History, experience, quantifiable results and a rich selection of work samples for Bill Fahber, English Copywriter (American) and Creative Consultant based in Paris, France. Contact Bill Fahber at +33 6 61 329 720.
Started out in 1994 in my home state of New Jersey. At 22 years old, I created a free advertiser- supported city tabloid. It was called ‘ Our Town ’ . Early footsteps : newspaper s .
As publisher, I handled every aspect, including advertising sales, copywriting, layout, photography, editorials, circulation – even ran the press it was printed on. A crash course in communications.
I later worked as a freelance writer for other publications, and had my own monthly column covering local sports. This was enriching, but I w anted to move on to bigger things, so… That created new opportunities.
In 1996, I moved across the pond to the Big Apple. Worked five years as both a Marketing Analyst and freelance writer for Foot Locker Worldwide. Also spent some time at L’Oréal USA. Next came New York…
For a change of air, in 2000, I crossed a bigger pond, this time settling in Paris, France. S pent six months doing translation work and Direct Marketing copy for a start-up called Come and Stay. Then Paris…
In September 2001, I solidified my move to Paris, when I was hired full-time as a Senior Copywriter for BBA Paris. For three years, I learned to adapt my style to European audiences and to a wider diversity of topics, including B2B. Then agency life…
Then freelance… By 2003, now with nine years of experience under my belt, I made the transition to freelancer. Ever since, I’ve been providing copywriting and creative consulting to a wide scope of clients t hat need to communicate globally and effectively.
Today, with more than a decade of experience, my work covers a vast range of products, solutions and services – from perfume, printers and boat engines to iPods, financial software and telecom. Fifteen years later.
Some of the brands that have put food on my table .
Am I worth your time and money ? How do you know?
Can I prove that my clients are happy ? Almost always? Can I show that my clients stay with me ? Almost always? Does my work help agencies w in budgets ? How often? Does my work help agencies earn recognition ? Awards? Does my activity reflect a successful ongoing history ? In revenue? Let’s take these one by one…
Firstly, my clients are happy and almost always stick around . <ul><li>Since 2003, as a freelancer, I’ve completed : </li></ul><ul><li>more than 450 major projects </li></ul><ul><li>billing 30 direct clients </li></ul><ul><li>and for about 5 0 different brands </li></ul>(Yes, my clients really jump around like this.)
On average, that’s 15 projects per client . Not one client has officially severed contact . And only 3 clients out of 30 have not come back for more . * (* yet)
Upon request, I’m willing and able to provide a name and phone number for any client I’ve ever worked for . Oh, yes sir, I can assure you, Bill really is awesome!
Two of my biggest direct clients have bee n and
For … As their primary Direct Marketing copywriter in Europe, I was with them in 2004 when they launched their CRM activities. Through smart segmentation and persuasive B2C copywriting, I helped them explode their e-DM results in terms of opens , clicks , revenue and conversions . Five years later, they’re still a happy client .
I helped them gain valuable market share in key segments. To date, I’ve written for them 135 brochures , 300 Web pages , 60 e-mailings , 40 press ads and 465 other deliverables , ranging from banners to videos to reseller tools. Eight years later, they’re still a happy client . For …
My work helps agencies win new budgets … Since 2003, I’ve been hired to work on a total of 11 agency pitches , usually involving three or four agencies. Eight of these have resulted in victory. That’s a 73% success rate . 73%
And what about recognition ? <ul><li>M y interaction with agencies has contributed to winning key awards . </li></ul><ul><li>Most recently, these include: </li></ul><ul><li>World Luxury Award Gold </li></ul><ul><li>for Lancôme Trésor-is-Love campaign </li></ul><ul><li>(Digitas) </li></ul><ul><li>Top Com Bronze </li></ul><ul><li>for NoBottle interactive campaign </li></ul><ul><li>(Sidiese) </li></ul>
Annual turnover tells the same story, representing a healthy, ongoing activity … * 2009 estimate based on mid-year forecast Close to € 1 million in billing Total turnover in Euros (pre-tax)
So, in summary, there’s a solid quantitative case to be made… <ul><li>The clients are happy </li></ul><ul><li>The clients stick around </li></ul><ul><li>The agencies win budgets </li></ul><ul><li>The agencies win awards </li></ul><ul><li>The billing shows success </li></ul>
Please don’t just look at the pictures ! To understand what I do, you need to read the text and see how it works with the concepts. I was usually involved in the creative ideas as well as the headlines and copy .
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Inside of a fully stocked grocery-store shelf with all sorts of bottles and brands. JOE: Hey, you’re the new guy, right? MARVIN: Yes, hello. JOE: So, is it, uh… is it true what they been sayin?’ MARVIN: What have they been saying? JOE: You know, that you’ve never been, uh… you know… bathed. MARVIN: Oh. Yes, this is true. Suddenly we hear loud gasping noises of astonishment from the other bottles. JOE: Really? Then how come you’re all clean and ready for sale like the rest of us? MARVIN: Because I was sterilized with Predis, an innovative new dry-decontamination system by Sidel. JOE: You mean, no water? MARVIN: That’s right. (cont…) Watch at www.predis.biz
JOE: Wow! What was that like? MARVIN: I don’t remember. It happened when I was… (pauses to think) …very small. JOE: Really? How small? MARVIN: I was just a little pre-form – no bigger than three inches. We hear a bunch of kindhearted expressions like people would make when they see a picture of a cute baby. JOE: Wow, what a story. Why did they do that to you? MARVIN: Because it’s efficient, economical and better for the environment. And best of all, my contents last as long as yours – whether in a refrigerator or on a room-temperature shelf like this one. So it’s just as secure as the old-fashion way! JOE: (a bit offended) Hey, who you callin’ old-fashion? Suddenly, a customer’s hand reaches into the shelf to take MARVIN. MARVIN: Sorry, I’ve got to run. PREDIS logo slowly appears on screen. “ Predis. Purifies pre-forms. Doesn’t use water.” Watch at www.predis.biz
ACTRESS: Now more than ever, the fate of the planet is in our hands. To protect it, we need to rethink the way we make things. We need to face the fact that plastic will have a major impact on our future. Why? Because the PET resin used in most plastic bottles is principally composed of petroleum, an increasingly limited fossil resource. We see an oil well, then an arrow, then a plastic bottle. ACTRESS: In the past several years, bottled-water consumption has skyrocketed. And, naturally, so has the mass manufacturing and disposal of plastic bottles. The plastic bottles multiply rapidly. ACTRESS: It’s time to weigh in with real solutions! As before, new title appears on the side of the screen in the same shabbily composed black-marker typeface, jumping forward like out of a 1930s film: Chapter 2 - How? ACTRESS: To reduce the burden plastic places on our environment, Sidel has decided to lighten up… (sucking in tummy to symbolize getting slimmer) On plastic! Actress turns around and grabs a classroom pointer as she makes her way over to a virtual chalkboard. ACTRESS: Why? Well, it’s basic math, really. The chalkboard rapidly fills up with complex formulas. (cont…) Watch at www. no-bottle.com
ACTRESS: The less plastic we use, the less petroleum we consume – and the less plastic we throw out. The only dilemma is, until now, no one’s been able to create a truly lightweight bottle without compromising on performance, reliability and design. (pause, smiling) But fortunately, that’s changed! New title appears but is then quickly crossed off and replaced by an alternative word: Chapter 3 - Problem? Solution! ACTRESS: Being lighter has typically been a sign of fragility. So Sidel had to devise an innovative process to preserve bottle strength. Actress turns to the side and signals with her finger to invite someone, or something, to join her. Then NoBottle appears. ACTRESS: Introducing NoBottle. It’s ultra-light with a captivating design. But when it comes to performance, it’s no lightweight! Thanks to a flexibly robust design, NoBottle can handle getting banged around – without getting all bent out of shape! Actress takes NoBottle in her hand and presses on it once or twice. NoBottle buckles for an instant but then quickly glides back into its original shape. ACTRESS: That’s because it’s designed with a special new technology called Flex, based on “Shape Memory”. Shape Memory enables NoBottle to spring back to its original shape. ACTRESS: And that’s the story behind NoBottle, the first plastic bottle weighing in at a mere 9.9 grams. That’s almost 40% lighter than the typical plastic bottle on the market today. (smiling) This package really measures up! (pause) Want to learn how you can lighten up with NoBottle? Then enjoy your visit. Watch at www. no-bottle.com
Google Earth zoom on Shin in South Korea neighbourhood. VO: This is Shin. Shin playing basketball with his buddies in the local park. VO: The basketball court is his second home. Shin looking confused in front of a CIO flag. VO: For him, the Olympics are just a bunch of colourful rings. Rapid slideshow of NBA highlights frames. VO: His real primetime is the NBA… Photo of Shin sitting in front of his computer. VO: …and all the online media that surround it. Zoom in on an NBA blog with an Olympic Friend push banner. VO: One day while surfing the Web… Zoom in on the Olympic banner: “Think you’ve got what it takes? Prove it.” VO: Shin discovers a captivating banner with a torch that’s just daring him to click it. Close-up of Shin with a curious regard. VO: So he clicks. We see IOC home page demo of Olympic Path. VO: And what a slam-dunk discovery! Display of Olympic Path animations. VO: The Olympics is more than just a bunch of rings – it’s a real human adventure! (cont … ) Watch at www.youtube.com/fahberbill
We explore the page from top to bottom, left to right. VO: It’s young. It’s dynamic. And they’ve got everything here! Zoom in on the various media and sections. VO: Look at all these fun features: games, photos and highlight videos! Then we go back up to the top to watch the path animation again. VO: And who are these characters? Real people telling real stories! Stop on the portrait of young bball player. VO: There’s even a young basketball player from another country. Global Village page, then click to Basketball Without Borders. VO: And he looks a little like… me! Basketball Without Borders page. VO: Hey, he’s playing in real cross-border competitions, and meeting NBA stars! Photo of Shin hanging out with, talking to, his friends. VO: Over time, Shin becomes a regular visitor and shares stories with his friends about basketball around the world. Photo of team playing on the playground. VO: Before long, they all start to catch the Olympic Spirit. Back to IOC home page with bball player highlighted. VO: Now they all carry a torch that shines brightly. Logo header on dark background. VO: Welcome to the Olympic Path Watch at www.youtube.com/fahberbill
Google Earth zoom on Lucy in Paris, France neighbourhood, then Lucy playing in her bedroom. VO: This is Lucy. Photo of Lucy with her camera, filming her little brother. VO: Her favourite sport? Making videos! YouTube home page with IOC featured video contest. VO: One day on YouTube she discovers a fun new video contest called Capture the Torch… We see IOC’s personalised channel on the YouTube site. VO: People across the globe film the Olympic torch, upload their clips and win awesome prizes! Zoom in on Lucy’s eyes as if she suddenly has a new idea. VO: Lucy discovers that the torch will soon be coming her way. Lucy filming the torchbearer as he runs by. VO: Of course, she has to go film it! Fade to: photo of Lucy in front of her computer. VO: And she can’t wait to share it. YouTube upload page. VO: Lucy hurries back to YouTube to upload her masterpiece. Photo of Lucy in front of her computer with a content expression. VO: And she’s thrilled to see that her video is part of a huge international experience… (cont…) Watch at www.youtube.com/fahberbill
We see lots of the different video thumbnails . VO: Full of diverse people with a genuine passion for the Olympic Spirit. Slow zoom on the Follow the Torch banner. VO: But where does all this passion come from? IOC Follow the Torch page. VO: Lucy discovers the IOC website, where her video is now featured on a dynamic user gallery for the whole world to watch. Photo of Lucy very proud of herself. VO: This is Lucy’s Oscar-winning moment! Lots of photos of Lucy calling her friends, sitting in front of her computer. VO: She’s telling everyone she knows about it. Wide shot of the view counter on the Follow the Torch page. VO: And they’re all watching. The views counter flies fast to a ridiculously high number. VO: Lucy’s torch is shining brightly. Zoom back onto all the videos merging into a single row. VO: And so are theirs. Logo header on dark background. VO: Welcome to the Olympic Path Watch at www.youtube.com/fahberbill
So, that’s a glance at what I’ve been doing for the last 15 years.