A few days ago the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it is closing down. The combined circuses have been operating in one form or another for 146 years.
There was a time when they and other circuses were a big deal, showing their audiences animals and acts from exotic places that they could only dream about. They had a great PR stunt of parading into the town where they were to next perform. Continue reading
Since May, 2016, I’ve been sending a daily marketing tip to hundreds of people who signed up. They seem to find them very useful — I get lots of comments and very few unsubscribes. Continue reading
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is known for sales, lines and crazy shoppers. Except at REI.
Last year recreational equipment retailer REI announced that they were closing all of their stores on Black Friday, giving employees a paid day off, and encouraging them and everyone to take the day to get outside and do something fun. They promoted it with the hashtag #OptOutside Continue reading
Brands market around many holidays, and Halloween is a leader. And it’s not just about selling hundreds of millions of miniature candy bars.
Of course each holiday has its own particular emotional resonance, and commercial opportunities. For Halloween the emotion that brands typically go with is “scary fun”. Continue reading
Twitter has announced that it’s phasing out its six-second video tool, Vine.
It’s not that Vine wasn’t popular. In 2015 Twitter announced that it was displaying 1.5 billion vine loops every day. But since Vine defaults to looping, the actual number of people watching may have been considerably lower. Continue reading
A critical early step in developing a content strategy and calendar is auditing your existing content. Typically organizations have way more content than they realize in the form of web pages, social media posts, white papers, blog posts, webinars, videos, and so forth. And much that they’re aware of may not be being used to its fullest; it’s estimated that 70-80% of content developed by marketing for sales is unused. Continue reading
SMS marketing, commonly known as text marketing, let’s you take advantage of the platform in your customer’s pocket and purse: their smartphone. Over 95% of texts are read. Can you claim that for your other marketing channels? (SMS means “Short Message Service”.) Continue reading
A couple weeks ago I wrote about creating customer personas. These are an important tool in understanding your customers and passing that understanding on to the marketing team.
Don’t create too many personas, though, if you’re just starting out: three to five personas will be plenty, if not too many.
Some people and companies are reluctant to build up their marketing programs because they think they won’t see results very quickly (or at all). Are they being asked to spend money for months without knowing if it’s making any difference? Continue reading
Social media can be a great opportunity for companies, but it is also a potential minefield. Many companies and individuals have found that even a single poorly thought out post or tweet can quickly go viral, causing major damage to their brand.