5 Ways to Celebrate National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month, and here at Karsh Hagan, we know the importance of creating a good salad that will satisfy our appetites. Here are 5 ways to celebrate salads this  month:

Untitled1) Create one new salad a week

Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Kale Chopped Salad with Maple- Almond Vinaigrette

Spinach and Orzo Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

True Food Kitchen Harvest Chopped Salad

Chicken Avocado and Apple Salad

2) Try a new ingredient in your salad

Honeyed Walnuts



3) Dress up your salad with an easy home-made dressing

Try Dijon Vinaigrette, Zesty Ginger or a Paleo Caesar Salad

4) For a quick on-the-go salad, visit your local casual salad restaurant

If you live in Denver, try:

Green Fine Salad

Mad Greens

Souper Salad

5) Grow your own vegetables for your salad

Start with the easy ones: Lettuce & tomatoes

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On To Nationals With A District Gold ADDY


Convincing kids to make healthy choices isn’t easy. But getting kids to play games is. Which is exactly why we helped CU Health Plan create Brussels + Muscles—a kids’ nutrition and fitness program that uses gaming, tracking and rewards to urge kids and their families to lead healthier lives.

Launching the brand required everything from creating a name and developing an identity system to designing activity kits, developing a microsite and producing communication and marketing tactics. For Brussels + Muscles it was important that, no matter the media, every aspect of the brand felt youthful, energetic and, most importantly, fun.


And now, we’re excited to announce that the Brussels & Muscles integrated campaign has won a GOLD ADDY in the District AAF American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs) competition!

Winners from the Ad Club’s Denver FIFTY in January were eligible for entry into the District competition. Now, the Brussels + Muscles campaign will enter the National AAAwards taking place next month.

We’re proud to be showcasing our talent and all the hard work that went into making this possible on a national level. And we couldn’t have done it without an amazing team and our supportive clients at CU Health Plan!


Copywriting: Laurel Kelleher, Karen Morris

Art Direction: Nick Marranzino, Lindsey Mills, Camille King

Print Production: Shirley Richter

Video Production: Becky Ferguson

Digital Design: Nick Marranzino, Lindsey Mills

UX and Development: Andrew Baker

Account Management: Camille Ziccardi, Tarryn Sanchez, Meg Milligan

Client: CU Health Plan

Illustration: Shaw Nielsen

Animation: Leftchannel

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Goodbye from the Spring 2015 Intern Class

It’s been a great 4 months for us at Karsh Hagan. This internship was an amazing opportunity, and we took advantage of it all. This post is our farewell to the agency that picked us up, and took us from interns to professionals. Thank you for everything, KH. Without your help, we would just be college graduates!


Being in this place just feels real, authentic. It feels like home. People aren’t afraid of hard work here, but they’re also not afraid to be themselves and laugh loud.

To both my mentors particularly, Myles and Megan: you each had your own flair that somehow blended altogether in just the right way to grow both the accounts and copywriting side of this brain of mine. AdSmiths, we made quite a team. You ladies and gentleman are remarkable talents, and it was an honor to be a part of it. Catch you on the flip side!


As the Art Director intern, I was involved in bringing creative ideas to their full potential. Sometimes that meant going back to the drawing board, but there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your group’s ideas come to life.

To those who are thinking about applying to KH, do it. There’s no better way to get in the door. Big thanks to Jarrod Stanley, you really looked out for me and taught me a ton.


Have fun, Do great work, Make money, Build business. Karsh Hagan’s mission is alive and well every time someone steps into the office. People are constantly working hard to exceed clients’ expectations. During my time as Media intern, I gained a deep understanding of what it is like to work in a Media department. With numerous insertion orders, invoices and proof-of-placements, organization became vital to my success. And, Excel became one of my best friends!

Although my time at Karsh Hagan is coming to an end, I will never forget the experience I’ve gained during my time here. Special thanks to Ivy, you were always there for me, and showed me the ropes of the Media department. And, thank you to all at KH for all you have taught me!


Charlie here. Accounts intern, #spring2015. The accounts service team at KH showed me how to take off the training wheels. You gave me real responsibility, guidance, and encouragement. This wasn’t the ordinary intern experience. We were apprentices gaining all the skills needed to step into a full time position and crush it.

This is a fast moving agency with big clients, intense deadlines, and a big name, but that doesn’t prevent us all from sticking together like family.


I walked into Karsh Hagan on the first day of this internship without the faintest idea of what I had gotten myself into.

Karsh Hagan doesn’t settle for the minimum; it pushes you farther than you thought you could go. You will emerge from this internship a changed person that is prepared for the professional world. You will learn, like I did, that teamwork is the heart of advertising. But when you come to a place like Karsh Hagan where it’s a family, you’ll understand that building a family leads to creating greatness.

Shout-out to my stellar mentor, David Fymbo, you are incredible, and I am forever in awe of you (Don’t let that get to your head).

Cheers, Karsh Hagan! We look forward to seeing all the amazing work you come up with!

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Top 10 Reasons to Intern At Karsh Hagan


#1 People

Walking into Karsh Hagan is like getting a big hug and a surge of inspiration. You’re working among ambitious and driven people, so be sure to bring your A game.


#2 Endless Supply Of M&Ms

The energy source of KH. Yes, there is a secret stash. If you’re lucky, someone will show you where it’s hidden…


#3 Real Client Experience

The best way to learn is through experience. You’ll get to work with your own client as an intern team, as well as touch almost every KH client in some way or another.


#4 Agency Events

If you thought KH was fun when people worked, you should see them get together to celebrate a job well done!


#5 Partaking In The KH Creative Process 

Whether organizing a Disruption, sitting in on meetings, or even creating work yourself, you’ll get to see ideas at every stage before completion.


#6 Mentors

Your mentor will be your first friend in the agency. They will guide you to be even better at your job, and encourage you through any challenge.


#7 Brown Bags

This is your chance to get an inside look into how various departments function, so take notes.


#8 Office Animals

Nothing will brighten your day more than the tinkle of a dog’s collar. People bring their dogs (or bunnies) to KH, and it’s the best way to take a break.



During SXSB presentations, KH employees share what they learned at SXSW and what they’re excited about in the upcoming year of advertising.


#10 Friday Funday

Friday is the best day in the office. Morale is high and music is loud. It’s the best day of the week, and everyone knows it.


For more information about the internship, please contact Martha Powers at mpowers@karsh.com

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10 ways to get media coverage in the Denver Business Journal

  1. Contact the right reporter covering the beat where you have news
  2. Include a tweet about your news in your pitch
  3. Write a letter to the editor
  4. Take advantage of the events calendar
  5. Send fundraising results to their Good Works section
  6. Write an opinion column
  7. Write a business-advice column
  8. Have someone nominate you for one of their awards programs
  9. Attend their events and network
  10. Submit new hires, promotions and board appointments to the People on the Move section


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Increase ROI with UX

IMG_5118Today, we hosted a session about how UX can help increase ROI. Our clients and colleagues came to listen to Nikki Burmaster, Digital Media Supervisor and Trevor Glassman, Experience Planner, talk about how a user-friendly and compelling experience can increase your ROI. Here are some key insights from the morning presentation.

What is UX?

UX is a process, by which we develop digital-enabled solutions that are useful, usable, and compelling.

What can UX do?

  • Save time and money
  • Increases revenue
  • Improves customer retention and loyalty
  • Produces a competitive advantage

Key Insights:

  • Everyone’s online, even when they’re watching TV. They’re experiencing you across different screens
  • You can control your brands experience
  • Define your targets and create user scenarios
  • Observe users using your digital solutions
  • Think about your users needs and create work flows
  • Create & prototype the main navigation
  • Organize your content in a site map
  • Layout your interface & establish information architecture
  • Create a content strategy manual
  • Apply visual design
  • Make it mobile ready
  • Test & Optimize
  • Focus on outcomes not features


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