Ready to work together?

Call Lee at 212.253.7500

or email

Author: Team DIGO

Lovely Illustrations From A Forgotten Campaign.

Here are some lovely illustrations from a 2000 campaign for Gomez Advisors that ran headlong into the Dot Com Bust.

Lovely work from artist and illustrator Lisa Adams.

Check her work out here:



What Exactly Do You Mean By “Brand Direct?”:

In direct marketing, which I often refer to as “the direct model,” consumers can form relationships directly with companies without the need to go through intermediaries, such as agents or retailers.

The meaning they assign to those relationships is called “brand.” Managing the process of building that meaning is called “branding.”

The process of building value through developing direct customer relationships is direct marketing. Brand Response is the (mostly UK) term for brand-driven media designed to generate actions such as click-throughs, sign ups & purchases, known as “responses.”

In the 1990s, I introduced the term “brand direct,” which is the management of both brand and the entire direct marketing funnel synchronously to accelerate value creation.

– Mark DiMassimo


Brand Direct and Brand Response

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Back in the 1990s, I called for a brand revolution in direct and a direct revolution in brand advertising, and called it brand direct.

A couple of years after that, I started noticing a phenomenon in the UK – the rise of what was being called “brand response.”

I had long done my recruiting from the UK and New Zealand, because I found that the smaller, but more culturally uniform markets were hothouses for integration — ahead of the U.S. with its giant budgets and endless silos.

Since I thrived by getting and staying ahead on integration — on brand direct — I needed people who understood, and those people weren’t being trained in the U.S.

So, the U.K. now seems to have a wealth of resources on brand response and it’s phenomenal growth and history, as you’ll see in the article linked below:

-Mark DiMassimo


If it doesn’t inspire greatness, it isn’t creative.

Used to be that companies made products and agencies sold them. Today, agencies work with clients to craft the products and services, build the customer experiences, and inspire the actions that bring more people into the experience.

An inspiring customer experience will spread, but it will also need help spreading. The brand is the most important part of the experience.

Functionality is important. But there are usually near equivalents for functionality.

Personal, psychological, spiritual, social and societal benefits and meaning are the keys today.

Emotion is critical.

Does the service – the total customer experience — inspire greatness (even in some small way) in the customer?

Does our service inspire greatness in the client?

Does our team member experience inspire greatness in our team members?

That’s what it’s all about today.



Inspire Me.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Paul – Romans 7-15

People view marketing backwards — they think that it’s all about how companies sell products to people. It’s really about how people use our services, including our advertising, to inspire action in themselves. Without help, none of us does what we think we want to do.




You can impel action without inspiring it.

Tyrants do that. So do frauds.

But, if your action isn’t inspiring,
then all the actions will never add up to something greater.

All the clicks, hovers, registrations, deposits, sales, subscriptions, shares, visits…


That may work for a while, but never works in the long run.

Don’t be fooled by short-term results. Many failed regimes and business models had excellent short-term results.

Determine never to merely invite, tempt, seduce, compel or incentivize action when you can inspire it.

It’s the only way to meaningful actions, relationships and organizations.

Inspiring action.

When first,
Inspiring is a verb
And then is an adjective
is the only way.

When you build with
Inspiring Action
What you do means so much more
Than what you say.

How Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn got hired for an internship.

jeff weiner

Someone just told me a great story about an intern she interviewed as a favor, about twenty years ago, who went on to be the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner.

He was in business school at the time. She had already hired all the interns she could for the season. And, anyway, in their short interview, he hadn’t impressed her much.

She wanted to get him out of her office. She tried to usher him out.

“I’m sorry, I just don’t have any intern positions left for this summer.”

He said, “I have just one question.”

“O.K.” she said, “Shoot.”

“Do you have a five year plan?”

“A five year plan?! I have a plan for today.”

“If you hire me, I will write your five year plan.”

She hired him. He wrote her plan. It worked. He went on to great things, and no one was surprised, least of all her.

Great question. Great offer. Great career.

Don’s Drive In – Unconscious Brand Lessons of My Youth

If you want to learn how to build a juggernaut of a brand through inspiring action, you could do a lot worse than to learn from the example of the late Don Roth, founder and proprietor of the sadly also late Don’s Drive In at the border of Livingston and Short Hills, New Jersey.

My grandmother lived for many years just a couple of blocks from Don’s, so I had the delicious experience of imbibing the phenomenon from a very impressionable age.


Some will say Don’s was just a restaurant. Hah! Don’s was a mega-brand in the area. Though Don and his namesake have been gone for years, so great is the demand for his food that several other food services in the area claim to sell “Don’s” burgers and other items.Don's Burger

I could tell you more, but you’ll learn so much from this article about the heart, soul, and work-ethic of a true brand-building genius. Enjoy!