Archive for David Murdico

How about Comedy Videos in Cosmetics Marketing?

Posted by David Murdico on May 15th, 2015 at 4:07 am

My agency / production company Supercool Creative recently produced an animated video for a cool, functional, new product called Swoon - part scoop, part lip gloss applicator. Before that experience, I seldom equated beauty or cosmetics marketing with comedy, but rather pouty lipped stick figures stalking a runway amidst a barrage of camera flashes.
Probably the closest I got to comedy is when one of the models had a heel malfunction and took a topple. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt, but I do love me some physical comedy.
Well here's how you do it:

Set up the consumer problem / what's the challenge?
Create an amusing story to explain it
Deliver a sitcom-like conflict for comedic effect
Get as edgy as you can
Use good natured violence if possible
Let the consumer know how to buy the product! - most important!!
Show two girls kissing awkwardly at the end, with a creepy accountant lurking (optional)

So, the answer is yes! The typical beauty / cosmetics / fashion spot is about as compelling and original as the typical car spot with the obligatory shots of the car making a hairpin turn against a scenic background, or sitting in a perfect soundstage with perfect lighting. All cars can make... Read more

5 Things Video Game Execs Need To Know About Marketing Games

Posted by David Murdico on May 13th, 2015 at 3:31 am

I know, video game and app marketers are some of the hardest working people on the planet, and I no doubt have the HIGHEST respect for what they do at all hours of the night - and no I'm not talking about their private lives.
Still, working on the creative, strategy, video, marketing, social media and PR side of game and app promotion, I see important actionables and accountabilities slipping through the cracks.
So, take this as intended - or hate me. Just don't do both at the same time. I confuse easily.
1. Be authentic to your brand, game and fanbase
I don’t care of your game involves stacking cherries on top of ice cream before it melts, or shooting hookers in the street. Own it. I remember running a campaign for Street Fighter X Tekken where we weren’t allowed to use the word “badass” in our social media updates. The game was about kicking people in the face.
There’s a huge disconnect between the desires of the fans and the politically correct spew coming out of the marketing spokesholes. It’s not their fault. It;s the system.
2. Allocate budget for promoting contests, giveaways and commissioning influencers
Players and fans don’t just magically appear - especially... Read more

5 Reasons Startups Should Pay Marketing Agencies More Than Brands Do

Posted by David Murdico on May 13th, 2015 at 2:59 am

The myth out there is that startups don’t have very high budgets because they’re - you know - startups, so they shouldn’t pay marketing agencies, ad agencies, the gardener, the people at the counter at Burger King - or other professionals at the same rates that those nasty big brands do.
They should pay more.
Working with a startup team takes every bit as much time, creativity, effort, critical thinking, planning, strategizing, communication and resources as working with the marketing team at a big brand, and probably more. Here’s why.
1. Nobody knows who you are yet
Building awareness is a lot of work. You have to define who you are - not just the logo and tagline, but what do you stand for? What are you offering? Why should people care and how do you convey that messaging?  Creating shareable content including videos, posting updates on social media and getting PR is only part of it.
Who are you selling to? Where do they  find their purchasing information? Who influences them? Who do they trust and why?
Then you can work on what kinds of content they like to read, watch and share. Then you can decide how much call to action to include and... Read more

Why Social Media Is Like Asking Girls Out

Posted by David Murdico on February 13th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Lots of marketing people with brands, businesses, organizations and startups wonder how to approach social media. Approach it like you're asking out a girl or a guy with the short term objective of getting a date and the long term goal of getting married, having kids and living out the rest of your days in misery.
If you're too coy or vague, you may strike up a conversation but you won't achieve your objective - a date.
If you're too pushy or aggressive you may or may not achieve your objective, depending on who you are, how impressive you are, how charming you are and let's face it - how attractive you are.
Attractive can come in the form of good looks, a sparkling personality or a 200k Ferrari parked next to you.
Imagine walking up to a complete stranger - someone you recently met - or even a co-worker - and saying something like "wow, I heard there are movies playing at theaters tonight."  Her response is not likely to be "let's go to one... together... on a date."
Too vague.
OK, now try "I heard there's a great new romantic comedy playing tonight!" She says "what's it called?" You... Read more

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