April 17th, 2014

“C.” It’s Not Just for Cookie Anymore.

It’s conference season, and Mortar is all. Up. In it. Coupa, our new favorite client, is currently hosting their Inspire conference at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco. Why are they our new favorite client? Because they let us play with syringes, frozen rats, and whisky all day long. We were even discussing nipple pipes with them at one point.

























Technically, Coupa is a B2B procurement software platform. We prefer to think of them as software for corporate shopping. It’s like Amazon for businesses. When employees need to buy massive amounts of any item, Coupa’s software makes it simpler, faster, and easier to track. (Guess you can’t get away with expensing iPhone 5’s for your friends anymore. Damn.) Coupa’s philosophy is simple: If you design software that the end user wants to use, they’ll use it. And a high adoption rate translates to massive – we’re talking billions with a capital B – company savings.

And when we say any item, we mean it. Name something, and you can probably buy it on Coupa. Rocket engine parts. Boneless Boston butt. Adult film editing services. (No joke.) Which is why, in developing a theme for their conference, we couldn’t restrict ourselves to just a handful of words. We had to go A to Z. May we present: the New Language of Success.











April 17th, 2014

Mortar and the Exploratorium hook up

Exploratorium + Mortar, advertising and branding San Francisco

Yes, the rumors are true. We ARE working together. Can’t say much other than you can catch us every Thursday night at the Museum. We’ll be launching two new campaigns soon. Watch this space.

March 11th, 2014

In Search Of Calculating Assistant Media Planner/Media Strategist.

You know us. Mortar, growing integrated branding and marketing communications agency. We’re looking for an assistant media planner or media planner with at least 1-3 years experience to support our Director of Media Strategy.

To apply, please send a resume and cover note of no more than 300 words, describing your:


- Approach to working under pressure and deadlines (and no, studying for finals does not count)

- Success chasing down details

- Ability to whip up spreadsheets and ROI numbers in a flash

- Keynote or Powerpoint skills

- Understanding of basic digital media (you know what a banner, CPM, and CPL are)

- RFP initiation and review skills

- Skills coordinating with media partners and being the best go-between ever

- Skills negotiating with vendors to pay the least and get the most

- And finally: How do you maintain a positive attitude in high-pressure situations?


Candidates with agency experience will be reviewed first.

Send your note, subject matter: “Calculating” to iwanttowork@mortaragency.com. No calls, please (we’re on the phone enough as it is). Cheers.