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Crash course in 2015 digital marketing buzzwords

July 28 2015 / admin

The digital world moves quickly. Every day there’s a new trend or term popping up that requires us to determine its relevancy and figure out if and how it applies to our work. These terms change frequently, so we don’t expect our clients to know every current buzzword and be able to drop it into […]


Social media is a two-way street: How to improve your social strategy

July 21 2015 / Sierra Soleimani

Anyone who’s responsible for the communications and marketing efforts of their brand certainly understands the importance of having a meaningful presence on social media. But if your brand hopes to engage millennials, having a presence is not nearly enough. In a day and age where 81 percent of Twitter users expect a same-day response, you […]

Consumer Insights

Why millennials are cutting the cable cord

July 14 2015 / Liz Smith

For more than five decades, traditional TV commercials were king when it came to advertising, with marketers spending a combined $80 billion on TV ads each year.1 But with new technology emerging and people consuming content in new ways, there is a major shift happening as millennials, a group with more than $2 billion in […]


Predicting the next design trends

July 6 2015 / Shawn McConnell

Every company targeting millennials is asking the same question: How do you connect with a generation that is known to mistrust brands, a generation that refuses to be told what is cool? The smartest companies also want to know how to create visual relevance for a brand when trends seem irrational and design seems unpredictable. […]

Consumer Insights

How millennials view the hotel experience

June 25 2015 / admin

If you’re anything like me, you consider a hotel stay the ultimate luxury. An opportunity to throw your bags at your feet, dive head first into a pillowy mattress, and have someone take care of you. The world is a tough place and sometimes we just want to throw our towels on the ground and […]


User-Generated Content: A marketing gold mine

June 23 2015 / Kacha Azema

Imagine if you could double, triple, or even quadruple your branded content and simultaneously improve your brand’s reputation without spending a single dollar. That would be amazing, right? No, this isn’t a sleazy sales pitch for snake oil, and it’s not a fairy tale. There’s a ready gold mine of brand content out there just […]


Drive millennial sales like Ford with these 3 tips for CMOs

June 16 2015 / Sierra Soleimani

Millennials will spend money with brands that speak to them authentically. They will not spend money on brands that talk at them in tired, traditional, and overtly manipulative ways. Too many marketers focus on only the mechanics and wonder why the results don’t follow. In order to drive sales among 18-34 year olds, CMOs must […]

Consumer Insights

Marketing to millennial moms

June 9 2015 / Sierra Soleimani

Many executives think of millennials as one big, homogeneous group. They speak about 18-34 year olds in broad terms and generalize their behaviors. But this generation of 80 million is full of segments worth getting to know. And one of the largest is millennial moms. With a considerable amount of purchasing power, millennial moms are worth […]

Consumer Insights

Three tips CMOs need to reach millennials

May 21 2015 / Sierra Soleimani

If you are a Chief Marketing Officer attempting to reach millennials, the job you face is extraordinarily difficult. But if you are the CMO of an entertainment brand, and you are hoping to engage millennials with a meaningful experience, the challenge you face is monumental. Connecting with 18-34 year olds is complicated, but it’s not […]

Creative Services

How to get the best work from your creative partner

April 7 2015 / Shawn McConnell

The best work coming from most studios and agencies will never leave their doors. It’ll live in a flat file in a long forgotten hallway or on a nameless server somewhere. When clients and creatives work together, however, this fate can be avoided. We celebrate this work because it represents our passions. The greatest thrill […]


Where's the marketing at SXSW?

March 24 2015 / Liz Smith

It’s that time of year when tens of thousands of people from around the world descend on Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW), a nearly two-week long music, film and interactive festival. For many, it’s one huge party – but for brands, it’s the holy grail of marketing. Attendees are predominantly millennials and 33 […]

Consumer Insights

Debunking the hipster myth

March 16 2015 / Kacha Azema

I’ve recently noticed a rising trend around a precarious stereotype: millennials = hipsters. For example, in a meeting I attended about a city’s brand, an otherwise savvy client continually used the words “hipsters” and “young people” interchangeably. A few days later, I heard the CMO of a national brand lump his entire millennial audience into […]


Dare mighty things

February 25 2015 / Sierra Soleimani

Pinned to the wall, next to my phone, is a quote by Teddy Roosevelt. The first line reads, “Far better it is to dare mighty things.” This quotation is my daily reminder not to be afraid of failure. To be willing to take big risks – even if it means losing a client. Today, as Skidmore Studio […]

Consumer Insights

Super Bowl Ad Survey: Would YOU buy a beer from a puppy?

February 6 2015 / admin

The Super Bowl has always been a main event for advertisers and consumers. Sometimes there’s a love match, sometimes there’s not. This year we surveyed a group of consumers to understand what people really thought of the ads. While some recognize that other things happen during this time (apparently a sport is involved), the majority of us […]


Design Thinking — Step 3: Extraordinary design

December 15 2014 / Shawn McConnell

This is the third, in a three-part series on the “how” of Design Thinking. In the second of this three-part series, Strategy informed us we need bridge. A bridge so beautiful it will make you weep. So let’s get started. Picture a large bridge spanning a body of water. Go ahead. Close your eyes. Sit back and […]


Design Thinking — Step 2: Extraordinary strategy

December 1 2014 / Kacha Azema

This is the second, in a three-part series on the “how” of Design Thinking. In the first of this three-part series about Design Thinking, Tim Smith talked about Discovery and how Skidmore digs under every rock, heads outside to talk to customers and walks a mile in our client’s shoes to be sure we empathetically […]


Design Thinking – Step 1: Discovery

November 17 2014 / Sierra Soleimani

This is the first, in a three-part series on the “how” of Design Thinking. This blog began as a question posed during a recent studio planning meeting: “Should we give away our secret sauce?” The idea on the table was to go deeper into Skidmore’s Design Thinking process and share how we create the extraordinary. […]


Design Thinking – Good for business & Detroit

October 6 2014 / Sierra Soleimani

More quantifiable proof: Good Design is Good for Business. A recent study reported in Fast Company proves that companies that embrace Design Thinking outperform those that don’t by a whopping 228 percent.1 You read that right – 228 percent. The analysis, completed by the Design Management Institute, looked at companies in the Standard & Poor’s […]


Hey, Cadillac – You've got it wrong

September 29 2014 / Sierra Soleimani

Two events happened in Detroit this week that exemplified the mindsets which exist within two of Detroit’s very different worlds – the sports world and the business world. The first was an announcement by GM that the Cadillac brand is moving to New York. The second was when one of the Detroit Tigers best hitters […]

Studio Life

Merry band of creatives

September 22 2014 / Sierra Soleimani

This month Skidmore unveiled the MerryMen Project, a new program that promotes a philosophy of designing for good. The goal of this effort is to support Detroit-based non-profits and small businesses by providing pro bono strategy and design services. While Skidmore has provided pro bono services to the non-profit community since long before I took […]