WVU Marketing Communications Today

How To Write Effective Creative Briefs. And Why It’s Important.

October 30, 2019


The Creative Brief is the blueprint of a marketing communications effort. It provides guidance and vision for all the disciplines required to construct a successful integrated campaign—Research, Strategy, Account Management, Creative, Media, Production, PR, Social, Search, and Experiential. Unfortunately, most briefs are poorly crafted, overly long and often ignored. An effective brief, by contrast, inspires collaborative excellence among all involved in the process. In an era when brands bring together multiple agencies to execute an integrated campaign, clear and effective Creative Briefs are more important than ever.

About Michael Lynch's guest:

Jim Copacino is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Copacino+Fujikado in Seattle He began his career in New York at DDB and Young & Rubicam, before moving west to Chiat/Day Seattle. He subsequently served as Creative Director at Cole & Weber and McCann-Erickson before co-founding Copacino+Fujikado in 1998. C+F has created high-impact campaigns for many regional and national brands including the Seattle Mariners, Holland America Line Cruises, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, REI, Premera Blue Cross, Visit Seattle, and the Seattle Aquarium. In 2013, C+F was named an Advertising Age Agency of the Year for the Northwest region.

Spanning nearly four decades, Jim’s work has been recognized in every major advertising creative competition, including the Cannes Advertising Festival, The One Show, The Clio Awards, Communication Arts, the New York Art Directors and The OBIE awards. Jim has also received lifetime achievement honors from three different organizations—the American Marketing Association, the American Advertising Federation and Marketing magazine.

A graduate of Ohio University, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the advisory board of Seattle Children’s Research Institute.


WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Michael Lynch from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

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