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Meet Account Director Adam Ziles

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JLSA Account Director Adam Ziles

Super tall. Super friendly. Super talented. That’s our new account director, Adam Ziles, who has spent the past 15+ years in a variety of creative and business roles, including working partner of a Southern California retail brand and owner of his own creative agency. He knows firsthand the challenges of stretching a marketing budget, connecting with customers, and growing a business. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more excited to have him join the team. Stop by and say hello sometime! Until then, get to know him below.

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We’re a small business in Kansas City that provides marketing services for businesses of all sizes, particularly on the web. Our primary source of business comes from online search and traffic to our website. Likewise, our primary service is digital marketing, helping other businesses to be found and marketed online. READ MORE →

Sometimes we use this blog to share exciting things and other times, we use this blog to make us feel bad about not using this blog. Luckily, this is one of the “share exciting things” times!

The most exciting thing we can think to share right now is that the Johnny Lightning Strikes Again family now includes a new designer and illustrator who draws better than many of us do anything. His name is Harrison Weathers, he’s fresh out of the University of Central Missouri, and he answered a few questions to help us get to know him.  READ MORE →

Meet Designer Sara Blankenship

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Sara – Meow Kapow!

The year was 2012 and designer Sara (Duncan) Blankenship was sending her Behance- and BuzzFeed-famous résumé to Kansas City creative agencies. When we saw it and her work, we were so impressed that we looked up the rules on “dibs” to see if it applied to business. It doesn’t, so we went the traditional route and after a few interviews and a Google search to determine what is supposed to go in an employment agreement, Johnny Lightning Strikes Again had our first employee.

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Sleepless in Kansas City

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Kemper-Museum-1

Johnny Lightning Strikes Again opened for business in 2009 and in 6 short years, we’ve had the privilege of guiding the online brands of some truly iconic Kansas City institutions. These are the projects that keep us awake at night because we love our city and don’t want it to have ugly websites. Save those for St. Louis.

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Quick Look: The Photo Bus Branding

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Johnn Lightning Strikes Agains' Branding for The Photo Bus

A requirement for getting into a VW bus and having your picture taken is that a rad logo must be on it. Everyone knows that. So when our friend John brought his literal bus into our figurative shop, can you guess what we did? If you guessed “slapped a rad logo on it” then you friend, are the big winner.

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JLSA 3.0

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jlsa animation 3rd try

Our last website launched in 2011. And while it may seem like four years is an awfully long amount of time to launch a new website, we’ve been really really busy, and we’re happy to say this new website launch is the mark of a new era for JLSA. READ MORE →

JLSA Year in Review

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Holiday 2014

Hello Friends,

As another year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to bid adieu to 2014. It’s been a great year at Johnny Lightning Strikes Again!

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Caroline

We used to have a hole here at JLSA. It was big and blobby and stuff—we didn’t exactly know how to describe it, but we knew it needed to be filled. That’s when Caroline Young stepped in. She’s our new copywriter and strategist, and she knew just what to say.

We plucked her from the top of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Strategic Communication program, and now she’s here to handle all our copy needs (and some strategy work too).

Want to get to know her better? We asked her questions. And she gave us answers—some well-worded ones.

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The launch of KVC.org

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KVC

The month of May has been a busy one. This month, we marked the end of a phenomenal project by launching a brand new website for KVC Health Systems—a locally-based nonprofit organization that does really great work for kids and families throughout the country.

After closely working with them for more than a year, KVC now has a family of six websites all newly branded with a handmade look and a message that “People Matter.”

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