Skills TEAM LEADERSHIP – Collaborative and Enthusiastic People Lead • Leading and developing high-performing, award-winning Creative teams for over 20 years • Embracing administrative duties to allow my teams to produce the best work with the fewest process obstructions • Setting the tone by encouraging everyone to bring their whole selves to work by being my authentic self • Supervising and project-managing remote teams across multiple cities, time zones and countries • Supervising and mentoring interns • Developing trust within teams to create confidence to work independently and not feel micro-managed • Collaborating across a variety of teams and functions in fast-paced, professional environments • Thriving in high-energy settings managing multiple work streams simultaneously • Presenting, communicating and thinking critically both internally and with clients • Directing agency partners / vendors / contractors through strong verbal and written communication • Jumping in at any level as needed to bring a project to completion CREATIVE – Detail-Oriented Art Director, Designer and Illustrator • Demonstrating strong creative and critical thinking by designing and building across a variety of touch points: point-of-purchase and retail; environmental / brick and mortar; experiential / trade shows; event activations; web/mobile UI and UX; infographics and data visualization; photography; packaging; identity and branding • Designing and building across a variety of media: digital, mobile, AR/VR, packaging, print, animation, paper craft, food • Utilizing compelling storytelling to create consistent, tailored Creative assets • Directing photo and video shoots with a singular artistic vision to meet the clients’ goals • Producing: estimating, designing for prepress / preparing final files, visiting sites, checking presses STRATEGY – Insights-Driven Trend Pusher • Turning research and intelligence into relevant, actionable insights for Creative and Marketing • Developing bespoke brand and market narratives based on data • Staying ahead of trends in technology through continuous research • Driving innovation and continuous improvement of process and desired business outcomes • Analyzing complex data sets and distilling findings into usable insights • Developing presentations and pitches to sell through big ideas • Watching trends and leading vision for content strategy, ideation, creation, photography and editing MARKETING – Adept Relationship Builder • Understanding of integrated marketing across the prospect life cycle and engagement funnel • Managing branded partnerships / cross-branded promotion marketing and licensing • Building relationships through client interaction, sales, negotiation and budget planning • Developing and launching products and solutions based on client and market needs • Meticulously planning, scheduling and executing both D2C and B2B campaigns for online and offline / out of home
Vert Digital work for First Watch Restaurants | April 2022
I debated even putting this work on my site since I didn't get to see it through to activation, but I chose to include it as a great example of, "We came up with a great idea, we worked with awesome partners to pull it off, and the client saw amazing results from the work." Kevin Planovsky brought in agency partner Oust and their Creative lead Dan Duncan to take the idea we started with and amplify it to 11 (their influencer network is insane, BTW). I was part of the team up through post-production, so most of the final editing work was done before I left the agency.
This is one of the only conceptual projects I had the opportunity to work on while I was with Vert Digital, and it was really cool seeing the first email arrive in my inbox after the campaign went live nationally.
Purple Haze, a unique house-made juice by First Watch, gained significant popularity when it was introduced as a limited-time offering in the winter of 2021. Due to its initial success and customer enthusiasm, First Watch decided to bring it back in 2022, using it as a catalyst to amplify the larger brand story and value proposition to new audiences. This campaign marked the beginning of a strategic shift, positioning distinctive menu items at the forefront of First Watch’s brand-building initiatives to drive trial and frequency among newer demographics. Our team collaborated with First Watch to develop a cross-channel awareness campaign featuring engaging video assets and influencer activation across digital platforms.
First Watch approached Vert with a specific goal: to showcase the unique lifestyle associated with the Purple Haze juice as the centerpiece of their brand-building efforts. This framed their Fresh Juice program as a brand differentiator to drive beverage incidence, menu relevance, and increased occasions to visit First Watch amongst new and existing customers.
Having previously collaborated on other projects, First Watch sought our expertise to boost brand awareness by narrating the story of Purple Haze. Additionally, the challenge was to transition from transaction-focused media to brand awareness tactics. This shift allowed us to explore new strategies and broaden our capabilities in elevating First Watch’s brand recognition.
In our comprehensive brand awareness campaign for First Watch, our objectives were twofold: first, to enhance First Watch’s brand visibility in key markets, including Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, and Phoenix, and second, to introduce and celebrate the launch of their new beverage, Purple Haze. Our team crafted a dynamic approach that showcased different facets of this endeavor.
To bring the essence of sipping Purple Haze to life, we conceived three distinct story arcs, each artfully designed to evoke the sensory experience. Collaborating with our production partner, OUST, we translated these narratives into captivating visuals that resonated with our audience. Our core message, “Your Time to Shine,” encouraged viewers to find moments of delight in their everyday lives.
We also harnessed the power of influencer marketing campaigns to amplify our message. By enlisting their help, we spotlighted the striking colors and delightful flavors of Purple Haze on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. Each creative execution mirrored our story arcs, exuding the joy and curiosity that drinking Purple Haze embodies.
We aimed to reach a few different audience segments. The first group, slightly younger millennials, resonated with Purple Haze’s aspirational and lifestyle-focused messaging. We targeted their interests in health, wellness, and lifestyle fitness brands to effectively engage them. The second segment was slightly older millennial women who were interested in home, retail, and fashion brands. We tailored our messaging to align with their preferences.
We also targeted Trendy Aspirationals, a category of guests who embrace a youthful lifestyle and are enthusiastic about creative and healthier food options. They appreciate the modern, upscale experience offered by First Watch, which aligns with their aspirational identity.
We successfully reached these audiences through the campaign across various digital channels, including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, CTV, and Youtube, bolstered by our influencer marketing campaigns. In addition, we engaged our existing audiences through targeted email marketing campaigns and automations, while creating a dedicated landing page to drive traffic.
Overall, our strategy encompassed a multifaceted approach to elevate First Watch’s brand presence and celebrate the launch of Purple Haze across diverse target audiences and channels.
The end result was an effective content-driven cross-channel campaign with video assets fueling TikTok, Instagram Reels, Instagram Stories, Snapchat, CTV, and YouTube.
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