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Schifino Lee - 11:38 am June 26, 2017

Crafting the Hydroponic Difference

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Farming just got a makeover. It’s been cleaned up, freshened up, and the results taste better than ever. Red Barn Hydroponic Farms, home of Art of the Seed, is a 1,800 square foot seedhouse feeding an ever-evolving 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art growing greenhouse. Just a few miles east of downtown Tampa, Art of the Seed takes a new and innovative approach to typical vegetables, fruits, herbs and specialty crops, using a method known as Hydroponic Vertical Growing. Through this controlled environment, each seed is given the proper care and devotion necessary for prime growth each year, resulting in pure, healthy crops.

In order to help the company grow from the ground up, Art of the Seed partnered with Schifino Lee to develop branding, messaging, supporting marketing materials, and communications strategies. The goal of this branding initiative was to effectively establish them as an industry leader – a unique destination for agricultural retail, culinary experiences, and outdoor activities – by touting their innovative techniques and deep respect for nature.

To start, Schifino Lee created a gorgeous logo with modern, hand-crafted characteristics, as well as a brand strategy focused on positioning Art of the Seed as the future of traditional farming. The marketing communications included a unique brochure, stationery package, social media strategy, and website, while the updated, vibrant photography accurately depicts the Art of the Seed brand. The website touts the company’s philosophy, their strategic and unique farming methods, and the remarkably fresh produce that’s currently available at their roadside stand. Stop by and taste the fresh, environmentally friendly produce for yourself at 10302 McIntosh Rd., Dover, FL 33527, or visit us online at artoftheseed.com.

 

Schifino Lee - 3:13 pm September 12, 2016

Cooking Up Delicious Results For Tampa Maid Foods

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This past year, Schifino Lee has been working our marketing magic for Tampa Maid Foods, the leading provider of innovative and value-added food products in North America.

To promote their top-quality land and sea creations, we needed to show B2B customers why serving up high quality, premade products is the easiest avenue to creating irresistible, unique menu items that bring ease and innovation to every kitchen. Our integrated outreach plan utilizes digital and social platforms, email marketing and white papers, among other content-driven tactics to position their premade products as delicious, professional-grade, versatile, and easy to prepare.

To express that Tampa Maid’s top-grade products can give a creative twist to every menu, we crafted the central idea, “Look What New Can Do.” Authentic videos were developed for each new product, from beer-cheese stuffed shrimp to sweet & spicy pickle chips.

A vibrant campaign microsite was launched to showcase Tampa Maid’s original recipes along with the video series. By highlighting their products’ limitless potential for versatility and deliciousness, we also captured lead generation from many valuable sources.

This being Tampa Maid’s first social media marketing campaign, meant developing FacebookTwitter and YouTube platforms from scratch. With the overarching goal of grounding Tampa Maid as an industry thought leader, we engaged heavily with potential B2B customers and big-name restaurant brands by sharing original content, uncovering relevant trends and topics, and positioning Tampa Maid as the premium solution on these platforms.

The new Tampa Maid campaign will continue through the end of 2016, and we’ve already experienced some very impressive results:

44,000+ Clicks to the website

1,200,000+ Impressions on Facebook & Twitter

50+ Qualified B2B Leads

Schifino Lee - 4:47 pm July 5, 2016

Strengthening the Pride and Perception of Gerdau Steel

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While the media often paints a less than stellar picture of the steel manufacturing industry, our client Gerdau Steel (one of the industry’s global leaders) was interested in painting a more positive, and much more accurate, picture. One that touts the 11,000 high-paying jobs Gerdau provides to communities across the U.S. and Canada. Plus highlights their status as one of the top three recyclers in the nation, with a long commitment to sustainability. And most importantly, shows off the genuine pride of their hard-working employees.

So Schifino Lee took on the challenge, with the goal of not only enhancing their brand recognition with the American public, but also getting more talented recruits to join the Gerdau team. The solution is an integrated campaign of outdoor boards, airport signage, and digital banner ads driving to a landing page that lays out the striking numbers behind the economic benefits, sustainability initiatives and social responsibility of the company.

The “Steel Proud” campaign focuses on three key U.S. markets where Gerdau has a particularly vital impact on the communities, with executions featuring local landmarks built from Gerdau steel and actual steelworkers. We’re proud to say that though the campaign just recently debuted, we’ve already received great responses from our clients and the communities.

Schifino Lee - 6:06 pm April 18, 2016

Schifino Lee Hooks Tampa Maid as Advertising Agency of Record

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Tampa Maid, the leading provider of innovative, value-added food products in North America, has appointed Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding as its new advertising agency of record.

Our goal is to position Tampa Maid as the leader in profit-driving, quality menu items, as well as an expert culinary resource within the food service industry.

Schifino Lee hooked Tampa Maid by addressing their business-to-business challenges with a new, strategic outreach plan to reach untapped markets. By shifting the brand’s messaging to align with their segmented audiences and by formulating an approach to thoughtfully engage them, we’ll meet multiple objectives from both a sales and communications standpoint.

Our two integrated campaigns, including digital and social media platforms, as well as a lead-generation microsite, YouTube pre-roll videos, email marketing and trend reports, will establish Tampa Maid as a valuable, thought-leadership partner to their customers.

“We are very excited to work with this fantastic business”, said Ben Lee, co-founder of Schifino Lee. “We look forward to what the future has in store for our partnership with Tampa Maid. ”

For more information on Tampa Maid, visit tampamaid.com. Follow Tampa Maid on Facebook and Twitter, plus check out tampamaid.com/irresistible to see the rollout of the new marketing campaign in coming months.

Schifino Lee - 11:06 am February 2, 2016

Schifino Lee Wins a W3 Award!

 

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This was a pretty sweet win for us at Schifino Lee. Not only was it an awesome site, but it was our own. The W3 Awards, judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, only recognizes greatness as it exists on the internet. Websites are judged on their “creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use.”

W3 Award 3           Website Wording Capture

What started as a simple grid based website turned into a full team effort. Creative directors, art directors, videographers, photographers, copywriters and programmers were all working behind the scenes to bring this site online. We first hit you in the face with our bold message of “Outsmart” on a simple orange background. Scrolling further down reveals a basic grid layout, however our homepage comes to life with the ability to start a video by hovering over each of the squares.

Geez, this was a lot of work. Just one square alone, the “WaZoo Beer Festival,” required building a very slim aquarium to hold the poured beer, but still allow the art work to be seen after the pour. We blended beers to get the right color, and tried several pours to get the right speed and foamy spillover. Which continued to spillover. Everywhere. The office smelled like a frat house in the middle of summer.

Another favorite was for Westshore Pizza, where we ordered the pizza, put it in a new clean box, and then shot it from above. The office immediately consumed every slice. Did you notice the random werewolf hand at the end?  Go back and look, it’s there.

The team page also followed this format, with each team member bringing their own personality to their own unique feature video with a Brady-Bunch-esque layout.

The about page is a super cool addition, diving more into our philosophy of “Outsmart” with a user controlled journey down the page.

So check it out, tell us what you think, and revel at our digital prowess.

Schifino Lee - 12:14 pm January 14, 2016

SCREAM-A-GEDDON’S MEDIA STRATEGY IS A MONSTROUS SUCCESS.

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What’s it take for an advertising campaign to create thrilling results that exceed revenue goals and attendance projections? To dramatically outperform expectations, you need strategic media ideas that engage your audience in just the right context.

Schifino Lee approaches media as both an art and a science. So when horror park Scream-A-Geddon came to us with a formidable challenge, we wowed them with frighteningly impressive results.

The Goal: Attract throngs of Halloween enthusiasts by building public awareness, engaging key influencers, and driving ticket sales.

The Challenge: Promote a new event in a new area against big-name competitors like Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.

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Our integrated advertising campaign introduced the theme park through a unique strategy of broadcast and outdoor media, as well as elaborate digital assets (including pre-roll video, banner ads, and mobile geo-fencing strategies). Our full service capabilities eliminated the need for outsourcing and minimized project segmentation. Plus, our understanding of the media landscape helped garner promotional support and added value—permitting the budget to expand further into the digital realm and creating a competitive presence against the big name theme parks.

The Result: We vastly exceeded Scream-A-Geddon’s overall attendance goal for 2015 and greatly increased the client’s digital presence through social media optimization.

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Schifino Lee implements a holistic strategy when creating a campaign’s media mix, which is individualized per client, per industry and per region.

To hear how we can create equally thrilling media results for your campaign, contact our VP/Media Director, Nordin Benhalima at 813-258-5858, ext.236 or at Nordin@schifinolee.com.

Amanda Koenn - 12:42 pm April 15, 2015

Mobilegeddon is Coming April 21. Is your site prepared?


As mobile phones increasingly replace laptops and desktops as the go-to device for internet access, search companies like Google are taking notice. In fact, Google has announced that they are updating their search algorithm with an emphasis on mobile-friendliness.

On April 21, “Mobilegeddon” will hit companies as that new algorithm is initiated. Websites that are considered “mobile-friendly” by Google’s new standards will be favored and move up in the search rankings, while those which don’t comply will be pushed down. In other words, that valuable search ranking your company has worked so hard to earn could be at great risk in the next couple of weeks.

At Schifino Lee, we excel at developing client websites that are not only optimized for search engines but for mobile viewing as well. If you’re worried about how Google’s new algorithm will affect your search rankings, contact us and we’ll be happy to immediately test your website. It’s your best bet for surviving Mobilegeddon.

 

Schifino Lee - 2:32 pm March 3, 2015

Our Biggest Night Ever at the Tampa Bay American Advertising Awards

Last Thursday night the Schifino Lee team attended the American Advertising Awards Gala (they’ll always be the ADDYs to us) at Port Tampa Bay. We won big, coming home with 13 awards including 7 Golds and 2 “Best of the Bay” trophies. Here’s a list of everything we won:

  • Best of the Bay, Gold, and two Silver awards in Newspaper, Color category for Sweetwater Organic Farm, “Ourganic is Better Organic”
  • Best of the Bay and Gold award in Advertising Industry Self-Promo category for “Be the Santa Toy Drive”
  • Gold award for Gerdau Ameristeel “New NY Bridge” print ad
  • Gold awards in Digital Advertising and Elements of Advertising categories for Ameriflight website and photography
  • Gold award in Integrated Campaigns category for The Powers Company’s “The Power of Un” campaign
  • Gold award in Elements of Advertising category for P&S Transportation photography
  • Silver award in Radio, Campaign category for Lizard Juice
  • Silver award in Television category for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s “London Frightmare” TV commercial

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. It attracts over 40,000 entries every year in local ADDY competitions. Thursday night’s local show was sponsored by AAF Tampa Bay. The winning work now moves on to the district level competition in Orlando on May 2 for a chance to compete at the national level in Las Vegas in June.

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and production partners! We’re grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to produce excellent work this past year and we’re committed to raising the bar even higher next year.

Schifino Lee - 11:44 am February 26, 2015

Schifino Lee Named Agency of Record for Gasparilla Interactive Festival

Schifino Lee has partnered with the first-ever Gasparilla Interactive Festival (GIF) as Agency of Record and a festival Founder. The GIF festival, to be held on March 6, 2015, is anticipated as the Southeast region’s showcase event for cutting-edge technologies, digital innovation, and entrepreneurial inspiration as well as a long-awaited addition to Tampa Bay’s multi-faceted Gasparilla Arts Month.

Schifino Lee agreed to the pro bono agency partnership with GIF including the creation of branding, logo, print ad campaign, posters, a website, visual designs, broadcast radio, and festival banners. The concept for GIF’s branding evolved out of the festival’s focus on interactivity and connectivity: each part of the logo is autonomous yet, when banded together, creates something greater than each individual part.

“Our commitment to the Gasparilla Interactive Festival aligns with Schifino Lee’s goal to seek out new and innovative creative solutions in the digital world; the fact that it also supports Tampa’s business and creative communities makes our support even more important,” said Paola Schifino, Principal and Co-founder of Schifino Lee. “We are honored and excited to be involved with this inaugural festival and look forward to this event being an integral part of the Gasparilla season.”

In addition to becoming integrated into the Tampa Bay Area’s festival-packed Gasparilla season, March 6, 2015 has been named “Gasparilla Interactive Festival Day” in Hillsborough County by the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners and District 2 County Commissioner Victor Crist.

The festival features compelling presentations and forums from the brightest minds in emerging technology, interactive media, and disruptive entrepreneurialism. It includes exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, a keynote speaking series including Faris Yakob, Joanna Lord, and Peter Shankman, two speaker panels, and an expo open to the public.

The Gasparilla Interactive Festival is a community event organized by Gasparilla Interactive Festival Inc., a Florida non-profit organization which was founded by leadership members of the American Advertising Federation and Ad 2 Tampa Bay chapters. It is made possible through the collaboration of Tampa Bay’s public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions including Schifino Lee.

Schifino Lee - 1:25 pm January 29, 2015

Pumping Up a Unique New Fitness Brand

When the former Executive Vice President of Operations at Lifestyle Family Fitness and the founder of Advance Physical Therapy came to Schifino Lee with their innovative vision for a fully integrated fitness concept, we knew just how to whip their brand into shape for a grand opening.

Today’s workout achievers and weekend warriors are desperately looking for a combination of fitness, wellness, and recovery services previously only available to professional athletes. So, we created a name that perfectly captures the path of balance, performance training, recovery, and fitness education on which these individuals would travel to optimal fitness: BODYSSEY.

We brought these 4 fitness pillars and the BODYSSEY brand to life through logo design and brand identity elements, followed by a webpage, collateral, social media support, public relations, and dramatic oversized wall graphics to support their VIP grand opening.

The awareness and buzz we generated resulted in an outstanding event turnout along with strong consumer interest, media coverage, site traffic, and membership signups.

Schifino Lee - 5:01 pm January 15, 2015

Schifino Lee’s Creative Excellence is Rewarded with Three Davey Awards

Schifino Lee‘s work for three of our clients was honored with gold and silver trophies from the Davey Awards. These international creative awards recognize outstanding big ideas from small advertising and design firms around the world. Nominees are carefully selected by The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, which oversees all judging.

“Our agency is incredibly honored to be recognized with such prestigious, highly respected awards for our hard work and creativity,” said agency principal, Paola Schifino. “We’re a group of passionate, creative people who take pride in our work and are happy our passion came through in these campaigns.”

Schifino Lee won a gold award for HOPCO’s memorable direct mail campaign featuring actual worn out shoes, a silver award for posters promoting the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Law & Liberty Dinner, and a silver trophy for Lowry Park Zoo’s WaZoo Beer Fest posters with bottle cap animal art created by our team.

Schifino Lee - 1:16 pm January 9, 2015

Schifino Lee Named Agency of Record for Gasparilla Interactive Festival


The first Gasparilla Interactive Festival will be held on March 6, 2015 as part of Gasparilla Arts Month at Port Tampa Bay, Cruise Terminal 3. The Gasparilla Interactive Festival is Tampa Bay’s showcase for cutting-edge technologies, digital innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration.

The Gasparilla Interactive Festival features compelling presentations and forums from the brightest minds in emerging technology, interactive media, and disruptive entrepreneurialism and includes exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders. The event will have a series of speakers and an expo. Confirmed speakers include Faris Yakob, Joanna Lord, and Peter Shankman. More speakers will be announced in the coming month.

The festival is a community event and is made possible through the collaboration of Tampa Bay’s public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions. Partners of the Gasparilla Interactive Festival include AAF Tampa Bay, Ad 2 Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County, EDI2, Schifino Lee, the University of Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay, and the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

“Our pro bono commitment to the Gasparilla Interactive Festival shows our dedication to and support of the digital and creative industries in the Tampa Bay area,” Paola Schifino, co-founder of Schifino Lee and the designers of the festival’s logo, website and branding materials.

The festival is organized by the Gasparilla Interactive Festival Inc., a Florida non-profit organization that was founded by leadership members of the American Advertising Federation and Ad 2 Tampa Bay chapters. Founders of the festival include Akerman LLP, de la Peña & Holiday LLP, Hillsborough County, EDI2, Pinstripe Marketing, Port Tampa Bay, Tricycle Studios, Sign-Age, Ad 2 Tampa Bay, and AAF Tampa Bay.

Attendees can register beginning today at an Early Bird rate of $125 or purchase a Founder’s Club membership for $1,000. Founders and sponsors will be invited to an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 5 in the evening. Visit www.gasparillainteractive.org to register and for more information.

Follow the Gasparilla Interactive Festival on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Pat Floyd - 5:10 pm December 29, 2014

Why We’re Creatives

I’ve found that those of us on the creative side of advertising didn’t really have a choice. We were born this way. We feel the need to create and we do it. We must have an outlet lest it drive us insane. Art directors, copywriters, production artists, creative directors…we all felt the calling.

Growing up I always had a new art project. Like most kids, it started as finger painting, then crayons. Before long, I was taking art lessons, painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, writing stories- anything to keep the creative juices flowing. Before long, it evolved into learning guitar, and later bass, drums, and eventually singing. Playing music soon led to starting and joining bands. The bands needed promotional materials but we never had the funds to pay someone to create it all for us. So, this led to me learning graphic design, website design, marketing, computer animation, photography, and video editing. The need to learn and create led to more learning and creating. I could never get enough!

When the reality sunk in that my dreams of rock stardom may fall through, I began to think about what I wanted to do with my life. There was no question that it had to be creative, so I started at a small company as a graphic designer using the skills from all that learning and creating.

I think most of us have similar backstories. We often have creative hobbies that exist outside of work, from music and fine art to woodworking and photography. Whatever the medium, it all comes from the same place. Along with that insatiable urge to create, create, create.

Schifino Lee - 4:14 pm December 22, 2014

Schifino Lee Takes Ameriflight’s Brand to New Heights

Ameriflight, the world’s largest regional air cargo carrier, looked to Schifino Lee to help them develop a clear and consistent brand which embodied their focus on customer service. In addition, they wanted to feature the true heroes of their business: their people.

Schifino Lee brought these ideals to life with Ameriflight’s new “Above & Beyond” campaign. Original photography featured their mechanics, pilots, and employees front and center. A new Ameriflight website and new collateral explained how Ameriflight’s people go above and beyond in all aspects of their work.

The website was developed around an innovative bottom-to-top parallax design which literally takes visitors from the ground up into the clouds. It also features a dynamic aircraft gallery, interactive route maps, and a media center with company news, videos, and downloads.

The new branding positions Ameriflight as the industry-leading company they truly are. To view the website or find out more about Ameriflight, visit www.Ameriflight.com.

Schifino Lee - 1:53 pm December 12, 2014

Help “Sabrastian” Find a Home for the Holidays

This year, in keeping with our tradition of Random Acts of Merry, the Schifino Lee team is putting our considerable creative talents to work helping a pair of “adoption-challenged” canines find a loving home in time for the holidays.

To hear their touching backstory, see our efforts to raise awareness, and find out how you can help, check out our “Two Is Hotter Than One” video.

To follow their story and spread the good word about these wonderful pooches, like us on Facebook.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Schifino Lee.

Watch the video we made to help support Sabrastian and find them a forever home this holiday season:

Schifino Lee - 11:46 am November 19, 2014

New Branding for An Established Leader: Great Insights + Passions = Greater Outcomes

Tindale Oliver has provided industry-leading planning, design and engineering to public and private sector clients throughout the United States since 1989. However, the company’s image and message had not kept pace with its national growth and expansion of service offerings. So Schifino Lee was engaged to refresh Tindale Oliver’s branding, website and collateral as part of its 25th anniversary.

Schifino Lee brought this plan to life with a new brand positioning: “Great Insights. Greater Outcomes.” It demonstrates how the company’s depth of knowledge results in unique solutions for clients. Schifino Lee brought the campaign to market with a new logo, new case studies, new website, and new corporate identity as well as new collateral and digital materials.

More importantly, Tindale Oliver’s updated branding was well received by their clients:

“The site and mission are wonderful! You can tell how much research and planning it took to make that happen. Not to mention some amazing java script work! You should be very proud! Congrats!”
– Marissa Segundo, Recycling Coordinator with City of Largo

“We here at HCPS just rolled out a new design as well – I looked at yours and felt so ‘invited’ to click in further and further. So easy to navigate…pleasing to the eye and an easy-to-use page.”
– Lorraine Suarez, General Manager of Growth Management & Planning with Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tindale Oliver also saw a dramatic increase in website engagement following the rebrand launch. The number of viewers on the site nearly tripled from August to September from 650 views to 1,687, with new visitors also tripling from 431 to 1,110.

Tindale Oliver’s rebranding effort was featured in the Business Observer on September 26. To view the article click here.

For more information about Tindale Oliver, please visit tindaleoliver.com.

Schifino Lee - 5:23 pm October 21, 2014

Schifino Lee Creates Original Artwork to Promote Tampa Museum of Art’s Pavilion XXIX Gala

Original artwork created by Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding is being used to promote the Tampa Museum of Art’s Pavilion XXIX gala. The artwork features the human form illuminated by glowing hand-drawn letters in multi-colored light, depicting the word “Pavilion” and the museum’s logo.

The artwork conveys the fundraising event’s theme, “Immersion of Light & Art,” as well as the immersive experience attendees can look forward to. Schifino Lee created the black-tie gala’s invitations, posters, Save-the-Date mailings, and patron invitations. Schifino Lee contributed its work pro bono in support of the museum and its arts culture.

Pavilion, in its 29th year, is Tampa Museum of Art’s premier black tie gala and its biggest event of the year with over 400 people anticipated to attend. The event will feature fine dining, music, dancing, a live auction, and an original interactive art installation created by Chicago-based Luftwerk to be unveiled during the event.

“This year Schifino Lee embraced Pavilion’s use of artistic and freeform illumination to reflect the theme in a new and different way,” says Ben Lee, a Founder and Principal at Schifino Lee.

Pavilion XXIX will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Visit http://tampamuseum.org/pavillion-xxix/ for more information.

Schifino Lee - 9:25 am August 14, 2014

Summer Sets On a Hot Group of Interns

 

It’s been an incredibly busy, exceptionally successful summer here at Schifino Lee. A big part of that is due to the outstanding class of summer interns we were able to round up. Our creative, media and account teams all benefitted from these six smart, spirited, and hungry to learn newbies. So as summer wraps up, we want to profile what lies ahead for each.

Heather Fitzgerald, Creative Intern                 

To say Heather is a self-motivated, go-getter is an understatement. Originally from Philly, she’s a recent University of Tampa grad with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Her passion for design and branding proved so infectious, and the speed and quality of her work so good, that we decided to bring her on as a full-time Junior Art Director.

Rebecca Scott, Account Service Intern                                                              

Energetic, confident, and curious about all aspects of the business, Rebecca recently graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Anthropology. Her combination of smarts, efficiency, positivity and openness to learning earned her a full-time role with our account team. Go Gators!

Malcolm Vieux, Creative & Account Service (hybrid) Intern                                                              

Fascinated by the influence advertising has on pop culture, Malcolm plans to one day use that power to create healthy social change. He certainly had a big influence on the agency’s work, both on the account side and creatively as a writer. This Fall he’s headed to Chicago to land a big-league ad gig and to pursue grad school as well, building on his B.S. in Business Administration from High Point University.

Paige Colloredo, Media Intern                                                                        

Prior to her senior year this Fall as an advertising major at the University of Florida, Paige wanted to get ahead of the curve through some real-world experience. She got plenty of that and more working closely with our media team. Armed with new knowledge and skills, she should be well on the way to her goal of becoming a media planner in New York, L.A. or Nashville.

Katey Powers, Account Service Intern  (Not Pictured)                                                    

With a strong business sense, and knack for sales and advertising, Katey knew the right internship could help her focus her professional goals and her future. As a go-to resource for the entire account team, she got invaluable exposure to the ad business that will serve her well as she continues her marketing major at Liberty University in Virginia.

Sierra Starkey, Creative Intern                                                                 

Originally studying Pharmaceuticals at the University of Florida, Sierra made an impulsive move to graphic design her sophomore year. Good thing for us, because we put her design skills to good use on several big projects. She’s returning to UF in the Fall to start the upper division BFA program and serve as the university’s social media design intern.

 

We’re proud to welcome some of our summer intern class as permanent members of the Schifino Lee family and wish all the best to the rest who’ll be sorely missed by colleagues and friends. Now…time to get started on Fall intern interviews!

Schifino Lee - 4:01 pm August 6, 2014

Schifino Lee repositions NorthStar in new “Bank Up” campaign

With Florida’s economy on the rise, NorthStar Bank sought to redefine the banking experience for Tampa Bay area businesses. NorthStar engaged Schifino Lee to create an equally compelling brand strategy that positions them as the community bank for the business community.

Through discovery, Schifino Lee discerned that NorthStar’s target audience wants a business bank that’s safe, stable and understanding of their whole financial picture. The target audience – small and medium-sized businesses and professional services – desire all the services of a big bank, but the courtesy and relationships of a community bank.

Aligned with this insight, the new campaign utilizes the aspirational tagline ”Bank Up” to reinforce that NorthStar Bank provides them with the strength, support and integrity they need to be bold and grow their business. NorthStar Bank President & CEO, David Stone, further defines “Bank Up” as, “Doing the unexpected to deliver unparalleled customer service and quality products to the Tampa Bay community.”

The new brand positioning was successful in creating an overarching image for all of NorthStar’s communications including website design, brochures, in-lobby posters, billboards, app icon, and revitalized logo.

To find out more about NorthStar Bank visit NorthStar-Bank.com.

Schifino Lee - 3:26 pm July 21, 2014

iBeacon brings light to foggy marketplace

Apple has implemented an indoor proximity system known as iBeacon into the newer generations of their devices.  These tiny, inexpensive, Bluetooth transmitters will provide device users with better location-based information and services; FourSquare and Groupon being examples of benefactors. Since iBeacon must be activated with the downloading of an app, the potential consumers opt in to viewing this content. So, what does this mean for advertisers? Everything.

In addition to making these services better, iBeacon transmitters will (upon app installation) stay alert for transmissions within range pertaining to sales and specials by local vendors. So if a device user were to pass by a beacon in a shop, after 20 seconds of remaining within range the retailer’s app would send the passerby’s device a transmission displaying an ad.

This is incredibly useful technology for advertisers. Those who choose to download the app have voluntarily made themselves susceptible to receiving advertising content. This allows a vendor to attain better engagement. First, the passerby is open to receiving content; second, they have been within a reasonable range of your store for 20 seconds or more. This leads to strategic targeting of people most likely to perform a transaction in your store. Coca Cola is one of the premier brands already strategizing on how to use this technology effectively.

(courtesy of zdnet.com)

Amanda Koenn - 10:58 am July 11, 2014

You Don’t Know Duck!

For stormwater management, Thirsty Duck provides a radically advanced technology as a solution compared to traditional technology. This new flow control product allows for a constant discharge rate regardless of the water surface elevation, delivering a “cruise control” function which replaces the convention that only large ponds are the time-tested solution in stormwater management. Thirsty Duck can reduce the size of detention ponds by up to 50%.

With this innovation, Thirsty Duck engaged Schifino Lee to build an integrated marketing campaign to establish credibility and educate engineers, real-estate developers and government officials.

Schifino Lee identified that the industry was unaware of Thirsty Duck’s products and how they could benefit from them. “You Don’t Know Duck,” an in-your-face campaign headline, was developed to get the attention of the target audience in an impactful and humorous way. The campaign focused on the product benefits such as optimization in flow rate and pollution control and was communicated through strategic branding, web videos, eBlasts, print ads, brochures, print ads, and a microsite.

Schifino Lee - 10:05 am May 16, 2014

If consumers are not taking a break, why should your marketing campaigns?

 

Today, we are seeing an increasingly “always-on” culture. People are staying connected to avenues of communication, whether that means broadcast media or mobile devices, virtually all the time. This means, instead of targeting consumers through carefully chosen time slots and seasons deemed most appropriate for a product’s projected demographic, marketers need to be ready, willing, and able to reach potential consumers at all hours of the day, every day of the year.

There are endless avenues of communication; if consumers are not taking a break, why should your marketing campaigns? In order to get a better look at the challenges and issues in today’s changing marketing world, Advertising Age|BtoB and Kern, an Omnicom agency, conducted a study, the results of which highlighted eight key strategies the most successful companies have adopted. Here is a brief description of “The 8 Pillars of Marketing Success.”

  1. You must adapt to being “always-on”. Roughly 39.1% of marketers are currently implementing always-on programs.
  2. Embrace Big Data to your advantage even if that means utilizing only one segmentation such as demographics or existing customer surveys.
  3. Today’s consumers are savvy and have a world of information at their fingertips; in order to catch their eye and keep their attention, spoil them with access to information about your product.
  4. Create a variety of available content and connect with buyers at varying buying stages.
  5. Earned media, social media in particular, has just as much, if not more, power and potential than owned or paid media.
  6. Be smart and be selective but be willing to put in the work. “Attempt to score leads appropriately, qualify the ones you send to sales, and nurture the ones that need further information.”
  7. Cooperation and open communication with sales benefits everybody.
  8. Knowledge is power and metrics are critical in knowing what approaches are working so you can adjust, improve, and move forward.

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Schifino Lee - 11:25 am May 15, 2014

Want proof of the power of email marketing? Check it out.

This week, we’re sharing insights on how to create successful email campaigns, using our own emails that were sent to top executives. Not to toot our own horn, but we sent out a series of nine eblasts over the past six months to a targeted database and it has significantly outperformed the industry average for open rates and click-through rates (CTR).

Now before outlining some factors that impacted our success, let’s look at the big reason for using email in the first place. According to The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and Constant Contact, companies are seeing a sales boost of up to 40x their email investment. Which probably explains why many businesses are allocating a larger percentage of their marketing budget towards email marketing.*

A few things to keep in mind when developing an unbeatable eblast:

GO VISUAL OR GO HOME

Engaging photos and links to videos are proven to increase click-through rates. Our emails on ad campaigns for Alessi Foods and Westshore Pizza were the only ones featuring videos and delivered the highest CTR of all (3.87% and 2.41% respectively).

PINPOINT YOUR AUDIENCE
We purchased a targeted list of over 4,200 CEOs, CMOs, and Marketing VPs at Tampa Bay companies with sales of $25 million and up to receive our series of emails.

SUBJECT LINES MATTER

No matter how great your email is, it’s pointless if you can’t get recipients to open it. Subject lines need to be concise (ideally, under 40 characters), attention-getting, and relevant to the audience.

TIMING IS CRITICAL
Typically, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the days when prospects are most receptive to emails. First thing in the morning or after working hours are usually the best send times. Of course, the age range of your audience may also influence that decision.

BE MOBILE FRIENDLY
Over 50% of emails are now opened on smart phones, so your emails better look darn good on mobile devices as well as PCs.

*According to 2013 survey released by Vocus/Edge Research

Schifino Lee - 11:45 am April 24, 2014

Insuring an improved user experience for M.E. Wilson

M.E. Wilson, “one of the top risk management and insurance agencies in the nation” according to The Independent Agents of America, needed a trusted partner to update the company’s website. So when choosing the right firm to do the redesign, it was no surprise that the insurance agency founded 94 years ago selected the advertising agency that has stewarded the M.E. Wilson brand for the past 12 years: Schifino Lee.

As the virtual face of the company, M.E. Wilson’s website speaks to customers and facilitates a deeper working relationship between the company and its clients. M.E. Wilson tasked Schifino Lee to not only redesign the site, but also improve the overall user experience for both desktop and mobile visitors. The new site’s homepage now welcomes visitors with a clean, uncluttered design and features content showcasing the agency’s services and expertise. The redesign also includes new elements such as client videos and testimonials.

Navigating the insurance marketplace can be a tough task, and Schifino Lee understands how important it is to simplify content and navigation by highlighting only what’s necessary. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with M.E. Wilson and highly recommend them as their insurance customers ourselves.

Schifino Lee - 3:18 pm April 3, 2014

P&S Transportation “Delivers Great” with new branding and website

Schifino Lee recently launched a new brand and website for P&S Transportation, a leading national flatbed trucking and logistics company. The site’s contemporary design, poised messaging and heroic imagery of P&S drivers, employees and trucks reflect the company’s new tagline: “Others deliver goods. We deliver great.”

P&S Transportation engaged Schifino Lee to develop a new image and positioning that more accurately reflected the company. The Schifino Lee team immersed themselves in the P&S Transportation brand through discovery meetings with the executive team, staff members and drivers in order to understand the company’s values and focus for the rebranding.

“Delivering great means a company-wide commitment to providing the safest trucks and drivers, the finest staff and technologies, all focused on providing the best customer service and experience,” said Robbie Pike, CEO and Co-Founder of P&S Transportation, adding: “Our new website helps further that experience.”

In support of the new brand and website, Schifino Lee also assisted P&S Transportation in developing Driver Recruitment & Customer Brochures, a Driver Welcome Video, Stationery Package, Screen Saver and Prezi Presentation.

Amanda Koenn - 9:52 am July 2, 2013

Website Wins Award of Excellence

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has received an Award of Excellence in a national competition sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), a national association of professionals who manage chambers of commerce.

The Chamber received the award for their TampaMediaCenter.com website and campaign launched by Schifino Lee Advertising & Branding in advance of the 2012 Republican National Convention! Congratulations!

Schifino Lee - 11:37 am January 22, 2013

“With Schifino Lee, You Can Do It!” – Tony Little

Most Americans know the name Tony Little. They associate him with images of Gazelles (not the animal), “You Can Do It!” and, yes, that iconic pony tail. By several accounts, Tony Little has logged more airtime on US television than any other celebrity (averaging about 6,000 hours a year). He has been seen on TV in 81 countries, touched over 45 million consumers and generated more than $3 billion in sales.

Tony Little WebsiteIn order to continue this long-term success in today’s always connected, never stopping world, Tony recognized the need to position his brand for future growth. He was familiar with the Schifino Lee team’s success building retail brands such as Lifestyle Family Fitness and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, so he reached out to us. The only mandatory: “I will not cut the pony tail.”

Schifino Lee built on Tony Little’s brand strengths: authenticity, approachability, making every day an opportunity to be positive. We developed a brand strategy and platform that communicated the idea of Enjoy Possible. Every touchpoint (Web, logo, social media, e.g.) communicates Tony’s inspirational and motivational “You Can Do It!” attitude.

Schifino Lee - 6:58 pm November 29, 2012

Schifino Lee helps Vigo Importing grow its Alessi Foods brand

Pursuing its goal to grow the Alessi brand of food products nationally, Vigo Importing Co. and Schifino Lee partnered together to embark on a substantial marketing campaign. The integrated campaign launches with cable TV spots, in-store displays, radio spots, digital advertising and social media for its Alessi Premium Pasta Sauce line.

While Alessi has been producing top-quality Italian food products since 1947 and is the country’s No. 1 seller in the balsamic vinegar and breadstick categories, brand awareness is relatively low. The company sees enormous opportunity to grow Alessi’s brand equity and increase market share in several food categories.

“We want our branding and advertising to reflect the appeal and quality of our products, highlighting our use of the finAlessiest ingredients,” said Alfred Alessi, owner of Vigo Importing. “Schifino Lee has a successful track record of creating communications that build emotional connections between brands and customers.”

Schifino Lee held focus groups to better understand the Alessi retail customer. Based on the findings from these groups, Schifino Lee refined the Alessi Premium Pasta Sauce brand and developed compelling communications to reach the desired consumer.

Schifino Lee - 3:41 pm October 15, 2012

How to decide between Apps vs. Mobile Websites

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Since the introduction of the iPhone, the debate over how to distribute content to customers through mobile devices has centered around the misconception that you have to choose between developing a native mobile app or a mobile website. The truth is, it’s not an either or battle. Mobile websites and native apps offer different benefits and serve different purposes which create better customer relationships when they work together. At the end of the day, people don’t care about the web vs. app debate; they just want to find what they’re looking for on whatever device they have in front of them.

Of course other factors do come into play with this discussion – price, timing, audience, etc., but the focus always needs to be placed on how people will experience, engage and interact regardless of the platform. App users and web users coexist not because they use both to perform the same function, but because they use each independently to solve different problems. Apps are generally used by your “heavy users” to perform definitive, more personal and reoccurring tasks, while websites are used more for generic research or quick lookups on-the-go. Simply put, doing vs. searching.

Doing vs. Searching may help to provide clarity as to why your customers need these tools, but additional questions need to be asked that help evaluate the best development and deployment strategy:

  • Why do you want or need a native app?
  • What platforms are you trying to reach?
  • How often will you make updates?
  • What is your budget?

Like any other media, mobile development is not a one-size-fits-all solution and should be structured to fit your customers’ needs and goals regardless of what device they have in front of them. Native apps provide rich media integration with a higher engagement rate, while mobile websites offer a wider reach at a lower cost. But, it’s always more important to focus on making something people can use.

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Amanda Koenn - 1:27 pm August 29, 2012

Schifino Lee Creates a New Way to Communicate Tampa’s Business News

There are approximately 16,000 journalists anticipated in Tampa Bay for the Republican National Convention. That is 4X more than for the Super Bowl. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce recognized this as a unique opportunity to show the world that Tampa is one of the brightest regions for business success.

To engage with this influential audience of journalists, the Chamber of Commerce hired Schifino Lee to develop the Tampa 2012 Media Center, a website containing some of Tampa Bay’s most intriguing business success stories. The Tampa Media Center, www.tampamediacenter.com, provides ready access to a trove of relevant news stories for journalists to utilize. The website allows visitors to search by category or browse through all stories. All content is easy to find and share.

Schifino Lee was responsible for the website’s creative design, logo development, copywriting, and website programming. Tampa-based journalists with global business writing experience were brought on board by Schifino Lee to interview subjects and write the stories.

On the site, you will find a range of stories, from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to Raymond James to Moffitt Cancer Center. Each story is also linked with related information, furthering the goal of making it as easy as possible for influential journalists to write positive stories about Tampa’s business environment.

How bright is the Tampa business story?

Tampa has received multi-million dollar investments from Jeff Vinik, the Blackstone Group, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation within the last 2 years. Tampa has the business environment that powers the founding of companies from Outback to Wikipedia to M2Gen. The business stories on the Tampa Media Center website include over 100 success stories joined by the fact that Tampa has the business resources that made them possible. Tampa truly brings to life the idea of Stronger and Brighter Together.

Schifino Lee - 3:29 pm March 14, 2012

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts launches new website to coincide with museum’s move to new downtown Tampa location

Schifino Lee takes unusual design approach to showcase photography on website

To better capture the essence of its photography exhibits and complement its new location, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) commissioned Tampa branding agency Schifino Lee to create a new website for the nonprofit museum.

The new site, www.FMoPA.org,, coincides with the museum’s move into a new downtown location this month. The website is meant to serve as an extension of the museum and offer a flavor of the displayed work for potential visitors and donors, including the Tampa Bay area’s growing class of creative professionals.

The site also describes how the museum — in addition to its historic and contemporary exhibits of internationally known photographers — offers an array of events, classes, membership programs, and community outreach activities.

With an untraditional look-and-feel and atypical navigation, visitors open the site to see eye-catching photography take over the computer screen. “This was a different approach than what’s often used in web design, and the visual power of the site is tied to its simplicity,” said Schifino Lee Creative Director Evan Brownstein. His team creatively and thoughtfully selected big, beautiful images “designed to make the photography the star,” he said.

Founded in 2001 as the Tampa Gallery of Photographic Arts, the museum was renamed in 2006 to better describe its purpose and mission of “exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.”

The museum has recently relocated a few downtown blocks from N Tampa Street to Rivergate Plaza, located at 400 N Ashley Drive. The museum occupies the second and third floors of Rivergate’s architecturally significant Cube, a highly visible location in the heart of the Downtown Tampa Arts District.

About FMoPA

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.ÊFMoPA collects, preserves and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.

Schifino Lee - 4:16 pm February 1, 2012

Show Your Best Stuff

Being a small company doesn’t mean you need to look like a small thinker. Cary Showalter came to Schifino Lee to develop a site that could exude the professionalism and personality of his company, ShowTech Solutions. ShowTech was founded by Cary in order to share his extensive IT experience, along with his business expertise, to small business and entrepreneurs that have challenging technological needs.

The new ShowTech website showcases the wide range of services and solutions the company offers; from security & support to complete integration of all your office, mobile and cloud server technologies. The site also contains a blog, allowing current and prospective clients to not only learn about what is happening at ShowTech Solutions, but also current news in the technology industry and in-depth product reviews.

Overall, the new website will effectively inform consumers about what ShowTech Solutions does and how they do it, while also facilitating communication through blog and social media posts. To view the new website, visit http://showtechsolutions.com.

Schifino Lee - 2:59 am October 5, 2011

Social Media vs. So What Media

Fantastic Adweek piece (http://www.adweek.com/advertising-week/are-we-cusp-social-blindness-135427) points out that most marketers treat social media as if it were cheap broadcast media.

Audiences are tired of that. Businesses need to create relevant content and participate in genuine conversations – not mindlessly use social media with a short-term transactional mentality.

True social media is about building an emotional connection, not selling a transactional promotion. The best news comes at the end of the piece. When brands do the right things with social media, it is a powerful way to build equity and create measurable value.

We would love to learn from your experiences… Who is creating social media that is authentically social, and who is churning out social media that is merely “so what media?”

Schifino Lee - 7:39 pm May 11, 2011

Baa Baa Black (leather) Sheep

Zynga and Gaga present sheep on hog action starting May 17.

In a cross promotional concept so huge the human brain cannot begin to comprehend it, Lady Gaga has struck a deal with Zynga, maker of FarmVille and other social games popular on Facebook, to promote her upcoming album Born This Way.

Players of a new game called “Gagaville”  will be able to hear portions of the album prior to release and access exclusive, extra  material afterward.

What can one expect down on GagaVille Farm? “think crystals, unicorns, sheep on motorcycles,” Zynga said in the press release. The madness begins May 17.

FYI: Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born 3/28/1986 in NY, NY.

Schifino Lee - 4:46 pm February 23, 2011

Using Quick Response Codes

We wrote last week about QR (quick response) codes—that square matrix that connects a smart to web content. Today we’re adding some “best practice” guidelines for their use.

  1. Size matters. A bigger code is easier to capture, especially for phones with a hair-trigger auto focus. Trying to hold your phone just right to is really frustrating and will not engender good will.
  2. Get a commercial for the price of a bus shelter. QR codes to link to any kind of data. It can be text, flash, audio or a short video. So it is essential that—
  3. Content has to be mobile-enabled. What’s the use of connecting people to a web page or site they can’t read on a mobile device?
  4. All codes are local codes. QR codes let you run the same ad in multiple publications without any changes except for the code. It is even possible to use APIs to localize and personalize the resulting web experience.
  5. It’s okay to tease. When you include a QR code you can whittle down the ad, poster or even speciality network video to its selling essence and let the web carry all the details. Reaction becomes interaction as the viewer is able to get more information immediately.
  6. Close the deal in seconds. Talk about hot irons and strikes: an interested consumer can connect from your poster to your e-commerce site and make a purchase within minutes of first seeing your message.