We provide remarkable marketing strategy
to restaurant and retail leaders.

We Are Your Local Marketing Experts

With more than 45 years experience, we’ve worked with brands big and small. Start-ups and establishments. In-store, in market, and in the corporate offices. As a client, and within the agency. In North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Among others, we’ve worked with and for: Starbucks Coffee Company & Starbucks Coffee International, The Disney Company, Ralph Lauren, Panera Bread Company, Seattle’s Best Coffee, BGR The Burger Joint, USA TODAY, Woodhouse Day Spas, The Microsoft Corporation, and Wells Fargo Mortgage.

We’re making that experience and expertise available to you.

Paul Williams

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Hi, I’m Paul. Brainstormer, professional problem solver, and remarkable marketer.

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I’ve spent the past 20 years building marketing, branding, and customer-experience strategy for The Disney Company, the Aramark Corporation, and Starbucks Coffee Company.

I founded Idea Sandbox in 2005 driven by my passion to help others create remarkable ideas. I blend the skills and lessons I’ve learned through the years to build a sandbox – an idea sandbox.

I help brands solve challenges, grow their brand, think-up remarkable ideas, and create innovation.

I’m a master at local store marketing, restaurant marketing, and developing marketing for experience-based brands. Companies that want to beyond simply delivering “service” and want their customers to have an experience.

I live just outside Washington DC in Alexandria, Virginia.

Shannon Jones

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Hi, I’m Shannon.

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Marketing is all about being remarkable, in ways big and small. It’s both simple and difficult… knowing who you are as a company and brand, while being locally relevant and connecting with your customers and community. Working with experience-based global brands, I have found that to be the secret of success.

For the past 20 years, I’ve been creating meaningful and engaging branding and marketing strategies for companies including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Discovery Channel Retail. My 12 years with Starbucks included leading marketing and product teams across 27 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition to my global experience, I’ve worked in travel marketing, and events and public relations for small to mid-size local businesses.

More recently (and after years of exploration), I founded Grape Occasions to share my knowledge of and passion for wine, travel and spa with my readers. I’ve also had the pleasure of writing for other publications like Snooth and Palate Press.

I’m excited to bring my passions and experience together at Idea Sandbox to help our clients become ‘THE’ not ‘A’.

I look forward to creating remarkable marketing strategies and programs for you!

Savannah Brown

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Hi, I’m Savannah!

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A little about me…

I spent five years immersed in the world of Ralph Lauren. I worked with the creative teams to open concept stores across the East coast, supported management teams in orchestrating sales-driving consumer and holiday promotions and implemented in-store merchandising and creative presentations.

As the sales assistant to the top seller in the company, I learned that when serving customers, “Yes” is the answer, and “What?” is the question. Together, we increased already thriving person to person sales by 28%, from $3.5 million to $4.5 million a year.

I’m a marketing manager with over six years of client and project management experience. By focusing on client services, including day-to-day account management, timeline tracking, and quality assurance, I’ll make sure you get what you need, when you need it.

I’m excited to combine my passions for creativity, customer service, and remarkable ideas here at Idea Sandbox!

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