“When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek.

Now it’s a point of pride in a weird way.”
J.J. Abrams

Brainchild Studios (BCS) is a boutique full-service content strategy, digital marketing and web design agency serving brands whose target audiences are women and mothers. We have locations in Chicago and Milwaukee, but operate as a virtual agency allowing us the flexibility to handpick the best talent from wherever they may reside. We hire only the best and brightest industry rockstars so we provide you with the same quality of service and deliverables as the big agencies, but at a more competitive rate. That’s what happens when you eliminate overhead, hey? We pride ourselves on our work ethic and expertise. Why wouldn’t we though, when our team members average 8-12 years of industry experience in their respective fields.

At BCS, we utilize best practices, data and behavioral tendencies to drive our strategies and increase conversions for our clients. Our main focus is providing top-of-the-line content strategydigital marketingweb design and development services that solve our clients’ business needs.

Our agency reflects the same values that we hold as individuals: Be proud of the work you do. Be kind. Be honest.

You can expect the following when working with us:

  • Ease. We want to make our clients’ lives as easy as possible and provide them with a strong online foundation to grow their businesses.
  • Expertise. We have a team of about two dozen seasoned experts to provide recommendations for and execution of customized websites and digital strategies for our clients.
  • Friendliness. We want to make our mothers proud, so we will always engage with you in a polite, kind, respectful and well-intentioned manner. We might add in a few puns along the way, just for good measure.
  • Transparency. We don’t like tricks and we bet you don’t either. So no tricks. No surprises. At least not the unwelcome kind. Everything will be clearly laid out in this contract and we’ll make sure we’re on the same page through regular check-ins.
  • Performance. While we will never guarantee landing on the first page of Google or a piece of content going viral, we always prioritize performance, which is reflected in our reporting and insights.

To prove just how easy we’ve tried to make this for you, we’ve expanded our services so we can assist you with almost all of your digital marketing needs. If you like working with us, you’ll save time developing relationships with multiple vendors to get the job done! Check out some of our work!

We offer a variety of services ranging from content strategy to social media execution to web design and development. We want to make it easy for our clients to tell their story online. Each client has their own story to tell. We want to help get that story told.

Because let’s be honest, we all love a good story.

Some of Our Clients Include

Our Rockstar Team

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    Kiley

    Owner & CEO

    Kiley is a proud Wisconsinite and Marquette alum who recently relocated to Milwaukee's Third Ward and is thrilled to be back in MKE! With over a decade of digital marketing, strategy and web design experience this consumer behavior nerd loves building brands and delivering results. She's a comedy lover, international wanderer and a sucker for a good romantic comedy.

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    Bailey

    Finance & Operations Director

    Bailey is a Wisconsin native who spent half a decade hiking and skiing around Colorado before landing on accounting and finance as a career. She has decade of finance and public accounting experience under her belt, including auditing Fortune 500 clients. While she enjoys traveling with her husband, Bailey spends most of her time at home with her biggest client, her one year old daughter.

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    Laura

    Strategic Account Director

    Laura is a strategy executive with 10 years of experience in the field leading digital strategy and innovation across a variety of businesses and industries. She specializes in leveraging analytics, research and emerging trends to successfully drive brands towards positive change and future-focused solutions.

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    Brooke

    Business Development Coordinator

    Brooke is a Wisconsin native who began her career in radio and television before transitioning into the digital marketing world. She is fluent in craft beers, cheese and Español. In her free time she loves to travel, whether it's a simple camping trip to Door County or backpacking through a foreign country. She's always up for an adventure!

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    Keri

    Account Manager

    Keri is a Florida native who is navigating Wisconsin one cheese curd at a time. She has 11 years of experience in the marketing and advertising field, making her a well-rounded account manager. She has experience in the digital retail space working with Walmart.com and suppliers such as Nestle, Revlon and Philips.

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    Jill

    Account Manager & Content Strategist

    Jill's 18 years of digital industry experience has lead to numerous awards including a W3 Silver Award, a Davey Award and the Business Marketing Association's top honor. She's a founding member, former Vice President, and seven-term board member of the Milwaukee Interactive Marketing Association. Jill is a mother of two, loves puns, enjoys hiking and is obsessed with voice technology and Amazon's Alexa.

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    Christine

    Account Manager & Email Strategist

    Christine is a Milwaukee native with over six years of experience in digital commerce. With a love for the online experience and a knack for operations, Christine has partnered up with brands such as Kohl’s, Groupon and LivingSocial. When she’s not playing quarterback for big projects, you can find her running along the lakefront or checking out the newest craft brewery in town.

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    Christiana

    Account Manager & Social Media Strategist

    Christiana has over four years of experience in content strategy and creation, social media management, data analysis, SEO and email marketing. She has consulted with various organizations and clients to meet their social and marketing needs and social media management and is pursuing her master's degree in Digital Communication Strategies at Marquette University.

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    Michael

    Creative Director

    Michael has been involved in advertising and marketing for 20+ years and has done it all. He’s helped concept and implement brand platforms and strategies for local, national and international companies. Even with all that experience, the concepts he’s most proud of bringing to life are outside of his chosen field — his two awesome daughters.

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    Dave

    Social Media Director

    Dave is a seasoned veteran of the social media world and Milwaukee advertising community with over ten years of experience crafting and executing successful social media strategies for local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Having established and developed numerous social media departments, Dave has had the opportunity to launch effective and award winning projects and strategies for numerous brands.

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    Moriah

    Senior Social Media Strategist & Photographer

    Moriah is a seasoned social media strategist with over six years of experience creating and managing social media strategies for dozens of B2C clients. Her experience also includes SEO and international account management. When she's not knee-deep in Instagram, she's moonlighting as a photographer or traveling the world!

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    Rachel

    Social Media Strategist & Influencer Manager

    Rachel is a results driven social media strategist with extensive experience at early stage startups and B2C brands. From food-finding apps to disrupting influencer marketing in paid distribution channels, she thoroughly enjoys cracking the unique code of performance marketing for brands. Without social media, you would find Rachel pursuing dreams of being the next Steve Irwin (hiking boots and khaki shorts!)

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    Ryan

    Content & Local SEO Strategist

    Ryan doesn't believe in "this is the way we've always done things." When he doesn't find what he wants, he makes it. He carries that mindset, along with his 13 years of experience, through to SEO, taking an approach that may challenge your assumptions about your business and customers, but ultimately delivers results.

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    Ashley

    SEO Copywriter

    Ashley is an ex nine to grinder with a passion for all things health and wellness, especially nutrition. Have any health and wellness questions? She is the go to girl! With a positive attitude and appreciation for life, Ashley is a digital nomad who loves getting creative with the written word.

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    Alexandra

    Social Media Partner

    Alexandra has spent over a decade helping companies find their voice and build their brand from the ground up. She has built a very successful career in fashion and editorial photography. Alexandra and Louis, her four year old French Bull Dog, split their time between New York City and Chicago. She runs ALX Creatives, one of Brainchild's sister agency partners.

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    Tracy

    Social Media Video Partner

    Tracy is an Emmy-award winning content creator with two decades spent working in TV newsrooms across America. With over 17,000 interviews under her belt, Tracy has a skill for pulling out the best in people, making them and their companies shine on camera and connect with their audiences. She loves live music and is a die-hard Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Game of Thrones fan. She is the Co-Founder of Social Snacks, one of Brainchild's sister agency partners.

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    Maddy

    Digital Marketing Assistant

    Maddy is a graphic designer and enjoys being immersed in everything digital. She has been an East Side resident for over six years and believes Milwaukee is the place to be! She prides herself on always having a restaurant recommendation and believes a screen should be replaced with a good book every night.

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    Cecilia

    Digital Content Marketing Intern

    Cecilia is a strategic communications major at UW-Madison with certification in digital studies and entrepreneurship. She has three years of social media and public relations experience, and integrates her photography skills on social platforms. Cecilia just returned from Galway, Ireland while studying abroad this past semester!

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    Andrea

    UX Designer

    Andrea Zehnder has over 18 years of experience as a UX designer for local and national brands. When she’s not orchestrating a symphony of pixels, you can find her inventing recipes, decorating cookies or playing football with her 9-year old son. And yes, she can throw a great spiral.

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    Allyson

    UX Designer/Developer/Graphic Designer

    Allyson enjoys immersing herself in communities, both online and off. She loves design, code, online video, and will always have a podcast recommendation, even if you don't want one. You will probably find her in overalls, a current trend she likes to take credit for and definitely started before it was cool.

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    Tim

    UX Designer/Developer

    Tim is a creative/art director who understands conversion, allowing him to excel in both design and development. In his 20 years of experience he has worked within virtually every medium. You might find him designing a logo one minute and be coding a custom site the next. In his free time, you'll find him either chasing his children or on the mat working his way towards a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

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    Austin

    UX Designer/Developer

    Austin is a UX, design, social media, hospitality and luxury marketing connoisseur. A southern gentleman at heart, a twin at birth and a fashion icon at present, he brings all his style to the table at Brainchild Studios.

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    Grey

    Graphic Designer

    Grey's world revolves around punk rock music, Japanese food, and street style fashion. She does graphics for a living, observes human behavior out of curiosity, and challenges herself with boarding tricks. She's teaching herself code and finds the similarities between code and print design oddly fascinating. Her dream is to be like Mr. Robot...sans the desire to erase world debt, of course.

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