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  • Created the first ever online ads for 
    The New York Times


  • Won a ton of awards: Effie. ECHO. Digital Innovation. Ad:Tech. Caples. And many you might not have heard of. But Neil believes the real measure of his success is client satisfaction

  • Lectured worldwide on multichannel marketing, integrated advertising and digital and creative strategy. Favorite city visited: 
    Stromstaad, Sweden


  • aka The Neurotic Gourmet


  • Once got slapped in a dance class by
    Martha Graham


  • Ordained minister in the Open Ministry
    (to perform niece's wedding)​

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Neil is an award-winning Creative Director turned Brand, Digital and Creative Strategist
turned advertising professor. He's advised some of the bluest chip brands in America on creating unforgettable customer experiences, including American Express, Disney, The New York Times, Medco (now Express Scripts), Conde Nast, Constant Contact, Merrill Lynch and Wounded Warrior Project.


Everything changed in 2014.


That's when Neil transitioned from being a successful practitioner to becoming an Assistant Professor of Advertising at St. John’s University. In addition to modernizing/digitizing
St. John’s advertising program, he led his students to win their division two years in a row,
and compete in the final rounds of the National Student Advertising Competition, sponsored by AAF. Prior to SJU, Neil was Adjunct Professor in New York University’s Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing program for 11 years.


Neil's research focus is digital innovation. He conducts an annual "Hot or Hype" survey
on the most important innovations for practicing digital marketers. Neil has lectured worldwide on multichannel marketing, integrated advertising, and digital and creative strategy. He is a top-rated speaker at marketing conferences and has written articles for several marketing publications. Neil served on the International ECHO Awards Board of Governors for 10 years, and was Chairman from 2008 to 2010. 


When Neil's not behind a laptop or lectern, you’ll find him in front of a stove. He loves
food, and believes it is the purest manifestation of one’s affections. Neil’s mantra: we feed because we love. Neil brings the same passion to his advertising and teaching, delivering experiences students continually savor.

Neil Feinstein Advertising Professor & Practitioner

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