think different. be different.



where marketing agency + business consultancy meet


As digital channels have amplified, technology and connectedness have ignited us to evolve our business. We’re not just a creative team ready to churn out a website or brochure. We wear many hats. We’re purveyors of personalization. Superintendents of strategy. Directors of discovery.

Remember the 4 P’s? We know there’s more than just promotion. We put aside assumptions and deep dive into your product, your customers and get the nitty gritty details that help us understand your challenges, your audience, your goals. Once we know the problem, we set up each client for success through creative thinking and strategic planning. Only then will we worktogether to define your strategy. Only then will we move on to create a campaign that will help you succeed.

That’s our approach. Discover. Design. Deliver.



people + experience

From stakeholder interviews to developing a creative brief, before we create, we ask why. We work with our clients to understand their business, and ask those difficult questions to ensure we’re answering the right problem.

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    Kick-off meeting
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    Creative brief
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    Journey mapping
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brand + purpose

Design is more than a logo. We develop your customer’s personas, understand the journey it takes to become a brand loyalist, unearth the hassles, and create mood boards.

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    Marketing plan
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    Creative design
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    focus groups + presentations
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marketing + performance

Our relationship doesn’t end when your brand launches, your sales materials are delivered or your social media plan reaches new highs. We protect your brand from eroding with brand guidelines, and keep the relationship moving on track by constantly asking Why, social media and PR.

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    Brand Development
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    Online + Interactive
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    Traditional media
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    Social + PR
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we love what we do + we’re good at it

A decade of work and over 200 clients

we thought different + they became different.

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  • little-six
  • Famous Daves
  • superamerica
  • mayo_clinic
  • mojo_fit_studios
  • Moxie_Java
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Nerland Co. is a hand-picked strategic and creative group inspired to research, evaluate, create, launch and manage powerful brands.

10409159_241411956053276_3405799328577284872_nNathan Nerland


Obsessed with differentiation, Nathan Nerland is CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Nerland Co., which strives to do just that for each and every client. At the age of 23, Nathan left his marketing role at Caribou Coffee with a mission to start an agency that would think differently, act nimbly, evolve naturally and progress quickly. He’s achieved that mission, and continues to foster an organization that strives to see its clients flourish in a world chock-full of media. Nathan’s dedication extends even further as the founder of the Carson Glore Foundation, whose objective is to educate an entire generation of students in Kenya, currently working on opening their third school.

Angie Churchill

chief experience officer

Angie’s drive to help organizations reach their true business potential is built upon nearly 20 years spent leading teams in marketing strategy at major organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, Optum Health, Capella University and Carlson Marketing Group. Angie’s role at Nerland Co. has her leading strategic planning for clients. Her focused attention to connecting the right people to the right business roles has her delivering positive results time and again.



Co (Coco) Nerland

agency mascot

Co (Coco) is Nerland’s agency mascot, best buddy, chief snuggler, stress reliever and work avoider. While no one really likes to discuss their age, Coco is our youngest team member, but she makes up for marketing inexperience with enthusiasm and tail-wagging. She contentedly fits on our laps now, but we’re loathe to tell her that she’ll soon weigh 60 pounds and be relegated to the floor.

It’s a ruff life—we know.



Creative Team

Our team wouldn’t be complete without our creative and talented team of designers, copywriters, programmers, content planners, social media community managers, video designers, proofreaders, and finance!

A Day in the Life: #instagram



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Contact Info

(612) 254-2694


2400 N 2nd St., Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55411