Kyle started Blakely + Company, a full-service ad agency, in late summer, 2001, a week before 9/11. Starting a company is always an adventure, but with the country reeling from the shock of a national disaster, it made the transition especially challenging.
Blakely + Company endured, and has grown from the three employees who started with the company to 14 today. During the economic downturn following that autumn, we were fortunate to find marketing partners who understood that often the best time to increase market share is when many others have fled the space. With less noise, your message stands out more. And then, when the market does come back, your share of the pie has grown substantially and you are miles ahead of your competition.
Since so many people were out of work, many were turning to higher education to retrain and re-enter the job force with a renewed focus. This presented a wonderful opportunity for Blakely + Company to grow, and we partnered with several education clients to help them expand during this time. We are proud to call University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), University of the Rockies (UOR), Colorado College (CC) and The Office of Catholic Education our long-time clients. We’ve also worked on projects for The Center for Creative Leadership, S.O.S. for Parents, Cascade Training Center, Academy District 20, Intellitec Medical Institute and Colorado Education Solutions, a statewide, online, K-12 charter school. As our business has grown, we have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of interesting clients of all sizes. Many clients use all of our services, many use a select number of services, and some call us for project work when they need us. We have clients who range from a one-person shop to corporations with several hundred employees. We work as full-service partners, liaisons to marketing departments, strategic business consultants, and have even played the role of in-house marketing department. Given our decades’ worth of experience, we are a versatile and flexible advertising agency – able to work with whatever structure works best for our clients.