problem can we solve for you today?
You have problems. We solve them.
With creativity. Intellect. Ingenuity. Experience. And big, big, big ideas.
Maybe your company’s execution isn’t meeting your vision. Maybe you have an amazing new product that you can’t get distributors to give a %! about. Maybe the only thing your internal creative department and your ad agency can agree on is where to meet for the rumble.
Maybe you need to shake things up in a manner that’s best measured on the Richter scale.
Our ideas are fueled by uncovering game-changing truths—truths that can only be identified by working closely with the person who knows your business best: you. Some call this collaboration. We call it flint meeting steel to make sparks. Sparks that ignite the rocket fuel that is creativity.
We’re not tethered to any method of execution. Sometimes branding and advertising is involved. Oftentimes it isn’t. Digital, analog, high-tech, low-tech—the best method of delivery always reveals itself in the idea. Our only concern is to bring those big ideas to life in the most dramatic and effective way possible.
We partner with clients who are smart, confident and courageous. People who have a mandate to make a difference.
Our clients put their careers in our hands. We reward that trust with an all-in determination and work ethic that borders on the fanatical.
But most of all, we reward that trust with results.
We are artists, writers, strategists, planners, coordinators, technologists. We are nonstop thinkers, mad geniuses, eccentric recluses, relentless tinkerers, discontent perfectionists, obsessive wordsmiths, quiet doodlers, caffeine-addicted taskmasters, demanding status-quo challengers, impassioned idealists, nurturers of nascent notions, egalitarian embracers of ideas and writers of really long sentences. We are night owls and morning larks, gadget freaks and technophobes, dog lovers and cat devotees, Packer fans and Vikings die-hards, beer drinkers and wine snobs, extroverts and wallflowers, comedians and tragedians. We are madcap flingers of adjectives. We believe that safe is risky and risky is the only responsible approach. We are hard working, detail-obsessed, insanely driven pursuers of the big, big, big idea. We are bookworms who like nothing better than to curl up with a good thesaurus. We are inspired. We are accountable. We are loyal. We are unfettered. We are heretical. We are cold in January. We are the exception to all sorts of rules. We are morally and fundamentally opposed to layered, bureaucratic, Brobdingnagian entities commonly known as “advertising agencies” that purport to solve problems by throwing more people at them. We are users of words like Brobdingnagian.
We add un to ordinary, in to imitable and anti to all things establishment. We are proof that solving problems on a global basis is not the sole province of inefficient, monolithic agencies that would have you throw money on a bonfire if they had a sudden urge to roast a marshmallow. We are under whelmed—nay, completely un-whelmed—by this description:
Founded in 1991, Hunt Adkins is a creative sledgehammer that uses the power of ideas to beat that wise-ass smirk out of your most infuriating problems.
Such a vertigo-inducing, squinting-down-from-the-stratosphere view of our capabilities doesn’t capture who we are any more than the phrase “Theoretical physicist with unusual hair” describes Albert Einstein. Did we just compare ourselves to Einstein? We are confident, we are audacious, we are occasionally prone to exaggeration. But if you really want to boil us down, it comes to this: We are singularly multi-faceted. We are multifariously single-minded. We are impossible to describe in a sentence.
Patrick is the President and CEO of Hunt Adkins. He founded the agency with a mission to seamlessly integrate relevant, entertaining content with a key selling proposition in order to actually—and we’re not kidding here—make a difference, i.e., create ads that don’t make you want to lie down in front of a runaway cement truck.
Prior to HA, Patrick owned and sold a recreation and entertainment newspaper (was a ski bum), worked in the hospitality business as V.P. Marketing for a large restaurant and catering business (washed dishes) and worked at Fallon McElligott in both account management and account planning (sold his soul).
While at Fallon, he worked on well-known brands such as Federal Express, O.M. Scott & Sons and Hush Puppies.
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03/05/2014 If you had the power of total omniscience would you "do good" or read the thoughts of @theshowmn attendees? Us too. http://t.co/BCEqlpjdYW
03/04/2014 Warning: Watching this ad will make you lactose intolerant. https://t.co/8a0ARs1rAl
Doug is the Chief Creative Officer and Vice President at Hunt Adkins. Prior to HA Doug was a copywriter at Bozell, Inc., also in Minneapolis, where he worked on such accounts as Chrysler-Plymouth, 3M, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, The United Way, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. Doug studied English at the University of Minnesota, but became intensely interested in advertising soon after running out of food.
In addition to winning a cornucopian superabundance of advertising awards, Doug is also famous for his invention of the word cornucopian and for directing prose at the agency with the best copywriting in the country. In his spare time, Doug likes to write ads.
Ad Week once named Doug as one of the “hottest” copywriters in the country. Doug was briefly thrilled by this honor until learning that it was a reference to his writing skills and not his animal magnetism.
*EXCLUDING: MESSAGES IN BOTTLES, UNCOMFORTABLE BODY LANGUAGE, FLAG-BASED SEMAPHORE, HOMEMADE HAM RADIO, INSECT PHEROMONES, VICTORIAN CALLING CARDS, TAPPING IN MORSE CODE ON OUR WALLS, SECRET BIRD-CALL-LIKE WHISTLES, ROBOT-TRANSFERRED VIDEO HOLOGRAMS, SINGING TELEGRAM, ROBOTIC SINGING TELEGRAM, THE SECRET DROP-BOX LOCATED NEXT TO THE FOOT OF THE BIG BOY RESTAURANT'S BIG BOY STATUE IN BISMARCK (NORTH DAKOTA), BACKWARD RECORDINGS BURIED WITHIN CHART-TOPPING SINGLES, BRAILLE OF ANY FORM, AMERICAN OR NON-AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, CARRIER PIGEON, GRAFFITI TAGS, OR ANY CHAIN OF HUGE SIGNAL FIRES ATOP NEARBY MOUNTAIN PEAKS.