All Posts by Dave McQuaid

Dave McQuaid

Dave helps keep fresh concepts — both verbal and visual — flowing for VantagePoint Marketing’s clients as vice president for creative and digital. With undergrad and grad degrees in journalism, design and theater from Bob Jones University, Dave has put his education and experience to work for over 100 different clients and has nearly 400 regional and national creative and digital awards to his name. When he’s not doing things fast at the office, he’s doing them fast somewhere else — Dave is an avid runner and road cyclist, a frustrated Playstation racer and a close follower of Formula 1 racing.

Hail to the Copywriters

Marketing copy just doesn’t write itself. (Nor do plays, movies, or Netflix shows, but that’s another blog for another day.) But even as a creative with a pretty good deal of writing experience under my belt, sometimes I forget that.

VantagePoint’s 2019 Super Bowl Commercial Review

There’s the game. And then there’s the commercials. And, as a card-carrying ad guy, I’m obligated to be more interested in the commercials than the game, right? Neither the game nor the ads were really that thrilling; what follows is my take on what aired this year.

Why creative European holiday ads “win Christmas”

Unlike the two law firm commercials I watched this weekend, European marketers take the time to create and design absolutely gorgeous, epic storytelling ads that not only advertise but often serve to bolster the spirit of the season. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite examples here. So from me to you, Merry Christmas!

When in doubt, test

What if you could know ahead of time how your audience will react to a specific ad or even a product launch? Concept testing, not crossing your fingers, is the best way to know whether something new will resonate.

“Is Facebook listening to my conversations?” and other thoughts about “creepy” digital ads

We just bought a new car for my wife, a small GM SUV. But what happened the week before was one of those “creepy” moments that lead to questions like “Is Facebook listening to my conversations?”

Understanding programmatic advertising: An infographic

Programmatic advertising: it sounds mysterious, automated and possibly a bit complicated. The truth? Yes, it is all of those things. But it’s also a cost-effective way to use digital advertising to target your audiences.

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