Tagged 'branding'

What The NCAA Tournament Teaches Us About Marketing

Posted by Grant Johnson on April 7th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I always enjoy the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. My memories date back to 1977 when Marquette (from my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisc.) won the dance card and took home the trophy. After that victory me and a buddy ran outside hooting and hollering and played some hoops and pretended to be the players we had just witness win it all. What pure fun.
The NCAA does offer some great insights to marketers as well. Here are seven takeaways you can apply to your marketing:
1.) The small can dominate the big. If you have a small ad shop, a challenger brand or are a start-up, the NCAA tourney should give you renewed hope that you can compete -- and win -- even against larger competitors who will likely outspend you.
2.) It takes a great team and awesome leader (coach) to be at your best and push one another. The best individually deep team rarely wins the games; it's the best coached unit that excels as a team that wins more often than not. A great coach only helps.
3.) A bit of luck helps, so if you get lucky, take advantage of the opportunity you have. Very few had Connecticut and Kentucky in the final. If you... Read more

8 Most Interesting Niche Social Networks

Posted by Morgan Sims on March 22nd, 2014 at 8:09 am

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram -- all social media networks that have taken the world by storm and account for a total of three billion active users. Although most people today have an account on at least one of these three popular social sites -- if not more -- there are other ones that people are flocking to because they cater toward a specific audience.
With that said, here are eight of the most interesting social networks in the vast, ever-expanding online world.
For Those Who Nurse and Nurture: Baby Gaga
This pregnancy and parenting community is where women who are trying to conceive, mothers to be, and mothers share their experiences with one another. Whether it's finding an answer to a question, reassurance, or even developing a life-long friendship, Baby Gaga has helped thousands of women network and come together.
For Those Obsessed With Food: Foodie
Although this isn't a niche per se -- we all love food -- it still demands a spot on the list because of how awesome this social network is. Instead of gathering around the dinner table to exchange their love for food, people gather at their computers to connect one another and share everything from new recipes to restaurant experiences.
For... Read more

Savvy Brand Storytelling

Posted by Tom Shapiro on March 11th, 2014 at 6:50 am

Every brand has a story. It’s your job to extract it and communicate it in a compelling way. Use your unique story to build trust with customers and make them feel something powerful when they think of your brand.

The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar

Posted by Grant Johnson on March 6th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

The title of this post is based on an old Bob Dylan song. You see, and I have said this for years, most social media can be pretty effective at establishing trust and a relationship. Where it typically falls short is the consummation of the relationship, the marriage. Or, in advertising and marketing, the sale and doing business with the advertiser.
At least part of the blame lies with inbound marketing. If you have a great offer or message, you may get too many leads. Think quality over quantity. That’s where testing the right offer/message at the right time to the correct audience becomes so important. Test, test, test.
If you have leads that are less than ideal, they will not be followed up with properly (a big problem in most lead generation programs anyway) and the good prospects will become frustrated and the sales people will lose faith in your marketing because you are providing “bad” leads to them.
I have seen this countless times. With all this inbound marketing it’s actually become worse, because we can generate a greater number of leads faster than ever before, exasperating the divide between sales and marketing.
To begin, make sure you have a follow-up process... Read more

Simple is as Marketing Grows

Posted by Grant Johnson on February 24th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

"If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself," said Albert Einstein.
We live in an over-communicated society.
Heck, when I began in advertising and marketing, adding an outbound phone call to a direct mail campaign was considered "Integrated Marketing."
The fact is, we are exposed to thousands upon thousands of media impressions each and every day.  As such, as consumers, we CRAVE simplicity. If you can simply explain what you are selling (which, by the way, is what advertising and marketing is), and how your product/service will benefit me, then wrap in a compelling reason -- the correct messaging and/or offer, I will likely take the next step in your sales process. But please make sure to explain to me what you want me to do -- call, respond to the email, visit the website, like us, etc...
Precise copy is the key, but we also must consider how we can graphically simplify our message so it is easier to digest and get the point across immediately. Here is an example of what I mean: http://www.a2591.com/2011/03/more-minimalist-effect-in-maximalist.html
Most of these everyday products are, perhaps, better served today as stripped-down versions.
That's why the combination of video and the internet/social media is so... Read more