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March 17th, 2017

Tell your brand to keep it real.

By Jessica Thompson, Associate Brand Strategy Director In the world of marketing, we throw the word “aspirational” around a lot. “We want to be an aspirational brand.” “Let’s talk about who consumers aspire to be.” But why not embrace who we truly are now…as brands and consumers? In 2004 (what seems like eons ago), Dove rolled out its Campaign for Read More…

January 20th, 2017

Improve your next campaign with 5 scientifically-proven steps.

By Brokaw Senior Digital Strategist, Jack Gazdik There’s an age-old debate in this industry—is advertising an art or a science? Most come to the same answer. It’s both. And they aren’t wrong, but the way people describe the science of advertising often is. The science of advertising is usually defined by the rise of automated marketing, big data and analytics. Read More…

December 30th, 2016

What 2nd Place In Fantasy Football Can Teach Us About Winning In Business.

By Brokaw Director of Strategic Planning, Tim Laubacher We all enjoy winning. In life and in business, winning is fun and rewarding. (Charlie Sheen would agree. #winning) But sometimes you have the unique, painful privilege of losing in the finals of not one but two fantasy football leagues. (Not so surprising, full disclosure, I suffered multiple close championship defeats last 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…

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 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…

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…

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…