School of Thought

Oh, do we have thoughts

Making Them Care in B2B

This past week, Tom Geary, Executive Creative Director and Founder of School of Thought, spoke in a podcast interview with Sweet Fish Media about building a better B2B marketing landscape.

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Blend's Future of Lending

Blend is a herald of change in the Bay Area fintech startup scene. Blend has been a champion of progress in this new lending market, attempting to prioritize trustworthy, straightforward design for its users on one hand, while balancing industry regulations and compliance on the other.

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Send in the Drones

We spent the afternoon at the College of San Mateo, grabbing some aerial shots of the campus for an upcoming campaign. We got some nice snaps of the grounds and also learned a few things about the college while we were there.

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Deconstructing our vision (eye chart included)

Everyone wants a good agency. But there’s a larger question: who’s it good for?

Many of us have worked at some remarkably creative shops. The work product was rewarding, but life for the rank and file came at a high price. Every Friday, word would come down from on hight: you were expected this weekend. The account people ran scared. And divorce rates skyrocketed.

Elsewhere, account-driven shops are either focused on profitability or happy to let the client dictate the creative. This leads to a short-term win: while the client got to (literally) direct, the campaigns will almost certainly underperform, and then nobody’s happy.

The point is, nobody’s gotten it right, to date—profit has come at the expense of quality, or people have come at the expense of the clients or the agency’s leadership.

It’s like a dysfunctional circle of life.

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Tom Geary