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. That is why I provide my clients with the tools and guidance needed to ensure their strategies are bulletproof. Yes, that is right, strategies, plural. To maximize success, it’s essential to have a set of complementary strategies that nest together at different levels –– providing a roadmap for the specific communication being created, as well as at the product, campaign and brand level.

To that end, I have worked with clients to ensure that their creative and strategic briefs are set up to help ensure that creative teams are able to do their best possible work.

The single greatest factor contributing to off-the-mark creative is the lack of a common understanding of the strategic objectives – an understanding of what success means that is shared by everyone from the CFO to the Copywriter.

When it all comes together, the results are profound. To discuss how to ensure your strategy is fully synched to your messaging and creative, 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

Is the 84 Lumber spot this generation’s Apple 1984?

Is the 84 Lumber spot this generation’s Apple 1984?

So many pixels have been killed over the 84 Lumber Super Bowl spot, I’m reluctant to add too many more. But I do think this ad is important, and worthy of note, because it does a lot of important things very well. It may also signal (or at least reflect) a shift in the way…+

Looking for a Winning Strategy? Try the Constanza Method.

Looking for a Winning Strategy? Try the Constanza Method.

You, me, and everyone we know have gotten to where we are today by leaning on a few tried and true techniques … approaches … strategies. Call them your go-to moves. Or your core competencies (if you are in that kind of TPS-Report-kind-of-organization.) Our brains are hard-wired to repeat what has been successful in the…+

Are Buick, Cadillac and Dodge driving away from their legacies?

Are Buick, Cadillac and Dodge driving away from their legacies?

Three prominent car makes (or, as Ford would prefer you to think of them, “brands”) have recently taken a stab at redefining themselves for, they must believe, a misguided public. Buick, Cadillac and Dodge have each taken different approaches to the challenges, and they work to varying degrees of success. From least to most successful,…+