Team Leaders

Bill Cokas

Creative Director

You can’t bore someone into buying your product.

View Bill's brief bio

b. Washington, D.C. Followed grandma’s roots and ended up at UNC. Followed job offer to Chicago. After Tony Bennett put his words to music in a radio jingle, decided work there was done.

Returned to NC to build big brands for small companies–and because it was closer to Key West, ground zero for Parrotheads. Returned to UNC to teach big ideas to tomorrow’s underpaid ad hopefuls.

Distinctly recalls being influenced by ad icon-wannabes like Goofy Grape and the walking, talking Koogle jar, which advertised products that were parity and disgusting, respectively. Abhors irrelevant celebrity spokespeople and contrived cross-promotions. Currently admires the strategy and tagline (but not so much the executions) of Expedia’s “Travel Yourself Interesting” campaign.

Since social media has spawned countless self-proclaimed “experts” on every subject under the sun, Bill would like to stake his claim on the following:

  • Jimmy Buffett: Crowned Raleigh’s Biggest Parrothead by Raleigh News & Observer.
  • Frank Sinatra: Ever since high school, where it did little to build his popularity.
  • Vintage Popeye cartoons: Black and white, hand-drawn, pre-War…nothing funnier.
  • Microbrews & Homebrewing: Has actual samples in office, of indeterminate age.
  • Newspaper Comics: In general, Peanuts in particular.

Posts Written by Bill Cokas:

North Carolina Academy of General Dentistry Drill Deep, Fills Hole with Strategic Insights

In a bit of a belated announcement, Strategic Insights Brand Marketing is handling the graphic design, collateral and email marketing for the North Carolina Academy of General Dentistry, and has been since 2015. Founded in 1951, the Academy of General Dentistry has 37,000 members from the United States and Canada. Among the Academy’s many goals are offering…Keep Reading »

I can describe that service in one word!

How ridiculous was the show “Name That Tune?” They played songs with a house orchestra, or worse, a lone piano. Your success on that show was entirely dependent on your encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth-century sheet music. All that aside, sometimes it IS possible to distill a value proposition down to a single word. In the…Keep Reading »

S.I. goes coastal, hires new biz-dev director

S.I. goes coastal, hires new biz-dev director

John Rowley has joined Strategic Insights Brand Marketing as Director of Business Development and “Agency Zeitgeist.” John explains the latter title as an indication that “he knows where the agency’s head is at” and can use that knowledge to tap into the wants and needs of prospective clients struggling to find both their audience and their…Keep Reading »

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