When Yoram Samets' employees show him a new press release, ad script or business presentation, he always asks them, "Where's the `wow'? What's the wow idea here?"
The query is a reminder of
Kelliher/Samets/Volk's slogan, "Creating wow
ideas for clients who want to soar," which is what the company
uses to market itself to prospects. But the question and slogan are
also tools for keeping the 25 employees of the Burlington, Vermont,
advertising agency focused on the key elements Samets believes they
have to offer. That's why he constantly keeps the slogan in the
forefront of employees' minds through an internal newsletter,
posters and even the giant red
W-O-W letters salvaged from a defunct Woolworth's sign.
"It's really a vision statement for the company," Samets says. "It's for all our customers, which includes employees and clients."
Mark Henricks is an Austin, Texas, writer specializing in business topics.