The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns: Creative Collaboration between Copywriters and Art Directors

The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns: Creative Collaboration between Copywriters and Art Directors

by Margo Berman
     
 

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Catch an inside look at the advertising creative process. Discover how teams collaborate at major agencies to create unforgettable campaigns like the Budweiser 'Clydesdale and Dalmatian' spots, the 'PEDIGREE' Adoption Drive' program, or the breakthrough UPS 'Whiteboard' campaign.

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Catch an inside look at the advertising creative process. Discover how teams collaborate at major agencies to create unforgettable campaigns like the Budweiser 'Clydesdale and Dalmatian' spots, the 'PEDIGREE' Adoption Drive' program, or the breakthrough UPS 'Whiteboard' campaign.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this didactic look at advertising, including plenty of fun examples from the American ad landscape but little in the way of snappy advice or sloganeering, academics Berman and Blakeman compile a textbook-ready step-by-step guide to the advertising process. Taking readers through the nuts and bolts of ad creation, the authors are unafraid to start with the basics: the chapter called "How Designers Approach Strategy Visually" explains that "layout style, or how elements are featured or placed in the design, determines what your concept will say about itself." As an explication of advertising mechanics, from brainstorming to copywriting to strategizing and media usage, Berman and Blakeman have put together a thorough, if dry, primer that will familiarize would-be ad professionals with the discipline's processes and principles; anyone hoping for a deeper look at the "creative" side of "creative collaboration" will probably do better with a volume penned by experienced industry insiders.
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Journalism Studies
Margo Berman and Robyn Blakeman's book, The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns, is a much-needed one. It's not a guide to developing concepts. It's not a book about copywriting or visual communication. It's not a recipe for success. Nor is it a book about strategy, although all these topics are covered. It's more about the underlying process that results in a great advertising campaign idea. What makes this book special and so helpful for a campaign class is that it covers the right topics, in the right amount, in the right sequence and with crystal-clear examples....The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns joins a host of other notable advertising books. What it does better than other is help students understand what it takes to develop better ideas and it sets the stage for other advertising creative how-to books. It is well written and well organized. It is an ideal book for an upper-level undergraduate advertising campaign or capstone course. It would also be relevant for upper-level journalism studies in public relations, Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC), strategic communication or marketing communications.
Edward de Bono
This is a remarkably comprehensive account of how advertising ideas, strategies, and campaigns come about.
Pippa Seichrist
This book gives you a box seat view of the collaborative process needed to create outstanding campaigns including how-tos from some of the industry's superstars. And you'll see it also takes a village to raise an ad.
Janas Sinclair
Packed with quotes from leading creatives, The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns is an engaging window on the creative process and the current role of research, strategy, and media specialists in big idea generation. The authors provide the real-world insight students need, and for both novices and those familiar with the ad industry, illustrate how agencies are adapting to today’s media environment.
Craig Davis
I think this is a much needed book for an Advertising Campaign Capstone class. It provides tangible, insightful, and relevant advice, while numerous examples bring all the material together.
Tim Hendrick
'A Perfect Marriage:' An invigorating and outstanding book that marries the business side of advertising with the creative development side. It defines the creative process for advertising students, that should be a must-read for all whether on the management or creative track. Through contemporary examples, many well known, the substantiation and melding of the left and right brain detail the results of such collaborations. The book really brings it all together, true integration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461644125
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
8 MB

What People are saying about this

Tim Hendrick
'A Perfect Marriage:' An invigorating and outstanding book that marries the business side of advertising with the creative development side. It defines the creative process for advertising students, that should be a must-read for all whether on the management or creative track. Through contemporary examples, many well known, the substantiation and melding of the left and right brain detail the results of such collaborations. The book really brings it all together, true integration.
Pippa Seichrist
This book gives you a box seat view of the collaborative process needed to create outstanding campaigns including how-tos from some of the industry's superstars. And you'll see it also takes a village to raise an ad.
Edward de Bono
This is a remarkably comprehensive account of how advertising ideas, strategies, and campaigns come about.
Craig Davis
I think this is a much needed book for an Advertising Campaign Capstone class. It provides tangible, insightful, and relevant advice, while numerous examples bring all the material together.
Janas Sinclair
Packed with quotes from leading creatives, The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns is an engaging window on the creative process and the current role of research, strategy, and media specialists in big idea generation. The authors provide the real-world insight students need, and for both novices and those familiar with the ad industry, illustrate how agencies are adapting to today’s media environment.

Meet the Author

Margo Berman is professor of advertising at Florida International University and author of Street-Smart Advertising: How to Win the Battle of the Buzz. She specializes in creative courses including Creative Strategies, Creative Concepts, and Trends in Graphics and Design. Robyn Blakeman is assistant professor of advertising design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is the author of The Bare Bones of Advertising Print Design, Integrated Marketing Communication: Creative Strategy from Idea to Implementation, and The Bare Bones Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communication.

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