About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.

Why Deny Benefits To Veterans and the Elderly?

Republican’s anti-ACA proposal would take healthcare away from 24 million Americans, cause premiums to skyrocket, and destroy the fundamental underpinnings of the Medicaid system. SEIU 1199 New England is not taking the proposed cuts lightly. The labor group’s new commercial created by Metro Square Media features a Korean War veteran asking us to fight for […]

Lowcountry Luxury Within Reach, Geographically Speaking

HMH, with offices in Portland and Charlotte, won a Rosey Award this week for their in-airport advertising for Palmetto Bluff, the high end Lowcountry resort located between Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA. The campaign reminds visitors to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport that true Lowcountry adventure awaits them just across the state line. By […]

Lead Prospects To The Funnel of Love

What exactly does “digital transformation” mean and why should we care? It means that people are discovering and interacting with brands in new ways, putting an onus on agencies and clients to evolve. Specifically, the data-driven digital world is challenging marketers to find more effective engagement strategies throughout the marketing funnel. It demands new skill […]

Leatherman Makes Tough Tools For Adventurous People

Portland client. Portland agency. This is how good things grow. Portland, Oregon’s multi-tool pioneer, Leatherman, has a lot of fans, also known as brand loyalists eager to share their testimonials of how their Leatherman saved the day – and sometimes even their lives. Over 34 years, Leatherman has received more than 4,000 such stories from […]

Everyone (And Their Money) Is Welcome In Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a welcoming city to people of every color, age, nationality and background. This is such an obvious asset for this great American city. Why bother to make it the center of an ad campaign? L.A. County could lose over 800,000 international visitors in the next three years, courtesy of the nation’s toxic […]

This Week on The BeanCast: How To Improve Digital Customer Experience

One of the reasons I enjoy being a guest on The BeanCast is Bob Knorpp’s expert presentation and handling of important marketing topics. This week’s show is a classic. We begin the hour with a robust exchange about the disconnect between what marketers think customers want from digital experiences and what customers actually want. From […]

Want A Participation Trophy? Fish For It.

I used to go fishing on fishing trips to Minnesota with my grandfather. It was a big deal to go away for a week, stay in the camper, and catch a mess of Walleye. I’ll also never forget looking deep down into the clean, clear blue lakes of the region. Given my upbringing and current […]

Achieve Amazing Things Without Flying Too High

What happens when creative professionals rise too far up the agency ranks too fast? Word is they may lose touch with their craft. Veteran copywriter Ernie Schenck weighs in on the view from the top of the pyramid: …far above the creative tree line, there’s nowhere to hide. And until that moment, there has always […]