Category: Hamptons Blog

Thanks to You, We Won!

We’ve gotten a lot of good news this week. Thanks to you we received thousands of votes and we are grateful to each and every one of you! We won Dan’s Best of the Best Marketing & Advertising Agency in the Hamptons. It’s nice to be popular. And it’s also great when our work gets noticed internationally. We also found out this week that we won 16 Platinum and Gold MarCom Awards (plus five honorable mentions) for websites, print ads and logo designs. What’s MarCom? An international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. Winners range…

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Congratulations, you’re a winner!

Here’s why all those awards count. Winning awards is great. Not just so you can puff up your chest, strut around like Mick Jagger without a mic, and let your mom bore her friends to death. Winning awards actually creates press, builds credibility and gives you the opportunity to assess your own work and challenge yourself. Here’s proof.   LaGuardia Design just announced they won the American Society of Landscape Architecture Award. The Southampton Patch was the first publication to cover their win. Landscape Details was a finalist in the second annual HC&G award for design innovation this year. Of…

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Don’t Just Buy Local, Sell to Locals

It’s fall. They’re “gone” (ok, maybe here on weekends). Tumbleweed Tuesday was weeks ago. So here’s the question: What about us? (Warning – this could be perceived as a self-serving blog, but there is a relevant marketing message here, if you own a business on the East End.) We think the people who “really live here,” matter. But not every business out here does. Ok, go ahead, take Tuesdays off, change your schedules, but let us know. You’re busy? You’re tired? We are too. On Tumbleweed Tuesday we went to the health food store to grab some coffee… closed. The…

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Oooh Baby Baby! What’s new in Montauk?

This time of year it’s great to breathe in the Spring air and keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of babies. Here are some of our favorite new additions in Montauk and the Hamptons. Jill captured these little foxes, Lynn lives just up the hill from these baby goslings. And, Amanda (who we miss terribly) introduced her boy, Dylan, to the world. Of course there are new businesses popping up all over MTK, too. New in MTK: Neesa Peterson is bringing her Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls (N’Awleans style shaved ice) to Montauk this summer. Look for her truck at Ditch!…

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Ch-ch-ch-changes in MTK!

With all the noise, we mean news, about our hometown in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and even London’s Tatler Magazine, we thought we’d write a blog about what’s going on in Montauk, New York. Coast, opens in the Luigi’s location the first weekend in May. Owned by Tony & Sue Berkhofer (he was the chef at West Lake Clam & Chowder House). Ronjo got a bronze job and is becoming a swanky hotel called Beach House. Gosman’s Restaurant has a new chef! Dave Piacenti, who’s worked at ENE and 1770 House. Goldberg’s Bagels is opening where…

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CALLING ALL GROUPIES!

  Do you love the fact that you can swim in our bays? Do you appreciate our beautiful trails, the osprey nests and wildlife out here? Wonder who fights developers and encourages lawmakers to make decisions that protect the environment? And who do you think is in the classrooms and on the fields turning students into future stewards of our environment? Group for the East End! We’d heard of the Group, but honestly didn’t understand how profound an impact they have on the quality of our lives. After meeting with their president, Bob DeLuca and a talented and committed team,…

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Giants Win! Advertisers, Not So Much

OK, true confession. We don’t love football. In fact, pretty much the only football game either one of us has ever watched is the Super Bowl (unless you count Friday Night Lights). Now here’s a real shocker, even thought we both make TV commercials, we rarely watch them. Just like millions, we’ve invested in technology that allows us to fast forward – but once a year, we can’t wait to watch commercials! Why do people get so excited about Super Bowl commercials? Jill asked me this question just the other morning and Kris, a designer who works with us called…

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Today, we’re thinking the same

I didn’t want to take computer science class at Emory. The giant, unwieldy, ugly beige box intimidated me. When Jill and I got our first real jobs in advertising at Young & Rubicam and Lord Geller in the early 80’s, copywriters typed on word processors, art directors hand-set type, and commercials were shot on film and spliced together with tape by editors. In 1984, Steve Jobs changed all that. Click here to watch comercial. His Apple was built for us “creatives”. Design mattered. Fun mattered. Music mattered. Art mattered. Macs were intuitive, Iphones were smarter, and Ipads turned octogenarians and…

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9/11 + 10

Ten years later, you still know exactly where you were. Who you were with. Who you knew who might be in danger. I moved here on September 1, 2001. The morning of September 11, I was living in an East Hampton rental with no TV. A friend instant messaged me saying a plane had hit the WTC. I assumed it was a small Cessna, until my phone started to ring like crazy. Jill was editing a TV spot. When she got back home to Montauk there was great surf, but she couldn’t bear the thought of enjoying it while so…

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