When Csek Creative (Dot Com Media at the time) opened its doors in 1999, it was a mere fraction of what it is today. The business was run out of the Csek family home, with just a few hard-working employees and a handful of prospects.
Fast forward to 2018, Csek Creative has grown into three offices located in Salmon Arm and Kamloops, with headquarters in Kelowna. We’d like to give you the Csek tour and tell you a bit about how we grew from a small web design company to a full-service marketing agency.
For several years, Csek Creative focused mainly on website design and brand development in Kelowna. Eventually, Nikki, Jim and Ryan, the company’s partners at the time, decided the company was ready to expand its reach and dive deeper into the world of marketing and media planning. And so, in 2016, Csek Creative merged with another media and communications business, Pulse Group.
This merger was a turning point for Csek Creative. Not only did it bring talented employees and a new partner, Rob, to the team, but Pulse’s media planning expertise meant we could add something new to our list of services.
The Pulse Group merger also introduced Csek Creative to the Kamloops market. Today, our Kamloops office, located in downtown Kamloops, is a colourful space for our ‘Loops team to enjoy. Now with its very own content marketing and sales team, the Kamloops office has done some serious growing over the past year. It’s also the home of KelownaNow’s sister company, KamloopsBCNow, which has quickly gained momentum as a popular media outlet in the region.
“As we got to know the team and skillset at Csek Creative we quickly realized that bringing our two agencies together would create a powerful combination.
At Pulse we focused on media planning and buying along with creative/branding, while we saw Csek Creative as a leader in everything digital including website design and development. In addition, the one thing that really appealed to me was the amazing processes Csek had in place. They were a well-oiled machine and I knew Pulse and our clients would benefit.
We didn’t have to date long to know we were better as one team. The merger has been tremendously successful as we are now able to deliver so many marketing services to our clients, all under one roof.” Rob Cupello
Shortly after the merger, Csek Creative knew that it was time to make another move. The business was quickly outgrowing its little space on Ellis Street, and we began scouting out larger properties for our home base.
At last, a second-floor space on the corner of Pandosy Street and Leon Avenue was found - and so the renovations began.
It took several weeks, some very long days and a lot of elbow grease, but eventually the former conference centre was transformed into a modern workspace.
The Kelowna headquarters is a 7,200 square foot space, custom designed to fit the needs of the company. The office features a long production desk, where content strategists, designers and developers work collaboratively, as well as offices for privacy and two boardrooms.
Our large boardroom is the place where all of our creatives meet to plan out campaigns and strategize. We also host seminars in this room, and allow our clients to use it for meetings of their own. Our smaller meeting room has recently been transformed into a perfect space for interviews and photoshoots.
Another feature of our headquarters that you can’t miss is the bar. Next to our front desk, the bar acts as a gathering place - a place to grab lunch with coworkers, chat with a client and indulge our caffeine obsessions.
Content strategists, designers and developers aren’t all you’ll find at this office. Our diverse team also includes salespeople, SEO experts, social media strategists, media planners, photographers, videographers, our KelownaNow news team and more.
In 2017, we took the business one step further by acquiring Urban Think Tank, a print and production shop in Salmon Arm. We knew that by offering our own in-house printing services, we could assure the quality of our printing projects from start to finish. Csek Creative is now your one-stop shop for everything from design to print.
In this office you will hear printers running, see designs come to life in several forms, from business cards and brochures to large signage.
In our vehicle bay, we can decal and wrap nearly any model of vehicle, from small cars to transport trucks and more.
The most important thing about these three offices is, of course, the people working in them. It’s a place where many of us spend more waking hours than we do in our homes, projects for clients become passions and colleagues feel more like family.
If you want to come in for a tour, meet the team or just have a peek at how we work, give us a call at 250-862-8010!
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