted, instead of just a focus on what the ads tried to communicate. Mary Beth’s son, Jim Price, knew what a GRP was by fifth grade. By high school, he was suggesting buying tactics. Today, Jim is eight years into taking the reins of the company. We are now Empower, with 170 employees and a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters, The Marketer, four floors of forward thinking nestled in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. While much has changed over the course of our company history, some things will always remain: we are fiercely independent and will constantly challenge the media status quo.

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