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Breaking Taboos in Advertising: Censorship Need Not Apply

In our quest to be advertising pioneers, we always want to push that envelope, toe that line, blaze that trail, all while being truthful and honest in order to get our brand message across.  So how taboo does content really need to be in order to get people talking, to raise eyebrows, and invoke change?

Marketers and creatives alike have found that being unapologetically honest - a perfect ingredient for being, and breaking, taboo - is not only good for change, but also good for business. It sells more products and creates a base of loyal brand advocates. More importantly, they get the conversation going about important, human topics such as menstruation, sexual activity, erectile dysfunction, and race that have otherwise been seen as inappropriate or just plain scary to talk about.

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9 Ad Campaign Fails from Years Past (and lessons learned along the way)

Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” remains a standout after more than 14 years.  By deconstructing beauty norms at a time when few women considered themselves beautiful according to modern standards (in other words, skinny, young, and blemish-free), the personal care brand created what Ad Age considers the No. 1 campaign of the 21st century.  A successful brand campaign such as this may look effortless, but it’s the product of skilled marketing expertise, good strategic judgement, and boundless creativity. But what about the campaigns that don’t meet these criteria?

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The Virtual Revolution Goes Mobile

If you’re in marketing, the augmented and virtual reality experience may seem a bit old hat by now.  But the virtual revolution is taking a new shape - thanks to the ever transforming capabilities of our mobile devices.  

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2018 Advertising Trends: Reaching Audiences Here, There, and Everywhere

It seems hard to believe that most advertisers once flocked to TV and newspaper. Advancements in technology offer unparalleled possibilities for targeting and engaging audiences, irrevocably altering the media landscape and consumer behavior.  The digital marketing revolution affects everything from how content is created to audience expectations, and experiential advertising stands at the forefront. Consumers, who see more than 5,000 advertisements in a single day, are looking to connect less directly with products and more directly with one another through meaningful brand experiences.  

Here are some of the top trends we anticipate having the most impact on advertising in 2018:  

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Experiential Art & Advertising: How blurry is the line that separates them?

Experiential art connects viewers to one another and to the work itself in ways that surround, captivate and fascinate - producing experiences that are anything but ordinary.  It was only a matter of time before the advertising industry jumped on board.  “I believe art is a bottomless pit to be used for experiential inspiration. It allows advertisers and brands to behave badly or strangely and with a shrug of the shoulders say 'it's art',” explains Campaign.  For art purists, that may be an uncomfortable line of thought.  For agency executives, it’s a line of thought that works.  

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Times Of Transformation: Art Imitates Life As Gender Is Redefined

In what might be the most significant attempt by a major museum to tackle the subject of gender fluidity in contemporary art, Trigger:  Gender as a Tool and a Weapon opened last month on September 27th at the New Museum.  The exhibition gives voice to over 40 intergenerational and multi-disciplinary artists investigating “gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars.”  The collective work explores “gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity.”

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Theater On The Move: Who Needs A Fourth Wall, Anyway?

A sea of viewers sits quietly enthralled, while a company of actors, established in their world of illusion, make believe they’re not there at all.  An imaginary barrier that exists between actors and audiences in theatrical performance, the fourth wall carves out space for realism in a fictional world.  But not only is the fourth wall being broken, but theater is on the move, traveling between spaces and city blocks, taking audiences along for the ride.  This is immersive theater, and then some.  

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