And there are so many resources out there to learn the trade- from immersive conversational podcasts to more formal certified courses on YouTube, Udemy, and so on.
Sure, you could also dive into textbooks, or attend seminars on the subject, but nothing beats the luxury & pleasure of learning something through a good ol’ movie.
Yes, that’s right, binging these films & educational documentaries will make you a more creative & business-oriented marketer!
So without further ado, here’s our monster list of great shows & stories that every professional in our industry should watch at least once.
If you don’t have the official accounts to stream them on OTT platforms, you may find the free torrents on PirateBay, Torlock, or Kickass Torrents (use Privado VPN to access these sites if you’re in a banned country, and use µTorrent to download the files).
Nuke your popcorn, put on your pajamas, and get ready for a long weekend of back-to-back comfort watching from your couch.
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The Social Dilemma
By Jeff Orlowski (2020)
The Social Dilemma is an American docudrama film written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis.
Going behind the scenes of major social media platforms, it explores how their interface design nurtures addiction to maximize profit.
It also explores how many platforms manipulate people’s views, emotions, and behavior, and spread conspiracy theories and disinformation.
It’s a jarring take on the dark side of social media, and its effect on mental health, in particular the mental health of adolescents and rising teen suicide rates.
Every digital marketer should watch it to understand the pressing ethical issues concerning our industry.
Marketing is an entrepreneurial profession- you need to take ownership of your projects from the get-go, often creating something from scratch.
In this regard, TVF Pitchers is a great show to teach you how to bootstrap any creative project or business venture.
Four friends Naveen Bansal (Naveen), Jitendra Maheshwari (Jitu), Yogendra Kumar (Yogi), and Saurabh Mandal (Mandal), decide to enter the start-up world by launching their own start-up.
Things are kicked off by Naveen who, angry at not being given his due at work, resigns in a drunk state. At the same time, he receives news of his B-Plan reaching the final round of the NASSCOM start-up conclave.
This begins a series of situations in which the four friends rediscover what they really want in life and the challenges they face in getting their start-up idea off the ground.
Facebook is currently the most populated social media platform in the world, sitting at 3 billion users worldwide.
This film explores its backstory. Mark Zuckerberg creates a social networking site, Facebook, with his friend Eduardo’s help. Though it turns out to be a successful venture, he severs ties with several people along the way.
It’s a story about sacrifice, betrayal, and the crazy pursuit of creative greatness.
This documentary follows Anna Wintour, the renowned editor of `Vogue’, as she prepares the September 2007 issue. Weighing in at a record 840 pages, it is also the fashion magazine’s most important issue, heralding the autumn fashions.
With her trademark bob and omnipresent dark glasses, Wintour comes over as a woman who is a success because she knows exactly what the reader wants, as she supervises each page.
This documentary is a chilling reminder of the perseverance, aggressive leadership, and cold thinking it takes to scale a brand from nothing & take it to the top.
It is believed that the famous movie “The Devil Wears Prada” is loosely based on this storyline & its main character.
Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around. Behind some of the world’s most revolutionary companies are a handful of men who (through timing, foresight, a keen ability to size up other people, and a lot of luck) saw opportunities where others did not: these are the original venture capitalists.
All were backing and building companies before the term ‘venture capital’ had been coined: companies that led to the birth of biotechnology and the spectacular growth in microprocessors, personal computers, and the web.
This documentary about modern capitalism & brand building uncovers the ups and downs of the building of some of the greatest companies of the twentieth century and the hidden dramas behind some of the most famous names in the business.
It’s useful for understanding how brand investing & equity work in the business world.
Apple has been the most valuable brand in the world for quite some time now, and all the credit goes to its original founder, Steve Jobs.
This film explores his life from start to end. After revolutionizing the home computers, Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak co-found Apple Inc. But as a leader and a visionary, Jobs’s style of functioning creates several problems for him.
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