Creative Business Books

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Strategic Creativity: A Business Field Guide to Advertising, Branding, and Design
Strategic Creativity: A Business Field Guide to Advertising, Branding, and Design
by Robin Landa

The secret weapon for business experts to ensure strategically creative results, this is an indispensable field guide to evaluating creative advertising, branding, and design ideas and solutions, and to working with creatives.

Strategic Creativity is a fundamental resource that enables business professionals to stand out amongst their colleagues and enhance their ability to communicate the creative "why" throughout their organizations, and it covers what every business expert should fully comprehend about the creative process. To effectively grow a business and reach the right audience or move a brand forward, advertising and branding need to be relevant, engaging, and worth people’s time. This book contains what a CEO, CMO, manager, business owner, or client didn’t learn about the creative side of advertising and design in business school.

Featuring insightful conversations with creative experts, this book will earn a place on the desks of executives, leaders, managers, and middle managers across industries, whose work requires them to understand and execute on branding initiatives, advertising campaigns, social media, and other customer-facing content.

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Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy, and Design
Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy, and Design
by Tom Altstiel, Jean M. Grow, Dan Augustine and Joanna L. Jenkins

Advertising Creative, Sixth Edition gets right to the point of advertising by stressing key principles and practical information students and working professionals can use. Drawing on personal experience as award-winning experts in creative advertising, this new edition offers real-world insights on cutting-edge topics, including global, social media, business-to-business, in-house, and small agency advertising. In the new edition, authors Tom Altstiel, Jean Grow, Dan Augustine, and Joanna Jenkins take a deeper dive into the exploration of digital technology and its implications for the industry, as they expose the pervasive changes experienced across the global advertising landscape. Their most important revelation of all is the identification of the three qualities that will define the future leaders of this industry: Be a risk taker. Understand technology. Live for ideas. The latest editionaddresses some of the key issues impacting our industry today, such as diversity in the workplace, international advertising, and design in the digital age.

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100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design
100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design
by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne

This accessible book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design. Lavishly illustrated, it is both a great source of inspiration and a provocative record of some of the best examples of graphic design from the last hundred years. The entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation).

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The Public Relations Writer’s Handbook
The Public Relations Writer’s Handbook
by Whitney Lehmann

From pitches and press releases to news and feature stories to social media writing and more, this new book by author Whitney Lehmann and a handful of experienced contributors breaks down the most widely used types of public relations writing needed to become a PR pro.

The Public Relations Writer’s Handbook serves as a guide for those both in the classroom and in the field who want to learn, and master, the style and techniques of public relations writing. Eighteen conversational chapters provide an overview of the most popular forms of public relations writing, focusing on media relations, storytelling, writing for the web/social media, business and executive communications, event planning and more. Chapters include user-friendly writing templates, exercises and AP Style skill drills and training.

Whether you’re a PR major or PR practitioner, this book is for you. Lehmann has combined her industry and classroom experience to create a handbook that’s accessible for PR students and practitioners alike.

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Everyone Is An "Influencer": Building A Brand By Engaging The People Who Matter Most
Everyone Is An "Influencer": Building A Brand By Engaging The People Who Matter Most
by Kelly Keenan

In Everyone is an “Influencer,” Kelly Keenan, Founder of Brand Story Experts, unlocks the code to recognizing and utilizing true Influencers that will change the trajectory of your business in a powerful way. For over 13 years Keenan has been using the process detailed in this book to help hundreds of brands uncover and celebrate their story in a way that adds excitement, creates consistency, and builds long-term success. This book teaches this proven and practiced method to develop your brand’s story and it’s a game changer for every industry.

You’ll discover proven secrets of how to create and strengthen lifelong relationships with your team and with customers. Not just short-term gains. Go beyond sales gimmicks and short-sighted tactics. Help your business attract and retain top talent while gaining like-minded customers who passionately support, endorse and join in your brand celebration.

This book is for business leaders looking to supercharge their companies. It’s for sales and marketing leaders seeking to gain greater results with enthusiasm. Finally, this book is for any team member ready to step up and become a change-maker for their organization.

It’s all possible because as you’ll see, Everyone Is An Influencer.

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