When Marketing Meets Light and Transformation

In Sanskrit, yoga means to unite. It’s a physical practice that transforms body, mind and spirit.

As we move through life, we grow, evolve, transform and reach toward toward the light—just as I am in this triangle pose.

My client Suzy Schaak, owner of Pure Yoga, is a shining example of transformation. An artist, yogini, energy healer and wardrobe stylist—Suzy is all of these things; and more.

As her agency, it has been such an honor to create  advertising, messaging, marketing and media relations strategy that like yoga—has united Suzy’s brand and helped her become the top rated studio in her market.

Recently a feature I wrote about Suzy’s transformation from celebrity stylist to studio owner, appeared as a magazine cover story in Stillwater Living.

Storytelling is a powerful medium. It is the way we’ve shared traditions and passed on wisdom since the beginning of time. It’s the way we connect with people. And story is the doorway through which we forge and strengthen relationships.

As a leader in yoga marketing, wellness advertising and integrated health marketing, every day I have the opportunity to  make connections. Unite business and brands. And transform organizations that may have once been in the shadows, into to beacons of light.

Marketing is a process of discovery. And in the end what’s revealed is a brand’s true radiance.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life and Marketing As a Work of Art

Meet The Hand, by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázaba. Installed in Punta del Este, Uruguay in 1982, this sculpture was originally envisioned by the artist as a warning to swimmers about the rough surf just steps away. But to me, this iconic sculpture is more about hope. Humanity. Our connection with nature. And our ability as humans to keep reaching for the sky.

So it goes with art or any creative endeavor.  Meaning and interpretation contain as many layers as we have words to express. The same is true with marketing, messaging and branding. As the head of a global and mobile, Minneapolis/St. Paul-based advertising and marketing agency, I know that messaging that resonates with one person may not with another.

That’s the beauty of brands. Part art, part science,  brands that try to be a lot of everything; amount to a lot of nothing. Brands are unique. They speak a language all their own. They are how we connect emotionally to products, services and businesses. And of course, while a luxury brand might convey the quintessential aspiration for one person, the same brand could smack of needless excess to another.

Like art, we all see things a bit differently. And at the end of the day, perhaps branding is fundamentally all about offering a little helping hand. Connecting. Reaching out. Of being held. And holding.

 

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.

 

 

Discovering New Reality Marketing

 

While sailing off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand recently, I was struck by some striking contrasts. While it was nearly winter in New Zealand, it was spring near my home in the Minneapolis area. And while it was Wednesday afternoon for me, my friends and coworkers were still happily experiencing the unfolding of Tuesday. Reality is truly…well, relative.

Which is very much the case when it comes to advertising and marketing. These contrasts are especially apparent in the areas of green marketing, LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) marketing, social marketing and wellness marketing. Working with progressive businesses and brands as I do, I’m very intentional about not rushing to make assumptions.

Each of us as consumers has a particular language and belief system when it comes to what we feel is important in making a purchase. While a can of Campbell’s chicken soup may represent “healthy” to many, only the organic comparable by Amy’s would do for others. And yet there’s also a large contingent of shoppers who would never consider buying from a can at all.

Our differences, beliefs, perspectives and contrasts are what shape our experience. As marketers, we have the honor and the opportunity to open pathways for consumers to self-actualize. After all, while reality may be relative, we are all on a journey. Whether that’s sailing around an island or riding a cart through a grocery isle. Both offer the opportunity for discovery.

 

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.

On the Path—Marketing with Purpose.

While hiking on the south island of New Zealand on the way to a mountain vista, I was struck by the beauty of a path constructed to protect the fragile landscape. In so many ways, I felt I was being led to glistening city of Oz. And in many ways I was.

But instead of a sparkling green cityscape, I was heading toward a mountain top crowned with prisms of sparkling light. I felt much the same way as I left a traditional advertising and marketing career 20 years ago. Then, as now I believe that consumers are a powerful voice for change.

Now as president of a Minneapolis/St. Paul based advertising and marketing agency that specializes in working with companies and organizations that combine passion with purpose, I know more than ever how much that is true. Whether we’re offering green marketing, organic promotion, wellness marketing or renewable energy branding and strategy, we as marketers have an extraordinary opportunity to be part of the change we seek.

Passion and purpose are not mutually exclusive. Because when you do what you love, the money will in fact follow. I know because I’ve experienced it myself. And I am honored to have helped hundreds of clients do the same.

While sometimes the path is not as clearly marked as the one I found in New Zealand, the path exists all the same. Just follow your heart. The rest will follow.

 

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.

Less is More—Next Generation Advertising Agencies

I’ve worked in the progressive space for 20 years building brands and creating advertising campaigns for renewable energy, the indy press, organic, yoga, wellness and social change initiatives. I’ve worked in big firms. And I’ve worked in mid-size advertising agencies. But when I launched firefly180 marketing, I was extremely intentional about three things:

1) My team and I would create strong brands and messaging that empowered consumers to make positive change in their lives and the world.

2) Our work would drive financial and quantifiable results for our clients.

3) I would create a sustainable, low-carbon-footprint model with all the benefit of the best advertising agencies, but without the typical, expensive and often wasteful overhead.

My virtual advertising agency model is an idea who’s time has come. It works. It’s seamless. It’s effective. And it’s green. My geothermal, climate-change-fighting office is planted among native grasses and wildflowers near the banks of a protected scenic river, but I travel daily to meet with my team in cities like NYC, Boulder, Houston, Boston and L.A.

The beauty is of course, I don’t have to leave my office. And neither do they. We’ve created the precursor to Star Trek transporter technology—instantly beaming ourselves through the universe to explore, connect and create. Yesterday I traveled to India to meet with a potential client. The resulting carbon footprint? Zero. Quality of the experience? Immeasurable.

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

Mission with Message Creates Change

When I worked as a lead creative on a national advertising and marketing campaign for a company called Green Mountain Energy, I attended many green energy conferences. A decade ago the concept of clean energy was new. Education then, as it is now is key to change. Our agency created that change by crafting a campaign rich in eco communication and wellness marketing with a message that spoke to personal and environmental change.

We grew this tiny Vermont-based company from zero to 500,000 customers is just a few years. How? By harnessing the power of consumer choice and educating millions about the fact that making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry—not to mention climate change. Knowledge is power. And in the case of renewable energy, the color of knowledge is green.