• Case Study: Tractor Supply Co.

    It’s been difficult to keep quiet about our work with Tractor Supply Co. All of the buzzing emotions after conference calls, ideation meetings, and dailies made it even harder. If you’ve watched TV in recent weeks, you might have seen one of our many spots that we’ve collaborated on with Tractor Supply Co (TSC).

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  • Immersion & Theme: How We Establish Voice with Brands

    One of the hardest questions in this new race for branded content is how to stand out. How do you connect with your audience and establish a trusted rapport via video content? Brands can’t get by only selling a product — you must tell us why and new consumers are wary of brands that won’t — for lack of a better term — talk with us. In an article for AdWeek, writer Bronwyn van der Merwe discusses the importance of voice and tone when it comes to how brands communicate with their consumers. It led me to think about how brands must create their voice and tone in video content, as well.

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  • Audio-Technica & a Gold ADDY

    Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
    MATT DELISI

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  • Understanding Black Panther’s Power

    Wakanda Forever. It’s not only a rallying cry for a great movie — it’s a proud proclamation of inclusion, heritage, and a hope for a better tomorrow for all peoples. Black Panther is the number one movie in the world, and, frankly, deserves to be there. read more

  • At the Turn of the Tide… Ad

    The Big Game is over and the post-hot wings and beer antacids are all eaten up. Because that’s America. The biggest sporting event in the country also comes with the most anticipated commercials of the year––some of them land, some of them flop. Afterwards, there are the endless lists of ‘Best Super Bowl Ads 2018.’

    Today, we’re doing something a little different. There was one ad campaign that stood above the rest because of its inventiveness and self-awareness. It’s the Tide ads. David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame, starred in four spots––one in each quarter––that totaled 90-seconds of air-time. Let’s dissect why the ads worked and what we can learn from Tide.

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  • Mergers and Mega-hit Independent Films

    In late 2017, it was announced that Disney would buy 20th Century Fox, including all of the beloved properties such as X-men, Fantastic Four, and… I guess, The Simpsons? The studio system continues to shrink down to a smaller number of big studios. Whether or not that portends doom for the industry or not (I tend to think not), remains to be seen.  read more

  • Instagram, Video, and the Millennials Who Watch

    It’s no secret that millennials stare at screens for a collective hours a day. Truth is, there’s tons of interesting stuff in the world captured by artistically minded folks on Instagram. However, I do subscribe to the notion that we can all put our phones down once in a while. Maybe we don’t have to take a picture of every boutique coffee we drink.

    Some advertisers know where millennials’ eyeballs are, and they make sure to be there, as well. According to a recent study done by Bustle and reported by Adweek, 40% of millennial women prefer ads via Instagram. What is it about the visual social media app that draws such a preference from a large consumer pool? How have we collaborated with brands to reach and ignite these consumers’ interests?

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  • Year in Review

    Gather ‘round the fire, kids. Let me tell you about our 20th year of being in business. There are many heroes to this story: an alien, a solar eclipse, a physics-defying quarter, a magic set of headphones, and a garbage truck ramming through a bedroom wall. Rapid-fire year-in-review starts now!  read more

  • Scary Good Content for Halloween

    I’m not sure who you are, or what your life is, but I’ve already had to go back to Kroger to buy candy a second time for the trick-or-treaters because I ate the bag I had. If you’re one of those people who can buy a bag of candy and save it for Halloween night, send me your address so I can send you a trophy with a personalized note.

    That brings me to my topic for the day: candy brands, and how they break ahead of the pack in time for one of the three biggest holidays for candy. (Wait, there are at least three holidays centered around candy…?! Guys, we need to reflect on who are as a people.) read more