On the heels of the recent announcement of Accenture Interactive’s acquisition of Droga5, it begs the question: Why are consultancies so eager to snap up ad agencies?
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As our Manifesto proudly declares, “We Believe In the Tin Man’s Heart. Soulless brands are only meaningful when giving a fleshy, beating heart.”
Today, millions of heart shaped candies, cards, balloons and chocolate boxes are being doled out generously between starry-eyed lovers. In a day long-lauded for ceremonial gift giving, our hearts and minds are focused on LOVE... Brand Love. So it begs the question: Why should people love your brand if your brand doesn’t love the world?
There’s a moment in every hero’s journey that you know is coming. Two armies meet on a field of battle. One, a ragtag bunch and the other, an overwhelming force ready to crush the rebellion. This could be Star Wars, this could be Braveheart and this could be you.
Each scenario is slightly different but strikingly similar. It’s a singular moment that creates the turning of the tide. And everyone knows it.
The world’s most established brands face a grave challenge. They are being toppled faster and with more ferocity than in decades before... READ MORE
The brands who lead with heart are famous for it - they’ve literally become legendary for it. Whether that love is for their consumers, their craft, or their mission, these brands are striving for perfect internal and external alignment of what they stand for and consumers should give a damn. We’ve found that there are some common characteristics that link these companies and those that have made them Legendary for Love.
How'd they do it? Read on to find out...
A series of insightful questions to use in branding … and dating.
Because it’s not just about looking good. It’s also about being interesting.
After recently spending 17 days taking in the sights and sounds of Morocco – from the far southern stretches of the Sahara Desert to the busy twisting streets of the Medina in Marrakech – I’m reminded of the world we are rapidly transitioning into and what it means for the future. Specifically, as it relates to building a sustainable economy, not driven by commerce but, rather, by rich experiences... READ MORE
We’ve all seen the commoditization of the advertising and marketing industry. Smaller, hungrier shops chip away at the big dogs and entire agency teams are moving inside brands as in-house teams. Massive consulting firms are signing multi-million dollar innovation deals with global companies and advertising agencies are making swift moves to become hyper-digital, hyper-experiential and more focused on upstream product development work instead of campaign deployment.
At the most cost-effective end of the industry, nimble tools like 99 Designs and Fiverr are offering all kinds of things for as little as $5 to $300 including the development of your logo. In the spirit of curiosity, I dug in to Fiverr to understand how an independent freelancer working from just about anywhere can produce a logo for a brand or company at a fraction of the cost. And what I found blew my mind. Below are four observations from my experience with Fiverr that will inevitably impact our process and the way we build brands — and likely, the way you do too.
I believe in the power of brand. This shouldn’t be surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life working in and around branding and communications, but I’m not talking about impactful logos and good ads here. Brands are more than that. Brands aren’t just a clever arrangement of symbols and words used to connect with an audience. Brands communicate the personality of a business internally and externally. Brands are the manifestation of an organization’s purpose, intention, and values. They tell the story of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. For these stories to be impactful, they must be authentic. Not only must they be authentic, they must conjure up something authentic within us, the viewer, as well.
My relationship with my job? It’s complicated. Well, here, let me try it out on you. “What do you do?” you ask. “I’m a storyteller.” (CRINGE) “I help create “brand experiences.” (CRINGE) “I’m a brand strategist.” (CRINGE) “I’m an ad guy.” (CRINGE) You get the idea.
Any one of my go-to answers is met with varying degrees of confusion, pity, or even disdain. I am part of an industry that while continuing to evolve is still often viewed as the “people who sell stuff you don’t need to people who can’t afford it.” And I can’t really blame people for their views on the subject.