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

McDonalds and KFC. A tale of two fast fooders.

McDonalds and KFC. A tale of two fast fooders.

Recently my attention landed on a couple of spots for two of America’s greatest exports: McDonalds and KFC. These two creative executions come from two different worlds, and are about as distinct as any two commercials you might imagine. So, the inevitable question is … Who did it better? One of these spots works well…+

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…+

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…+