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.

Bluebirds, Winter & Marketing Moments.

Today at my office, the temperature with windchill is -25 F. When temperatures drop this low, the sky becomes bluer. More crystalline. And the snow on  the path to my office squeaks as I take each step. It’s almost as if the cold gives the snow permission to sing on days like this.Such is the song of bluebirds of happiness. They’re found everywhere. On cold days. On busy days. Even here in my office. It’s these moments where my dog Cleo, CHO  (Chief Happiness Officer)  interrupts the tapping of my keyboard for a quick hug.

As president and creative director for a marketing and advertising agency that specializes in working with clients that effect positive change in the world, I am especially attuned to happiness. I also know that happiness sells. And why wouldn’t it? It’s something we all aspire to—yet is often overlooked when we step out of what’s present—and wish instead for something different.

As marketers, happiness is also a communications strategy. As consumers, we’re hardwired to buy products and services that make us FEEL GOOD. Fortunately for me and my team, we are incredibly fortunate to work with social change marketing, organic promotions, culture shifters, change agents, yoga marketing and more—all of which are pure goodness to their core.

They beauty for me at firefly180 marketing, is that ads, radio, posters, websites, social media…and every messaging channel in-between is an opportunity to connect with the desire for consumers to feel good. Do good. And to look good.

Thanks goodness for businesses and organizations that are changing the world for the better. And better yet, thank goodness for bluebirds that can be found even when temperatures dip to -25.

 
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 and Radical Acts of Spontaneity

 I was hiking among huge slabs of stone along the Pacific Coast recently, when I felt utterly compelled to launch into an upward dog pose. I simply couldn’t hold back. And I laughed as the seals barked their approval below me.

While this pose was in no way technically perfect, there was absolute perfection in the moment. I am no stranger to spontaneity—and am prone to goofy cartwheels on the beach or being the only one dancing in a room. For me, life is playful.

So is marketing. Yes, it’s serious business of course. It needs strategy, planning, earning targets and consumer insight. And yet it’s the unexpected moments that emerge. It’s the playfulness…that is often  most remembered. And the most high impact.

As president and creative director for a mission-based advertising and marketing agency that specializes in working with businesses that create positive change, I’m architecting new positioning for an author who is about to effect lives across the globe. Her brand is all business. Yet  there’s balance…and surprise in the words, images, colors, voice and messaging channels. You won’t have to read too far between the lines to discover fun. Delight. And joy. This brand, like everything my team and I work on—is a spontaneous and radical act of marketing.

Radicalism is a choice. And whether that means choosing radical happiness, success, impact  or peace—you don’t have to wear combat boots to get your groove on. In fact, some of our planet’s most famous change agents are most remembered in bare feet. Who knows, maybe they even tried an upward dog on a sun soaked slab of stone. I’m sure the seals below would have barked their approval.

 

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 in the Flow.

As I walked the beach in Carmel after spending the morning working on brand architecture for a client, I took a moment to savor the salty sea air and watch the pelicans form ancient patterns in the sky.

On this crystal day it was also clear that for me work and life are very much in balance. It wasn’t always so. In fact, there have been years in my career where even taking a deep breath felt much too time consuming.

But today, I’m doing more in less time, with less effort—and I’m more creative than ever. Welcome to life in the flow.

Work doesn’t have to be hard. Pushing against a tide of tasks doesn’t  get us far. It’s only by surfing the wave that we find the ease, freedom  and exhilaration that’s available.

As president and creative director for a mobile and global advertising and marketing agency that works with businesses that are creating positive change in the world, My teams and I work with companies that are creating quantum culture shifts within organizations of all kinds.

To bring forward that level of creative and strategic work, it all begins with walking our talk. And we do. (At least most of the time.) And when we find ourselves feeling crushed by a wave of deadlines, I encourage us all to get back on our boards and surf once again.

When work and life are aligned—it’s one beautiful ride.

 

 

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.

Incredible Lightness of Living & Marketing

I am a creature of light. And on this brilliant afternoon on a beach in Monterey, the sun was particularly dazzling.

I had just left my office after a full day and was flowing seamlessly into life. And more light.

It’s been said that when you do what you love the money will follow. I’ve found this to be true. It  comes down to choosing love. Loving life. Loving work. Loving clients. Loving the creative process. And loving the audiences you’re speaking to.

As the head of a mission-based advertising agency that works with businesses that create positive change in the world, I’ve been working with  lots of start-ups lately. They’re excited. On fire. And a bit scared. They ask me, “Will this idea or venture really work?” “Are we crazy for even daring to think we can pull this off?”

I celebrate that willingness to step outside the familiar flight path. And their willingness to fly higher. If a bird never trusted the wind to lift its wings, it would never leave the ground. Like birds, business owners like myself have had to trust the fact that the act of  jumping into the unknown is the very path to discovering flight. Toward  more light.

 

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 and the Winds of Change.

When it comes to marketing, brands need to be sea (and see-worthy) so that they can harness the wind to their advantage.

Here at Golden Gate Harbour, at an America’s Cup race, it was astonishing to watch these boats fly across the water. It was art in motion.

As the president and creative director of firefly180, a mission-based marketing and advertising agency, I guide companies in the business of making positive change  to see wind as a means to move forward—not a force to struggle against.

All things change. Whether that means markets, goals, economies, competitors, trends or leadership—change is good.

It requires us to dig down and innovate in areas like wellness marketing, yoga marketing, social change marketing and green marketing. To try something new. To reach higher.  And to stand taller. So that our brands fly like art across the water.

 

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 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.

Magic, Minneapolis & LOHAS.

 While most LOHASIANS gather in Boulder, Colorado yearly for the international LOHAS Forum, LOHAS came to Minneapolis this week as  kindred business spirits chatted over glasses of organic wine and uniquely delicious appetizers.

Uniquely delicious is exactly what LOHAS is. A nearly $300 billion market psychograhic that unites the powerful  consumer force that’s made recycling,hybrids, organic food, energy-efficient lighting and more mainstream—LOHAS is all about experience.

That’s what you get at the LOHAS Forum June 18 – 20th as progressive, earth-and life-changing business leaders gather to inspire and get inspired.

As a pioneer in green and wellness marketing, I was one of the first marketers to begin speaking LOHAS in the mid ’90s. I’ve been fluent ever since, bringing this unique brand of experience, passion and positive change to organizations like Green Mountain Energy, Utne Reader, The Organic Center and more.

Having known LOHAS president, Ted Ning,  for more than a decade, I can tell you with certainty that he is a passionate force for change. His level of commitment, innovation and dedication to all things experiential is part of the alchemy of LOHAS. So join me and Ted at the LOHAS Forum. It’s only once a year. And it’s pure magic.

 

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.