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Learn from the research.
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Make people act.

ADG tells stories that change markets, minds, and behaviors. We do this through Strategy & Branding, Learning & Gaming, Interactive Design & Software Development. (Yes, even our software tells a story.) The art of storytelling transcends. And if done well, people remember… and share them over and over again.

Got a tale to tell? It's time to Be Heard.

Branding
& Strategy

    • Customer Service Experts

      The right mark can say a lot. And simple speaks volumes when it aligns with a business' principles.

      Customer Service Experts provides simple, sage advice to business on how to improve dialogue with customers. The result, if done right, is that the bilateral speak is greater than the sum of its parts.

    • Customer Service Experts' web site is a reflection of who they are. The organization's leadership team is bright, energetic and way out in front of their competitors. With this in mind, ADG concepted, developed and brought to life a site for CSE that makes the rest of the industry look like morticians.
    • If you've got a business card, you've got a business—right? You and 50 million others. ADG established a collateral system for CSE that made their brand and presence known just by the act of exchanging cards or sending a letter. We just tried to bottle the bigger-than-life persona of this dynamic organization in their collateral. It demanded bright colors, unique forms, and memorable big type to match their style.
    • ADG came up with CSE's tagline, “Every Connection Counts,” which was shortened to as eC2. Now, eC2 is shorthand for what makes CSE tick. Their efforts to help service organizations connect with partners and consumers are driving the industry toward better service. We're proud to be connected to their brand origin!
    • St. Boniface

      St. Boniface Beer gets new halo above it's heavenly brews with ADG's new brand mark.

      Classic. Crisp. And less filling. That's just the kinda' logo work we do.

    • Simple packaging is reminiscent of simpler times when it was all about taste. The wrap-around label also doubles as an awesome bumper sticker.
    • By the time you've tasted the 5th hoppy offer—it gets hard to remember which one you liked best! Tasting cards have become a huge hit among lovers of the St. Boni.
    • Wearing a beer after a brand new waitress spills all over you is a drag. Wear the brand is a matter of pride. Sporting St. Boniface apparel not only shows good taste in lager—it clearly identifies you as a fashion mogul as well.
    • What you say about your brand is what you become. This series of ads really does show that St. Boniface answers to a higher call.
    • Beer clients are beer drinkers. So we created a way for them to remember their names after over indulging in their products.
    • Freedom Consulting Group

      a fresher, geek-ier, chic-ier brand

      ADG brought a new brand to Freedom Consulting Group's recruitment efforts. The new mark spoke instantly to a cool-cat technical audience that fancies themselves “the new black.”

    • What techie wouldn't love nerd bubble gum cards? ADG's campaign cried “viva la Geek” as we helped celebrate the wonderful quirkiness of those who make the digital world around us hum.
    • Wanna' learn about Geek Opportunities? To the internet! ADG's web recruitment campaign for Freedom let visitors “meet the Geeks,” generate their Geek name, see why Freedom Consulting is different and bask in their own personal geekiness.
    • Old enough to remember that famous Farah Fawcette poster? Yeah…we didn't think so. But no need—the Geek Is Chic poster campaign plastered saucy technologist all over college campuses and recruitment centers. The results? A vocational love connection for Freedom and job seekers.
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Learning
& Gaming

    • CareOne Debt Relief Services

      What happens when you give people a fun and easy way to learn the fundamentals of personal finance?

      They get smarter. And wealthier. That's what MōDō is all about; more dollars…more sense.

      In this virtual learning world, MōDō's trainers know that managing your finances is serious business; but they keep it fun by offering “virtual video mentors” to walk you through your lessons and on to financial success.

      Pick a mentor and start learning. There's our Fitness Guru, Cool Dude, Green Chic and ol' Coach. Choose the one that's right for you—they'll let you know how you're doing and make sure you walk away with more dollars and more sense.

    • Deep Access

      Our nation's military analysts participate in a diverse set of training to enhance their performance

      —mission training, compliance training, training on systems and tools. As a capstone learning experience, analysts must apply everything they've learned in one final, critical mission called Deep Access.

      It's a fictional world of international politics, global commerce, vital missions, and persons of interest—both friend and foe. Deep Access is as real as it gets for analysts learning to track the bad guy.

      The clock is ticking and the mission depends on you. More than a progressive approach to the final exam, Deep Access is a serious game for serious learning, taking home one of the most prestigious industry-focused design awards for multimedia engagement.

    • T.A.R.P.

      Threat Awareness Reporting Program

      ADG partnered with the U.S. Army to train over a million troops in upping their vigilance. ADG's instructional systems design team, researchers, writers, art directors, producers, film makers, and software engineers worked together to develop a dynamic and interactive piece of courseware that included exercises, videos, history timelines, decision trees, and lessons—all programmed to synch with a sophisticated Learning Management System.

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Software
Development

    • AscendOne | StartingLine

      Maintaining a strong corporate culture is a challenge for every business.

      When most of your workforce is remote, it can feel impossible. Preparing new hires up front the virtual workplace goes a long way towards making it happen.

      Starting Line an on-boarding tool that guides employees through a serious of activities in preparation for Day 1 of employment.

      Starting Line's results? Dramatically improved employee retention, while providing new employees with a sense belonging from the start

    • DVS: Data Visualization Services.

      ADG worked with TD, one of the world's largest enterprise technology providers,

      to concept, design, and develop a pseudo operating system built on common platform architectures. ADG's DVS product enables disparate data from servers across the globe to be accessed, dynamically delivering visually rich information to hundreds of thousands of users simultaneously.

      ADG's technologists partnered with TD's to assure data integrity, security, and accessibility for users to interact with information, display it real-time, and collaborate with others through the DVS.

    • A strength of the DVS is ADG's implementation of services directly into the platform itself. ADG established UI standards, a Developer Tool Kit (DTK,) a Dynamic App Builder (DAB,) and an in-line Widget Shopping Center (WSC) to assure that subscribers could access exiting widgets and author new capabilities as needed.
    • IDP: the Information Dissemination Platform.

      ADG worked with SAS, to design the User Experience around its Information Dissemination Platform (IDP)

      —an alerting system that delivers information directly to smart phones, tablets and computers via text message, email, and MMS.

      ADG's simple presentation of user options encouraged adoption through ease of use, making their personal and business communications more effective and truly integrated.

      ADG's video for IDP convinced corporate decision makers within the DoD to consider new ways of communicating across services and across the globe. The capabilities video is nice…but the outtakes are even better. Enjoy.

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Clients

  • Apple
  • US Army
  • AscendOne
  • St. Boniface
  • Ciena
  • CSE - Customer Service Experts
  • Discovery Channel
  • US Department of Defense
  • Freedom Consulting Group
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • NFL
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
  • Nickelodeon
  • Proteus Technologies
  • SafeNet
  • TEKsystems
  • T.Rowe Price

People

Baltimore Magazine cover for Best Places to Work 2011We're
Hiring!

Life is good, and we're growing. Like, really growing.


ADG is on the lookout for brilliant people. Talented people. Nice people. People who want to wrap their arms around great big ideas and squeeze hard. Here are just a few of our current job openings but we’re always on the lookout for great talent. If you've got game/skills/chops, throw your info our way and let's talk.

Why Aren’t You Here?
  • Design Careers

  • Multimedia Designer- Federal Team (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Multimedia Designer must be a well-organized, creative thinker with strong design and production skills in digital mediums to provide groundbreaking work for government and commercial customers. We’re talking information graphics, briefings, print material, web material, video, animation, visualizations and interactive media all to support a variety of strategic communications products. The ideal candidate will have 3-5+ years of web/interactive design experience and will work in conjunction with our team of in-house developers.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

  • Account/Project Management Careers

  • Project Manager (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Project Manager role is not for the faint of heart. You’ll need to be a master of details and guru of schedules to make sure projects get scoped, launched and completed on time and on budget. But if that’s the kind of stuff that gets you going then this just might be for you. ADG’s PM will be a PMP certified federal-jargon-speaking professional with a passion for organization and taking care of business in the Federal space. Depending on the day you might be scoping, talking with clients, running team meetings, QC testing, writing technical requirements or putting the kibosh on some sneaky scope creep. Sound like your cup of tea?  If you have at least a decade of experience and love budgets, project management, schedules, teams and everything in between then this is for you.

    Communications Strategist (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    A Communications Strategist at ADG is someone who can sit down with a key federal client, listen to his or her needs and goals and translate them into real-life marketing initiatives. You put meat on the bones, clarify the vision, bring things into focus and see things through from beginning to end.  You’re 50% account executive, 50% content strategist and 50% project manager (Yes, that’s more than 100% but that’s how we roll).  Our federal clients should love you for your go-the-extra mile attitude and our designers should love you for getting things organized and putting clear tasks with big dreams. If you think you can be the marshmallowy middle in the product/client S’more we’re cookin’ up, then get your well-organized resume over to us and let’s talk.  We need folks with an active TS/SCI with Poly security clearance who play nice with others and love free food. 

  • Software Development Careers

  • Systems Administrator (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    ADG is looking for a System Administrator to work closely with the IT department and Senior Leadership to deploy, maintain and monitor the company's hardware and software development environments. This position entails everything from evaluating existing hardware/software environments to designing hardware tools and software development. This might be you if you have a solid programming background with 3+ years in DevOps Engineering and 3+ years experience with Linux system administration. If you've got all of that and you're CISSP certified with a good dose of contagious enthusiasm, contact us! 

    Technical Development Lead (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Technical Development Lead is responsible for conducting, leading and coordinating software development activities throughout a project, including key design decisions for the technology, structure and system configuration. The Technical Development Lead will lead and provide tasking for multiple teams of software engineers and developers across various projects throughout all the phases of the Software Development Life Cycle. The TDL will design, develop, test and deliver websites, applications and components to evaluate and recommend possible courses of action as well as mentor and coordinate their projects with members of the software engineering team.  The Technical Development Lead will assume primary ownership of all technical aspects of a project and will ensure the successful delivery of each project and will report to the Director of Software Engineering. If you're a leader of teams with 10 years of experience in software and application development and can coordinate teams and resources throughout the development lifecycle then this might be for you.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled


  • Internships

  • Web Developer Intern

    ADG’s Development team is on the lookout for a Web Developer Intern, someone who has trekked through the lands of HTML and CSS and lived to talk about it and most certainly wields a sword made of Wordpress. An ADG Dev intern is a team player with a good attitude who can go from talking to testing in a matter of hours. We’re looking for someone who knows Photoshop and Web Development IDE’s, server side languages (ColdFusion, PHP), JQuery, SQL, Agile development and databases. This is a paid internship so update your cart on ThinkGeek.com and let’s talk about getting you in here to support one of the greatest (and quirkiest) software development team in the nation. Just download and complete the Application Packet and send to interns@adgcreative.net. 

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The Agency Life

  • It's not always all about us, but in this magazine it is.

    Washington Post columnist Tom Kavanagh gives insight into ADG Creative. Work, happy hours, team breakfasts — it's all in here.

  • StreetCorner: ADG's take on content marketing.

    StreetCorner™ is ADG’s take on content marketing. It’s a service we provide brands to help them launch and run a content marketing program from scratch or bolt-on to an existing program already in place. www.StreetCorner.biz

ADG Creative Reel

When you're strategic communications firm with a list of clients that ranges from tech and startup to three-letter government agencies that shall not be named, you get your hands pretty dirty in a year. We've crammed our favorite bits into significantly less time than that.


Skills

Call it capabilities, call it services, call it our menu. These are the ingredients we use when cooking up digital dishes
for our clients. If you can't take the heat…

Branding
& Strategy

Brand Positioning, Strategy, and Marketing Plans

Interactive

Web Design, App Development, and UI/UX

Motion, 3D
& Simulation

Video Storytelling, Motion, and Animation

E-Learning
& Gamification

Software Development, Serious Gaming, and Microlearning

Public
Relations

PR Strategy, Media Engagement, Development, and Management

Design

Digital, Print, Interactive, Infographics, and Data Visualization

Content
Development

Blogging, Video, SEO/SEM, and Social Media

Experience
Design

Installations, Displays, and Brand Experience

In The Press

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ADG Creative Launches Content Marketing Program, StreetCorner

Creative Firm Now Offering In-Depth Content Marketing Strategy and Support

COLUMBIA, MD (August 26, 2014)

Columbia-based ADG Creative is pleased to announce the roll out of a suite of new service offerings aimed at helping brands step into the role of publisher, creating unique and frequent content that gets heard in their markets. Named StreetCorner, the new services are aimed at offering a completely outsourced content marketing solution or bolt-on complement to an existing strategy.

Using the analogy of an actual urban street corner, ADG’s new service starts with the brand and encapsulates the three components of a content marketing program: Strategy, tools, and the content itself.

StreetCorner includes three packages for clients to choose from:

Paperboy: This package includes a social media creation and management component driven by original content. It is a straightforward and basic engagement package designed for companies looking to start strong and build a loyal following.

Biker Gang: This package is a rapid-launch, high volume campaign. It is designed to move fast, strike hard and get noticed. This package is ideal for companies needing to launch a new service or dominate a space.

The Legend: This package creates unique and highly valuable content that’s a little less frequent but makes people listen. It’s perfect for companies needing a strong thought leadership presence that gets respect.

“Brands are struggling to not only figure out what their audience is looking for but how to operationally launch a program that meets the kind of demand and quality that the market expects,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer.  “We solve this content problem by creating a custom roadmap that includes everything from audience segmentation to stakeholder publishing plans. This really excites me because it gives ADG a chance to show off all of our creative offerings, from video to design to writing, and more. I know that whatever a client’s content program demands, we can do it all right here.”

To learn more about these packages offered by ADG Creative, visit http://www.streetcorner.biz.

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ADG Creative Makes Inc. 5000 List of Honorees

Creative agency ranks for the third time in list of fast-growing companies for 2014

COLUMBIA, MD (August 21, 2014)

ADG Creative is pleased to announce that it has again ranked in Inc.’s list of top 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

 ADG’s ranking was determined by its growth in company size and revenue. Over the past three years, ADG has seen a 125 percent growth in company size and a $5.8M increase in revenue. ADG has also added 20 new positions to its Columbia-based location since 2010. 

This is ADG’s third time ranking on the Inc. 5000 list. The agency ranked in 2009 and 2010.

Inc. is a monthly magazine focused on start-ups, small businesses and growing companies in America. The publication’s annual 5000 list is in its 33rd year. Placing companies are in industries ranging from Finance to Health to Advertising and Marketing. 

ADG’s profile on the Inc. 5000 list can be found here: http://www.inc.com/profile/adg-creative

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ADG Creative Adds New Clients and Work to Expanding Roster

Amerland and St. Boniface lean on ADG’s creativity to grow their brands

COLUMBIA, MD (August 19, 2014)

ADG Creative, a strategic communications firm located in Howard County, Maryland, wraps up the summer with the addition of a new client and work from Amerland and St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company.

Amerland is a subsidiary company of Good Friend Tyre Co. Ltd and currently distributes commercial and consumer-grade tires in over 50 countries. ADG will provide a comprehensive strategic analysis to identify the company's new brand platform. The new brand platform will serve as the basis for new marketing efforts as the company evolves its sales model and introduces products to the U.S. market.

St. Boniface, a craft brewing company located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, has turned to ADG Creative again, this time for can designs for its new line of craft beers. ADG will create can designs that capture the spirit of the brewery and make for an impressive reveal this fall when the line is released.

“We’re in our element when we’re helping a client tell their story in a compelling way,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s founder and Chief Creative Officer. “We are excited to be working with Amerland and St. Boniface to grow their brands and look forward to producing fantastic creative work to help them be heard.”

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Nate Bailey Joins ADG Creative as Chief Operating Officer

The creative firm welcomes new leadership to the team

COLUMBIA, MD (June 26, 2014)

ADG Creative, a strategic communications and advertising firm in Columbia, MD, is pleased to announce Nate Bailey as its new Chief Operating Officer. Bailey joins the team after an extensive career as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy as well as a variety of operational leadership positions in the business world.

Bailey will lead all internal operations at ADG and work to create a strategic five-year plan to develop and implement new procedures and organizational growth strategies. His duties will focus on managing agency operations, enhancing workflow, building a leadership development program for ADG employees, and overseeing Human Resources activities. Bailey will also work with ADG’s senior leadership team to support and engage with clients.

In late 2007, Bailey left active duty and served as Director of Advancement of Rockbridge Academy, a private school in the Annapolis area. While there, he was responsible for all marketing, strategic planning, communications, community engagement, fundraising and admissions operations of the school. Bailey also founded a consulting firm that provided cross-cultural awareness training to personnel deploying overseas, consulted with NCIS’s Insider Threat Mitigation Program and assisted small businesses with organizational development solutions.

“It is an honor to have such a decorated member of the United States Navy joining the ADG team,” states Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s founder and Chief Creative Officer. “Nate is an extremely talented individual and I am confident that he will help improve our organization and fuel our strategic growth.”

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