The Whisky Issue – Out Now
After months of hard graft the third issue of our drinks magazine Hot Rum Cow hit the shops this week. Taking delivery of the magazines is always a high point for everyone in the studio and we’ve been working excitedly to distribute and publicise the issue with the heady smell of ink in the air.
Issue 3 is all about whisky and we’ve been all over Scotland, England and even to Sweden to meet some of the most exciting producers working today. We’ve not just got spirit though – we’re also covering picnic wine, flaming cocktails, obscure liqueurs and barrel-aged beer.
You can read more about the issue and see some of the beautifully designed and illustrated spreads online. Most of the copy is written by White Light Media editors, all of the design work is our own and even some of the illustrations are done in-house. Drop us a line if you think your business could benefit from quality design and writing like in Hot Rum Cow.
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10 Soundbites from the International Content Summit
A veritable smorgasbord of food for thought was up for discussion at yesterday's rather tasty International Content Summit in London. Here are 10 things we enjoyed hearing.
1. "We have entered the post-advertising age," said Jon King of Story, exploring the profound human desire for storytelling. "If you want to know the future, paint a bison." Inspirational stuff.
2. There are five trends in content marketing, said Melanie Howard of the Future Foundation.
– Magic Nostalgic (think Gentlewoman's Journal and old-style sweetie shops)
– The End Of Adventure (life is so predictable... risk is attractive)
– Gamification (set challenges and give rewards)
– Native Marketing (create brand advocates)
– Murdered By Modernity (the human craving for oases of sanctuary).
3. Four rules for branded content by Matthew Guest of Deloitte Digital:
– Make it useful
– Make it fun
– Market it hard
– Get lucky - play the portfolio game
4. "Stupid people think complicated things are clever," said Dave Trott of CSTTG, in a no-nonsense analysis of why 89% of advertising is ignored. His brand of creativity involves predatory thinking - "get upstream and change the problem".
5. "People want authenticity," said Melanie Stubbing of Weight Watchers Europe. "They want to hear other people's stories."
6. C = 4m +3v +2 (i-f) -2a. Catherine Toole of Sticky Content can explain all.
7. "If you're stuck when it comes to storytelling just think 'what would Jesus have done'?" said Nick Morris of Canvas8, referencing The Bible as a model of telling a good tale well.
8. Work with someone long enough, earn their trust, and they will allow you to pour caramel over their head in a way that benefits everyone involved. So explained Lisa Smosarski on her outstanding Nigella Lawson Shortlist issue. "Big budgets breed lazy ideas," she added.
9. Marcus Webb of the delightfully named Slow Journalism Company spoke of the niche he has filled with Delayed Gratification magazine. "We created something that some people will love but not everyone will get, he said. "But, to quote David Simon, creator of The Wire: 'Fuck the average viewer'."
10. Stephanie McGovern, BBC Breakfast: I was putting together a report at Grimsby Harbour when I was mistaken for a prostitute. He offered me four cans of Stella and a fiver. Andrew Hirsch, John Brown: Would you reconsider the proposition if I offered six cans of John Smith's and a tenner?
Dive in to Strathclyde People
Seven years after going to the University of Strathclyde with a proposal for a genuinely effective biannual alumni marketing magazine, we have just published the 14th issue of Strathclyde People – which earlier this year was voted Digital Magazine of the Year at the IoIC Scotland Awards, and shortlisted in the Scottish Magazine Awards. We now produce a print version and a Flash-based digital version of the magazine that together reach more than 100,000 alumni all over the world. The team at White Light Media writes and designs all the content, and builds the digital version. The latest issue features an interview with Olympic swimmer and Strathclyde student Robbie Renwick.
Gem of a magazine
Much excitement in the White Light Media office with the arrival of our newest project back from the printers. Earlier this year we were appointed to take over the annual magazine & catalogue for Laings of Glasgow, the high-end family jewellers. The result is a 96-page, perfect-bound magazine that includes a wealth of bespoke jewellery shoots, plus brilliant editorial content including Gordon Ramsay protege Simone Zanoni, Lulu, the Goodwood Revival, the queen of colour psychology Angela Wright, and (using our Hot Rum Cow contacts) a refreshing exploration of classic cocktails. We have also written and designed a smaller-format version – ideal for handbags.
Digital magazine winners
For the second year running, White Light Media scooped the Best Digital Magazine category at the Scottish Magazine Awards – and dominated the category with three of the four shortlisted entries. The winner was Standard, our bi-monthly flash-based magazine for Standard Life, which we write, design and build on their behalf.
Strathclyde People, our alumni magazine for the University of Strathclyde, and Conference Call, for clients of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, were also shortlisted. Elsewhere, we were delighted that our new recruit Christina McPherson won the Student of the Year award – we clearly chose well! In addition, from a field of 262 entries, the first issue of Hot Rum Cow was shortlisted for the Cover of the Decade.