Brand Strategist, Brand Strategy and Design, Global Marketing April 2011 to now
Brands and challenges don't get much bigger
Serve as the central leader and contact for naming, nomenclature and brand licensing worldwide
Work with other strategists and external agencies to provide guidance on brand architecture, branded relationships and the use of the brand identity for product and service teams around the world
Global Director, Naming, Writing and Brand Architecture April 2010 to April 2011
Senior Manager, Naming and Writing August 2008 to April 2010
You think selling to a client is hard? Trying selling inside the client.
Headed up the team that created writing for packaging, the web, PR, documentation and positioning guidance for more than 100 products annually
Created and maintained the company's brand voice and nomenclature standards
Refined and guided the standards around documentation, trademarks and URLs
Served as the day-to-day liason between Global Marketing and the legal department
Lead brand architecture and served as support to the business units on product and portfolio-level positioning
Directly managed six full-time employees as well as a supplemental team of contract writers, illustrators and proofreaders
Participated in process improvements, content management strategies and product innovation workshops
Senior Manager, Naming & Writing September 2007 to August 2008
A job so nice, I did it twice.
Naming, writing, nomenclature, brand voice strategy, concept sell-in, brand stories, brand architecture, brand video scripting, advertising copywriting, brand positioning, taglines, pitching new business, new product innovation, leading brainstorming and everything else that wasn't hands-on design.
Logitech Microsoft Hilton NetApp Energizer SanDisk Barclay's Global Investors Wellpoint Teck Cominco
Associate Creative Director, Copywriter February 2007 to August 2007
A sabbatical from Landor to put all my geekiness to good use.
Created concepts and copy for websites, banner ads and other digital marketing activities
Developed and pitched concepts to support new business efforts
Occasionally served as creative lead
- ABC / SoapNet
- Smirnoff Ice
- Lipton Tea
- Red Lobster
Senior Manager, Naming and Writing January 2007 to February 2007
Manager, Naming and Writing November 2005 to January 2007
Associate Manager, Naming and Writing October 2003 to October 2005
I'm proud of names like Photoshop Lightroom and Samsung Instinct. But I'm prouder of the strategy behind it all that I can't show off.
Naming, writing and nomenclature for new products, companies and anything else you can brand
Worked extensively with strategists to articulate brand positionings
Dealt with clients, proposals, legal clearance and my own stress level on a daily basis
Directly managed one full-time employee, numerous projects and the occasional client relationship.
- J. Jill
- WellPoint NextRX
- Boost Mobile
Instructor, Advertising Fall 2002 to December 2005
Nothing makes you love your industry like trying to teach it.
I've taught copywriting to aspiring copywriters at the undergraduate and master's level
I've also taught copywriting to aspiring planners and art directors who resent the fact my class is required, only to win them over with free drinks, er, my wit and charm
Other classes included Brand and Branding and creative seminars
Copywriter and planner Freelance
So it's important to moonlight in exchange for the opportunity to do amazing work.
Wrote ads, brainstormed campaigns and whipped up some pretty tight strategy, if I do say so myself
Clients included Lamorinda Rugby recruitment, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Skeleton design studio
Copywriter, Brand Loyalty Team, Creative, Marketing November 2002 to October 2003
There's nothing a big agency can do that can't be done by a scrappy in-house team, if properly motivated.
Wrote advertising and collateral, including an award-winning campaign of over 100 outdoor and newspaper ads in two months
Led a department restructure to allow creative partnerships, more independence and a more agency-like setting
Initiated brand repositioning and created their brand personality "kit"
Managed design and ad agencies and got to be the person not laughing on the other side of the conference call for a change
Copywriter, Creative Department September 2000 to September 2002
Who lets a junior copywriter be their brand strategist building over 20 brands from the ground up?
Created print advertising and collateral for clients including:
Crafted brand positioning and integrated brand expression for hotels and restaurants throughout the Kimpton line
- Argent Hotel
- Coastal Ridge
- Wells Fargo
- Kimpton Group hotels
- Sun Microsystems
Initiated agency rebranding
Junior Production Artist, Art Department January 1998 to March 1999
Intern, Art Department October 1997 to December 1997
Sometimes you have to start at the bottom all over again
Prepared work for client presentations (physically and electronically)
Created mechanicals for production
Worked extensively in Quark XPress and Adobe Acrobat
Maintained agency font library
Logged in over 300 hours cutting Foamcore with only two trips to the emergency room
Web Programmer, Marketing and Creative Services August 1996 to August 1997
Back when the only qualifications you needed to be in web marketing was a printout of common VI commands
Maintained and updated the Wolfram Research internal and external websites, including the 2000+ page technical FAQs
Coordinated projects between CGI programmers and external departments
Found out the most productive hours of the day are sometimes those when your boss is home, asleep
Travis Maguire & Associates Champaign, IL
Art Director & Webmaster, Creative Department October 1995 to February 1997
What's the best way to break into advertising? Work in advertising.
Created advertising and marketing pieces for potential clients
Pitched potential clients
Created and maintained the agency web site
Learned that you're only as good as your clients are happy
Wrote and illustrated a promotional coloring book for a local restaurant chain to convince drunk college students they wanted ice cream.
Publication Services & Associates Champaign, IL
Digital Artist, Art & Digital Camera Departments
Assistant, Editing Department May 1996 to August 1996
Who knew that all that time goofing with computers could be a job?
Scanning, cleaning, retouching & labeling art for print and CD ROM use
Used Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Colorize! extensively
Corrections checked manuscripts & negatives
Created bluelines using a really scary looking machine
Sat through an OSHA training video
U of I Student Union Billards Hall Champaign, IL
Ball & Chalk Hander Outer Chick September 1995 to May 1996
My favorite job I've ever had. Even if I had chalk dust up the nose every night.
Cleaned billards, snooker and tournament-sized pool tables nightly
Listened to James Brown's "Sex Machine" and New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" over a hundred times each, thanks to a jukebox that hadn't been restocked since 1989
Learned how to spot a pool shark and make 'em get me sodas in exchange for pointing out the kid who paid with a twenty every night
Upward Bound Program - Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
English & Philosophy Tutor January to May 1995
One of the many jobs I've done that I would have happily done for free (if I could have afforded it).
Assisted disadvantaged and minority high school and college students in American Literature and The History of Western Philosophy
Taught high school students study skills
Accidentally allowed basketball players to copy off me, so they could stare at themselves in Sports Illustrated instead of taking notes
Students Enhancing Education Milwaukee, WI
Volunteer Teaching Assistant September to December 1994
Loved every minute of it -- even the getting kicked in the shins part.
Assisted in wrangling 99 fourth and fifth grade students in a team teaching environment
Helped teachers in smaller class groups during Social Studies and Music
Favored the dorky kids, although I was liked by even the milk-money stealing hooligans
Scissorwerks Villa Park, IL
Assistant Seamstress Winter and Summer breaks 1994 & 1995
It's amazing what some people will pay for a pillow.
Sewed, cut and assisted in the manufacture of draperies and pillows
Assisted in the installation of draperies
Learned the true meaning of an eye for detail with hand stitching
Learned what a pain in the ass a client can be and to charge accordingly
Advance Controls Inc. / Power Products Glen Ellyn, IL
Receptionist May 1993 to August 1993
My voice still goes up a cheery octave when I answer the phone.
Learned to block telemarketers that pronounce the company owner's name wrong
Learned that a small company can handle big business if run well
Took a pair of elderly schnauzers on their daily walk
Cineplex Odeon Oakbrook, IL
Everyone says, "You too!" when the movie theater attendant says, "Enjoy the show."
Sold candy, soda, popcorn and "butter-flavored topping"
Sat through the same 12 minutes of HOOK at least eight times
Made over 17 "humorous" name tags for myself while bored