You are the central part of our integrated process. We lay the foundation of any new campaign or endeavor with strategy and research—understanding you, your target audience, the project parameters, and business objectives we are aiming to accomplish. To do this, we ask a lot of questions. We talk to people, conduct surveys, and hold focus groups. We probe and question to get to the brilliant ideas hiding in plain sight. Then, we help cultivate an authentic message into a voice that creates an emotional experience for your customer and spurs them to act. We take a strategic, story-driven approach to creating pure content that’s 100-percent relevant, tempting, and share-worthy.
Strategy and Research
Players: Project manager and creative director
Who do you think you are, and why does it matter? You don’t control the position your brand occupies—your customers do. But you can guide it, starting with your positioning statement. A positioning statement identifies your target market and paints a picture of how you want your target market to perceive your brand. While the customer ultimately decides where your brand will be positioned, you can change that perception by deciding which market space you have the best opportunity of owning—and/or defending—based on your singular truth, the relevance, and strength of your brand.
Players: Project manager and creative director
Our national level, creative PMs are the experience and backbone of the agency. Switching from right brain to left, it is both their nature and their passion to keep us all on track with client initiatives and goals. Even though we approach projects from a place of collaboration, we still need a hub to keep the project and team rallied and moving forward. PMs can wear many hats at Nectar. They schedule meetings at all stages, help with critical paths, strategize on initiatives, communicate project goals and logistics, create project estimates and schedules, work with third-party vendors, and handle day-to-day communications between you and your creative team. PMs are also responsible for managing media buys and plans, compiling, and analyzing metrics in order to guide future strategic plans.
Exploration and Concept
Players: The entire agency including clients are involved in this step. It’s announced as a creative opportunity, mandatory for people on the team and optional for others.
The Creative Process is probably the only piece that isn’t actually a process at all. That is because this piece never stops. It is the heart, the part inside creative-types that keeps us searching even when the campaign is over. The piece that makes us concept in the shower, or wake up at midnight with an idea worth getting out of bed and stubbing a toe to write down. This is the agency’s living breathing core—of which we all can contribute to. Everyone connected to it feels and gets inspired by its life and energy. We call it the nectar. It’s encompassing, genuine, sensitive, and giving. Once you ignite creativity on this level, it flows from everyone involved. That is why we say to you, ‘jump in the nectar.’
Storytelling & Copywriting
Players: Creative director, videographer, web designer, programmer and project manager
Here to help with compelling web content, ad campaigns, share-worthy press releases, engaging social media posts, or a quirky on-hold message, is the storyteller; a word and punctuation lover. A creative so willingly entangled in words, they’re able to take the reader from the sounds of bright-feathered birds heckling in the moist, sticky, swelter of a jungle, to the empty white static void that can carry your foggy breath to the ocean—on words. And you must understand that this word warrior cannot take a step or conjure a single vision without you.
Design & Implementation
Players: Creative director, art director, videographer, web designer, and programmer
At this phase we deliberate the concept details, ensuring that every deliverable works to further our collective project goals. We’re fans of creating shared style boards and putting our heads together at the beginning of a campaign. Much like concept exploration, design loves to take on a life of its own. We research what is trending, appropriate, classic, then together, we determine what is right for you. Sometimes this takes a leap of faith. With approved concepts, we work with you on imagery, copy points, and the facts we need to finalize our content. This is a multi-step process of approval (up to three rounds is typical) and we also employ proofreaders to ensure quality throughout the process. As a group of experienced designers, videographers, and programmers, you can be sure we put our eagle eyes on every element of a project through every step of the process.
Social & Digital Media
Players: Art director, videographer, web designer, and programmer
Tempting content generation begins after our group discovery meeting, brand audit, analysis of past communication struggles, and study of key competitors. Together, we’ll uncover your goals, targets, and, in order to properly measure ROI, a clear statement that outlines what success looks like for you. Your brand’s success depends on the delicate touch of relevant content, stories, and ideas your audience loves so much they will distribute it for you. Nectar doesn’t leave the gate without taking a strategic, story-driven approach. We distribute content through both traditional and digital multiple-media channels (TV, radio, and social media outlets), including but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, and YouTube.
Your most successful, cost-effective content moves from user to user. In our world, content is only as strategic as it is share-worthy. Nectar measures your success by the reuse and social sharing metrics of your content. That’s why we provide unique, story-driven, and lead-generating content that will be widely shared and syndicated across multiple channels.
Together we build your ECOSYSTEM, diverse enough for your content to thrive. That’s why we build and carefully assess your unique multi-channel media, including paid, owned, and earned options. We evaluate each one of your digital marketing options by when and how visitors engage with your content. By tracking your investments by channel, we sharpen our strategic investment of your marketing dollars.
Video, Animation, & Tech
Players: Creative director, videographer, web designer, and programmer
Experiential. Immediate. Real time. Immersion. The ability to experience a story, not just hear it. The difference between reading a written passage of colorful prose and the feeling of standing on a breathtaking vista. The impact of watching a static, sleeping structure burst to life in a choreographed performance.
Providing a meaningful experience—more than just an impersonal narrative—is on the forefront of nectar’s technological research and art initiatives. Cinematic video production, immersive 360 degree video, aerial drone videography, projection mapping, as well as Virtual Reality development in Unity for tradeshows, real estate and other experiential applications round out the suite of video and tech available in-house at nectar.
Search Engine Optimization
Players: Programmer, project manager, web designer, SEO guru
Did we mention that we’re geeks? We often battle with our SEO guru over how to seamlessly and cleverly blend his keyword phrases into our website copy and design. It is the marriage of function and design living and working together that helps Nectar create beautiful digital work with a hook. Our SEO is one of the more integrated, involved, and ongoing steps in our process. The success of SEO and implementation rests with you. We work with you on the items that are your responsibility—your inbound links, social media opportunities, and (cornerstone) blog content that all contribute to your overall online authority. It is our intention to do quarterly analysis and course correct SEO and anything affected by it. This is not a once and done endeavor. Sites updated more frequently and with better keywords rank higher in search engines. It’s part of our quality control.
Players: Creative director, art director, videographer, SEO guru, web designer, and programmer
Integrated web development is another key component of Nectar. Always part of any meeting, programmers interpret what function you’re looking for and how to get there beautifully. We’re ready for any web design or redesign you may need as well as web development, updates and maintenance, landing page, modern email, and e-newsletter creation. We all wear many hats throughout the creative process, which cuts down on the number of hand-offs between conception to completion. The magic is our ability to translate design seamlessly into digital. Additionally, project management, copywriting, SEO, and programming work together to ensure efficient and proper translation from an idea, to copy, to searchable online material. The collaboration is optimal.
Players: Creative director, art directors, videographer, web designer, programmer, printer, SEO guru, and client
Our projects live within reach of every nectarine—guided along by project management and ASANA (trafficking software). Strong collaboration internally keeps projects moving effortlessly from concept to final output. Input from our programmer during the copy phase ensures work is easily translatable for different marketing channels. Guidance from our SEO guru makes sure our programmer and copywriter are using the right search words. There are no vacuums at nectar.
We continue to manage our projects after they leave our door. Working closely with all vendors to see that our projects meet a high standard of excellence ensures quality control through the printing process or distribution online. We watch to make sure deliverables print, push, or play with their intended integrity. With tech-savvy videographers, designers, and programmers in-house, we’re knowledgeable of production requirements for each respective distribution channel. We outsource proofreading (for that fresh set of eyes) routinely.
Players: Project manager and client
Nectar not only wants to create beautiful and relevant marketing for our clients but to ensure that it is effective. We diligently track media metrics month to month, monitoring which ads and publications perform the best. We analyze reports that we compile in order to make smart, strategic recommendations for our clients and our ongoing efforts.