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St. Louis Advertising and PR Agencies

The definition of what an advertising agency is has certainly changed over the years, but one truism remains – agencies exist as a collection of experts who use their professional advice and talents to advance their clients’ brands and messages. These talents are used in print advertising, graphic design/collateral, radio and television production, public relations, sales promotions, events, outdoor displays, web and digital media. Agency sizes vary and our goal for this list is to recognize as many St. Louis communications professionals as we can.

We’ve attempted to gather the names of St. Louis advertising agencies from over the years. Some of these firms were headquartered in St. Louis, while others had their headquarters in different cities and maintained a St. Louis office.

In any list of this nature there are omissions and we apologize in advance. If you know of an advertising agency that is not included please send it via email to history@swbell.net. If you can include a brief history (or archives) we would appreciate that information as well.

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Agency NameHistoryAccounts
Salsman Lundgren Public Relations  Closettec (1994); Gateway EDI (2000); Global Transcriptions Inc. (2000); Mediscrip (1993); Patricia Schmidt Interior Design (1994); Re/Max Properties West (1992); Rowles Company Homebuilders (1990); Women's Yellow Pages of St. Louis (1994);
Jack Samuel Public Relations  1967?
Sandbox Creative  2008?
Joe Sander Advertising  1975?
G.F. Sanders & Company  1985? Green Turf, Inc. (1991); Spencer & Spencer Systems (1990); Westport Athletic Club (1990);
G.F. Sanders Public Relations  1989 Flooring Industry Council (1989); Plumbing Industry Council (1989),
Saunders Marketing Group  1999 Build-A-Bear Workshop 1999
Saunders Public Relations & Marketing  Pioneer Bank & Trust (1993); Waterbabies Doll (1990);
Savan Company 
Savan, Hammerman & Gibbs Advertising  1962?- 1963
Shirley Schermer Associates, Inc.  1985?
Seymour Schiele Advertising Company  1922?- 1930? Force Tonic (1922)
Jos. E. Schmitt Advertising Agency  1945- 1958 Became Jos. E. Schmitt and Associates
Jos. E. Schmitt and Associates  1958 Formerly Jos. E. Schmitt Advertising Agency
Schofield Advertising Service  1928?
Bernard K. Schram & Associates  1947- 1955 Merged with Olson, Garesche and Reiner to become Schram, Reiner, Olson, Inc
Schram, Reiner, Olson, Inc.  1955 Formerly Bernard K. Schram & Associates and Olson, Garesche and Reiner 1959 St. Louis Shoe Show (1958),
Schupp Company  1993- 2014 (Merged with Dovetail) American Association of Orthodontists (2005); American Optometric Association; Argent Capital (2005); Bud Ice (1995); Bud Light (1993); Diageo; Equifax; Hautly Cheese (2001); KTRS (2005); MillerCoors (2000-2013); Missouri Baptist University; National Kidney Foundation (2004); Pujols Family Foundation; SLUCare; St. Louis Blues (1999); U.S. Senior Open (2004);
Scorch Agency  2009-
Robert Seat Adv. Agency  1947- 1952 Absorbed by the Prater Advertising Agency Roper gas ranges (1948); Ruud gas water heaters (1948); Servel gas refrigerators (1948); Zephyr gasoline (1947);
Seearcee Advertising Corp.  1952?
Seelig & Company, Advertising  1947 The Ark, Inc. (1951); B. Lowe gold buyers (1951); Brod-Dugan Paint Co. (1953); Camicide (1951); Clarence Baris florist (1948); Comfort Writer's Service (1950); Composition Products Co. (1948); Crest Corp. appliances (1948); Dale Blake Duck Decoy Setters (1951); DeSoto Hotel (1951); Esquire Ice Cream (1954); Exalin tablets and ointment (1952); Food Center of St. Louis (1952); Fox Lumber (1948); Full Moon Brand Tomatoes (1952); Getzem fish bait (1951); Gil-Bilt tools and fans (1951); Goodman's for Guns (1952); Hardy Salt (1948); Hauck Bakeries, Inc. (1950); Hollander & Co. (1953); Hotel DeSoto (1956); Hotel Kingsway (1956); IGA Stores - St. Louis (1953); Instant Plant Shine (1952); Instant Shine Magic leather renewer (1953); Kas Potato Chips (1953-1955,1958); Kanak dietary supplement (1954); Kientzel Noodle Co. (1951); Lazar & Sons appliance stores (1954); Lubri-Loy products (1956); Meyer Bros. Drug Co. (1951); Princess Plastic Parties, Inc. (1950); Roto-Print Mfg. (1950); Sayman products (1955); Schneider's Credit Jewelers (1948); Sterling Feather Co. (1948); Wells-White Mfg. (1951); Win-You jellies, preserves, pie filling (1952); Wolff Mfg. Co. (1948); Yur-Favorite Cake Co. (1950);
Helen Seevers and Associates  1932 Brooks Paper Co. (1935); Hotel DeSoto (1935); Hotel Kingsway (1933); Kaylor Cosmetics (1937); Koken Companies (1937); Louise Morrie Eye Cosmetics Co. (1935); Maschemeyer-Richards Silver Co. (1932-); Mavrakos Candy (1932- 1936); Rubicam Business School (1934-); Suzanne Fashions(1937); Theo. Bender Cosmetic Co (1935); W.G. Shelton Co. Cosmetics (1934);
Setco Advertising Company  1959? St. Louis Steel Casting (1959),
Shaffer, Brennan, Margulus Advertising Company  1938
Shaffer-Brennan Advertising Company  1925?- 1930s Honey Krushed Bread (1935-36); Sentry Pancake Mix (1935-36); Wax-All Floor Polish (1935-);
Shandwick USA  1997 Reliv International (1997)
Shandwick-Dorf & Stanton  1995
Roy A. Shannon Adv. Co., Incorporated   1946
Milton Sharp Advertising  1956?
The Shelby Syndicate  1926-
Shirley Shermer Associates, Inc.  1985?
Shoss & Associates, Inc.  1980 Care-Tech (1988); Milliken Publishing Co. (1988);
Simantel  Based in Peoria AFB International (2013)
Simmonds & Simmonds, Inc.  1948? Chicago HQ B-1 Beverage Co. (1948-)
John M. Simmons Associates  1961? C.J. Heck Distributors (1963); C.V. Mosby Co. (1962); Figaro International Hair Creations (1963); Gilbert Steambaths (1963); HMS Sportswear (1962); Jack Brandt, Ltd. (1962); Kribs Ford City (1962); Lewis & Clark Tower (1963); MTS Associate Dealers (1962); One-Hour Martinizing Assn. (1962); Shipmates Sportswear (1962);
Simmons Durham  1985- 2001 Purchased by Arnold Worldwide Charter Pipeline (1999); Chicken of the Sea (1989); Country Cocktail (1991); Elleard B. Heffern Jewelers; Fox Photo (1997); Heath candy bars; Illinois & Missouri Farm Bureaus (1989); Jack Daniel's Distillery 1985); Leaf, Inc. (1996); Maull's Barbecue Sauce (1997); Paraquad (1997); Payday Candy Bars; Purina Mills (1994); Sears Portrait Studios; SW Bell Mobile Systems St. Louis (1989); St. Louis Music (1999);
SimmonsCooper  2008?
Simpson Advertising Company  1926?- 1930? American Furnaces (1926-); American Bakery Machinery; American Security Credit Insurance; Central Hardware Co.; Century Drinking Fountains; Con-Ferro Paints; Copper-Clad Stoves and Heaters; Delta Lacquers; Diagraph Stencil Machines; Kerr Stoves and Ranges; Thurston's Perfect Breather; Vestal Chemical Co.;
Lemoine Skinner, Jr., Public Relations Inc.  1968?
Laura Slay and Associates 
Smillie Advertising Group, Inc.  1961 Amaz-On fingernail buffing cream (1962); Bentzinger Bros. paint brushes (1963); Cartoon Circus, Inc. (1962); C.V. Mosby reference and text books (1962); Permaneer wall paneling (1962); Tronic Air Products Co. (1962);
Ralph Smith Advertising Agency  1952
Smith and Neiswander, Inc.  1958 Formerly Jerrol and Associates
Snap Creative 
Sniper Marketing  2008?
The Snyder Group  1998
Soapbox Public Relations 
Solomon & Associates  1988
Solomon-Turner Advertising  1991 American Home Vision, Inc. (1997),
SolomonTurner PR 
Spark Agency 
Spoke Marketing  Eagle Bank (2015); Handi-Craft Co. (2015); Heritage University; Husky (2015); Lashly & Baer; Suddenlink; University of Texas;
Standard Advertising Agency  1927?
The Standing Partnership  St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association (1996),
The Stanton Company  -1977
Leoda Steinheimer Associates  1956? Ad-Craft, Inc. (1956),
Stella Chaney Brown Advertising 
Stemler and Associates 
Stemmler Communications, Inc.  1985
Stemmler, Bartram, Fisher & Payne  1965-1972 Became Stemmler, Fisher and Associates Ernest Hazel, Jr., Inc. (1967); International Hat Co. (1967); Missouri Power & Light (1969); United Home Delivery (1971);
Stemmler, Bartram, Tsakis & Payne  1963-1965 Bunce Building Corp. (1963); Mid-America Raceways (1963); National Distributing Co.of Missouri (1963); West Port Industrial/Business Park (1963); Vinabind book process (1963);
Stemmler, Fisher and Associates  1972-1977 Became Stemmler, Fisher, Waltke & Hagen Haase Olives and foods (1974); Indian Creek Racquet Club; Kansas City (1976); Pogen's Family Bakery (1972); Suits Me. Honey Co. (1974); TG Bancshares Co. (1975);
Stemmler, Fisher, Waltke & Hagen  1977-1979 Custom Industries Inc. (1977); Heitner Corp. (1977); Lee's Home Entertainment Center (1977); Schlueter Manufacturing Co. (1977);
Stemmler, Weiland & Associates  1984?- 1985 Became Stemmler Communications, Inc.
Stemmler, Weiland & Smith  1981-1985 Became Stemmler, Weiland & Associates
Stobie Brace Marketing Communications  1992? Transcend Services, Inc. (1994),
Glee R. Stocker & Associates  1948 Dazey Corporation (1948); Irwin-Willert Co. (1958); Lambert Engineering (1957);
Stockton & Associates  1952- 1955 Merged with Lynch & Hart to become Lynch, Hart & Stockton Advertising
Rick Stoff Communications 
Stolz Advertising Company  1964-1988 Became Glennon & Company Andy's Seasonings Co. (1987); Drake, Beam, Morin (1986); Enterprise Leasing (1985); Famous Barr; Ident Corp. of America, Inc. (1987); Kaepa Tennis Shoes (1977); The Knolls resort (1987); Krey Packing Co. (1977); Lee-Rowan (1967); Midland Container Corp. (1964); Modern Crafts (1967); Movies to Go (1985); RCGA (1983); Six Flags(1983); State of St. Louis (1983); St. Louis McDonald's (1985); The Summit (1987); Toy Chest (1987);
Storm Advertising Co., Inc.  1959 Local branch of Rochester, NY agency American Mothproofing Co. (1959); Inter-Montana Sport (1962); Monite mothproofing products (1959); Northeastern Fiberglass Co. (1961);
Studio D Marketing Communications  2013 Cambridge Engineering; Coventry Capital; Frontenac Bank; Jim Butler Autogroup; KRJ Architects; SIOR Foundation; St. Louis County Department of Public Health; Surgical Direct; Unico Systems;
Swanson & Associates  1984?
Swell Advertising  Chaumette Winery; ROHO Cushions; Stihl Chainsaws; St. John's Mercy Medical Center;
Hilmer V. Swenson Company  1932 Chicago HQ Angelica Jackets (1934-); Love Charm Perfume (1935-1937);
Switch 
Synergy Group, Inc.  1995- Duckett Creek Sanitary District (1995); Facilities Solutions Inc. (1995); J & G Computer Solutions (1995); Lee Hecht Harrison human resources (1995); Sacks Group (1995);
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