Now Hiring: Interactive Associate Creative Director
Colle+McVoy is looking for an experienced Interactive Associate Creative Director to help guide agency projects across the breadth of digital media: website, mobile and emerging media, social media, and digital campaigns. The ideal candidate will have extensive digital experience with a focus on conceiving, directing and executing groundbreaking interactive work.
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Colle+McVoy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Colle+McVoy: SXSW Talks
There's no shortage of opinions about South By Southwest presentations. Especially on the social Web. You can track the good, the bad and the ugly before, during and after. With all of the tweets from last year's SXSW Interactive Festival at our fingertips, Colle+McVoy decided to collect and analyze every single tweet to answer the following question: What makes a presentation stand out at SXSW?
Land O’Lakes: Appealing To The Next Generation of Moms
Land O'Lakes Site Redesign
Visit the site: www.landolakes.com »
A completely redesigned landolakes.com helps consumers interact with the established brand in new ways. Built to appeal to both less-experienced, tech-savvy moms and more-seasoned cooks and bakers, the site features a modernized color palette, engaging photography and better social connectivity. The Test Kitchen section highlights the brand’s expertise with tips, photos and how-to advice. Intuitive searching gets you to great recipes quickly. And recipe pages are designed with the user in mind, featuring enhanced functionality, while themed collections trigger more ideas. With more than 3,000 recipes and 5,000 pages, sharing the simple goodness of everyday food has never been more user friendly.
Novartis: Sentinel - The Dirty Truth
Sentinel The Dirty Truth
Sentinelpet.com aims to entertain and educate consumers about fleas with
dynamic content and webisodes featuring Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs.
Caribou Coffee: Make The Cup Case Study
Caribou Coffee Make The Cup
Visit the site: www.cariboucoffee.com/makethecup »
Colle+McVoy realized that Caribou’s broadest reaching media vehicle was its cups. Millions of cups each year serve as walking billboards or “owned” media. With the brand relaunch, we created a series of cups featuring handwritten “Bouisms” highlighting things worth staying awake for. Building on that momentum, we created MakeTheCup.com, which allowed consumers to tell us what they stay awake for, and possibly land on the next generation of Caribou cups. The consumer promotion spiked site traffic by 26 percent, and 150 of the best submissions made it to millions of new Caribou cups.
Despite being the second-largest premium coffeehouse in the world, Caribou Coffee is dwarfed by Starbucks when it comes to ad spending. With such a large spending gap, we needed to find a unique promotion to engage customers in our “Life is short. Stay awake for it.” campaign.
Schwinn: Bike It Forward Case Study
Bike It Forward
With spring approaching, we set our sights on National Bike Month in May. After all, if one brand could rightfully own the month, it’s Schwinn. We then created a campaign to celebrate 31 days of bicycling goodness. Bike It Forward let users spread the joy of May Bike Month by choosing a friend on Facebook to win a new Schwinn. To demonstrate the lineup, users could choose from all categories, including Urban, Hybrid, Road, Mountain, Cruiser and Kids. And to reward their kindness, if a friend won, they won a new bike, too. Banners, Facebook ads, a satellite media tour and social media mentions from the likes of Summer Sanders and Pee-wee Herman helped drive traffic to the experience. By the end of May, we had increased web traffic by 40% compared to May of the previous year, our Facebook fanbase grew by more than 3,000% and the campaign generated more than 500 million impressions. A joyous May Bike Month, indeed.
Schwinn: Bell Choir Case Study
Schwinn Schwinn Bell Choir
Visit the site: archive.collemcvoy.com/schwinnbellchoir »
At the core of Schwinn’s DNA is joy, so instead of sending yet another sales message into the seasonal clutter, we created a new twist on an old holiday favorite. We assembled a team of Schwinn-riding carolers who played beloved holiday songs using custom-made, specially tuned Schwinn bike bells. We also built a site where people could exchange e-carols of the Bell Choir performing the songs. To extend the spirit of giving, Schwinn donated bikes and helmets to kids in need for each carol that was shared. The Schwinn Bell Choir has been recognized by the Webby Awards, AIGA and the FWA for its rich Web experience.
At SchwinnBellChoir.com, visitors were not only be able to listen to the Schwinn Bell Choir perform classic carols, they also had the opportunity to spread the joy by sharing e-carols with friends and family. Each song shared helped donate a Schwinn bike to a child in need during the holiday season.
Colle+McVoy: Super Chatter XLV Case Study
Colle+McVoy Super Chatter
By creating search queries in Collective Intellect and Radian6, we analyzed how people shared their Super Bowl experiences across the social Web via tweets, Facebook updates, blog posts and more. Once our analysis was complete, we designed an infographic to visually display the top ten themes and served it up using the Google Maps API. To bring awareness to Super Chatter™, we relied entirely on the media that covered the Super Bowl to spread itself. One tweet and Facebook post sent thousands of visitors to collemcvoy.com/superchatter, where they spent an average of 23 minutes browsing through the infographics. While the idea of Super Chatter was spreading through social media, our brand sentiment was the most favorable it has ever been, and visits to the Work section at collemcvoy.com increased 40 percent.
We set out to monitor the social Web and uncover how the Super Bowl influences people’s behavior throughout the nation. While numerous agencies focused on assessing the impact of TV commercials, we broadened our analysis to identify the top behavioral themes by dissecting the social media footprint of Super Bowl XLV.
Take Me Fishing: Mobile Case Study
Visit the site: www.takemefishing.org/mobile »
We conducted user studies that revealed the features most desired by consumers, such as where to fish and general how-to information. We then combined with the style and functionality of TakeMeFishing.org to the launch the brand into the mobile space. A first-of-its-kind in the category, it became the go-to resource for planning a day on the water. Initial data shows the mobile site is helping produce double-digit increases in overall site traffic. And shortly after launch, it was celebrated as a must-see mobile experience by Communication Arts and Creativity — and named the FWA’s Mobile Site of the Day.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is the nonprofit organization behind TakeMeFishing.org and is dedicated to aquatic conservation and increasing participation in fishing and boating. As the use of smartphones skyrocketed, we wanted to continue to set anglers up for success, regardless of where they accessed the brand. How could we give fishing enthusiasts a wealth of information when they most likely have a fishing rod in one hand?
Mammoth Mountain: Website Redesign
Building off the same striking look and feel seen in print and outdoor, our modular approach to the Web site allowed us to showcase the latest news, events and promotions while serving up that unmistakable California attitude.
Visit the site: www.mammothmountain.com »
Colle+McVoy: Super Bowl XLIV
Brands spend millions of dollars on a Super Bowl spot, but how does this translate into conversation on social networks such as Twitter? We decided to find out. By monitoring and analyzing the volume of Twitter chatter on game day, Squawq™ provided an immediate snapshot of activity surrounding each ad. It ranked the most talked about brands and provided data throughout the game. And it garnered 62 million media impressions for a day’s worth of work.
Visit the site: squawq.com/superbowl »
Colle+McVoy: Squawq Case Study
Collemcvoy - Squawq
Visit the site: squawq.com »
Since it didn’t exist, we created it ourselves. Squawq™ leverages the Twitter API and features an intuitive user interface where brands can analyze tweet volume, popular keywords, hashtags, most-vocal authors and frequently shared links. By logging into Squawq via Twitter, users can access the application using their existing Twitter credentials. Within months of launch, Squawq generated thousands of users, actively monitored 100 tweets per second, and stored more than 75 million tweets to the database. Not to mention it provided a much-needed ear to the ground for our clients.
As Twitter continued its massive growth in late 2009, we wanted to figure out an easy and intuitive way to track what people were saying about our clients’ brands on the microblogging platform. At the time, a one-stop application that let a brand easily monitor tweets about its brand was nonexistent in the marketplace.
Taubman Shopping Centers: Yearbook Yourself iPhone Application
Yearbook Yourself App Screenshots
Super Chatter XLVI
During Super Bowl XLVI, Colle+McVoy’s Super Chatter monitored a sample of more than 640,000 tweets and 830,000 term matches over a five-hour period of time to visually guide people through social media’s side of the Super Bowl story.
Taubman Shopping Centers: Yearbook Yourself Case Study
Yearbook Yourself Case Study
Ever wondered what you might have looked like in a past life? YearbookYourself.com let users upload their photos and see themselves in classic 'dos and vintage outfits from previous decades. With each look, users also learned about today’s hottest fashions and deals from each mall. From Pee-wee Herman and Lance Armstrong to the Jimmy Fallon show and thousands of blogs, the site was quickly embraced by pop culture. More than 15 million images were shared on Facebook, and the site generated a 49 percent click-through rate to mall sites. The Yearbook Yourself iPhone® app took the experience mobile and was featured on the iTunes® Staff Favorites and the Top-Paid Apps list.
Taubman, owner of 20 upscale malls across the United States such as Beverly Center in Los Angeles, wanted to create a fun and engaging experience to break through the morass of traditional back-to-school promotional messaging (“Look cool for school! For less!”). And it needed to convince teens and their parents that Taubman malls not only have the hottest stores and fashions, but great deals, too.
Rhymesayers: Paint It Gold
Rhymesayers - Paint It Gold
Visit the site: archive.collemcvoy.com/paintthatshitgold »
Internationally acclaimed hip-hop act Atmosphere wanted to create an online experience to match their much-anticipated release, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S*#t Gold. To build the hype (and their sales), we created Paintitgold.com, a site that allows users to tag anything they could find on the web while listening to tracks from the new album. In its first week, the site not only unleashed the talents of thousands of virtual vandals, it helped launch the album to the top of the iTunes hip-hop chart and #5 on the Billboard chart.
Take Me Fishing: Building The Nation’s Number One Online Resource
TakeMeFishing.org Case Study
Visit the site: www.takemefishing.org »
Fishing and boating have always been ways to escape from everyday stress while connecting with friends, family and nature. Research indicated that we needed to make the sport of fishing relevant to today’s consumer who was not motivated by nostalgia or serenity, but rather by active experiences and socialization. That led us to our core insight: Where land ends, life begins. That insight has helped us make TakeMeFishing.org the nation’s primary vehicle for increasing interest and participation in boating and fishing. Along the way, site traffic has quadrupled in under four years. The fully integrated, award-winning Take Me Fishing™ campaign contributed to an increase in overall license sales in 2009, marking the highest increase in fishing license sales since the 1970s. An increase in participation has also helped generate millions of additional dollars for conservation efforts.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the nonprofit organization behind TakeMeFishing.org, is dedicated to aquatic conservation and increasing participation in fishing and boating. When we began working with RBFF in 2008, fishing license sales and participation had been on a steady decline. Since license proceeds go back to protecting the nation’s aquatic resources, Colle+McVoy was given the assignment of increasing participation and preserving a classic American pastime for future generations.
Take Me Fishing: Website
Selling a million new fishing licenses in the highly competitive leisure market was the challenge issued to us by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. A 2,500-page online fishing compendium was the core of our solution. TakeMeFishing.org is the definitive destination for all things fishing. Want to learn to cast? Check out Fishopedia, the A-to-Z guide to catching, cleaning and cooking fish. Want to tell people about your favorite fishing spot? Upload it to Hot Spots, a Google Maps-enabled, first-of-its-kind web application.
Visit the site: www.takemefishing.org »
The Human Potential Conference: SXSWi 2013
Heading down to SXSWi for the first time, I was pretty skeptical that the conference could meet my expectations. So much hype has been built up over the years—it had me doubting that I’d return to Minneapolis digitally enlightened. In fact, I didn’t.
So much of the SXSWi experience is uninspiring. The long lines, the overabundance of choice, the panels that are simply boring. When I got past the harsh realities, however, I experienced what makes heading to Austin special.
Everyone who attends SXSWi is there to push the potential of what people can do. And it’s much bigger than talking technology. I was surprised by how most of my favorite talks barely touched on the notion of interactive as we typically understand it. Rather, the best speakers simply shared their ideas on how they’re improving the lives of people. It reminded me why interactive is not just a medium. It’s everything. Interactive has the power to affect everyone who roams this great Earth in the most meaningful ways. It's what we, as an agency, strive for with interactive.
I hope, in the years to come, to attend SXSWi. Or as I call it, The Human Potential Conference.
Pedal Minnesota: Inspiring People To Explore The State By Bike
Pedal MN Case Study
Research shows that if people were inspired and made more comfortable with biking, they would do it more often. So we created Pedal Minnesota, a campaign that celebrates all the things that make biking in Minnesota so great. The campaign itself is built around a new slogan that rightfully declares Minnesota, “The Bike Friendly State.” This simple, memorable statement conveys many of the reasons why Minnesota is a great place to ride: accessibility, culture and inclusiveness.
To inspire and mobilize bikers we needed to make biking – and information about it – more accessible. PedalMN.com does just that. A biker-friendly website that serves as the ultimate go-to resource on biking in the state, PedalMN.com features an interactive map, lists of bike-related events, safety tips, trip-planning ideas and much more in one friendly, easy-to-use site. Other elements of the integrated campaign included online video, SEM and high-impact outdoor, including bus shelters that were converted to bike tune-up stations. Just launched in the summer of 2012, the campaign has already garnered media attention and rallied the support of six state agencies and a major corporate sponsor.
Minnesota is a great place to ride a bike. We have more bike commuters per capita and thousands of miles of paved and off-road trails. We have the largest bike share program in America. The state regularly appears at the top of “Best Places to Bike” lists. And our distinctive, rich and active bike culture is second to none. Despite this vibrant bike lifestyle, there are still those who are intimidated by the idea of throwing a leg over a saddle and going for a ride. Our challenge was to create a consumer campaign that would inspire and mobilize new or infrequent bikers to get out and ride more often, and create a hub for all things biking in the state.
Now Hiring: Senior Digital Strategist
Working alongside brand planners and analysts, the Senior Digital Strategist translates brand strategy and data analysis into a clear point of view that outlines how our clients can best leverage interactive marketing. This person must be a pattern seeker as well as a dot connector. He or she will look for patterns through analytics, technology trends, audience insights and brand strategies. And she or he will connect the dots by architecting digital strategies influenced by our client’s business and marketing objectives. Once a strategy has been determined, the role of the Senior Digital Strategist becomes one of helping it translate into idea generation. All while partnering with the account, creative and technology teams to ensure the strategy is effectively implemented. This position reports directly to the Director of Interactive Innovation.
Colle+McVoy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Celebrating the Unpredictability of the Digital Decade
Minnesotan marketers get interactive. This has never been more apparent than it was this past Wednesday at the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) Summit. The theme of the conference was “Celebrating the Digital Decade,” which served not only as a testament to the monumental changes we’ve experienced in digital, but also a celebration of MIMA being the oldest and biggest interactive marketing association in the country. MIMA has pioneered a local path that allows organizations to elevate their talent by offering premium programs that present high-quality speakers to share the digital love.
There were more than 60 speakers at this year’s MIMA Summit, who were organized into 10 different tracks for attendees to choose from: content and storytelling, digital decade, e-commerce and e-mail, marketing technologies, measurement, mobile and screens, the nonprofit perspective, social media, trends and user experience. Colle+McVoy sent a group of people from various disciplines in order to take in as much as we could from the 40 different sessions.
Outside the two keynote speakers (Avinash Kaushik + Chris Anderson), I spent most of the day attending sessions listed in the user experience track. With the hope of capturing the perspective of everyone who attended from Colle+McVoy, I solicited feedback by asking for two or three sentence descriptions of themes they identified throughout the day. The unpredictable nature of the Web and technology rose to the top. Avinash’s opening keynote talk set the tone, “Predicting what the Web will be in five years is impossible. What we learned six months ago is irrelevant today. Which is why we all continue to do this and why all of you are here. That’s what I love about my job.” Avinash closed by talking about how failure inherently follows the unpredictability of innovation. By failing fast, interactive marketers can swiftly adapt to the real-time changes in consumer behavior.
The idea of unpredictability carried over into the first session I attended, titled “The Future of UX” by Boon Sheridan. “You can’t put things in motion and predict the future of digital and technology because it changes so fast. Focus on the now. The reality is that we can’t solve for design problems that don’t exist today,” emphasized Sheridan. He continued, “Design for interruption. It’s impossible to perfectly guide someone through the digital ecosystem.” The idea of digital ecosystems has become a common phrase among UX professionals and digital strategists. Given the ecosystem’s unpredictability, Sheridan recommended starting all digital projects by storyboarding a few different use-case scenarios and then layering in the navigational and content gaps that exist. From there, teams can brainstorm possible solutions before initiating design concepts.
Edward Boches and David Armano also covered the unpredictability of innovation in their session “Group Therapy for Would-Be Innovators.” Boches argued there are three ways agencies can grow: 1) sell existing services, 2) develop new services for existing clients, 3) create new services for new clients. Innovation can fuel any of these growth strategies when the agency’s workforce is liberated to work on experiential projects. Due to the unpredictable nature of the Web and technology, the only way to keep up with the shifts in consumer behavior is to experiment. Learn by doing. And failing. Hearing these perspectives definitely solidified my perspective on how Colle+McVoy has started to formally harness innovation across the agency. My role may serve as a catalyst to identify opportunities for innovation, but it’s the makeup of the agency that allows us to produce ideas such as Squawq, Super Chatter and SXSW Talks.
My final session of the day, “Rethinking User Research and Usability Testing for the Social Web,” offered one final reminder of the unpredictability of the Web and consumer behavior. “We don’t know how to find out about things we don’t know about. People don’t act in the real world as we want them to in usability tests. People don’t live in a world doing one task with one device out of context,” explained Dana Chisnell. She said, “The Web has always been social, but it’s now more social than ever. The Web enables a powerful platform for human-to-human interaction facilitated by technology.” Because of this, Chisnell expressed the importance of rethinking how we gather people’s feedback as we create digital experiences. With the Web being an enabler of human-to-human interaction, understanding people’s online relationships is more important than ever. We need to stop looking for the things we know about in usability testing and challenge ourselves to find the things we don’t know about.
MIMA was right. The imperfection and unpredictability of the past, present and future of interactive marketing should be celebrated. It should be celebrated because our community has demonstrated an unmatched passion and interest in learning, failing and obsessing over how we can get smarter and better at what we do. There’s a reason people like Avinash Kaushik and Chris Anderson are coming to Minnesota. It’s because we’re humble enough to be obviously curious and we have some of the top brands and agencies in the country producing some of the best interactive work on the planet.
Cannondale: Modernizing A Global Bike Brand
Cannondale Case Study
Communicate that Cannondale is The Perfect Ride. Knowing that the work needs to tell both a product and a brand story, we developed a brand system that could easily translate across mediums and continents. Our primary imagery and headlines are equal parts innovation and inspiration, capturing the best athletes in the world putting Cannondale bikes to the ultimate test. While the secondary images and language tout technological prowess in a way that reflects the attitudes of our audience. The system allows the same look and feel to extend beyond print ads to catalogs and interactive, giving Cannondale a unified, cohesive brand.
Since its earliest days, Cannondale has engineered premium products, redefining and reinventing the way bicycles are made. By creating industry-changing innovations through state-of-the-art design, Cannondale is globally recognized as a leader in product innovation. The challenge was to position the brand in a way that not only showcased its technological prowess, but also its rider-centric culture that crosses all cycling categories, around the globe.
Standing Out and Creating Serendipity at SXSW
Pete Cashmore and Dennis Crowley’s presentation, Enabling New Experiences & Creating Serendipity Through Check-ins, was the most tweeted about presentation at the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival. According to SXSWTalks.com, there were over 5,500 tweets during their presentation, which generated more than 10 million impressions throughout the Twittersphere within 24 hours. Across all social media, the reaction to their presentation was 93 percent favorable, with 38 percent of these posts being positive.
The purpose of our proposed SXSW presentation, SXSW Presentations: The Good, The Bad, The Trending, is to get to the bottom of what makes a stand out presentation at SXSW. Pete and Dennis’ presentation fits the bill, which is why it’s highlighted here. Not only did it generate a significant number of tweets, but it also spread at an impressive clip with 46 percent of these tweets being retweeted. It’s amazing to think that 140 characters can spread to 10 million people over the course of 24 hours.
In addition to the quantitative analysis conducted at SXSWTalks.com, we assessed the presentation qualitatively by listening to the presentation and watching clips of it on You Tube. Based on our analysis, we’ve arrived at the following hypotheses:
Involve the Audience and Give HugsThe Crowley family won Family Feud in 2009. Creating a perfect excuse for Pete Cashmore to poll attendees with random questions about Dennis and then emcee a quasi-Family Feud event. As Pete proposed questions, he encouraged audience participation. He also facilitated an open mic Q+A at the end of the presentation. Dennis even gave a woman a hug. Moral of the story? Get the audience involved and give hugs.
Unveil Exclusive InformationWhen Dennis first arrived onstage, Pete crowned him mayor of SXSW. Minutes later, Pete asked Dennis about the just-released version of Foursquare. Seconds after that, they were discussing venue harmonization, Foursquare’s most recent product enhancement. To wrap up their discussion, Dennis insisted on making an announcement about an exclusive Foursquare party. Give the audience a feeling of exclusivity and you’ll have them eating out of the palm of your hand.
Dual Format Popularity is an AnomalyThere are six different presentation formats at SXSWi. Surprisingly, this was the only dual format presentation in the top 10 most tweeted about presentations at SXSWi. Four of the top 10 most tweeted about talks were panel presentations with four or more speakers. Less isn’t more in this case.
If there were a proverbial social media iceberg, this would only be the tip of it. Mike and I hope to earn your vote to make a trip to the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival to present our full analysis. And, if we do make it, be sure to check-in to our presentation on Gowalla, because that’s what the cool kids do. One hundred and fifty five people checked in to Pete and Dennis’ presentation on Gowalla, compared to 31 people who checked in on Foursquare. Wait, what? That’s right. Austin-based Gowalla out-checked-in Foursquare. #winning
Full audio of Pete and Dennis' presentation:
Welcome to the New ColleMcVoy.com
We’ve been working hard to bring you an experience that tells you who we are, why you should work with us and - ultimately - inspires you to make a difference and join us in our vision to stand out.
We pushed ourselves to treat this project as we would any other client assignment. The clients in this case were the leadership team, and I had the pleasure of leading our internal team all the way from strategy to execution. This approach encouraged accountability and challenged us to practice what we preach. We learned a ton along the way, and we’re proud of the work we produced.
As we assessed our previous .com and social media presence, we realized there was opportunity for improvement. Our previous interactive experience didn't accurately demonstrate who we are and what we're great at. It also didn't allow for the flexibility required by the dynamic nature of social media and agileness of mobile. If we could improve in these specific areas, we knew creating a stand out interactive experience was achievable.
Insight + Strategic Direction
Our findings from the qualitative and quantitative research we conducted uncovered what makes C+M more than an advertising agency. We invent analytics tools from scratch. We write job descriptions for clients. We offer strategic counsel on business-level strategies. We offer fulfillment capabilities in house. We build 3-D dioramas. The engine that makes all of this possible is the people who work here. And here is a special place. Employees and clients described the feeling they get when they walk off the elevator at C+M, and that feeling is what we wanted our online experience to emulate. We worked off the key insight that C+M is more than just a workplace; it’s the incubator for and manifestation of the vibrant, warm and open spirit of its people.
Audience + Architecture
With this insight in mind, we initiated a complete run-through of potential conceptual architecture solutions before creating visual design concepts. We explored organizational schemes based on four distinct audience profiles that we brought to life through personas and use case scenarios. We mapped out an agile experience that made itself smarter over time. An experience based heavily on search and a sophisticated tagging system, allowing site visitors to surface content they find relevant and useful.
Our user experience strategies led to design concepting. We generated multiple concepts and put them up on the wall for review. One prevailed. The one you’re experiencing now. As we brought people through a prototyped version of the Web site, they reacted positively to the design and photography style. We hope your reaction is the same, but we also want to make sure the experience delivers on getting you to the information you’re seeking easily and efficiently.
During our usability sessions, we also observed people hesitantly browsing through our progressively created navigation system. A system built on the search-based tagging previously described. We offer five ways for people to navigate: 1) entering a search query, 2) clicking on a trending topic, 3) vertically scrolling through image tiles, 4) horizontally browsing via contextual links and 5) using the keyboard. Usability findings led to design and functionality tweaks that resulted in an experience surpassing the standards our team set. Time to go live.
An Experience Built From Behavior
Going live is only the initiation of what the experience will eventually come to be. The Web site as it exists today serves as the foundational platform we will constantly monitor and change to adapt to visitor behavior. Meaning, the next time you come back, your experience will be better. Furthermore, we continue to add content to the site (e.g., case studies, blog posts). Another reason to come back. In the meantime, I encourage you to leave a comment below or offer feedback through the survey we’ve created.
Take Me Fishing: Non-Traditional Print
TMF Non-Traditional Print
Fishing is an interactive experience.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is an organization dedicated to getting people out on the water more often. In order to build awareness and drive traffic to their site, TakeMeFishing.org, we partnered with outdoor lifestyle publications to place messaging in unexpected places.
C+M Hires New Interactive And Copywriting Talent
MINNEAPOLIS, April 1, 2010 - Minneapolis-based advertising agency Colle+McVoy advances to meet the ever-evolving needs of the agency and its growth attributed to clients such as Caribou Coffee, Purina and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation with the announcement today of six new hires:
Lisa Holzemer has been hired as a senior interactive producer. Previously, Holzemer was a producer at MRM Worldwide and Martin Williams.
Ben Clymer has been hired as an interactive designer. Clymer recently worked at Preston Kelly on various accounts, including HealthPartners, Roundy’s, Taco John’s and Grand Casino.
Fabien Dodard has been hired as a junior art director. Dodard previously worked at Boulder, Colo. based Crispin Porter + Bogusky and for a Haiti-based ad agency for five years.
Jenny Kirmis has been hired as a junior copywriter. Kirmis is a recent graduate of the Miami Ad School.
Brice Hemmer has been hired as a junior interactive designer/developer. Hemmer has interned at Poplife and Complt Design Studio.
Tom Ferrara, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, has been hired as an interactive developer.
"The sum of new hires adds significantly to our existing deep pool of talent within the creative group and will simply provide more expertise for our clients," said Mike Caguin, executive creative director, Colle+McVoy.
Photos available upon request.
C+M Named Digital Agency For Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 7, 2010 - Today Colle+McVoy was named digital agency for Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods Division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. The agency will manage the consumer Web site, including strategy, creative, production and development.
"We are very impressed with Colle+McVoy’s interactive expertise and technical capabilities," said Thea Keamy, Vice President, Retail Cheese & Marketing Services, Land O’Lakes. "It was imperative that the team we selected resonated with our team, which was apparent with Colle+McVoy throughout the selection process."
Colle+McVoy will build and maintain landolakes.com, including the LAND O LAKES® Simple Rewards® Club, oversee search initiatives, and provide comprehensive Web analytics support.
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Land O’Lakes to the consumer foods business," said Christine Fruechte, president and CEO, Colle+McVoy. "We value our ongoing partnership and look forward to helping build deeper relationships with consumers online."
Becoming digital agency for the Dairy Foods business of Land O’Lakes is the next chapter in the agency’s transformative growth story. Colle+McVoy’s interactive billings have doubled since 2007 and now account for more than 40 percent of the agency’s revenue. The agency overall has experienced remarkable year-over-year growth in recent years and expects this momentum to continue in 2010.
C+M Wins Caribou Coffee Account
Named agency of record for second-largest coffeehouse operator in America
MINNEAPOLIS, February 20, 2009 - Colle+McVoy received a strong shot of new business after being named agency of record for Caribou Coffee, the second-largest company-owned gourmet coffeehouse operator in the United States. The agency was selected after a very competitive and challenging search.
"Colle+McVoy’s approach was very courageous. Their creative ideas pushed our brand in a more innovative direction, which we believe will help differentiate it for today’s customers and future generations," said Caribou Coffee Senior Vice President of Marketing Alfredo Martel. "The team presented a comprehensive strategy to drive growth and create long-term value, as well as actionable solutions for our immediate needs."
"We have been given an amazing opportunity to help Caribou Coffee become the leading gourmet coffee brand in the world," said Christine Fruechte, president and CEO, Colle+McVoy. "Every idea we create needs to be engaging and tell the brand’s memorable story through groundbreaking programs." Colle+McVoy ended 2008 with revenues at an eight-year high, driven, in part, by high-profile assignments from ESPN, Yahoo! Messenger, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, and Manhattan Toy Company, to name a few.
Colle+McVoy will share in the brand strategy and planning, as well as manage the day-to-day execution of all marketing campaigns for Caribou Coffee, including brand identity, package design, interactive, advertising and promotions. The scope includes consumer marketing via all channels (trade, retail and online). Program budgets have not been finalized.