Author Archives: Laura

#WeAreComm (Digital Campaign)

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A campaign targeted to prospective students, #WeAreComm shows who are students are and what drives them to study communication. With eight different majors ranging from strategic corporate communication to the artistic disciplines of theatre arts, it can be confusing for incoming Freshmen to choose a career path. The purpose of the #WeAreComm campaign is to assure them that there is a place for them in our college.

Recruiting Materials (Print)

I created this booklet as part of a recruiting campaign for the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. The previous printed materials that were distributed to students during Scholarship Testing Week were outdated and in need of a refresh. I handled all the copywriting and 90% of the design work, outsourcing the cover design work to a talented graphic design intern. I was also in charge of obtaining approvals from department heads, incorporating their changes, and handling prepress with our printer.

In my efforts to re-brand the college, I gave each major its own identity but worked to ensure that all majors work together to complete the Diederich College of Communication. This booklet was well received by the college’s leadership, and there is a new excitement over the voice that I have crafted that is designed to capture the enthusiasm of the students and the work-hard-play-hard mentality that the college continues to embrace.

 

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Lavender Hill Properties (Web Development)

 

Lavender Hill Properties Web Page

I recently acquired web development skills to enhance some projects for my current copywriting role, and learning these technologies allowed me to build this custom website for a friend’s side business, Lavender Hill Properties.  Skills I used to create this website included: writing the copy and taking the photographs for the properties, adding HTML and CSS code to structure and style each web page, setting up the domain name, and uploading the files to the web host.

Headline Campaign

I write original content for Whirlpool brands that are featured on Shop Your Way, which is Sears’ social media channel for customers who participate in their rewards program.  Each month, I create a content calendar for KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool that the client approves.  The KitchenAid lead-ins are particularly fun to write.  KitchenAid’s small appliances division has a loyal following, and it’s assumed that the “smalls” enthusiasts enjoy cooking and own the equipment required for advanced techniques.

The agency that works with KitchenAid on their creative copy has written some fun headlines that the brand uses in conjunction with its recipe blog.  I have written Shop Your Way lead-ins in the same voice to maintain brand consistency.  These are some headlines I wrote that were approved as Shop Your Way lead-ins (in text form) to recipes.  Important note: These headlines were approved for social media posts in text form by the client.  I added images behind the headlines only to showcase them here.  When looking for inspiration, I turned to KitchenAid’s headline campaign on Pinterest.

 

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Image credits from the KitchenAid blog:

Sriracha Chicken Sausage – August 6, 2014

Entertaining with Spring Rolls – April 17, 2015

Vegetarian Farro Soft Tacos – March 20, 2015

Asparagus and Sweet Pea Soup – April 3, 2015

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes – March 10, 2015

Amana Dish Spec Guide

I wrote the copy for this Amana guide to highlight some of the new dishwasher features for consumers.

Amana has a conversational tone, so we speak directly to the customers, describing how Amana features can make their lives a little easier. The products are designed to be affordable, to perform well, and conserve resources.  You get the features you need without the fluff.

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Shop Your Way (Social)

Shop Your Way is a social site for Sears’ loyalty program, and I am the content manager for KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool brands. The site is reminiscent of Pinterest, with a single page for each brand and staggered posts.

I write some original content and share the calendar with the client every month, and once content is approved, I post it to the Shop Your Way site. I then use the analytical tools to determine which posts customers most relate to and tailor the content accordingly.

I am particularly proud of the work I’ve done for Maytag. When I started creating content for this brand, the page only had 80 followers. It became our mission to grow the following, and after six months of consistent posts and using feedback from analytical tools to tailor content, the following exploded to 5000+ followers and continues to grow!

 

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Sales Today Articles

During my tenure at Aisle Rocket Studios, I have written many Sales Today articles about new Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Kenmore appliances.  The sales associates read them so that they can educate themselves about the new appliance lineups and sell the new products to consumers.  We emphasize the new features and how they benefit customers (Sears now refers to the customers as members).  I am particularly proud of the article that features Whirlpool’s first 5-door refrigerator, as I suggested a full spread layout.  It looked cramped when confined to one page, and both the art director and client were open to working with a spread.

 

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Sears.com Product Descriptions (SEO)

Here is a small sample of the appliances for which I conducted keyword research and wrote product descriptions for Sears.com.  In addition to writing descriptions and handling specifications, I manage this workload for two other junior copywriters and review all copy prior to client approval.  I also work closely with the account team to ensure schedules are on track and within budget.

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B2C Sears and Kmart Emails

These are samples of various emails I wrote for customers who subscribe to Kmart and Sears emails.

Kmart was particularly fun to write for. Since the merchandise team was open to selling similar products in a single email, I could develop themes.

Because Sears sells so many types of products in a single email, I often invented names for the type of sale so that all the products support a cohesive statement. The hierarchy in these emails starts with the name of a sale or upcoming holiday and then various headlines that tie certain types of products together like appliances, electronics, apparel, etc.

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Au Bon Pain App (spec)

I recently read an article on healthy fast food restaurants, and Au Bon Pain made the list.  As I browsed their current menu, I thought, what if they took it a step further and developed an app that allowed consumers to customize their orders with substitutions that meet unique criteria, like a meal that’s lower in sodium, fat, and / or calories?  I could see them creating something like this.

Note:  this is not a developed app — it’s something I created for fun.  It does not reflect Au Bon Pain’s current menu options.  I laid out the these mobile pages in Canva and pulled background images from ABP’s website.

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Valley Transit Company Website (spec)

When browsing websites for Greyhound bus lines,  I noticed that one of their subsidiaries Yo! Bus had some interesting branding geared towards its target of Millennials in the NYC / Philly area. When I started looking at Valley Transit Company, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to refresh their branding and copy as well. I then re-wrote the website, attempting to make it more engaging and SEO friendly, while giving their patriotic branding a conversational look and feel.

If Valley Transit really wanted to get serious about SEO, they could change their name to South Texas Transit Company (the domain is available) with a 301 re-direct to their new web address. This way, they would have “South Texas” in their URL, which is an important key word from a local search standpoint.

Please note this is a spec campaign – the deals are not real, and copy has not been approved by Valley Transit Company. Images are not my own and have been pulled from various royalty-free sites.

 

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OfficeMax Web Banners

I was an in-house copywriter at Boise Cascade when they merged with OfficeMax.  Shortly after the merge, OfficeMax hired an outside ad agency that launched the “What’s Your Thing?” campaign, and the Rubberband Man commercial aired shortly thereafter.  While the in-house creative teams were not involved with the campaign, we were asked to create some web banners to help reinforce the new branding.  These are some of the web banners I wrote and developed in conjunction with an art director.

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Lowes Flip Book

The Lowes Flip Book is a full-scale, 148-page catalog of the KitchenAid appliances offered at Lowes.  I wrote the copy and the specifications while working closely with the art director and account executive to ensure we met the client’s objectives.  Our team also oversaw the Spanish translation, which was published alongside the English version.  Because the pdf below can take awhile to load, you follow this link to view sections for the warming drawers and cooktops.

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Method Outdoor Campaign and Article (spec)

Sometimes when I’m commuting (I take the train), I think about potential outdoor campaigns for some of my favorite brands.  Success with outdoor now relies strongly on novelty.  Such campaigns must start with a big idea that translates across different mediums.  They must be events that consumers can share socially and agencies can distribute digitally.  This starts with a brand asking, how can we be more generous and give customers an excellent experience with our products?

During one particular commute, I found myself moody because the car I was riding in smelled horrible.  The train was full, so I was stuck.  As I sat there, I thought, I wish I had some Method air refresher.  And then it hit me, a potential campaign for Method could involve improving the smelliest platforms in New York City.  If such a campaign was executed, here is how I could see it unfolding.

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