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 […]

Colleen DeCourcy’s New Digital Lodge Gets Five Stars From Dan And Dave

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After 15 months on the job as Wieden + Kennedy’s new digital marketing maven, Colleen DeCourcy, has been named partner at the Portland-based global agency. According to Adweek, each of the 11 W+K partners has an equity stake in the independent agency and helps shape its priorities. One of DeCourcy’s priorities coming in to the […]

Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza Raising Dough In IPO

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Vancouver, Washington-based Papa Murphy’s is not Papa John’s. That’s one key point-of-difference to establish in the pizza-eater’s mind. The other thing to make clear is that Papa Murphy’s is take-n-bake pizza, which is why I like Wong Doody’s tagline for the brand, “Love at 425 degrees.” Wong Doody has served as the Papa Murphy’s agency […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Stoltz Marketing Group Gets A Creative Boost

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Having worked in some smaller ad markets, it’s always great to see agencies in those markets lure top talent. And here in the Northwest, while Seattle and Portland often get the glory, the Boise ad scene is growing steadily as well. Stoltz Marketing Group is starting off 2014 with a new Creative Director, Ward Duft. […]

Seattle’s Big Ideas Belong On Big Napkins

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The world knows about Amazon and Microsoft, but the startup scene in Seattle has also gotten quite a boost from all the talent the big boys are luring to town. As part of the new Bezos Center For Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, several of these startups have gotten a big – […]

North Promotes Oregon’s ObamaCare State Exchange With Song

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With health insurance exchanges set to launch later this year as part of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been very curious to see how they’ll be marketed. Since they’re being launched on a state-by-state basis, we’re going to see a lot of different messages. Oregon, with its Cover Oregon campaign, is definitely playing up the […]

Square Tomato Looks For Juicy Client Challenges

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SEATTLE—You have to trek up four flights of inconveniently located stairs to get to the office of Square Tomato, an agency located in the shadow of CenturyLink Field. So when a strange man knocked on the door unannounced and inquired about advertising services, agency principal Frank Clark was a little skeptical. Turns out the man […]

Digital Agency Model Struck By Lightning

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PORTLAND—Agencies with digital capabilities are a dime a dozen today. On the other hand, an agency with digital DNA that also creates compelling retail experiences, new products/companies and traditional advertising, is rare indeed. Ergo, I feel like I may be in the presence of an albino gorilla here at Struck’s Old Town offices. John Gross, […]

Valuable Lessons Learned At Wexley School For Girls

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SEATTLE—There are rubber chickens hanging in the agency’s storefront-like window facing 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. There’s a giant statue of Merlin greeting you at the door. There’s a jar full of white powder marked “cocaine” in the bathroom. The CEO’s office is decorated like a butcher shop, and the CCO’s office resembles a set […]

MarketMixNW 2013 Offers Up A Valuable Mix Of Marketing Information

SEATTLE—There weren’t any Grumpy Cats like at SxSW or half-naked Argentine Creative Directors like at Cannes, but the MarketMix 2013 Conference sponsored by the Puget Sound American Marketing Association did prove worthwhile, at least from this copywriter’s perspective. The key to these types of conferences is to pick some sessions on topics you don’t know […]