Reputation Partners, LLC, a strategic communications firm with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, announced today its acquisition of Words & Pictures, Inc., a leading marketing, brand development and web design agency based in downtown Chicago. The combination of the two firms will offer full-service marketing and public relations services and provide clients with a broader and deeper range of capabilities, expertise and experience. Terms of the transaction, which is effective July 1, were not disclosed.
Reputation Partners is nationally recognized for its expertise in building, protecting and restoring organizational brands and reputations. Since its founding nearly 15 years ago, the firm has served more than 350 public, private and not-for-profit clients across the country with corporate and consumer public relations programs, digital strategies, issues/crisis management, financial/IR communications, employee/labor communications, and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Founded in 1982, Words & Pictures specializes in creating dynamic and creative strategies for both print and digital channels, including brand and identity creation, website development, marketing and sales collateral, annual reports, print and online advertising campaigns, corporate events and more. The firm has worked with dozens of leading Chicago-based and national clients including The University of Chicago Medicine, Walgreens, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The University of Arizona Medical Center, Ingalls Hospital and more, and has a particular depth of expertise in healthcare and real estate, among other industries. The agency’s work has won myriad design, writing and strategic campaign awards, garnering recognition from many of the industry’s most respected organizations.
“Forward-looking organizations understand that reaching and engaging stakeholders requires a combination of strong, strategic messaging and compelling visual design across multiple channels,” said Nick Kalm, president and founder of Reputation Partners. “In Words & Pictures, we have found a strategic partner that shares our values of quality and high-touch client service, combined with a creative spirit and track record of excellence in design, marketing and brand strategies. As our collective client base requires ever more integrated marketing and communications programs, this combination of our two firms will allow us to provide a more complete and robust offering and broader industry expertise to meet their needs.”
“When effective communications strategy is combined with creative, dynamic design, our clients can realize truly exceptional results,” said Nick Quirke, president of Words & Pictures. “Our team is thrilled to join the Reputation Partners team, and we look forward to harnessing the combined expertise of our respective firms to benefit our current and future clients.”
Nick Quirke joins Reputation Partners as senior vice president and director of creative services. The entire Words & Pictures team of designers and account managers will office at Reputation Partners’ office in downtown Chicago at 30 West Monroe Street, and will serve clients out of both the Chicago and Milwaukee offices.
This marks the second acquisition by Reputation Partners in as many years. In May 2016, the firm acquired Vollrath Associates, Inc., a Milwaukee-based corporate communications and investor relations firm.
About Reputation Partners, LLC
Reputation Partners, LLC is a strategic communications firm established in 2002, with operations in Chicago and Milwaukee. The firm employs more than 20 professionals and was named a Top Place to Work in PR by PR News. In consistent client satisfaction surveys taken since 2009, more than 97 percent of the firm’s clients say they would recommend Reputation Partners. The firm’s client base is diverse, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including real estate, retail, food and beverage, financial services, professional services, manufacturing/industrials, hospitality, non-profits, and universities, among many others. Since Reputation Partners’ founding, 100 percent of clients – more than 350 – have come from referrals or because of the firm’s reputation.
About Words & Pictures, Inc.
Words & Pictures, Inc. is an award-winning strategic marketing and brand development agency. For nearly 35 years, the firm has developed memorable marketing communications materials that deliver measurable results. Our experienced staff includes full-time strategists, designers, writers and web specialists. Our company’s philosophy is simple: No one cares more about your success than we do. No matter the medium, every communication starts with the words and pictures.