In April, San Francisco-based Protagonist launched an AI-powered platform that looked at articles and online commentary to find the "underlying beliefs and motivations of consumers."
These messaging stories were then made available to inform the marketing strategy of a customer brand. Protagonist defines narratives as "deeply rooted beliefs that drive human behavior."
The technology of the company was originally used for White House initiatives and the National Security Council, as the search for stories at the origin of terrorism. It has been adapted by Protagonist to find ideas in social media, magazines and newspapers, blogs and other sources of opinion and online conversation. Protagonist's staff specialists then developed these ideas into branding stories for clients such as Microsoft, General Mills, Warner Brothers, Wells Fargo and Starbucks.
This week, Protagonist goes beyond identifying branding stories by adding tools that allow to act.
"Before giving them a card," said the CEO Doug Randall. "Now it's a map and instructions."
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