Press Release: TradeMark Media Merges with Creative Suitcase

04 Jan 2017


TradeMark Media, one of the Fastest Growing Digital Marketing Agencies in Texas, Launches 2017 with New Branding and Design Services

Austin interactive agency TradeMark Media acquires strategic design firm Creative Suitcase to offer full service marketing,  branding strategy and creative services

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Expanding its footprint as one of the fastest growing digital agencies in Texas, TradeMark Media today announced it has acquired Creative Suitcase, an award-winning strategic design firm well known for its print and digital design including the iconic “You’re My Butter Half” mural at United Way for Greater Austin.

In both 2015 and 2016, TradeMark Media earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the United States.    

The agreement to acquire Creative Suitcase brings together a team of 28 creative professionals in Web development, information architecture, usability, interactive and graphic design, project management and digital marketing strategy and services. Company founders—TradeMark Media’s founder and president, Nick Weynand, and Creative Suitcase’s founder and president, Rachel Clemens—credit their friendship, years of professional collaboration, and shared values among the inspiration for this milestone venture.

Weynand continues to serve as founder and president of TradeMark Media, making Clemens TradeMark Media’s first Chief Marketing Officer.

Known for its deep expertise in information architecture, usability and web development process and project management, TradeMark Media collaborated with Creative Suitcase on multiple client projects including The University of Texas, Whole Foods Market, Texas Restaurant Association, The Bug Master, and Bypass Mobile. Weynand says their company’s different and complementary strengths create a growth opportunity for the expanded TradeMark Media brand:

Our shared portfolio is strong, and we’ve always enjoyed working with Rachel and her team. We are better together under one roof. As CMO, Rachel will lead the growth of our strategic marketing and branding services. We’re going to grow, and we’re looking forward to engaging with our clients earlier in their marketing planning process because we now offer more comprehensive tools to better serve their needs.

Nick Weynand, President

Both companies have deep Austin roots.

An Austin native, Weynand launched TradeMark Media in 1999 while he was a college student, capitalizing on the Austin business community’s growing demands for Web development services. Focusing on information architecture and usability led to increasingly complex projects for government, associations, higher education, nonprofits and for-profit companies.

Clemens opened Creative Suitcase in 2005, growing its portfolio to include acclaimed branding and logo work for Habitat for Humanity, The Long Center, and KUT-FM.

Both companies serve businesses and mission-driven organizations and “have a heart for those who do good,” says Weynand, who is also a longtime Meals on Wheels volunteer. In addition to Weynand’s personal meal delivery route, several other TradeMark employees handle a meal delivery route each week.

We are well-aligned on the idea of giving back to the community and helping organizations that are making a positive impact on others’ lives. In our 10-year-history, we donated over $25,000 to organizations that are making our world a better place.

Rachel Clemens, Chief Marketing Officer

Their culture of giving back and making an impact on the community includes:

  • Digital strategy, design, and development services to more than 650 Web projects
  • 1,680 meals delivered for Meals on Wheels and More
  • Discounts to nonprofits over the last 10 years is approximately $200,000

TradeMark Media joined the Inc. 5000 list in 2015, citing 228 percent revenue growth in a three-year period. In 2016, TradeMark Media rose to #1060 on the Inc. 5000 list and was named a Fast 50 company by the Austin Business Journal. TradeMark’s low turnover, big company benefits, and vibrant company culture also places it among Austin’s Best Places to Work 2016 (Austin Business Journal).