Has social media influenced creativity in brand communications?

 I’d say the answer to this question is a resounding YES. We all know great creativity when we see it, it’s easier to define what it isn’t than often what it is. For me, it’s when I get that little rush of blood and I think WOW, if only I came up with that idea. For me, creativity has and always will be the ability to simplify and turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. I read an interesting post by Edward Boches recently about ‘Creativity in the age of  Social media’ and I’ve pulled some key thoughts from that post as well as some of my own thoughts and quotes from people I respect in the marketing communications industry.

In todays social media context, brands have to embrace being far more free form in their approach to creativity.  Being agile, adaptive and continually culturally relevant is far more important than being structured and ‘right’. Creativing ideas is about being fluid.  Trends are moving at hyper speed so creativity in the era of social media is about constant experimentation with popular culture, bouncing your brand off different aspects of culture to find fresh tensions and conflicts to exploit. As one blogger put it ‘people becomes fans of culture, not advertising…so cultural relevance is always the key for creativity

As marketers we may give birth to an idea, but it’s the collective community who sculpt it into something interesting that makes it go viral. Today in the era of social media, ideas live and die quickly, it’s not about the size of the idea, it’s the VELOCITY the idea has through social networks that it’s success should be measured by.

Some thoughts on what creativity in the era of social media is all about from some industry leaders:

ABILITY FOR OUR BRAND STORIES TO BE TOLD FOR US

“It’s not the stories we tell, it’s the stories we get others to tell for us” Edward Boches

THE DEMOCRATISATION OF CREATIVITY

“In the age of social media, creativity has both an acid test and genuine advocate in one place. Good work is embraced and gathers momentum and the bad stuff dies on the vine very quickly. The important thing to understand is that the brand, creative director or client’s voice is just one of many now and all have an equal share in the destiny of great work! “ Sudeep Gohil. Partner, DROGA 5

ERA OF SPARKING AND PARTICIPATING IN INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS

“Creativity in the age of social media is about sparking and participating in conversations. Success is making something go viral. Ideas must not only be great stories that want to be shared but are also shareable. In this new age, creativity has been UNSHACKLED. No longer does the elite own it; it is now a commodity. It’s what you do with it that counts “ John Winsor, Partner, Victors & Spoils  Author  of ‘Baked In’

LETTING PEOPLE ‘PLAY’ WITH YOUR IDEAS, BEING OPEN SOURCE AND ALWAYS IN BETA MODE

“In the past creativity was solid and stagnant, you created it and people reacted to it. Now you create it and it can evolve, continue, be built upon, torn down, remixed. The creative process in social media isn’t something that ever ends”  CC Chapman, Creative Director, Campfire NYC

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN SPARK A CULTURAL MOVEMENT AROUND YOUR TRIBE

THINK VERY CLOSELY ABOUT WHAT YOUR BRANDS ‘FOLLOW FACTOR’ IS…WHAT WILL KEEP THEM ENGAGED AND ENSURE YOUR IDEA ISN’T DISPOSABLE

EMPOWERING TRIBES TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER OVER COMMON GOOD, CREATIVITY TODAY IS MORE ABOUT COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE SOLVING WORLD PROBLEMS

Just some thoughts, certainly there are other viewpoints, just putting some stuff out there I found interesting.

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