Monthly Archives: January 2015

Check Out Our Newest Build!

UA 1Go Bee’s art and design was brought to life with the help of our partners,  in our newest Under Armour build,  showcased at the US Lacrosse Fanfest in Baltimore this past weekend.  Our team worked diligently to develop the art and managed the overall build to create an innovative, intriguing display.  Go Bee undertook the tasks of developing an interesting display which would capture the audience passing by the booth and encourage them to engage with the brand.  Our XM marketing background played a role in strategic development and placement of the Under Armour goods, interactive screens and the display of UA Lacrosse product.

Why Agencies and Brands Need to Embrace True Storytelling

Adweek ArticleTo build on the opportunities that today’s hyperconnected and social consumer as well as new distribution platforms offer, agencies and brands need to move away from thinking about branded content and embrace true storytelling.

The difference?

Stories rely on the intended audience to develop their own imagery and detail to complete and, most importantly, to co-create, whereas content does not.  Content is primarily created in the internal mind of the content originator, with no heed
to the mind or to the context of the audience.

The truly great storytellers have long embraced the fact that the most powerful stories happen in the mind of the audience, making each and every story unique and personal for the individual. They also understand that stories are important because they are inherent to the human experience. Stories are how we pass on our accumulated wisdom, beliefs and values. They are the process through which we describe and explain the world around us, and our role and purpose in it. Audiences have always known this and asked for stories—they’ve never asked for content.  As the German literary scholar Wolfgang Iser noted: “No tale can ever be told in its entirety.” His reader-response theory “recognizes the reader as an active agent who imparts ‘real existence’ to the work and completes its meaning through interpretation.” It is this acceptance of the concept that we cannot—nor should we try to—tell any story in its entirety, and the subsequent embrace of the mind of the audience in co-creating our story that is the vital step we need to make if we are to truly resonate emotionally with our audience.

But why does it really matter?

There is little hesitation in knowing we operate in a cultural and technological world where consumers know everything about a brand, from who owns it to where and how products are manufactured and sold. As a result of this, companies are now evaluated by much more than their products. We are in a world where a brand’s values and the emotions they evoke are narrative material.

This presents marketers with an amazing opportunity, as the most powerful way to persuade someone of your idea is by uniting the idea with an emotion. It’s indisputable that the best way to do that is by telling a compelling story.

But we need to recognize that it demands insight and skill to present an idea that packs enough emotional power.

A couple of examples—one old and one new—of great storytelling. The legendary Steve Frankfurt, who is credited with creating the tagline “In space no one can hear you scream” for the 1979 movie Alien, clearly understood the role of co-creation in telling stories. This line created a world for the imagination to populate. It allowed the audience to put themselves in the story and co-create its own sense of claustrophobia, fear and isolation. It was simple and comprehensible yet gave clear direction and meaning. It perfectly captured the idea of the brand (or in this case, movie), teasing us as to what the film would deliver and at the same time aligning perfectly with the experience of it. It was a story in its own right.

More recently was Intel’s The Beauty Inside, a “social movie” that centered on a guy named Alex who wakes up every day with a new face and body. While there were many reasons to applaud this work, it was the central notion itself that drove its success. As director Drake Doremus says, “The story was exciting to me. The idea of waking up in somebody else’s skin every day but being the same person on the inside … was some territory I was interested in exploring.” This is equally true of the audience.

When we start to program a brand, we need to understand its full narrative and which parts of the story we need to create, which to co-create with the audience and which to leave to allow the audience to impart and complete their own meaning.

Despite the great work mentioned here, I don’t believe this subtle yet vital shift is one that the majority of people in our business clearly understand. How we embrace this difference between content and stories and then bring true storytellers into our world will be the key to the future success of our industry.

Content is dead. Long live storytelling.


Article By: Jon Hamm, ADWEEK, September 23, 2013

Have you tried Sweetwater yet?

Sweetwater PhotoHave you tried Sweetwater yet?  The Go Bee brand ambassadors were out in full   force sampling Sweetwater, Atlanta’s finest brew, to consumers in Mississipi.  The  BAM’s visited local bars and  restaurants, providing free samples of Heady 420, Blue and IPA brews, along with prizing and giveaways to consumers.  The  Go Bee brand ambassadors educated and distributed 3 oz. samples of  Sweetwater to  consumers and over 200 prizes were given away to corn hole challenge  winners.  Watch out for Sweetwater in your neighbourhood this weekend!

Wine Country Ontario Does Gay Ski Weekend at Blue Mountain

WCO with bottle Nestled just a couple of hours north of Toronto our Wine Country  Ontario team will be visiting the Village of Blue Mountain for Ontario’s  largest Gay Ski Weekend happening Saturday, January 10th and  Sunday, January 11th.  Our Wine Country Ontario reps will be in the  Events Plaza, close to Rusty’s at Blue Restaurant from 11am-5pm both  Saturday and Sunday. Our team will be sampling wines from  Generations Wine Company, Chateau Des Charmes, Stoney Ridge,  Cattail Creek, Strewn Winery, Creekside Estates, and Fielding. Our  special guest, Amelie from Chateau Des Charmes will be with us on  Saturday from 1pm-4pm.  Visit us on the weekend at Blue  Mountain  Village to try some VQA Ontario wines and experience Ontario’s only  winter LGBTQ Festival!