Results Driven // Media Buying

“Doing business without advertising is like winking at someone in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.”
-Steuart Henderson Britt

Placing a strong media buy is similar to investment strategy. Akin to trusting an experienced financial advisor, Thrive develops strategic media buys to maximize your advertising.

Founder Robin Imholte brings years of insider knowledge to media buying through former acclaimed experience in sales within Seattle’s largest media company.

Thrive’s team is uniquely positioned with “backstage pass” knowledge and access to grow your business through strategic ad buys.

What is an ad buy? Check out our FAQs.

Advertising Agency Focused on Digital and Traditional Ad Buys

We are a niche Seattle advertising agency. A boutique ad-buying firm focused on media planning and buying at local, regional, and national levels.

We are hyper-focused. We will get your message to the right audience, at the right time, in the right place. Thrive strives to deliver the greatest ROI for every dollar you spend.

As independent media buyers, we are not incentivized or otherwise paid by media agencies. We do not have “handshake deals” with any company. We are driven to achieve success for our clients and earn your repeat business. We work for YOU.

We understand all media plans are unique. Some audiences may be best reached through traditional media (radio, magazine). Others respond to targeted social or digital display ads. Thrive’s greatest strength is the flexibility to build “ala carte” media plans that fit your individual business goals.

But what our clients love most? Our customer service. We stand behind our strategy, and support our clients in every way possible.
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Media Buying & Strategic Plans

Media buying is negotiating the cost and strategic placement of your marketing message(s) on TV, radio, podcasts, banner ads, pop-ups, social media, magazines, newspapers, and an array of medias. Equally important to negotiating rates for ad buy(s) is ongoing monitoring and management of the delivery of that agreement, and holding the ad-seller accountable.

Digital Marketing Strategy

We develop unique plans based on your search engine goals to improve your visibility in search engine ranking. Our optimization team focuses on organic (unpaid) and paid listings. Social networking, pay-per-click, retargeting, display ads, nothing exists that we can’t utilize effectively. We reach your customers wherever they are.

Any Industry, Any Business

Thrive is a leading media buying / advertising agency in healthcare, legal services, real estate, and hospitality marketing, but our media chops and marketing savvy are dependable avenues for any industry, big or small, near or far. View our Testimonials page to see our breadth of experience.


What Is Thrive?

We are a hyper-focused boutique agency that focuses solely on media planning and buying. We are not incentivized by media companies. We are incentivized by client success and repeat business. We work for YOU.

We plan a media strategy based on your budget, goals, and demographics. We negotiate with media giants on your behalf, place your orders strategically in the right channels for your business, and hold the media companies accountable for the advertising they sell you.

Meet the Team


Check out how we delight our clients

  • A veteran of the advertising industry, she (Robin Imholte) has adapted nicely to the major shifts that have taken place in her field. A passionate MOMpreneur, she launched the immensely popular Thrive Advertising – easily one of the firms to watch… She’s known in many circles as a smart, tough and savvy businesswoman… She’s also an enthusiastic, action-oriented visionary who thrives on a challenge.

    Sean Gardner
    Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers 2013
  • Thrive won the Coastal Hotels account because of two things: follow-up, capability and flexibility. Okay, that’s three. Robin’s quick and thorough follow-up to the RFP made for a convenient decision. And Thrive’s professional capabilities were readily apparent. Regarding flexibility, in today’s economy and especially for the hospitality industry, Kiri’s flexibility both in terms of approach and attitude is critical to success. Also, Thrive has been able to grow along with our portfolio of hotels.

    Ed Schwitzky
    Vice President, Coastal Hotels
  • Robin is an invaluable partner to our marketing department, and to our organization as a whole. She is extremely knowledgeable about the media and advertising industries, and has a knack for putting together creative and insightful packages that encompass the entire marketing mix. Robin and her team have helped us with both our long-term advertising strategy and timely promotional efforts, while keeping our target audience, mission statement, and goals to serve our community at the heart of it all. She knows the true cost and reach of placements across broadcast television, radio, digital, and social media and works to make sure that we are getting the best value. Robin and her team at Thrive understand our mission of serving the unique Seattle market as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, and help us get our message to cut through the static.

    Joshua Frazier
    Marketing Manager, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union
  • Thrive Advertising is a highly collaborative and strategic team. Thrive’s diligence and open communication provided us with a positive, teamwork dynamic that produced effective results. Thank you for all of your continued efforts, responsiveness and innovation. Keep up the great work!

    Angela Schonberg
    Marketing Manager, IRG Physical & Hand Therapy
  • Thrive Advertising Company has been great to work with and has been tremendous in advice on scheduling and budget. If you wish to succeed in advertising then you should call Thrive.

    Harold Carr
    Owner, Law Offices of Harold Carr
  • Robin knows marketing, not just the traditional forms of media but she understands how businesses need to reach their targets. There are not very many people or businesses that I recommend, but Thrive is one.

    Gregory Kelley
    Internet Marketing Consultant, ReachLocal
  • I love working with Robin. Her energy is always high and she lights up every room. She is very smart and organized.

    Jim Castillo
    KTLA, Television Meteorologist
  • Thrive, You have not only delivered what you promised, you have exceeded our expectations. We are delighted with the value you have brought to our organization.

    Linda Madison
    Director of Client Services, Olympic Physical Therapy (Now ATI)
  • There has been an uptick in sales! Clearly it has been a BIG improvement over just PR efforts alone. Thanks for all your help with this.

    Dr. Mark Ombrellaro
    President & CEO, TN Games
  • Talk about driven! And energetic! And wise! Robin is a wonderful, gifted teammate. She is a big thinker, capitalizes on her solid people skills, her knowledge of her industry, and her solid determination to get a project done–and deliver it with much success. I know without a doubt working with Robin would always leave a positive impression–and one that nets results.

    Katie Wilkinson
    Owner, k Public Relations Inc.
  • I’ve worked with Robin on many occasions. She has been very thorough in her communications on every project and is dedicated to getting results. I would not hesitate to give her my highest recommendation!

    Harlan Yee
    Owner, Walkabout Media, LLC
  • Robin is a driven, self motivated powerhouse. She is ready and prepared for anything and always willing to work hard to be successful for her company and her clients. Robin is smart, and will always do what is best for her clients, friends and family.

    Rick Jewett
    Multi-Media Sales Executive, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Robin is poised and compassionate regarding business and life in general. When you meet someone as vibrant [and] polished, you know that success is an ongoing phenomena for her. As an account executive she poured her time and energy into delivering great ROI for her clientele and garnered awards frequently for success and client satisfaction. I will always expect great things from her in all that she does.

    Sean Swenson
    Director of Sales, CATI at Survey Sampling International
  • I worked with Robin at KOMO TV. Robin is an expert at sales marketing. She works hard to insure her clients get the results they expect. Robin is service and detail oriented and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her.

    Ted Davis
    General Sales Manager, KOMO TV
  • While working for Robin at KOMO TV, I learned that she is a very detailed, highly motivated professional who works with her clients’ best interest in mind. The relationships that she built while working at KOMO TV make me confident [in her as] the owner of Thrive Advertising.

    Stephanie Miller
    Sales and Marketing Professional
  • Robin has made a tremendous impact on our business by consistently delivering results for our clients that we could not have achieved on our own. Robin has tremendous media buying knowledge and skill in finding effective and innovative solutions for marketing projects large and small. Robin’s strong relationships and industry expertise have consistently allowed tight budgets to stretch further to maximize ROI.

    She is a consummate professional and goes above and beyond in all that she does. Robin is our number one go-to for any and all media buying and placement.

    Partner, Red Propeller  (Real Estate Development Marketing )

    Jim Goldberg
  • Robin’s professionalism, acumen and deep network has made her a consultant I turn to again and again. Since our first project, I’ve repeatedly relied on Robin to deliver strategic, targeted and thoroughly negotiated media plans – both on the client and the agency side. I trust her implicitly, she always has her eye on the end game, she moves fluidly in roles where she’s represented my companies and, behind the scenes, she’s always looking for opportunities that might not have revealed themselves in the first stage of planning. Robin has a permanent spot in my little black book.

    Gene Juarez Salons & Spas and Northeastern University

    Jonna Bell


Why Choose Us

No middle man, we go straight to the ad source

Best ROI on the Media Buying Market

Excellent, engaged customer service

Proven track record with effective campaigning

Insider access to all ad mediums