The Best Retail Job Ever: Tower Records

I realize Christmas is over (I hope you all had a good one), but I still have retail on my mind. First, a quick lesson on retail advertising, then a story about when I worked retail at Tower Records.

“Oh hi Joe”

I mentioned a couple of posts ago how advertising is one-on-one communication. And how your goal is to connect with your audience on an emotional level so you can begin to establish a relationship. But there is such a thing as being an annoying brand.

¿Quien es mas macho?

Preamble: I couldn’t make the title of this post a hot link, so please enjoy this link to my pop culture reference. On to our regularly scheduled post. I had a quick little confirmation in my belief in the power of branding the other day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gosh, I have so many things to be thankful for, I don’t where to start.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead…Or In a Meeting

Well, as long as I’ve been talking about Chapman the past couple weeks, I may as well exhaust my arsenal of Chapman stories with this last one. Let me start by saying my wife thinks I’m sleep-deprived. Maybe I am, but mostly, I think she’s just jealous that I can fall asleep quickly.

Messages From Mars

Following on the heels of last week’s post, here’s another quick story from my time on the Chapman University account. File this one under If You’re Hearing Things, Keep it To Yourself.

Perfect, Except for the Headline, Copy and Visual

When I present concepts and executions to my clients, the goal is to have met their objectives so perfectly that they approve the work with no changes. I’d say that happens maybe 20% of the time, which I think is doing pretty good.

In Defense of the Little Guys

I ordered some parts the other day for that little fiberglass dune buggy I’ve been building forever. There are a million places to get VW parts online, but no one has ever stepped up and claimed my loyalty. Until now.