While we, of course, want to “Keep Austin Weird,” keep Austin growing may be a more appropriate sentiment these days. With SXSW gearing up for its roaring comeback and members of the Winmo team on the ground at National Sports Forum this week, Austin is kicking into high gear, cowboy boots and all.
Austin continues its surge as one of the top American tech hubs. Many say it now rivals Silicon Valley and may be crawling out of the pandemic better than its California counterpart. According to the city’s chamber of commerce, the Texas capital has regained 96% of spring 2020’s pandemic-related job losses. The advantages of being an Austin-based advertising agency are well-documented by now:
- A relatively low cost of living compared to other agency hubs like New York and Los Angeles
- No state income taxes
- Relatively mild year-round weather (minus last year’s snowstorm, yikes)
- A lively social life and music scene
The city has seen more than five times the nation’s population growth rate between 2010 and 2020, at 33.7%. It’s more than double the growth of Texas itself (16.8%). Austin has nearly doubled in population from 2000 (1.24 million) to 2020 (2.29 million), according to the US Census. Employment growth has remained consistently above Texas’ and the U.S. between 2010 and 2020 (Texas Workforce Commission).
These 13 Austin, TX-based advertising agencies all have an annual client media spend of at least $10M. Cheers to your unfair advantage in 2022!
|Holding company||Agency name||Discipline||Website||Office number|
|Bakery||Full Service/Integrated||www.bakery.agency||(512) 766-1176|
|WPP||BCW Austin||Public Relations||www.bcw-global.com||(512) 472-4122|
|Dentsu||DWA Media||Media Buying & Planning||www.dwamedia.com||(512) 469-3502|
|Hahn Public Communications||Social||www.hahnpublic.com||(512) 476-7696|
|KSM South||Media Buying & Planning||www.ksmsouth.com||(512) 579-4660|
|McGarrah Jessee||Full Service/Integrated||www.mcj.co||(512) 225-2000|
|WPI US||Proof Advertising||Full Service/Integrated||www.proof-advertising.com||(512) 345-6658|
|Interpublic Group||R/GA||Digital||www.rga.com/offices/austin||(512) 774-3600|
|Omnicom||THIRD EAR||Multicultural||wearethirdear.com/||(512) 479-6200|