Fall Capstone Promotes CUNY Arts

12/31/2019 Unknown 0 Comments

After studying the impact of gun violence for last Fall's non-profit client Sandy Hook Promise, BICsters spent Fall 2019 exploring the art scene in New York City on behalf of this year's non-profit client CUNY Arts. With the guidance of Professor Katina Scott and Creative Director Brianna Bishop, BICsters in the Class of 2020 leveraged the abundant cultural offerings here in the arts capital of the world to elevate the low brand awareness of this CUNY initiative which offers student passes to places such as MoMA and the Whitney, internships at arts organizations, and curricular development to CUNY faculty to insure that arts education is woven into classroom programming.
Divided into four teams modeled after interdisciplinary agencies, BICsters from each track utilized a cross-disciplinary approach to create distinctive integrated marketing communications campaigns based on a client briefing delivered by Nyisha Howell, Hugo Fernandez, and Fatima Hernandez of CUNY Arts back on September 12th. They returned as judges three months later for the Client Pitch on Thursday, December 12th.

Team MUV kicked off the Client Pitch with its campaign, "Engage the Whole You." Based on original consumer research, MUV found that current CUNY students are the most anxiety-ridden generation. MUV's campaign demonstrated that engaging with the arts enhances your wellbeing and is why CUNY students should invest in self-caring through CUNY Arts.

Team Uno's campaign, "Future Within Reach," directly aligned with CUNY Arts' mission to promote its Cultural Corps which connects students with career opportunities in the arts. Uno's goal of altering student attitudes to make art more relatable derived from the team's insight-driven message: CUNY Arts opens doors for CUNY students.
Team Common Ground's research revealed that CUNY students go through years of school without taking advantage of CUNY Arts' offerings. In its integrated communications campaign, "Not All Perks are Created Equal," Common Ground reminded its audience why access to the New York art scene is a CUNY student's most valuable perk of all.

Team Thumbprint's campaign was driven by a galvanizing insight: New York City may be the cultural capital of the world attracting millions of global art lovers each year, but to a New Yorker, all the city's art offerings are local. So regardless of what borough you're from -- or even if you're not a born and bred New Yorker -- once you're a CUNY student, your relationship to the arts is more personal, more immediate, and a part of the local scene. This gives CUNY an authentic position of authority that Thumbprint leveraged in its campaign, "Our local is unlike any other." The team repositioned CUNY Arts from a provider of free access at museums to being curators of New York culture.

Each team pitched their unique approach in consecutive 30-minute presentations to the CUNY Arts client. After deliberating for nearly an hour, they declared Thumbprint the pitch winner with its "CUNY Arts Local" campaign which empowers CUNY Arts to transform the entire CUNY brand as deeply connected to arts here in the culture capital of the world in a uniquely authentic and authoritative way.

Past non-profit capstone clients have been Sandy Hook Promise, The Grove School of Engineering, Columbia Children’s Health, The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, and the UJA.

BICsters Dive Deep into Cross-Cultural Marketing

12/17/2019 Unknown 0 Comments

Once again, Professor Amy Gomez brought her vast experience helping Fortune 500 companies and non-profits effectively reach diverse consumers to BIC's Cross-Cultural Marketing one-credit intensive earlier this November. As Gomez explained, she first called this course Multi-Cultural Communications. But as Gomez proved throughout her lessons, Cross-Cultural Marketing became more fitting as BICsters from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 did deep dives into various markets exploring the cultures within them.

Establishing a clear framework that acknowledged the fallacy of a "one-size fits all" strategy, Gomez wowed her class with an impressive roster of speakers: Mariko Carpenter from Neilson covered Asian Deep Dive, Brendan Snyder from Google covered LGBTQ Deep Dive, Mafê Villas Boâs from Facebook covered Cross-Cultural Insight Mining, Oscar Allain from UM worldwide covered Cross-Cultural Connections Planning, Winter Mendelson from Posture Media covered Marketing to NonBinary Consumers, and Darren Wesley Martin Jr. covered Marketing, Diversity & Inclusion and Intersectionality.

To gain a better understanding of multicultural consumers and the key tenets of cross-cultural marketing, students not only wrote reaction papers to the topics covered in class, they worked in groups to present a client pitch that gave an overview of a multicultural segment, how to reach this audience based on its media consumption, and ways to design creative opportunities that don't just target audiences, but resonate with them.

For BIC Class of 2021, THEY'RE the brand

12/17/2019 Unknown 0 Comments

The famous BIC Identity Guidelines are back for Fall 2019.

This semester-long project in Professors Gerardo Blumenkrantz and Nancy Tag's Idea Development course not only allows for personal reflection and analysis, but forces students to develop some basic digital design skills, some for the first time. A requirement of the project is that all students use both Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Mek Frinchaboy, an independent designer and illustrator, joined Laura Giraudo and Roberto Bernasconi, principals of Bardo Industries, in providing feedback to students after they presented.

After the final presentations on November 20th, Professor Tag asked the question: "Before this assignment, who had used Adobe's InDesign and Photoshop together?" More than half of the class raised their hands. And yet, the results were quite amazing. For a larger sample of student ID Guidelines, go to our Behance portfolio page: https://bit.ly/35XzJIZ.



BIC and City Tech Make it Formal

12/17/2019 Unknown 0 Comments

Since its launch in 2013, BIC has attracted amazingly talented candidates from all over the globe to its MPS degree program in branding and integrated communications at City College. Over the years, some of the brightest stars have come from across the East River at Brooklyn's Communication Design Department at City Tech/CUNY. Professor Douglas Davis, Chair of COMD_CityTech and a founding BIC faculty member, figured -- "Hey! Let's formalize this relationship!"

So this just in: BIC Program Director Nancy R. Tag, Professor Davis and the Provosts of both schools have signed a special CCNY/NYCCT agreement to make sure the relationship stays strong. As part of the agreement, City Tech students will get portfolio advice, on-site visits, and direct info on admission deadlines and open houses. Professor Tag will sit on City Tech's COMD's advisory board.

On Thursday, December 12th, the day of the formalized agreement, BIC visited COMD's new space near the Brooklyn Bridge and interacted with City Tech students as they wrapped up the Fall 2019 semester. City Tech Professor Dan Wong, who helped shepherd the agreement, and BIC Professor Gerardo Blumenkrantz were there to celebrate. We look forward to strengthening our bonds -- and seeing more amazing students after they've received their City Tech BFA in Communication Design (the only degree of its kind in the CUNY system).

2020 Digital Marketing Trends

12/03/2019 Unknown 0 Comments

More is more! According to an article published by Chief Marketer, the top digital marketing trends to keep an eye out for in 2020 involve “more influencer marketing, more content, more web video and more of what will get digital consumers engaged with your brand online.”

In the realm of social media, influencer marketing has become very personal causing brands to target individuals with significant smaller social media followings as the number of people who trust consumer recommendations over corporate advertising continue to exceed. “Stories” have also become the backbone for marketers as they capitalize from the benefits of FOMO.

From ad engagement, the advancement of tech in AI, AR, and VR, to content experiences replacing content marketing, these digital marketing trends have proven their worth in 2019 and are here to stay for the new year.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2rKiD2y