When it comes to life and marketing—bigger is better.

I discovered the Great Pumpkin—in Big Sur of all places. It was the Holy Grail of goodness. The bigger than life and better-than-I-could-dream-up, live it and love it grand slam. And in this week of treats; this is no trick. Like Charlie Brown on his pumpkin patch quest, marketers and brand strategists like me are always on a lookout for concepts and creative that are  bigger, bolder and a bazillion times better than anything that’s been done before. So are our clients.

And like a needle in a haystack,we find them. Not by searching, but by feeling for that moment when our hearts open. Our heads engage. And our stomach does flip-flops. Much is said about the strategic side of marketing. But the truth is, that it all comes down to feeling. To connecting. And creating a visual and verbal language that bridges brands with audiences.

 And whether that means launching new wellness brands, culture-shifting campaigns, organic food companies—or an entire array of businesses that  make the  world a better place; at firefly18o, we build brands that spark change. Like the candles that will sit at the center of pumpkins this week, each of us as businesses is a light.

Together, our efforts and intentions create brilliance.

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.

One Message One Voice

 

Last night I joined hundreds of thousands of Argentines in Buenos Aires for an extraordinary evening of peaceful protest. Streets filled with people of all ages banging pots and pans, shaking plastic  bottles filled with stones and pounding hammers on street sign poles. They created a rhythm that made them one.

There were no speeches. No raised and angry fists. Just a cacophony of sound. And the desire to be heard. And they were.

As the head of a progressive Minneapolis/St. Paul  based advertising and marketing agency specializing in green marketing, renewable energy advertising, organic marketing and strategic branding, my clients come to me for the same reason. They want to be heard. 

The best advertising and marketing strategies amplify the voice of brands. The art is in finding the simplicity within the complexity. But once revealed, all the many layers of messages, hierarchy of audience and multitude of  goals become one clear and resonate voice. And it’s our job at firefly180 marketing to turn up the volume through print or digital channels.

Like my new Argentine friends already know, when joined together they create the rhythm of a movement. When creative and strategy join together, brands create music.

 

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.

 

 

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.