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Media & Marketing

The Ad Bowl (There Was Also a Football Game)

Brands brought big stars, special effects and laughs. But local ad pros say the products were lost in the mix. read more >
Media & Marketing

A Girl and Her Dog Won the Super Bowl, Local Ad Pros Say

Most advertisers played it safe this year. One marketing exec described the crop of ideas as "remarkably ordinary." read more >
Business Services / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

Grading the Super Bowl Ads, With Local Help

Marketing pros say two opposing themes drove the most engagement: newness and nostalgia. read more >
Pam Jones, president of Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock, says that reaching out to minority consumers these days “is not just good business, it’s smart business.” C3, as the agency is known, has offices in the Gans Building on Second Street.
Government & Politics / Health Care

In Crunch, State Reached Out to Ad Firms for Vaccine Work

The clicking clock of COVID-19 led Arkansas health officials to bypass typical competitive bidding procedures in awarding $8 million in advertising contracts to three Little Rock marketing firms. read more >
Pam Jones, president of Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock, says that reaching out to minority consumers these days “is not just good business, it’s smart business.” C3, as the agency is known, has offices in the Gans Building on Second Street.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Cranford Co., Design Group and C3 Win State Work for Vaccine Ads

Three Little Rock marketing firms led by Cranford Co. land $8 million in state Health Department contracts for advertising to persuade Arkansans to get COVID-19 vaccinations. read more >

From Lemons to Hoodies, Arkansas Ad Pros Score the Super Bowl

Falling lemons hit the nail on the head, and other heads as well, in the most-praised ad in a funny, fractious and fraternal yearly assessment of Super Bowl commercials by Arkansas advertising pros. read more >
Business Services / Media & Marketing / Public Companies / Retail

Who Won in Super Ads? Loretta, and a Groundhog

The game plan was simple. Not for the Super Bowl, but for judging the ads. read more >
Cranford Co. will move three doors north from its current location (both denoted above in red) at the northwest corner of Sixth and Main in Little Rock.
Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Cranford Co. Slips Into M.M. Cohn BuildingLock Icon

Cranford Co. is moving from the corner of Main and Sixth in Little Rock's "Creative Corridor" down three doors to 512 Main, once envisioned as a space for Ballet Arkansas. read more >
Jay Cranford, chief creative officer at Cranford Co.
Media & Marketing

Cranford Co. Adds Addys

The Little Rock agency Cranford Co. took home an even dozen regional Addys in the 10th District competition of the American Advertising Awards. read more >
Jay Cranford, chief creative officer at Cranford Co.
Media & Marketing

Cranford Co. Recognized at District Addy Awards

Cranford Co. of Little Rock won 20 awards overall in the regional ADDY Awards for the 10th District of the American Advertising Association in Fort Worth, Texas, finishing second to GSD&M of Austin, an agency of 400 employees. read more >
Cranford Co. took the Best of Print Addy award for its campaign promoting CARE’s “Paws on the Runway”.
Health Care / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

ADDYs Add Up for Cranford Co.

Cranford Co. was the big winner again at the recent Little Rock ADDY Awards at Rock Town Distillery, including Best of Show for its Twitter “Social Events” campaign, Best of Print for CARE’s “Paws on the Runway” and Best of Public Service for “Heifer Integrated Campaign.” read more >
Wade McCune is returning to CJRW in May as its creative director.
Media & Marketing

Wade McCune Returns to CJRW as Creative Director

Wade McCune is returning to advertising, public relations and digital marketing agency CJRW as its creative director on May 9. read more >
The Cranford brothers, from left, Chris, Jay and Ross, are seeking to maintain their father’s legacy a year after founding the advertising agency Cranford Co. 
Media & Marketing / Small Business

Cranford Co. Building on Experience

One year after splitting with the company their father helped found and launching their own, the Cranford brothers still focus on their father’s legacy. read more >
Chris, left, Jay and Ross Cranford have formed Cranford Co., a new advertising agency to be located in downtown Little Rock. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
Business Services / Media & Marketing / Real Estate

Cranford Co. Joins Tenants in Arkansas Building on Main Street in Little Rock

Cranford Co., the advertising agency founded by brothers Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford, announced Thursday plans to move into office space in the Arkansas Building at 524 Main St. in Little Rock. read more >
Chris, left, Jay and Ross Cranford have formed Cranford Co., a new advertising agency to be located in downtown Little Rock. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
Business Services / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Brothers Take Creative Act to New Cranford Co.

Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford have formed a new advertising agency called Cranford Co. — actually a limited liability company — to be located in downtown Little Rock. Their father, Wayne, will be “of counsel” to Cranford Co. read more >
Chris, left, Jay and Ross Cranford have formed Cranford Co., a new advertising agency to be located in downtown Little Rock.
Media & Marketing

Cranford Brothers Announce New Advertising Agency

Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford, who left Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods this spring, have formed Cranford Co. and are in negotiations for office space in downtown Little Rock. Their father, Wayne Cranford, will be "of counsel" to the agency. Cranford Co. is in negotiations on about 2,000 SF of office space in downtown Little Rock. read more >
Mark Raines
Media & Marketing

Mark Raines Named VP of Public Relations at CJRW

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock has hired Mark Raines as its new vice president of public relations. read more >
Chris Cranford with his father, Wayne Cranford
Business Services / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Other Cranfords Out at CJRW

The last two Cranfords at Little Rock's Cranford Robinson Johnson Woods are reportedly out, with one having resigned yesterday, and the other "expected" to resign soon. read more >
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Two Cranfords and Peacock Leave CJRW in Latest Departures

The shakeup continues at Cranford Robinson Johnson Woods: Last week three executives, including two of the Little Rock ad firm’s namesake Cranfords, resigned. read more >
Business Services / Media & Marketing

Jay Cranford, Ross Cranford, Denver Peacock Resign from CJRW

Three of Cranford Robinson Johnson Woods' top executives - Ross Cranford, Jay Cranford and Denver Peacock - resigned from the Little Rock ad firm Monday, continuing a string of defections that began last year. read more >