FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ

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Statesman Studio Raps Up SXSW

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Statesman Studio-ers and their advertising colleagues enjoyed a panel discussion about Austin’s infamous annual event, SXSW. Moderated by Patrick Acton, digital sales director, Studio’s Kim Harrington, Jihan Kuri and Avi Schaeffer joined colleagues Kaolhi Ly and Austin Chilton to share what they learned during the week-long sessions and festivals.


Patrick: SXSW is a whirlwind. Where did you focus your efforts and which event, if any, inspired you the most?

Avi: Everyone approaches SXSW differently. I mostly attended panels and sessions on branding, However, I think we’re all there to move the needle forward. I got the vibe, immediately, that some of the smartest people in world are there. They’re all so forward thinking. The main theme this year for me was ‘authenticity,’ and re-positioning a brand’s consumers as communities.

Kim: I averaged about five panel discussions a day, so around 20-25 total. I attended a panel titled, “Purpose-Driven Brand by Design,” where Always discussed their “Think Like a Girl Campaign,” which in part gave people the chance to do just that but also sent the message that brands have to move beyond just being companies to being responsible in some ways to provide emotional support. In addition to the big keynotes speeches, which were incredible, I also found that SXSW has a strong second tier of networking opportunities.

Jihan: I attended a session that involved “This American Life” podcast, which talked about how to interview people to get better stories. We can all use stories to sell products. In fact, good stories can boost sales up to 20 percent. I also attended a session called, “The Science of Perfect Timing,” which taught us that our mood changes throughout the day and how we can optimize our days around these mood changes.

Austin: I think I spent half my time in lines. I attended the Bernie Sanders panel, which was interesting. Before Bernie, a woman from France talked about “Techfugees,” and how everything is going mobile and that we’re all connected. VR was also a big part of SXSW, but overall it really highlighted the need for continued collaboration. Social, SEM and Studio need to work together to make things like experiential work.

Kaolhi: I attended some great panels. Many of them concerned the digital space and where it’s going and how to build content around it. There was also an interesting panel that had brands freaking out about how the U.S. men’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup affects ratings and, ultimately, the effectiveness of advertising during it.


Avi: Journalism needs to be real and seen as a viable source of information. For us, aligning with that is important.

Patrick: Any takeaways during SXSW for the Austin American-Statesman and the news industry in general?

Austin: The Bernie Sanders panel addressed “Fake news.” Sanders respects the media. He didn’t want to talk about buzz words or fake news but about what people really want to hear.

Kaolhi: There was a lot being said about supporting local newspapers.


Patrick: Business is only half of SXSW. What’s the most fun you had at this year’s SXSW?

Jihan: Older people still want to have fun. How do we make things fun that aren’t necessarily seen as fun, such as driving the speed limit or picking up trash? It’s all about putting the consumer in the center of fun, memorable experiences and telling a story.

Avi: I was at an experiential marketing panel where they talked about the missing piece to experiential being ROI. There are five keys to making experiential work, which I can share later, but one of them was determining what the client wants from the experience. Westworld was a great experiential event, but what it came down to was a post-event email sent asking you to sign up for HBO. That’s what it was all about.

Kim: “Westworld” overshadowed everything. It was weird but very well executed. You applied online and during checkout they asked a bunch of strange questions, like, “Do you believe in destiny?” and “Can you swim?” We found out later that the questions we’re meant to identify if you were a bad guy or a good guy. When you arrived, you had a white cowboy hat or a black one. I think I was the only one here with a white hat. At the experience, they had a very “meta” gun fight, where at the end people in hazmat-like suits came out and carried the dead away. It really made you think about your reaction to it all.

Austin: Westworld was my second favorite event. I’m a huge Spielberg fan, so getting to see the premiere of “Ready Player One” was amazing, even after the three-and-a-half hour wait to get in. While we were waiting in line, hired actors interacted with the crowd.


Patrick: Any business predictions from SXSW?

Avi: The word “Advertisting” is kryptonite. We need to replace it with “Branding,” which is simply the way a consumer sees your company. Also, demographic data is old; behavioral data is where it’s at. People are so transient nowadays and 60-year-old women are acting like 30-year-old women. Focusing on behaviors, and not necessarily where they live, seems to make sense.

Jihan: We need to continue to target specific groups of people, define our mission, and most importantly, stand for something.

Austin: Again, collaboration is key. We need to cross-pollinate teams to create ideas that bring people together.


Patrick: Many startups launched at SXSW, including Twitter and Four Square. Did you see any new products or companies launch at SXSW this year?

Kim: Sushi teleportation! A company called “Open Meals” uses robots to re-create 8-bit sushi from scanning the work done by a sushi chef.

Jihan: “CherryPicks” is a Rotten Tomatoes version that features women-only movie reviews.

Austin: “Dinder,” which is the dinner version of Tinder. It’s basically a local restaurant app that matches singles who have the same interests in food.


Patrick: I heard about Wisconsin Cheese’s “World’s Largest Cheese Board.” Did any of you experience that?

Kim: Their giveaway was tiny little backpacks with an opening in the front for ice and an opening in the back with a wedge of cheese.


Patrick: Any parting thoughts?

 Jihan: Brands today need to be asking not just, “Can we do that?” but “Should we do that?”


NOTE: Photo above: Statesman Studio employees Kim Harrington (second from left), Jihan Kuri (third from left), and Avi Schaeffer (far right) joined Statesman Media colleagues Kaolhi Ly and Austin Chilton to share their SXSW 2018 experience. (Not pictured, Lindsay Omits, Patrick Acton.)

FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ

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Statesman Studio is happy to announce the launch of FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ, a delicious cup of the latest and greatest stuff in marketing, advertising and design each week. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after four days of the weekly grind. These links will inspire you, and show that a dash of creativity and thoughtful design can take a brand from good to great. So, wake up and smell the inspiration with FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ. Just click on the links below to dive in.

FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ

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Statesman Studio is happy to announce the launch of FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ, a delicious cup of the latest and greatest stuff in marketing, advertising and design each week. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after four days of the weekly grind. These links will inspire you, and show that a dash of creativity and thoughtful design can take a brand from good to great. So, wake up and smell the inspiration with FRIDAY MORNING BUZZ. Just click on the links below to dive in.

Statesman Studio gets IONized

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The Studio team’s latest field trip took them to Austin’s Ion Art Inc. Kim Harrington, Studio’s senior designer, was introduced to Ion Art at an event last November that celebrated 100 years of Neon in Austin. Founded by husband and wife team Greg and Sharon Keshishian in 1986, Ion Art as grown over time from a neon sign company to a “design-build” powerhouse that mixes myriad media (neon, argon, metal, glass, wood) to create some of the most unique art, display, and signage pieces anywhere. In fact, it’s almost impossible to miss their work if you’re walking around Austin at night.

The Studio team would like to thank Kyle Beck, Design Manager, Wesleann Mendell, Operations Manager, and the rest of the Ion Art crew, for a fantastic tour of their facility, the in-depth explanation of their processes, and especially for fulfilling our continual quest for creative enlightenment!

A Synthesis of Surroundings

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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs
Avi’s Oils Make Public Appearance
Recently, Studio creative director Avi Schaeffer held his first public exhibit in seven years. Called, “A Synthesis of Surroundings,” his 11-piece collection of oil paintings hung in one of the main hallways at
the YMCA Austin Town Lake location. The Studio team visited Avi’s exhibit on two occassions: First as a team creative outing, which we try to schedule on a regular basis, and second during Avi’s public premiere.
In the exhibit poster Avi wrote, “My painting style is domestic surrealism, which depicts the cultural, political, architectural, and human nature of life and swaps subject matter to create a familiar and fresh experience.”

 

Studio Link Pack 1.20.17

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The Studio Link Pack is a collection of links to some of the best design, marketing and advertising trends, with articles, interviews and videos designed to inspire, amuse, broaden horizons and help the team become more innovative and creative.  Hand-picked each week by Statesman Studio’s Senior Graphic Designer, Kim Harrington.

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Pitching in for ‘Recognizing Nurses’!

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Jason and Katie work with Karlee to build the Recognizing Nurses Informational Kits. Kim and others from Studio pitched in, as well.

 

One of the things I love about our sales team is that they are constantly pushing the envelope, especially when it comes to promoting local and ensuring that the Statesman is continually involved in important aspects of our community. The latest endeavor is an awards program and event called ‘Recognizing Nurses.’ The idea is simple: create a program that allows anyone in the Austin area to vote on a nurse that has impacted their life. From the nominees, seven nurses are selected to receive the Statesman’s RN Best in Class Award at a red carpet event held at the iconic Paramount Theater on Thursday, May 18.

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Studio Link Pack 12.16.16

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The Studio Link Pack is a collection of links to some of the best design, marketing and advertising trends, with articles, interviews and videos designed to inspire, amuse, broaden horizons and help the team become more innovative and creative.  Hand-picked each week by Statesman Studio’s Senior Graphic Designer, Kim Harrington.

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