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How Do You Advertise to an Ad Agency? Put Up a Billboard Right Across the Street Small shop goes big near Ogilvy HQ

Here's one way to pitch your design studio directly to an ad agency: Buy a billboard right across the street from the shop.

Intridea, a D.C.-based product design and development consultancy, did just that this month by buying a billboard for a week right near Ogilvy & Mather's headquarters at 636 Eleventh Ave. in New York with the headline, "Ogle this, Ogilvy."

The board included the URL oglethis.co, which featured goofy GIFs along with the text, "Made you look. Now hire us. AngularJS, Rails, UX/UI and more."

It's a little blunt, but it seems to have gotten Intridea in the front door. The agency says it got a call from Ogilvy New York CEO Lou Aversano and OgilvyOne managing director Dimitri Maex—and will be meeting with them on Sept. 3.

"This was the first time our team has ever spent any money on outdoor advertising," says Intridea co-founder Yoshi Maisami, "and we've been very happy with the results."

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