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The most watched ad in history is not an ad. Goodbye, advertising.

The big jump

three players: Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull Stratos and the challenge to gravity. Got together with the leap Baumgartner the largest audience ever conquered an ad. Not even “1984” Apple got that level of impact.

  • 8 millions people watched the jump live (streaming) on YouTube (the event that follows, the London Olympics, they got 500.000 people connected simultaneously on this network).
  • After landing, Red Bull posted the photo of Baumgartner flexing his knees at landfall in Facebook. In less than 40 minutes, the picture was shared with more than 29.000 times, It generated about 216.000 “likes” and more of 10.000 comments.
  • During the jump and at times, half of the trending topics on Twitter spoke jump in the world – removing the role of other simultaneous events like Justin Bieber and games of the National Football League USA.
  • Only in Spain and through Teledeporte, 4,3 millions of people they followed the jump live (yes, 27,8% share).

But not everything is 2.0

Indeed, Baumgartner jump it was real, as Real was the huge investment in the ship and preparations for the jump. The ground control team was worthy of a space rocket launch, and the next day there was no cover of newspaper not to talk jump.

Red Bull advertising had spent years in the world with “te da alas“, so we could say that the jump event was the perfect culmination of the campaign. A company that invests 25% of its turnover in marketing is a business that risks… and in this case wins.

Storytelling

If I had to frame the jump in any discipline communication, I dare say that Red Bull has built the best story of history. Remember the permanent tension of all the hours and minutes before the jump, impeccable script. The sweat ground controllers. The thousands of radio and TV commentators who ventured worst for Baumgartner. The risk, to plot, the control (or decontrol) of time. The preparation of all teams in the wilderness that fell. Awesome. Marketing de atracción in pure state.

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Red Bull used its own channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter… to relay the event. pure innovation. Another had organized an exclusive with any TV channel, a newspaper or magazine. Red Bull did not want to share center stage, He gambled too.

You have died advertising?

The question I ask myself as advertising and as a victim of indiscriminate bombing of low-quality ads is dead Has advertising?

Surely in its current stadium itself. Consistent advertising disrupt our lives with something we do not want is disappearing. People are rebelling against us notice 20″ interrupting us a film. We prefer to burn, rent it or see it for 2 € HD through Apple TV. We are tired of turning pages and pages full of ads daily on Sundays. We turned off the radio or change the station when entering advertising. Why? For several reasons:

  • there are other options, other channels at that time maybe not issue advertising
  • Lack of affinity: Do not emit ads for products or services that interest us, making it more tedious to have to listen.
  • The creativity It is doldrums. Solo 1 of 100 ads contain stimulants or surprising elements.
  • We have learned to value silence, peace. And a good time to turn off the TV or radio advertising is when you enter.
  • time is over “repetition is reputation“. Now repeat abandonment is punishable by brand. A campaign issued between October 2012 and February 2013 selection of waste in Catalonia (container where you) It has achieved the opposite effect by excessive repetition. Better little and good and bad lot.

The truth is that excessive advertising in traditional media is changing the patterns of media consumption.

Goodbye, advertising. Hello, Branding

I sincerely hope that the present and probably the future- It is in the branding, the large umbrella of commercial communication. I understand branding as an integral process of value creation around a brand, either corporate, social or personal. I try to explain with this graphic:

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What good branding?

Is a complete process around the brand.

A corporate branding, for example, It includes strategic communication planning, we el, research concepts and insights, field study meanings brand, Brand design (Logo, anagram…), el packaging, outbound, el storytelling, PR actions associated, yes, “publicity” (obtaining free press coverage), Social Media Strategy, the events, promotions, merchandising, sponsorship, el product placement, direct marketing, planning and media buying, construction of supports for events, graphic arts, The graphic design, the photograph, audiovisual production, the audience measurement systems, influence and reputation-and whether conventional or online-, el street marketing, shares of retail POS (tastings, promos, signaling…), yes, “city branding” or brand study of cities, web design and corporate blogs, all, all.

How it is ideally design a branding strategy

Heart out. From the vision (the why) to the mission (the what) through the differential values (the how). It is very difficult from what, the process must start with why. Luther King He dreamed of an America without racism (view), and so his message struck a chord. He did not just denounce whites, I had not done any. Instead, created collective consciousness, one huge social branding action. Something made Mahatma Gandhi. And so they did asked, who dreamed of making things easier for people or Bill Gates, who dreamed of 1975 each house could accommodate a computer.

In the commercial arena, vision or dream of Red Bull has been that people fly (and he has achieved, go if you have done). The vision of BMW -in Spain- It is to awaken the pleasure of driving. This is not to sell soft drinks or cars, It is about creating sensations and emotions, to reach the hearts of people, of attracted by passion, not repeat. The desired response to a well planned action of branding is not “this brand has convinced me”, is “this brand speaks my language, Do you get me, tunes”.

What will happen to advertising agencies?

Many have understood the change and are offering even without specify- processes branding. The other fear that eventually disappearing or becoming specialists serving companies branding. If only they dedicated to sell ads without wanting to see beyond ad agencies will be, little more. Recently, talking to a good friend, He came the idea of ​​calling “commercial communication” the entire set of processes that I have described above. But I think it is lame, lack a higher concept, miss the mark. And brand is all: Business, institutions, people, citizen groups. Everything leaves a brand. Why the word branding (Originally burn cattle with a distinctive symbol) filled both, It is an umbrella shaft.

And what will happen to advertising professionals

In my view there is an excessive specialization around the advertising profession; there are few advertising “holistic” and there are many art directors, editors, planners, Account Managers, media specialists… The truth is advertisers do not want to see a team 5 people in a meeting. They want to talk to one, with whom you can talk about everything knowingly. That story is repeated in meetings “it will consult with the editor” bores the most painted. Be solved, advise, get wet.

If we add that few professionals understand much publicity promotions, The street marketing, events, we find that advertisers are forced to hire 10 agencies to resolve the management of the same brand: the advertising, the media, the social media, the promotion, the CSR, to the….

So, I venture to guess that the comprehensive professional branding It is imposed, will be the guardian angel of communication companies, institutions, professionals… Isn't it?, there is still no university degree of branding. Branding experts have gained their experience working in many places and with an open mind. It will be a more creative profile management, I do not doubt that, but you will have to share your right brain with some analytical capacity. An all terrain, a burner.

the brander

Although there are no studies yet to be "Brander", may I recommend some readings to understand the phenomenon of branding

Puro Marketing article published in the 11 March 2013

Happiness after dismissal

It is a topic to talk about dismissal and depression, mourning phase, of uncertainty, disorientation, crisis. As he had said Louis van Gaal, "Always negative". And, What about the positive side of dismissal? Why you would never talk about people who have discovered that there is a better life after an ERE? What about those who, From overnight, They have discovered that they were authentic entrepreneurs? Why do we insist so much on our coverfailures? Is there life after dismissal?

How could it be otherwise, I will begin with a case I believe I know well, mine.

For GR. Life begins at forty

Photo taken at my funeral advertising, on 2004

the what

I have the personal and professional privilege to have experienced a layoff, what was the lever launch of a new life with more flavors than unpleasantness. With more flashes of happiness than sadness. If today I dedicate to personal branding it is because of what happened at the end of 2004.

The how

I started my career very young. My first payroll, contract internship advertising agency Tiempo BBDO, It is dated January 1979. I had 16 and she is studying at night. I understood then that the environment communication, This iscreativity, advertising and all the madness that lead would become myprofession.

So it was. Pass 11 years J. Walter Thompson, then by Bassat & Ogilvy and then Saatchi & Saatchi. Total, some 20 years in the environment of international advertising agency, working for big-budget advertisers and global brands. after those 20 years I wanted a taste of being a shareholder of a company, so I accepted the offer to head the agency Barcelona Altraforma. Year 1998 and the experience could not start better.

I felt comfortable, It works with the same intensity or more, weekends, some nights. But it works "for me". A small piece of the result (If I recall one 15%) it was Min e. In 2000 and 2001 we managed to put the agency ranking places reserved for very large groups. We were a dreamboat. We receive many offers from multinational purchasing groups. The circumstances made no such offer was accepted (crass error) and that 2003 signs are sighted deceleration. I lost a client, some untimely dismissal, things happen in the best families and are often overcome.

But something happened that marked my life forever. Without knowing it, I settled on "comfort zone“, in the brain that obscures the need to change the way of doing things. It is possible that some adverse circumstance in my family environment influenced my mood, but outside any rate in September 2004 I reached out an agreement with the majority shareholder of the agency. Euphemisms aside, I was fired from the company. Let's be clear, please. I sold my shares and I went in December of that same year, after a Christmas party that became my funeral advertising.

In January 2005, and thanks to an advertiser who did not want to release my, I started my own business, Lateral Consulting. What side it came by the positive influence of Edward de Bono y su “Lateral thinking”, a book that should be read to babies in the cradle.

There I discovered that I could work like a donkey and be happy. The pressures were my pressures, nobody put me goals, I put them on my own. Without knowing it, iDEE my own personal branding plan. In 2007 I accepted an offer to manage the business in Spain TVLowCost, a young French agency that broke the mold and opened in two years subsidiaries worldwide defying its philosophy to large multinationals. The invention is not worked here, which it gave me new parameters to know what not to do, but fortunately my business with Lateral Consulting worked well.

In 2007, from Lateral, I started working on projects and communication strategypeople-oriented, professionals. Politicians, entrepreneurs, people who had suffered a layoff ... I still do not know, but my good friend Linda Reichard One day he told me that what I did is called "personal branding“.

Earlier 2010, hand that would later be my current partner, Jordi Collell, We attended a conference in Madrid on personal brand captained by sherpa Andrés Pérez Ortega, and in October of that same year we opened SOYMIMARCA.

The why. Key learnings.

Happiness exists. You just have to go get it. And that is achieved overcoming fears.

Risking is key. If you do not risk you can live reasonably well with a living wage, but it will be difficult to go to work with the appropriate degree of motivation.

You can live with less. Many people are closed in band to undertake for fear of not reaching the levels of remuneration they were working as employees.

Think big. Think big. If you have a good idea, ponle resources, do not be stingy. No idea prosper without a decent investment.

Surround yourself with the best. So far the topic. But I mean surround yourself with the best people, of people whom you can trust the keys to your life. Quickly detach yourself who do not share your level of enthusiasm for the project, It will become a toxic agent.

Become a plan. you map. Follows a script. And you see adapted according to circumstances. Do not close to change course, but keep the destination. And remember, as the Greek poet said Constantino Kavafis, the important thing is not only to reach the destination, but learning trip without forcing the crossing.