YOYO Brands: What we can learn from brand resurgence

[Note: this article first appeared in BHM BIZ, Nov. 2016] Pop quiz: what do the following brands have in common – Adidas, Birkenstock, Old Spice, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Levi’s, Marvel Comics, and Lincoln? Answer: they’re all relatively old, (some of… // More //

Culture… it’s more than just talkin’ the talk

We recently were recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the best places to work for in Birmingham. Rather than talk about the award itself, I’ve been asked by our staff PR whiz kid, Dana McGough, to write… // More //

Shameless Plugs & Heavy Metal

This has been a good year for awards (thus far) so, it feels right to give a public shout out to our clients, our team, all of the effort that went into doing great work, and the validation provided by these award opportunities. // More //

The Ten Commandments of Protecting Your Brand

Whether your company is called Coca Cola or Jimmy-Bob Joe-Bob & Frank, you have a brand. You may not realize it; after all – brand happens mostly on its own. But whether you’ve spent a century and trillions of dollars developing an international company or you’re just getting out of the gate with a startup, you should know how to protect your brand. // More //

Brand Story vs. Company Lore

Companies engage in two kinds of storytelling. One is strategic, the other – for lack of a better term – anthropological. In the best of all worlds, both kinds of storytelling are organic, natural, and second nature. // More //

Brand on the Half Shell

Humans are emotional beings. Most of us make emotional decisions, and then rationalize them. For your brand to resonate emotionally, you must know your WHY. We love brands because we have a philosophical or emotional affinity for them. We justify our emotional connection to their “whys” by pointing to the their hows and whats. // More //

In search of twin chameleons

We’re looking for not one but TWO Digital Community Managers. Now, before you say to yourself, “Whoa, that there’s the job I’ve been waiting for!” and garb yourself in your coolest threads, dust off your resume, and rocket down to the offices of Cayenne Creative, let me tell you a little bit more about the job. // More //

Chronicles of a Copywriting Intern. Part 1: Legerdemain

Attempting to learn this art, thus far, has had me feeling eerily like Luke Skywalker or Neo from the Matrix. It’s like trying to unhinge my mind from the basic laws of creative physics in order to incept subtle, coercive seeds of influence // More //

Choose Your Agency as You Would Your Mate

While portfolios are a good reflection of technical ability, they do not necessarily reflect an agency’s strategic or creative chops. The key to discovering an agency’s true capability is posing direct questions about business challenges and letting them respond with solutions. Fit matters more than experience. // More //

Do it differently, or don’t do it at all.

If it looks and sounds like something you’ve seen, then, for crying out loud, it’s something you’ve seen! Do something different. In fact, do it differently, or save your money and just don’t do it at all. // More //

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