About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.

Agency Lays It Out Completely For Those Starting Shops

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I’ve met many agency CEOs and founders in my time. And if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that none of them know what they’re doing. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s simply that every agency is different and its principals always bring different skills the mix. There’s no […]

Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible Remains An Invaluable Resource

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Let’s face it, few people who work in marketing or advertising want to admit they’re salespeople. But we all are, to a degree: We’re selling ourselves, our talents, our ideas, and our value all the time. So can a book like Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible help people in advertising and marketing? Of course it can. […]

Tough Man, Tender Chicken Looks At An Iconic Spokesman And Memorable Brand

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These days, seeing a CEO appear in their company’s ads is quite common. But back in the 70’s, it was rare. So when NYC ad agency Scali McCabe Sloves convinced chicken processor Frank Perdue to star in his own ads, he was reluctant. But it turned him and his brand into a household name. That, […]

Taking Down Goliath Is Digital 101 For The Davids Of Business

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If there’s one true thing you say about digital marketing, it’s that any business, no matter how small, has a chance to use it to expand awareness and sales. But too many small businesses simply don’t have the time or resources to do digital properly. The simple lessons needed to ramp up digital marketing are […]

New Books: Hooked and Targeted

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In Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal lays out a four-step process called the Hook Model for creating the types of products and services that keep people coming back for more. Although many of the examples he uses are online-oriented (Yelp, Twitter, The Bible App), there are plenty of lessons here for folks […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Rational Interaction Grows With Substance

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I’ve spent a lot of time in small and mid-sized agencies that don’t seem to grow. I’m not sure whether that’s because of a lack of a management ambition, lackluster work, or a stale business model. So I was intrigued to visit Seattle’s Rational Interaction, which has grown from 5 employees to 70 in less […]

Creative Side Projects Can Be A Dumb And Dumber Idea (And That’s Good)

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NYC-based freelance copywriter Deanna Director always has an innovative side project idea cookin’. And this one’s taking her places, notably the LA premiere of “Dumb and Dumber To.” She gained the attention of Jim Carrey and movie directors The Farrelly Brothers with her Dumbure Couture project featuring fashions inspired by the movie. Tweeting the idea […]

Ad Agencies Looking To Win More Business Need The Levitan Pitch

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I suppose in a perfect world, a client in need of an advertising agency would point to an ad campaign they admire and say, “Let’s hire the people who did that.” We wouldn’t need the agency pitch process that is part ‘Dating Game,’ part dog and pony show, part theater, and part…well, part marketing services […]

Powers Of Two Examines The Best Creative Teams

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Of all the mistakes I’ve made in my advertising career, perhaps the biggest ones were not staying partners with two art directors with whom I had a great working relationship. One left an agency I was working at, the other I left behind for another agency. Because, as I’ve learned the hard way, a great […]

Without A Career In Advertising, Life Can Be Dull

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Even on its worst days, working in an ad agency is still quite fun compared to the dreariness of regular corporate America. That’s the point of this promo website and video for The Creative Circus featuring a fictional company called B.E.I.G.E. B.E.I.G.E. Recruitment Video from B.E.I.G.E. on Vimeo. Folks looking to avoid a career in […]