Creativity builds business when it’s grounded in a solid strategic foundation. We’ll help you define your unique brand essence and link it to what makes your customers tick. Now you’ve got something to shout about.

What we do.

Solid strategy. Memorable creative. To win in today’s marketplace, you need both. And they need to play well together. We have the people and processes in place to ensure they do.

  • Advertising

  • Branded Entertainment

  • Brand Strategy + Development

  • Collateral Design

  • E-Marketing

  • Logo + Identity Design

  • Marketing Research

  • Media Planning

  • Naming

  • Social Media

  • Strategic Planning and Marketing

  • Wed Design, Development, + SEO

  • Photography

  • Animation

  • Packaging


How we work.

Kazoo creates communications that emotionally connect customers to companies and their brands. And we have a proven process for making this happen.

Brand first. Before we do anything else, we partner with clients to define (or perhaps refine) the core brand essence and make sure it’s actionable with management, employees and even vendors. Only then do we take the branding process externally to the marketplace. Already have a strong, established brand? We take the time to learn everything we can about your existing brand strategy and standards. When it comes time to create new marketing pieces, we’re able to ensure that what we produce works in perfect harmony.

Creative next. For new businesses or companies going through a period of significant transition—we often begin with identity and key message development. For companies that already have an established brand, we develop a wide range of marketing materials that engage customers and get them buzzing.

Collaboration always. To make emotional customer connections, brand strategy and creative thinking must work hand in hand. Our strategic and creative teams work collaboratively—from the first meeting through project completion—to achieve exceptional results. Oh, and we consider our clients valuable members of the team as well.

Who we are.

Curious. Creative. Smart. Dedicated. Award-winning. Idea-people. People-people.
The type you might have over for dinner. We’ll bring the wine.

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Tom Dupont
Principal, Account Director

Tom has orchestrated product introductions, managed franchise cooperatives, developed corporate identities and helped clients of all sizes implement successful brand strategies. Clients include Pillsbury, Pizza Hut, US Bank, Canterbury Downs, MOA, 3M, Cargill, Surdyk’s and several non-profits. There’s nothing in this world he gets a bigger kick out of than developing successful brands for clients. Every once in a while, he gets fairly passionate about golf as well.


Mila Samson
Senior Designer

After her Education at the Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam, The Netherlands Mila started her career as a graphic designer creating promotional material for her uncle’s garage in Paramaribo, Suriname (South America). Shortly after that she Branded a Garage in Sugerland, Texas. Now living in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a devoted Kazook, Mila is specialized in logo and visual brand development. Outside of work Mila lives an active lifestyle that consists of intense workouts, biking, running and when the snow starts flying, snowboarding. Mila loves good design, espresso, punk and Mustangs made before 79 (although they’ve been good again lately).


Ellen Puls
Graphic Designer

Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in Spanish studies. She builds and maintains Shopify and Squarespace websites to help clients sell product, and creates on brand collateral materials. She is also our whiz kid on social media. Her graphic design is influenced by "old-school" techniques like collage, film photography, and illustration. You’ll have a hard time catching Ellen in her free time, as she’s probably speeding around town on her skateboard or bike.

Barbara Schendel
Web Developer

Barbara has been doing web design since 1994 (back when having mouse-hover effects on a web page was a big deal). She is accomplished in Wordpress as well as all forms of graphic and motion design for on-screen and print. Barbara feels old when she realizes she’s spent nearly two decades developing websites, but she’s come to embrace her inner nerd. She’s even been known to watch Star Trek on occasion.