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Krtistin Bloomquist – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Krtistin BloomquistExecutive Vice President and General Manager, Cramer-Krasselt
In addition to leading C-K’s Phoenix office, Bloomquist, a blue-chip veteran of the advertising and marketing industry, is responsible for developing the network’s digital production team.

Greatest accomplishment: “I am incredibly proud to lead such a talented team. It’s a fortunate feeling to work among some of the best professionals in the business.”

Surprising fact: “I ride a Harley-Davidson three-wheel motorcycle.”

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Cramer-Krasselt adds national talent

Cramer-Krasselt, the nation’s second-largest independent integrated marketing agency, has added a bevy of talent with far-reaching national experience to its Phoenix team. Among the new hires is a digital strategy director, a digital art director and three account leaders.

Social media and digital marketing expert Leif Fescenmeyer, joins C-K as digital strategy director, coming to the agency from Leo Burnett Worldwide, where he worked with brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Nissan and Budweiser.

At C-K, Fescenmeyer will help launch a new over-the-counter heartburn relief product, in addition to handling digital and social media for a variety of local clients.

Joey Brandt also joined the agency as a digital art director, bringing a mix of corporate and agency experience to her role. Brandt will develop digital campaign elements including designing websites and banners, along with micro-sites and mobile applications for C-K clients.

In Account Management, Donna Crane-Rossi, Lauren Rust and Tessa Barrientos joined C-K as vice president/ account supervisor, and account executives, respectively. The new account managers bring a combined 20-plus years of experience in both agency and corporate settings.

Leif Fescenmeyer

Leif Fescenmeyer

Joey Brandt

Joey Brandt

Donna Crane-Rossi

Donna Crane-Rossi

Lauren Rust

Lauren Rust

Tessa Barrientos

Tessa Barrientos


Cramer-Krasselt Dominates 2014 ADDY Awards

The local advertising industry celebrated its version of the Oscars last weekend and Cramer-Krasselt dominated the competition with 18 awards, including two gold, five silver and 11 bronze honors for a wide range of clients.

Hosted by the Metro Phoenix Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the annual ADDY Awards honor advertising excellence in print, radio, television, digital, out-of-home and other categories.

A record 500 entries were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges representing the nation’s top advertising and integrated marketing agencies.

“Our work is based on the idea that the brand with the most friends wins,” said Ian Barry, C-K’s senior vice president and executive creative director. “We work tirelessly to uncover insights that not only help us create memorable work for a wide range of clients, but that also drive their businesses.”

Among C-K’s award-winning work was:

Arizona Science Center
(Out-Of-Home: Bronze Winner)
C-K extended its “Never Stop Wondering” campaign inside Arizona Science Center to ask questions about, well, everything.

Phoenix Coyotes
(Newspaper: Bronze Winner)
The “Hungrier than Ever” campaign conveyed new ownership’s commitment to the team and a renewed commitment to Phoenix Coyotes’ fans.

MGM Grand
(Consumer or Trade Publication: Silver Winner)
Print ads in high-profile publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and Travel + Leisure underscored MGM Grand’s position as the ultimate entertainment authority in Las Vegas, with legendary events, along with world-class nightlife, dining and shows.

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
(Newspaper: Bronze and Silver Winner)
“Grabbing life by the moments” was the premise of a new campaign for Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The idea was to highlight the amazing moments visitors can experience in Monterey, layered with the destination’s carpe diem attitude toward life.

Salt River Project (TV: Bronze and Silver Winner)
It feels good to save money and energy. This campaign brings that good feeling to life with light-hearted and exaggerated scenarios in TV, online, radio, and print. C-K also worked to secure specific media placements that align with “feel good” moments.

Valley Toyota Dealers (TV: Bronze, Silver and Gold Winner)
Eight years and still going strong, C-K’s “Pat” campaign for Valley Toyota Dealers took the quirky spokesperson’s antics to a new level, while driving robust vehicle sales.

Cramer-Krasselt hires new creative director

Advertising veteran Matt Sicko, who spent nearly two decades propelling brands ranging from Jeep and Mazda to Iams Pet Food and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, has joined Cramer-Krasselt as creative director.

In his new role, Sicko will help bring integrated campaigns to life for C-K’s local and national clients, including Phoenix Coyotes, Valley Toyota Dealers Association and Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, among others.

Sicko hails from Michigan, where he spent more than 13 years at advertising heavyweights BBDO Detroit, Doner and FCB Detroit developing creative campaigns for a plethora of automotive, retail and outdoor products brands.  Most recently, he served as associate creative director and senior copywriter at a Sacramento-based advertising agency working on Duraflame, Amtrak California and Sacramento Kings accounts.

Sicko is a graduate of Oakland University. His work has been showcased in the One Show Creative Showcase and Archive Magazine; he also is the recipient of some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including Communication Arts Advertising Annual.

“Matt’s passion for creative is evidenced by his exceptional work,” said Ian Barry, C-K’s executive creative director. “We are thrilled to welcome someone of his caliber to C-K’s team.”

Kristin Bloomquist is executive vice president and general manager of the Phoenix office of independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt.

Leveraging visual storytelling tools can boost business

According to the old adage, a picture is worth 1,000 words. But what about a six-second video? Or an impeccably curated pinboard?

A host of new photo and video-sharing platforms—and the evolving universe of digital devices that enable them—are opening up new opportunities for marketers to engage consumers. But like many forms of “new media” before them, apps like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine (Twitter’s six-second video app) demand that brands embrace new forms of communicating.

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are now pillars of every brand’s social footprint, but it wasn’t so long ago that likes, shares, user-generated video and 140-character status updates were new to the brand lexicon. Now more than ever, the challenge for brands is to become fluent in the language of visual storytelling—from infographics to photography to short, simple videos.

Since its launch in January, Vine has attracted marketers such as GE, Target, Oreo and Marvel Entertainment (with the world’s first movie “teaser”), who are anxious to gain access to the app’s steadily growing base of 13 million users who share 12 million videos a day.

Not to be outdone, Facebook launched video capabilities on Instagram in June. Users can create and edit 15-second video clips, personalize them with the filters the app is famous for and then post to Instagram and Facebook. Putting this kind of functionality in the hands of Instagram’s 130 million users will only ignite interest in this kind of short-form video. But creating compelling content within this kind of time constraint can be challenging, to say the least.

So how do marketers make the most of these tools?

First, Be an Observer: Look (and listen) before you leap. How are other businesses in your category using the space? Are users already posting about your brand? What are the platform’s unique traits and tools? Vine and Instagram video in particular are still in their infancy. First movers may have the advantage, but if their approaches aren’t right for the brand or venue (see next point), they’ll do more harm than good. So first do your research.

Make It Contextual: These platforms demand a regular stream of engaging content—but make sure your approach is a strategic fit and appropriate for both your brand and the venue(s). Our work for Johnsonville offers a prime example, where we leverage each platform based on what it does best, all working in concert and with a common brand strategy – from the “Share Your #Bratshot” promotion on Instagram to daily Bratfirmations on Pinterest offering grilling quotes, wisdom and humor.

Make It Useful: Don’t just show up to the party – offer guests something of interest or value. Remember: these platforms attract a sought-after, tech-savvy audience that often shun more “traditional,” disruptive forms of marketing. Time spent curating an inspiration board on Pinterest, for instance, is “me” time—not “please bombard me with your brand message” time. Lowe’s strikes the right balance with its helpful how-to vignettes on Vine.

As revolutionary as they seem, these tools are just the tip of the iceberg. In this attention- starved, mobile-first world, marketers will have to become master visual storytellers and more, as new tools and technologies continually redefine how brands connect and communicate with consumers.


Kristin Bloomquist is executive vice president and general manager of the Phoenix office of independent marketing and communications agency Cramer-Krasselt.


C-K Unveils Branding Campaign For Arizona Science Center

Have you ever wondered how one car can tie up traffic for miles or what causes that one wobbly wheel on a shopping cart? Arizona Science Center has the answers as it launches its new branding campaign – Never stop wondering.

Created pro-bono by Cramer-Krasselt, Never stop wondering is designed to ignite interest in science and stimulate the innate curiosity within people of all ages well beyond the confines of a classroom or museum by posing fun, thought-provoking questions about everyday things, places and scenarios. The campaign’s innovation is that the messages are incorporated into the medium in which they are presented. Appearing in unexpected places, including building rooftops, sidewalks and bathroom stalls, the questions will prompt people to find out more about the world around them.

The campaign launched on August 6 throughout the Valley, including display boards at shopping centers, on grocery carts at supermarkets and even Phoenix headquarters of major companies, many of which have volunteered their own space to help further the reach of the campaign. To date, sponsors include the Arizona Diamondbacks, APS and Desert Ridge Marketplace.

“Never stop wondering challenges Arizonans to be curious, ask questions and seek out answers about the workings of the world around them,” said Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “The campaign brings to life our mission of inspiring, educating and entertaining people of all ages about science and reinforces our role as a vital resource for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.”

Most of the advertising will include a Quick Response (QR) code that will guide smartphone users to easy-to-understand video clips and text answers on Arizona Science Center’s website. Questions include everyday head-scratchers such as “Why do scary movies give you goose bumps?”, “How does the light rail stays on its tracks?” and “Why does your stomach growl when you’re hungry?”

“We are surrounded by technology and natural phenomena, yet many of us may not understand how or why these things work or occur,” said Ian Barry, SVP/executive creative director, C-K Phoenix. “By posing questions we’ve all pondered, we immediately engage with people and give them an approachable and fun way to experience science. Never stop wondering encourages people to reconsider the role of science in their lives and ultimately discover more at Arizona Science Center.”

“We are immensely grateful for the many generous corporate sponsors that will help share this inspirational message,” said Humphrey. “Ultimately, Arizona Science Center hopes to inspire a new generation to become leaders and innovators in science and technology.”

In addition to traditional and guerilla advertising, Arizona Science Center will host an ongoing series of experiments where Arizonans of all ages will have the chance to summon up their inner scientist and have a hand in seeing science first-hand. Details about the inaugural large-scale experiment will be announced later this month.