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Michael Brunner is Named Honoree in Pittsburgh’s 2020 Smart 50 Awards

November 20, 2020

Pittsburgh (November 20, 2020) – Michael Brunner, Brunner’s Chairman and CEO, has been named an honoree in Pittsburgh’s 2020 Smart 50 Awards, recognizing the top 50 executives of the 50 smartest companies for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations.  “It is an amazing honor to be considered for the Smart 50 Awards,” Michael said. “I appreciate being listed amongst the 50 other smart, savvy executives and their companies.”  It was over thirty years
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Brunner’s President and Partner Scott Morgan Shares Key Takeaways from Mirren Summit

November 20, 2020

The Mirren Executive Leadership Summit on Inclusion and Diversity was a great platform to share and learn about topics we are all dealing with in business and in society as a whole.  The great irony with the ad industry is that we are focused as a business on a diverse world of consumers from all walks of life, and yet
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Employee Spotlight: Derrik Whiten

November 13, 2020

Meet Derrik Whiten! As Brunner’s in-house emcee, master of changing out the kegs, and Fantasy Football extraordinaire, he has a lot on his plate. But his real passion project is his content network, Thoughts From The Bench. If you’re looking for a laugh or for someone to juggle EXACTLY three things, Derrik is your guy.
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Employee Spotlight: Julia Devine

November 3, 2020

Meet Julia Devine! When Julia’s not on the job as a Media Planner/Buyer, she’s writing and playing music. She even recorded a pop album a few years back. Go look up “Jaye Devine” on your favorite music streaming service—you won’t be disappointed! Q: What were some of your high school hobbies?  A: I took voice
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Employee Spotlight: Ken Johns

October 12, 2020

Meet Ken Johns! Ken is an agency veteran, with 25 years of service under his belt at Brunner. When he’s not on the job as our SVP, Client Experience & Planning, he’s spending time with his family, playing his regular weekly game of basketball, or golfing with his son. Q: What were some of your
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Employee Spotlight: Jonathan Banks

October 8, 2020

Meet Jonathan Banks! JB has always had a passion for consuming and creating inspirational art; in fact, he originally moved to Atlanta to break into the music industry! We’re glad he found his way to Brunner, where he’s worked as a copywriter/content creator for three years. Q: What were some of your high school hobbies? 
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Selling to Retailers is Never About You

October 5, 2020

For over 12 years, I helped sales teams from the strongest challenger brands to the world’s most recognizable brand names sell their products to retailers of all sizes. After sitting through hundreds of B2B sales presentations, the number one piece of advice that I can offer is that it is never about your brand. Far
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2020 Graphis Advertising Awards: Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation Wins Big

October 1, 2020

Our Diversity Recruitment and Adopt a Station campaigns for Atlanta Fire Rescue foundation have now been recognized at all levels of creative excellence – from local to national to global. We’re thrilled to announce gold and silver winners in this year’s Graphis Advertising Annual. This competition originated in Switzerland 50 years ago and showcases work
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Employee Spotlight: D’Metrius Agurs

September 30, 2020

Meet D’Metrius Agurs! Pittsburgh native, big brother to four siblings, former movie theater usher and six-year Journeys veteran, Agurs is Brunner’s Junior Application Developer and Fantasy Football expert. Q: What were some of your high school hobbies?  A: I was president of my art club, member of adventure club, I was a stage crew member &
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Brunner and Goodwill of North Georgia Work Together on Key Digital Marketing Initiatives

September 29, 2020

Brunner’s drive is to make a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. One way to make this happen is to work with special organizations that do special things for people most in need. Goodwill of North Georgia is just this type of organization. Their mission is to put people to
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Winning Market Share as a CPG Newcomer in 2020

September 28, 2020

We all have a COVID-19 story about toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes gone missing from retailers’ shelves. Charmin – out of stock. Bounty – out of stock. Clorox – you guessed it. Out of stock. But when we couldn’t find the Clorox wipes we were used to, the reality of the pandemic we’d just been dropped into put the dilemma swiftly
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Don’t Let CPG Shifts Debilitate Growth: 3 Keys for Your Brand to Not Only Survive, but Thrive

September 21, 2020

It’s no surprise that in today’s world, how we buy products is drastically changing.   What once was normal walking up and down your local grocery store aisle to select your favorite products now seems like a strange concept. The new norm is sitting patiently in your car, parked in the curbside pickup spot, as a retail worker loads your trunk with your new groceries that someone else hand-picked for you.   If how we
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Use Your Brand’s Values to Navigate Through Culture and Controversy

September 10, 2020

Brands navigating social media controversy is nothing new. However, the groundswell of cultural and social change in 2020 has underlined the debate for any brand manager – “should I respond?” “How can my brand’s marketing remain creative without igniting a social media crisis?” While a complex topic, there are three simple points to think about
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How to do More with a Shrinking Budget

September 10, 2020

As brands continue to face several challenges this year, including the unknowns surrounding the pandemic and the election, many marketers and categories also face the added challenge of operating under tighter budgets.   For those struggling, the initial reaction may be to reduce or cut advertising for the remainder of 2020, but doing so could drastically impact a brand’s success in the long term.  An article from ClickZ reports slowing advertising efforts
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The Secret Life of a Data Scientist

September 10, 2020

From studying engineering to consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Eric Perz revealed some interesting things about his career path and his personal life, as Brunner recently promoted him to VP, Data Science. Q: How did you enter the ‘data science world’? A: After completing a master’s in engineering, I was drawn to the world of
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Daguerreotype a New Reality

August 19, 2020

Sit perfectly still for sixty-five seconds with your eyes open. You blinked. Let’s try it again. And keep those eyes open, please. Named after the inventor, Louis-Jacque-Mandé Daguerre introduced the first commercial photographic process to the world in 1839. With exposures initially ranging from three to fifteen minutes, the technique created highly detailed images on
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Employee Spotlight: Candace Keudel-Schaffer

August 13, 2020

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Candace Keudel-Schaffer lived in many places before residing in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a sports guru, cake-decorating wizard, mom, and now with almost four years at the agency, Senior Account Manager. Q: What were some of your high school hobbies? A: I took drama as a subject, as well as design. I was
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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Bopp

August 13, 2020

Meet Ryan Bopp! Pittsburgh native, Bopp attended University of Pittsburgh working as a cook, barge repairer, deck builder, landscaper and inventory auditor before his almost five years at Brunner. His talents include: being the middle child, never purchasing a college textbook, living in water (including the pool of our People & Culture Manager, Brian), performing
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Employee Spotlight: Shelley Hershberger

August 12, 2020

Meet Shelley Hershberger! With five years of service at Brunner, Hershberger is the Finance Operations Manager. She has diverse work experiences ranging from teenage McDonald’s years to WTAE. From Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Hershberger attended college at Seton Hill University and Saint Vincent College. Q: What were some of your high school hobbies? A: Home economics club,
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Social Intelligence Tools Allow for Deeper Analysis of Consumer Behavior

August 12, 2020

Social listening is widely accepted in the world of business as a way for companies to connect with their target audience and find out what that audience thinks about a given product, campaign or initiative. It’s a process of watching hashtags, keywords and digital engagement to identify trending topics and monitor brand sentiment, and roughly
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Working Together, Separately: How We Do It

July 29, 2020

Originally published in MediaPost. By Dan Magdich, Jeff Shill Tell us if this ol’ COVID kick in the teeth sounds familiar? Add about seven video chats to your daily onslaught of emails, panicked texts and skull-drubbing conference calls. Welcome to the abnormally new normal. COVID’s impact has affected almost everything — with one exception. Since
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Insightful Emojis: Taking Sentiment Analysis to the Next Level

July 20, 2020

When marketers analyze free-form text for insight, such as reviews or social media posts, they often see the same sequence of approaches, which become increasingly sophisticated along the way: Descriptive statistics like word count, sometimes represented in word clouds, or frequency of keywords over time Sentiment analysis: tracking the mix of positive, negative, and neutral
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Brunner Welcomes 15-Year IT Veteran

July 20, 2020

Earlier this summer Brunner welcomed Dave Stoken as Director, IT, to augment our internal infrastructure team. Driving Helpdesk/IT strategies and implementations, developing team/discipline specific technology needs, security implementation, employee related computers, software and systems, Dave will play a key role in our continued investments in cutting-edge technology and digital experiences. Dave is a Pennsylvania native,
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Clients Get the Recognition They Deserve: Five National ADDYs at 2020 Virtual Ceremony

July 2, 2020

A scene from “The Lumberyard,” part of the Woodland’s Most Wanted campaign for client YellaWood® pressure treated pine   Clients Get the Recognition They Deserve: Five National ADDYs at 2020 Virtual Ceremony Secret agent beavers conquered yet another expedition, snatching more than YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine at the national ADDYs. Through teamwork and collaboration,
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Brunner Partners with Former President of GSK

June 24, 2020

Brunner and the recently retired President of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Colin Mackenzie, have created a special partnership to help brands in the Consumer Packaged Goods and OTC worlds solve digital acceleration issues related to marketing and brand engagement. The partnership with our former client combines Brunner’s expertise in digital performance marketing and digital transformation with Mackenzie’s
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Urgent Message for CMOs of Challenger Brands

June 19, 2020

Originally published in MediaPost. Forget digital transformation…right now it’s all about digital acceleration! We’ve all learned tough lessons over the past two months – most oriented towards our health and well-being – and the health of our businesses, too. At the core of those learnings is the impact a firm’s digital competency has on virtually
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What’s Next for the Restaurant Industry?

June 17, 2020

As the US begins to re-open state by state, restaurants will look, feel, and operate differently than they did prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, with many of the changes and trends we’ve seen likely becoming permanent. Restaurants will now have the added responsibility of making their guests feel safe, beyond more visible cleaning procedures, personal
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Every Brand Has Become A Challenger — Are You Up For The Challenge?

June 3, 2020

Originally published in MediaPost. Throughout history, there have always been big dogs and underdogs, champions and challengers. For every Goliath, there has been a David (or a Dana). For every established mega-brand, there has been a startup. With a global pandemic like none the world has seen since 1918, traditional designations for brands and businesses
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AI: Applying It To The New Now

June 3, 2020

Originally published in MediaPost. When marketers talk about artificial intelligence (AI), they’re talking about art — the art of crafting insight-driven content. That’s what AI is, right? A perfect algorithm that builds meaningful connections with audiences, improves brand equity, and curates a wealth of potential leads. But to truly take advantage of AI, we must
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Brunner Celebrates 15 ADDYs from AAF Pittsburgh

May 29, 2020

Virtual award shows are as exciting as in-person galas when celebrating the hard work of fellow creative professionals. That’s exactly the attitude Brunner embraced during this year’s online AAF Pittsburgh ADDYs during which the agency was recognized with 15 awards—besting all of the competition. For work completed with clients City of Asylum and Lehigh Valley
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Is your brand already behind on TikTok Fame?

May 29, 2020

A one-stop-shop for new music and interesting dance trends, TikTok has thrived during the coronavirus pandemic. Available in over 150 markets worldwide, TikTok was downloaded over 2 million times, between March 16th and 22nd according to Music Business WorldWide, an increase over the previous week’s 1.7 million. According to eMarketer, there has been a 55%
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How Influencers Have Adapted in a COVID-19 World

May 18, 2020

The influencer marketing industry has been severely impacted by the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business closures, travel restrictions, event cancellations, and even social distancing have created challenges for influencers as brands tighten budgets or cancel collaborations for the foreseeable future. Though their feeds may not look all that different, without consistent brand partnerships
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The Rise of Video Game Streaming Platforms

May 14, 2020

In-person entertainment is largely at a halt right now, opening the door even wider for online entertainment. Streaming, once a niche market, has boomed over the past few years as a way for viewers to watch people play popular video games, quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment. These days, live streaming
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Overcoming Coronavirus – Connecting with Customers in the New Normal

May 11, 2020

Where we are: Well into quarantines across the country, there’s been a great many articles, webinars and conversations covering everything from what Coronavirus (COVID-19) is, to the impacts it may have on our health, companies, communities and industries. It’s clear we’re in the midst of a crisis. And while this may be uncharted territory for
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Adopting the Blended Agency Model: Q&A

May 9, 2020

On March 25th, 2020 Brunner co-hosted a webinar with Forrester’s Jay Pattisall, a Forrester analyst, discussing the “Blended Agency Model” which is designed to help agencies effectively adopt collaboration trends that can break silos. In this informational session, Jay Pattisall talked about the importance of collaboration and how it can be effective at building lasting
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Trade Industry: Adapting Marketing Strategies to Meet Consumer Behaviors

May 8, 2020

The past few weeks have not left anyone or any business unscathed.  While spending within the building supplies category is one of the few to increase, the trade industry is undergoing a shift as contractors figure out how to navigate a contactless world. We looked at several key trades (roofing, HVAC and plumbing) to understand
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Hoarding During COVID-19 – Capturing Market Share When Your Brand Matters Most

May 8, 2020

According to GlobalWebIndex, nearly half of consumers have been stocking up on food/drink (45%) and household supplies (43%). Whether it’s toilet paper, disinfecting wipes or yeast (everyone is apparently baking up a storm), it’s clear that people are trying to control what they can while living within the confines of the COVID-19 quarantine. While hoarding
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Now’s a Good Time for Everyone to Play Some D

May 7, 2020

If you’ve never visited our Pittsburgh office, you’ve missed a lovely view of Mt. Washington rising over the confluence of our three rivers. Over the last couple months, we’ve missed that view, too. (And we’ve really missed each other…even though we’re much more punctual at virtual meetings every day.) As we look forward to returning
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Pinterest + COVID-19: What Pinner’s Need Now.

May 7, 2020

With people around the world trying to navigate their new normal, Pinterest has emerged as a main resource. According to Pinterest, searches are up 55% vs. the same time last year. So how is Pinterest being leveraged during these times, given how time spent on the platform and active users are increasing daily? What are
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To All Nurses Who Bravely Wear the Uniform, Thank You.

May 5, 2020

Nurses are caretakers. Nurturers. Lifesavers. Essential. Seems to us, if ever there was a time to recognize nurses for their selflessness and courage, it’s now. As the country continues to grapple with Coronavirus, medical professionals – including nurses and other essential workers – have stepped in and stepped up. And this National Nurses Day, today,
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Brunner Takes Home Two Awards at The Drum Marketing Awards

May 1, 2020

While the event may have looked a little different this year, the excitement was still every bit as strong at The Drum Marketing Awards USA virtual awards. Brunner was nominated for three awards. Best Long-Term Strategy: The Home Depot Rental 2019 Regional Campaign Strategy Best Brand Content Strategy: The Home Depot Rental 2019 Content Marketing
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How do we get the most from this crisis? Balance.

April 24, 2020

In Chinese, the word “crisis” is created by the combination of two words, “dangerous” and “opportunity”. This perfectly sums up the two sides companies, brands and individuals are facing today when coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Getting the right balance between these two things is important. During any crisis scenario it’s easy to focus
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Agencies Should be as Competitive as Consultancies in Non-Marketing Engagements

April 24, 2020

Many articles have commented on the acquisition of creative talent by consultancies to compete with ad agencies. In hindsight, this was a predictable progression as advertisers shifted more budget into data-intensive digital media and at the same time increased expectations for financial accountability. Reading between the lines, it’s easy to extrapolate the trend to the
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Brunner Listed on Forrester’s NowTech: Global 2019 Performance Marketing Agencies Report

April 21, 2020

According to Forrester, “Marketers can use performance marketing agencies to target in-market consumers, drive them to convert in digital channels, and support some organic marketing efforts.” While Brunner has always had a strong media planning and buying arm, we knew that we had an opportunity to enhance our performance marketing chops. To help get us
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It Takes a Village: 2020 Atlanta ADDYs

April 20, 2020

An integrated campaign with undercover beavers. Community-building collateral to support firefighters. This is the work we recently celebrated with our clients YellaWood® Pressure Treated Pine and Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, bringing home 21 awards from the 2020 Atlanta ADDYs. We were thrilled to be recognized, along with our client partners, with nine gold, seven silver and five bronze for
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20 Years Later and the Greatest Challenge Yet

March 31, 2020

Twenty years ago this month I joined Brunner.  In fact, it was then I jumped in to join the advertising industry.  It was an exciting time for me – moving from the world of technology consulting into the glitzy ad world. I remember attending the local Addy awards as one of my first industry events…our
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ADVOCATE–ing for Women

March 6, 2020

Diversity in the workplace matters. According to Deloitte, when employees “think their organization is committed to and supportive of diversity, and they feel included,” their ability to innovate increases by 85%. As a woman in the workplace, diversity and an inclusive culture have always been important to me and something I want to improve for
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TikTok, Is it a fad or here to stay?

February 20, 2020

Are you getting the question: “Should we be on TikTok?”. If so, here are a few things to consider. We’ll cover what TikTok is, who’s using it, the advertising opportunity, measurement limitations and how brands can get creative. First, what is TikTok? TikTok describes itself as, “the leading destination for short-form mobile video.” Its user
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Foundations for Success: Data Analytics Maturity Series, Episode 2

February 14, 2020

Data Analytics Maturity Series, presented by Brunner’s Data Science & Decision Analytics Team This series covers the elusive topic of data. How to gather it, develop it, and structure it so that you can hone in on valuable insights. Getting closer to your customers requires making the most of the data available to you and
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Enough About Peloton: Let Feel-Good Ads Prevail

January 9, 2020

Originally published in MediaPost.   Recently, one brand’s holiday ad was on everyone’s mind: Peloton. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the exercise equipment brand released a holiday campaign depicting a husband gifting his wife a Peloton bike for Christmas and her subsequent fitness journey over the following year. Not long after airing,
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UGC For You and For Me

December 17, 2019

In a world where brands are trying to mimic their follower’s content due to the increasing difficulty of the platforms algorithm as well as the authenticity of the brand’s content, UGC is more important than ever. User Generated Content, commonly referred to as UGC, is a phrase used to describe content that was created by
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The Myth of Media Relations

December 5, 2019

Media relations of old was a publicity tactic built solely upon relationships between PR practitioners and reporters. In its heyday, success meant well-written press releases and a surplus of media clips. But times have changed. Media relations is no longer just a marketing mechanism designed to gain awareness; it’s a brand strategy. At Brunner we
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Augmented Reality Ads: Tools to Help with Purchase Decision

December 3, 2019

As features that provide consumers with more control over their data and restrict advertising continue to roll out, it’s more important than ever for brands to provide a personalized and interactive experience that feels authentic and is useful. Looking ahead to 2020, here’s a trend that your brand should consider as part of next year’s
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No Leaky Buckets: Automated CRM Solutions for B2B

December 2, 2019

The B2B space is a specific beast when it comes to improving marketing and sales strategy. When it comes to B2B companies, the sales cycle is often longer, driven by contact-based communications, lengthy demos and a focus on rationalization rather than emotion. For this reason, B2B companies and organizations are beginning to rely heavily on
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For 2020 Planning, Be a G.R.I.N.C.H.

December 2, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Everyone has heard “Don’t be a Grinch!” That’s a phrase that resurfaces every year — plastered on ugly Christmas sweaters and holiday party invites — referencing the iconic yet mean-spirited titular character in Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” If someone calls you a Grinch, they’re insinuating you’re a
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During the Season of Thanks, We’re Giving New Meaning to the 4Cs

November 27, 2019

In the office this week, the Brunner team started to think about what we’re grateful for this Thanksgiving season. For some folks it was healthy family and friends, for others it was good Spotify playlists and others even expressed gratitude for our associate creative director Kevin Corfield. Me? I’m grateful for the 4Cs. The 4Cs
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Swipe Up: How Social Commerce is Changing an Industry

November 22, 2019

‘Tis the season for frenzied holiday shoppers to storm the doors of their local malls after stuffing themselves silly during Thanksgiving Dinner. The National Retail Federation estimates holiday retail sales will grow between 3.8% and 4.2% this year, accounting for above-average-growth. Additionally, the NRF expects online and other non-store sales to climb between 11% and
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Instagram Testing Hiding Likes in the US – What Does it Mean?

November 15, 2019

For months, Instagram has been testing an option of hiding likes on posts in select international markets. The test first occurred in Canada, and then expanded to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Last week, they announced they would be running the same test across a number of user accounts in the United
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Emotional advertising can lift sales as much as 23%, but marketers are missing the mark

November 13, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle. By Mary Johnson  – Contributor   After more than 40 years in marketing and advertising, Louis Sawyer, the chief strategy officer for ad agency Brunner, has come to believe that we are defined by the brands we choose to buy. To prove his point, Sawyer once asked a room full
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Own Your Data: Data Analytics Maturity Series, Episode 1

November 12, 2019

Getting closer to your customers requires making the most of the data available to you and understanding where you are in terms of data maturity. We’re here to help. Introducing our new series on Data Analytics Maturity, coming to you from our Data Science & Decision Analytics team. This series will cover the elusive topic of
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Brave brands wanted: Today’s consumers seek cultural relevance in brand messaging

November 12, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle. By Mary Johnson  – Contributor   It was the Super Bowl commercial everyone was talking about back in 2017. At the time, 84 Lumber, a brand with little awareness outside the construction industry, was in the midst of a massive growth spurt. If the company was to capitalize on a
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A Perfect Path to Purchase? It Doesn’t Exist

November 1, 2019

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN MEDIAPOST.   Over the past several years, both marketers and agencies have smartly embraced the idea of “multitouch attribution,” or MTA. It’s the concept that many marketing channels work together to lead a prospect to purchase, and so credit must be divided up across channels in order to assure future decisions don’t damage
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Brunner PROfile – Scuff the Line

November 1, 2019

Let’s destroy the hierarchy of the art world for a moment and scuff the line between commercial and fine art. If it’s OK to love a TV show, it’s OK to love an ad, a 30-second film, a PSA, or even a bus wrap. I’m dismayed that overall, ads are unfairly thrown into a lumpy
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Many Atlanta marketers ignore full-funnel, data-driven approach, study reveals

October 31, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle. By Mary Johnson  – Contributor   Most businesses pay a lot of attention to what happens right before a customer makes a purchase. But there’s so much more to the transaction. The ubiquity of data makes that easier than it has ever been, said Zak Cochran, an account director at
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Brunner PROfile – The Physics of Marketing

October 28, 2019

What do physics and marketing have in common? If your answer is “nothing” I have news for you! Physicists are the ultimate problem solvers. Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion, Michael Faraday and work in electromagnetism, Albert Einstein and his Theory of Relativity, Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe… the list goes on. But
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Make Your CMO Happy: Enhance Digital Marketing With Earned Media

October 3, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Imagine this: you hear of a brand for the first time and immediately want to learn more. What’s the first thing you do? Everybody say it with me now: “Google it!” Sure, the brand’s website may appear as the top search ranking (thanks to its digital performance marketing team), but
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Influencer Marketing: What it Is and Why Your Brand Should Consider It

October 3, 2019

When it comes to social media advertising, influencer marketing isn’t a new concept—especially for the Millennial and Generation Z consumer. Influencer posts created by celebrities, athletes and dedicated enthusiasts are easy to spot on Instagram feeds and the buzz they’ve created in the media can’t be ignored.  Wondering about the power of influencer marketing? Let’s
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How Content Strategy, Automation Go Hand in Hand

September 4, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Every meaningful journey begins with a map and a plan. Today’s accessibility to Google Maps allows us to choose the most efficient routes, suggests stops along the way, and seamlessly adjusts if we veer off course. Customer journey mapping should be the same: educational, flexible, adaptable. In the dawn of
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Are AI and Machine Learning Leading your Brand Astray?

August 22, 2019

Search for ‘AI and customer acquisition’ on Google and you will get over 30 Million results. Clearly, there is much hype surrounding AI, machine learning and other emerging technologies as they relate to improving customer acquisition efforts – and rightfully so. By leveraging real-time data analytics through machine learning, companies are able to become much
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Brunner PROfile: Create Synergy Between Legacy and Agency

August 22, 2019

Over the ten weeks I spent interning at Brunner, I found myself being both challenged and amazed. I’ve learned more about myself than I could have possibly imagined and met amazing people who have provided me with invaluable advice to further my career in the advertising industry. Among them are 12 tips and takeaways for
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Customer Acquisition: Turbulent Times Ahead?

August 6, 2019

Customer acquisition via personalized marketing allows you to find prospects and transition them from not engaged, to actively engaged in a personally identifiable and human-like way. Any marketing organization knows that transition process is activated through smart audience targeting, and hyper-targeted personalization. Viable prospects are those with desirable characteristics, namely: Responsive: have a likelihood to
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Are You Hanging a CLOSED Sign On Your Door When Customers Are Knocking?

August 2, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   If a potential customer knocked on your door to purchase a product or service, would you answer? It’s often the marketer’s job to disrupt prospects from their daily life with an ad that will win them over with an enticing value proposition. Search engine marketing (SEM), on the other hand,
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Can Algorithms Feel? Use Emotion To Elevate Search Engine Marketing

July 29, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Emotional resonance is essential in marketing. But how do you connect emotionally when writing keyword-targeted copy? To the uninitiated, copywriting for search engine optimization (SEO) may seem prescriptive, awkward and clunky, written for robot crawlers rather than human beings. No one even reads those SEO copy blocks, right? The reality
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Leveraging More Personal Experiences on Facebook

July 2, 2019

And, no, we don’t mean just sharing the intimate details of your life. Over the past year, Facebook has undergone a lot of changes largely due to data security breaches and consumer concern about the platform’s handling of their information. With new limitations in place for brands, and yet, new opportunities to engage customers in
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Most consumer insights aren’t all that insightful

July 2, 2019

It’s the key slide in the presentation. The one that precedes the creative. The one that sets up the creative. The one that will make the creative that follows a slam dunk. The heading on the slide says: Key Consumer Insight. And then, drumroll please, an insight is revealed that is not revealing. Nor inspiring.
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Writing Taglines: Just Do It? Or Don’t?

June 24, 2019

Woo-hoo! I get to write a tagline that’ll define a brand for years to come. Eek gads! I’m supposed to write a tagline that’ll define a brand for years to come. Writing a tagline is an opportunity. And yes, writing a new tagline can also feel like you’ve been tasked with finding a brand’s holy
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What the #*&! is a Hybrid Creative? Advertising mumbo jumbo.

June 18, 2019

Google “advertising hybrid creative” and you’ll find shiny phrases like “rare breed,” “next-generation,” “shaking things up,” “the future.”  New! Exciting! Scary. Scary? Not too long ago people talked about “hybrids” the way they talk about mutants in X-Men. But more disdainfully, as if we lacked focus: Mixed-up. Uncommitted. Dilettantes. “Pick one thing and be great
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Pairing Community Management with Paid Social Media

June 12, 2019

You’ve done all the work. You’ve created amazing, mobile first content. You’ve developed your messaging strategy, measurement framework and brought your brand to life. Now, it’s time to launch a Paid Social Media campaign to elevate the experience and start driving opportunities for your business! But wait, because there’s one thing many businesses forget about
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Companies that last through recessions share this marketing tactic

May 31, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   The Great Recession doesn’t feel that long ago, and yet experts are saying we might once again be on the brink of an economic slump. Two-thirds of U.S. economists predict another recession is due by the end of 2020, according to a survey from the National Association for
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4 ways to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in your business

May 31, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   Modern business culture feels a bit like the age of the entrepreneur. And in many ways, it is. There are movies and television series made about entrepreneurs. Startups Facebook and Google (now part of Alphabet) are now Fortune 100 companies, ranked #76 and #22, respectively. And entrepreneurs such
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Why B2B Marketers Were More Innovative 10 Years Ago

May 29, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Occasionally I’ll take a look back at interviews I’ve done and articles I’ve written. During a recent perusal through the archives, I noticed that in the B2B space, we were talking about, and doing, some very forward-looking things a decade ago — long before “digital transformation” came into vogue. Around
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Brunner PROfile – Developing the Next Generation of Talent: Career Advice for Young Professionals

May 16, 2019

Millennial. A term often used to describe who I am and categorize me into a societal box. And although I’m considered a true millennial (no matter what generational cutoff point you use), there’s one label frequently overlooked that I prefer to define where I’m at: young professional. Similar to “millennial,” the term “young professional” often
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Internship PROfile – Kimberly Watterson

May 3, 2019

This past January marked two years since I was an intern here at Brunner. I graduated from Duquesne University just a few months prior and always dreamed of working at Brunner. But, there weren’t any immediate job openings. However, after completing a job shadow I learned Brunner was gearing up to open their 2017 Internship
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How to take your marketing efforts to a new level through performance marketing

April 30, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   Working in advertising, Ivan Tafur said he gets one question more than any other: How can you prove what you’re doing is working? Tafur, group media director at Brunner, an ad agency with offices in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, works in tandem with the agency’s performance marketing team that
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To reach Gen Z, your brand must stand with them

April 30, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   When Louis Sawyer was growing up, Cadillac was the brand to beat. The car company was considered the gold standard — so much so the brand became the descriptor for anything of high quality: “That’s the Cadillac of ovens, right there.” “Check out the Cadillac of lawnmowers.” “Have
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Adding emotion to your marketing a necessity in 2019

April 30, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   When you ask Kristen Taggert, vice president of brand engagement at Brunner, an ad agency with offices in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, why emotion matters in marketing, she’ll tell you: it’s all about creating repeat customers, not fleeting purchasers. Whether it’s pictures of your niece’s birthday party, a post
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Do you know the two ingredients essential to a winning digital experience?

April 30, 2019

Originally published in Atlanta Business Chronicle.   Trish Duffy starts every conversation about the digital experience with a few key questions to accomplish one very specific goal. “Before you even begin, you need to home in on the audiences you’re trying to reach. But what if you have that? Then you need to consider why
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B2B or B2C? It Doesn’t Matter, We’re All Human

April 30, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   In marketing, you’ll often hear people talk about B2B — business to business — or B2C — business to consumer. But rarely will you hear marketers talk about connecting with humans. Yet that’s what we all are. At the core of every marketing, advertising or communications campaign is the same,
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Brand Awareness and Marketing ROI: The Long-Term Investment

April 25, 2019

Brand awareness and marketing ROI.  The yin and yang of marketing?  When discussing these important concepts, there’s almost a “code switch” that occurs in the minds of marketing professionals: “Yes, we need marketing ROI (sales/costs), but we need to fill the funnel at the top. We need to invest in building  brand awareness before we
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Lasting Brand Awareness A Matter Of F.A.C.T.

March 29, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   Have you ever wondered why so many brands spend a fortune to build visibility, only to then fall short of the results they desire? That question has been on my mind, too. That’s why I took some time recently to research what makes a brand great and makes awareness stick.
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PR – The Love Affair Between Storytelling and Discretion

March 12, 2019

Originally published in PRSA Pittsburgh.   Storytelling & Discretion – A Love Story Romeo and Juliet. Catherine and Heathcliff. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. They all have one thing in common in the world of fiction: they’re epic romances. The equivalent in the PR realm? The star-crossed love of storytelling and discretion. As PR professionals
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Digital Metrics: Take Results With Healthy Dose Of Skepticism

February 20, 2019

Originally published in MediaPost.   As marketing evolves, so, too, do the ways in which we analyze, measure and optimize. With a customer journey that is always on and multifunctional across channels and devices, finding ways to accurately report on the impact of marketing is crucial. It’s a great feeling when you know you’ve multiplied
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Recalibrating Entitlement into Something Meaningful

February 8, 2019

Originally published in CIOReview.   For many companies, corporate risk is identified as attrition, business loss or regulatory infractions. But perhaps the most underrated risk of them all is entitlement. Yep, I said it. It’s entitlement. It’s not a forecasted business risk, it’s the shift in attitude making finding great talent harder and more competitive
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Small Shop. Big Ideas.

February 1, 2019

Originally published in ADWEEK.


Marketers Can Learn A Lot From In-House Agency Debate

January 18, 2019

Originally featured in MediaPost. I come from IT. I never thought I’d ever work for an advertising agency, let alone spend the last 20 years at one. Back in the early ’90s, the firm I was with played the role of a hired gun, brought in by IT organizations to help with specific business problems.
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