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Seattle-based Creative Media Alliance is a full-service advertising and marketing agency. We pride ourselves on technological savvy and exceptional results in today's market, but we know that our business is a human process at heart and we think you'll enjoy working with us. We believe in communication. After all, the better we communicate, the more we understand, the better our relationship will be, and the better your results will be.
Our credo reflects our belief that every client should be treated with respect, no matter the size of the project or budget. We embrace open communication and commit ourselves to the highest levels of customer service. The keystone of our business is people, from our core CMA team, to our extended alliance of business partners, to all of our valued clients.
This isn't just marketing speak. Ask any of our happy clients and they'll tell you... when we say we're all about building relationships in the process of doing great work, we mean it.
As a Creative Director for brand marketing and advertising strategies, Jai's expertise is brand storytelling through engaging video production, social media campaigns, and viral video channels. His enthusiastic clients have raved about his talent for taking their creative aspirations and turning them into innovative yet affordable realities. He knows how to bring options to the table that make an art director relax, rather than sweat about complexity and cost. Jai's knowledge and technical savvy allows clients to focus on achieving their strategic, timeline, and financial goals, rather than being distracted by technical details.
When he's not at CMA, Jai Suh enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and being a new father to a beautiful girl named Poppy.
Gary draws on two decades of communications and technology experience to oversee marketing and communications initiatives for a wide variety of clients. Prior to co-founding CMA, Gary held IT management positions at Immunex Corporation and Delrina Corporation, with responsibilities for communications and technology. Like Jai and Ryan, Gary wears many hats at CMA. Although he has a very strong IT background and loves finding great technology solutions for clients, he's also passionate about great design—whether it's websites, logos... or chicken coops.
Outside of CMA, Gary enjoys his summer cycling commute, winter snowboarding, and year-round dog wrangling with Eloise and Izzy (who double as office mascots). Gary lives in Ballard with his wife Kelley and hails from Dublin, Ireland, but good luck discerning an accent!
With over 10 years of design and marketing experience, Ryan really shines in most aspects of graphic design as well as front-end web design and static and dynamic CSS/HTML site construction. His technical know-how extends to open source CMS development, with systems like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress, as well as with E-Commerce platforms such as XCART, osCommerce, and Magento. Along with his considerable technical expertise, Ryan's commitment to good design as a visual extension of a company's brand allows our team to develop cohesive programs, connecting all areas of design and development from the ground up.
As a third generation Seattle native, Ryan enjoys all two of our seasons, and makes the most of each one, whether it be snowboarding in the Cascades or swimming in Puget Sound.
Abby's Seattle video production experience includes directing large-scale live events and marketing campaigns for several world-renowned Northwest corporations. Beyond video production, her digital media expertise includes web development, marketing strategy, and launching the Xeko eco-adventure web environment.
Ahmed is CMA's resident expert when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), keyword analysis, and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. He understands search engine algorithms and how they can bring more traffic to your website. Ahmed is a self-proclaimed search marketing ninja! We're not arguing.
August has spent eight years creating engaging designs for local arts organizations, non-profits and creative agencies. His passion for design includes branding, print layout, photo manipulation, and a love for the font Papyrus. He knows that good design is as little design as possible. August loves being with his wife and his 2 year old daughter, and the occasional motorcycle ride around Seattle.
Beth is involved with each phase of CMA Seattle video production. Her background includes non-profit and arts management, as well as more than ten years in film and video. In her free time, Beth cooks for friends, enjoys Seattle art and music, and wonders what happened to Gary's Irish accent.
Cotton creates engaging website content, social media copy, and video production descriptions for a multitude of CMA accounts. Originally from Pennsylvania, Cotton has lived in Seattle for over 15 years. He is an "amateur expert" on sports and rock'n roll, and an avid researcher of fine food and libation.
Erika dabbles in everything at CMA, assisting each department when duty calls. She recently relocated from Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a degree in communications and even a degree in cosmetology (that she has used on location at video shoots). Erika spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, and sipping wine any time.
Jason has built multiple online businesses from scratch. His widespread expertise includes Intranets, Information Architecture, Database Design, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Interface Usability, payment processors and shopping carts. Jason is an invaluable resource, translating technology into client success.
A fourth-generation Seattle native, Jim has worked in video production since 1985. His responsibilities range from grip to editor to director, but his current work is primarily in location audio and gaffer services for corporate and commercial video production. In his spare time, Jim is a painter. Jim has no superpowers.
John's many talents include fine arts photography, radio and audio production, video production, and visual art design and installation. Entrenched in both the art and commercial worlds, John's Seattle video production encompasses non-profits, community organizations, theaters, galleries, and museums.
Katie creates eye-catching web design, as well as CMS, e-commerce, email marketing, custom Facebook pages, graphic design, and branding. She is an integral part of the conceptual and technical aspects of CMA web marketing. Katie has a degree in fashion design and enjoys camping, golf, skiing, and video games.
Keri has handled accounting and payroll for CMA since its inception. She is a native of the Pacific Northwest and shredded Mt. Baker for 20 years before family became her focus. Keri organized non-profit skateboard events for under-privileged kids and now she's dedicated to sustainable farming and cooking.
Kiki works with a wide variety of social media clients, helping them build community and promote their brand through smart social marketing. A midwest girl at heart, Kiki has been in Seattle for five years, working for local arts non-profits and small businesses. She is passionate about music and enjoys crafting a pitch-perfect Spotify playlist and blowing up Instagram with concert pics.
Kim has 15 years of film and video experience, along with being the Co-Founder of Usnaps.com. She is committed to preserving the integrity, voice and vision of projects, especially those that build a better community. An avid snowboarder, Kim enjoys shredding the local mountains with her two sons.
Besides video editing, Mark operates the camera for various Seattle video production projects. He is also CMA's staff photographer. Mark's personal photography covers urban decay and exploration, cityscapes, landscapes, and a recent obsession with pay phones. His commercial work includes portraits, real estate, and food.
Michael creates and edits video that engages, informs, and promotes. His passion for storytelling and attention to detail is evident in each project. When he's not editing video, he's continually honing his skills in After Effects. He is an avid gamer, the AV director for his church's high school youth group, and a new dad to his son, Asher.
Mindy specializes in purchasing advertising and marketing opportunities for CMA. A Washington native, she has developed media campaigns for clients ranging from small retail marketing to national branding. Her unique and successful campaigns stand out among the top Seattle marketing agencies.
Nacime is a wonderfully efficient b-roll shooter for CMA Video Production. He captures interview subjects interacting in their professional environments. A Seattle native, Nacime enjoys good food, traveling, and gaming. A self-proclaimed board game geek, he continues to add to his ever-growing collection of games.
As the senior member of CMA Seattle Video Production, Peter sees video marketing projects from start to finish, telling each story with seamless video editing, color-correct footage, and balanced audio. In his free time, Peter enjoys the gym, tanning, and laundry (aka "The GTL"). "The more laundry the better!"
Ray directs diverse projects, including corporate, industrial, non-profit, and online video production. He also shoots large art installations and documentary films. He is a confident international traveler with a ready passport, a flexible nature, and a love of new experiences. At home, Ray spends time with his wife and daughter.
Ryan's first love was cinematography. He grew up going to movies as much as possible. Later, that love, along with his love of music and writing, led Ryan to degrees in both Film and Video Production, as well as Creative Writing. Ryan's passion for stories and visual communication shows in his work for CMA.
Sam generates unique website designs that give clients a professional web presence. With roots in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Sam recently moved to Seattle where he has worked on a variety of web marketing and graphic design projects. In his free time, he enjoys map-making, playing soccer, and cooking over a fire in the wild mountains of Washington.
Surina specializes in web marketing, social media marketing, and search marketing. Her web marketing responsibilities include design, development, research, and strategy. Even outside of work, Surina is a social media junkie. She also enjoys art and photography, and loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family.
For twenty years, Susan has managed crews, big and small, for commercials, feature films, documentaries, training videos, and PSA's. She began her video production career with a degree in documentary filmmaking. In her free time, Susan can be found on her boat somewhere in the San Juans.
Besides developing STIR's logo, CMA also designed various pieces of print collateral, creating brand mark continuity for the popular martini and raw bar.
Creative Media Alliance was engaged by the owners of the new fast-casual Korean-inspired restaurant, Oma Bap, to develop and implement a ground-up branding, design, and marketing program.
The Tap House Grill in downtown Seattle features the largest selection of Northwest beers on tap. This client wanted to extend their online presence with custom Facebook content to increase brand awareness, online traffic and ultimately, sales. Creative Media Alliance created branded custom Facebook Tabs for their 160 beer menu and a happy hour special just for their Facebook audience fans, with hooks back to their website, and vice versa with social hooks from their website to Facebook. The beer menu tab also functioned as the default landing tab for non-fans rather than dropping them onto the wall, and the mid-conversation confusion related to that navigation experience. This multi-pronged campaign has been a great success for Tap House Grill.
So what is the Chromebook concept?
Assumption 1: These days, you can get online almost anywhere.
Assumption 2: Google’s free online software can do almost everything regular software can do — email (Gmail), Web browsing (Chrome), chat (Google Talk), photos (Picasa), word processing, spreadsheets, slide shows (Google Docs).
Conclusion: A laptop doesn’t need a hard drive. Doesn’t need programs on it. Doesn’t need Windows or Mac OS X. Doesn’t need a desktop, files or folders. Everything you need is online, so all the laptop needs is a Web browser. To read more, check out this article from the New York Times.
Video is SEO friendly, Google-Panda friendly and on Google's results pages to stay. Google is placing more value on long stays and visitors watching videos stay longer than others. So it's time to start taking video seriously and Gareth Davies details five ways video can seriously help your SEO in the article below. He covers: videos making your pages more sticky, videos helping product rank, videos getting links, videos as content creation, and videos bringing traffic.
In the future, believing that the TV is talking to you might not be a sign of insanity. You may be getting a Skype video call.
Comcast has partnered with Skype, a video-calling service that was recently purchased by Microsoft, to offer the service for TVs sometime next year. Subscribers who rent a video kit from Comcast will be able to use their TVs to make and receive calls from other Skype users. Skype and Comcast subscribers will also be able to make use of the same features on a compatible smartphone or tablet, but the recipient of these calls and messages only need the basic Skype set-up to communicate. Best of all, when using Skype on a Comcast-enabled HDTV, users can still watch programming while making and answering calls. Here’s an article from pcmag.com on the new partnership between Comcast and Skype.
Rapportive has created an add-on for Gmail that instantly adds social context to the people you email, as you email them. Rapportive’s overhauled Twitter widget lets you follow your email contacts, send them replies, and retweet or quote them from inside email messages. You can also take a quick glance at whether your email contacts are following you on Twitter. This tool is definitely worth learning about. Here's a short video on how it works.
This romantic tragedy masterpiece first premiered in 1841 and has grown to become one of the most popular ballets of all time. Catch a sneak peek at the work behind this major premiere by viewing our video.
URL shortening service bit.ly announced that users can now automatically generate QR codes that, when scanned with a mobile QR code reader, automatically direct users to shortened links! CMA used QR codes as a part of the Pioneer Square Madame Damnables Cocktail Crawl! It was part of our social, print & web neighborhood promotional campaign. The QR codes were distributed on the posters and postcards. To read more, click here!