Red Couch Stories isn't a production factory and nothing we do is cookie-cutter. Our philosophy is to walk alongside our clients, help them understand what their true narrative is, and help them discover the unexpected angles and approaches to their unique story. Our work stands out because no two clients are the same, and we've had the privilege and honor to focus on the stories that truly matter and make a difference. Our philosophy, guided by our mission to serve, aligns with our core values as an integrated, multi-disciplinary team.
Our mission is to be a steward of stories that impact brands, reputations, and lives. Our work seeks to educate, create value, inspire, and have a lasting impact. We provide the best approach to telling your organization's story through integrating the disciplines of communication, marketing, public relations, and advertising.
We are a nimble and agile team with in-house expertise that can address the holistic and diverse communication and marketing needs for our clients. We are an integrated team of compassionate, credible, creative, and dedicated professionals that continually strive for leading edge service that focuses on the holistic needs of our clients. We have a strong work ethic and are passionate about our industry and our commitment towards ethically serving our clients' needs and interests. Red Couch Stories is committed to our mission and philosophy and will provide the best service to our clients through integrating the disciplines of communication, marketing, public relations, and advertising.
Founded by Laura Archbold and Shawn Fagan, Red Couch Stories is based out of Rochester, MN, just a short drive south of Minneapolis. Laura and Shawn describe themselves as recovering journalists, both having spent time in the news business (Laura - television news, Shawn - newspaper and magazine environments). Individually, their work has taken them down the path of agency, non-profit, and corporate communication worlds to now small business owners with a passion to tell stories that serve a greater purpose.
Although long in the works before Red Couch Stories officially formed in early 2014, Laura and Shawn's world of public relations and portrait photography began together nearly 8 years earlier. Each worked independently, but at times would collaborate through their individual businesses - Encore Public Relations and Fagan Studios. It was through a mutual friend and non-profit cause that brought them together to produce a film that would be shown at a fundraising event. The result was magic in process and end product, raising awareness and exceeding the fund-the-need goal for the cause.
Our story continues to unfold as our team has traveled the world with clients helping their stories come to life, and has been blessed to be a part of over $100M in capital campaigns, annual giving, and cause-related initiatives. Our clients range from big and small, start-ups, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. We have a passion for corporate social responsibility, faith-based, and cause-related stories that make the world a better place.