PROVOKE WEEKLY

THE DIARY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA

Demographically. Culturally. Technologically. Creatively. America is always reinventing itself.
Moving forward, the changing face of America is becoming more more multicultural. And at Dieste,
we find that exciting. Because 1 + 1 = 3. The old, the new and the fresh combinations that they make
together. This is the stuff that Provoke Weekly delivers. In snackable, shareable slices for anyone
looking to be entertained & inspired.

Is Creativity Really Quantifiable?

By Natasha Sabour, Jr. Copywriter January is a special time of the year, not simply because everyone is still doe-eyed and awash with the determination that this will be the year they stick to their New Year’s resolutions, but also because it’s awards season, y’all. This is the month where we are bombarded with not just one but three live telecasts of film and television award shows. The season kicks off with perhaps one of the most famous award shows (behind the Oscars) and everyone tuned in this year to watch the historic 75th Golden Globe Awards. A proud moment…

Where Mainstream Media Fails, Influencers Pick up the Slack

By Gabriela Sosa, Social Media Coordinator Many Latinos and people clued into the comings and goings of Latino social media are familiar with Lele Pons and the likes of comedians that popularized such videos as “Mexican/Hispanic Moms Be Like.” But far beyond that, Latinos are owning it in areas that perhaps some brands may not know about, or even consider unless they want to “speak to Latinos.” More than ever, Latino spheres of influence reach far beyond strictly Latino/Spanish speaking or even bilingual audiences. Today’s Latinos understand the value of their creativity, and they are shaping the American landscape unlike any…

The Curiosity Gap: What Sparks Curiosity?

By Brazos Elkins, Jr. Copywriter (My take on “Igniting Curiosity” by Benjamin Solomon, Director of Creative Development at Vox Media.)  Anything people do online always, always starts with curiosity. When people click anywhere, it means they want something. They are opting into an experience. They are experiencing a “curiosity gap.” The curiosity gap is an expression used to refer to a reader’s craving to satisfy their feeling of curiosity—they know that they don’t know something, and they want to change that. For some, “creating a curiosity gap” translates to misdirection and clickbait headlines, but that’s not the only way to…

7 Lessons from the Priceonomics Content Marketing Conference

By Brazos Elkins, Jr. Copywriter It’s October 29th and I find myself walking into unfamiliar territory: the Priceonomics Content Marketing Conference, held in the conference room of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. By 9am, I’ve already eaten sourdough bread, walked up steep sidewalks, taken an Uber, dodged a trolley, and ogled a bridge. So, I’m done being a tourist. It’s time to go to work. The day’s agenda is a 6-hour series of bigshot speakers from tech-company marketing departments, economists, content creators, entrepreneurs, creative directors, and one journalist, all speaking on the nebulous topic of “Content Marketing.” Given…

Learn, Unlearn & Relearn

By Matias Jaramillo, Director of Digital Initiatives        I like to collect digital tidbits that I find while strolling through the Internet. Once in a while, I go back and look at my collection. While recently doing so, I found this quote by Alvin Toffler. “The illiterate of the 21st century will be not those who cannot read & write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn & relearn.”  This little piece of information, a digital tidbit if you will, was a blog post dated September 10, 2012.  Almost five years to the date. What I first liked about…

The Wins That Come With Losing

By Todd Lilly, Senior Digital Producer Losing. What defines loss? It can be as simple as the final score in the big game. In life, it isn’t so simple. In life, how you lose defines your character and, ultimately, how you win. If I am honest with you, this isn’t the first draft of the article. I wanted to glaze over the loss I have suffered while giving a lot of anecdotes. I have lost and not a big game type of loss. For the past several years, I have been on the slow track of recovering from life loss….

Making The Great Outdoors Great For Everyone

By Gabriela Sosa, Social Media Coordinator I am by no stretch of the imagination a good hiker. Nor am I in great shape. I still don’t have great ‘gear’ and I even get lost on marked trails. But I love hiking. However, for many reasons, ranging from accessibility to lack of representation, getting outdoors can be really intimidating. My national park visitation stands proudly at just 2 parks, and that may even be a lot considering that, according to nonprofit Latino Outdoors, Latinos “are…among the most underrepresented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations.” Lack of diversity, not…

Social Commentary: Now Streaming

By Sandy Auren, Sr. Account Planner Being the media junkie that I am, I often find myself binging on old movies and series while I wait for new episodes of my favorite ones to be released. Sure, the audio visual effects in some flicks (especially horror) are not the best, but my fascination with old shows and movies really stems from the fact that in a way, they are a little window into the past. If you pay close attention, you can spot the subtle cues and decode what was happening in the world at that time. The behaviors that…

Whole Brain Thinking: Creative Strategy

By Justin Rubenstein, Strategic Planning Intern   There are so many words in the advertising industry that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. While some terms aim to describe the traditional elements and processes, others are newly coined to identify emerging trends. As an aspiring wordsmith myself, there’s one such term that continues to confuse me, despite having taken a class on it in college.   Creative Strategy   It sounds oxymoronic. How did two, such contradictory words fuse together? What do they mean? What does creative strategy mean for businesses and organizations? Teams? Individuals?   As one…

Social Media Platforms Dominated at Cannes

By Carla Eboli, CMO Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter invested heavily in Cannes this year in a way never seen before. The social media giants took advantage of the carefully selected Cannes crowd (creatives and marketers, basically) and brought their best game to the table – or should I say, to the beach? – alluring thousands to their “Riviera lounges.” Aside from the great speakers (the same people speaking at the Palais des Festivals but now wearing sandals), the social media companies took advantage to launch new products, get close to their audience by giving attendees the opportunity to…