Film Major and Advertising Minor, senior Ben Ohene
Ben Ohene is a film production major and advertising minor at Southern Methodist University. The senior is a transfer from the University of Texas at Arlington and began his journey at SMU in the fall of 2013. Ben is a first-generation Ghanaian-American and is the eldest of three children. Ohene is the vice president of communications for the Student Filmmakers Association at SMU and has interests in writing, photography, fashion, animation, the digital arts, outdoor sports, and culinary preparation. He is a member of SMU’s rugby club as well as an Eagle Scout and an American Red Cross volunteer. Additionally, he is an aspiring screenwriter and cinematographer whose plan is to enter the film industry after graduation in May of 2015.
Ben was awarded this year’s Meadows Exploration Award grant in the amount of $1,000 for his documentary film, Threads. Threads explores the psyche and rationale of university students in the United States when it comes to their daily fashion choices and the judgments that are passed on one another based on attire. Clothing is a form of non-verbal communication – the way that we dress ourselves depends on our personalities, emotions, and the cultures that we were raised in. Threads will be released during the spring of 2015.
About: The Meadows Exploration Awards offer undergraduate students the opportunity to do something truly amazing through art. Designed to promote independent research and creative exploration, the awards are available to any Meadows undergraduate student with an approved idea and a faculty sponsor. Past award recipients have choreographed new works; written and performed music; created art, films and TV programs; worked on political campaigns; delved into research; embarked on national and international trips; and participated in performances.
Jim Goodnight, founding Director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University, was inducted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 into the AAF’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame. Jim’s career spans some 37 years in marketing communications beginning at BBDO and traveling on to other agencies with clients such as Southwest Airlines, Pepsi, Scott Paper, Hormel, and many more serviced along the way.
Dr. Steve Edwards, current Director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute, along with faculty members, staff and students, all were present to honor Jim on this wonderful occasion. Southern Methodist University’s President Gerald Turner was also present along with Dr. Sam Holland, Interim Dean of Meadows School of the Arts.
Everyone had a great time and Jim gave an inspiring speech urging advertisers to do more for the brands they represent and for our profession by implementing the motto of the Temerlin Advertising Institute: Better Advertising. Better World. Watch Jim’s full speech below.
Second year MA in Advertising students, Erin, Morgan, Rachel, Kirk and David, spent their lunch on Tuesday with AAF Dallas for their annual Emerging Technologies Showcase and Luncheon. The keynote speaker was Steve Deitz, President and Creative Director of 900lbs of Creative. He discussed what his company has been doing in experiential marketing. Through a collage of great examples, Steve was able to show how a stronger connection between technology, people and brands can occur using experience based marketing. A nice time was had by all and it was a great chance for faculty members to also catch up with previous students of the TAI program who are now industry professionals.
Matthew Lee, undergraduate Advertising and Computer Science double major at SMU
Matthew Lee, a current SMU undergraduate Advertising and Computer Science double major, recently created a device called the Zombie Tube, a tennis ball pressurizer. TAI caught up with Lee to learn more about his entrepreneurial efforts.
How did you come up with the idea for the Zombie Tube? After a long day of practice with my doubles partner, we always had a ritual to see who can launch the dead tennis ball the farthest. After knocking several balls into the unknown with my partner, it dawned upon me how many tennis balls are wasted. Curious, I decided to walk into the small forest behind the tennis club and to my surprise, the forest floor was completely covered in tennis balls that were mostly dead. Since tennis balls have a limited lifespan and cannot be used again after its life is over, I created Zombie Tube so it can revive dead tennis balls back to the quality of new tennis balls. This process is repeatable for infinite use, so the tennis ball’s overall life is extended until the ball itself is physically destroyed (which is really hard to do).
What are your plans to advertise the Zombie Tube? Since advertising requires a large amount of financial capital, I need to make use of free forms of advertising to promote my product. I plan on doing personal selling or using YouTube and social media sites to help gain some attention. Hopefully if my product gains lots of popularity through my initial free forms of advertising, in the future I plan on doing paid magazine and websites ads that have a large tennis consumer base.
What are your long-term plans in the field of advertising? Ever since I took Survey of Advertising at SMU, I have a strong understanding of what I need to do in order to help a product gain awareness and I learned the process of how advertising can win over consumers. With these general ideas, I applied my knowledge and made sure my product had the right color scheme, target audience, advertising plan, and flexibility for future marketing strategies. Overall, I plan on getting a BA in Advertising because I really want to further my understanding of this major and I see how this major can have strong an impact on businesses and consumers.
TAI congratulates Lee on his Zombie Tube invention and wishes him the best of luck! To learn more about or purchase the Zombie Tube, visit: http://savethetennisballs.com/.
This summer, I am working as a Brand Management Intern at The Richards Group. I work mainly on the H-E-B account, as well as the PODS account. I have a wide array of tasks that I manage for the team, including scheduling out of home jobs (by creating posting instructions, quantities worksheets, purchase orders and communicating with vendors), compiling media traffic (including TV, Radio, Digital, Hispanic, Digital Out of Home,and specialized markets), creating weekly Competitive Dailies to send to the client, researching and compiling competitive decks for the creative team and client, opening jobs and purchase orders, and scheduling internal meetings with the team as well as external meetings with the client. Throughout the internship, I also give two major presentations to my entire team, including the principal. I have learned so much through this internship and am excited to see what the last few weeks bring. I have been entrusted with important tasks and appreciate the hands on experience.
Interested in learning more about the internship experiences of TAI students? Click here, here and here.
Temerlin Advertising Institute graduate students tour the Starcom Media Vest offices in Hong Kong. Meeting with the Hong Kong advertising executives is an amazing opportunity for students to learn how culture impacts advertising decisions in Asia and they felt welcomed by the wonderful group at Starcom Media Vest.
With the help of Dr. Kara Chan of Hong Kong Baptist University, Dr. Carrie La Ferle organizes multiple visits to agencies while teaching International Advertising in Hong Kong during the summer. The students are learning, living, and taking in as many cultural experiences as possible.
Next week Danielle Olson heads to Mexico to work for a nonprofit Dutzi Design which seeks to empower the Mayan women of Valladolid, teaching them entrepreneurship.
To support these efforts Danielle has organized a Trunk Show fundraising event to showcase these women’s handbags.
The event will begin at 8pm, June 3rd on the rooftop of the restaurant Sundown at Granada (which is located directly next to Granada theater), 3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206.
Two other companies will be showing their stuff including Commonwealth Couture, a designer vintage shop located in Snider Plaza. The other is jewelry designer Shona Gilbert who will be showcasing her work. Live Hair Group (a hair salon across from the venue) will set up a booth that will do free hairstyles for all the guests.
All are invited to come and support this great cause!
We love seeing our Temerlin Advertising Students changing the world! Way to go Danielle.
On Thursday, May 15, Dr. Francisco Rejón-Guardia,Visiting Professor from the University of Granada (Spain), presented a workshop to Temerlin Advertising Institute students and faculty titled “Personal Branding: What Are Your Social Networks Saying About You?”
#Personal Branding workshop presented by Dr. Francisco Rejón-Guardia, Visiting Professor for the Temerlin Advertising Institute.
During the workshop, Dr. Rejón-Guardia shared strategies and tips for developing a personal brand and strong reputation online. Since one in three employers look at a job candidate’s social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), Dr. Rejón-Guardia says it’s important to know the image of yourself you are projecting online. His strategies for developing a strong personal brand, both online and off, include knowing your target (i.e. potential employers, jobs, etc.), being specific with your personal tag/slogan, being professional, emphasizing your area(s) of specialization, knowing and telling your story, providing a consistent image of yourself, being genuine, and providing value to your industry. For more on his presentation, click here.
Dr. Rejón-Guardia explains his strategies for developing a strong personal brand to Temerlin Advertising Institute students and faculty.
Dr. Rejón-Guardia is an Associate Lecturer in Marketing and Market Research at the University of Granada (Spain). His research interests include online consumer behavior, e-commerce, new advertising formats, and market research methodology. Dr. Rejón-Guardia has been a Visiting Professor in the Temerlin Advertising Institute since April 2014. He is using his time in the US to collaborate with American colleagues on various advertising and marketing research projects for publication.
Temerlin Advertising Institute Professor Willie Baronet is seeking support via a crowd funding campaign for a coast to coast homeless sign buying trip from Seattle, through LA, to New York.
The goal is buy signs, create a documentary, book, and more!
These signs – and this practice – have become a catalyst for conversations about the nature of home, homelessness, compassion, and how we see and treat each other as humans. It has also heightened my awareness about my own upbringing and home life.
My goal is to buy as many signs and connect with as many homeless people as I can. In addition to the art installations/projects that will result from these new signs, there will be a book and a documentary film of the entire experience. Plus, I’m partnering with the Housing Crisis Center in Dallas to raise money and awareness for their program to help homeless veterans.
Your help is critical. The more people who get involved, the more meaningful the project (and the conversation about homelessness) becomes.