Agency Profile

Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco

  • 201 Post Street
  • San Francisco, California 94108
  • United States
  • Phone: 415-946-5918

Philosophy & Competitive Advantages

Venables Bell & Partners is an internationally recognized independent San Francisco advertising agency founded on good intentions. We believe, above all else, in doing right by our people and our clients. This has an amazing result: it makes us unafraid. Unafraid to have messy conversations. Unafraid to advocate unpopular stances. Unafraid to politely tell the Emperor (and his board-approved marketing plan) that he may, in fact, be naked. We actively nurture a culture where both honesty and respect thrive. We simultaneously foster both collaboration and debate – among ourselves and with our clients. If we had to explain a method to the madness, it would be this: We believe that integrity is actually a competitive business advantage.

It is this fearlessness that led us to reject Intel's original strategy and instead serve up our own, the foundation of the successful "Sponsors of Tomorrow" campaign. And this courage which led us to tell Audi to stop playing it safe and take on Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW, an approach that has redefined the luxury car market.

With profitable growth every year since opening our doors in 2001, our challenger approach has attracted blue-chip brands like eBay, Google, Slim Jim, Orville Redenbacher’s, Healthy Choice, the Phillips 66 Company to VB&P's roster. In addition to our full-service offerings, VB&P is home to vpb orange, a brand innovation consultancy and Lumberyard, a content production facility. 

Trade Organizations

American Advertising Federation (United States)
American Association of Advertising Agencies (United States)

Personnel

Number of Employees: 193
Paul Birks-Hay
Managing Director
Phone: 415-946-5918
paul.birks-hay@venablesbell.com
Paul Venables
Founder, Executive Creative Director
Phone: 415-288-3306
paul@venablesbell.com
Bob Molineaux
Founder, President
Phone: 415 288-3302
bob@venablesbell.com
Lucy Farey-Jones
Partner, Head of Strategy
Phone: 415-288-3304
lucy@venablesbell.com
Will McGinness
Executive Creative Director
Phone: 415-946-5929
will.mcginness@venablesbell.com
Kate Jeffers
Head of Client Services
Phone: 415-288-1912
kate.jeffers@venablesbell.com

Campaigns

Clients

Advertiser Brand Business Sector Type of Work since
eBay eBay Retail, Distribution & Restaurants
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Print
  • Outdoor / Out of Home
  • Research & Others
2011
Google Maps, Search, Google Fiber Internet Sites (Excluding ISPs)
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Magazine Custom Publishing
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Marketing Research & Study
2011
Marin County Public Schools Schools-Rule Marin Institutional/Public Interest/Non-Profit Org.
  • Interactive
  • Print
Premier Protein Premier Protein Food
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Print
2013
San Francisco Conservation Corps SFCC
  • Interactive
  • Print
Audi Audi of America Cars
  • Television & Cinema
  • Print
  • Outdoor / Out of Home
  • Interactive
  • Research & Others
  • Direct Marketing print
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Promotion & Event
  • Public Relations
  • Media Buying & Planning
2006
ConAgra Foods, Inc. Healthy Choice, Lightlife, Hebrew National, Slim Jim, Orville Redenbacher's Food
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Print
  • Direct Marketing print
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Promotion & Event
  • Outdoor / Out of Home
  • Media Buying & Planning
  • Research & Others
2007
Intel Corporation Intel Consumer Electronics & Audio-Visual
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Direct Marketing print
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Outdoor / Out of Home
  • Radio
  • Research & Others
2009
The Phillips 66 Company Phillips 66, 76, Conoco Consumer & Public Services
  • Television & Cinema
  • Interactive
  • Packaging, Branding & Design
  • Promotion & Event
  • Outdoor / Out of Home
  • Radio
  • Media Buying & Planning
  • Research & Others
2009

Awards

award Distinction Category Brand Year
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Websites & Microsites: Retail And E-Commerce, Incl. Restaurants eBay Motors 2013
CLIO Awards Bronze Digital/Mobile eBay Motors 2013
CLIO Awards Bronze Music-Adapted Google Fiber 2013
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Environmental Design: Public Spaces Audi 2012
CLIO Awards Silver Online Intel 2012
CLIO Awards Bronze Television/Cinema Audi 2012
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Inclusion in Advertising Annual Film Craft/Direction for Film Advertising Core 2012
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Inclusion in Advertising Annual Mobile Marketing/Mobile Interaction and Experience eBay 2012
Communication Arts Inclusion in Advertising Annual Online Advertising Google Maps 2012
Creative Review Advertising Annual Inclusion in Advertising Annual Outdoor eBay 2012
OBIE Awards Gold Media eBay 2012
OBIE Awards Silver Video Content Media eBay 2012
The One Show Merit Winner Interactive - Online Film/Video Google Maps 2012
The One Show Merit Winner Innovation in Advertising eBay 2012
The One Show Merit Winner Outdoor eBay 2012
The Webby Awards Winner Best Use of Online Media Core 2012
International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards - FAB Awards FAB Award Confectionery & Snacks Slim Jim 2012
International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards - FAB Awards FAB Award Confectionery & Snacks Slim Jim 2012
Ogilvy Silver Automotive Audi 2012
One Show Interactive Awards Silver Pencil Core 2011
TED Ideas Worth Spreading Winner Ads Worth Spreading Core 2011
Communication Arts Inclusion in Advertising Annual Core 2011
Communication Arts Inclusion in Advertising Annual Online Advertising Slim Jim 2011
British Arrows Bronze International Intel 2011
Ogilvy Gold Automotive Audi 2011
Cíclope International Advertising Craft Festival Bronze Best Direction Audi 2011
Epica Silver Online Films Intel 2011
London International Awards - LIA Silver Winner Editing Intel 2011
International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards - FAB Awards Winner Television Chef Boyardee 2011
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Production Design Barclays 2010
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Film Intel 2010
CLIO Awards Bronze Visual Effects Barclays 2010
CLIO Awards Bronze Direction Barclays 2010
AICP Winner Production Design Barclays 2010
Ogilvy Gold Technology Intel 2010
IAA Responsibility Award Gold Print Social Montana Meth Project 2008
IAA Responsibility Award Gold Print Social Montana Meth Project 2008
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month Audi TT 2007
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month Audi R8 2007
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month HBO Video Entourage Season 2 2007
Graphis Advertising Annual Gold The Montana Meth Project 2007
Graphis Advertising Annual Gold Out of Home/Spectacular HBO Video Rome Season 1 2007
Graphis Advertising Annual Gold Magazine HBO Films 2007
Graphis Advertising Annual Gold Multimedia Campaign HBO Video Rome Season 1 2007
Graphis Advertising Annual Gold Newspaper Barclays 2007
The EFFIE Awards Gold Small Budgets The Montana Meth Project 2007
The EFFIE Awards Gold Non-Profit, Pro-Bono and Public Service The Montana Meth Project 2007
The Webby Awards Winner Banners & Interstitials HBO Video Rome Season 1 2007
The Webby Awards Winner Banners & Interstitials HBO Video The Wire Season 4 2007
WebAward Competition Winner Microsite HBO Video - Holiday 2007
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month HBO Video Def Comedy Jam Classics 2006
Art Directors Annual Awards Merit Award Consumer Magazine HBO Video OZ Season 4 2006
Art Directors Annual Awards Merit Award Consumer Magazine HBO Video OZ Season 4 2006
London International Awards - LIA Finalist Print The Coca Cola Company - Fresca 2006
OBIE Awards Finalist Media Court TV/ Parco PI 2006
OBIE Awards Winner Media Court TV 2006
The One Show Merit Award Design HBO Video OZ Season 5 2006
The Web Marketing Association's Internet Advertising Competition Winner Best Website, Miscellaneous Category Pacific Gas & Electric Company 2006
The Webby Awards Winner Microsite Pacific Gas & Electric Company 2006
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month Bell Sports 2005
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best TV Spots of the Month Pacific Gas & Electric Company 2005
Communication Arts Advertising Annual Winner Magazine HBO Video OZ Season 4 2005
London International Awards - LIA Finalist Print HBO Video OZ Season 4 2005
OBIE Awards Finalist Consumer Goods and Services HBO Video OZ Season 5 2005
Sunset Strip & Times Square Billboard Awards Winner Entertainment and Leisure Animal Planet 2005
The EFFIE Awards Silver Small Budgets BGI iShares 2005
The EFFIE Awards Silver Retail/Etail Specialized Napster 2005
The NOW Corpration's Viral Awards Winner Most Infectious North American Campaign Napster 2005
The WIN Awards 3rd Place - The Persephone Award PG&E 2005
WebAward Competition Winner Microsite Pacific Gas & Electric Company 2005
ADC Young Guns Napster 2004
ADC Young Guns Napster 2004
ADC Young Guns Napster 2004
ADC Young Guns Napster 2004
Adweek's Best Spots Winner Best Spots of the Year Napster 2004
Art Directors Annual Awards Silver TV & Cinema Commercials - Single Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Integrated Interactive Campaigns Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Publications & Media Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Publications & Media Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Publications & Media Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Publications & Media Napster 2004
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Gold Cyber Lion Publications & Media Napster 2004
CLIO Awards Shortlist Poster Campaign Napster 2004
CLIO Awards Shortlist Internet Advertising, Rich Media Advertising Napster 2004
CLIO Awards Shortlist Internet Advertising, Rich Media Advertising Napster 2004
CLIO Awards Shortlist Internet Advertising, Rich Media Advertising Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
D&AD Awards / Yellow Pencil Silver Award Nominations Digital Crafts Napster 2004
EFFIE USA Recruitment Advertising California Culinary Academy 2004
International ANDY Awards Bronze Consumer Electronic Products Napster 2004
International ANDY Awards Bronze Consumer Electronic Products Napster 2004
International ANDY Awards Bronze Consumer Electronic Products Napster 2004
Literacy in Media Awards Winner Outstanding Public Service Announcement Mervyn's 2004
One Show Interactive Awards Bronze Integrated Branding Campaign Napster Relaunch 2004
Print Regional Design Annual Winner Magazine Napster 2004
Print Regional Design Annual Winner Magazine Napster 2004
Print Regional Design Annual Winner Magazine Robert Mondavi Winery 2004
Sunset Strip & Times Square Billboard Awards Finalist Entertainment and Leisure HBO Video OZ Season 4 2004
Sunset Strip & Times Square Billboard Awards Winner Entertainment and Leisure Napster 2004
The Web Marketing Association's Internet Advertising Competition Best of Industry Entertainment Interstitial Campaign Napster 2004
The Web Marketing Association's Internet Advertising Competition Winner Best Music Microsite Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot Under :30 Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
The WIN Awards Persephone Award 3rd Online Spot -Directed by Woman Napster 2004
Adweek's Best Spots February Mervyn's 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold Print Magazine, Corporate, Image or Branding Napster 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold TV Single Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Best of Show TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Silver Beyond the Banner Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Silver Beyond the Banner Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Silver TV Single Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold Beyond the Banner Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold Single Radio Spot Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold TV Single Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Gold Television & Cinema Commercials Ultimate TV 2003
Adweek's Technology Marketing ICON Awards Best of Show TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
American Advertising Awards, ADDY Gold ADDY Mass Transit: Vehicle Interior HBO Home Video, Oz 2003
American Advertising Awards, ADDY Gold ADDY Full Page: Four-color HBO Home Video, Oz 2003
American Advertising Awards, ADDY Gold ADDY Poster: Single HBO Home Video, Oz 2003
American Advertising Awards, ADDY Gold ADDY Consumer Products, Retail Products - Single HBO Home Video, Oz 2003
American Advertising Awards, ADDY Gold ADDY Consumer Outlets, Retail Store - Single Mervyn's 2003
Communication Arts Advertising Annual TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
Communication Arts Advertising Annual TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
Communication Arts Advertising Annual TV Campaign Ultimate TV 2003
Communication Arts Advertising Annual TV Single Ultimate TV 2003
EFFIE USA Gold Small Budgets OZ - Season 1 2003
EFFIE USA Gold Consumer Electronics Ultimate TV 2003
OBIE Awards Winner Consumer Goods and Services OZ - Season 1 2003
Communication Arts Photography Annual Print Campaign The Sopranos - Season 4 2002
Communication Arts Photography Annual Print Campaign OZ - Season 1 2002
FCS Portfolio Awards Gold iShares 2002
The One Show Finalist Consumer TV :30 (Campaign) Ultimate TV 2002
The One Show Finalist Consumer TV :30 (Campaign) Ultimate TV 2002
The One Show Finalist Consumer TV :30 (Campaign) Ultimate TV 2002
The One Show Finalist Consumer TV :30 (Single) Ultimate TV 2002