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

Why having a personal brand is so important.

Why having a personal brand is so important.

Not too long ago, I was looking for something up in the attic, and I came across some old promos — marketing materials I created a few years ago when I was first looking to promote myself as a consultant. And here’s a key frame from that … Times have changed a lot since then…+

Why Liberty Mutual is such a Good* campaign

Why Liberty Mutual is such a Good* campaign

There’s a campaign that’s been running for some time now. You’ve seen it, probably several times. Bet your first question was Are they really in front of the Statue of Liberty? not “How does it measure up on that scale of Good* advertising I saw on that blog? See? It really is Good* advertising, and here are…+

Introducing the 7 Stages of Consumer Skepticism

Introducing the 7 Stages of Consumer Skepticism

You’ve heard me say it before. Regardless of the channel you choose for your communications, your messaging must cut through the clutter … or it IS the clutter. Okay, so that might seem straight from the Captain Obvious playbook. But you’d be amazed by how many marketers these days think the medium IS the message.…+