Why so many brands are making documentaries
Atlanta based hip-hop artist Stic Ibomu reformed his eating ways when he turned vegan. His story is one of five that food brand MorningStar Farms chronicles in its new docu-series “The Veg Effect,” which is trying to get people to eat more vegetables.
The series was produced by Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners and Washington Square Films and directed by Alison Klayman, an independent filmmaker and journalist. It’s available on-demand for free on Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.
"Colorado Made by Colorado Folk" - Peach Street Distillers Portfolio Gets Full Rebrand
Launched in early May, Colorado’s-own Peach Street Distillers has unveiled a full rebranding that will give all of its 25 craft spirit brands a cohesive look and feel, including a new website labeling and branding, and digital/social components. The rebranding was created by Peach Street Distillers’ creative agency, Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners (RTO+P), and signals the award-winning craft distillers’ commitment to quality and growth.
Check Out the 2016 Shorty Award Winners for Best Brands on Social Media
A record number of brands entered the competition this year, said Gregory Galant, co-founder of the Shorty Awards and CEO of Muck Rack. "Academy members told us they were astounded by the quality of work entered, as well as the new and innovative ways our entrants are using social media," he added. "This year's winning entries show that brands and agencies are eager to give back, raise awareness and promote social-good campaigns. The winners were bold—not afraid to jump on new platforms while still telling powerful stories."
We just celebrated our 20th year of taking the entire agency away for 2 days and 2 nights of reaffirmation of who we are and prognostication on who we’re about to be. These are this year’s opening remarks from Steve Red that offer up the reason it’s all so important to us.
So was every person who’s ever worked here. Maybe not as you, but as part of a belief that started with 2 young creatives in an attic in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
We didn’t set out to make an ad agency.
WE SET OUT TO BUILD A CULT OF BELIEF.
And everyone that’s ever joined us, no matter how long they’ve stayed or when they’ve come, has had at least a little of that belief inside them.
You didn’t find that belief when you got here. It’s the reason you got here. You were already us. You already believed that it’s better to be a band of renegades. Rebels. Insurgents. Outlaws. Cowboys. You already believed that it’s better to ride out on the fringe. You already believed that it’s more satisfying to leave the first tracks. And that it’s better to be the ones storming the castle than to be the ones living safe and content behind its walls. You were all born with that little voice inside your head that screams bloody murder if you let up. Or stop short. You all came with itchy trigger fingers. You all already pushed yourselves to punch above your weight and stick and move until you find a way inside. You already wanted to take care of business on Main Street at high noon with the town’s people watching. Maybe outnumbered but never outdone.
You already instinctively knew “the idea is the boss” and that “all” is better than “one” and that “we” is better than “I”. Because you all came with humble inside you right next to hungry. And restless inside you right next to respect. You already believed that new territory is the only territory worth claiming. You already wanted to be unforgettable. You already knew how to see with your gut when the lights go out. And block out the fear when the spotlight goes on.
It’s belief that’s run through the building and the people in it, no matter when, no matter who. It’s the reason we’ll look down the wave of tomorrow…and drop in. It’s the reason we’ll lean out over the edge with only the strand of a new idea holding us up. It’s the reason we’ll continue to go beyond making ads and onto discovering ways to create influence and lasting affect. It’s why we’ll continue to seek companies and people and partners that believe they can leave a lasting imprint on the world.
It’s why we’ll always stand together. And charge over the hill together. It’s why we’ll always boil with beautiful idealism and stubborn innocence. It’s why we’ll always ride fast; drink hard and challenge the whole world to fucking bring it on.
“When you exchange business cards, present your card with 2 hands and bow.”
A little tip someone offered before we left for Hong Kong and it was stuck in my head as we neared touch down.
We were on our way to help lead a brand summit with our partners at William Grant & Sons on behalf of Reyka Vodka. We’ve been working on the Reyka brand for about a year now but this was our first opportunity to rally markets in the east around the vodka from Iceland.
We’d heard “they’ll have a more rational view of marketing, less about the ‘emotional side’ of brands” and “it will be more formal.” I guess that was the reason the “business card custom” was dancing in my head. Don’t get us wrong, we’re as rational as they come when necessary and we’re told we look pretty good in a suit. But we’re really excited about Reyka and we were excited to make them excited. So we didn’t want anything to get “lost in translation.”
After stepping off the plane and into the city that looks like a mash-up of New York, San Francisco and the city in Total Recall, we kicked off 2 days of meetings. Yes, everyone handed off their business cards with two hands and a little bow (which we must say, adds a bit of lovely grace to that old business ritual) but probably the more relevant thing we quickly found was that on the rational to emotional scale, our new friends from Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and China were – how should we describe this – more amped than we were. We quickly became one big Reyka passion machine. And formality was kept to the business card thing.
And then they took us to dinner. But that’s for another post.