I attended a series of seminars called Digital Sparks a couple of weeks ago. The seminars were hosted by Brandhouse, a strategic consultancy and design agency that helps clients use emotion to build stronger and more profitable brands, at The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, London. Cool venue, by the way. Thanks to the guys at Brandhouse for inviting me along.
The purpose of the morning was to invite four digital thought leaders to share their cutting edge knowledge and discuss how brands can make an emotional connection in the digital space. Each of the talks was recorded and all of the videos are here to view.
My favourite was the first speaker, Pettri Lattu from W.Steinmann in Helsinki, who is an expert in helping brands tell stories and engage across a number of different platforms (transmedia storytelling, in industry speak) and has won awards for his creative work with Adidas, Nike and Nokia.
His presentation is below, which you can watch. If you don’t have time to watch it, I have included a quick summary further below of, what I thought, were the main points.
What does this mean? Petri believes that traditional models of communications, branding and marketing are broken and we are moving into an era not of projection (ie. who can shout the loudest) to one of ‘be-ing’, where to engage consumers brands need to change the way they behave.
He believes that this can done through 3 different, interconnected activities, or cornerstones, as he calls them:
Petri then explained what he thought were a new set of rules that brands would have to adhere to in the ever changing marketplace. The new rules are:
He made a few final points that I liked:
What does this all mean? Whilst I believe that Petri’s talk was coming from, predominantly, large brand experience, I think there are lessons and insights for companies of all sizes in his talk and whether you have a big marketing budget or not. The interesting part, I believe is that I think that smaller companies may have a great opportunity in front of them to compete, engage and grow their business in this changing marketplace as I believe that, culturally, it may be easier for them to adapt and change than it will be for the larger companies who have for decades operated in silo and projection fashion.
What do you think?