Arvest Partners with AR Parks & Tourism

Client: Arvest Bank


In the fall of 2016, Arvest Bank saw an opportunity to partner with the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism to create a series of co-branded specialty debit cards. The cards featured well-known tourist destinations in Arkansas.


  • Increase brand awareness and preference for Arvest
  • Promote tourism in Arkansas


The Sells Agency developed a public relations plan that capitalized on the brand strength of both Arvest and ADPT. Specific efforts included:

  • Pitching television appearances by Parks & Tourism administrators and commissioners in both central and northwest Arkansas
  • Holding a press conference in the State Capitol rotunda that was streamed on Facebook Live
  • Distributing a press release statewide with focused efforts to pitch stories in central and northwest Arkansas


Media pickups included the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette statewide edition; two TV stations in Little Rock and two in northwest Arkansas; and more than 10 other newspapers across the state. The Facebook Live audience for the press conference was more than 700. The total ad value of the earned media garnered during this effort exceeded $50,000.


Public Relations; Social Media