Tagged 'Video'

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

Lights, Camera, Transaction: Why Tech Marketers Need to Translate Their YouTube Videos

Posted by Ian Henderson on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:12 pm

YouTube has become a go-to destination to learn the ins-and-outs of new technology, whether you’re trying to build a website on WordPress or learn Ruby on Rails. A lot of people who have bought a new tech product have ended up on the video-sharing site when looking for tutorials. There are thousands and thousands of these kinds of lessons to be found on YouTube, but there’s one problem – many of these educational tech videos are recorded in English and, of YouTube’s one billion unique monthly visitors, 80 percent come from outside the U.S.
While some may speak English, many YouTube visitors don’t speak it as their first language. Considering that three-quarters of customers prefer to purchase a product in their native language, that means an English-only YouTube presence could be costing tech companies business.
A Global Influence
Videos have already become central to decision-making. In an interview, Mike Miller, Google’s director of business and industrial marketing, explained that executives index very high on using video. “So if you’re a B2B marketer and you’re trying to reach the C-suite, video is a great way to go,” he commented.
Miller specifically cited “how-to” videos as being prevalent on YouTube. That’s the kind of multimedia... 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

Airline Pulls Off One Miracle of a Holiday Promotion in Must-See Video

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 9th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

This one will knock your stockings right off the mantle.
In an epic new holiday promo, Canadian airline WestJet asked passengers about their holiday wishlists as they boarded a plane - and then had those gifts delivered to the baggage carousel at the passengers' destination.
When was the last time you wanted to take to social media to share something this nice about an airline?
Kudos to all involved.
Read more, here.

Are You and Your Client on the Same Page About Data? Here Are 5 ways to Find Out.

Posted by Mike Caprio on November 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Global brands are getting more particular about data.  They are now looking to performance data from their global digital campaigns to answer questions and provide insights into how creative, media and overall messaging affect consumer behavior.
But we’ve also noticed that in Latin America, much of the rich data available to these brands is not captured by their agency partners – wasting an opportunity to drive performance, efficiency and knowledge from their digital media.
It’s not a new problem – North America, Europe and Asia used to operate the same way - but the stakes are higher now, and data has become the industry currency, informing the majority of business decisions.  If data is not reliable and consistent across regions, its value is limited.
Here are five questions to ask your client to be sure you’re on the same page when it comes to their digital data:
1. Are you okay with publishers self-reporting their performance numbers?  Is fraud a concern?
One of the benefits of serving your ads with an IAB- and MRC-accredited ad server is that your data is consistent and trustworthy.  When you use tracking pixels, there are many ways publishers can intentionally or unintentionally skew performance data.   When you’re using a... Read more