Veteran Agency Earns Peer Recognition in City of Champions
PITTSBURGH – The votes are in, and according to the Media Association of Pittsburgh (MAP), Ideahaus is the Best Boutique Agency in the city. It’s also the Best Creative Agency, and the Best Interactive Agency (which includes social media).
The Media All-Star Awards is one of MAP’s signature events “held to celebrate the hardest workers in the media industry.” Agencies, media, vendors and marketing professionals are nominated, then the communications community votes for their choice in a number of categories.
Hosted by KDKA-TV on-air talent Larry Richert, the event was attended by nearly 200 professionals who filled the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh to learn who would make this year’s All-Stars team.
Ideahaus Founder Kevin Popovic…
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