You’re Doing Content Marketing Wrong

Content, content, content! It’s all about the content they say. Too bad a lot of people are doing it wrong. Instead of thinking about one great video, that one perfect email blast, that viral social media post, riveting blog, or article…  think about everything working together in an ecosystem of content that puts your brand in front of the right … Read more

Everything Old is New Again: Nostalgia Marketing

Mom jeans are back!

Just when you think everything has been done, it comes full circle. The world is capitalizing on nostalgia marketing to draw in a new (and old) audience.

 

From constant sequels in Hollywood, to the McRib, to television remakes like Full House, people flock to entertainment, products, and advertising that remind them of the past.

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How to Build Authenticity for Your Brand through Employee Advocacy

 

Today’s consumer doesn’t want to be sold to. Period. So how do you reach them? One of the most powerful ways is an employee advocacy video, or a modern take on the tried-and-true testimonial.

 

I’m not talking about the testimonial from ages long past. Today’s advocacy videos don’t feel staged. You don’t get the sense that the people … Read more

5 Olympic Campaigns that Prove All is Right with the World

Aspirational marketing is a breath of fresh air.  In this time of global unrest and social and political strife (<– understatement of the 21st century), we all need a little escape. Ok… a big escape. To a tropical location. Complete with bikinis and umbrella drinks…. Like, perhaps Rio?

Even Jesus is Excited

Capturing Aspirational Content

Today’s blog will showcase the aspirational work to Read more

3 Ways Brands Can Learn Storytelling from Cartoons

It was our first appointment viewing. Our first open-mouthed, awe-inspired, aspirational experiences with storytelling: cartoons. You might think what Wile E. Coyote and SpongeBob can teach us is well, elementary, but you would be wrong. Whether it’s a factual story, a fictional one, or a promotional story like advertising or marketing, we can all learn from storytelling tools to be … Read more

Don’t Eat Paint: How to Use Humor in Brand Storytelling

Humor. It’s one of the most effective and yet, underutilized, tools in the storytelling toolbox. Too many brands shy away from humor because if you take the joke too far, or marginalize a group, or lack self-awareness, it can be worse than falling flat. It can damage your brand. See here for some worst-case scenarios. Take notes, students of … Read more

It’s Your Show: How to Use Branded Entertainment

It’s Your Show: How to Use Branded Entertainment

It’s Your Show is the Missouri Division of Tourism’s new branded entertainment video content campaign that tells the authentic stories of various travelers. It’s a fun, immersive example of how brands can use authentic storytelling in branded entertainment.

 

It’s Your Show puts their product (tourism) in the back seat to story.… Read more

Advertising is Dead and Other Stone Cold Truths

A movement has begun. People usually don’t want to be hear what your brand wants to tell them, and they have eleventy million ways now to avoid your advertising. They want to engage with content in the form of authentic stories; and brands, creators and television networks are quickly getting on board. Advertising is moving into the open arms of … Read more

Delta Airlines & Carson Daly: How to Use the News for Brand Placement

So as I was munching on my gluten-free Cheerios recently, I stopped to watch a segment with Carson Daly on the Today Show.  I was struck by the authentic storytelling opportunity this presented for Delta’s brand, (talk about ideal product/brand placement) and wanted to share how you can pitch organic ideas to news organizations and see tangible results.

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How to Make An Amazing Brand Film

Sometimes a good story, a really good story, will leave you sitting in silence at its end. This, my friends, is one of those stories in the form of a brand film. If you’re wondering how to improve your storytelling, watch this and read on!

 

(Spoiler alert!) Watch the video first… or I’ll ruin the storyline for you below.… Read more