Marcus Collins is a culturally curious thinker with an academic insight into the cognitive drivers that impact consumer behavior. He serves as the Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner Advertising, a full-serve advertising agency, and is a recipient of Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 (2016) and Crain’s Business Detroit’s 40 Under 40 (2016). Previously, he led the Social Engagement practice across Steve Stoute’s New York advertising agency, Translation. There, Marcus leveraged the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share in an effort to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of ‘social’. His strategies and creative contributions have led to the success of Budweiser’s “Made In America” music festival, the launch of Bud Light Platinum, the launch of the Brooklyn Nets (Hello Brooklyn!), and State Farm’s “Cliff Paul” campaign – to name a few.
Prior to joining Translation, Marcus led iTunes + Nike sport music initiatives at Apple (iTunes Partner Marketing) and ran digital strategy for Beyoncé.
Marcus is an extremely passionate educator. He teaches at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, as a Teaching Excellence Award Winning and Golden Apple Award nominated professor of marketing. He teaches around the globe and speaks across stages far and wide, from Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity to C2 Montreal, SXSW, Social Media Week, Hyper Island, TEDx, and Talks at Google.
Marcus is pursuing his doctorate at Temple University and holds an MBA with an emphasis on Strategic Brand Marketing from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Material Science Engineering. He is a proud Detroit native, a devoted husband, and loving father.