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November 18th, 2016

Get the hell out there.

By Brokaw Creative Director, Steve McKeown Over the summer, I was able to experience something I never have before: a NASCAR race at Michigan’s International Speedway. Admittedly, I’m more NPR than NASCAR. So my initial reaction to a group text of this suggested guys trip wasn’t an instant, emoji-filled reply. But after some thought—and, okay, a few beers—I decided to Read More…

November 11th, 2016

Hit ’em right in the feels

By Brokaw Interactive Art Director, Emily Downey It’s been a tough month, especially for us Clevelanders. It seems like everywhere we look, we’re bombarded with endless posts, tweets, and comments of despair and hate. So, why don’t we try something crazy and emit some positivity and love out into the interwebs? Let’s have a little chat about Joy Marketing. What Read More…

November 4th, 2016

Risky World Series Business

By Brokaw Social Media and PR Strategist, Kelly Gentile The wound is fresh. What a game. What a season. Against all odds, our beloved Cleveland baseball team almost won the World Series. Despite injuries to our best player and 2nd and 3rd best pitchers, drone incidents, and celebration sprains. But we had one strategic advantage. And his name is Tito. Read More…

October 28th, 2016

It’s the Great Trumpkin Charlie Brown

By Brokaw Associate Media Director, Krista Beyer Holiday marketing is a tough business. In a climate where consumers are Christmas shopping as early as September and Halloween marketing begins in July, every year is more intense. I mean, I know I’ll begin hoarding my Christmas Ale when it’s released next week. But this year, this year, broke the mold. Literally Read More…

October 24th, 2016

Your brand on SNL

By Brokaw Account Coordinator, Lindsey Brenkus Since their season premiere a few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live has seen their highest week-three rating in eight years. And while a certain screwball election may have something to do with that, there are still things we can learn from the very funny people at SNL on how to keep your brand fresh, Read More…

October 14th, 2016

Clown-lateral Damage

By Brokaw Copywriter and avid clown hunter, Aaron McBride A woman is pulling out of her driveway. She looks left. No cars. Then right. CLOWN! A college student kicks a soccer ball into the woods. He goes to retrieve it. CLOWN! A teenager attends an Insane Clown Posse show. He looks on stage. CLOWNS! Ok, this is bananas. Clowns are Read More…

October 7th, 2016

Sports Fever: Catch it!

By Brokaw Account Director, Jayme Kostelnik It’s a big week in Cleveland sports. Our very own WINdians hosted a playoff game yesterday—the first in three years. The Cavs, our beloved NBA champs, beat Orlando in their preseason debut on Wednesday. And this Sunday, our Brownies will suit up against the Patriots for Tom Brady’s return. Thankfully, our office is nearby Read More…

September 30th, 2016

Street Meat is ON FLEEK.

By Brokaw Senior Strategic Planner, Jessica Thompson Call them what you will…“roach coach,” “mobile kitchen,” “grease truck,”…food trucks are killing it. They’re nothing new if you really think about it. In the olden days, NYC had oyster carts rolling about. Military food kitchens were a thing. And then there’s the all-American hot dog cart and the ever-so-creepy ice cream truck. Read More…

September 23rd, 2016

Don’t take your graphic designer for granted.

By (Appreciated) Brokaw Graphic Designer, Kelsey Ferron As an avid DIY-er, I’m all about refusing to buy that over-priced coffee table made out of scrap wood and just, well, doing it myself. But sometimes that 5-piece coffee table turns out to be the Taj Mahal (or anything from Ikea) and you have to call in the professionals. Just because pinterest Read More…

September 16th, 2016

Writing help from Hamilton.

By Brokaw Associate Creative Director/Copywriter, Mark McKenzie Why do you write like you’re running out of time? – Aaron Burr, a few songs before he “chicka-braghs!” Alexander Hamilton In Hamilton, the incredibly well-written, Tony Award-winning musical that everyone should at least listen to, “writing like you’re running out of time” describes Alexander Hamilton’s ambition, his non-stop productivity, and, of course, Read More…

September 9th, 2016

Four keys to success from five dudes

By Brokaw Managing Partner, Tim Brokaw It’s been seven years since Dude Perfect entered the viral marketing scene, and it appears they’re not going away, folks. In fact, their YouTube channel is now averaging over 4 million views a day. Who’s Dude Perfect, you say?! (Time to crawl out from under that 5-martini rock, Don Draper.) Picture a boy band Read More…

September 2nd, 2016

Good insight from bad political ads.

By Brokaw Account Executive, Jessica Schiele Let’s talk about the elephant (or donkey) in the room. Not Trump or Clinton, per se, but political ads. Mostly the fact that even though we all hate them, they’re flooding our TVs/News Feeds/grey matters right now. But advertisers can actually learn a lot from political ads. Especially what NOT to do. With that, Read More…

August 26th, 2016

The Happiest Hour

By Brokaw Senior Communications Manager, Kelly Gentile You made it! It’s Friday afternoon. Why not congratulate yourself with a cocktail and a few booze-inspired insights from your favorite, occasionally-imbibing ad agency? Because this summer, beer and spirits brands have been doubling-down on some big (possibly liquid courage inspired), risks in digital. Was it a good idea? (Drink if you said Read More…

August 19th, 2016

The Best of the Olympics is on Snapchat Discover

By Brokaw Senior Account Executive, Zorina Kennedy This year’s Summer Olympics is the most accessible Games ever. In fact, the networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present 6,755 hours of programming which would take about 281 days to finish airing if you ran it all on one channel. This means numerous opportunities for brands to reach viewers globally—but if Read More…

August 12th, 2016

Think outside the coloring box

By Brokaw Interactive Art Director, Emily Downey It’s August. Which means back-to-school is right around the corner and parents everywhere are rejoicing. While most kids spent their summer vacation playing Pokémon Go! and terrorizing their siblings, a select few were hard at work crafting the next national campaign of a retail giant. ICYMI, Target did some amazing stuff with their Read More…

August 5th, 2016

Gaming the Gamers

By Brokaw Art Director, Paloma Cortez Since it launched in July, Pokémon Go has invaded all of our lives. Ok, maybe not all of our lives, but we’ve all read the crazy headlines about players running into real life problems (mostly cars) while hunting down Pikachus. It may be difficult for those outside the game world to understand the obsession Read More…

July 29th, 2016

A Digital Christmas Carol in July

By Brokaw Senior Digital Strategist, Jack Gazdik With our friends at Great Lakes Brewing Company tapping a fresh keg of Christmas Ale to celebrate Christmas in July, we couldn’t help but feel a little bit of the premature holiday spirit ourselves. And with all of the excitement about a little app called Pokémon Go and much chatter about whether augmented Read More…

July 27th, 2016

Grocery store insights from my (Millennial-ish) toddler

By Leah Dwyer, Account Director Recently, my not-quite-three-year-old son discovered a magical place that has quickly become his favorite destination—the grocery store. Every day after school (sometimes twice on the weekend), we’re peppered with requests to go grocery shopping, to the point where sometimes we have to say no just because our fridge is about to burst. What is it Read More…

July 27th, 2016

Become your agency’s favorite client (and your brand’s hero) in the next two minutes

By Brokaw Account Director, Jayme Kostelnik As your ad agency, we don’t have to tell you what’s trending in the restaurant industry (yes, hot sauce is still having a moment, and consumers continue to seek authenticity from their food providers). We read the same trade pubs as you—NRN, QSR, FSR, etc.—along with your brand’s daily sales reports, Google analytics, social Read More…

July 27th, 2016

Money can be funny.

By Brokaw Copywriter, Aaron McBride A cow and a chicken walk into a bank. Have you heard this one? No? Of course you haven’t. Because banks and comedy aren’t usually paired together…especially in advertising. I mean, if you compare banking to categories like candy, pizza, and beer, it’s about as funny as Ben Stein in a coma. Or The English Read More…

July 22nd, 2016

What “The Land” can teach you about rebranding

By Tim Brokaw (who won’t be offended if you accidentally call him “Tom.”) Just like Ronnie Miller going from “totally geek, to totally chic!” in the 80’s cult classic Can’t Buy Me Love, the city of Cleveland is undergoing a major rebrand. Thanks to the #RNCinCLE this week, along with a perfect storm of recent events and positive buzz, the Read More…

July 15th, 2016

Betrayal in Brand Land – Following Sprint’s Lead

By Brokaw Director of Brand Strategy, Tim Laubacher In June, if you had the pleasure of joining a record number of Americans watching the 2016 NBA Finals (#Believeland), you probably noticed a certain cell phone provider character/spokesperson wearing the wrong color. Paul Marcarelli, the bespeckled one-time Verizon pitchman, debuted in a Sprint ad directly attacking the market leader. “It’s 2016 Read More…

July 8th, 2016

Say hello to that summertime feelin’

By Brokaw Account Coordinator, Lindsey Brenkus The sun’s a-blazing. There’s a light chatter in the office. Daydreams of swimming pools and music festivals dance in your head. Your heart begins to beat faster as the clock ticks closer to that 5 o’clock finish line. And then BOOM! You’re fired because you were too distracted to work all day. This hypothetical Read More…

July 1st, 2016

The first thing your product should do? Be more human.

By Brokaw Creative Director, Steve McKeown Alright, I know what you’re thinking. “But my product’s not a person. It’s a hamster wheel.” Or a prepackaged Kale salad. Or a flushable man butt wipe. (Great product invention, but more on that later. OK, maybe not.) The fact is we, as humans, feel a connection to something that looks, sounds, and feels Read More…

June 30th, 2016

Broadcasters: Check yes or no.

By Brokaw Associate Media Director, Krista Beyer Late last fall, the world found out about the FCC Auction. What is the FCC Auction? The FCC’s broadcast incentive auction is the process of buying underused TV airwaves (also known as spectrums) and selling (or auctioning) them off to mobile carriers (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). Wireless companies want more broadcast spectrum (airwaves) in Read More…