Entrepreneurial Brand Agency Neuron Syndicate is Chosen by Tommy Bahama as Winner of AMC's Sept. 5th Edition of "The Pitch"


Last Updated: September 8, 2013 1:02 am GMT
(Santa Monica, California--September 8, 2013) Brand solutions advertising and marketing agency Neuron Syndicate Inc., which was featured on AMC’s unscripted series “The Pitch” on September 5th, was crowned winner of the competition by Tommy Bahama. Neuron Syndicate is helmed by Ryan Cramer, CEO/President/Creative Director, and Sean Alatorre, Vice President/Creative Director/Partner.

The Sept. 5th episode of “The Pitch” featured Neuron Syndicate pitching their ideas for a new advertising campaign to Tommy Bahama executives Rob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing; Stephen Cirona, Senior Vice President of Women’s Sportswear, and Ferdinand Van Alphen, Vice President of Creative Services. The three men were asked to choose between Neuron Syndicate and Pasadena Advertising Marketing Design, and their creative ways of getting out the brand’s message. The two agencies were asked to come up with ideas for how Tommy Bahama could improve the growth of its women’s business.

Neuron Syndicate was asked to create a campaign that would raise awareness about the Tommy Bahama women's apparel by specifically targeting female customers to promote their women's active wear line. Although Tommy Bahama’s main objective was to communicate to its female clientele, Neuron’s assignment was also to generate ideas that would speak to both Tommy Bahama’s male and female audiences.

The executives from Tommy Bahama were very specific in what they wanted to see in the way of deliverables from Neuron Syndicate: a print ad or ads, an outdoor component or OOH (Out Of Home advertising,) a radio spot or spots, and an online advertising or marketing component (including web, social media, and/or email solutions.) All of these deliverables were due in just a little over five days.

“The first and most important thing we did to ensure a successful solution was to really listen to what the client was seeking, so we could be sure we understood that request,” Cramer said. “We then needed to accurately translate this information to our entire staff, so that everyone on our team would be on the same page. Once we were confident in our translation of the request, we could then conceptualize freely -- both individually and as a group.”

Adds Alatorre, “It just so happens that, in this particular situation, the realization of the winning solution to this assignment came to us within just a few minutes after we received the creative brief from the client. Ryan and I walked out of that first meeting, looked at each other, and in less than 10 words came up with the concept: ‘It’s Not Just About Lifestyle, It’s How You Style Your Life.’ We then did what we do best–hustled back to our studio, to create a kick ass campaign, utilizing all of the talent, manpower and skill sets that our dedicated staff offers all of our clients, each and everyday. I guess you could say ‘It was business as usual,’ from that moment on.”

"Both agencies presented some intriguing ideas and inspired a lively discussion among our team,” said Rob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Tommy Bahama Marketing. “In the end though, Neuron had a clear advantage in the digital and social media marketing space. We were impressed by their ability present a compelling proposal under such a tight deadline.”

Alatorre continues, “Appearing on “The Pitch’ was truly like living through a creative boot camp. I always imagined what it would be like to be on a reality show, and often wondered whether the action depicted is real or not. After this experience, I’ve got to tell ya, it’s all very real!”

Adds Cramer, “I’m so proud of our Neuron Syndicate team. We all worked extremely hard on this adventure. By having such a great team, and with my partner, Sean Alatorre, by my side, I knew we could bring this pitch together with a great deal of creativity and confidence. This was a very intense process, as we concepted and produced a print, outdoor, radio, online and broadcast campaign all within just five days.”

“The disruption of constantly having a camera crew in our studio, along with the multiple daily interviews required for both myself and Sean, made the creative process quite challenging,” Cramer continues. “However, regardless of these unusual circumstances, we were able to meet the deadline. We delivered our pitch to the executives from Tommy Bahama without a hitch. And clearly, they liked what they saw in our agency! The fact that the Tommy Bahama executives chose our agency as a whole confirms my belief that Neuron is doing great things. Our selection wasn’t just about the pitch, but also about how we conducted ourselves during this unique situation. There is a lot of great talent in the world, but what we at Neuron strive for is to build strong trusting relationships with our clients. That’s what I’m most proud of. If a brand can build a collaborative bond with their agency, that, in turn, will organically instill trust with consumers in the brand itself.”

“The Pitch” first premiered on AMC in April 2012 and earned a Critic’s Choice nomination for best reality series –competition. “The Pitch” is executive produced by Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, Domini Hofmann and Aaron Saidman of All3Media America (“Undercover Boss”). Season two, which premiered on August 15th, consists of eight, one-hour episodes.

The Pitch” chronicles advertising agencies as they prepare campaigns to try and win a major new piece of business. The show probes the incredible lengths,
intense stakes and tight deadlines advertising agencies encounter when they take aim at a new piece of business. Each episode follows two creative shops as they work day and night for seven days, building a campaign to try and win over the brand. A real competition, major stakes and a ticking clock are all elements of this docu-style reality TV series.

“‘The Pitch’ explores just how hard it is to come up with a good creative idea, and, once you have it, how hard it is to sell it. The series is only as good as the agencies and brands that participate in the process and the people we’re featuring in season two are contributing compelling and captivating stories,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content.

AMC’s Joel Stillerman, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content, Mary Conlon, Vice President of Non-Scripted Original Programming and Ari Mark, Director of Non-Scripted Original Programming, oversee development and production for the series.

About Tommy Bahama:
Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM). Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 100 Tommy Bahama stores worldwide, with 14 of those locations offering a Tommy Bahama restaurant & bar.

Through a partnership with Border Free global ecommerce, TommyBahama.com ships merchandise directly to consumers in over 100 countries. Tommy Bahama products are also available at the finest U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. Additional stores will be opening this year. For more information, please visit http://www.tommybahama.com.

About Neuron Syndicate:
Founded in 2001, Neuron Syndicate is a full-service, Santa Monica-based, creative agency committed to creating emotional brand experiences. Neuron Syndicate believes that nothing is truly creative unless it solves a problem, while infusing meaning, clarity and purpose. Neuron’s goal is to ensure their clients brand’s promise is achieved.

With over 45 years of combined experience in the advertising/design industry, Ryan Cramer, CEO & Partner, and Sean Alatorre, Vice President & Partner, have developed ad campaigns for companies including Microsoft, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Nike, ESPN, Nintendo, Apple, Energizer and Sony, to name a few.

With a young, dedicated team of creative problem-solvers, Neuron’s capabilities include brand building, print, broadcast, interactive, key art and packaging—all with a flair for storytelling while forging an emotional bond with the consumer. Neuron’s clients are represent a who’s who of iconic brands, including 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., NFL Network, Disney, CAA, FX, Fox Sports, Lifetime, Von Dutch, and a host of others.

Neuron Syndicate is located at 1016 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. For more information, please visit: http://www.neuronsyndicate.com


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