Best Documentaries About Marketing And Advertising

Best Documentaries About Marketing And Advertising

Looking for inspiration for your marketing career? Check out these awesome and best documentaries about marketing and advertising.

Documentaries have always been the best way to learn history. They provides enough details and facts to create a full picture about the topic. Hence I recommend watching documentaries on Netflix or Youtube in your free time to enhance your knowledge.

I have curated a list of best documentaries about marketing and advertising.

  1. The Century of the Self – “Happiness Machines”
  2. The Century of the Self – “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering”
  3. The Century of the Self – Part 3
  4. The Century of the Self – “The Engineering of Consent”
  5. The Persuaders
  6. Art & Copy
  7. Helvetica
  8. Internet Rising: a documentary film about virtual connection
  9. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
  10. The Merchants of Cool
  11. The Foods that Make Billions
  12. Consuming Kids
  13. Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight
  14. The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?
  15. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
  16. The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing
  17. Lemonade
  18. Symbolism in Logos
  19. No Logo: Brands, Globalization and Resistance
  20. Sell & Spin: a history of advertising
  21. Social Media Marketing: The Movie
  22. New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)
  23. The American Meme
  24. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  25. InnSaei – the Power of Intuition
  26. Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
  27. Abstract: The Art of Design 
  28. The Toys That Made Us
  29. The Stanford Prison Experiment
  30. Follow this

Now I have written a brief note about these documentaries to justify why they make it to the list of  “Best Documentaries About Marketing And Advertising”.

1. The Century of the Self – “Happiness Machines”

Best Marketing Documentary - the century of the self - marketing documentary by BBC

The Century of the Self is a 2002 British television marketing documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. It focuses on the work of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, and PR consultant Edward Bernays. This series explains how people in power have used Freud’s theories for mass persuasion.

2. The Persuaders

the_persuaders - Best Advertising Documentary Film

The Persuaders is a great advertising documentary film for both newbie and experts in advertising. A 90-minute documentary in which Douglas Rushkoff examines how changes in marketing practices are influencing U.S. culture and politics.

3. Art & Copy

Art & Copy - Marketing & Advertising Documentary
Art & Copy

Art & Copy is a 2009 documentary film, directed by Doug Pray, about the advertising industry in the U.S. The film follows the careers of advertisers, including Hal Riney, George Lois, Mary Wells Lawrence, Dan Wieden, and Lee Clow.

4. Helvetica

Helvetica-film

Helvetica documentary explores the history and proliferation of the typeface, interviewing leading graphics and type designers.

5. Internet Rising: a documentary film about virtual connection

Internet Rising Must watch documentary for marketers
internet-rising

Internet Rising is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity.

It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains… and the gray area contrasts in between – but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter

6. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

“The Man in the Machine” is directed and produced by one of famous filmmaker Alex Gibney.

In this documentary, Gibney takes a look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. It tells you what shaped his personality, the impact of apple on society and his search for inner Zen.

7. The Merchants of Cool

the merchants of cool - Best Documentary about marketing

The Merchants of Cool is a documentary by PBS Frontline broadcasted in 2001 on mass media and culture. This documentary explores the influence of media on youth – How youth relies on the media for their reference on what is cool. It shows how the culture of cool has transformed the youth into one of the most profitable consumers. 

8. The Foods that Make Billions

The foods that make billions - Best Documentary about marketing

The Foods That Make Billions documentary series tells the story of how three basic commodities water, cereal, and yogurt became some of the richest and most successful industries in the world.

9. Consuming Kids

Consuming Kids

Consuming Kids” is about how the Amercian kids now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual spending. It explains the marketing strategies which used psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform children into consumers. 

10. Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

To Inform & delight takes a look at Glaser’s personal life and explains his creative process. 

11. The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?

The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?

The core theme of this documentary is not marketing but it involves and based on the marketing practice used by drug marketers, the psychiatric industry and even government regulators.

12. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Filmmaker Cullen has done a wonderful job in making people aware of their online privacy. This documentary will make you read every terms and condition while visiting a website or downloading an app.

13. The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing

The Story of Content Marketing

The Story of Content is produced by the Content Marketing Institute with the help of Brightcove. It is a 42 minutes documentary that will help you understand the content marketing. 

14. Lemonade

Lemonade

Lemonade is very uplifting and inspiring. It shows the positive side of the unemployment and teaches how can we use our downtime to find the lifelong fulfillment.

15. Symbolism in Logos

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During the 20th century, urban environments got taken over by corporate logos. Studies have reported that an average person is exposed to about a hundreds of logos a day. The show begins with discussing the symbolism of two major corporations, Starbucks and Apple. What is really being said in logos?

16. No Logo: Brands, Globalization and Resistance

No Logo: Brands, Globalization and Resistance

No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies.

17. Sell & Spin: a history of advertising

Sell & Spin A History of Advertising
Sell & Spin A History of Advertising

This documentary explains how products, ideas, and people have been sold over the years by examining some of the most successful and disastrous campaigns.

18. Social Media Marketing: The Movie

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: THE MOVIE
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: THE MOVIE

“SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: THE MOVIE” is about the social media. It is a documentary cum educational film for social media managers. This will surely help them in understanding how social media should be used in their marketing strategy. 

19. New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)

New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)
New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)

This documentary “New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers” is converted from the video thesis by Maria Rodriguez.

20. The American Meme

The American Meme

The American Meme is a Netflix Original 2018 documentary film starring Paris HiltonJosh Ostrovsky, Kirill Bichutsky, Brittany FurlanHailey BaldwinDJ KhaledEmily Ratajkowski and Dane Cook.

21. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The documentary follows the 90 year old master who works with vendors to get the finest ingredients for sushi. He manages all his staff and mentors them. Then the documentary also shows how he trains his son so that he can overtake one day. 

22. InnSaei – the Power of Intuition

InnSaei The power of Intuition

This documentary will help you understand the Icelandic concept of innsæi, which enables humans to connect through empathy and intuition.

23. Maddman: The Steve Madden Story

Maddman: The Steve Madden Story

This is the story of Steve Madden, The mogul of a billion-dollar designer footwear empire.

24. Abstract: The Art of Design 

Abstract: The Art of Design
Abstract: The Art of Design

Abstract is a Netflix original documentary series highlighting artists in the field of design with an in-depth look into computer design and modern contemporary design

25. The Toys That Made Us

The Toys That Made Us

This documentary provides a light insight into the concepts and product marketing behind the most successful toy lines in history.

26. The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Standford Prison Experiment is based on the 1971 Stanford prison experiment (SPE). SPE was a social psychology experiment conducted under the supervision of psychology professor Philip Zimbardo

27. Follow this

Follow This Netflix Documentary


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