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“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted,” John Wanamaker famously remarked, “the trouble is, I don’t know which half.”

Over 100 years later, the same can be said about advertising messaging.

In a world where consumers are blind to banners, indifferent to email and increasingly skeptical of social, you can, in the limited opportunity you have to make an impression, quickly move consumers from Awareness to Action … and, soon after, to Advocacy.

It doesn’t just happen, though. You need a roadmap. You need a navigator. You need a message that really matters. And that’s where I come in.

Across hundreds of direct response and digital campaigns, I have leveraged and shaped some of the world’s best-known brand identities and most-trusted voices … not only make that key initial connection, but also to drive action and results. This happens because I understand that …

Everything, digital and print, is a user interface, and must be conceived and created as such.

• Success can only be achieved when strategy and tactics are in harmony.

• While consumers may seem unpredicatable, brain-based research and science
shows that decisions are made as the result of a predictable pattern of behaviors.

Consumers will always tell you that they are “too smart” to be tricked by direct marketing, and generally that they just “don’t want to read.” But their behavior proves that they will seek out and actively engage with whatever content they find relevant, timely and compelling. Since you’re here anyway, take a moment to learn more about how we can help you ensure that your marketing is just that …

Messaging

American Express. Capital One. ING Direct. Nordstrom. T-Mobile. USAA. These are just a few of the amazing, customer-first voices I have had the privilege to work with … crafting messaging that engages, involves, compels and persuades. So what is the secret to “good copy” you may ask? Actually, it’s pretty simple.+

Strategy

There’s a famous quote, attributed to Truman Capote: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.” He was talking about the prose of Jack Kerouac, but the same could be said about marketing that is created without a well-considered strategy at its core.+

Branding

There are as many definitions of “brand” as there are brands. Here’s mine. A brand is the accumulation of the qualities, characteristics and quirks that consumers most immediately associate with you. You can define your brand all you want, but ultimately, it’s each individual consumer who decides what it all means. +

Leadership

External agencies. Internal teams. Contractors. Freelancers. In the past you might have leveraged one or maybe two of those options, and had a relatively neat and clean answer to your creative resource question.+

Case Studies

AdWatch: Apple, Maya Angelou and The Human Family

AdWatch: Apple, Maya Angelou and The Human Family

What do you say when you are a global brand? What do you say when your products are practically ubiquitous … shorthand for an entire class of technology? What do you’ve when your champions and critics have said nearly everything that could be said? You let a poet speak. You let a poet speak not…+

Case Study: 35% Response Rate

Case Study: 35% Response Rate

How do you get a 35% response rate on direct mail? (How about 40%?) I was showing some of my past work to a prospective client the other day, and I happened to pull out a dimensional mailing we did years ago for Nordstrom … the one that got nearly 40% response when it was…+

From the Blog

What goes into a good Creative Brief.

What goes into a good Creative Brief.

I think that if Creative and Strategy didn’t have the Creative Brief to argue about, someone would have to invent it. Everywhere I’ve ever been – and I’ve been on the agency side and the client side, in traditional agencies and in-house creative groups — the discussion pretty much goes the same: “If only we…+

Coke taught the world to sing. Heineken’s showing us how to listen.

Coke taught the world to sing. Heineken’s showing us how to listen.

A short time ago, we spent a few minutes having some fun at the expense of the so-called “real people” who inhibit the strange, strange world of the Chevy ads. And pretty much the entire world has had its say about the egregious Pepsi/Kendall Jenner spot. No need to pile on. (Okay, a little piling…+

4 things you can do RIGHT NOW to improve your creative process

4 things you can do RIGHT NOW to improve your creative process

If I had a time machine and could go back to visit the younger me, I believe he would be bewildered and dismayed by my later-in-life embrace of process. He’d rail at me at how creative people – you know, the really creative people – won’t let themselves be restrained by a set process. He’d…+