STONE & SIMONS, LLC
Thinking Out Loud
We believe that smart brand positioning
is the key to
effective and efficient marketing
Stone & Simons will
get your brand positioning right,
then help propel your organization
to the next level
We call what we do for clients –
Thinking Out Loud
Uncovered the brand and consumer insights that enabled Country Crock to expand into new forms and product categories and become Unilever’s #1 global food brand.
American Standard Roofing
Identified a differentiating brand positioning, wrote a theme line and created TV and promotional advertising that increase sales versus the previous year - in the midst of the pandemic.
Kirkland Signature (Costco)
Identified the key consumer insight that re-launched Costco’s owned laundry brand with a category-exclusive benefit that drove awareness, increased sales and guided the retailer’s approach to the laundry category.
GRACE, KENNEDY & CO
Performed independent consumer research, identified key consumer insights and wrote the communications strategy that successfully re-launched this Caribbean food brand across the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean.
BOWNE & COMPANY
Identified the key insights and created the brand positioning that successfully re-launched this professional services company across 150 capital markets around the globe.
LASER VISION SCULPTING
Performed independent consumer research, developed the key insights and wrote the communications strategy that successfully launched this unique brand in laser vision correction.
BRUMMEL & BROWN
Uncovered the key insight and wrote the brand positioning that named and nationally launched
Unilever's Brummel & Brown.
Marketing Smart reduces ineffective efforts
Marketing Smart saves time
Marketing Smart increases sales and profits
Stone & Simons specializes in Marketing Smart
MARKETING SMART SERVICES
- Smart Brand ID, Marketing, Promotions & Advertising Materials
- Smart Sell-In & Storytelling - Group Workshops & One-On-One
- Smart Presentations - Analysis & Improvement
- Smart Brand Health Check
- Smart Marketing Strategies
- Smart Brand Positioning
- Smart Shopper Marketing
MARKETING SMART TOOLS
- KeyStone™ Brand Positioning
- CornerStone™ Brand Building
- TouchStone™ Communications Strategy
- GemStone™ Concept Development & Validation
- CapStone™ Package Design Strategy
- MoonStone™ Brand Health
“ Doug’s marketing strategy and advertising creativity has been superb! While our industry has been down during the pandemic, Doug’s advertising plan was able to keep our business in operation during the initial few months of the pandemic and then business accelerated as the months passed while using his marketing plan."
- ALAN GILDENBERG, CEO/INVESTOR, AMERICAN STANDARD ROOFING, SOUTHFIELD, MI
“ Our firm hired Doug to help with our brand positioning. Doug's insights helped us identify blind spots in our messaging. He also helped us craft a "brand anthem" that we can use to focus additional marketing efforts. I am happy to recommend Doug to any business that needs help with brand positioning."
- STEPHEN KONTOS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY & FOUNDER OF PATENTXP, ROYAL OAK, MI
“ Doug is . . . adept at turning insights and strategy into innovative solutions that drive the business for his clients. He is a collaborative, high-energy and high-integrity leader who gets results."
- ROBERT FOUNTAIN, PERNOD RICARD, NEW YORK, NY
“ Doug is a very engaged and strategic leader, who also has an ardent focus on positive client relationships. I worked closely with Doug through an intense agency selection process, and then ongoing account management after winning the business. It was one of the best agency partnerships I have had, resulting in top-tier work and a high level of collaboration."
- MAGGIE HEILE, VIN 7000, PARK CITY, UT
“ Douglas is an extremely dedicated and committed individual, who consistently delivered outstanding results, in the 25+ years he worked with me on major Unilever brands!"
- MICHAEL BAUER, MARKETING & MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, NEW YORK, NY
“ Douglas is a very savvy marketing strategist with a sharp eye for human motivational insights. He makes an excellent partner for getting to the core ideas that can will successfully persuade consumers. An invaluable asset to both his clients, and those who work with him."
- MARC WILLIAMS, FOTOGRAFZ, ROYAL OAK, MI
“ Doug has proven his ability to deliver strong strategic and creative solutions. He has tremendous integrity and dedication to taking a stand for what's right. He leads his team(s) to deliver projects on time, in full, on cost, in the highest quality way."
- MICHAEL FAHERTY, UPFIELD, RIDGEFIELD, NJ
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