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Congrats to our friends and clients Staffan Terje and Umberto Gibin on last night’s official opening in San Francisco of their latest culinary masterpiece Volta, where classic Gallic fare cozies up to classic Nordic. With a pedigree of Perbacco and Barbacco, and a name and identity by the chefs de branding at Duncan/Channon, this is guaranteed to be the hottest reservation of 2016. (Got room for two on Friday night?)

After many successful years, along with a well-deserved induction into Adweek’s Mascot Hall of Fame, StubHub’s Ticket Oak has been sent to live on a big farm in the countryside where he’s very happy and not dead at all so stop with the questions already.

Today a new campaign emerges from that puppet’s long, weird shadow. Called “Let Your Fan Out,” the work champions StubHub as more than a place to get a ticket you want, but rather a place that knows when there’s a ticket you want before you even know you want it. As such, even the busiest of people will find more opportunities to let their previously neglected inner fans out.

A robust TV buy, starting with a spot on tonight’s telecast of Monday Night Football, is matched with a deep digital presence, including all manner of rich media, scores of page takeovers on sites like ESPN and streaming video pretty much everywhere video streams.

Plus, all the work features StubHub’s sharp new brand ID, also created by D/C. More on that below.

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After an extensive review, Kona Brewing Company has selected Duncan/Channon as agency of record. D/C will lead all strategic branding and creative efforts with the goal of accelerating the growth of this pioneering craft beer brand from Hawaii. The work will include an integrated national marketing campaign, including TV, digital, out-of-home and other traditional and non-traditional media, that launches in second quarter, 2014.

“We wanted a team that would not only bring the best creative and strategic approach, but also truly understand the Kona brand and where it comes from,” said Robert Rentsch, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, at Kona Brewing. “Duncan/Channon demonstrated a rich appreciation and understanding of Hawaii, along with a deep spirit of collaboration. We’re delighted to find such a strong partner as we put our largest media investment behind this fast-growing brand.”

Said ECD Parker Channon: “With parents in the restaurant business in Hawaii, I couldn’t be more excited about Kona Brewing, a brand I know well and enjoy often – albeit responsibly. Mahalo, from all of us.”

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A comprehensive rebrand and the “Find Your Book” campaign Duncan/Channon created for Blurb have garnered a second year of industry accolades, the latest honors being coveted slots in the Brand New Awards and Communication Arts Advertising Annual. Much appreciation is due the visionary client, not to mention the insightful (and handsome? beautiful?) judges, who saw fit to include D/C among such exalted company.

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Though the work just launched, the SF Egotist has already said they’re some of the prettiest print ads since Gutenberg. And the banners pick up the same rich, allusive design and gorgeous photography. And every element of this multi-million-dollar campaign incorporates a refreshed brand identity and rests on a completely renovated brand platform — all authored by Duncan/Channon, in collaboration with agency-of-record client Blurb.

For those not among the 1.5 million who have already created a volume of their own photography, memoirs, wedding pictures or the like, Blurb is the leader in helping people make beautiful printed books via the web. Their service includes pro-level, yet easy-to-use, design tools and a fail-safe production process delivering budget-defying quality.

In September, Blurb came to D/C, the leader in helping beautiful printed book companies become more famous, to explore positioning, target, competitive and other strategic issues — to create the company’s brand story. The print and online campaign, which reminds the audience they’ve probably accumulated several books’ worth of material already, draws directly on those efforts.

The media plan, courtesy of D/C’s Communications Planning department, includes Dwell, National Geographic Traveler, American Photo and Elle Decor, among others, for the print, and Popular Photography, NatGeo and creative professional sites like Behance and Coroflot, for the banners, which also tie in to the company’s social media efforts.

Kudos to Blurb and their D/C team, as they look forward to [choose your publishing-related cliche: the next chapter; the next bestseller; turning the page; closing the book; returning overdue books to the library of loquaciousness].

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Rarely do agencies get the opportunity to, literally, build a brand from the ground up – but for Sereno, The Center for Snoring Solutions, that’s exactly what Duncan/Channon did.

Over the last eight months, D/C implemented a comprehensive treatment plan for Sereno that included: naming, identity, outdoor, direct mail, television advertising (see the spot above), print, design, interactive, media planning and buying, strategy, and even interior design.

Needless to say, brand building like this is hard work, and it’s safe to assume the agency is in need of a good night’s sleep — almost as much as the patients that Sereno was designed to help.

If you’re in San Francisco and want to see Duncan/Channon’s prescription for a great brand, stop by Sereno in the Crocker Galleria — their doors opened on January 1st.

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In case you didn’t read about it on NYTimes.com, we couldn’t be more proud to share the news that Esurance has selected D/C as their creative agency of record. The win came after a selection process involving many agencies across the US. The assignment includes comprehensive strategic and creative work, from brand positioning to advertising.

Said Esurance CMO John Swigart (if we may immodestly quote): “We were deeply impressed with Duncan/Channon. Their presentation was on-brief, insightful and inventive. And the chemistry was right, too. We think D/C is the perfect partner to help take Esurance and Answer Financial, our affiliated insurance agency, to the next level in our second decade.”

Said D/C GM Andy Berkenfield: “Whooo-hooo.”

Founded in 1999 and now owned by White Mountains Insurance Group, Esurance has become one of the nation’s top names in direct auto insurance. Currently, Esurance is the third most recognized auto insurance brand among online consumers.

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