Must Watch Documentaries on Netflix About Marketing and Advertising.

Must Watch Documentaries on Netflix About Marketing and Advertising.

The largest and highly curated list of documentaries on Netflix about marketing and advertising. 

What do you do in your free time? Watching Netflix? Why not use it to learn about your field. Add these documentaries on Netflix about marketing and advertising in your watch list now. 

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In the spirit of learning from different perspectives, here are top documentaries on Netflix about marketing and advertising

1. 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.

The American meme puts the online celebrities under the microscope. The documentary shows how today’s online celebrities are involved in the rat-race of providing viral content and gossip-worthy drama from their lives to keep engaging their followers. 

The American Meme explores the blurred lines between real life and social media personas of influencers.

Trailer – The American Meme

2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This is just not about sushi.

This documentary is about Jiro Ono. He is a Japanese sushi chef and owns a restaurant.  He is known for his skill. Now you must be thinking why this documentary is a must watch for marketers?

So here is the answer. 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 shows the dedication Jiro puts in Sushi and his obsession and decades of hard work to achieve to become one of the greatest sushi chef. 

3. 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.

What is “innsæi,”? Well, in Iceland, it has multiple meanings such as “The Sea Within” or “to see within” or “to see from the inside out”.

Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir, Director of this documentary are on a soul-searching, global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction, disconnection and stress.

4. 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

I must be thinking “who the fuck is Steve Madden?”

Well, he is a billion-dollar business owner, father of three, former convict and recovering addict. 

His passion? Designing trendy shoes for the past 27 years.

If you have seen “The Wolf of Wall Street”, you might have got an idea about who we are talking here. 

Steve was sent to prison because of his entanglement with Jordan Belfort.

Upon his release, he starts to rebuild his empire. 

So witness the incredible rise, fall, and resurrection of Steve Madden, the man who launched a billion dollar fashion empire and whose branded shoes are in the closet of practically every woman under 30 in America. 

5. 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.

I believe this documentary will help you in creating a process for your creative work. This documentary follows 8 world’s best designer’s life and their creative work process. Here is the list of artists.

Christoph Niemann: Illustration”
Tinker Hatfield: Footwear Design”
Es Devlin: Stage Design”
Bjarke Ingels: Architecture”
Ralph Gilles: Automotive Design”
Paula Scher: Graphic Design”
Platon: Photography”
Ilse Crawford: Interior Design”

This is for sure one of the must watch documentaries on Netflix about marketing and advertising.

6. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Terms and Conditions May Apply Netflix

Do you know George Orwell? If you like reading his book “1984”, you will surely like this documentary. 

It is a one of the must watch documentaries on Netflix about marketing and advertising because marketers are the primary consumer of the data. We as marketers need to understand the people’s privacy and start respecting it. 

7. The Toys That Made Us 

The Toys That Made Us

The Toys That Made Us is an American television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss

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

The first four episodes are based on the Star Wars, He-Man, Barbie, and G.I. Joe toys and the next four episdoes of season 2 featured LEGO, Transformers, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek.

The third season has been announced which will feature Power Rangers, Wrestling, My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

8. The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford 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. Professor Philip attempted to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, focusing on the struggle between prisoners and prison guard. Students played the role of either a prisoner or prison guard.  

It is a must watch. Here is the trailer.

9. Follow this

Follow This Netflix Documentary

BuzzFeed and Netflix collaborated and created this documentary series.

An episode is around 20 mins max and each episode will make you walk away from this show knowing something you never knew before. 

It is good to watch. but you can just put it in the last of your watchlist.

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