Marketing that sparks change.

 

Lisa ProctorWe are made of light.

Scientists trace our origins to star dust. So why should our brands be anything less than brilliant?

My agency, firefly180 marketing, was founded with the passion to build brands that spark change. And we’ve done exactly that. Working with clients that include Target, Jack Johnson, David Rockefeller, Jr. and more,  we are honored to uncover the light within new and existing brands. We shape it. Amplify it. Then radiate possibility and purpose in the form of text, images, colors, typography, websites, social media, public relations and events. 

Business is an extraordinary force for change. And marketing can be a power for good. All you need is intention. And the knowing that the light within us is a mirror for the light that surrounds us.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Living & Marketing on the Edge.

Life is about balance. It’s also about finding your edge. And walking it.

It’s about moving into the unknown. Dancing in the mystery. And being willing to sit in the still of creation until the spirit begins to move. As a advertising and marketing creative director, I am called to create again and again.

Each time is a leap of faith. A catapult into the unknown. Words and strategies come forward in much the same way as art emerges  from stone when a sculptor reveals art simply waiting to awaken.

There is freedom in creation. And joy. There are brand essences waiting to express themselves. Culture shifting to take place. Social and environmental movements to be born. People to reach. Audiences to educate and activate.

So find your edge. Run its length. Dance in its mystery. And  catapult your brand into the fire of creation. There you’ll find passion. Purpose. And profit for both your business and soul.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather & Marketing

Spring is here and the birds are back. So am I as I practice King Pigeon pose in the midst of tiny green shoots and buds.

There is a season and rhythm to life and work. And now is the time for light and awakening. We are not separate from nature. So by listening and tuning into the season, we can reflect it back in all that we do. In this way, our work opens sleepy eyes—and our creativity sparks.

As president and creative director for an advertising and marketing agency that works with businesses and organizations that effect positive change, work is in full swing. My team and I are now deep in the process of evolving a brand for a global ocean conservation organization—and days and nights have been as full as the moon tonight. We’ve developed new brand architecture, a new logo, tagline, print collateral, website, ads and more. All is new, budding and emerging…like spring.

When I founded firefly180 marketing, it was with the clear knowing that each of us as individuals—and as businesses, can do good in the world. That our sparks—collectively and as individuals bring forth light. I’ve been blessed with seeing tangible proof for more than 20 years, as I’ve lead in the creative space of building brands that spark change.

Today as the Earth warms, sap runs and sun shines, I dedicate my King Pigeon to all the like minded birds (and businesses) who get up every morning and spread their wings. They say birds of a feather flock together and I’ve found this to be true.  Because, it’s together that we learn to fly.

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.

 

 

Barefoot Marketing

 There’s nothing like marketing with your feet on the ground.

And on this spring day when the snow is still melting, the promise of new beginnings can be felt in the heart, sole (and soul).

One of the extraordinary things about living in a land of four seasons is that you feel them all. My favorite is spring. This is a time when everything is waking up. There’s an aliveness above and below ground that can be felt before being seen.

As the head of an advertising and marketing agency that works with businesses that effect positive change, the feeling of spring often comes at the launch of brand strategy. This foundational strategic work is like dark, rich soil planted with fat, luscious seeds that have yet to sprout.

The tender green shoots that do rise up are in the form of creative—websites, print and digital ads, direct response, media relations, logos, identities and more.

The art of advertising and marketing is much more than an office endeavor. It’s a practice that requires ongoing observation, exploration and the willingness to keep your feet on the ground in every business climate. Especially when the ground is wet, cold, slushy—and just waking up.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Sustainable Marketing. Seriously?

While walking to dinner in Houston, I was struck by these amazingly, delicate and abundant red blooms spilling onto the street.

After what seemed like an endless Minnesota winter, I stopped right there and buried my nose in the scent of spring. I had to laugh as the homeowner watched me quizzically as he carried out his recycling. (I was a strange sight, I must admit.)

He laughed too as I explained how long it had been since I’d seen flowers in bloom. In that moment of spontaneity—then awkwardness and laughter,  I felt so grateful to play in the moment and be able to laugh at myself.

As the head of firefly180 marketing, a Minneapolis/St. Paul agency that specializes in green and sustainable marketing , eco advertising and wellness brands, I find that some believe mission-based advertising and marketing is heavy. Heady. And very serious.

But the truth is, there is much to be gained by being willing to laugh at ourselves. To be vulnerable. To explore. And to admit that as much as we know, there is still much to be learned.

Life, like marketing is an experience. It opens us. Enlivens us. And reminds us of all the discovery that is available when we don’t take ourselves so seriously.

 

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.

Plant Your Feet on Earth Day.

 While most of us are celebrating Earth Day in offices today, I invite you to join me in stepping outside.

Plant your feet. Get grounded. Scatter new seeds of intention. And action.

While Earth Day is celebrated just once a year—it is in fact a 365-day holiday.

In 1990, I became one of the first marketers in the U.S. to specialize in green branding and advertising. Then my clients included recycling companies, green lawn care services, green retail stores, organic food companies, non-toxic cleaning products—even musician and icon John Denver, who was a passionate environmentalist.

Today, it seems that not much has changed. And yet everything has. Much that has become mainstream; recycling, buying recycled, organic food, plant-based cleaning supplies and more were once new ideas. This I experienced first-hand, since as a green marketer, my job has been to educate consumers about their power to effect change.

Today will be marked by tree plantings, parades, speeches, news reports and actions big and small. Much will be said about how much more is needed.  I am celebrating Earth Day by looking back. And looking forward.

Looking back, I see that as consumers we have created the demand for hybrid cars, new wind farms, double-digit growth in organic food and energy-saving light bulbs of all kinds—where once these products didn’t exist.  And looking forward, I see a galvanizing force of open-hearted, committed people who are passionate about doing all they can to walk lightly on our Earth.

So as you take off your shoes and plant your feet on sand, soil, concrete or snow, remember that today we stand together. It is our collective actions that will continue to create the change we seek. And it is our willingness to pick up our feet, and move one step at a time forward, that is forging a new path for our planet and for generations to come.

 

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.

Marketing—An Expanded View

Pretty much the last time I rode a horse, it was attached to a pole in the parking lot of a grocery store. That all changed in Argentina a few days ago.

As a guest at a 20,000 acre ranch worthy of JR Ewing, I spent hours galloping through fields of wheat and cattle. As I looked out at the green expanse below and  the endless sky above,  I celebrated the total joy of trying something new. Feeling the brush of grain against my feet. And surrendering to beginner’s mind, loving the fact that even though I don’t know how to ride—my horse did.

As the head of a Minneapolis-St. Paul based advertising and marketing agency that specializes in working with mission-based businesses, non-profits, sustainable companies, yoga studios and alternative healing practitioners, I know how easy it can be to get stuck behind a desk. Or in a boardroom.

That’s why firefly180 marketing is mobile and global. My office can be as small as my 11-inch Macbook Air and as big as well…the Argentine sky. When I travel, I take my clients with me. And they love seeing the world. So do I. As I gain perspective, so do they. As I explore unchartered territory, the discoveries are reflected back into the accounts I lead. Every taste, touch, sound and new friend I make adds dimension to advertising strategy, LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health & Sustainability) branding, website design, brochures, ads and brand positioning.

While we live on a small planet, the experience is limitless. The more of our authentic selves that we bring to work, the better, more creative, more award-winning the result. So I invite you to step out beyond your office. Get out of your comfort zone. Play. Take risks. And even if you simply try a new food, ride the experience like the wind.

 

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.