10 Things That Happen When You Go from Intern To Employee: Tales Of An Unorthodox Intern

By Natasha Sabour, Jr. Copywriter September 29th, 2017, will mark the close of my second week as an official employee of Dieste Inc., and such an auspicious occasion calls for some pondering. I had the privilege of being part of the summer 2017 cohort of Dieste interns and the experience left quite a mark—the most obvious one being that I was later asked to stay as a full-time employee. I owe this incredible opportunity to a great many people, but I feel most indebted to the mentors from my internship. I was lucky enough to have not just one, but…

Taking a Stand on Social Purpose

By Erin Clark, Planning Director What do you stand for? No doubt, 2017 has provided ample opportunity for all of us, as individuals, to express our stance on a number of issues. And, if you are a brand champion, this question is likely top of mind for you as well (if it’s not yet, then my guess is that it will be soon). This year has brought about an important shift in Corporate Social Responsibility, as consumers today are demanding that companies not only share what they are doing, but be clear about the exact issue(s) they believe in. Conscious…

How Marketers Misrepresent Americans

By Carla Eboli, Chief Reputation Officer  There is something interesting about the discrepancy in how marketers see America and its population and how everyone else sees it. Looking at the profiles of Americans featured on TV and in print ads, it’s clear that we are living in two very different worlds. It seems we are still far from a good balance between what is real and who the fashion & beauty industry represents. Here are the top three discrepancies I find intriguing in how marketers see America and how Americans really are: 1.) Plus Size Fashion I struggle with the…

Diversity in the Workplace

By Dannely Flores Kramer, Account Planning Director Diversity in the workplace has been a hot topic populating newsfeeds for sometime now – from companies making it a performance metric which affects bonuses, to people writing memos that argue biological differences. Regardless of which side you’re on, many would likely agree that diversity is meant to drive positive change, and it usually starts with the very best intentions…that is, until people begin seeing it as a hassle, check box, quota or policy they have to abide by. But, even the best intentions run the risk of unintended consequences, as the saying…

Stealing the Show: Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation

By Gabi Reynolds, Strategic Planning Intern These days you can’t get very far into the news without reading about one person accusing another of cultural appropriation. Are we as a society policing too much? Is our culture of political correctness out of control? Do we just like to create controversy, or do we really have a legitimate problem stealing from one another?   The Oxford English Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, and ideas of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” While it…

Whole Brain Thinking: Creative Strategy

By Justin Rubenstein, Strategic Planning Intern   There are so many words in the advertising industry that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. While some terms aim to describe the traditional elements and processes, others are newly coined to identify emerging trends. As an aspiring wordsmith myself, there’s one such term that continues to confuse me, despite having taken a class on it in college.   Creative Strategy   It sounds oxymoronic. How did two, such contradictory words fuse together? What do they mean? What does creative strategy mean for businesses and organizations? Teams? Individuals?   As one…

Social Media Platforms Dominated at Cannes

By Carla Eboli, CMO Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter invested heavily in Cannes this year in a way never seen before. The social media giants took advantage of the carefully selected Cannes crowd (creatives and marketers, basically) and brought their best game to the table – or should I say, to the beach? – alluring thousands to their “Riviera lounges.” Aside from the great speakers (the same people speaking at the Palais des Festivals but now wearing sandals), the social media companies took advantage to launch new products, get close to their audience by giving attendees the opportunity to…

First Impressions: Stereotypes

We’re all guilty of it. Every time we meet a new person, we form an opinion in our head about them – how we think they behave and how we should behave towards them. Sometimes, we give them enough time to bare their real selves, and more often than not we find ourselves questioning our initial judgment. When we’re the ones being judged or placed in a particular “bucket,” we may feel confused, angry, sad or a combination of all. Why, we ask, do people assume this or that about me when they don’t even know me? To dig further…

A Short and Sweet Guide to the “New Español”

By Leirum Rivas, Copywriter The Spanish language is more alive than ever, and it’s changing everyday. In order to approach the young, and not so young “Latino generations” in the U.S., we must turn our eyes and “ears” to this transformation. Just like all fusions (think kimchi tacos!), Spanish language is starting a new trend by incorporating different “Spanish-es” to the mix and blending them with English.   Data For Your Thoughts Although many analysts and authors maintain that third-generation Latinos will primarily speak English, the truth is that Spanish will remain relevant and evolve into ”New Spanish”. It won’t die…

EXECUTE!

By Ciro Sarmiento, Chief Creative Officer With Cannes right around the corner, now is a good time to reflect on the impact creative festivals have on the industry. Good or bad, creative festivals exist to celebrate the work that shows guts. Somewhere, someone had the guts to sell an uncomfortable idea and now juries recognized that sacrifice. Some of the most beautiful things you see in the world were built upon rebellion and the ability to say no. You simply cannot sell outstanding creative by pleasing everybody in the room. Last month, the D&AD took place in London and I…