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Kansas City, MO / Global Headquarters
VML's headquarters is as distinctive as the agency itself. VML is located in an airport terminal building at the Charles B. Wheeler Airport in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The site was Kansas City’s main airport between the 1920s and the early 1970s. The original airport terminal was dedicated in 1927 by Charles Lindbergh, and the airport served as the national TWA hub until 1972. While the still-functioning airport serves a wide array of private planes and small commercial operators, VML uses the terminal as its global headquarters, home to more than 400 VMLers.
Over the years, a variety of VML clients have landed their planes at our back door and entered directly through our Gate One office suite. Many celebrities, entertainers and politicians frequent the downtown airport, as has Air Force One. When VML moved into the space in 1996, we occupied a tiny footprint compared to today. At the time, one of VML’s primary clients was a national airline carrier; establishing our headquarters in an airport terminal seemed uniquely appropriate. Today VML has a thriving client partnership with a different leading national carrier — Southwest Airlines — and our distinctive airport home continues to set us apart.
Kansas City, MO
An expanding roster of client partners enabled VML to establish a second Kansas City office in 2004 at the former Marietta Chair Building. The historic four-story, red-brick building — commonly referred to as “20-20” thanks to its street address number — has been home to a variety of entrepreneurial enterprises over the years. VML occupies all of the commercial space in the building. Over the years, major VML client groups have been based at the office, including Colgate-Palmolive, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Kellogg, Kashi and SAP. VMLers enjoy an abundance of art galleries, independent retail shops, music venues, bars and restaurants in the Crossroads Arts District neighborhood surrounding the office.
From high in the downtown sky with 360º views of the entire metro area, VML Atlanta produces groundbreaking digital marketing and campaigns in the areas of web, mobile, social media and loyalty programs created for Fortune 500 clientele. VML Atlanta’s versatility is displayed through work with clients such as Turner, Visit Savannah and Xerox, while accomplishments in the CPG sector have brought the Kimberly-Clark brands to life in the digital space.
Nestled in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, VML Boston was founded to launch the social and digital presence of New England heavyweight Dunkin' Donuts. From the very first tweet to the innovative Unfreeze campaign, VML Boston has been responsible for Dunkin's biggest social initiatives. Winning numerous awards for creative as well as innovation, VML Boston attracted the attention of some of New England's biggest brands. From NHL to Keurig, VML continues to push the boundaries of digital experiences with proven results.
VML Chicago opened in 2008 and has grown dramatically as a result of long-term relationships with Kellogg’s and Kimberly-Clark. Located on Wacker Place, on the top floor of the Morton’s Steakhouse building, VML Chicago is in the heart of downtown and just one block west of Michigan Avenue. If you visit, please feel free to add your own personal piece of marker art to our whiteboard.
The agency formerly known as Biggs|Gilmore was founded in 1973 and joined the VML family in 2013. Today, the 120 people in the Kalamazoo office create brand experiences for clients including Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, Stryker, Foster Farms and Heinz. Located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, Kalamazoo VMLers work for a global agency on big brands, while living in a city where the concept of rush hour doesn’t exist. Kalamazoo is also home to award-winning brewery Bell’s Beer, conveniently located next door.
New York, NY
For more than a decade, VML has enjoyed a strong presence in New York City. VML currently occupies a new space on Columbus Circle, one of New York's celebrated addresses. With nearly 100 VMLers based in New York providing a full range of digital marketing capabilities, the office manages a wide range of clients, including the United States Olympic Committee, Charter Communications, Campbell's and Xerox. VML NYC also works closely with a variety of WPP network agencies.
Opening in 2004, VML Seattle was established to service the agency’s emergent client relationship with Microsoft. Located just north of the city’s downtown, VML Seattle has experienced significant growth with added client partnerships, including T-Mobile and the Seattle Storm women’s WNBA basketball team. From the office rooftop patio, VMLers enjoy an impressive view of downtown Seattle, the famed Space Needle, Lake Union, the Experience Music Project and the Olympic Mountains.
White Salmon, WA
Located in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, our White Salmon office is home to our dedicated Research team. While this office is small, it has the second longest tenure of all VML offices, having been part of VML since 1997. Our Research team enjoys the scenic mountain beauty of this recreational wonderland.
For more than a decade, VML Bogotá has served as a bridge for clients that work in both the Latin American and U.S. markets. VML Bogotá has made its mark with standout work for Colgate-Palmolive, helping the brand to achieve global reach. They do it all from a stunning office that lets them slide from floor to floor. This sense of play has allowed VML Bogotá to be great creative and technology partners for their colleagues in the United States.
São Paulo, Brazil
VML Brazil, a full-service agency with a respected digital track record, was launched in São Paulo in November 2011. At the time, the agency absorbed Brazilian agency Energy’s client portfolio and began operating as a leader in the digital media authorization market. Some of Brazil’s largest brands rely on VML for digital marketing services and technological innovation, including Casas Bahia, Colgate-Palmolive, Groupon, Hopi Hari, Hoteis.com, LG Electronics, MINI, Perdigão, Vivo and Dafiti. In 2012, VML Brazil moved into its new headquarters in the fashionable São Paulo district of Pinheiros.
VML London began operating in 1994, initially established as GT (or Good Technology). In 2010, the operation re-launched as VML London with expanded staff and a wider range of digital marketing capabilities. The growing enterprise delivers creative, technical and strategic digital solutions for some of the most recognized brands in the world, including Premier League, Xbox, the British Library and Colgate-Palmolive.
VML London is based in Camden at Greater London House (formerly the Carreras Cigarette Factory), a large Art Deco building noted as a striking example of early 20th Century Egyptian Revival architecture. The trendy and bohemian neighborhood is home to one of Europe's largest markets and the world-famous London Zoo.
Founded in 2008, VML Milan is a full-service digital marketing operation and serves as the digital hub for the Young & Rubicam Group. With more than 30 digital marketing professionals, VML Milan provides a full range of services for a wide range of client partners, including Barilla, Bosch, Costa Crociere, Danone and supports VML’s global partnership with Colgate-Palmolive. The office was recognized with an ADCI Italian Art Directors Club bronze award for the Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S campaign; the creative campaign was also recognized by the Art Directors European Club.
VML Milan is based in Milan’s fashion district, located at Via Tortona, 37. In 2011, VML Milan was recognized for bringing the popular social media technology foursquare to Milan.
VML started its operations in Poland through a business partnership with the Heureka Group, comprised of two leading and award-winning digital agencies, Heureka and Pride and Glory Interactive. The agency has been among the pioneers of digital marketing in Poland and now employs a team of more than 90 specialists in Warsaw who provide top-class comprehensive services in digital marketing. Additionally, it offers very strong competences in social media, social CRM, social SEM and net PR services. The agency also offers its clients advanced tools for online/social media space analysis, consumer behavior research and online brand performance.
VML Kraków, previously known as Pride and Glory Interactive, has created some of the most famous and contagious digital campaigns in Poland. A team of more than 60 resides in the VML Kraków office and works to establish relationships with the major brands and enterprises in the Polish market, confidently entering foreign markets as well. The VML Poland offices have been recognized with advertising awards from Effie, Golden Drum, KTR, Media Trendy, Zlote Orly, Kreatura Media and MIXX Awards, and VML Poland has also been named the Online Group of the Year (by Media Marketing Polska) and the Agency of the Year (rankings by Media Marketing Polska, MIXX Awards and Grand Check).
Johannesburg, South Africa
NATIVE VML is a strategically and creatively led agency; its ideas are born digital but often extend beyond the digital canvas. NATIVE VML’s core speciality is integrated digital marketing services, covering user experience design, strategy, creative, technology, media, analytics, mobile, branded content and social media. The agency was named South Africa’s best digital agency in 2013, a mere three years after its opening. With a staff of more than 170, the majority of which are based in the agency’s headquarters in Johannesburg, NATIVE VML is one of Africa’s largest digital agencies.
Cape Town, South Africa
NATIVE VML aims to create purpose-driven work that lives in people’s lives. The agency works across multiple industry sectors, including automotive, beauty and health, consumer goods and electronics, financial services, manufacturing, retail and tourism, and serves the following clients: L’Oréal, RCS, Pick n Pay, Nedbank, Liberty, Nestlé, Standard Bank, GM, Foschini, Pernod Ricard (Chivas Regal, Absolut, Jameson, Malibu), Old Mutual, Colgate-Palmolive, Dimension Data and Hollard Ascend. The NATIVE VML Cape Town office is in Woodstock, a vibrant suburb that combines a village atmosphere with a sense of urban living, in the iconic Old Castle Brewery.
VML Qais Mumbai started operations in 2009, and has picked up an impressive roster of clients including Vodafone, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, the Mahindra Group, Volkswagen and General Motors. The work has been inspiring, be it defining the emerging markets digital blue prints for Vodafone or helping Mahindra to launch a new brand positioning led by a social media movement to bring positive change to India.
VML Qais Mumbai sits in the Parel district. This former Portuguese colony was once the center of the cotton industry but as the vast cotton mills became un-economical to run, a Bohemian mix of restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls, TV and music companies - and of course ad agencies - re–invigorated the area, to make it the thriving center that it is today.
VML Qais Singapore started operations in 2003, initially as Qais Consulting. In 2011, it re-launched as VML Qais, bringing together what was the biggest independent digital agency in Singapore with the best global digital network. With a full services team spanning strategy, research, creative, media and social, VML Qais has won multiple awards for a client roster that includes Hilton Hotels, Standard Chartered Bank, Revlon, Sony, Dell, the Prime Ministers Office and the Ministry of Defence.
VML Qais Singapore is based out of a shophouse on the borderline between the narrow old streets of Chinatown and the skyscrapers of the Central Business District. A second office, originally planned as a war room, opened recently and has since been named (appropriately enough) Sparta.
Indonesia is the world's third fastest growing internet economy, behind China and India. It is also home to one of the most active Facebook, Twitter and blogging communities in the world. In July 2012, VML Qais Indonesia was launched, within Y&R's office in Jakarta's Central Business District. It immediately started serving the group's prestigious client base, leveraging its international team.
Y&R Indonesia is a standard bearer in many ways, also opening the world's first zedpod, with many more set to follow. This is an 'agency-within-agency' model that brings in young digital talent, the best of which forge careers within the digital backbone that is VML.
VML IM2.0 Beijing is one of the youngest full-service digital agencies in China, but is already one of the most respected by clients and peers. Our goal is to become the most effective digital marketing company in China, delivering real brand and business impact through a new model of seamless strategy, creativity, technology and digital media integration. With a uniquely configured team of experienced marketers, technologists, creatives and media specialists, we work with clients to address a broad range of their digital marketing needs. VML IM2.0 Beijing works closely with clients such as Dell, MINI and Haier Group from one of the most futuristic office locations in Beijing, Galaxy SOHO.
VML IM2.0 Shanghai delivers forward-thinking digital marketing solutions for clients such as adidas, Kimberly-Clark and Mondelez. Together with the Beijing office, VML IM2.0’s integrative approach to digital marketing has earned it recognition as China’s Top 10 technology company (Deloitte & Touche), China’s Top 10 Digital Creative & Media Agency (DAMN Digital), Asia’s Top 100 digital company (Red Herring) and China Agency of the Year (Mobile Marketing Association).
VML's Japanese operation launched in January 2013, as a network of 3 existing digital agencies. It is located in the heart of Tokyo and houses over 100 digital professionals. With an experienced leadership team, VML Tokyo offers full service digital marketing capabilities and a commitment to results for many global brands operating in the Japanese market.
Based in the iconic Sydney CBD overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and surrounding waterways, VML officially launched its Australian operations in early 2012 to partner foundation clients Emirates, Revlon, Nokia and Hills Pet Nutrition, while providing a local full-service offering for our roster of global clients across Australia and New Zealand. VML Australia also serves as the Young & Rubicam Group's digital backbone, partnering with the agency network (and wider WPP agencies) to deliver digital marketing innovation and enterprise technical solutions for a host of leading brands and retailers in the region.