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.
The Challenge: The North Carolina Propane Gas Association was faced with the task of increasing awareness of propane as an alternate source of energy across the state, and previous “image” campaigns had done little to move the needle. The Solution: Propane Joe to the rescue. We created original brand mascot Joe, a flame-haired superhero who…Keep Reading »
The Challenge: Despite its near universal awareness, Amway’s previously exponential growth had waned. Using Raleigh as one of several test markets, Amway selected us to introduce its retooled “direct” approach—enabling distributors to engage prospects openly and with credibility, as opposed to the “sneak attack” that had tarnished the company’s name. The Solution: We relied on…Keep Reading »