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What the Atkins Diet Can Teach Us About Branding

Posted by Cameron Smith on Feb 22, 2018

When I was 14 years old, my mom went on the Atkins diet. She was not alone. In fact, at the height of its popularity, one in eleven North American adults claimed to be on a low-carb diet such as Atkins. Good for all of those adults willingly trying to live a better life, but no one mentions the casualties. I’m talking about the thousands of children, like myself, who were forced to go without pasta and bread for months on end. Because when mom goes on a diet, the entire house goes on a diet. My mom, like many, held the keys to the food kingdom. This was one of the first times in my life that I realized my mother was in complete and carb-free control.

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Typography Is Your Secret Weapon: A Lesson from Paula Scher 

Posted by David Hinds on Feb 12, 2018

If you ever feel like pulling back the curtain on the process of some of the world’s leading creators across multiple industries, do yourself a favor and tune into the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design. More specifically, if you want to take a dive into the mind of a Graphic Designer, check out Episode 6. It features the life and work of Paula Scher. Unless you’re a designer or a typophile, you may not know who Paula Scher is, but you most certainly have seen her work. The Public Theater, Citibank and The Highline just to name a few. If you own or owned a vinyl record from the 70s, there’s a good chance she designed the type for it. The thing she’s known for is typography.

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Best Practices for Nailing your Elevator Speech

Posted by Larry McAlister on Jun 23, 2017

An elevator speech is an old-school term for a timeless concept. People don’t even talk on elevators anymore, unless of course they’re on their phones talking to someone not on the elevator.

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Super Blogs: 1 of 10 - Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit"

Posted by Steve Sturges on Jan 27, 2017

Thinking about my favorite Super Bowl TV commercial is really an exercise in futility for someone like me. I make commercials for a living. That means I look at TV commercials the way a sommelier scrutinizes a glass of cabernet. I’m a bona-fide snob. That is, until that one Sunday in February that caps the NFL season. On that day, I’m like a 16-year old watching a Victoria’s Secret made-for-TV fashion show: falling in love over and over during those ample commercial breaks. Every Super Bowl features a lineup of wonderful commercial ideas. I’m continually amazed at the best work, and constantly questioning and critiquing commercials that are less than effective.

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Super Blogs: 5 of 10 - Ram’s "God Made a Farmer"

Posted by Hayley Cacioppo on Jan 27, 2017

What matters in an ad? Sometimes the end viewer of the marketing campaign will never know the true strategy.

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Super Blogs: 8 of 10 - Always' "Like A Girl"

Posted by Richard York on Jan 27, 2017

To be honest, I gave up on watching the Super Bowl for the commercials. By a certain point, I get overwhelmed by the effort and expense and completely underwhelmed by the result.

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Carne Diem Gives Meat to VI Marketing and Branding’s Brand

Posted by Larry McAlister on Dec 7, 2016

Carne Diem is a behemoth. Having just completed its 14th edition with over 800 people, and raising $8000, Carne Diem has become: downtown Oklahoma City’s biggest annual fall event; a major fundraiser for United Way; an incredible team-building exercise and source of pride inside VI walls; an iconic branding initiative; and perhaps, most importantly – a heck of a lot of fun.

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Branding: Sponsors With a Sporting Chance

Posted by Steve Sturges on Aug 2, 2016

I'm a purist: a sports fan who enjoys sports, but tolerates company brands and ads in appropriate places like the stadium wall, on TV commercials during a break in the action, and on the shoes worn by my athletic heroes.

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Target's Brand: Just Be Nice

Posted by Jacquelyn LaMar on Jun 20, 2016

hate errands so much that I buy anything and everything I can online. With that said, any day that includes a trip to Target is a red letter one. Why? How?

Rebranding a City: 5 Questions to Answer

Posted by Hayley Cacioppo on Jan 6, 2016

When a city approaches you for a re-brand you take a slightly different approach than if a company is seeking a re-brand. Most marketers are familiar with B2B or B2C marketing but what about branding an entire city?