Heroic’s own marketing maven, our VP of Client Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, shares some serious wisdom on the LifeBlood podcast. She dived into the thrilling world of experiential marketing alongside George Grombacher.
Experiential marketing is extremely important during this day in age. Kitty rightly points out that despite everything going electronic, people still crave real, physical connections with brands. “We live in such a digital age. Everything is electronic, but people still want to have a physical experience with a brand,” she mentions. Face-to-face interaction remains an essential need.
What Even is Experiential Marketing?
Kitty describes experiential marketing as, “Designing a physical experience where the brand shows up in a space and interacts with a person.” And guess what? This concept isn’t exactly fresh; it traces back to the 1800s. She shares intriguing anecdotes about the World’s Fair in Chicago. Providing examples like Wrigley’s handing out pieces of chewing gum, Aunt Jemima dishing out pancakes from their new mix, and Cracker Jacks giving away their product for people to try. It’s all about putting tangible samples in people’s hands to tickle their senses.
The Key to Success
She emphasizes that successful experiential marketing hinges on creativity, uniqueness, and an element of surprise. However, she underlines that authenticity to the brand is crucial. “The best experiential marketing campaigns are shareable,” Kitty stresses. Marketers should aim for experiences that people can’t help but share on social media, and they should consider this when planning events and experiences.
According to Kitty, whether you’re in the B2B or B2C realm, it all boils down to “people to people.” Connecting with your audience on a personal level is key.
And here’s the kicker: engaging people’s senses is paramount in experiential marketing. Kitty delves into how sensory elements like scent, taste, and sound create lasting memories tied to experiences, influencing branding and marketing strategies. She sheds light on the impact of scents, citing baseball stadiums that infuse the air with the scent of cotton candy, ultimately evoking feelings of nostalgia and hunger. It’s like a sensory trip down memory lane! While it’s not necessary to tap into every one of the senses all the time, it is important to find opportunities to infuse the ones that will make the most impact.
Experiential Marketing at Heroic Productions
Kitty notes that Heroic Productions primarily works with mid to large-sized companies, orchestrating elaborate corporate events aimed at delivering impactful messages through stage production, focusing on details, and ensuring a memorable experiences for attendees. However, she highlights that even smaller organizations can leverage experiential marketing techniques to enhance their events.
Kitty’s insights truly paint a vibrant picture of the exciting world of experiential marketing. If you missed the podcast, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Keep up with Kitty for more marketing insights and remember, it’s all about creating those remarkable, shareable experiences that leave a lasting impact!
Let’s explore how you can create memorable and shareable experiences for your audience, contact us.
Hey there, fellow champions of personal and professional development! We’re excited to bring you the highlights from Kitty Hart’s recent appearance on the Thoughts That Rock podcast with hosts Jim Knight and Brant Menswar. Kitty, Heroic Productions’ VP of Client Brand Experience, shared three transformative thoughts on how to become the star of your own show every day.
THOUGHT #1 – View All the World as a Stage & Every Person a Player
To quote Shakespeare Kitty says, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” This profound thought holds the key to success both personally and in the business world. So, how do we apply this wisdom in our daily lives?
Lists as GPS: Think of your to-do lists as your guiding stars. But remember, it’s not just about having a list; it’s about tackling it with purpose and enthusiasm.
Dress for Success: Everything you do helps you create your own personal brand. This starts with the clothes you wear and how you present yourself. Kitty suggests thinking about the people you will be interacting with for the day and “level up one.” This shows people that you care and have come to the table prepared.
Are You the Star or an Extra?: Brant challenged us to think about our daily approach. Are you treating each day like you’re a star in your own show, or are you merely an extra in someone else’s story? Remember, your power lies in your ability to take the lead.
THOUGHT #2 – Be Who You Are: It’s All About Authenticity (To Thine Own Self Be True)
People see through inauthenticity. Kitty passionately rejects the notion of “fake it till you make it.” Instead, she encourages you to manifest and work towards the life of your dreams.
Authentic Armor: Authenticity is like a protective coat of armor. It’s crucial to find your voice and stick with it.
Adapt Without Compromising: Jim reminds us that it’s okay to adapt to different audiences, but your core beliefs, values, and goals should always stay the same. The show must go on, even if you need to leave some baggage at the door.
Discover Your Non-Negotiables: As Brant puts it, “You can’t be authentic until you figure out what your non-negotiable values are.” These principles are your compass in the vast world of life and work.
THOUGHT #3 – Bring Out the Best in Others
Kitty concluded her podcast appearance with yet another Shakespearean gem, “We know what we are but not what we may be.” It’s all about bringing out the best in others and fostering an environment of growth and support.
Acknowledgment and Encouragement: Celebrate the strengths of others by acknowledging their talents. A simple compliment can have a tremendous impact. There is enough room for everyone to win.
The Power of Leaders: Brant emphasized the importance of strong leaders, citing Michael Jordan as an example. While we need “Mr. Rogers” vibes, we also benefit from those who challenge us to be better. Healthy competition can be a powerful motivator.
Choices in Leadership: Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to bringing out the best in others. Leaders may need to tailor their approaches when deciding how to inspire and lead, but the common goal is to help everyone reach their full potential.
So, there you have it! Three powerful thoughts to help you become the star of your own show every day. With Kitty’s wisdom and a touch of Shakespearean inspiration, you’re well on your way to achieving your personal and professional goals.
Let’s embrace each day as our own show, and make it a blockbuster worth watching!
Explore more about Heroic Productions, visit our website.
To get in touch with Kitty Hart directly, simply shoot her an email.
In the ever-evolving world of branding and marketing, it’s crucial to ask yourself a vital question: Are you telling the right story about your brand? To explore this intriguing topic, we turn our attention to the expertise of Kitty Hart, Heroic’s VP of Brand Experience, who recently shared her invaluable insights on the Corporate CPR podcast. With 25 years of experience in the branding and marketing arena, Kitty is a seasoned pro in crafting remarkable brand design and experiences. In the episode, she discussed a plethora of ideas that can transform the way you perceive and present your brand. Let’s dive into her wisdom and discover how you can breathe new life into your brand’s story.
Designing Every Interaction with Control and Consistency
Kitty’s first nugget of wisdom is all about designing every interaction your audience has with your brand. She states, “If you leave things undesigned, you will have misunderstanding.” She emphasizes that successful companies understand the significance of designing every moment, as it directly influences the way your brand is perceived.
Brand consistency is like the North Star guiding your audience through the galaxy of options. To maintain a positive brand perception, companies must control and be consistent in how their brand shows up in various instances. This consistency ensures there’s no room for misunderstanding about your brand.
Kitty underscores that the integration of design thinking into your business strategy is the secret sauce for creating memorable brand experiences. It’s not just about how your brand looks, but also how it feels. A well-thought-out design thinking approach can revolutionize your brand’s story and engagement.
Listening and Adapting: Keeping a Finger on the Pulse
To gauge how well your brand is perceived, Kitty advises brands to actively monitor social media and conduct surveys. “Social media is a good sounding board,” she says. If people aren’t talking about your brand or are expressing negative sentiments, it may be an indicator that improvements are needed. Listening and adapting are essential to keeping your brand fresh and relevant.
Crafting a Clear Brand Story: Your “Why” Matters
Crafting a clear and compelling brand story, grounded in your “why,” is pivotal. Kitty emphasizes the importance of involving a cross-section of your organization to create and maintain a consistent brand message. A well-crafted brand story not only informs but also inspires.
Shift in Perspective: Beyond Products and Services
For your brand to truly stand out, Kitty suggests shifting the focus from products and services to the results and impact on customers. Challenge the status quo and emphasize why you do what you do. Your brand is more than just what you sell; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.
Design and Visuals Matter: Creating Engaging Environments
Visuals, staging, and technology play a significant role in crafting engaging and enjoyable corporate events. A well-designed environment enhances the learning experience and leaves a lasting impression. So, pay attention to the aesthetics of your brand’s touchpoints.
Balancing Content and Engagement: Keep Them Wanting More
Successful events strike a balance between informative content and enjoyable elements like entertainment and networking. Kitty advises keeping attendees engaged and looking forward to future events. It’s all about creating experiences that people want to be a part of.
Kitty’s Top 3 Takeaways for You
Consistency is Key: No matter the size of your company, maintaining brand consistency is vital.
Focus on Delivery: Observe how your product or service is delivered from beginning to end – encompassing words, visuals, behaviors, and more.
Learn from Others: Look beyond your industry to find inspiration in what other brands are doing. Apply these insights to your own business.
Kitty Hart’s wisdom is a treasure trove for anyone seeking to take their brand’s story to the next level. Remember, your brand is an ever-evolving story, and by embracing these insights, you can craft experiences that resonate with your audience, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. So, are you ready to tell the right story about your brand? Kitty Hart has given you the roadmap; now it’s your turn to embark on the journey. Happy branding!
To learn how Heroic can help you create memorable experiences, contact us.
To learn more about how Kitty Hart spearheaded Heroic’s rebrand, visit our blog post.
Simone Sloan and Kitty Hart bring the magic to Your Business Greatness podcast! In an exciting episode of Your Business Greatness, Kitty Hart, the VP of Client Brand Experience at Heroic Productions, takes us on a journey through the world of brand storytelling and creating remarkable brand experiences.
Kitty’s Lesson in Sales
Kitty’s career began in sales, driven by the belief that it would give her control over her success. But sales today is so much more. It’s about crafting tailored, unforgettable brand experiences for customers.
“The center of experience design is empathy,” Kitty asserts. If empathy isn’t woven into your process, you’re bound to miss the mark.
Brand Experience Lessons from a Starbucks Cup
Kitty artfully illustrates her point with the Starbucks experience. She describes how Starbucks caters to three types of customers from drive-thru enthusiasts to in-store lingerers and on-the-go orderers. These are three distinct user experiences Starbucks must cater to in order to leave a positive lasting impression on all their customers.
Kitty defines an experience as an interaction, which can be positive, neutral, or negative. Identifying key moments that leave an impression is crucial for businesses to understand and improve their customer interactions. Simone adds, “If you are not thinking through that customer journey and all those different touch points you miss the mark big time, and when you miss the mark big time, it hurts.”
Heroic’s Dance with Event Marketing
Kitty emphasizes that Heroic is in the business of event marketing, asking: what do we want people to do and feel when they leave the experience? Whether that is in-person or virtual. During COVID we had to learn how to take our business virtual and give attendees the same feeling they would get from an in-person experience.
Diversity and Inclusion in Events and at Heroic
Regarding diversity and inclusion, Kitty mentions that when bidding on large projects that go through procurement, they are increasingly asked questions about their diversity, equity, and inclusion mission.
At Heroic, we’ve fostered a culture of unity and mutual respect. Every member of our team is seen and celebrated for the unique role they play, regardless of their background. As a small company that doesn’t frequently hire, we approach each recruitment with a commitment to diversity. Our goal is to place the right individuals in the right positions, based on their skills, passion, and potential.
The Art of Storytelling and Electrifying Experiences
Simone Sloan and Kitty Hart delve into the nuances of brand storytelling and the art of crafting electrifying experiences for businesses. Kitty recounts an exhilarating project with a major fashion-focused beauty brand. Working along with the brand’s guidelines, she discusses how it was a fun experience getting to work with the client and define what the event was going to look like. The Heroic team helped to transform the space into a vibrant runway show with pulsating music and flowing hair. The energy was electric, and it perfectly embodied the brand’s essence.This endeavor required an abundance of talent and vision, ultimately turning a space into an enchanting environment.
Kitty Leaves with a Parting Thought
As we wrap up this engaging podcast conversation, Kitty leaves us with a powerful reminder on the topic of ageism. It’s a perception that often casts a shadow over accomplished women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. But in reality, these decades are when women are at the pinnacle of their careers. They bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the table, making them invaluable assets to any organization.
The most successful organizations recognize the significance of a diverse workforce spanning generations, from the energetic innovators in their 20s to the seasoned professionals in their 60s. “Generational experiences matter,” Simone aptly points out. It’s the blending of these diverse life experiences that often leads to the most extraordinary and innovative outcomes.
So, let’s remember that every age and stage of life is an opportunity for growth, contribution, and excellence. We hope this podcast leaves you ready to embark on your own journey of business greatness.
To learn more about our VP of Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, visit our website.To learn more about how Heroic can help you with your next event, contact us.
On Tuesday, October 3, 2023, Heroic Productions had the sheer joy of bringing Gustavus Adolphus College’s annual Nobel Conference to life! Since 1965, the Nobel Conference has been a captivating platform, gathering leading researchers and thinkers at Gustavus to delve into groundbreaking, transformative, and urgent scientific matters, as well as the ethical questions that invariably accompany them. Over the years, many Nobel Laureates have been guest lecturers. Heroic has had the privilege of being the creative audiovisual force behind this conference for the past decade!
This year’s theme? “Insects: Little Body, Big Impact.” Our team was buzzing with anticipation as we embraced the responsibility of orchestrating the audiovisual experience, ensuring the magic unfolded right before your very eyes.
An Audiovisual Transformation
The metamorphosis occurs annually at Gustavus’s hockey arena, Lund Arena. With a fresh theme each year, our mission is to transform this space from an arena into a dynamic conference center. What makes it all the more thrilling is that this event is hybrid. This means we must craft an engaging atmosphere for both those in the room and those tuning in from the comfort of their homes via the livestream. And did we mention that this event spans two full 8 hour days?
Setting the Stage
Our incredible audiovisual crew waved their magic wands and turned an ordinary room into a captivating experience for both our in-person and online audience. We kicked things off by setting up not one, not two, but four gigantic projection screens that brought content and live footage to life. Behind the speakers and panelists, we utilized five LED towers for background. This created the perfect stage for them to shine. To make sure every angle was covered for our livestream audience, our crew decided on four cameras, ensuring that no moment was missed!
Our lighting guru, Bex, bathed the walls in exquisite shades of green and blue, mirroring the signature colors of the conference’s featured insect, the scarab beetle. Three hundred feet of Truss was installed to handle the lighting and video.
Now, let’s talk sound. Our audio maestros were in their element, ensuring that live music, speakers, and panelists seamlessly took center stage all day long. Coordinating this auditory extravaganza was no small feat. However, they nailed it, making sure that everyone’s voice was heard exactly when it needed to be.
Lights! Camera! Action!
The event unfolded flawlessly. The presenters were exceptional, and the music was nothing short of divine. Gustavus even featured a new jazz work with dancers to lead the opening academic procession! We’re already counting down the days until the next Nobel Conference next year.
Greetings, fellow marketers! On a crisp October 10th evening, Heroic Productions rolled out the red carpet to welcome the Marketers’ Community back into STUDIO15 for an event that delved deep into the intricacies of mastering chaos and navigating marketing leadership in an era of disruption.
Once again, we joined forces with the dynamic duo, Laura King and Abby Kelsey, to bring marketers an evening they won’t soon forget.
Sip, Savor, & Socialize!
The night kicked off with a bang, or should we say, a clink of glasses. Over 65 enthusiastic marketers gathered in Heroic’s lobby for a solid hour of networking. Our bar was stocked to the brim, and we had delectable NA options thanks to the magic touch of Jen Gilhoi from Zero Proof Collective. Attendees savored delectable drinks, nibbled on scrumptious bites, and engaged in some good old-fashioned chit-chat.
In the meantime, behind the scenes, the Heroic team was busy setting the stage for an evening of important conversation. Our ripple wall was bathed in a mesmerizing blue hue, and the projection screens awash in the signature colors of Marketers’ Community.
Debbie Schwake Unveils Chaos in Marketing Leadership
Our keynote speaker, the illustrious Debbie Schwake, CMO at the Pedowitz Group, wasted no time in diving headfirst into the heart of chaos. She candidly shared her own journey navigating the turbulent waters of marketing leadership during these trying times.
Even a seasoned marketing leader like Debbie couldn’t escape the whirlwind of change sweeping through four crucial areas: generational shifts, evolving team dynamics, shifting consumer behaviors, and the transformation of leadership itself.
Four Keys to Mastering Chaos
Debbie’s wisdom? To successfully navigate this era of disruption, we need to adapt in four critical areas:
Generational: Get to know your audience inside out and tailor your approach to resonate with their unique generational values.
Team: Embrace the evolving dynamics of work and prioritize that ever-elusive work-life balance.
Consumer: Map and enhance customer experiences to reduce friction and emphasize impeccable service.
Leadership: Revamp your fundamental marketing leadership strategies and give due consideration to the impact of stress on decision-making.
Then came the interactive part! In small groups of 4-6, marketers dove deep into these four key areas. They brainstormed, shared insights, and got creative in deciphering how to chart a path through the chaos.
The feedback was nothing short of enlightening. One group pointed out the importance of catering to each generation’s unique concerns, like Gen Z’s passionate stance on climate change. Another shared a CEO’s approach to letting employees choose when and where they work, likening it to a “pick your own adventure” at work.
Consumer trust was another hot topic, exemplified by Bombas, the sock company that replaces your Bombas socks free of charge if they garner any holes.
One group highlighted the idea of leadership tailoring itself to each individual within the company and shaping the company culture around individual needs. The conversations in the room flowed with brilliant insights.
The Party Continues
As the presentation wrapped up, the energy in the room remained palpable. Marketers were buzzing with excitement, eager to continue the spirited discussions with their peers.
It was a night to remember! One of insights, connection, and ideation. Stay tuned for more fun in STUDIO15 from Heroic Productions. Until next time!
To learn more about what Heroic can do for your next event, visit our website.
Interested in learning more about STUDIO15? Reach out to our VP of Client Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, here.
Our VP of Client Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, had the opportunity to go on Legacy Leaders Podcast with hosts Stan Miller and Katie Beth Hand. Kitty brings over 28 years of experience in the sales and marketing industry, and her mission is clear: to champion the transformational potential of physical experiences for individuals and businesses alike. As she shares her insights, event planning tips, and experience, Kitty’s passion for what she does shines through.
Kitty’s Journey: From South Dakota to Minneapolis
Kitty’s journey began in South Dakota, but she’s called Minneapolis home for the past 30 years. Her career has been a winding road through business development, branding, design, and experiential marketing. She emphasizes the connection between sales and marketing, highlighting how each experience and role she’s had has contributed to her expertise in the field.
The Heroic Brand Experience
As the VP of Client Brand Experience at Heroic Productions, Kitty explains that the “hero” in the name represents our clients. Our mission is to ensure that clients emerge as the heroes of their own stories when they engage with us. Whether it’s a product launch, a sales kick-off, or employee recognition, Heroic Productions’ role is to make our clients shine.
The Magic of Experiential Marketing
Kitty’s passion for experiential marketing shines through as she discusses its power and creativity. She emphasizes that even in conservative industries, there’s room for creative marketing. The key is understanding your audience and finding unique and surprising ways to engage them. While experiential marketing isn’t new, it constantly evolves to keep up with changing expectations. “The challenge,” Kitty notes, “is to consistently surprise and delight people.”
Examples of Experiential Marketing
Kitty provides two diverse examples to illustrate the versatility of experiential marketing. For a conservative financial services company, Heroic Productions orchestrates multi-day events in large venues, ensuring that every detail is meticulously planned. The goal is to make every client look good to their executives.
On the other hand, for a major beauty brand, we hosted a fashion show with runway models, focusing on creating an engaging and energetic atmosphere. The aim is always to design an experience that leaves a lasting impact and has attendees eager to return.
Kitty’s Expert Event Planning Tips
Pitfalls to Avoid
Kitty doesn’t shy away from discussing the common mistakes she’s seen in event planning. Long lines, underestimating restroom and power needs, and inadequate sound and lighting can all mar an event experience. Her advice? Don’t leave any detail undesigned.
The Importance of Early Planning
For those looking to plan engaging and impactful events, Kitty’s golden nugget of advice is to start as early as possible. Kitty says, “So there’s an interesting trend that has happened over many years and that is that the planning window has continued to shrink.” A longer planning window allows for a better end product, regardless of the event’s size or budget.
The Impact of COVID-19 & Navigating Future Events
Kitty acknowledges the devastating impact of COVID-19 on her industry, with overnight cancellations of major events. Yet, she notes that the industry has bounced back as in-person events have returned. While virtual events gained prominence during the pandemic, they haven’t replaced the value of in-person gatherings. However, many clients still seek a virtual component to include a wider audience, especially, when budget is a factor. However, as Katie states, “It’s a whole different world to engage a virtual audience.”
The Starbucks Analogy
In closing, Kitty draws an analogy between event experiences and Starbucks’ diverse customer base. She describes at least three types of Starbucks customers. The customer that parks their car, comes in, orders, gets their order, and comes out. The person who is going to come through the drive-through. And the person who drives to Starbucks, gets out of the car, goes inside and orders, gets their order, and sits down. Just as Starbucks caters to various customer preferences, event planners must consider different interfaces for in-person and virtual attendees.
Event Marketing Matters More Than Ever
In this illuminating conversation, Kitty Hart leaves us with a final thought: marketing is essential, especially during recessions. Cutting back on marketing can cause a brand to disappear from the public eye. In a world where marketing is gaining the respect it deserves, businesses must recognize its pivotal role in their success.
To learn more about Kitty, or to get in touch with her, visit our website.
Augmented reality is the rising star of event technology. It adds an interactive layer to your event, engaging attendees like never before. With their smartphones, attendees can seamlessly interact with trade show booths, branded content, and more. Whether it’s through immersive games or educational resources, AR enhances your event content and keeps attendees engaged.
2. Holographic Video
Holographic video is the pinnacle of event tech sophistication. Imagine showcasing your logo and products, or even bringing in a speaker from anywhere in the world in real time. Holographic video allows you to pre-record content or beam in a live presenter, creating a wow factor that will leave your audience in awe.
3. LED Walls
While LED walls themselves aren’t entirely new, their versatility and reinvention are making waves in the event world. Curved LED walls offer a more immersive experience with superior quality compared to traditional flat LED screens. But that’s not all! Removing LED panels from walls and creatively shaping them can breathe new life into your event. Customize LED walls to different shapes, sizes, and designs to make content more engaging and exciting.
4. Taking LED Beyond the Walls
To truly mesmerize your attendees, think outside the box (or walls). Consider wrapping an entire room in LED, creating a hypnotic and immersive atmosphere. Place LED panels on the floor to craft an LED runway or “red carpet” experience. For an up-close and personal touch, invest in LED fans to showcase content in a unique way. Mesh LED, a relatively new form of LED technology, allows you to overlay pipe and drape or create stunning see-through designs that will leave your audience in awe.
Transform Your Productions With Event Technology
The world of event technology is evolving rapidly, and these innovations are just the tip of the iceberg. To stand out in today’s competitive event landscape, embrace these cutting-edge technologies, and be prepared to push the boundaries of creativity. Your next event could be the talk of the town with the right tech in your arsenal!
Remember, the key is to enhance the attendee experience and create memorable moments that will keep them coming back for more. So, don’t hesitate to explore these new event tech horizons and elevate your events to a whole new level of excitement and engagement!
Ready to elevate your event with event technology? Reach out to Kitty Hart, Heroic’s expert in event tech innovation, and make your next event unforgettable!
In this episode of Super U Podcast, Erik Qualman, also known as “Equalman,” sits down for an enlightening conversation with Heroic Productions’ VP of Client Brand Experience, Kitty Hart. Together, they dive deep into the world of sales processes and how technology is shaping the landscape of client connection.
The Changing Face of Buying and Client Connection
Kitty begins by shedding light on how the art of buying has transformed since the early ’90s. Gone are the days of mass marketing; today’s consumers crave a more personalized experience. Technology has played a pivotal role in this shift. People now prefer to arm themselves with knowledge before engaging with a salesperson. Kitty emphasizes, “If you have not infused technology into your sales process, you are going to have friction, you are going to have a really hard time reaching and connecting with people.”
LinkedIn: More than a Networking Platform
Kitty stresses the significance of LinkedIn as a powerful business tool designed to foster warm client connections. It’s not just a job-hunting platform; it’s a goldmine of information and networking opportunities. Kitty’s pro tip? Personalize your LinkedIn page with something that sets you apart.
The Game Changer: Hubspot CRM
Erik asks Kitty about the biggest CRM benefit of using Hubspot. Kitty points to Hubspot’s sequences and tasks, which have revolutionized her CRM experience. These tools empower sales teams to stay engaged with potential clients while automating manual tasks, making life easier and more efficient.
The Thrill of the Corporate Event Stage
One of Kitty’s favorite aspects of her role is the sheer diversity it offers. Heroic Productions specializes in corporate events that are nothing short of full-scale productions. The creative and theatrical elements of these events ignite her passion. Questions like, “What should the staging look like?”, “Who should grace the stage?”, and “How do we make them look and sound their best?” are all part of her daily excitement. Above all, Kitty underscores the importance of leaving attendees motivated, energized, and deeply connected to the companies they work for.
Matching Speakers and Entertainment to the Brand
Erik delves into the process of selecting speakers and entertainers for events, and Kitty shares a humorous anecdote about Harley Davidson’s infamous Milwaukee rally with a surprise guest – Elton John. As it turned out, he wasn’t quite the right fit for the motorcycle crowd. This highlights the critical importance of aligning speakers and entertainment with your brand.
Cutting-Edge Technology: Proto EPIC Hologram
Kitty also introduces us to exciting new event technology that can be utilized for speakers and entertainment, including the Proto EPIC Hologram machine. With this innovation, you can “beam” speakers or entertainers in live or pre-record their performances for your event, taking audience engagement to a whole new level.
A Parting Thought: Trust the Journey
Kitty leaves us with a powerful piece of advice: “Trust the journey that is in front of you.” Ever since an inspiring encounter with Martha Stewart, Kitty has been inspired to embrace fearlessness. Martha told her, “With preparation, there’s nothing to fear in personal life or business.”
So, dear readers, take a page from Kitty’s book and trust your journey. Embrace technology, personalize your network and client connections, and align with your brand. Who knows what incredible adventures and connections lie ahead when you do?
To learn more about Kitty Hart, visit our website. To learn more about what Heroic can do for you, contact us.
What a whirlwind of excitement from August 22-24, 2023 for the Heroic sales and marketing squad! Our calendars were marked for BizBash’s Connect Marketplace 2023 in the vibrant heart of Minneapolis. With 135 trade show booths, a bustling crowd of 2,500 suppliers and buyers, and a jaw-dropping tally of 32,309 one-on-one appointments, you could say we were diving into the hustle and bustle headfirst!
Before we dive in, let’s take a look at the event!
Heroic’s Connect Marketplace 2023 Adventure: A 3-Day Recap
Day one kicked off with a “regiception” (a fusion of registration and reception, naturally). We started things off with a bang at the first-timer’s gathering. This event was bursting at the seams with first-time connectors – a record-breaking assembly, might we add! With the newbie camaraderie still in the air, we sashayed our way to the trade show floor. We were dazzled by the Meet Branson, Missouri booth where they were dishing up moonshine ice cream, the Reno Tahoe Puppy Lounge booth filled with furry friends available for adoption, and the Visit Duluth team that provided corporate curling! We ended our day partying like it was 1999 with a Prince-themed extravaganza on Nicollet Mall. Taking over Orchestra Hall, Brit’s Pub, and Peavey Plaza, it was a night to remember.
Day two was filled with our first one-on-one appointments. Meeting the crème de la crème of skilled buyers left us grinning from ear to ear. After grabbing some lunch – there were so many options; from skyline chili to macaroni and cheese to freshly baked cookies, we stuffed ourselves to the brim in anticipation of an afternoon of education. Our favorite classes were, The Future is Now: How AI Is Changing the Landscape of Event Planning, Using Event Tech to Leverage Your On-Site Attendee Experience, and 2024 Looks Bright: Forecasting What’s Next in Audiovisual Production. Day two wrapped up in a symphony of afternoon appointments that had us ready for round three!
Day three kicked off with another round of one-on-one appointments with enthusiastic buyers. And then came lunch, ah, glorious lunch – the street tacos were fabulous! Our minds got a thorough workout during an eye-opening session on Event Forecasting with the one and only Michael Dominguez before we bid adieu to the final round of one-on-one appointments.
The Countdown to Connect Marketplace August 2024 is On!
As the sun set on our Connect escapade, the Heroic team couldn’t help but reflect on our exciting week spent at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The trip was an inspiring cocktail of fun, education, and making friends from all corners of the world. The countdown to next year’s rendezvous has officially begun – trust us, we’re already donning our party hats in anticipation!
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To learn more about what Heroic Productions can do for you, visit our website.
Welcome to a lively discussion featuring our very own VP of Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, who recently appeared on MVP Business with Steph Silver. Their conversation revolved around the captivating world of creating a brand experience that truly resonates with your audience.
Selling Brand Experience
Steph shares a powerful insight right off the bat: “Sales is marketing and marketing is sales; it’s just a different way of communicating.” Kitty wholeheartedly agrees, stressing that the synergy between these two facets is crucial in today’s rapidly evolving landscape. Historically, the age-old rivalry between sales and marketing has been a challenge.
The landscape of consumer behavior has undergone seismic shifts. Kitty asserts that this transformation isn’t solely driven by technology but is deeply intertwined with it. “When sales and marketing work together” Kitty affirms, “there is a more seamless buying experience.” It’s essential to craft a journey that customers want to embark on before making a purchase. Informed customers now rule the roost, turning cold calls into relics of the past. This is where marketing steps up, evolving drastically to cater to this shift. Sales teams must relay customer queries to marketing, fostering the creation of relevant and indispensable content.
The concept of selling to humans, not just consumers, is pivotal. Experiential marketing hinges on a blend of science and experience. Kitty describes the captivating scent of movie theater popcorn that greets you as you enter a theater. These memorable experiences evoke emotions that spur us to share with others. It’s all about cultivating feelings.
Kitty shares a personal revelation about her relationship with selling: “I realized I wasn’t selling. I was simply finding people who had a need for what we did, really well.” This encapsulates the art of genuine salesmanship.
History of Experiential Brand Experiences
The ascent of experiential marketing has been a thrilling spectacle, with brands embracing and unleashing its potential. Interestingly, experiential marketing traces back to the 1800s, proving it’s not a new concept. Kitty delves into history, citing the iconic World’s Fair and how Wrigley’s chewing gum distribution was a prime example of a brand incorporating taste into their experience.
Redefining Corporate Events
Reimagining “corporate events” is next on the agenda. Just because “corporate event” has the word “corporate” in front of it, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Rather, they should rejuvenate employees’ love for their company and leave them feeling valued and inspired. This encapsulates the essence of creating a brand experience for corporate events.
As the world reopened post-pandemic, the allure of in-person events resurfaced, though virtual alternatives remain popular. Virtual components offer cost-saving advantages, widening the event’s reach. Yet, crafting distinct experiences for in-person and virtual attendees is paramount.
Innovation should take center stage. Kitty emphasizes the importance of having team members receptive to groundbreaking ideas. Ideas on paper are mere potential until brought to life. Steph chimes in, stressing the value of diverse perspectives in brainstorming sessions.
Steph provocatively prompts: “What’s your brand experience map?” This pertains to every facet of your brand, be it events, physical stores, or shipping processes. Feedback gleaned from social media holds the key to refining your brand experience. Kitty admits, “Surprising and delighting people is increasingly challenging.” Ultimately, it’s about the emotions you evoke.
Kitty Hart’s insights on creating brand experiences are invaluable, and her chat with Steph Silver brings a refreshing perspective to the forefront. In today’s corporate landscape, the marriage of sales and marketing, the allure of experiential marketing, and the meticulous crafting of brand experiences emerge as pivotal themes. The journey continues, shaped by a world hungry for authentic connections.
Creating a Meaningful Brand Experience With Heroic
Heroic Productions takes event management seriously. Our approach ensures the event’s message is not only seen and heard but deeply felt, all while aligning seamlessly with the company’s strategy.
To learn more about brand experiences and chat with Kitty Hart, visit her page and listen to more of her podcast episodes here.
To find out more about event strategy, download our Event Strategies Guide here.
Brace yourselves, marketing mavens! On Tuesday, August 8 from 3 – 5 p.m. Heroic Productions had the pleasure of hosting Marketers’ Community’s AI event with an exciting panel discussion surrounding the power of artificial intelligence. We teamed up with the dynamic duo, Laura King and Abby Kelsey, to welcome a whopping 120 marketing wizards into the captivating realm of STUDIO15. Who knew AI could be this enchanting? We did!
Before we begin, explore pictures from the event!
Setting the Stage for a Thought-Provoking AI Event
The spectacle kicked off in style as thirsty networkers arrived, grabbed a beverage and began lively conversations. Beyond the usual suspects of beer, wine, and sodas, our salute goes to Jen Gilhoi from Zero Proof Collective for curating a non-alcoholic sanctuary that raised the bar. While the lobby buzzed with anticipation, behind the scenes, the Heroic team and our esteemed panelists were cooking up a storm in the studio.
As the studio doors swung open, guests were mesmerized by a kaleidoscope of Marketers’ Community’s signature colors: purple, pink and orange with fun projected graphics, and dance-worthy tunes. The stage was set with the extraordinary minds including: Tim Brunelle (AI-Generative Creative Consultant, Creative Leader, Adjunct Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design), Mona Askalani (Director of Digital Capabilities at General Mills), Garrio Harrison (Partner & CRO at Stoneford Partners), and Heather Boschke (Marketing Leader, Professor, Owner of Buddha Birdie & Vogel Venture). As the studio filled to the brim with 120 curious marketers, the atmosphere hummed with anticipation.
Shining Stars of This AI Event: The Expert Panelists
The panel captivated audiences as they discussed the power of AI and the reasons why marketers should embrace the new technology, not shy away from it. Things like proofreading, client research, competitor analysis, and data interpretation are just a few of the ways AI can add productivity and quality to marketers’ everyday work. The verdict was unanimous: embracing AI is not a choice, it’s a necessity. The message was clear – AI isn’t here to steal your thunder; it’s here to amplify your brilliance. The panel’s golden advice? Dive into AI with wide-eyed enthusiasm, experiment with it (within company guidelines), and most importantly, approach this new technology with optimism! The panel discussion ended with an influx of questions from the audience that led to intriguing discussions.
At the end of this AI event, marketers were encouraged to stay after to chat with the panelists, snack, and network. Excitement surrounding the topic was seeping out of everyone as they trickled out of STUDIO15 with a newfound knowledge and respect for AI. And we, at Heroic Productions, had achieved our mission: to spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and forge new connections!
Create a Mind-Blowing Event of Your Own With Heroic
To learn more about how you can host your next event in STUDIO15, visit our website or contact our VP of Brand Experience Kitty Hart.
Heroic Productions’ own VP of Client Brand Experience, Kitty Hart, was recently a guest on Dacia Coffey’s podcast, Corporate Caffeine. Like a dose of caffeine, the conversation was all energy as they dug into the topic of experiential marketing.
The Real ROI of Experiential Marketing
Heroic knows experiential marketing is one of the most prominent forms of event marketing used today. As Kitty states, “There’s real science behind this. There’s a reason that when brands create experiences that bring in as many of the senses as possible those brands create better connections.”
Kitty went on to describe the main purpose of experiential marketing, and events in general, stating, “Whether we are talking business to business or business to consumer, it’s all people to people, and people want to feel something.” The two discussed the importance of patrons leaving an event feeling something, so much so that they leave talking about what they experienced. And they want to continue talking about it and sharing their experience with the brand. That’s the real return on investment!
The biggest challenge in events today, as Kitty explains is, “It’s become kind of hard to surprise and delight people.” This is a challenge that Heroic knows all too well as many clients repeat the same events annually. The team at Heroic needs to generate ideas for new and exciting experiences for attendees. Kitty describes one area in which you can breathe new life into your event — speakers, and entertainment. Investing in a great speaker or lively entertainment can really leave a lasting impact on an audience. She describes an event in which every transition throughout the day was led by a DJ and another where the client, which happened to be a major beauty brand, turned their corporate event into a live fashion show!
As fun as live entertainment and events that swap traditional stages for runways may be, Kitty went on to talk about the importance of aligning with brand guidelines and standards. It is important when working with vendors and event partners to make sure they know who you are as a brand, so the event makes sense. Otherwise, your event may leave your audience with more questions than anything else.
Win Buyers With Experiential Marketing
Dacia and Kitty switched gears a bit as they went on to talk about how “buying” has changed. People have so much information at their fingertips, buyers are more informed now than ever. “You really do need to bolster marketing,” Kitty says, as old sales tactics such as cold-calling are no longer as effective. Dacia piggybacked on the sentiment stating, “Marketing does so much of the preparatory work to get buyers choosing you or deciding that you are better than the other competitors or options that they have.” It seems that while there is always a need for sales, marketing is now playing a larger and more integrated role in teeing up customers and getting them ready for the sales process.
Kitty goes on to elaborate on how Heroic uses experiential marketing as a marketing AND sales tactic through our Please Welcome events! She explains how inviting clients and prospects to a Heroic-produced event gives them the opportunity to see Heroic’s STUDIO15 and, “see us doing what we do best.” It’s an immersive experience in which, “they get to know us as people, as professionals, and someone who they can look at and say, “Okay, yeah, I could see them being my production partner.” It gives event attendees the chance to “try before they buy.”
Proper Planning Makes all the Difference
In event marketing, Kitty likes to remind people not to leave anything “undesigned.” She says, as a production partner, making sure every attendee in the crowd can see and hear is “table stakes,” yet we’ve all been to events where we’ve experienced distracting deficiencies in these areas. Heroic clients expect the best and that’s what they get from our team. But beyond the basics of AV, many moments within the production experience can make or break the final impressions of the audience. Kitty advises thorough planning through every component and every transition, thereby unlocking a truly flawless experience that your brand can be proud of.
On June 22, 2023, Heroic Productions hosted its first ever Event Planner Happy Hour! This intimate event, intended specifically for event professionals, in STUDIO15 with help from our decor partner Festivities, was planned to showcase the latest and greatest in event technology. As attendees sipped on libations and snacked on crudité, the Heroic team went to work showcasing what was sure to blow their minds!
Introducing the Proto Hologram Machine!
While virtual events, LED, and wearable technology were, of course, all topics of discussion amongst ongoing and up-and-coming trends, Heroic had something new and exciting to unveil: Proto EPIC Hologram! One of the only Proto hologram machines in the area, Heroic is proud to offer a home base for this very cool technology. When it’s not out “on the road” in use for our clients, it lives at STUDIO15 and is available for demos and ideation.
This 54”x87.5”x28.5” box is used for professional hologram “beaming” with high fidelity speakers, 4K video, and a touchscreen. Beam a 3D version of your logo, a product, or yourself from Proto to impress your event attendees. Whether your content is premade or live, using this technology makes it simple for you to capture whoever you choose to turn into a hologram for your next event!
Now, back to the June happy hour. Guests were jazzed to try the Proto hologram machine for themselves and jumped at the chance to see themselves as holograms! The room buzzed and ideas flowed freely as the discussion surrounded the endless possibilities of what this technology could provide in the events industry. From meet and greets with celebrities, to trade show activations, to keynotes delivered by renowned speakers – Proto invites a sensational and cost-effective way to interact with event guests with a WOW factor.
Bring the Magic of the Proto to Your Next Event
To discuss ways in which you can incorporate this cutting-edge hologram machine into your next event, contact Kitty Hart.
Producing corporate events is complex and challenging. But producing an event for event professionals is daunting! Right? Expectations are high, and rightfully so.
We, as an audience of producers, planners, and suppliers know the ins and outs, right and wrong, average and exceptional. We are a discerning group and, you bet, we can pick apart events that we didn’t produce ourselves. However, when 2,000 event professionals came together last week for #MPI #WECSanFrancisco, we gathered to learn, support, and celebrate.
This association that cares deeply for our industry, knows better than to criticize. We celebrated each other and the future of the events industry that is back doing what it does best.
Were you there? If not, check out MPI’s recap. We see no need to duplicate efforts crafting our own overview. They did a great job.
Headlining Wednesday’s General Session, Denise moved and inspired the audience. Again, it’s worth noting, speaking to a room of event professionals is no easy task. But Denise gathered herself and her mission to help us all understand how it feels to truly belong and how we can share this feeling with others.
What made Denise’s presentation so impactful was actually quite simple:
THE RIGHT MESSAGE
Belonging; a natural human desire, right? Who in the world doesn’t want, need, and deserve to belong?
THE RIGHT TIME
Having weathered the recent pandemic and now economic aftermath, don’t we all crave the comfort and security that comes with a sense of belonging?
THE RIGHT MESSENGER
And, when the magic of belonging is shared by a vibrant Latina who, with passion and grief, tells stories of “growing up Latina” but never feeling “Latina-enough”, the message is felt and received.
Punctuated by a screening of Denise’s film, Being Enye, it was fascinating to spend the hours and days following her presentation at Denise’s side. Countless attendees approached and shared their own experiences and/or thoughts that were brought forth by her presentation. Even in the middle of the dance floor. Each conversation was met with hugs, tears, understanding, and yes, a sense of belonging.
“Authenticity is the source of your power and authenticity is what belonging feels like.”
Denise Soler Cox
As event professionals, we understand the importance of seeing and feeling the impact of the experiences we create. #MPI brilliantly programmed Denise on the mainstage because they recognized this as a “right message, right time, right messenger” opportunity. That’s one of the most important components of designing and executing an impactful event. The emotional impact felt across the General Session room and into the hours that followed confirms that even though we all come from different backgrounds, we all have the same need to belong.
It’s not just her story. It belongs to us all and it is now our opportunity to share.
Want to know more?
Want to know more about Denise Soler Cox and how she can inspire your audiences? Or just curious about how a professional speaker or entertainer can inspire your audience? Contact Kris Campbell and visit our site.
If you’re in the Minneapolis area, you’ll want to meet Denise in August when she presents at our new speaker series, Please Welcome. Details to come!
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If you’ve ever driven with kids in the car, you’re familiar with the question: “Are we there yet?” That’s what it has felt like the last two years for anyone who plans corporate events or develops the corporate event strategy.
With joy in our hearts, we can finally proclaim: Yes! We’re there!
Now it’s time for a new set of questions. Like, how have corporate events changed? What are the latest corporate event trends? And, what’s the best way to get started planning?
We’re here to address these questions and more, including:
How to reignite your corporate event strategy
What’s trending in corporate events
How to create memorable brand experiences
How to start planning your next corporate event
How to measure your event success
How to reignite your corporate event strategy
Prior to the pandemic, in-person events were the gold standard for brands. It’s almost as if the event wasn’t live, in-person, it didn’t happen at all. As a result, virtual events, which existed long before the pandemic, often took a backseat to in-person events.
That sentiment is shifting big time.
Virtual events have hit their stride. In fact, we believe in-person events that include a virtual offering play an integral role in any corporate event, especially when you need to:
Reach a bigger audience
Accommodate folks who are unable to attend in-person
Manage your travel budget
What’s trending in corporate events? (How to give it that wow-factor)
Every day, we talk to brand and marketing leaders about their event goals and objectives and two things keep bubbling to the top of those conversations.
People want connection
Whether it comes in the form of networking with new people or reconnecting in person with longtime colleagues, the trend is all about establishing and strengthening relationships.
This is especially true for companies that went from 100 percent in-office to 100 percent remote in a very short period of time. When planning your corporate event, be strategic with your agenda structure and create space and creative tactics to encourage connection, teamwork and celebration.
People want to have fun
After two years of staring at laptop screens, people are ready for something different – they’re ready to meet in-person. We’re seeing more interest in laughter, inspiration, balance, real-talk and fun.
Bringing in outside speakers and talent that are aligned with your event goals create that momentous experience for your audience. While the phrase “surprise and delight” may seem overused, this is definitely the time for it.
How to create memorable brand experiences (on stage, on-screen, or both)
Lasting impressions rarely happen by accident. They take vision, creativity and lots of planning. Showing up strong at your next event starts with nailing your goals and objectives. This is the springboard for your ever-so-important event strategy.
What’s the format?
Shakespeare couldn’t have predicted just how true his “all the world’s a stage” line would be in today’s world. The stage can be physical, like at an in-person corporate event. Or the stage can be “on-screen,” like during a virtual event.
What options does the format offer for branding?
In-person events offer more familiar opportunities for communicating your brand in the overall event design – think scenic elements, graphic design, signage, collateral and swag. All of these remain important and should be part of your overall event strategy as they impact the experience you are creating for your audience.
Virtual corporate events have plenty of branding opportunities, too.
When we produce events for the small screen, we use what’s called a virtual platform to deliver the event. This virtual event technology is an intricate component of your event strategy. It not only sets your event apart from everyday Zoom or Teams calls, it supports the content and experience you are creating and managing.
Virtual events offer many opportunities to let your brand shine. From your pre-communications strategy to registration, to the login screen and pre-show lobby, to your mainstage, breakout rooms and so on – integrating your brand into the design of all touch points is critical.
Your audience should know immediately that they are at your event, just as you do when you see an Apple launch or the NFL draft, as every detail supports the brand and the goals and objectives of the event.
A friendly word of caution
Maybe it was living through two years of Zoom calls from home, but we’ve noticed audiences have a low tolerance for technical mishaps, poor quality, awkward transitions and lackluster production. Be sure to invest the time and dollars to make your next event feel special (whether it’s in-person, virtual, or hybrid). Your audience has been waiting for it.
How to start planning your next event
We all appreciate the gift of time, and that’s certainly true in the events industry. Where possible, our clients bring us into the planning process early. We’ve earned a seat at the table by bringing an objective clarity to their event goals and by providing a seasoned, strategic approach to planning and execution.
It is beneficial to nail down essential considerations early, especially:
This is driven by many factors including the type of meeting (incentive will drive the location/type of hotel), demographics of your audience (east/west coast, etc), airport accessibility, union/non-union labor city, expo component, your budget, etc.
This is critical to your event flow so approach this with a concise list of “must haves,” including: quantity and size of breakout rooms, General Session square footage/shape/ceiling heights with no low-hanging chandeliers, your preferred seating layout, staging/scenic footprint, flow of meeting space, outside meeting space, reception areas, and now more important than ever – the hotel guidelines and budget add-ons.
Involve your production partner as you consider a venue for your event and include them on your initial and follow-up site visits. Their view is a combination of technical and production savvy and a discriminating view on what is possible to execute at a specific venue. Your production partner sees different things during site visits that should be factored into the technical budget. They will inquire about rig points, power, load-in restrictions and can also provide specific requests before a contract is signed.
If event marketing is part of your strategy, you know the importance of making the event unforgettable. That’s where working with an outside partner can make all the difference in delivering a unique experience that drives your messaging and goals. They can:
Help you articulate your goals and objectives
Focus on understanding your target audience and what drives them
Discuss problems your audience may have directly or indirectly related to the event subject matter
Drive creative ideas and content that support your brand, messaging and engage your audience
Ask hard questions like – what do you want your audience to feel, to do after attending your event
Take broad ideas and funnel them down to what is impactful
Work with you on timeline management
Timeline for planning a corporate event?
There’s no magic number or foolproof equation. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve and the support and resources. For example:
Do you need to bring people together quickly for an announcement? Or are you sharing a new strategic direction for the company?
Is it a brand-new product launch? Or the next iteration of an existing product?
Is it a one-time special recognition event? Or an important fundraiser?
Is your approval process straightforward or multi-layered with many stakeholders?
Is accessibility to leadership’s calendar accessible or impossible?
Do you have a budget to support partnering with an agency to produce and execute your meeting or are you driving solo?
Measuring the success of your corporate event
No matter how meaningful an event is, it also needs to deliver measurable value to the business. Who doesn’t want to show ROI to their leadership? Which route you take to measure your results depends on the goals and the corporate event strategy you established. For example:
Traditional measures – You can follow up with your audience using an email poll or survey.
Technology – Virtual event platforms provide a wide variety of stats and data about your event – like how often people engage on the platform, which breakouts they attended, or which content they reacted to.
Content-related goals – Let’s say you have an annual sales meeting. You could track customer engagement or retention after the event. If you introduce a new sales process, you can measure whether you have an uptick in sales after three or six months. If you host a state of the business update, you can follow it up with interviews.
It’s your move
We hope these corporate event tips and insights are helpful – especially as you’re thinking ahead to your next event. Let’s chat if you get stuck in the process. Our team would love to help you reignite your corporate event strategy.
Recently, we reached a point in our journey where we felt our own brand needed a refresh to more accurately represent who we are, what we do.
While we are known by many for expert audio, video, and lighting services, we’ve become much more than that. Organically and over time, we’ve grown into a one-stop, event creation and production company that unifies audiences by amplifying their stories.
It looks a little different around here at Heroic
From the beginning, we’ve been deeply aware of how the power of performance and presentation can transform an experience. Our new brand identity reflects the idea of transformation while serving as a reminder that every event we design and produce ensures our clients emerge as Heroes of their own story.
That’s why the central element in our new branding is a hero. The style is based on a tangram – one of those puzzles that creates a shape – and is grounded in the concept of transformation.
The logo represents how our experience uniquely positions us to reconfigure and rearrange our expertise into the best order to help you tell a story.
To build on the idea of transformation, we also created a branded pattern made from the shape of our hero’s cape.
Then, we chose a modern font and fresh color palette to round out our new look. The color green is bold and exciting, just like the experiences we create.
Every brand has a story
Every brand has a story – a reason for being and a vision for moving forward. Sharing these stories and future visions is where Heroic comes in.
When we create an event for our clients, we find the details and themes to amplify, strategically weaving the most important concepts throughout every moment. It’s the core of what we do: making a brand’s story shine through deep immersion, ingenious creative, and transformative experiences.
By rebranding, we did the same thing for ourselves.
Throughout the creative process, we worked hard to stay true to our roots, authentic to what makes us great, and consistent in always buttoning up every detail, because even the smallest touchpoints matter.
While our new look is different, our mission remains the same: to rally your stakeholders, team members, and valued partners – moment by moment, person by person – to take the future by storm, making each person a hero in their own story, inspired by the best in all of us.
Ready to amplify your story?
Are you at a place in your company’s journey where you need to create a momentous experience? Do you want the kind of big beginning that integrates seeds of ideas, strategies for change, and sparks of success?
Heroic is a complete creative event production company that can amplify your brand strategy through impactful in-person and virtual experiences. Known for being incredibly passionate about our work, we’re also experts at turning key information and initiatives into entertaining and illuminating experiences.
Our clients bolster understanding, rally stakeholders, and energize action—all as a natural outcome of unforgettable, flawlessly executed events.
Nothing is more important to the success of an event than partnering with a company who can ensure your visual and audio components are executed flawlessly. But, with so many companies out there, how do you decide which one is right for you and your event?
The key word here is partner. The right event production company will be more than a supplier of equipment and labor. You can take advantage of their years of experience to get sound advice and new ideas that can make your event more interesting, fun, or all-around impressive. Choose the right partner, and you can actually look forward to your event instead of worrying.
What should you look for?
What is the company’s track record? Do they have solid testimonials? What’s their experience working events similar to yours in size, venue, and complexity? Don’t make assumptions about what they can and cannot do because services and capabilities vary from one company to another. How much of their capacity is in-house, and how much do they outsource?
It takes more than efficient AV set-up, execution, and tear-down to produce a seamless, memorable event. It takes artistry and imagination. Can they think outside the box and offer suggestions that will improve the vision of your event or add technological elements you’d never have thought up yourself?
Willingness to work within your budget
Everyone has a budget regardless of the size or scope of their event. The right partner will have your back here, with no hidden fees or last-minute surprises. They’ll help you get maximum bang for your buck, advising when it’s best to spend more money and where you can cut costs without compromise.
Choose a partner who is a good listener and an eager participant — excited to assist with planning your event as well as execution. That strengthens the quality of your production, eliminates misunderstandings, and makes ongoing communication easier. Equally important, it ensures the final event meets your business goals in ways that clearly communicate your brand.
Teamwork and a Great Culture
Camaraderie counts. You want a partner whose people work well and happily with each other because how they function as a team affects the work they do for you. Do you like them? You’ll be spending a lot of time together, much of it under stressful conditions. You want fabulous results, but getting there shouldn’t be torturous. So, how’s their sense of humor and “cultural vibe?”
You’ll find that not every event production company is a good fit for you or your project. Frankly, if you don’t like them or believe in their expertise and talent, you won’t trust them. And trust and flexibility are critical when you’re producing any event. Choose well, though, and you’ll find a long-term partner who will be a multi-value resource when it comes to creating flawless, unforgettable future events.
Whoever said it’s easier and less time to do a virtual event, in comparison to an in-person event, has a lot to learn about this “new normal” of our industry. However, what we’ve learned is that people aren’t having the upfront and honest conversations of why this is. Well, we’re here to help answer some of those questions and give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes breakdown of everything you need to know about pre-production for a virtual event.
We’re all familiar with the phrase, “You get what you pay for.” There is truth behind that statement, but do you always need to pay more to get what you need? Well, yes and no. As with most things, it helps to understand why prices vary, and then you can decide what level of service you need.
After all, the top audio visual companies got there for a reason. As an event planner, you know how important it is to understand what sort of AV set-up and timeframe will likely be needed for different types of events. Understanding the AV business itself from a behind-the-scenes perspective makes you an even more insightful and effective planner and partner, and it gives you a clearer picture of what goes into the charges you pay. Continue reading “What Factors Drive Costs for Top Audio Visual Companies?”
It is with great pride that I introduce you to a newly designed and updated Heroic Productions brand identity! After 18 wildly exciting and successful years, we decided it was time for this cobbler to get new shoes and better tell our own story.
Having supported and partnered with our clients over the years through brand launches and countless monumental events, we have a wonderful, new story to tell. After all, turning 18 is a pivotal “coming of age”. In lieu of a raise-the-roof party…as most 18 year olds do, we chose to mark the occasion with a rebrand that more effectively represents Heroic Productions, today.
Those who know us from “back in the day” may remember us on stage as Temporary Heroes, a popular R&B band. We called ourselves “Temporary” because once the gig was over, it was each of us musicians that were responsible for striking the set, packing equipment, and schlepping the gear home. For the few hours on stage, we were everyone’s hero as they sang and danced, and simply enjoyed the sights and sounds.
The ethic of intense practice and crafting a performance to perfection is what led to the creation of Heroic Productions. Over the past 18 years, we’ve amplified and illuminated event experiences on countless stages and virtual environments. Our work has taken us all over the world proudly supporting event production needs for many of Minnesota’s top 100 companies as well as national Fortune 500 companies, ensuring that their messages are perfectly seen, heard, and remembered. But audio, video, and lighting were just the beginning. Today, we are a one-stop event creation and production company that unifies audiences by amplifying their stories. We help make a brand’s story shine – in person or virtually through ingenious creative and immersive experiences.
We may look different today but our mission remains the same: to rally stakeholders, team members and valued partners – moment by moment, person by person – to take the future by storm, making each a hero in their own story, inspired by the best in all of us.
I expect some of you may say, “Well, it’s about time, Jon!”
My response? This team is just getting started. Our new brand identity is a future-focused signal of our ever changing world, and a reminder that every event we design and produce ensures that our client walks away the Hero as audiences leave inspired and wanting more.
Thank you for being part of Heroic’s past and inspiration for our future, together.
Now, take a look around our new website and reach out to the Heroic team when you’re ready to make your next event legendary!
Virtual events aren’t going away. Here’s what you need to know about virtual event planning.
For years, many of the in-person events we produced included a virtual element as part of their overall production. But it wasn’t until “it-which-shall-not-be-named” forced our industry to think differently, that going completely virtual became the norm. It was the only safe solution for our clients to keep telling their stories, sharing their messages, and celebrating their achievements.
Combining virtual and in-person events is more than a trend – it’s the new normal. Here’s what you need to know about hybrid event planning.
You’ve probably heard this before. Here’s a shocker: The shift to hybrid event planning is a great opportunity!
Webinars, online conferences, and virtual events serve specific purposes because of flexibility and safety – in-person and live experiences engage people differently. And in person, you can be 100% confident everyone is wearing pants!
Live, in-person, events are back. People want to socialize, share ideas, and celebrate. It feels good to be together again!
Let’s talk about the celebratory part of the return to in-person events. Celebrations usually include entertainment, all kinds of entertainment. Of course, it’s exciting to see our favorite big-name artists, but many a fabulous event has been accomplished with lesser-known talent.
It’s our goal to help make your job easier, and event more successful. One way we do this is by constantly vetting speakers who are exceptionally effective with virtual and hybrid events. Check out this month’s top picks and watch their video clips to see for yourself!
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It’s hard to believe spring is right around the corner, which means it’s almost graduation season. As you may have guessed, commencements in 2021 won’t be like they used to be – massive venues with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people gathered for hours as they watched their loved ones walk across stage. But big venues and large crowds aren’t the only things that make a commencement memorable. Many schools are shifting away from cancelling commencements completely and transitioning to a virtual setting. We’ve compiled a list of our top five tips for you to consider when creating a successful virtual commencement.
We’ve complied February’s Top 5 Virtual Speakers. Keep these individuals on your radar for 2021, as you plan out talent for your next event. Subscribe to our blog and be the first to receive our monthly lists of top speakers and entertainers or check our Speakers & Entertainment page regularly to see our top picks.
Do you still have confusion around what exactly a hybrid event is? Heroic’s CEO, Jon Young, breaks it down and gives some clarification.
Here’s a word you’re going to hear more and more: Hybrid. It’s certainly a word with lots of definitions and even more synonyms. For instance, I own a couple of hybrid golf clubs (I hit them equally poorly). Our video department manager, Kevan, drives a hybrid car. Sun Country Airlines just filed papers for an IPO describing itself as a new breed of hybrid, low-cost air carrier. I could go on and on.
Every month, the MPI Minnesota Chapter offers FREE Coffee Chats to event professionals, friends and colleagues. They feature a 10-15 minute update from a local leader, followed by time for everyone to catch up, ask questions, work through best practices, and simply be together.
We’ve compiled our first Top Virtual Entertainment picks of the year. The world certainly isn’t short of talented entertainers. Be on the lookout for our ongoing recommendations of top virtual entertainment. Subscribe to our blog to be the first to receive our monthly recommendations.
We’ve complied our first Top 5 Virtual Speakers list of the year. Keep these individuals on your radar for 2021, as you plan out talent for your next event. Subscribe to our blog and be the first to receive our monthly lists of top speakers and entertainers.
For more information on the speakers below, please visit our Speakers Page.
We can’t get enough of good news, especially when it comes from our friends, family and extended community. It occurred to us you might want to hear a little of our good news, as well. Here are a few of the fun things happening at Heroic…