The Internationally Renowned Creative Stitches Together the Art and Science of Creative Media Solutions

CINCINNATI (January 28, 2019) – Empower strengthens its position as The Creative Media Agency with the hire of Chief Creative Officer, Tinus Strydom.

“We’re in an era where advertising is trying to define itself,” says Rob FitzGerald, president at Empower. “Strydom give us a competitive edge by bridging the gap between media and message under one roof. He embodies the stamina and talent to push forward creative innovation at the speed of hyperfast media,” FitzGerald explained.

By way of Johannesburg, Singapore and NYC, Tinus Strydom plants his roots in the consumer marketing capital of the world, Cincinnati.

Formerly executive creative director at Grey Group in Singapore where he focused on Team GSK’s global communication and digital evolution, Strydom brings international flavor to the independently-held Cincinnati based Creative Media Agency. Among career highlights is Strydom’s creative leadership for Ikea, Vaseline, Chupa Chups and Google that earned Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in Singapore its first “Runner-Up International Agency of the Year” title from Ad Age. Most noteworthy, Strydom’s satirical parody idea for Ikea’s catalog campaign, “experience the power of a bookbook,” went viral with more than 18 million views and was praised by Time magazine, Huffington Post and Forbes among others for its clever integration of pop culture into a successful marketing campaign. Rounding out Strydom’s portfolio, he also played an integral role in leading digital projects for AT&T and GE while he was at BBDO in NYC.

“Empower’s commitment and investment in advanced data solutions provides a unique platform for Creative that you don’t find at most agencies,” said Strydom. “It’s the opportunity to work alongside a team of data scientists and business strategists to develop ownable human truths built on first-party data. That’s what makes Empower so compelling,” he said.

About Empower 

Empower is The Creative Media Agency that Builds Trust at Scale. Founded 34 years ago on a foundation of trust and transparency, Empower was named MediaPost’s 2016 Media Agency of the Year. Our award-winning integrated team of experts in audience, media, message and measurement deliver data-driven, tech-enabled and emotionally-charged Creative Media.

Tackling business challenges with the precision of an engineer and the heart of a matchmaker, Empower goes beyond securing impressions and makes those impressions personal. That’s how you build trust in the space between brand and consumer at scale. Some of our biggest fans include Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Gorilla Glue, Brooks Running Company, GNC, PetSmart, TriHealth and Fifth Third Bank.

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. While much has changed over the course of our company history, some things remain: we are an independent, certified women-owned business, and we will constantly challenge the media status quo.

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