Entries by Elle Ossello

8 Ways We’re Helping Our Remote Team Feel More Connected

Here’s a hot take: for remote workers, gone are the days of watercooler talk and after-hours drinks at the dive down the street. And the world is a better place for it. I’ll tell you why. It’s straight up lazy to call unstructured, distracting, and impromptu conversation or after-hours drinks “connection.” Beyond that, it simply […]

Ad Creative Types That Constantly Drive Performance (Regardless of Industry)

Testing, testing, testing! As a creative team tucked inside a growth agency, we throw around that word a LOT. Especially because we partner with scaleups looking for quick, efficient (and sustainable) paths to growth. Making sure we’re clear about what we’re testing—and executing it within rock-solid social ad campaigns—ensures that on the other side of […]

The 5 Main Components of Effective TikTok Ad Creative

TikTok…it’s a tough nut to crack. Not only because it’s notoriously the most ephemeral channel (who, who, WHO is responsible for all of these amazing trends?!) but also because TikTok users are extremely adept at sniffing out BS. It takes a smart, authentic, real story to capture the attention of a TikTok scroller. And we’ve […]

So….Is That Good? The Complete Guide to Benchmarking Ad Creative

Does it follow the brand book? Does it speak to the right audience? Does it abide by general design principles? 👈 These are the questions that most designers or agencies ask themselves when they’re answering the question: “so…is that good?” But, as a creative team nestled within a growth marketing agency, we demand much, much […]

How Do Successful Startups Make Their Video Ads?

“Video, video, video…” that’s all the algorithm ever talks about! But truly, it’s because video (more than any other type of ad creative) has the power to do three amazing things: Simplify complicated concepts Make a personal connection  Snag the attention of overstimulated scrollers So, as a startup marketing agency, we’re constantly trying to unlock […]

Bow Down to Data: How We Use Metrics to Dictate Creative (+ Creative Analysis Templates)

“Do you make creative?” This is the question (that we got over and over again) that planted the seed that eventually bloomed into the creative department here at Tuff.  But, it was a question that we considered carefully before taking the plunge. There are a handful of other growth marketing agencies out there making “performance […]

5 Tips for Making Great (and Cost Effective) Video Ad Creative

In two short words, we can sum up the whole point of this article: video performs. No matter if we’re talking ad performance (like we’ll dig into in this article) or organic engagement, landing page CRO, and beyond, video works.  Here’s the thing, though, not all video is created equal. As a growth marketing agency, […]

The Beginner’s Guide to High-Performance, Channel-Specific Ad Creative

When balancing the main components of a growth marketing tactic (strategy + targeting + creative), there comes a time when many organizations find themselves in a chicken-and-egg scenario: which comes first? Is it the campaign strategy and targeting that should dictate creative? Or should great creative—backed by battle-tested value props and watertight messaging—lead the way […]

They WANT to Hear From You: How to Use Email Drip Campaigns to Engage Your Best Customers

If you’ve been following Tuff for truly any amount of time, you know that we have a history of taking a hard stance on email marketing. Hyperboles aside, email is a channel that truly pulls its weight in a full-funnel marketing strategy. What’s more, your customers (and/or clients, leads, prospects) WANT to hear from you. […]

Wait! Come Back! How Our Email Winback Strategy Converted at 27% For Dumpling

At its simplest, Dumpling is a grocery delivery app. But dig a bit further and you’ll see that Dumpling is taking a service that has historically capitalized on the gig economy and flipping it.  Dumpling’s competitors like Instacart automatically match you with a shopper. Which keeps things simple, no doubt, but you get no extra […]