Worldbuilding - The Future of Storytelling, with Wild Card

In an age where consumer attention spans are at an all-time low, something curious is happening: under the right circumstances, consumers are spending hours - even days - immersed in lush fictional worlds such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and The Avengers. However, world building isn't just for blockbuster entertainment franchises. When executed well, brands can create immersive worlds of their own, significantly driving brand loyalty in the process. We spoke with Tara Deveaux and Shawn Shahani of Wild Card about a new study on world building and consumer behavior. They shared what marketers could learn from Hollywood producers, and gave tips on creating a world of engagement around your brand.

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You Can't Go Home Again: A Return to Work Sites After COVID-19

Organizations have undergone unprecedented changes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses with the ability to do so have shifted to a work from home structure, which the firm Global Workplace Analytics forecasts may make up 25 to 30 percent of the workforce by 2021. But for many companies, productivity and essential tasks must be done in a physical office space. While it’s still uncertain when employees may return to their workplaces, it’s vital that leaders look into the precautions and adaptations that will be necessary in many cases to ensure the safety of their employees. The resources below discuss many of these coming possibilities.

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Pulse Issue 16

A Brand New World: Marketing Post-COVID-19

April 2020

By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an unprecedented era of change across all of humanity, from economies, governments, consumers, and businesses, to, of course, marketing and branding. While we cannot predict the state of the advertising industry once the pandemic has passed, we do know that it will be immensely changed. The resources below speculate on what preparatory measures and foresight can be taken as of today to prepare brands for an era of marketing post-COVID-19.
COVID-19 and the polices aimed at controlling it have changed how we work and what we consume. History shows that such changes are not always temporary—crises can fundamentally reshape beliefs and behaviors. How, then, can companies prepare for a post-crisis world? This piece considers how attitudes and behaviors are shaped by deep societal crises. Major disruptions can cause fundamental shifts in social attitudes and beliefs, which pave the way for new policies, ways of working, and consumer needs and behaviors, some of which persist in the long run.
Forbes examines how brands can reset marketing campaigns to help ensure they will contribute positive cash flow again in the future, from a reset to budgets, ad campaigns, shifting agency expectations, and considering new target markets. The sooner current marketing efforts are audited and reset, the less time and resources will be wasted. Forbes also shares the questions brands should be asking to prepare Post-Crisis Marketing Plans.
Generally, ads that do not perform well today are self-conscious and product- and message-driven, while those that are more successful feature human connection and have a clear sense of time and place. The impact of coronavirus across our society is difficult to predict, but in advertising it presents an opportunity to change course and rediscover human instincts. This piece evaluates the type of advertising that will resonate most as people re-evaluate their priorities during tough times.
When everything seems to be in flux, it’s useful to look at trends that are already “out there.” Which behaviors are early adopters and pioneer brands embracing? Which trends looked years away from the mainstream (and so were easy to ignore), but now feel primed to become totally normal in a matter of months, if not weeks? This piece analyzes 10 emerging consumer trends that offer powerful early signals of what people will value and what their priorities in a post-coronavirus world will be.
What happens to brands after the smoke clears and people emerge bleary-eyed from self-quarantine? The coronavirus pandemic has already left a mark on society, and in the coming years, it’s likely to be a pivot point in the way commerce works. While it’s still too early to say what the resulting shakeup is going to look like, AdRoll assembled its best guesses at the top trends that will shape brands in a post-coronavirus world.
For more resources on marketing during the coronavirus, see the ANA’s Business of Marketing in the Covid-19 Age.
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