About

STRATEGIC. CREATIVE. EXPERIENCED. RESPECTED.

Start-Thinking was co-founded in 2002 by John Thompson who in 2005, brought on partner Kris Schindler to grow the company from a technology shop that developed complex and highly specialized marketing products to a full-fledged, full-service agency.

Some may consider us small but our hands-on marketing, advertising and public relations firm provides big agency know-how on a personal level. Collectively our team has 40 years of knowledge and experience that we leverage to deliver communications solutions to clients who appreciate innovation, efficiency and effectiveness.

Start-Thinking is known for providing clients with original ideas, customized service and personal attention through memorable product promotions, dynamic special events and increased public awareness.

In the public relations arena, we manage retainer and project-based accounts, working as partners with clients to deliver targeted, comprehensive and highly effective PR and marketing campaigns.

As a result of our established relationships with media contacts in traditional, trade and electronic media arenas, we are able to strategically place relevant feature stories and profiles on behalf of our clients.

Our marketing capabilities allow us to provide a full-service plan and support our public relations and event efforts with a greater variety of tactics. We integrate measurable marketing into our client work from creating long-term brand strategies to forming unique partnerships and targeted promotions. We approach marketing as a critical component to any client program and can assist in implementing competitive analysis, market research, co-branding initiatives and promotional opportunities.

Start-Thinking uses extensive contacts and relationships to pair companies with similar objectives/images/goals and help our clients to derive added value through combined resources. Our focus is to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that leverage and build on each company’s brand equity through cross-promotions, co-branded initiatives, sponsorships or event partnerships.

From invitation design printing and mailing, finding the right location, themed decor, entertainment, catering, security to valet, Start-Thinking is fully equipped to produce a range of events from conception to completion, including:

  • charity benefits
  • fashion shows
  • grand openings
  • movie premieres
  • product launches

We can offer targeted sampling campaigns for new product launches, restaurant or store openings as well as qualitative market research among a focused group of high-profile individuals. We can manage pre- and post-event press, provide online registration and event reminder services, facilitate live and online auctions, secure sponsors to underwrite or contribute product for events and even work with the sponsor to ensure visibility and media exposure.

FIRM NAME

Start-Thinking, LLC

CONTACTS

Accounting

John Thompson

New Business

Kris Schindler

Media

Kristen Klucas

Employment

team@start-thinking.com

ADDRESS

916 E. Douglas

Wichita, KS 67202

316-558-5158

www.start-thinking.com

BUSINESS HOURS

8am – 6pm M -Th

8am – 3pm F

TYPE OF ORGANIZATION

Limited Liability Corporation

AFFILIATIONS

American Advertising Federation of Wichita: Board Member, ADDY Chair

American Marketing Association, Wichita chapter

Art for Everyone: Board Member

Butler Community College: Technology Advisory Board

Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kansas Dialogue: Convener

Kansas Museum Association

Kansas Sampler Foundation: Kansas Explorers

Kansas Writers Association

Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation: Board Member

Mountain-Plains Museum Association

National Association of Photoshop Professionals

National Federation of Press Women

National MS Society: Bike Rider

National Public Radio: listeners and supporters of several member stations

Public Relations Society of America| Kansas Chapter: Board Member

Society of American Travel Writers

Society of Professional Journalists

PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN OF LOCAL BILLINGS BY MEDIA TYPE

RECENT PARTNERSHIPS

KMUW: Sponsor and host of Visual Discourse, a Final Friday reception celebrating the 10 artists who have created work for premiums used during the public radio station’s fundraisers.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: local organizer of museum promotion

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