Hi, I’m Zane

I help brands develop their identity and express it through memorable concepts and copy.


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I’m a creative problem solver with ten years experience on big brands, small brands, tasty brands, inedible brands, super serious brands, sorta-funny brands.

I enjoy making strategic creative; the kind that provides business results and customer value. Might sound boring on the surface, but I insist that it’s fun for everyone.


A client once said:“His ability to tie creative thinking to consumer insights, trends/culture, and our marketing objectives was unmatched by any creative I have ever worked with. It was always clear where an idea started and how he got to the final product.” Gina Colonette, Philips


My core values:
Curiosity. The act of learning and unlearning is like sunshine for the mind. Curiosity keeps me aware, grateful and open to new ideas.

Adaptability. I’m gonna let Lau Tzu take this one, “A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. The stiff will be broken; the soft will prevail.”

Belief. You can call me Ted Lasso because I believe in belief and that the customer notices said belief. Trickle down belief-onomics.



Browse by brand:
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[UCLA] [Pallaby] [Smarter] [State Farm] [Blue Diamond Almonds] [Philips OneBlade] [3M] [A&E] [Mandalay Bay] [Honda]  




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Copywriting


        A smattering of favorite concepts and copy. Swipe ← or → to see what’s in each gallery. Tap [see more] and poof—you’re on the brand page. Imagine that. 




Social / Video





UCLA


           On the UCLA in-house creative team I’ve led copy and conceptual work for a number of campaigns and initiatives, including #1 Because, Knowledge Solves and more. [see more]



State Farm



           As lead writer on the agency team for State Farm’s Neighborhood of Good, we created an original series of docustyle content, social, digital and IRL experiences with altruistic artists like Panic! at the Disco and Lauren Alaina. [see more]



Philips OneBlade


 
           By embracing the humor of our target, we helped OneBlade become a relatable brand for young men with two-way, timely social content and activations that featured the many perks of this one of a kind face eraser. [see more]





Web






Pallaby



        As a founding member of this startup I expanded my K9 knowledge as a dog dad. We created the brand and establish a reputation for pup-personalized wellness and nutrition. [see more]



Blue Diamond Almonds



            Blue Diamond Almonds and Almond Breeze provided ample opportunity to write about taste. Web copy was focused on harnessing the heratige of this farmer co-op on their brand pages and nutrition/flavor on product pages. [see more]



UCLA


 
            As a government institution, designing and writing for ADA compliance was always top of mind. I learned a lot about streamlining content, making it accessible and creating pages with purpose. [see more]





Event





3M



           On 3M’s social agency account, I helped create a content strategy and execute in real time at SXSW. We supported their scientifically-inspiring footprint and climate change statement, The Big Picture. [see more]



UCLA First Thrusdays



[Event Creative Comming Jan 2022]

  
         On the storied streets of Westwood, we invited Angelenos to connect with one another, celebrate the moment and explore interactive experiences designed by student artists and local community members. 





Email






Pallaby



 
           So many new dog owners lack basic knowledge about their pets (e.g. how can I tell if my dog is oveweight?). Our emails enticed and informed, pulling readers into our website to original content and ultimately, sales. [see more



UCLA



           It takes a lot of emails to keep L.A. county’s fourth largest employer funded and functional. My email work represents both objectives, reaching out to doners and helping employees stay sharp. [see more





Misc.

 





Mandalay Bay




           This was my first campaign in market as a copywriter at RPA and I keep it around because I still appreciate how the turtle’s snarky voice cuts through. The above outdoor ad ran on busy streets nation wide. [see more]



A&E





              This is one of many social/second screen campaigns I did with A&E Networks. It’s a throwback to a simpler time on social, yet still a favorite idea because of the partnership and results. Plus, I got to make silly voices while VO’ing the case study. [see more]



My Fiction



   
    When I get curious about an observation or a feeling, a person or place, I write about it. Usually the result is a poem in the shadorma form or a short story. [see more]
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