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Cult Futures: The Creatology Report launches

By The Drum Network | Staff Writer

May 14, 2020 | 3 min read

Cult Futures is the new insight and incubation program launched last month by Cult, one of the world’s fastest growing independent creative agencies. The Creatology Report, the program’s first research piece, explores how brands and businesses can thrive creatively as old and new media collide in a world knocked off its axis.

Written in collaboration with leading futurist and award-winning author Lucie Greene, who has spent over a decade consulting for the world’s most influential Fortune 500 brands, the report includes interviews with the world’s pioneering AI creatives, digital artists and virtual brand owners to inspire brands to be brave and spark marketing innovation.

As the creative media landscape fundamentally shifts under the impact of current events, social change and emerging technology, brand owners must negotiate unfamiliar territory at scale and speed. For some new establishment brands Mixed Reality, sensory interfaces and AI immersion has become an intuitive part of their business model, while many legacy brands struggle to break old habits in order to maintain relevance.

Powerful new technologies are the epicentre of this change, upending the way consumers interact with their expanding digital universe to reshape their entire brand experience. From social channels and payments, to entertainment and commerce, brands response to their evolving consumer relationship is driving a creative renaissance.

Bridey Lipscombe, global MD and co-founder of Cult, said: “Cult Futures: The Creatology Report manifests ‘embracing the unknown’ through stand-out thought leading insight that resonates with 21st Century marketers and business leaders. The research shines a light into the chaotic and shape-shifting world of our creative and media landscape and offers solutions for brands looking to evolve themselves.”

In 2012, Bridey Lipscombe and Cat Turner independently founded the creative agency Cult, with the intent to deliver strategically led creative campaigns for brands specialising in beauty, fashion, luxury and wellness. Cult Futures nurtures products, insight and emerging talent on-site in their studios in London and NYC.

The Creatology Report episode one: The Sensory Internet

First, we got used to speaking to the internet, then we got used to devices reading our visual expressions, then came using our face as ID for payments and banking. Next comes an internet era that engages all our senses and is able to interact with us in real-time as any human would.

What started out with the mass adoption of Alexa and Siri, is now paving the way for new multi-dimensional experiences that combine sound, visual recognition, scent, touch, and even neuro-recognition together. Developments in AI and sound recognition mean that we can converse, real-time with the internet in all languages, and skip between them when we like. Innovators are even rethinking the design of hardware and technology in our environments to engage the senses - even engaging our subconscious. This transition presents exciting opportunities for brands. Already, sounds are shown to trigger much more emotional responses than text communication. Imagine what sound combined with other sensory touch points could do. Welcome to the Sensory Internet.

The first episode of Cult Futures: The Creatology Report will drop on 18 May.

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Cult's ideas and insight take some of the world’s biggest beauty, fashion, luxury and wellness brands beyond their comfort zone to drive tangible business value. Founded in London in 2012 by Bridey Lipscombe and Cat Turner, we launched a New York studio in 2018, a global production house in 2019, and now have over 40 staff and an annual turnover of $8m.

Our innovative campaigns deliver authority, personality and relevance for our clients, be they legacy brands or start-ups. New business wins in 2019 included ELEMIS, Burberry, ghd, Rodan + Fields, Kopari and Pepsi-Lipton International’s latest plant powered energy drink YULA. Existing clients Sally Hansen, dunhill and Coty also extended our creative remit. Cult have worked with icons including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Vivienne Westwood and Lady Gaga, while also recently being the first agency to develop a social drop-model for Marc Jacobs, which generated a sales uplift of over 250%.

The business’ R&D arm launched Mindscape, a mental health voice app for Amazon Alexa and Google Home, in conjunction with charity Mind. The app received critical acclaim and Mindscape 2.0 will be launched later in the year. Cult have recently appointed a new Head of Strategy, Charlotte Bunyan, their first Communications Director, Hugo Eyre-Varnier and signed award-winning futurist author Lucie Greene to collaborate on Cult Futures, their new insight and incubation program.

Clients include :

M.A.C Cosmetics, ELEMIS, Nike, Burberry, Sally Hansen, GHD, Kopari, Rodan + Fields, Amazon Fashion, Pepsico, Umbro, St. Tropez, Revlon Professional, FarFetch, Sarah Jessica Parker Fragrances, Agent Provocateur, Royal Salute, Kurt Geiger, Tod's

Awards include :

2018: Shortlisted Campaign's Independent Agency of the Year, The Drum Independent Agency of the Year Top 100 2017: The Drum Network Social Media Agency of the Year 2016: Brand Republic Agency of the Year 2015: BIMA Hot 100 (Agency Co-Founder Listed), Digital Mavericks, Top 10 (Both Agency Co-Founders listed) Clio Image Awards, Experiential (winner)

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