Hi. My name is Glenn Pingul and my daughter nominated me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I will donate $25 to ALS and nominate…
By now, I’m sure everyone has been exposed to the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ – by either experiencing the freezing sensation or laughing hysterically at the thousands of bloopers circulating on the social media front. Initiated by one person with a challenge to three people, the phenomenon has now exploded into more than 4 million challenges and more importantly, more than $94 million (compared to $2.7 million during the same period last year) in donated funds to the ALS Association.
This is a great testament to the willingness of people to contribute to the greater good (and to humiliate themselves in the name of good fun), and more than valid proof of the power of social influence. Just think – what other channel or technique can spread the word and drive action that quickly?
Social influence is by no means a new concept or technique – it’s been used by governments, businesses, politicians, etc. for years. Ever added that ‘other people who bought this also bought this’ item to your online shopping cart or contributed that extra... Read more
There seem to be some misconceptions among marketers in terms of how the "rise of machines" will impact our role, and ultimately, our jobs. There's no denying that it can be intimidating to have someone – or something – come in and do your job potentially faster, smarter, and easier than you. But when marketers actually embrace the power of machines to scale to the masses what they do best, a complete transformation takes place.
Before I married my wife, I thought I was a pretty good cook. Not a chef worthy of any awards but I could get the job done. Gather a few ingredients, toss them in the saucepan, and voila – I had an edible meal. My wife put up with my lack luster attempts for a few years, but then one day she declared that while I’m good at getting the job done, she’s clearly superior when it comes to the creative art of cooking. Yes, her food had always been amazing but in my opinion it required way too much effort! So in an attempt to appease my loving wife, I grudgingly accepted my role as the sous-chef – shopping, chopping and steaming – all... Read more
What’s the difference between an interaction and an engagement? What does it take to move to continuous customer engagement? And most importantly, does the payoff justify the required level of effort?
Online dating seems to be all the rage these days – even earning its own show on Bravo (or so my wife tells me). And while we’ve all seen the eHarmony commercials touting success, it’s still hard not to question the practicality of this approach. You select a few attributes that describe you, receive a recommendation based on someone having a few of your few attributes, and voila – it’s time for your first date! But what’s the chance of turning that first date – which is solely based on a narrow set of attributes and perhaps some assumptions – into a second date and eventually, a long-term relationship?
Luckily for me, I’m a happily married man of nineteen years so I haven’t had to dabble in the online dating scene. Yes, the days of traditional dating required some ‘strategic planning’, but the chance of finding your perfect match was far greater than today’s age of ‘stranger dating’. Engaging in discussion, learning likes and dislikes, observing... Read more
As everyone packs their coolers, prepares their festive feast and heads off to 4th of July celebrations, there are a few lessons that marketers can take away from the long-standing tradition of fireworks.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Roman candles, rockets, fountains, and cakes – everyone has a favorite. For some, the ones with the loudest boom will always be their favorite. For others, it’s the ones with the brightest colors.
We all have different ideas about what is beautiful, and when it comes to marketing; we all have different ideas about what is valuable. Consumers’ needs are different. What appeals to one customer may not appeal to another. And what a customer finds valuable could completely change over time. Marketers must recognize the needs and preferences of customers on an individual basis in order to deliver valuable, personalized experiences that leave consumers longing for more.
Timing is everything
Years ago, I attended a large 4th of July celebration which promised a phenomenal fireworks display. Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong and with the lighting of the initial sequence, the whole display was launched. With so many booms and bangs and a cloud of smoke, it was nearly impossible to see any... Read more
Now that we’ve debunked the myths of targeting the right customers, delivering personalized offers, acting in context and creating valuable offers, there’s just one more to dispel…leveraging the results. More often than not, marketers initiate a campaign and then following its completion analyze the results, but the real value lies in between these two steps. In the world of mobile, you no longer have to ‘accept’ the end results – you can continually impact them along the way.
THE MYTH: Results and lessons learned drive future campaigns
Have you ever been fishing and used the same rod and reel, the same lure, and casted to the same spot only to catch a few inedible fish? At the end of the day when you’re counting your less than impressive catch, do you make mental notes of what you should try the next time?
Sounds like an ineffective way of upping your results but this same method continues to be utilized by marketers. Decide what to measure, launch the campaign, gather results, interpret results, and apply to the next campaign…sound familiar?
Although with traditional channels the waiting game was a necessary evil, with mobile marketing the waiting period from execution to... Read more