Baggett’s Fifth Ad: Personal Experience Meets Market Research.

January 1, 2012By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, THE AGENCY, Trucking, Uncategorized, Work

I recently met Mark Cubine, the marketing director at McLeod Software—who has conducted research indicating that one of the four most common questions truck drivers have about prospective employers these days is, “Are you a healthy, successful company?” Which makes perfect sense, after a rash of company collapses left hundreds (if not thousands) of drivers … Read More

Baggett: Facebook Rock Star.

December 9, 2011By FrancisUncategorized

We’re particularly excited about the results we’ve achieved in building-up Baggett’s Facebook page following. In less than 3 months (and with a huge assist from Baggett’s Recruiting Director Daniel Buckhannan), we increased their Facebook Fan count from 36 to 3884. More importantly, Baggett (a family-owned company with less than 100 drivers) now commands a “talking … Read More

Another Reason I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House*

December 1, 2011By FrancisUncategorized

It’s 5:05 in the morning, and my next door neighbor’s retriever is barking right outside my son Fletcher’s bedroom window. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo about clocks Falling Back next week—because he and his two equally-vocal housemates normally don’t start until after 6:00. To be perfectly fair, Next Door Dogs have come a long … Read More

Equal Parts Elvis And Colonel Tom.

November 3, 2011By FrancisArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, CULTURE, FUN, Miscellaneous, Rants, Tech

REMEMBERING TECH’S COOLEST CONTROL FREAK. It’s six days after Steve Jobs’ death, and I interrupted my work flow this morning to click on a melodramatic story headline about the biological father he never knew. Needless to say, I can’t ever remember being so endlessly fascinated by a company CEO—which is why, at the 11th hour … Read More

Rebranding Premiere Wows Audiences Worldwide!

October 31, 2011By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, Neat Ideas, THE AGENCY, Uncategorized, Work

(Yeah, that’s Ellen. We go way back.) Monday, October 24, the IHG Owners Association (an organization representing IHG Hotel Franchisees worldwide, formerly known as IAHI, The Owners’ Association) premiered its new brand platform during the IHG Americas Conference in Las Vegas—culminating a re-branding process we began with them just over a year ago. And yes, … Read More