"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.' '"Lloyd Dobler, "Say Anything'
Austin, Texas '" Would you rather be a buzz band or a buzz brand?
The Doritos "Bold Stage,' a towering mock vending machine which doubles as a performance area, is perhaps the most visible example of a brand trying and failing to engage with this sea of hipsters.
Brand proliferation is not a new concept at SXSW 2013, though it was at least once reserved for the intersecting industries of media, public relations, management companies and record labels. If you ran a music magazine, you hosted a party to build your brand. If you ran a label, you hosted a showcase of your current roster to increase exposure. Things made sense.
But now, if you create anything '" literally, anything '" you can justify sending scores of brand ambassadors to Austin this week.
Food For Lovers, "makers of the world's first vegan queso,' paired their free samples at the Brooklyn Vegan party with the hash tag "#sxvq.' At the HGTV/Paste party, you could snap a photo with a man in a Sasquatch costume wearing Tretorn rubber boots. At the Spin House, attendees traded volleys on bright blue eSurance ping-pong tables. At Fader Fort,
The festival '" like mass market television, film and radio '" is merely an avenue to the consumers.
Today, at the convention center, attendees have the choice of attending not one but two panels with the word "brand' in the title:
"Brands Are Music Fans Too'
"The Future Of Cultural Branding'
We will report back tomorrow with insights as to how we're creating our own brand experience. Closing the brand loop. Fulfilling our personal brand expansion, our brandspansion.