December 11th, 2018

Robin Donovan

Texting Your Holiday Greeting – While Driving

With the holidays in full swing, a great deal of focus is being placed on the time crunch we’re all feeling and how that makes us take dangerous short cuts. Texting while driving is, arguably, one of the most dangerous.
A recent article focusing on Travelers’ new safe-driving campaign reminds us that there is already a plethora of videos and photos showing horrific accidents. Read More

December 6th, 2018

Rebecca Weber

Think Outside the Influencer Box

“Influencer marketing is the fastest-growing online customer-acquisition method.” (Digital Marketing Institute). Word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) is influencer marketing, and a critical component of public relations and social media strategies. Influencer marketing focuses on viewer engagement with a recommendation from someone the consumer trusts, using individuals and organizations to influence consumer decisions and provide additional brand exposure. Read More

November 21st, 2018

Danny Wikowsky

The Wide World of Sports … Marketing

There are many avenues that companies and marketers utilize to maximize their reach. For large corporations all the way down to small, local businesses, sports have proven to be a great marketing tool. During sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Series or March Madness, you see big corporations spending their advertising dollars on commercial spots, trying to capitalize on the number of eyeballs that are watching. On the flip side, small businesses sponsor local sports, Read More

August 22nd, 2018

David Moore

I guess, if you’re gonna Twitter …

For better or worse, Twitter is still a thing. I’ve been a user since early 2008. Since then, it’s where I’ve learned about breaking news (Michael Jackson’s demise),  local matters (traffic issues and weather alerts) and, of course, my favorite topic, advertising.
A few recommendations on worthwhile advertising Twitter accounts to follow: Read More

July 19th, 2018

Kerrey Lubbe

Preparing You for The Agency World

Whether you’ve just entered the advertising game or you’re hoping/planning on it, here are a few pieces of advice I personally think you should know before you commit your entire career.
You need to be resilient.
Man, oh man, is this industry a rollercoaster of amazing, kick-ass highs and gut-punching, hand-me-the-bottle lows. Read More

June 25th, 2018

Robin Donovan

Snickers: Don’t Push It.

This Snickers campaign does grab attention, but let’s not push it. The first several iterations brought a universally known point to the fore: people get crabby when they’re hungry. We all know it and the TV spots did their job. They highlighted the fact in a most amusing way – by portraying the hungry person as a celebrity known for their crankiness, until they take a bite of their Snickers bar. Now they’re extending the campaign. Read More

May 31st, 2018

Kerrey Lubbe

With Love, From a Grammar Nerd

Fellow marketers. I write to you today with a request.
On a regular basis, I see and hear minor grammatical mistakes in advertisements everywhere. And while the general population may not notice them, they drive us grammar freaks crazy. So, in an effort to keep my people sane, and to make us all look smarter, here are three things that you can keep in mind when you’re writing your next ad. Read More

March 27th, 2018

David Moore

You’re Not the Audience

There’s a (probably) apocryphal story about Henry Ford, that he told his advertising manager he was tired of seeing a particular Ford ad, and it was time to create a new one.
But the ad hadn’t actually appeared in the media yet. He was just tired of seeing it in interminable internal meetings, so he assumed everyone else would be bored with it, too. Read More

January 31st, 2018

David Moore

Me, Don and the Super Bowl.

As many of us in the ad business, I’m a fan of the AMC series “Mad Men” and eagerly followed the exploits of creative director and bad boy Don Draper. (I even have the special edition cigarette lighter case DVD set.)
And like many of my cohorts, I anxiously look forward to the commercials during the Super Bowl. Or I used to. But more and more, I expect to be disappointed with what I see. Read More

January 19th, 2018

David Moore

The secret truth of subliminal advertising revealed!

It was all the rage years ago – and every college student seems to start off believing it’s true. Subliminal advertising: hidden messages or images in ads designed to affect your subconscious mind, overwhelm you with a longing and desire for, well, you’re not quite sure. Because you never really saw it. Read More