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.
- The Century of the Self – “Happiness Machines”
- The Century of the Self – “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering”
- The Century of the Self – Part 3
- The Century of the Self – “The Engineering of Consent”
- The Persuaders
- Art & Copy
- Internet Rising: a documentary film about virtual connection
- Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
- The Merchants of Cool
- The Foods that Make Billions
- Consuming Kids
- Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight
- The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?
- Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
- The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing
- Symbolism in Logos
- No Logo: Brands, Globalization and Resistance
- Sell & Spin: a history of advertising
- Social Media Marketing: The Movie
- New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers (Influencer Marketing)
- The American Meme
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi
- InnSaei – the Power of Intuition
- Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
- Abstract: The Art of Design
- The Toys That Made Us
- The Stanford Prison Experiment
- 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”.
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.
3. 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.
Helvetica documentary explores the history and proliferation of the typeface, interviewing leading graphics and type designers.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
To Inform & delight takes a look at Glaser’s personal life and explains his creative process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This documentary explains how products, ideas, and people have been sold over the years by examining some of the most successful and disastrous campaigns.
“SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: THE MOVIE” is about
This documentary “New Kings: The Power of Online Influencers” is converted from the video thesis by Maria Rodriguez.
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.
This documentary will help you understand the Icelandic concept of innsæi, which enables humans to connect through empathy and intuition.
This is the story of Steve Madden, The mogul of a billion-dollar designer footwear empire.
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
This documentary provides a light insight into the concepts and product marketing behind the most successful toy lines in history.
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