Lessons from a Theatre Company @FahyProductions | @derry2013 /∞ | City of #Culture Legacy

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Can Inbound and Content Marketers , Growth Hackers, Social Media Managers, Community Engagement Officers all learn lessons from local community theatre? Yes! Think of your content streams & campaigns in terms of chapters in a play, you will soon realise that there is magic in engaging with your audience and driving a message and waiting for their reactions. A production company like Fahy Productions has a core aim; “To stage Northern Irish voices and confront social issues in rural and urban communities which can be brought to an International audience.” This production company and the teams that work with them understand the craft that has been built within these multi-skilled teams. From design, to build, rehearsal and performance: it brings together a nexus point of Commerce & Art, through storytelling and Culture.

” It’s the glue between us and the audiences. Lets generate engagement and ignite conversations within our community. Lets do it ourselves, Lets light the fire.” –  JP Conaghan

Fahy Productions are a theatre company based in Northern Ireland which strive to produce new and innovative theatre whilst exposing social issues. Together we work to create breath-taking plays to satisfy an audience’s theatre needs. Design and build productions of any scale, size or dimension for theatre. Fahy Productions also offer Artistic Design, Production & Delivery Services.

With Digerati never really being disconnected anymore, the mobile device enables great content from personal networks, to be appear at the press of a button. Now, we have the ability to read, watch or listen to stories, anytime and anywhere. With the upcoming House of Cards Season Two and VGHS Season 3, these audiences know what they want.

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal have spoken about the effect of technology on storytelling and filmmaking. De Niro called video-sharing app Vine an “interesting thing,” and seems open to the possibility that it could be a very clever and creative tool.

“Six seconds of beginning, middle and end. I was just trying to time on my iPhone six seconds just to get a sense of what that is. It can actually be a long time. One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand, four one-thousand, five one-thousand, six one-thousand – you can tell a whole story in six seconds.” – Robert De Niro

Last year’s Tribeca festival featured a Vine competition where users can submit their six-second videos for consideration in a wide range of categories.  So these stories didnt exist in this capacity 12 months ago. The content, experiences & conversations were non existent. Now, because the cost of creation and production has been lowered, we have a convergence of owned, earned, shared, paid media.

So how do we differentiate the content? The real value is in the craft of how the story is told. These are the ideas, discussions and conversations that intrigue and engage with the audience. If you are in Derry, I recommend you see some of this great content and attend this upcoming show  ‘All There Is’ more information below.

All There is –  10 February 2014 – 15 February 2014

TIME : 8:00pm, VENUE: The Playhouse Theatre, One of Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary community art resource centres.

WEBSITE http://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk  BOX OFFICE: 028 71 268027 , EMAIL : info@derryplayhouse.co.uk

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What would Don Draper do? #intuition #MadMen #insights #mathmen #dualprocess /∞

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When presented with a problem, there is an intuitive solution that comes to mind for Don Draper, its normally the most immediate and easiest resolve to this problem. But for better engagement and group buy in, what normally happens is that he taps into the observations, perceptions & memories of Richard (Dick) Whitman and reveals them. We actually see two different characters that you really get to know while watching the series MadMen.

Don Draper and Richard Whitman are clearly identifiable, they have their own beliefs, they make choices. As shown in this clip, both a #system1 and a #system2 thought process is revealed during this Hersey pitch. You can see in just under 4 minutes the audience experiences an unexpected joy or inspiration, followed closely with the painful experiences and very similar automatic association of painful tales of Richard Whitmans childhood.

The biggest lesson that can be learned from the Hershey’s pitch is that “Everyone has their own story to tell”. That is what makes us human and this is what connects us. Look into the statistics, look at the sources where the most engagement comes from, look at what types of conversations and what types of content is being shared right now. What is the context of this human message or affection? If your delivering high quality content, then this lowers the barrier to entry. Actually being able to identify the context in which decisions, conversations and observations are made by your audiences/users, will drive systematic improvements.

Like Pardot have shown in this infographic, there are ‘innovations’ in Marketing Automation. These technologies are in the marketplace to support the large corporations traditional Models. Which is fine, because the budgets that are being spent doing the same thing that has always been done, are normally greenlit by Fat Hippos that are disconnected customers. But imagination and creativity cannot be plotted on any graph.

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Why will the Age of #Context decide what we do everyday? #kaizen /∞

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The Internet of Things

Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a local Bar –  The Internet of Things is an exciting contextual stream of Data, but at what cost? Imagine you walk into a bar, and place your mobile on the table and enjoy while a Personal Contextual Assistant (PCA) greets you. By the magical powers of The Internet of Things: mobile payments, NFC, WiFi & Context, you can order, eat,enjoy, pay, tip & review, whilst getting the best service YOU could ask for.

“Hello [First Name], Welcome to [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] What can we get you today? Shall I order you a [Your preferred Beverage] while you look at our menu?”

I imagine the above said in Scarlett Johanssons voice from the Movie ‘Her’.

We want all the things that we have now, and plus more stuff … GIMME STUFF! Yes, all that extra relevant content is where the awesome sauce is at. BUT, heres where things get a little bit tricky. I also want you to make it more relevant to me, suggest things that people in my Network like, provide me with options based on people I trust, communicate with and follow.

Oh, and also give me the answers, to everything, everywhere, at anytime on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a Bar that I’m at … but also please respect my privacy. “You’ve almost finished [Your preferred Beverage], would you like another? *finger swipe* Thank you, Just one moment and I’ll add that … [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] [Your preferred Beverage] is on its way – if you need anything, just ask” –  said the PCA to everyone. #creepy ?

Look for the signals

Is that what the future holds? Are public interactions being contextualised via personal devices and PCA technologies, as we build Individual networks? Scobleizer seems to think so with his book the Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.

“Turn on a TV, it does not know what you watched on it yesterday, or what you like” #sillytv #context

Now indulge me for 20 seconds and think about how you found this article. A clicked hastag, an email or maybe you just noticed the candid author photo by Susanne Skretteberg Andersen in Norway. Does that matter? Whos analysing that? As a content creator, this journey is more important to me than it is to you, right? So what about our entertainment and our ever increasing Internet Video consumption.
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Think about your favorite Netflix season or your favorite Youtube channel … yes that one that you secretly enjoy (as do millions of others, so its ok) and then place yourself in a different location while consuming this content on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device, at a bustop or on a Table in a local Bar.

I like to think theres an algorithm working while I am watching this content. Hopefully there is a scaled attribution model that is sending out signals/code, so that in the future relevant content will present itself to me when I request it. So this makes me think, is this the future of interactive content & advertising? If at the end of the above short video, you realised there is a series or season linked to the video, would you commit your time to it? Now think about a thoughtleader, celebrity, character or brand that you follow. Take Michael Jackson for example, *pours out drink*, if he delivered this service to you, would you be more inclined to engage with it?

I love that movie #wheresmyhoverboard … ahhh so yes, the exciting thing is that the landscape hasn’t fully formed and is still molten. As with all of these shifts in Technology, Social & Media they still require abit of legwork.

Which reminds me I’m off to another fun project! Wish me Luck … or Context!

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Negotiating Your #Startup Job. #makeithappen #Shares & #Equity. Inspired by @freerobby

INFOGRAPHIC from 2013: #Tech #startups looking for? #career #makeithappen #neversettle #ontothenextone

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“Equity procedures and vernacular are by far the least understood component of startup job offers.”

Having an Impact at a startup can be very rewarding, if there is transparency from the beginning. Share options and Vesting Schedules can make or break companies, if delivered incorrectly or not at all. Try not to be sucked in by the Balls of Business. For more detail, read the full post by @freerobby Here –> http://rob.by/2013/negotiating-your-startup-job-offer/

Transparency helps Retention. Deliver Results, Not Excuses

‘No, I’m not a virgin. I use my Cojones’

#Inbound #Marketing funnel transforms #Sales Conversions

Plan           reach            act             convert           engage

Creative Contextualised Content that people want to share is a great start. Generating/enabling conversions at scale, across multiple channels, is the next step.