Marketing—Branching Out

Lisa ProctorWhen it comes to work and life, I’ve got the best seat in the house. Yes, I spend plenty of time at my desk, but when I’m looking for inspiration, I often find the roots for the best ideas in trees.

As the head of an advertising and marketing agency that works with progressive, world-changing businesses and organizations, I am so privileged to experience the light and aliveness found between the lines of an ad, the vibrancy of an image or the power of a well-run campaign.

Trees and business have much in common—starting with the fact that they both contain seeds that grow, transform and keep reaching higher.  And in the same way that rings found within a tree mark its age, the layers of brand strategy that inform how a business represents its message, product or service—signals how it makes its mark in the world.

So if you’re looking for a little perspective, climb a tree. It’s a radical shortcut to putting your business on top.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a global and mobile branding and advertising agency that specializes in working with businesses and organizations that are passionate about creating positive change in the world.

 

The Sacred Space and Marketing.

 

All spaces are sacred. And The Sacred Space in Summerland, California is especially so.

Equal parts retail and transcendence,  Dorbe  (her childhood nickname for Dorothy)  who works at the store, brushed light onto a Buddha with gold-leaf as she talked about her workshop that helps attendees discover their Buddha essence—so they can bring it forward by painting it onto a Buddha or Quan Yin.

As president and creative director of firefly180 marketing, that’s what my team and I do with brands. There is joy in discovering their essence —and transcendence in painting it on with communication strategies, words, graphics, colors, images, headlines, websites, social media and more. Brands are pure essence. They are how customers connect emotionally with businesses and products.

And when strategy and creative are applied just right; they glow with the radiance of gold leaf.

isa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a global and mobile branding and advertising agency that specializes in working with businesses and organizations that are passionate about creating positive change in the world.

Mermaids, Marketing and Work as Art.

 I was born in Santa Monica and learned to swim in the ocean.  I have always been convinced that I was a mermaid.

As a girl, I would cross my ankles in salt water and wait for the moment my gangly legs would transform into a graceful tail. I still do.

While walking along the beach in Santa Barbara, I came across a street (or sand) artist  who made his living by making mermaids.

And I realized that I make my living in much the same way. As president and creative director for an advertising and marketing agency that specializes in working for clients who make change in the world—I make art.

While my medium is different…words, type, graphics, social media strategies, web design, ads and brand architecture—it is art all the same.

My art is like sand. Brands are always changing. Time and market conditions wash away old campaigns and strategies much as the sea does with sand sculpture. The beauty is, there is always new art waiting to emerge. Just like my mermaid tail.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a global and mobile branding and advertising agency that specializes in working with businesses and organizations that are passionate about creating positive change in the world.

The Om of Marketing

A friend of mine recently asked if I’ve always been so balanced. And I had to admit it wasn’t always so. Finding my center through life and work has been the most challenging of postures. It’s something I’ve strived for. Worked toward. Meditated about. And then…somehow when I wasn’t striving, working or meditating—it just seemed to have happened. Like magic.

It’s same kind of magic that happens in green marketing, mission-based marketing, wellness marketing, social advertising and yoga marketing…all the ways, we at firefly180 work to support our clients. There is a Tibetan Buddhist mantra, Om mani padre hom; which translated, means, “the jewel is in the lotus.”

We are the jewel. And our seated posture is the lotus. This wisdom is true as well for brand strategy, messaging, website content and design, advertising copywriting and art direction. The creative is the jewel. The lotus is the strategic foundational work.

So let your light shine in all its brilliance. And keep bringing that light forward into 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.