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Rick Rosenberg

VaynerX
MOON RABBIT
BBDO
TBWA Worldwide
Saatchi & Saatchi
VMLY&R
Havas
DDB New York
Rick Rosenberg
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Rick is an award-winning advertising creative director, copywriter, and scriptwriter with over 25 years of experience. He's worked in ad agencies around the country; from the smallest to the largest, including TBWA\Chiat\Day, VMLY&R, Ogilvy, McCann and VaynerMedia. His work has appeared on every platform; from social to TV to out-of-home. As a creative director, he's led teams of up to 20 and has worked in categories such as CPG, B2B, automotive, restaurant, financial, pharmaceuticals, hospital services, telecommunications, entertainment, apparel and sports. Rick has a BS in Communications from UT/Knoxville and in his spare time (he has spare time?!) he writes novels and screenplays.
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What project are you most proud of being involved in? What made it so memorable?

While at Saatchi/NY, my team and I were asked to do a holiday campaign for the Prius, as they were just releasing a whole line of the popular model. We came up with LIFE AFTER SANTA. The premise was "Santa bought a Prius, so, not needing his reindeer anymore, he fired them." And that's a good thing, because all 8 of them could now come to New York to follow their true dreams. (Hint: It wasn't to lug around presents for the world's children). We cast 8 comics as the reindeer, put them in hilarious costumes and shot an experiential/video/digital campaign that traversed the entire city. In each video and conversation, the reindeer would explain why he or she was in New York - all thanks to Santa realizing that Prius would be a better than 8 aging reindeer. A shoestring budget. Amazing talent. Solid concept. Sub-zero temps shooting in NY outside in December! Millions of impressions. Memorable? I'm still healing my frostbite.

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As a Writer, is it possible to create anything that you can imagine?

I've certainly come up with some strange shit that I can't quite put into words. But it's rare; probably since I tend to think in pragmatic terms. I'm not interested in coming up with ideas that I can't verbalize - you know, since I'm a writer first - but it doesn't mean it won't take time and effort to actualize the concept.

A monster talking to a man
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When creating a brand identity, how important is target audience research?

It's paramount. If you're crystal clear on who you're targeting, with strong consumer insights, it should inform the brand identity at its core. In this case, the data can also point to flaws in the product or service. And that's good news. If you're having trouble morphing and connecting the identity to the core audience, you've got trouble that the best comms plan won't be able to fix.

A man in a reindeer costume
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As a creator, you have your own style. How do you bring balance between your style and the client’s vision?

Best case scenario, the creative team should understand the client's vision/intention/fears/goals/agenda, long before any work is conceived. That way, the "style" of the work is aligned with the client's needs. I have several styles. I think that's one of the things that makes me a successful creative director and copywriter.

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What are some valuable lessons you’ve learned professionally so far?

1) Fighting for the most creative solution only goes so far. If it scares the client, state your case, then let it go.

2) Sharing ownership. When you allow other team members - clients especially - to feel they were part of the creative, you're much more likely to sell, produce and get great results.

An ad for Fryday
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What was your most challenging project to work on?

Every single pharma project! Pharma is a strange animal; especially campaigns directed toward healthcare professionals. The reason they're the most challenging is because they're usually based on the same insight: They want their patients to feel better.

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What does your creative process look like?

An octopus.

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How do you manage critical feedback on your work?

With a smile.

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