Cost-Cutting Leads Birch Back to Prairie Dog

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Budget cuts have led Birch Telecom to return to the boutique agency that created its mascot, this time to produce work on a project basis.

Prairie Dog Advertising in Kansas City, Mo., will create a campaign for the regional telecom’s 14 largest markets, said Barry Dvoracek, Birch’s director of marketing communications.

The agency created the company’s dog mascot in 1999, shortly before Birch moved its account—then valued at $7-12 million—to crosstown shop Sullivan, Higdon & Sink.

The continued telecom slump and a need to cut costs and increase profitability led Birch to allow its contract with SHS to expire at...

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