WHY BRASS TACKS COLLECTIVE?
We Are What We Create
We all know the adage, “you get what you pay for.” Heck, when it comes to advertising and marketing, industry behemoths pay millions to have A-List actors appear in studio-quality commercials or to trademark a shade of blue to reserve it from the rest of the world. There are agencies made just for those clients, but Brass Tacks Collective isn’t one of them.
We believe that all businesses deserve great work and the visibility in the market that comes with it, regardless of whether they have access to millions of dollars. We understand that start-ups, nonprofits, and local organizations all have high needs but low budgets. We strive to be the ones that see to it that their brands, materials, sites, and social presence can compete with the big leagues.
Through the collective, we offer almost any service. Here’s a sampling of what that looks like:
Brass Tacks Bulletin Board
The Creator Awards is an annual competition by our fantastic friends at WeWork. Brass Tacks was one of a handful of winners at the first ever Austin Regional competition in June, 2017, walking away with a cool $72,000. With that grant, we were able to purchase computers, make our first full-time hire, and pay workshop instructors to cover more expansive topics. Read all about it here!
We were so surprised and honored to see our story in D Magazine! Assuming the story was about WeWork, we expected the bulk of the interview would be edited to a simple paragraph. Instead, they beautifully captured what Brass Tacks is all about. Get the scoop here!
Keisha Whaley is the founder of Brass Tacks Collective, a hybrid ad agency in Dallas that offers a year-long, paid advertising apprenticeship delivering quality creative work for organizations with high needs and low budgets. The agency was built to open doors to the community, develop strong job candidates, and help support the growth of local initiatives. Read more here!
One of our favorite things about Keisha is that she never intended to start her own business. An “accidental entrepreneur” as we like to call them here at Kelly CPA. Many great ideas are born out of frustration. If an issue doesn’t work itself out naturally, it’s only a matter of time before someone decides to DIY. Read on to hear how this problem solver is growing her one-of-a-kind agency. Read more here!
keisha whaley – founder, owner, and operator of brass tacks collective – talks about her journey from working with agencies, to quitting and freelancing, to starting her own teaching agency. her story is inspiring, her knowledge vast, and her drive unstoppable as she blazes a path none have taken before; running an agency that provides options for non-profits on tighter budgets while simultaneously giving apprentices instruction and real world experience. thanks for coming on the show keisha! Watch the interview here!