Starlight Theatre Selects Inquest Marketing and Meers Advertising for Advertising and Media Services

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Agencies demonstrate 'impressive' branding and creative strategy that can be integrated through all Starlight's potential marketing channels

Both agencies have years of marketing and media experience in the performing arts industry, so they understand the challenges of our business
--Cindy Jeffries, Starlight Theatre

Starlight Theatre has expanded the role of its direct and digital marketing firm, InQuest Marketing, to now also drive the branding and creative direction for all mass media efforts. In addition, Starlight has selected Meers Advertising to handle all of its media planning and buying duties, both traditional and digital.

After several local advertising firms participated in an agency review, Starlight’s management and board of directors awarded the account to InQuest and Meers, both staffed by marketing and media professionals with whom Starlight has worked for four years.

Starlight originally hired InQuest Marketing in 2008 to build a new website and e-mail distribution tool, plus handle all of its direct marketing efforts. As Starlight’s new branding and creative agency, InQuest will also develop messaging for TV, radio, print, outdoor and online advertising.

“For four years, we’ve enjoyed our partnership with Starlight Theatre and appreciate the opportunity to continue working with a Kansas City icon,” said Brian Olson, partner, InQuest Marketing. “We are thrilled to be able to expand our role to include branding and creative leadership for all of Starlight’s marketing efforts.”

Meers Advertising will handle all media planning and buying for Starlight. Sheree Johnson, formerly with Nicholson Kovac, led Starlight’s media team there and, along with some of her former NK team members, will plan and execute Starlight’s media at Meers.

“Meers Advertising is thrilled to have Starlight Theatre as a media client,” said Sam Meers, president/CEO, Meers Advertising. “Since its formation in August, our new channel marketing discipline has hit the ground running, serving both existing and new clients. Our team is very passionate about the Starlight brand, and we look forward to partnering with InQuest Marketing to serve this beloved Kansas City performing arts institution.”

“During our agency review process, InQuest and Meers demonstrated an impressive branding and creative strategy that was highly integrated through all of our potential marketing channels,” said Cindy Jeffries, vice president of marketing, sales & development, Starlight Theatre. “In addition, both agencies have many years of marketing and media experience in the performing arts industry, so they understand the challenges of our business. We anticipate a valuable marketing partnership with InQuest and Meers.”

About InQuest Marketing
InQuest Marketing opened in 1986 and today has offices in Kansas City and Blairstown, New Jersey. InQuest appears regularly on the lists of Top 25 advertising agencies and web developers in Kansas City. Services include new marketing technologies (data analytics, interactive, social media analysis, planning, execution and training, search engine strategy, real-time marketing measurement tools) and traditional media services (strategic marketing planning, brand development, qualitative and quantitative research, creative and production, media planning and buying, public relations.) For more information, please visit http://www.inquestmarketing.com.

About Meers Advertising
Meers Advertising is a full-service advertising/digital agency headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The agency works to advance their clients’ business by helping them solve marketing challenges through relevant, engaging and compelling communications to consumers. Meers is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As). More information can be found at http://www.meers.com.

Starlight Theatre

Presenting Broadway entertainment since 1951, the non-profit Starlight Theatre Association is Kansas City’s oldest and largest performing arts organization. The Association operates, programs and maintains the largest stage in the United States, as well as the 16-acre Starlight Theatre complex. While assuming all annual operating costs for the complex, the Association also raises funds for capital improvements and a variety of programs, including national Broadway musical performances, concerts, community outreach and education. Since 2000, the Association has contributed more than $25 million of privately funded improvements to the Kansas City, Mo.-owned Starlight Theatre. Each Broadway season, Starlight donates more than 11,000 tickets to its performances to regional non-profit organizations serving the disadvantaged.

In 2011, Starlight Theatre was again selected as the “Favorite Performing Arts Venue” and the “Favorite Concert/Live Music Venue” in the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association’s Visitors’ Choice Awards program, and, in a new KCCVA award category in 2011, Starlight’s presentation of Mamma Mia! received the honor for “Favorite Arts Performance.” Starlight also received a Gold Award for “Best Performing Arts Venue” and Silver Award for “Best Theater” in Ingram’s 2011 Best of Business Kansas City Awards, as well as the award for “Best Live Theater Venue” in the KC Magazine City’s Best 2011 competition.

Starlight Theatre seats approximately 8,000 and is located in Swope Park. For more information, visit http://www.kcstarlight.com.

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