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.

Now you’re probably under the gun to get more done with less. That makes it more important than ever to understand the value that each of those options can provide … and to have a leader who can help you orchestrate and coordinate their efforts to maximum effectiveness.

As someone who has led external agency teams, internal agency teams, contractors and freelancers, I have developed the understanding of what each of these resources can do best and how to get the best work from each.

From developing a tweet deck all the way to launching an interruptive new product, I have the hands-on experience that enables me to guide you and your performers around the typical pitfalls of the creative process.

What I have found is, no matter how busy and ambitious your marketing calendar is, it’s not the work that undoes your best-laid plans … it’s the rework. Here’s how I help you minimize the deadline-busting, hair-pulling, stomach-churning reboots and restarts that crush the soul of your creatives just as surely as they push your patience into the frustration zone:

• Ensure that your creative and strategic briefs are designed to get the best work from your creative performers.

• Take a holistic and specific look at your processes, to make sure they deliver the right solution as efficiently as possible.

• Speak the language of researchers, strategists and creatives alike to enlist everyone in the conversation.

• Coach and nurture your internal talent to develop the next generation of creative and strategic leaders.

To learn more about how my philosophy leads to results, please contact me.

Case Studies

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…+

Bringing Together 2 Iconic Brands

Bringing Together 2 Iconic Brands

When Capital One acquired ING Direct (INGD), the opportunity was great … and so was the obligation. ING Direct was not a typical business, nor was it a typical brand. The brand’s success was the result of intentionally differentiating itself as much as possible from the way other financial institutions presented themselves. And, as relatively…+

From the Blog

How to choose the right ad agency

How to choose the right ad agency

According to Agency Spotter, there are over 120,000 companies and entities that choose to define themselves as advertising agencies in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the number is over half a billion. That’s quite a universe. How can you possibly choose the right one? Or, maybe more importantly, avoid choosing the wrong one? There are several…+

George Costanza on … Giving Feedback

George Costanza on … Giving Feedback

UPDATED: May 2, 2017 There’s a question that I get asked, over and over, usually by Account Executives and other strategy folks. They’re nice people, and they want to be accommodating AND they want to make sure they are getting the most out of their creative partners. So they ask, quite nicely (and rightly) “What’s…+

Everything is a user interface. (Yes, even print.)

Everything is a user interface. (Yes, even print.)

Here’s a challenge that all marketers face … and it can be a particularly daunting one, particularly for those who are still developing their marketing chops. What, exactly should you be looking at when you’re assessing creative? There are about as many answers to that as there are people who look at creative. But there’s…+