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Our Story

IdeaBank Marketing was founded by Ann Martin and Bob Portwood in 1982, under the name Portwood Martin Advertising. 

Bob Portwood retired in 1988, and the agency name changed to Portwood Martin and Jones in 1994 when Sherma Jones - a longtime employee of the agency - became a partner. The Martin/Jones partnership created one of the few full services agencies in Nebraska that was wholly owned by women.

In 1998, the name changed for the final time to IdeaBank Marketing, when our agency purchased, renovated, and moved into a historic building that once housed a bank, at the corner of Second Street and Hastings Avenue in downtown Hastings, Nebraska.

We were among the first agency in Nebraska to embrace computers and the internet as a valuable marketing tool. We are widely recognized by our peers as a cutting-edge, award-winning, full-service marketing firm in South Central Nebraska. Our clients recognize it, too. We have earned a long list of dedicated clients in every sector of the economy, including businesses of every size, manufacturers, healthcare providers, industries, nonprofit organizations, education, and more.