Honoring Dreams & Brands

I met a woman on a Santa Barbara beach today who has been holding a vision for more than 50 years. Now a cab driver in England, Anna, since she was 10-years-old, has wanted to hug a Redwood tree.

Now she is driving up the California coast in a rented RV to do just that. Anna was a bit embarrassed to share her dream…the catalyst that brought her to this country…but her eyes shone with the excitement of a child .

All brands share the same vision. Business owners and stake holders in my clients’ companies hold dreams big and small. Their eyes shine as they imagine the good they can do for the world —as well as for themselves.

At firefly 180, we’re in the business of creating marketing that matters. We work with businesses of all sizes as we create brands that bring forward art, joy, love, wellness, self-empowerment, spirituality. health and green technologies and products.

As the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing, I had a dream of my own. To align my life and work with my passion. To empower consumers around supporting brands that create positive change. And to bring my business global and mobile.

And this is exactly what I’ve done—leading the way since 1990 in a space that is now known as LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability.)  Some actually  call this a miracle. But like Anna who will soon find herself surrounded by Redwoods, I too have hugged a Redwood tree.

And I know the power of a dream. And how to honor it.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Lessons from the Past Create New Marketing Future.

While walking through La Recoleta, a 200 year old cemetery in downtown Buenos Aires, I was struck by how much of what lies beneath the surface speaks to the present. It is through death that we celebrate life. It is through endings that  we learn, grow, honor and begin again.

The same is true for business. And for brands. As a leader in progressive advertising, LOHAS (Lifestyles of Heath & Sustainability) marketing, green marketing and eco advertising, my team and I create communications strategies and  creative strategies for clients who work in progressive businesses, renewable energy, sustainability and wellness.

Brands are never static. They grow, learn  and evolve just like people. If they don’t they die. And just as in life, death is not an ending. Only a beginning. Sometimes it’s necessary for businesses to end so that the concepts, products or services they represent can change shape. Transform. And become better than they were before.

I’ve had clients in businesses that are no longer. I’ve worked in jobs that ended. Still, I am here. Growing. Evolving. And happier than ever.

So as I walk in the bright sunlight of La Recoleta , I pay homage to the life, accomplishments and history that lies hidden in the depths.

 

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.