As Bernstein & Andriulli's senior brand experience agent, Alma Lacour, so eloquently put it in our recent interview with her, "Experiential is a movement not a trend." Beyond establishing brand loyalty, engaging consumers, and evoking positive sentiment, experiential marketing is a huge financial win for brands. Compared to traditional marketing channels, experiential campaigns offer incredible payoffs.
The annual International Festival of Creativity (aka Cannes Lions) took over the Cote D’Azur once again last month, as the advertising industry continues to face an extraordinarily challenging business environment. From the Palais to VIP parties and luncheons, there were countless fascinating debates from marketers, media professionals, and agency executives with eye-opening insights on the future of advertising.
The Teen Vogue Summit: #TurnUp drew more than 600 young activists to The New School in NYC this past weekend for inspiring keynotes, workshops and action opportunities. So much happened during the three-day event: Emma González and Rowan Blanchard discussed the challenges of activism; Teen Vogue gun control cover stars reunited to discuss their plans for what's next; 11-year-old activist Naomi Wadler told Roseanne Barr "Bye, Felicia"; Amandla Stenberg and Common discussed activism and their new film, The Hate U Give; Cynthia Nixon talked legalizing marijuana in a "Teen Vogue (Side) Take"; and Al Gore told teens who are eligible to vote but don't "to just shut up."
The annual conference in Austin, TX is infamous for its over-the-top parties, brand marketing activations, packed lecture halls, and enough breakfast tacos to make you physically ill - a fact our team continues to test year after year. While always an inspiring and innovative event of the brightest minds in tech, marketing, design, film, comedy, style, and music, this year, like last, had clear political undertones. In 2017, it was all about vowing allegiance to social issues, while this year tackled major issues like cybersecurity, the #MeToo movement, healthcare, surveillance, diversity in the workplace, artificial intelligence (AI), and the responsibility social platforms have to place checks on their power while reflecting on the changing tech landscape.
It's unclear whether football fans across the country are more excited that the Eagles won or that the Patriots lost. Either way, last night's Super Bowl LII was remarkably lighter than 2017's game, which had a heavy political influence in the week's following Trump's inauguration. This year, brands focused on creating experiences and interactions for their viewers through advertisements that were lifted from our TV screens through experiential strategies such as social media exposure, mobile interaction, and more.
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT was action-packed with screenings, political marches, and below freezing temperatures. Delivering on the spirit of founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity, Sundance brings independent films to life. But, gone are the days in which Harvey Weinstein roamed the mountains, bringing with him male-centric films like “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and “Reservoir Dogs” to theaters, with a greater focus on parties, sponsorships, and Paris Hilton-sightings than film making.
In August 2016, Instagram launched Stories -- a seemingly blatant copycat of Snapchat. Social media professionals and amateur enthusiasts worldwide scoffed at the play and mocked the knockoff filters (the infamous flower crown served as the public's first victim). Even with skepticism and cynicism, Instagram users tried it out. Then, just a year after its initial launch, Instagram Stories surpassed Snapchat's daily usage numbers. How did a photo sharing platform takeover the content world so quickly?
Black Friday is the ultimate consumer experience exception. Shoppers don't set 5am alarms, or worse, head straight to the mall from their Thanksgiving tables, for the great customer experience. Instead, they dress for comfort and speed, map out a plan of attack, and prepare for a fight if necessary. In a world where consumers crave personalized items, one-on-one experiences, and an Instagram-worthy shopping environment, the only retail experience expected on Black Friday is a hefty discount.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Donald Trump winning the presidency of the United States. The 2016 election was the most heated, emotional, chaotic, and nontraditional campaign in the history of our country. Everyone got in on the action — cable news outlets didn't hold back on unleashing polarizing political commentators and even usually-neutral CNN was forced to take a side. There was a line divided down the middle of our country and you were either going to "make America great again" or announce yourself to the world as a "nasty woman."
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