Emily Hicks

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2010

Capstone Advisor

Professor Edward Russell

Honors Reader

Professor James Tsao

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Advertising and Promotion Management


The purpose of account planning is to develop a strategy that guides the creative executions in an advertising campaign. The development of a strategy includes; in-depth secondary research, primary qualitative and quantitative research, discovery of key findings, and the formation of the creative brief. This thesis explores both the creativity and academic rigor necessary to this account planning process.

The thesis is in the form of a creative portfolio. Each campaign included in the book (State Farm Insurance, Burton snowboards, and Libby’s pumpkin) have been reduced to the most visually and verbally concise form. Every campaign tells a cohesive narrative starting with research and continuing all the way through creative executions. The portfolio also explores my individual creative thought process as it applies to strategy development and advertising.

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