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If you're looking for an innovative, courageous, collaborative leader with the skills and the experience to integrate brand, marketing, and creative strategies into logical, market-moving campaigns, you're in the right place.
I position brands to drive business growth with a focus on key competencies and value propositions, discovering new brand territories, and conquering them. I maximize the synergies between marketing, advertising, and strategic communications to amplify your message.
I develop marketing and media strategies that answer three key questions:
What do we want the market to believe about us?
Who are the people who will believe?
How can we reach them?
I lead the creative expression that brings brand and marketing efforts to life, mindful that creative isn't the end of the strategic process, it's the beginning of the brand's conversation with the prospect.
I place a very high value on the insights that I can glean from the audience and believe you can't have too much research or analytical data.
Having taught for most of my career, I have a love for the exchange of ideas and the new approaches that can arise from it. Teaching my students helps keep me current on marketing tactics and popular culture at large.
I recruit, mentor, shield, optimize, and empower teams so that they bring their best every day. I celebrate diversity of thought and experience—it always makes for a better execution.
How do you make a product like Medicare sexy? Through psychographics! Focusing on the Jungian benefits provided by Kaiser Permanente's integrated care model gave the Mid-Atlantic region a key competitive advantage—and unprecedented membership growth.
Rather than create a course based on tactics, I built a course that focused on the key strategic pillars of any content-led campaign: audience insights, brand attributes, value proposition development, and storytelling. Won the 2020 Tropaia Award for my efforts.
Led the development of new positioning for the Capital One Home Loans brand, focusing on the market's need for clarity, trust, and certainty in a monumental purchase. Developed a new campaign to support the refresh that out-performed the control 7:1 in test markets.
"Franklin is the consummate marketing leader.
As an agency partner for the last 4 years, I am amazed by Franklin’s passion and commitment to building a brand and delving as deep as necessary into research and analytics in advance of each product launch to ensure the highest consumer engagement and market share growth. It is not uncommon for Franklin to call and say, “What if we looked at it this way?” The end result: nothing less than perfect. His teams thrive under his leadership and he is a joy to work with. Franklin has allowed me to do the best work I’ve ever done for a client in my 30-year career."
— Sharon Nevins, VP, Advertising,
Baltimore Sun Media Group
“As a creative professional and leader, Franklin combines a keen aesthetic sense with a real and sincere passion for branding. As Franklin’s colleague at Capital One, I witnessed him coming into an area of tremendous opportunity, and doing just exactly what you’d want your Creative Director to do in order to move the brand forward. He is a great listener, a wonderful presenter, an effective problem solver, and a thoughtful marketer.”
— John Taylor, Senior Creative Director,
West Cary Group
“Working with Franklin guarantees you many great things: Thoughtful and intelligent design recommendations. Innovative thinking aimed at generating better results. Deep understanding of the strategies that drive a project. Attention to details, budgets and time frames. Knowledge of competitor marketing. Energetic and persuasive presentations.But most importantly, plenty of laughs. Franklin’s talents and insights, combined with his sense of humor,brings a sense of ease to everything he touches. He’s a pleasure to work with. A true professional major asset to any organization.”
— Bill Kopco, Senior Director, Brand Activation, Freedom Mortgage