Engine 29 2017-05-16T23:36:20-05:00

I’m Winston Wolf,

I solve problems.

I’m here to help –
if my help’s not appreciated then lotsa luck, gentlemen.

Like the wolf, 
We solve problems too.


Isn’t this why you advertise in the first place? Clicks, likes, and impressions are great. But sales are better, way better. To sell, you need to know why people buy. Do you know why your customers buy from you?


If your ad goes unnoticed the rest is academic. Attention is the most valuable commodity in today’s media crazy world. Attention is paid when attention is deserved. Do you deserve attention?


Not everybody can afford to outsource their marketing. We understand and we can help. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert to help guide you? Someone who’s been there before, hundreds of times.

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About Us.

Engine 29 has been called a boutique, a micro-agency, a start-up, a bunch of nut-jobs, but what we really are is an idea studio. We’re a collection of independent advertising genius from around the country, not just St. Pete, built within a low cost collaborative infrastructure.

Engine 29 is an agency that is just that, an agent, for senior creatives who want to cut out ad agency bureaucracy. We’re built to generate creative ideas quickly. Traditional ad agencies are designed to charge as many hours as possible while killing as many trees as possible (often referred to as “proprietary marketing services”).

We pride ourselves on out thinking, not out spending the competition. Engine 29 doesn’t have vice presidents, departments or time-wasting procedures. We put the right people on each project and we work together to get the job done. We are creative mavericks collaborating to solve our client’s problems.

Every company needs ideas. And until recently, the most logical place to get them was an ad agency. Unfortunately, a lot of companies aren’t happy with the ideas they’re getting. That’s why there’s Engine 29.

We sell answers, not hours. That keeps us focused on doing the right thing, rather than the thing we think will keep the account. And it helps both of us tailor the creative to fit your specific needs.

You pay for the people who work on your project, not a lobster tank of people you’ve never met. Also, we’re independent, so we don’t have to please Wall Street (translation: we won’t tack on services you don’t need).

Our lean structure and deep experience means we are able to respond to the vast array of ever-changing retail needs to be met on a daily basis. That means that no matter how many late nights, false starts, restarts, re-edits, broken pencils or broken hearts it takes, you will get the kind of advertising that gets results. At a price you can afford.

Engine 29 is for clients who expect their ad agency to justify itself by results.

While we are the primary agency of record for most of our clients, we are also uniquely suited to be a second agency or SWAT resource. So if you could use a source for fresh ideas, to handle special assignments, pick up dropped balls or just keep your “full service” agency motivated we’d welcome your call.

Over the last 30 years clients have trusted us with over a Billion dollars of their ad budgets. We are confident that if you trust us with your marketing dollars they will be spent wisely.

So let’s get to work. 🙂

P.S. Clients, if you have hired the right agency and believe they will help you find the right answers, let them do their thing no matter how many hours it takes. The right answer is a thousand times more valuable than a hundred wrong answers. If they fail, fire them immediately and get somebody new.

Why you should hire Engine 29.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to sell a new idea to a fortune 500 company?
Or how hard it is to get them to trust you with millions of dollars?
Can you imagine the stress of having to create and produce a Super Bowl commercial that ranks in the Top 50 of All Time?
Or what it’s like for a brand manager to literally risk their job on your opinion?

We do.

Wheaties. Budweiser. Bud Light. Carnival Cruise Lines. McDonald’s. Sea World. Florida Lottery. Busch Gardens. We’ve worked on some of the biggest brands in the world. We’ve helped launch and re-invent many other brands.

Engine 29 has the kind of big brand experience that can make you the next big brand. Over the years, we’ve learned a lot working for major advertisers. We seriously doubt that any other ad agency in the region can claim the quality of agency and client experience of our little group.

When you’re betting the financial future of your company, large or small, you really need to think about who has the proven track record that can help you reach your goals.

There are so many ad agencies it’s hard to distinguish between them. There are digital agencies, social media consultants, content creation labs, branding experts and on and on.

But let’s face it, most of these firms don’t know the first thing about marketing. They know how to write code or design a logo but they’ve never built a brand. They have never increased foot traffic to a store or restaurant. They have never clearly communicated a product’s benefit to a mass audience. Hell, they’ve never even written a coupon ad!

But they do have one thing in common. They want you as a client so they can bill you for hours and hours of work. The question for the advertiser is who is the best choice?

The best choice is the agency that has the greatest chance of delivering the results you seek. Those results will be a consequence of your agency’s ability to sell your product or service to your audience.

So who has the proven track record? Who’s done it not just once or twice, but over and over again for a number of clients in many categories? Who has the relevant experience? Who understands your audience?

We do.

The Engine 29 Promise.

Engine 29 delivers creative thinking that spans the worlds of advertising, branded content, live entertainment, interactive, social media & retail.

You should also know that we are leaner than Paris Hilton on a grapefruit diet. Still, we’re capable of plastering your walls with original ideas that deliver results.

Hiring an ad agency might be the scariest thing you ever do.

You give us a pile of money in the hopes that we can generate ideas that will build your business. If you’re a small business, it can mean the difference between a profit or a loss at the end of the year.

If you’re a big brand, the success of the advertising can determine whether you get a bonus or get fired.​

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We understand how big of a decision hiring us can be. We know the kind of stress you’re under. We’ve worked with clients both big and small.

Some may have more money than others but they all have the same concern…

“Is this gonna work?” Unfortunately there’s only one way to find out. 

Think about it this way. If you had a big health problem, would you go to the cheapest provider and hope for the best?

If you were on trial for a murder you didn’t commit, would you want an experienced attorney or kid fresh out of law school?

Now we know advertising and marketing isn’t life or death but it is damned expensive. And you should get the most for your money.

Our track record.

Troy Hayes has led a desperate attempt to save the advertising world from its never- ending march to self-destruction. By changing the paradigm and convincing clients and ad agencies that the way they currently do business and create content is a recipe for extinction.


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