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"The Grok team is passionate, involved, and committed – they pride themselves on understanding your business and consumer as well as you do. You will truly feel that they are an integral part of your team and your success!"
"Grok has been a strong strategic and creative partner for us in developing a global advertising campaign that is helping raise the awareness of VMware. I value the team, their collaboration, ability to turn work around quickly, and the strategic thinking behind their proposals."
"Grok grabbed hold of the brand benefits and delivered strategic insight that was unequaled in the pitch process. Moreover, they translated that insight into a campaign that blows conventional wisdom out of the water. As a result of the creativity and strategic thinking of the Grok team, we expect to drive Zicam to new heights and completely redefine how the consumer thinks about and treats her cold. Finally, we're having a ton of fun with Grok as part of our broader team."
"Grok instinctively grasped how to build the perfect bridge between Luxaire premium air conditioning systems and our relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Something a previous agency couldn't do even after six months.) Within a couple of weeks, Grok came back with a big idea that created a halo-effect for the Luxaire brand. And they executed the idea flawlessly across multiple media platforms. What started out as limited regional effort exceeded all expectations and we are expanding it nationally."
"Working with Grok has been a pleasure! They have become true business partners. They understand our business challenges and embrace the opportunities with sound strategic vision. Their creativity and execution has been spot on and have helped us achieve tremendous success over the last 2 years. So glad we left our 'big' agency and hired Grok!"
"I love working with Grok! They take ownership of our company’s performance and truly are members of our marketing team. We get strong strategic thinking and creative that translate into increased market share. We get senior level thinking at all times as the head of the agency is involved in all strategic conversations. They also take client service to the next level, they treat you like you are their only client."
"We were looking for three things to launch our new branding campaign for the InStyler brand. We wanted an agency who understands how to talk with and create a relationship with women, understands how to balance the branding message with the need to communicate individual product benefits, and understands how to do so within our budget constraints. We've found Grok to embody all three of those principles with the added bonus of being bright, enthusiastic individuals who are a pleasure to work with."
"Grok is smart, fast and delivers great value for us. We needed a promotional idea that could run twice a year. The Managers Gone Wild campaign they created is true to our brand, has been a hit with our customers and stores, and just keeps getting better and better."
"Hey, I know we have great burgers, but it was Grok that brilliantly created our brand and separated us from the pack! They are driving our future."
"I brought in Grok to add strategic and creative firepower to our existing agency roster. Grok blew us away. Not only did they bring a fresh and more insightful strategic point of view, the quantity and quality of their creative was impressive for an agency of any size. After working on one project, word spread within the company and they were given more work. Grok gets it."
"Being able to tap into the vast experience and cutting-edge marketing savvy that Julie Bauer and the Grok team provide is an invaluable asset to us at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. We truly appreciate the insights, ideas and knowledge Grok shares with us and their positive impact on our chapter's marketing and messaging."
A meticulous art director and designer, Tod has created award-winning work for the world's most iconic brands. Prior to Grok, as Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi New York, he raised creative standards on such clients as Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Beck's Beer, Kodak, UBS and P&G. In fact, Tod was instrumental in laying the foundation for P&G's creative awakening, fueling a process that led them to be named Advertiser of the Year at Cannes.
Tod has also held positions of creative leadership at JWT, Ammirati & Puris and Levine Huntley Schmidt & Beaver, where at age 27, he became the agency's youngest Creative Director. His experience at those agencies included UPS, Citizen Watches, Seagram's, Maidenform, Rolling Rock Beer, Nikon, RCA and Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia (much more fun than it sounds).
Tod serves on the Creative Review Board of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, has taught at the School of Visual Arts and is a past Vice President of One Club for Art and Copy.
Julie, CEO and Head of Strategy, is passionate when it comes to uncovering the truth about how people interact with brands. She has a refreshingly honest, no-nonsense approach and totally groks that a strategy is useless if it doesn't lead to an inspiring creative idea.
Previously, Julie was Global Strategist for IBM at Ogilvy & Mather. Prior to Ogilvy, Julie spent nine years with Saatchi & Saatchi, first as CEO of Saatchi San Francisco and then relocating to London to run Saatchi's P&G, Sony, Visa and T-Mobile businesses across EMEA, while also running Guinness in Asia and Africa.
Julie's ability to understand consumers is matched by her ability to understand clients’ needs as well, having worked on the client side of the table, twice: early in her career as VP of Marketing at Commodore Computers and later on as EVP Global Advertising at Motorola.
Julie’s philanthropic interests include Children of the Night and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, of which she’s on the New York Board of Directors.
Steve believes great work is simple, surprising and always combines a human insight and a business insight. A visually-oriented copywriter who originally studied art direction at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Steve has won every major industry award for creativity, as well as effectiveness.
Prior to Grok, Steve was Co-Chief Creative Officer of DDB New York, returning to the same agency he started his career at. Before that, as Creative Head of Ogilvy Toronto, Steve dramatically increased the profile of the agency, improving business growth by over 50% and moving the agency to #3 from #17 in awards won. His blue-chip brand experience includes American Express, Coca-Cola, Deloitte Consulting, General Motors, Hershey, IBM, Jaguar, Kraft, P&G, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Timex and UPS.
Steve has taught advertising at the Miami Ad School, Concordia College and the School of Visual Arts, from which he graduated and received the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Arts.