As a forward thinking brand marketing agency, each day at LINK we set out to change the world. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. In fact, our ultimate goal is to partner with our clients to create and grow breakthrough brands,by making the consumer’s lives better.
Advertising is going through a revolution and traditional agencies don’t like it. Search, social, mobile and ad avoidance technologies have disrupted this industry. The notion of a brand marketing agency building a brand through interruptive messaging is antiquated. Consumers have too much information at their fingertips. Traditional tools for influence no longer work as well as they once did.
We are proud to work with some of the smartest and most creative people in the world. The best brand marketing agency can produce incredible results for their client’s brands by simply taking that expertise and pointing it inward at their own behavior rather than outward at messaging. Great brands are created by starting with a platform that improves people’s lives.
Look at top performing companies in the world. They still use advertising, but their brands are based on something more than simply creating great products and great ads. For example, Under Armour invests in innovation to help athletes perform better, Amazon invests in removing friction from the buying process, Chipotle invests in relationships with small family farms and Red Bull invests in pushing the limits of human potential.
Enriching peoples’ lives creates brand evangelists who can carry a story forward much more effectively than paid media ever could. Yet, most brands are trying to create gimmicks on Facebook to help customers spread the word. That’s not useful. The action item is to first look inward and stand for something bigger than the rudimentary characteristics of a product. You and your brand markting agency need to champion creativity, athleticism, the environment, happiness, inner beauty or even something as mundane as frictionless commerce.
Ironically,a brand marketing agency that focuses less on advertising creates opportunities for great ads. Under Armour, Apple, Zappos and other brands with a strong brand platform have some of the most compelling ads because true stories are always the most compelling. More importantly, companies like Red Bull, Chipotle and Patagonia prove that advertising no longer needs to be interruptive. When companies first build a compelling brand platform, the creative canvas is virtually unlimited. That’s why Red Bull was able to increase marketing metrics exponentially when it sponsored Felix Baumgartner’s jump from outer space.
This is the most exciting time in the history of advertising for a brand markting agency that’s not hamstrung by legacy systems and legacy profit models. At LINK, we first focus on behavior, creating immersive marketing experiences. The age of transparency forces us to reconsider everything that has been set in stone by traditional advertising for decades and move forward in a completely new environment. It’s forcing us to change the world and never look back, because as a brand marketing agency, we believe that’s the only way to create a breakthrough brand.
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