FCB’s Creative Leader Sets The Story Straight


Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, believes in the power of story to move people to buy and to believe. She’s not alone in this, although it pays to clearly make the argument over and over. In a guest piece written for The Wall Street Journal, Credle explains the great tradition that today’s […]

StoryBranding Gives You A Process, Not A Magic Formula


I’ve written recently about my skepticism of the worshippers of “brand storytelling” as the new Holy Grail of advertising. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jim Signorelli’s book StoryBranding: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.

Brand Storytelling Is Just A Fancier Way Of Lying, Right?

Not long ago, I got an assignment for a technology company. They were an also-ran company in a crowded category, and they didn’t have a strong brand identity or any real unique benefits to tout. In a situation like that, there are basically two choices: concoct a story that may or many not be rooted […]

Shoot Free Throws, Reach The Moon


Court Crandall of WongDoody/LA likes to make movies. He has a story credit on Old School (2003) and was the screenwriter on A Lobster Tale (2006). His latest project, Free Throw, takes Crandall and crew into Compton where high school kids with good grades will compete to win college scholarship money. I discussed the project […]

Have Narrative, Move Product

Abe’s Market, an e-commerce hub that opened in October 2009 sells natural, organic and eco-friendly products from more than 180 small businesses around the country. The Web site’s founders — Jon Polin, 40, and Richard Demb, 33, say Abe’s offer customers something that eBay and Amazon cannot. Namely, stories about decent, hardworking people who make […]