Herb Gillen Agency

Marketing. Advertising. Public Relations.

Marketing Strategy

While our designers' creative portfolio will match any agency in town, our strength is in our strategic thinking. Lots of folks can design a pretty ad or produce a clever spot, but that's simply not enough to produce results anymore. We offer a refreshing approach to marketing where the strategy and the tactical decisions are what drive the process. There's not just a set playbook that gets pulled out every time.

We look to find the unique best ways to move beyond awareness and create connection with our clients' customers. Research, positioning, branding, market planning, media planning and buying, database marketing strategy, promotions, product naming, tag lines, event planning, trade show strategy, internal communication campaigns, copywriting

John Cudahy
"During the last twenty years, the cost - and the financial risk - of organizing an air show has increased dramatically. One indication of professionalization of our business is that fewer and fewer shows feel comfortable leaving the promotion of the event in the hands of a volunteer. They're hiring people like Herb Gillen, an ICAS member from Columbus, Ohio who runs his own agency. Herb did some work for the Vectren Dayton Air Show and discovered that there is a pressing need for precisely his kind of expertise. He's committed his company to air show marketing and enjoyed considerable success. More importantly to all of us, his work has raised the bar and further professionalized our business."
John Cudahy
President - International Council of Air Shows

Marketing Strategy

You've got a great performer lineup (or maybe you don't), you've got your logistics buttoned up but you've struggled to draw fans, draw media, draw sponsors or turn a profit with your show.

We are expert marketers that specialize in marketing air shows, performers and aviation-related clients. We are working with shows from coast to coast on a daily basis. While we believe that each location is unique, we know what has worked and what hasn?t and we are actively engaged with the ever-changing air show marketing scene to provide our clients the best marketing, advertising and PR counsel in the industry.

Michael Kaufman
"As a co-producer of essentially a first year air show, we knew that strategic marketing and public relations of our event would be paramount to the air show success. Having developed a niche in marketing and promoting air shows across America, Herb Gillen and his team worked with us from beginning to end. Without Herb Gillen Advertising as an integral part of the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show team, I am sure we would not have enjoyed the phenomenal level of success with sponsors, the media, attendance and the performers as well. I would highly recommend anyone starting an air show or looking to take their current air show to the next level to contact Herb- you'll be glad you did!"
Michael Kaufman
Boston-Portsmouth Air Show - CFRE - Co-Producer