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Empower Earns Its Second Ad Age Agency A-List Standout Award
The Un-Holding Company℠ is the First and Only Cincinnati-Based Agency to Receive the National Honor

CINCINNATI (June 7, 2021) – Empower: The Un-Holding Company held it down in 2020. Seven new clients, zero layoffs and 15% growth are just a few of the ways Empower stood out among the top 25 advertising agencies in the nation – earning its second title as an Ad Age Agency A-List Standout. Empower is the first and only Cincinnati-based agency to receive this honor, having first been recognized in 2019. Read more about the agency’s standout year in Ad Age.

As noted by Ad Age, the shops on this list have shown they have the skills to carry clients well into the future—whatever that may bring.

In 2020, Empower added 30 new hires, doubled its Chicago office presence and launched four new products. It kept a clear focus of planning for the future, not once shortsighted by quarterly financials. Empower also sponsored the most successful “shop local” initiative to date raising $650,000; an execution that was adopted in other cities.

“Don’t judge an agency by how it performs on its best day, but rather how the organization performs on their most challenging… or in our case… 2020… the year of a global pandemic, social unrest and pivoting on a dime,” says Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operating officer at Empower. “We doubled down on taking care of our people and, in turn, they leaned into clients serving as their greatest ally when they needed us most. We’re proud of our business success, but equally committed to strengthening our culture by having each other’s back and making strides with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board,” said FitzGerald.

About Empower

We are Empower, The Un-Holding Company. Our advantage is simple. Clients first – not shareholders.

From the day we opened our doors in 1985, Empower has challenged the media status quo.

Empower is recognized as one of the top independent agencies by Campaign US, a two-time Ad Age Agency A-List Standout (2021 and 2019) and was crowned MediaPost’s 2016 Media Agency of the Year.

Our integrated team of experts in Media, Creative, Analytics, and Word-of-Mouth Marketing outperform expectations. Celebrating two Adweek Media All-Stars back-to-back while also being honored by the Webby Awards, The One Show and ANA REGGIE Awards proves the eclectic talent at Empower is no one-hit wonder.

Empower’s client and employee tenure rate is unmatched – 3X the industry average. Some of our biggest fans include Tempur Sealy, Fifth Third Bank, Gorilla Glue, TriHealth, Brooks Running, Jack Link’s, V-Tech, Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, GNC, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Rust-Oleum, The Body Shop, RoC Skincare and Newell Brands. 

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. Our Chicago office is located in the city’s bustling River North neighborhood, just steps from the Merchandise Mart.

While much has evolved in our 35-year history, we remain independent with plenty of hustle…

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