Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

March 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is looking for a part time career … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

Blackjack Branding Campaign

August 8, 2018By francis-adminbrand marketing, Branding, BUSINESS, THE AGENCY, Work

In late 2017, Blackjack Horticulture hired us to update the brand-messaging strategy we’d developed for them in 2010. Our core selling message in 2010 centered around the company’s commitment to integrity in everything they do — both in the field and in business. Which is what led to their original brandline: The Right Way. Naturally. … Read More

From A Camel To A Racehorse? Almost.

April 13, 2018By francis-adminBUSINESS, THE AGENCY, Work

There’s an old ad-biz saying I’ve been repeating ever since I first heard it in 1991: “What’s a camel? It’s a racehorse designed by committee.” That came to mind when my longtime friend (and occasional client) Jeff Roberts told me he needed an ad celebrating Tractor & Equipment’s 75th year in business — and all the people … Read More

When Clients Won’t Listen

October 31, 2017By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, General Biz

Several years ago, I was at lunch with a buddy who posed a question I’d stopped asking in the late-80’s. Namely, “Why is radio in Birmingham so bad?” The broad answer is, “Because radio everywhere is bad.” That said, this is not a Bash-Birmingham-Radio column. There are plenty of good people working in commercial radio. And … Read More