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April 28th, 2017

Risk is the new safe.

By Brokaw Account Coordinator, Lindsey Brenkus Because we sort of have a thing for work that “rises above the blah blah,” it seems appropriate to address the two biggest risks of April: this Pepsi commercial that turned out to be an epic failure and this Starbucks unicorn drink which was a surprise victory. Despite Anthony Bourdain’s distaste for it, millions Read More…

April 7th, 2017

Why great work works

By co-owners, brothers, and great work soapbox preachers, Tim & Gregg Brokaw (aka the Bro Bros) Not too many ad agencies will tell you this, but the secret to creating great advertising and digital content these days is incredibly, astonishingly simple: just create bold work that doesn’t resemble advertising. That’s it. Simple, right? Yeah, try explaining that to your ROI-acronym-obsessed Read More…

April 3rd, 2017

Let’s think like fools.

By Brokaw Creative Director, Steve McKeown It’s upon us again. April Fool’s Day. Which is particularly special to our shop, since it’s our 25th anniversary. (Our, ahem, silver anniversary if you’re struggling with what to gift us.) And as we’ve seen in past years, a lot of agencies and brands love April Fool’s Day. It’s the day they get to Read More…

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…