Adweek Creative 100: Ken Marcus & Sean Riley

June 12, 2017

Congrats to Ken Marcus and Sean Riley for being named to Adweek's Creative 100. Way to go, guys! 

Check out the full list here.

Ken Marcus and Sean Riley
Senior Copywriter and Creative Director, The Martin Agency

Marcus and Riley are the creators you don’t know of the Geico work you know so well—the “It’s Not Surprising” and “It’s What You Do” campaigns, which recently helped the insurer have its best year ever in new policies.

“It’s one thing to do award-winning work. But it’s pretty awesome when you can do recognized, national work that really moves the needle for clients,” says Marcus. “It’s weird when it all works the way it’s supposed to.”

“Keeping the campaign fresh is a priority because it runs everywhere and people are going view it multiple times,” adds Riley. “It can be intimidating, but here’s nothing better than sitting in a bar or movie and seeing people laugh at our silly jokes.”

Marcus values advertising that’s simple yet unexpected. “Particularly visually,” he says. “In this day and age, when most folks absorb their media by scrolling or skimming through, we need to be as visually surprising as possible. Something has to really stop them in their tracks before they’ll pay attention. Also, I loathe overthinking. Paralysis by analysis. It’s the death of fun, spontaneous ideas in our business. I really pride myself on ‘underthinking.'”

Riley’s approach is to be open to any and all ideas in the beginning. “Throwing around as much stuff as possible, having fun, and trying not to overthink,” he says. “Always with the goal of getting past the mundane and finding a surprising twist. Then when it’s time to edit, be the cold-hearted bastard the advertising world desperately needs you to be.”

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Martin Wins Gold Effie For "World's Biggest Asshole"

June 02, 2017

Martin took home a Gold Effie last week for our work with Donate Life (World's Biggest Asshole) and was one of seven finalists for the Grand Effie honor. 

The Grand Effie winner was selected by the Grand Effie Jury just hours before Thursday’s Effie Awards ceremony in New York. Other Grand Effie finalists (the top-scoring Gold Effie winners) included:

• Be the Match and space150 for “Be the Guy”
• Seventh Generation and 72andSunny
• SimplyGo Mini and Ogilvy & Mather (with Carat London and FleishmanHillard) for “Breathless Choir”
• Lockheed Martin and McCann New York (with Momentum Worldwide, Universal McCann and Weber Shandwick) for “Field Trip to Mars”
• Donate Life America and The Martin Agency for “World’s Biggest Asshole”
• Office Depot and McCann New York (with Merkle and AGAIN Interactive) for “The Co-Worker Collection”

(via Adweek)

Congrats to all! 

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Martin London Exchange

May 23, 2017

We recently sent Copywriter Chris Martin and Art Director Jesse Mitchell to Martin London for a few weeks as part of the newly formed Martin London Exchange. Here's a glimpse into their experience. 

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New GEICO TV Featured on SHOOT

May 22, 2017

Our latest work for GEICO featured on SHOOT.

A plane’s takeoff is delayed on the runway--because fashion models are strutting down the airport runway. “Surprising”--but not surprising are the savings GEICO provides in auto insurance. 

This latest take on the long-running GEICO insurance campaign from The Martin Agency was directed by Steve Miller of RadicalMedia.


Client GEICO Agency The Martin Agency Production RadicalMedia Steve Miller, director.

Link to full article.

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Martin Takes Home 11 Pencils at The One Show

May 13, 2017

A big night at The One Show as Martin took home 11 Pencils (4 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze) for our work on GEICO ("It's Not Surprising" and "Crushed") and Donate Life ("World's Biggest Asshole") with 11 finalists, making for 22 total award recognitions. Congrats to the teams! 

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