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Nigel Carr Joins the Tombras Group as Chief Strategy Officer

KNOXVILLE, TENN. (September 30, 2015): The Tombras Group has grown its team with the hire of Chief Strategy Officer Nigel Carr.

Carr’s addition to the team got off to a running start with his immediate involvement in new business wins. His collaboration has already resulted in the addition of $10M in billings for Tombras—click here to read about the Orangetheory Fitness win.


“We’re honored to have Nigel join Tombras. He has had an immediate impact on new business,” said Dooley Tombras, executive vice president of the Tombras Group. “That’s what we expected hiring one of the preeminent strategic planners in the industry.”

Carr joins Tombras to lead its planning department. He previously led planning departments at Chiat\Day, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners (now kbs+), building their original planning department, Cramer Krasselt and was a Senior Partner at Ogilvy. He has helped guide strategy for brands including Snapple, Target, Sara Lee, Citibank, Cisco and Morgan Stanley. He has also served on the advisory board of a number of start-ups, including Nest, which was sold to Google for $3.2B in 2014. He was named one of the 2012 Power Players NYC: Influencers & Champions of Digital Media Entrepreneurs by AlwaysOn Network.

“I joined Tombras because I believe in the agency’s mission of connecting data to creativity for business results,” said Carr. “What connects data to creativity is analytics, insights and storytelling—and those are my passions.”

Carr’s hire comes on the heels of Tombras Winning AdAge National Small Agency of the Year Silver.


The Tombras Group, a 150-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency, is the 2015 Ad Age National Small Agency of the Year. Tombras has offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

Orange Theory Fitness Hires The Tombras Group as Agency of Record


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15, 2015 —  After an extensive national advertising agency review process, Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise with over 250 locations, has hired The Tombras Group as its creative agency of record. The partnership will include strategic planning, brand creative, analytics, media planning and buying, and digital and social media with annual billings of four million dollars.

Read more from Bloomberg.


Using Celebrities to Build Your Healthcare Brand

Using celebrities has long been a proven method of building awareness, but making the celebrity relevant to your brand is a critical challenge. The message needs to be brand-centric but also fit the spokesperson‘s personality.

Two elite pro quarterbacks have a close relationship with a pair of big-time Tombras healthcare clients; Tennova Healthcare and KentuckyOne Health. The Tombras Group creative team tailored each campaign to the player’s strengths.

In a new statewide campaign for Tennova Healthcare – a Community Health Systems subsidiary and one of the largest hospital networks in Tennessee – Peyton Manning talks about why he came to trust the Tennova team. In a state full of Volunteer fans, Manning is the perfect person to deliver that message for Tennessee’s most trusted healthcare system.

Teddy Bridgewater achieved celebrity status as a three-year starter at the University of Louisville. The second-year pro had no problem coming back home to talk about the great team they’ve built at KentuckyOne Health. The fast-paced spot is representative of the hard work it takes to be Kentucky’s one name in healthcare.

The Tombras Group, a 150-plus-person, full-service, national agency, is the 2015 Ad Age National Small Agency of the Year. Our offices are in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

Welcome to the Content Factory

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.18.26 AM“Content is King.” Bill Gates’ prophecy from the 90’s proved to be spot-on, and in 2015, it has never been more relevant. The old days of having a social media coordinator or manager create content in a vacuum are over. Today, brands need content that both connects to the overarching brand messaging and that equals the quality of more traditional forms of content.

At The Tombras Group, we have a unique structure that quite literally connects our social media community managers with creative teams and content producers – they work adjacent to each other and collaborate daily on creative posts. The resulting content delivers huge engagement numbers, drives positive consumer sentiment, and, most importantly, leads to website conversions that boost our clients’ ROI.

As we’ve written in the past, video has emerged as the most engaging and sharable form of content. Our creative process is particularly streamlined for video production, as our team of videographers and editors are able to collaborate freely with creative and social to produce relevant, brand-quality content. With four in-house editing bays, we don’t need to step outside the agency to produce great work quickly. Simply put, Tombras has become a “content factory.”

But this isn’t the end. We know that as new consumer channels are established, the need for great content will only grow. To keep up with tremendous growth, we are pleased to announce significant expansion of our content development capabilities. We will soon be building two additional video editing suites (bringing us from four to six) and adding new videographers, editors, and motion graphics artists to our staff.

2016 should be another great year for team Tombras.

The Tombras Group is a 150-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency with offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

Ad Age Honors The Tombras Group with National Small Agency of the Year

BOSTON, MA (July 31, 2015) – The Tombras Group won the Silver medal for National Agency of the Year for agencies with 76-150 employees at the 2015 Ad Age Small Agency Awards in Boston last night.

Presented by Ad Age, the leading global source of news and intelligence for the marketing and media community, the Small Agency Award is the premier honor saluting outstanding work created by independent shops with 150 or fewer employees. The Small Agency Awards were launched seven years ago to ensure that the groundbreaking campaigns and innovative brand ideas generated by smaller companies receive the recognition they deserve. The August 3 issue of Ad Age will feature a special section on the Small Agency Awards winners. [Edit: link to Ad Age feature]

“This is a big moment for our agency,” said Dooley Tombras, executive vice president of The Tombras Group. “We are incredibly proud that this isn’t an award for one piece of creative, one website or one client. Ad Age looked at our agency’s body of work for the entire year. You don’t win Small Agency of the Year unless you have an incredibly talented team, and this is an award that every single person at the agency helped us win.”

“This year was the toughest year we’ve had in terms of judging,” added Ad Age Editor Ken Wheaton. “We seem to get more entries and stiffer competition each year. This year we saw a noted uptick in international shops, particularly from Latin America. But wherever they’re, located, small and independent shops are obviously capturing the eyes of major marketers — while continuing to do work for smaller businesses as well.”

The Small Agency Awards were presented during the annual Ad Age Small Agency Conference, which brings together hundreds of marketing, advertising, design, media, and brand professionals from around the nation to explore trends and issues impacting the nation’s small advertising agencies.

About The Tombras Group

The Tombras Group is a 140-plus-person, full-service, digital-centric national advertising agency with offices in Washington, DC; Louisville, KY; and Nashville and Knoxville, TN (headquarters).

About Advertising Age

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Tombras Creates New Regal Cinemas Roller Coaster Trailer

KNOXVILLE, TENN. (July 8, 2015): Seen by more than 250 million moviegoers annually, the Regal Roller Coaster is one of the most viewed pieces of content in existence. This new creative showpiece was developed by Tombras in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company as a part of their strategic alliance with Regal.

The iconic Roller Coaster has been launched into hyper-space through the imagination of the Tombras Group. Tombras created a futuristic world featuring delicious film-watching favorite food and beverages including a refreshing river of Coca-Cola, a skyscraper-size Nestle Crunch and popcorn so fresh it explodes off the screen. The finale delivers viewers to a comfortable Regal theater, setting the stage for their cinema experience.

Watch the trailer here.


The Tombras Group is a 150-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency with offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

Leveraging Facebook’s Video Delivery

FB-f-Logo__blue_114Facebook’s push to become a top tier video platform has been a hot topic as of late. Beginning with several tweaks to their algorithms to push video higher up your news feed, Facebook has implemented a number of changes to the way video is delivered on their platform. Introduction of their attention-grabbing auto-play feature has led to more complete views, and users can now make video playlists. Now, video reaches 35% of audiences versus only 14% for photos and 4% for text-only posts.

These changes have been incredibly effective. As of April of this year, Facebook eclipsed 4 billion video views per day, matching that of YouTube. It’s an incredible stat, and even more so when you consider that number is quadruple what they averaged a year ago. Clearly, a premium has been placed on the ability to publish great video content.

The Tombras Group has been ahead of the curve on these changes, and has gone all-in on video to take full advantage of this opportunity for our clients.

  • With four in-house video editing suites fully staffed, we deliver high-quality, high-value video content for our clients quickly and efficiently.
  • Our creative teams focus on developing campaigns that consumers want to share
  • The Tombras social media staff strategically tailors campaigns for each social media platform

Below are a couple examples of highly effective Facebook video campaigns.

This brand-centric video for Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee has been viewed over 6 million times… or 177 times the number of people in FBITN’s fan base.

This veteran-honoring video for the Southeast’s #1 independent grocer really resonated with our multi-state fan base. It’s racked up over 5 million views to date on Facebook and generated thousands of letters, emails and phone calls.

The Tombras Group is a 140-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency with offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

AVEDA Institute Hires Tombras Group

                           Finds Tombras ‘Fashionable Choice’

KNOXVILLE, TN (June 10, 2015): The Tombras Group has been awarded rebranding and optimization of lead generation for the AVEDA Institute. The partnership will include website development, digital marketing, social media community management and public relations.

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Through rich female-consumer insights—and The Tombras Group’s deep strategic fashion, beauty and health category core-competencies—the agency is executing lead generation-focused branding efforts along with paid, social and earned media for the Douglas J AVEDA Institute.

“Working with the AVEDA Institute is perfectly aligned with our agency ethos – connecting data and creativity for business results,” said Dooley Tombras, executive vice president of The Tombras Group. “We are honored to work with such a leading brand in the fashion, beauty and health space. The AVEDA Institute is a valued part of our marquee luxury brands clientele here at Tombras.”


The Tombras Group is a 150-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency with offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).

Analytics and Optimization Strategies for B2B Campaigns

Implementing a comprehensive analytics and optimization plan is critical. In a recently completed campaign for a Tombras Group national B2B client, this approach yielded an enormous return on investment.


After executing a comprehensive website redesign, we then optimized our digital advertising, SEO and social media campaign using a carefully considered set of Key Performance Indicators, each of which were monitored on a custom dashboard in real time. This approach allowed for a holistic view of how the brand was performing against established KPIs, including:

  • Channel Data – This lets us see not only where visitors are coming from, but also where converters come from. This allows us to optimize the display campaign to increase awareness and traffic and tweak our paid search to deliver higher conversion, improving results at the top and bottom of the conversion funnel.
  • User Behavior – We track user activities as they pertain to goal metrics across the entire digital eco-system. They’re tracked directly from code embedded in the website, giving us a real-time look at exactly what behaviors are part of the pathway to conversion. This was especially important for tracking interaction with the client’s loyalty program and social media efforts.
  • Seasonality Study – By tracking traffic week-over-week, month-over-month and year-over-year, we’re able to define industry seasonality and determine the optimal time to implement our various marketing campaigns.
  • Key-Page Visitation – Product category visitation viewed in conjunction with actual monthly sales data shows us how user behavior on the website is affecting the bottom line.

The campaign maximized its potential through optimization that led to incredible results:

  • Overall visits increased 341%
  • Unique visits increased 468%
  • Views of the dealer section up 756%
  • Sales increased 6.4%

All clients at The Tombras Group have customized and proprietary analytics programs tailored to their specific needs. This gives us the opportunity to innovate everyday to find new ways to increase revenue and ROI for our clients.

The Tombras Group is a 140-plus-person, full-service, national advertising agency with offices in Washington, D.C.; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee (headquarters).