Branding

Harris Vaughan

Co-Founder/Partner

Thank You, Howard Rockett

“We are not in the business of creating beautiful ads. We’re in the business of solving business problems.” –  Howard Rockett, founder of Rockett Burkhead & Winslow. This little nugget of wisdom was drilled into my psyche years ago, and it stuck with me. It convinced me to go back to business school and it […]

Matt Ferraguto
Matt Ferraguto
Client Services Director
Matt Ferraguto
Michael Cutts
Business Development Manager

What’s Wrong with an “Off-the-Shelf” Solution? (Part Two)

What makes a great advertising or advocacy campaign? Why do some hit the mark and others fall flat? Our most successful client relationships start with an innovative approach rooted in a deep, evolving understanding of the problem. We often say, “Don’t call and say you need an ad.” An ad may be exactly what’s necessary. […]

Matt Ferraguto
Matt Ferraguto
Client Services Director
Matt Ferraguto
Michael Cutts
Business Development Manager

What’s Wrong with an “Off-the-Shelf” Solution? (Part One)

What makes a great advertising or advocacy campaign? Why do some hit the mark and others fall flat? Our most successful client relationships start with an innovative approach rooted in a deep, evolving understanding of the problem. We often say, “Don’t call and say you need an ad.” An ad may be exactly what’s necessary. […]

Harris Vaughan

Co-Founder/Partner

Heaven’s Sauce

North Carolina is a land of friendly people. Yet there are many opportunities to disagree with one another. There are the obvious points of difference. Politics. Religion. Even basketball. In basketball, not only is there disagreement on the superiority of programs (Carolina vs. Duke, for example), but there is even disagreement over which rivalry within […]

Holiday
Stephen West

Account Specialist

Maximizing Your Brand’s “Searchability” This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. Brands around the world are vying for consumer attention as spending increases during the holidays. Whether product-driven or service-driven, we see brands amp up promotional efforts, revamping their websites and investing in online advertisements to maximize their reach. So how do you, whether an industry professional or business owner, […]

Greyson Kane

Senior Account Manager

Advertising, Gender Stereotypes, and Our Responsibility

This week, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)—the UK’s regulator of advertising—launched an effort to crack down on ads that, through gender stereotyping, “might be potentially harmful to people.” It’s no secret that some of the ads we see every day display gender stereotypes. Think about it: How often do you see a commercial that shows […]

McGavock Edwards, APR

Director of Strategic Communications

So, You’ve Been Trumped?

It’s the new norm. Companies across the U.S. are bracing for a tweet from our President. It’s happened to some of our country’s most high-profile organizations.  If you’re in an industry that intersects with the Trump agenda, it might just happen to you. Planning for and dealing with being “Trumped” is a hot topic today. […]

Campbell's Made For Real, Real Life
Amy McLeod

Account Manager

Campbell’s Reminds Us How To Truly Feel Full

This is going to sound melodramatic, but bear with me. What is real life anymore? Pinterest makes me feel incompetent on the crafting and home décor fronts. According to Instagram, I’m not traveling to the nicest places, wearing the trendiest clothes, or eating the best food. In today’s over-filtered, over-documented, over-shared world, it’s hard to […]

Donald Trump Running for President
Amy McLeod

Account Manager

What Marketers Can Learn From Donald Trump

When I heard that Donald Trump had entered the 2016 presidential race, I laughed. When Trump’s poll numbers began steadily climbing and ultimately dominated his competitors, I cringed. When I watched him during the first two Republican debates, it was with my hands covering my eyes. Trump may have defied the predictions of political experts […]

Household Brands: Men Wield Mops, Too

Kat Child is a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and a digital marketing associate at Eckel & Vaughan. Brands that objectify women or depict them with unattainable standards of beauty are increasingly coming under fire, while brands that challenge such stereotypes are earning praise and attention. This is refreshing for many women. But what about […]