Veteran marketer rebrands with heartland focus

Local brand strategist Paul Jankowski has changed the name of his Access Brand Strategies agency to New Heartland Group, a move that builds on his work identifying and studying a "largely misunderstood and underserved" demographic that accounts for 60 percent of U.S. consumers.

Just one example of the agency’s success is Pizza Hut’s barbeque pizza campaign, where they connected the brand with country music superstar Blake Shelton. Blake’s engaging personality and universal likability aligned seamlessly with Pizza Hut’s new line of barbeque pizzas, including “Blake’s Smokehouse.”

Jankowski will in September publish Speak American Too: Your Guide to Building Powerful Brands in the New Heartland, a book written with help from local firm Prince Market Research.