Verizon Media’s branded content arm, RYOT Studio, recently invited 150 lucky attendees to The Venue in Alexandria for an unforgettable storytelling experience.
RYOT Studio partnered with Swamp Motel, a UK-based creative agency, to deliver a unique B2B experiential event. Following a successful format of similar events in the UK and US, guests were fully immersed in a narrative-led, four room theatrical performance that demonstrated RYOT’s dedication to engaging storytelling.
Pre event, guests were kept in the dark on specifics and given the location in an AR enabled invitation. Upon arrival they were fooled into thinking it was another ‘death by powerpoint’ presentation but a fire alarm abruptly interrupted proceedings and attendees were ushered to a fire assembly point where the real tour began.
Beginning in the Briefing Room, guests watched as two actors dramatically searched for the creative brief amongst a tower of boxes. Then ushered into the Listening Post where a pair of ‘blind’ actors explained how they listen in to audience data to extract insights.
Taking that insight on a USB, the group put on hazmat suits and were led into the Imagination Chamber. Here, they watched a ‘creative’ plug in the USB and laid to rest as he dreamt up the big idea. Guests watched as his dream came alive and was projected onto the wall above.
The creative concept evolved into a storybook that was inserted into an ‘innovation engine’ to decide on the final format, video. Lastly, in the Distribution Room two actors mixed various audience segments together in a science experiment to find the right audience at the right time. The final stage involved sending the campaign off through various chambers representing Verizon Media’s channels.
The four physical environments reflected various areas of RYOT’s expertise: insights, creativity, innovation and distribution. Following RYOT’s unique approach to the creative brief, guests were encouraged to interact and immerse themselves in each of the rooms.
The tour ended in a final art gallery themed space for networking, drinks and an opportunity to view tangible examples of RYOT work in play, with campaigns for Kim Crawford, Flight Centre, Marks & Spencers, Youfoodz and New Caledonia on display.
Says Zoe Cocker, head of brand and RYOT Studio at Verizon Media: “RYOT Studio is not your typical branded content division. We leverage Verizon Media’s platforms and audiences to tell new and exciting customer-centric stories and experiences.
“In the fight for attention, brands need to become smarter in the way they craft their stories. By putting on a ‘show’ instead of a ‘tell’, we showed firsthand just how RYOT Studio is revolutionising the way content is created, communicated and distributed.”
Head of RYOT: Zoe Cocker
Editorial and Social Lead: Carly Willams
Production Manager: Leah Yeung
Designer: Luke Worsford
Strategist: Kayla Petty
Event manager: Lynnleigh McPherson – Director The Connected Curator
Managing Director: Daniel Hemsley
Head of Production: Will Herman
Creative Director: Ollie Jones and Clem Garrity