A change of scenery can change your branding perspective.

 

I just returned from several sun and sea-soaked days in the LA area and realized once again how a change of scene can quite literally change you. As a creative director and brand strategist, I make my living with words. Ideas. Concepts. And perspective.

Since my agency is virtual, I can (and do) work from any and everywhere on the planet. And I’ve found that nothing recharges creativity and leads to more expansive thinking than travel. It’s impossible not to be profoundly opened and altered by new experiences, people—and especially the dazzling sun as it reflects light on the Pacific Ocean.

My green and wellness-centric marketing agency specializes in social and environmental change. My clients are mostly sustainable businesses and organizations that are passionate about creating a better world  through organic food, yoga, alternative medicine, holistic practices, inner transformation and more.

As a leader in wellness marketing and sustainable advertising, I’ve found that the best way to continue offering high impact, memorable and jaw-dropping creative is to stay open to the jaw-dropping, perspective-changing experiences that happen all around us every day. Like the egg I found nestled among native plants as I walked to my office this morning— or a sparkling day amidst the boats, sea and sand of Corona Del Mar.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

When it Comes to Cloud Cult, Love is the New Green.

 

I’m not necessarily a follower. But  I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined a cult. Cloud Cult, the indie band, originally from Minneapolis, that now lives on an organic, geothermal- powered Wisconsin farm.

At First Avenue a few nights ago, playing to two sold-out shows, this amazing group of artists put on a show that was pure magic.

Their new album Love, is beautiful, insightful, mystical, wise and takes listeners on an inner odyssey that is guaranteed to rock your world.

The band’s label, Earthology, is committed to greening the music industry, offsets carbon from tours and developed the first 100% post-consumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. 

As a leader in the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) space, I know the power of music as a vehicle for change.

Working with green artists that include John Denver, Kenny Loggins, Jack Johnson and the Dave Matthews Band,  I know that music speaks to the soul and touches the heart in ways that words alone can’t.  Music and lyrics are the ultimate integrated marketing campaign. Songs become doors that open the mind to action. And for environmental artists, music can be a platform that becomes a springboard for change.

Cloud Cult doesn’t just write and perform music. They literally shower the world with love.  Just like all of us in  conscious businesses. Although not all of us can sing and compose music, our voices are heard just the same.

 

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

Springing into Green Branding.

 

 

I’m not an especially patient person—and often find myself wanting to leap ahead. Yet like the parable of the farmer who tries to tug at tiny, green shoots  in hopes that they’ll grow faster, only to kill the entire crop—the same is true for much in life. Especially branding.

As the head of a Minneapolis-based LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) advertising and marketing agency, I find that the extraordinary process of building a brand is much like planting seeds. While brand architecture and strategy is being created through process, meetings, collaboration, refinement and data-weaving, for those looking in from the outside, nothing much seems to be happening.

Like seeds buried in dark rich soil, this is where brands take root. It seems that the fundamental and foundational aspects of branding take place below ground; yet provide all the essential components that bring forward the colors, text, brand ID, web presence, e-blast campaigns, direct response, print and web ads, brand voice, community and full-on experience that brings businesses to life.

So at this time of year, when the ground is still frozen, yet the light and longer days hold the promise of spring, remember to honor the below-ground time. Be disciplined about rushing the process. Allow the seeds you’ve planted so carefully and so strategically to work their magic before tugging at their shoots to bring them to the surface.

You’ll be rewarded as your brand comes into bloom.

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Branding.

Brands are beautiful.

So are the people behind them. So when friend and client Leah Simon-Clarke extended her brand via a Joynoelle fashion show in Minneapolis recently, the result was as luminous as a Hollywood movie premier.

Whether in her role as visionary  and founder of Linden Hills  salon Extrados, or traveling to scout celebrity stylists in Los Angeles, Leah’s approach to beauty is more than skin deep.

As creative director and president of a Minneapolis-based advertising and marketing agency that supports businesses and organizations that effect change, I couldn’t be happier to be working with Leah as we peel back the layers of her brand.

Beauty of course begins with what’s inside each of us. Hers is an approach that starts with celebrating physical beauty as a vehicle to reveal the true radiance that’s been there all along.

It’s the same with a brand. Colors, graphics, images, type faces and voice are the outer elements that allow consumers to connect with a business.

But it’s the heart and soul of a brand…that  god particle that resonates with clarity, transparency and authenticity, that shifts consumer attitude from  interest into deep relationship—that makes brands shine.

Leah’s clients in Mpls as well as beauty industry trend-setters in LA agree that she is a star-maker. At firefly180, we are honored to be the spark that helps send her brand to the sun, the moon and beyond.

 photo credit: http://www.shariflemingphotography.com

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

Bridging the Language of Branding

Standing in front of the extraordinary Women’s Bridge  in Buenos Aires, I was struck by the capacity we in our humanity have to create beauty. To bridge differences. To bridge culture. And language.

The same is true for branding. As the president and creative director of one of the first advertising and marketing agencies  to specialize in working with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) clients in the areas of green marketing, cause marketing, social change advertising and yoga advertising, I know that brands at their core are all about connection.

Like a bridge, branding connects us to how we feel about a company, product or service. Brands are about emotion. Of course every company wants its brand to elicit a positive response. But a brand is just a brand, it has no power to control how people feel. In their most pure state, brands are good friends. They support you. They tell you the truth. And they connect you to incalculable ways to align with your values through the purchasing decisions you make every day.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.