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At Cibo, we focus at the intersection of brand narratives, experience design and engineering. We’re storytellers using curiosity, science and intuition to tap into what’s new and what’s next. We help our clients build brand experiences that matter.

The Work
Tesla

Fueling cultural shifts

Tesla

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CBA

Empowering self-directed wealth management

Commonwealth Bank

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Empowering self-directed wealth management

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) wanted to put the power of wealth management into the hands of the individual investor. They turned to Cibo to create a new digital product called MyWealth, a completely self-directed wealth management platform. By combining our understanding of the CBA brand proposition, our deep experience in digital product UX design, and our knowledge of core underlying bank systems and technologies, we designed and launched the MyWealth platform. Result: An interactive web and mobile experience that removed confusing barriers, eliminated financial jargon, and simplified interfaces and tools to create confidence in consumers. To date, tens of thousands of customers have enrolled in the product and are actively engaged. Tens of millions of assets are under management, and thousands of transactions are completed each day.

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Digital cross-channel integration

Union Bank

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Digital cross-channel integration

Union Bank selected Cibo to handle digital agency of record duties across all mobile, web, social, and digital marketing channels. We provide ongoing digital strategy; social media planning and management; web and mobile technology development; video content development; and digital advertising campaigns while operating as a day-to-day partner within Union Bank’s eMarketing Center of Excellence. Results: Integrated marketing strategy and execution across all Union Bank lines of business, and a mature effective presence in social, mobile, and web.

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Beautiful contradictions

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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Beautiful contradictions

Lenovo turned to Cibo to create and build an integrated global campaign to launch their most advanced laptop. Based on a strategy of “beautiful contradictions” the campaign told the story of the product and the Lenovo brand through an interactive web and mobile experience; 360 degree interactive product demos; online banners; out of home; video; point of sale; print and a marketing tool kit for use in over 60 countries. Result: The concept provided the first integrated product launch campaign for Lenovo in years and has driven the highest engagement of any campaign the company has ever run.

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Making must-see swells social

Volcom Mobile

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Making must-see swells social

Volcom is an action sports and apparel brand deeply rooted in surf culture, with thousands of rabid, highly engaged worldwide fans. We were asked to drive even deeper engagement and loyalty by bringing Volcom’s surf contests to the people who couldn’t get there in person. Through the design and implementation of a highly reliable, live-streaming app, we delivered the surf broadcast feeds off the beaches of Hawaii and Fiji to the mobile devices of fans worldwide. Integration with Volcom’s social media channels allowed virtual communities to pop up around the surf contests and enabled fans to interact in app. An integrated content management system allowed regular content updates without needing to publish to the app store each time something changed. And using the phone’s native capability, fans were alerted via txt when the contest was on or their favorite surfer was up. Results: Tens of thousands of downloads, four star app reviews, and happy, engaged fans around the world.

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Putting the smarts in the smart-grid

Silver Spring Networks

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Putting the smarts in the smart-grid

Many consumers in the U.S. have an electrical SmartMeter in their home built by Silver Spring Networks, who also provide a large portion of the infrastructure that comprises the growing Smart Grid powering America’s homes and businesses. In addition to providing this infrastructure, Silver Spring Networks also offers value-added services to its utility customers, including a consumer-facing energy portal known as CustomerIQ. Cibo designed CustomerIQ to allow homeowners to easily understand their energy bills and make better decisions about how and when they use power. Results: The U.S. Department of Energy called this redesigned portal “The best demand response solution we have ever seen” and it saved one of Silver Spring Network’s customers over $3M in the course of one year.

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Designed to fit your modern life

Room & Board

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Designed to fit your modern life

Room & Board asked us to deliver an e-commerce design that would match the high standards of experience they set in their stores, call center, catalog, and in their delivery process. After usability benchmarking of the current site, strategic sessions with their executives, and several weeks spent riding around in trucks and shadowing associates in their stores, we defined a vision for an online furniture shopping experience on desktop, mobile, and tablet that truly embodied the Room & Board brand experience. Results: 17% increase in conversion, 3x number of products viewed each session, 30% increase in time spent on site.

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Surprising guests with an interior affair

Ken Fulk

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Surprising guests with an interior affair

How do you do match the skills of one of the world’s premier interior designers in telling the story of his brand? Ken Fulk, an internationally renowned designer chose Cibo to create the digital Ken Fulk experience because of the unique combination of our brand storytelling and user centered design chops. The new KenFulk.com would showcase Ken’s professional portfolio along with his colorful personality in a very Fulkian way. Collaborating at every step, we created an edgy interactive showroom for visitors, and brought Ken’s playfulness and brand personality forward at every point possible. Results: A website story that nails the brand personality and re-enforces the narrative that Ken works so hard to curate across all Fulk moments and experiences.

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Dreaming beyond the castle

Adventures by Disney

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Dreaming beyond the castle

Disney brought Cibo the challenge of leveraging their world-renowned brand to convince high-end travelers that a Disney branded exotic destination planning for families would surpass all others. Cibo designed and launched adventuresbydisney.com, a website that helps families expertly plan authentic adventures around the globe so they can   experience the real magic of being immersed in other cultures. Results: the service and entertainment attributes of the Disney brand were successfully translated to global destination travel. The site helped consumers understand that adventures by Disney would not be about fantasy and fiction, but instead about well curated experiences exposing families to the wonders of the world. Bookings increased significantly and everyone lived happily ever after!

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Our Clients

From automotive to action sports, financial to fashion, we partner with clients to identify rich opportunities and build extraordinary experiences that grow brands and disrupt industries.

Leadership Team
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Lu Lacourte

Chief Executive Officer

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Lu Lacourte
Chief Executive Officer

You may not want to be a passenger in Lu’s car, (he used to race cars in the US and Australia) but he’s someone everyone wants on the team. As Co-Founder and CEO of Cibo, Lu’s passion for the agency and our client partners is infectious. It is this energetic, entrepreneurial drive that attracts top talent and moves the team through complex business challenges.

Before Lu was our leader, he was GM of Blast Radius, overseeing clients such as Palm, Cisco, Seagate and Citrix. He also spent six years as a Vice President of SapientNitro, responsible for brands including Sony, Franklin Templeton, and Disney. His leadership experience also includes time as Vice President of Delivery for Fort Point Partners and Founder and Managing Director of Sapient’s Sydney office. Lu also held positions with Ziff-Davis Interactive and AT&T Interactive.

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Jim Magill

Chief Marketing Officer

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Jim Magill
Chief Marketing Officer

To say advertising is in Jim’s blood wouldn’t be a stretch. His father, Carson, helped shape San Francisco’s ad community from the 50s to the 70s. And today Jim helps shape the client roster at Cibo. Jim started his career at Ogilvy & Mather SF which became Hal Riney SF. He opened and managed the Riney office in Chicago and also spent time at Y&R Chicago. The brands he has been involved with are some of the same brands we continue to admire today, like the Oakland A’s, Swanson Foods, Anheuser-Busch, See’s Candies, Logitech, Henry Weinhard’s and Mirage Resorts.

In 2005, Jim met Lu at Sapient, where he was involved in the launch of HondaJet, and worked on brands such as Union Bank, Crystal Cruises, California Tourism, Dolby, Yahoo!, Linksys and Virgin Charter. He left the US to do agency acquisition consulting in London, but returned to his SF roots to launch Cibo as Co-Founder and CMO.

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Alder Yarrow

Chief Experience Officer

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Alder Yarrow
Chief Experience Officer

As Cibo’s CXO, Alder leads and directs the company’s customer experience design practice and all client projects that involve these services. He is a leading practitioner of interaction design and an expert facilitator, and often serves as a trusted advisor to Cibo client executives on customer experience strategy.

Alder has more than 18 years of experience designing customer experiences for Fortune 1000 clients around the world. He has worked with a wide array of brands including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Google, Twitter, YouTube, The Home Depot, Rand McNally, Patagonia, Virgin Music, Gymboree, Starwood Resorts, Franklin Templeton, and Eaton Vance. Prior to joining Cibo, Alder spent nearly 5 years as a director at SapientNitro in Tokyo and San Francisco, and 9 years running HYDRANT, a customer experience design firm he founded with our Chief Design Officer, Bob.

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Bob Skubic

Chief Design Officer

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Bob Skubic
Chief Design Officer

Bob has more than 20 years experience in the design industry, spanning traditional print, packaging, identity, collateral multimedia, web and interactive design. In the past he has specialized in the complete transformation of brands, from naming to identity to guidelines to the online experience. He has worked with a diverse array of brands in many industries, including IBM, Xerox, Nintendo, Virgin Entertainment, Revo Sunglasses, Adobe Systems, Gymboree, Google, Twitter, YouTube, and The Home Depot.

Prior to joining Cibo, Bob spent 4 years as a design director at Clement Mok Designs in San Francisco and New York (later Studio Archetype), 3 years as a Creative Director at SapientNitro in Sydney and San Francisco, and 9 years at HYDRANT, a customer experience design company he founded with our Chief Experience Officer, Alder.

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Katherine Hickson

Director of Operations

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Katherine Hickson
Director of Operations

Katherine is a sixth generation Californian who came to San Francisco from a small town in the foothills of the Sierras. Growing up in a place without a single stoplight and just 1000 neighbors taught Katherine how to manage traffic and make connections beyond her local community. Today, she’s at the helm of Cibo’s operations.

Known best for consistently and reliably delivering what’s needed for both internal teams and our clients comes from nearly a decade of project management, account management, and production experience that includes a deep understanding of strategy, creative and development timelines. Previously, Katherine worked at Goodby Silverstein & Partners organizing campaigns for Adobe, Google, Sprint and Netflix.

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Warner Witt

Director of Technology

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Warner Witt
Director of Technology

If you were to create a Venn diagram of [Memphis-native, dog-loving, entrepreneurial art directors] and [pragmatic, technical innovators who’ve made 94109 their adopted home], the junction would be occupied by one guy: Warner Witt. He’s an engineer with deep technical roots combined with the artistry needed to lead agency engineering teams. His design background and treasure-trove of technical knowledge – plus wry wit and worldview – make Warner very popular with Cibo clients and colleagues alike.

In his 15-year professional journey from web developer to art director to wizard of all things marketing tech, Warner has served a broad range of clients that includes Box.com, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Lenovo, NatGeo (National Geographic’s online/social presence), Tesla, Union Bank, US Airways, Viking Range, and World Bank.

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Tom Sieu

Creative Director

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Tom Sieu
Creative Director

On Whiskey Wednesday, there’s always a confident hand presiding over our office mixology. In addition to making a mean Old Fashioned, Tom has cultivated and led top creative talents from boutique to global digital agencies for more than 18 years. With a track record for achieving success through his creative direction, Tom possesses a keen sense for design and deep passion for telling memorable brand stories. At Cibo, he directs the entire arc of our creative process, imagining new ways of deeply engaging with the people and the brands they care about. Tom leads the Cibo teams who plan, craft, and launch brand experiences for the world’s great companies.

Tom has partnered with leaders of industries such as Apple, Box, Nike, Pantone, Sephora, Tesla Motors and Visa for projects that range from rebranding to global campaign launches. His recent work helping build the Generation Tux brand gained significant recognition for its thoughtful design and customer experience. Prior to joining Cibo, Tom sharpened his craft at Turner Duckworth, MarchFirst and Foote, Cone and Belding.

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Matthew Espinoza

Director of Brand and Customer Experience

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Matthew Espinoza
Director of Brand and Customer Experience

Want to know the best noodle joints in Myanmar? The best budget hotel in Guatemala? Matthew is nearing his goal of visiting every continent, and is the go-to guy for travel tips. Matthew is a Director of Brand and Customer Experience at Cibo. He has a passion for clean, functional user experience design and he brings this passion to his work creating outstanding brand experiences for our clients. His client work across industries has included Salesforce, Tesla, Anki, Generation Tux, Union Bank, YouTube, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Gymboree, Intel Security, The Shade Store, and many others.

Matt began his digital craftsmanship in the early days of the dot-com era at Microsoft where he worked on several high profile projects including Hotmail, MSN, Messenger and Office. After leaving Microsoft, Matt roamed the Silicon Valley as a UI/UX consultant working with SAP, WebEx, UC Berkeley, E*Trade, Fujitsu, Razorfish and Dolby.

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Patrice Speed

Creative Director

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Patrice Speed
Creative Director

An eight-year-old Patrice saw the Clio Awards and decided that when she grew up, she wanted to be an ad woman. Aside from a life-long passion for the art of advertising, Patrice brings over a decade of industry experience to Cibo. In addition to honing her creative talent on the mean digital streets of San Francisco, Patrice holds degrees from both San Francisco State University and Miami Ad School in photography, graphic design, and art direction. It doesn’t hurt that she grew up near Silicon Valley either—she’s got entrepreneurial spirit in her blood.

Patrice leads teams at Cibo on everything from advertising to site redesigns. She has built a reputation for client solutions that are thoughtful, beautiful, and effective. She’s created engaging experiences for Coca-Cola, Sony Playstation, Sprite, LG Mobile Phones, Lenovo, Chivas Regal, Kohler, Yahoo! and PayPal at agencies both large (Publicis) and small (Isobar). With a passion for cutting-edge technology and brand stories, Patrice has infused her creative vision, and yes, speed, into projects for Subaru, Lenovo, Gymboree, Tesla, Union Bank, and Salesforce.

What We Do

Cibo works to create brand moments that drive consumers to take action. We plan, craft, and launch brand experiences for the world’s greatest companies.

Plan
Brand Experience Strategy
Research & Planning
Experience Moment Mapping
Go To Market Strategy
Digital Product Strategy
B|O|E Media Strategy
Craft
TV, Video, Print, & Digital Advertising
Integrated Marketing Campaigns
Web & Ecommerce Design
Digital Product & UI Design
Brand Identity Design
Environmental Digital Experience Design
Launch
Digital Retail Implementation
Immersive Experience Production
Digital & Advertising Production
Mobile & App Development
Web Development
Media Planning & Buying
News & Ideas
Working Together

This is the beginning. A place to be inspired by intersections, blaze trails and ignite insights. A starting point that remembers the past but focuses on the one constant: change. Every single moment offers a new opportunity to invent, create, explore, learn, and re-imagine. Let’s chat soon so nobody has to miss a thing.