Baby Steps & Marketing Locally Grown

Locally grown has created quite the buzz the last few years.

Is it better to buy organic? If your fruit and veggies have been grown locally, but conventionally, are they better than crops in transition? And just what does “local” mean? The same country? State? City? Neighborhood?

As the head of a Minneapolis/St. Paul based LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) advertising and marketing agency—and a creative who has worked in this category for more than two decades, I invite you to take a lesson from my wise but young friend here (wearing the “Locally Grown” onesie and Seventh Gen diapers) and try to relax.

What’s important is that we all try to the do the best we can. Even baby steps matter. So whether you’re buying organic produce from out of the country, or organic that’s been shipped in from the next state, or if you’re supporting your local farmer by buying local and conventional, it’s your conscious choices that are important.

And while yes, buying local and organic is best, for most it’s not always possible. That’s a fact. And on this beautiful spring day as I walked with friends to their local neighborhood urban farmer’s market, I felt so grateful for the array of choices we are offered. And for the fact that while I work in the green, organic and wellness space I don’t feel the need to draw a line in the sand and proclaim everyone on the “other” side as wrong somehow.

Callum’s green “Sustainably Grown” shirt speaks volumes. So does my white tank. While the word’s aren’t visible, it says “Peace Warrior.” So consider resisting the urge to point fingers at those who are “wrong”, join me in celebrating what’s right…then encourage even more right action.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Band and Brand in Orbit—the Minor Planets!

 

City Pages says:Thompson has a voice that is at once heartbreakingly fragile and startlingly robust. Every note she sings is somehow imbued with a sense that this whole damn world could collapse at any moment.

Minnesota Public Radio says:Thompson and Christopher come across as two people who grew up singing together, it’s so natural and easy and not forced…the whole record, it feels so natural. 

Clearly The Minor Planets‘ new album, Shadow in the Water, is sending critics into orbit. So do yourself a favor and discover a whole new galaxy of musical deliciousness right here in Minneapolis. Brands and bands have much in common They give voice to a message. They’re experiential. They’re authentic. They move you. And they groove you.

I’m extraordinarily lucky to walk the path with my friend and muse, singer/songwriter Dana Thompson as she speaks and sings her truth. Dana and her creative partner Eric Christopher have birthed a lush, moving, introspective musical journey that has fans and critics not only on their feet, but in their hearts as they explore a new, uncharted and noteworthy universe.

Dana and I met years ago while working with green and mission-based musicians like Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and others—helping them shine light on creating change in the world. Today, I am honored to stand beside Dana as she shares her own message of music and passion with audiences far and wide.

Music is indeed the heartbeat of the universe—the time is now to tune into the Minor Planets.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Finding Balance on a Mountain

On the south island of New Zealand, in a land where snow meets sky and the Maori call the tallest mountain, Cloud Piercer, I’m finding balance in a new way.

As one of the first branding and marketing strategists in the U.S. to specialize in mission-based marketing, green advertising, social change promotion, LOHAS marketing, yoga advertising and more, I’ve always been a bit ahead of the curve—but now being nearly 20 hours ahead of the U.S., I’m definitely at least a day ahead.

That gives me the opportunity to work very early or late hours and play by day. Technology offers us extraordinary connectivity. It allows us to move beyond our offices and take clients with us—even to the ends of the earth. The same kind of connectivity we experience when hiking a glacier through ice and snow that seems to touch the sky.

Standing here in tree pose after early morning Skype calls with clients, I feel extraordinary gratitude. For my work. Clients. Life. Mission. And perhaps most of all, for balance.

 

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.

Sinking Roots Deep While Reaching to the Sky

Trees have much to teach us. Starting with the fact that they sink their roots deep while reaching to the sky.

This gift for staying grounded while aspiring to achieve more is the key to any successful advertising or marketing strategy. As the head of one of the few agencies to specialize in LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) marketing, eco advertising, wellness promotion and mission based businesses—my clients aspire to much more than business as usual.

They are running profitable organizations that turn more than a profit; they are profiting people and the planet as well.

This ancient fig lives in the heart of the Sydney. AU business district. Surrounded by towering buildings, it raises its branches in a salute of solidarity. And as the five million people who live here exhale, trees like this one, transform our breath into oxygen we can then breathe again. This act of giving and receiving is at the heart of sustainability. So as you receive, consider how you can give. In your life. Your work. And the world.

 

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.