A Smart, Thoughtful, Creative Marketing Agency.

We thrive on helping businesses take on the types of marketing challenges that can change the organization’s trajectory. Big strategy challenges. Big creative design challenges. Communications that have the power to accelerate your organization’s growth and help your brand become more known, loved, and used.

VERVE (vûrv), n.

1. Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in literary or artistic work.
2. Vitality; liveliness.
3. archaic Aptitude or talent.

Hire Us for a Suite of Services – or à la Carte

Consistency and interaction between all media helps optimize the impact of every communication. Whether we handle all your marketing – or just one aspect – your team will think about how our efforts should be interacting with the rest of your marketing and creative to ensure the best results.

A Flexible Approach to Raise the Effectiveness of Your Marketing & Creative

Our agency began in 2008 with a mission to provide effective, quality creative and marketing for companies who aren’t served well by global conglomerate agencies. What we learned through the years is that while our clients did value good, strategic creative – what they value as much, if not even more, is the ability to work flexibly, pragmatically, and efficiently to the creation of excellent deliverables.

Working with our team offers the benefits that a high-functioning experienced team can provide. And our success is grounded in the philosophy and practice of creating work through the intentional integration of left-brained strategic thinking and right-brained creative imagination. This philosophy is reflected in how the agency is structured and infused in all we create.

Working with Verve Marketing Group, you’ll find –

• A “strategy before tactics” creative philosophy
• Flexibility that allows you to easily tap into and out of, diverse services as needs change
• Efficiency in creating high-quality work without bureaucracy and non-productive work: aka, reasonable fees
• Customized solutions and invested high-level agency partners
• Ability to work directly with the talent doing the work, and the freedom to not have to, depending on the level of collaboration desired

For Clients with Marketing Challenges Money Alone Can’t Solve

Verve Marketing Group works with organizations of all sizes utilizing our expertise with what clients may perceive as “difficult” marketing challenges. Situations such as –

• A need to create a brand identity that speaks to vastly different audiences
• Audiences in niche industries that need to be reached cost-effectively
• Products with a complex purchase process or high-ticket/important decision involving research and high trust
• Products whose communications require an ability to “speak the language” of a niche culture

Our best-fit clients value the power of good creative. They care about results. And they know what they’re hoping to accomplish.

Work with Agency Principals and High-Level Talent

The Verve team is a group of thinkers, doers, innovators and leaders in branding, marketing and creative. You will collaborate with strategic marketers and award-winning creatives who deliver what you need on time, on budget, and on target — passionate professionals who genuinely care about your success. Our team has worked together for the long-term and enjoys working with clients for the long-term. We think of ourselves as an extension of your team. We care. And together, we’ll help you to greater success.

Joan Begitschke, Chief Brand and Marketing Strategist

Joan Begitschke

Chief Brand & Marketing Strategist

Joan founded the agency in 2008 built out of a passion for branding and the power of marketing creative to empower organizational growth and success. As chief strategist for the agency, Joan helps connect the dots between client objectives and creative deliverables with special expertise in branding and SEO/content marketing programs. Her marketing career spans more than 30 years including creative and leadership roles building businesses and brands in the corporate and non-profit worlds prior to Verve. Joan holds a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.

Seth Guge, Creative Director, Verve Marketing Group

Seth Guge

Creative Director

Seth is a gifted, solutions-oriented designer with uncommon talent in design and brand identity. Recognition for Seth’s work spans both digital and print including numerous creative awards at Verve Marketing Group. Seth’s career has also included design leadership roles at Arc Worldwide/Leo Burnett, Euro RSCG, and Burrell Communications where he brought his design talents to brands such as Target Stores, McDonald’s, Citi, Verizon, Michael Jordan, and Proctor & Gamble. Seth holds a B.A. in Visual Communications from Judson University and was selected for Harvard Business School’s 2007 Business Perspectives for Design Leaders program.

Creative and Marketing Awards Recognition

Verve Marketing Group is consistently honored year in and year out. Recognition includes creative awards, as well as brand and marketing recognition by independent rating organizations such as Clutch and Expertise.

Communicator Awards - Verve Marketing Group
Expertise Best Branding Agencies in Chicago
Internet Advertising Awards Competition logo - Verve Marketing Group
Marcom Awards logo - Verve Marketing Group
Top US Branding Agency by Clutch
Top US Web Designers by Clutch
DesignRush Top Small Business Branding Agencies
Clutch Top B2B Companies US 2020
WebAward logo - Verve Marketing Group
Expertise Best Marketing Consultants Chicago 2023

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We’d love to learn about your design and marketing needs! Contracts are flexible to meet a variety of client needs.

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