Archive for David Murdico

Are Brands F#@king Up YouTube Advertising?

Posted by David Murdico on January 10th, 2015 at 8:37 am

Okay, so I wrote this post about 10 minutes ago, in a hurry... because I'm pissed. I run a prominent Los Angeles marketing agency / production company, I write lots of articles. I'm a "thought leader."  (air quotes intended). I contribute articles to  iMedia Connection, AdAge and Business Insider, speak on panels for MediaPost and Digital Hollywood. I'm an "expert" (quotes intended) in video, PR and social media marketing, according to the trades that interview me and allow me to write for them. I also work with big brands and startups, have zero ego and wonder why they even listen to me... but they do... a lot. Maybe because I'm unabashed, I know what I'm talking about and I speak the truth.
I'm also an ex-rocker - that's why I came to LA - to be a rocker, and I still love to take time playing guitar, learning new songs and singing, which brings me to explaining the point of the title of this post. Are Brands F#@king Up YouTube Advertising?
About an hour ago, I started listening on YouTube to Bette Midler's "The Rose" - an amazingly inspirational song for anyone afraid to follow their dreams. I worked out the chords and... Read more

How To Sell Your New Product With Video And Social Media

Posted by David Murdico on January 4th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Everyone who launches a new product, from Procter & Gamble to a couple of college grads who thought it up at a bar, are convinced they’ll be rich. If they didn’t think it would sell, they wouldn’t try. Look at some of the morons on Shark Tank. They all believed and in all fairness, some are good ideas and prove successful.
As you develop your new idea, go through this checklist and take a realistic look at what you’re doing.
1. DOES IT SOLVE A PROBLEM?
Look at FiberFix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AfeqPc4uf4
People break stuff, don’t want to buy new stuff and would rather fix it. Granted, the process seems clunky but it solves a problem. Back in the day, so did cars. Cars kept horses from having to carry people on their backs and they eventually went a lot faster. Trains and airplanes went even faster than that. Solve a problem.
Does your product solve a problem or make people’s lives easier?
2. DOES IT HAVE THAT COOL, FUN FACTOR?
Look at Silly Bands or Rainbow Looms - they didn’t solve problems but they were catchy, smart and fun! My nieces love them, and so do I.
3. HAVE YOU MADE A FANTASTIC VIDEO?
Show what your product does, and... Read more

5 Things Startups Think About Themselves That Are Wrong

Posted by David Murdico on May 29th, 2014 at 4:44 am

The easiest thing in the world is to have an idea. The hardest thing is to successfully execute on that idea and turn it into something that creates customers and actually turns a profit.
I talk with startups every day, and the one thing many of them have in common is that their self perception is often out of whack with what people actually want or need. Lots of valuable time, money and most importantly, energy, get lost this way via development, marketing and PR.
1. We’re Changing The World!
Not yet you're not. Your vision includes the potential to change some part of the world and people’s lives, but until you’ve attracted enough customers, subscribers, media attention, or social media swagger to actually start making a difference,  you’ve changed nothing.
Take a realistic look at when that moment will be that you go from the "idea" of changing the world to "actually" changing the world. That’s what you’re shooting for, and if you're smart, driven and talented you'll get there.
2. We’re Revolutionary, A First, Unique!
Are you sure? Have you really looked? Are you really as unique as you think or are? Are there others like you out there? Don’t be afraid to look.... Read more

5 Reasons to Hype Your Startup Pre-launch by Marketing Now

Posted by David Murdico on May 25th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

New movies, video games, apps and even new flavors of existing products all pre-market before they’re available, so why shouldn’t your startup or crowdfunding campaign do the same?
Unless there’s a specific reason for flying under the radar, get out there early and often on social media channels, create compelling content like videos and blogs start your PR outreach and get blogs and publications writing about you and interviewing you.
Instead of waiting until everything is perfect, launching, and then starting to think about your marketing, plan a marketing strategy and start hyping everything first, so that by the time you launch, you have momentum.
It’s much easier to steer a sailboat and win the race with a good tailwind and a good head start.
1. Get Ranked on Search Before Your Competition Does
The earlier you start getting found for the keywords related to your startup, the better. The best way to do this is by creating good, relevant content like blogs, videos, graphics and quality links on sites that matter to your industry.
Set up your social media channels and get busy. Set up your website as just a web page, for now, and include basic information, links to your social media channels, a... Read more

PR And Social Media Advice For Startups: Think Small To Get Big

Posted by David Murdico on May 1st, 2014 at 6:03 am

I know this may be an unpopular reality, but very few startups go from zero to TechCrunch in 30 days.
I know your new idea is going to change the world but top blogs and publications want to see signs that the world is actually changing before they take notice.
The way to do that is to start small. Small blogs, small magazines, small radio and TV stations, small social media steps, reaching out to influencers, gaining support, growing strong.
This approach leads to less wasted effort, less disappointment and building a steady social media following.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t swing for the fences along the way, but you have to have a willingness to take baby steps that add up to a marathon.
Look for opportunities to associate yourself with people and brands that are bigger than you, and make them the center of the story. I know... you want to be the star. But start small and ride their coattails until it’s time to jump off and run ahead of them.
VIDEO
You don’t necessarily need a 20 episode web series that requires 2 months of planning. Look for an online video agency that can create a variety of social media video content like... Read more