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The Fun Part: The Making of a TV Spot

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Everybody likes making television commercials. In advertising circles, the process of making a TV spot is often referred to as “the fun part.” Once I reveal my occupation to someone I’ve recently met, I’m nearly always asked, “What’s it like to make a TV commercial?” Nobody ever asks me about online banner ads or direct… Read more >>

Managing Project Management

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It’s a New Year, and for project managers this means client’s schedules have started fresh. Long hours, gallons of coffee and post-it notes lining your desk leave you thinking, “there has to be a better way!” A few simple changes in your daily routine can have you sitting back and breathing easier…at least long enough… Read more >>

Find A Better Way

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” One of Stone Ward’s guiding principles is to “find a better way.” The goal is not perfectionism, but rather improvement. And I think we’d… Read more >>

Four Best PR Campaigns of 2014

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Before we kick off the New Year with new campaigns and ideas, let’s take a moment to appreciate a few of my favorite PR efforts of 2014. 4. Must love dogs: Maybe it’s because I’m a dog lover or maybe it’s because this is brilliant, but the Match.com bark-eting campaign is pure genius. (See what… Read more >>

Resolving To Evolve Resolutions

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The New Year of 2015 is full of possibilities, opportunities and, most likely, some challenges. Planning for what lies ahead can be purposeful and productive…reading articles by experts about resolutions, reviewing magazines and checking Pinterest posts for “organizing” tips, tidying up home and office (And, for those of you who’ve seen the office stacks, you… Read more >>

Understandable Analytics: Delivering the Most Value in Presenting Complex Situations

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To even the most highly-trained and well-educated analytics professional, sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome is not understanding the problem (opportunity) at hand, and not setting up potential solutions to deliver the upmost in quality; but actually compiling the results together in a manner which delivers maximum value to the intended audience. This hurdle is… Read more >>

Good Design Can Change Minds

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Back in August, one of my colleagues commented on Facebook about the numerous donation opportunities he receives in the mail from nonprofit organizations. I’m also familiar with the mailbox stuffed full of mailers, especially around the holidays. But what really stuck with me was his comment that organizations “should include a sharp infograhic showing the… Read more >>

Grab Your Vacation When You Can

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In our line of work, we put in a LOT of hours. They tend to come in waves and right now I am in a particularly busy time. When you are in the production business, you tend to travel quite a bit as well. Sometimes it’s to exotic locales. Sometimes, not so much. But whether… Read more >>