Microsoft

Microsoft

Case Study

MICROSOFT + DELL

How do you get two corporate giants to speak with one voice to the same SMB audience?

Agency: Lionfish

MICROSOFT + DELL MESSAGING

Challenge

Microsoft and Dell had an agreement to co-market Dell desktop computers to SMBs, loaded with the Microsoft SBS Server. Easier said than done. Both had busy, far-flung marketing teams in place, leading to difficulties in effectively combining their messaging and marketing efforts.

Solution

After an audit of all marketing & messaging materials from both Microsoft and Dell, I synthesized a messaging platform that was on-brand and on-target for both sides. The engagement required messaging development, remote team management, client direction, and a fair amount of tact.

Skills Required

Messaging Development

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Corporate Copywriting

Client Direction

Z

Remote Team Management

My Role

Brand Strategist

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Copywriter

Account Planner

How can I help?

Email me and let's set up a chat to see if I can help with your project.

Process

U

Audit

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Interviews

Messaging Hypotheses

Messaging Validation

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Copywriting

Presentation

Group Facilitation

Strategy Snapshots

Messaging Foundation

Outcome

Teams to Integrate

Joint Meetings

Unified Voice

How Can I Help?

PNCA

PNCA

Case Study

PNCA 

How can a fine arts art college represent one of the most creative cities in North America?

Agency: STORI

THE BEATING HEART OF CREATIVITY IN PORTLAND

Challenge

PNCA needed to audit prior strategy work and develop a strategic plan to tell the story of why PNCA is worthy of consideration by potential students, donors, and faculty members.

Solution

We developed a strategy around the message that PNCA is the beating heart of creativity in Portland, then developed a communication plan to get the message out.

Skills Required

Messaging Development

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Copywriting

Z

Project Management

My Role

Creative Director

Brand Strategist

l

Copywriter

How can I help?

Email me and let's set up a chat to see if I can help with your project.

Process

U

Audit

w

Interviews

Messaging Hypotheses

Messaging Validation

l

Copywriting

Presentation

Strategy Snapshots

Goto Market

Outcome

%

Unanimous Adoption

%

Increase in Enrollment

%

Increase in Donations

How Can I Help?

Smirnoff

Smirnoff

Case Study

Smirnoff 

How can Smirnoff be positioned as the brand of choice to new generation of vodka drinkers?

Agency: Neverstop

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Challenge

My task was to develop a brand strategy and message for a brand activation campaign that appealed to 18-35 year olds in North America.

Solution

In answer to the question “were you there when…?, invite an audience of Experience Seekers to “Be There” for once-in-a-lifetime brand experiences.

Skills Required

Messaging Development

l

Copywriting

Strategic Direction

Z

Experiential Design

My Role

Brand Strategist

l

Copywriter

Experiential SME

How can I help?

Email me and let's set up a chat to see if I can help with your project.

Process

U

Audit

Messaging Hypotheses

l

Copywriting

Strategy

Presentation

Strategy Snapshots

Messaging

Goto Market

Campaign

Outcome

Worldwide Campaign

%

sales volume lift

%

Target Customer Acquisition

How Can I Help?

Starbucks

Starbucks

Case Study

Starbucks 

How does the modern day embodiment of the European coffeehouse become recognized as an American classic?

STARBUCKS = COFFEEHOUSE

Challenge

My role was to help establish Starbucks as the modern day embodiment of the coffeehouse, in order to position the brand in a premium space and protect the company’s margins as it grew.

Solution

To embed the brand as the inheritor of the centuries-old coffeehouse, I developed the Starbucks coffeehouse strategy and partnered with Warner Television, Time Inc., & Magic Johnson Development..

Skills Required

Brand Development

l

Strategy & Messaging

Z

Project Management

My Role

Creative Director

Brand Strategist

l

Copywriter

How can I help?

Email me and let's set up a chat to see if I can help with your project.

Process

U

Research

Messaging & Positioning

l

Copywriting

Presentation

Strategy Snapshots

Brand Expression

Outcome

Stores

Years

Massively successful brand

How Can I Help?

Talking Rain

Talking Rain

Case Study

Talking Rain

Could Talking Rain appeal to a new generation of consumers by capturing a piece of the $11.8b energy category ?

Agency: Retail Voodoo

Disrupt or Die?

Challenge

Talking Rain faced some specific choices as it looked over the energy category: do nothing, add caffeine to Sparkling Ice, or out-crazy the crazies with an outlandish name + messaging + $100mm budget.

Solution

The energy category aisle is crowded, tired, and difficult to navigate. Plus, energy drinks have always had nutrition labels with some scary-sounding stuff in them. So pioneer a new category… called Biohacking

Skills Required

Messaging Development

l

Corporate Copywriting

Sr. Client Direction

Z

Project Management

My Role

Brand Strategist

l

Copywriter

Account Planner

How can I help?

Email me and let's set up a chat to see if I can help with your project.

Process

U

Audit

w

Diagnosis

Validation

Prescription

l

Translation

Creative Development

Implementation

Strategy Snapshots

VC Pitch

Outcome

New Brand

New Skus

$ize of Prize

How Can I Help?