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.

Bridging the Language of Branding

Standing in front of the extraordinary Women’s Bridge  in Buenos Aires, I was struck by the capacity we in our humanity have to create beauty. To bridge differences. To bridge culture. And language.

The same is true for branding. As the president and creative director of one of the first advertising and marketing agencies  to specialize in working with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) clients in the areas of green marketing, cause marketing, social change advertising and yoga advertising, I know that brands at their core are all about connection.

Like a bridge, branding connects us to how we feel about a company, product or service. Brands are about emotion. Of course every company wants its brand to elicit a positive response. But a brand is just a brand, it has no power to control how people feel. In their most pure state, brands are good friends. They support you. They tell you the truth. And they connect you to incalculable ways to align with your values through the purchasing decisions you make every day.

 

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 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.

 

Taming Your Dragon & World Changing Marketing

 

While at the Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali recently, I got the chance to tame a dragon. Everyone should try it—at least once. Especially those of us in the world of branding and marketing.

In my career I have spent hours in meetings while brands were literally wrestled to the floor. The number crunchers wanted better and faster results. The admin side wanted to squeeze strategy into a more conventional shape. All the while of course, the creatives breathed fire.

I’m glad to say that as president and creative director for a Minneapolis/St. Paul based advertising and marketing agency, our approach is much different. Working with green businesses, eco advertising, wellness marketing, yoga studios and others in the space of creating positive change—we embrace uniqueness. Strange shapes. Long spiked tails. And most of all, fire.

The secret to gaining the most from your brand is to make friends with it. Love it for its scales. Its yellow eyes. And strange green hue.  Don’t try to change it. Rather celebrate what makes it unique. Difference is what make us—and our brands memorable. After all, Why fight a dragon, when you can ride one instead?

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.

 

 

Yoga as a Healthy Brand and Healing Modality

 

When Lisa Fecarotta, my client and founder of Veda Yoga Therapy, and I first began to work on the strategic aspects of her brand, I explained that giving birth to a business is very much like bringing a child into the world. It’s all about honoring its soul.

Great brands aren’t manufactured in a factory. Each is unique and has its own path. That’s what make them memorable. Therein lies the magic that brings brands to life. Lisa, a gifted wellness expert and yogini and I welcomed Veda into the world just days ago. And as is fitting for both our brands, we’re celebrating with Tulsi tea and a Yoga Nidra session.

As a leader in wellness marketing, yoga marketing, organic brands and mission-based marketing, clients often say that the branding process they experience with firefly180 reveals not only insights and clarity, but aspects of themselves and their businesses they had never considered. These rays of light become threads we weave into brand architecture—just as carpenters start with the wood frame of a home.

Creative aspects like logos, colors, fonts, images, text, tone…all flow from this fundamental architecture or framework. Strategy is always at the core. Just as our souls are at the core of our humanity.

So join me in a heartfelt namaste for Veda Yoga Therapy. A new brand. A new soul—offering beauty, balance, wellness and lifelong health to 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.