A roundup of this week’s best content marketing content for content marketers.
1. Discover Hidden Backlink Opportunities
This post from the Portent blog is a great how-to resource for discovering great backlink building or co-marketing opportunities hidden in your Google Analytics
2. Content Gap Analysis
Before you finalize your 2018 content plan, it’s crucial to do a content gap analysis first according to a recent post on Search Engine Journal. (Plus, we think our Content Marketing Platform is pretty handy tool for helping you do just that.)
See Also: How to Conduct a Content Audit
3. Podcasting’s ‘Super Listeners’
This post from the Knight Foundation could be a masterclass in persona research. The most engaged podcast listeners prefer their content to be asynchronous, mobile, and niche. And they’ll also tell you about it—super listeners are big boosters of the podcasts they love.
See Also: A Content Marketer’s Guide to Podcasting
4. Audience-Centric Content Strategy
The folks over at Moz recommend creating a content strategy that starts with customer pain points and your unique value proposition and then layers a keyword strategy over that framework
See Also: SEO Survival Guide
5. It’s Time for Creative to Retake Center Stage
This post from Marketing Land is specific to the advertising industry but has learnings for us content marketers as well. In a sea of digital noise, focus on creating highly relevant, highly useful experiences that are a pleasure for your audience. More isn’t necessarily better; better is better.
via Blogger Content Crush Nov. 17: SEO Strategies and the Revenge of the Creatives
Doesn't it feel like most people are falling a little too much in love with automation just because it's faster and easier?
Sure, automation can save you time and mitigate the grind associated with repetitive tasks. But does it produce better results?
Can a bot truly be effective at replacing human interaction?
We wanted to see the best way to build an engaged audience on Instagram, so we decided to test outbound automation against human engagement -- and see which one got better results.
What Do We Mean By Engaged Audience?
An engaged audience contains people who actually care about what you post.
What’s the point in running up a large follower count if the people on that list don’t engage with your content?
It’s easy to artificially inflate your follower numbers, which is impressive at a superficial glance -- but it doesn’t indicate that your content actually has any impact.
An engaged audience contains followers who like your posts, comment when you add something, and respond to your comments. It’s about creating a loyal following that opens up conversation and opportunity for all parties involved.
I teamed up with Fouad Tolaib, Founder of Jolted, to develop the framework for the experiment.
We had two initial hypotheses:
The experiment featured two identical profiles where I branded myself as a digital nomad. The first account, @liveworksee, had Instagram interactions come from a person:
The second account, @work_live_see, was automated.
Rules for the Instagram Experiment
After setting up two Instagram profiles, we set the following parameters around the experiment:
All of the results over 30 days were tracked by Minter.io.
The Human Profile (@liveworksee)
All outbound engagement was done by a human. We defined "human" by using organic engagement -- that means a real person commented on and liked other Instagram posts from this account.
The Automated Profile (@work_live_see)
All outbound engagement was controlled by Gramista’s automation software. We allowed it to log in on our behalf, set specific hashtags to target, applied restrictive filters, set the algorithm on ‘auto like,’ and gave permission for the bot to leave a certain amount of generic comments.
Thirty days later, we found some surprising results.
The average post engagement rate -- which we calculated by taking the sum of likes and comments, divided by the number of posts on a profile, then divided by followers -- on our organic engagement profile was nearly 3X higher.
That meant one thing:
The Loser: Bots. The Winner: Humans!
In addition to a significantly higher engagement, the organic engagement profile had over 2,000 more likes, and the number of comments was 41% higher.
The demographics of followers also skewed significantly. Female followers of the automated account were just 35.8%, compared to 47.8% on the organic engagement profile. At last check, Instagram users overall are predominantly female.
The number of private users that followed the organic engagement profile was also close to 3X more.
The top country of origin for followers on the automated profile was India (28%), followed by the United States (13%). For the human-run account, U.S. was first (22%), and Italy second (8%). On the organic profile, India was sixth, comprising 4% of followers.
We then looked at the number of popular, or influencer profiles. Minter.io defines "popular" or "influencer" according to a user's follower-to-following ratio. The more followers that user has, compared to the number of users they follow, the more influential they are per this metric.
Popular and influencer profiles comprised 30.95% of the organic engagement profile's followers, compared to 15.41% on the automated profile.
Interestingly, despite posting uniform content on each profile, the most engaged-with photos on each account were also different.
The most engaging photos on the human-run profile were:
And on the automated profile:
The best performing hashtags on the human-operated profile were #ilovetravel, #neverstopexploring, and #travelgoals, while the automated profile’s top three were #neverstopexploring, #digitalnomads, and #ilovetravel.
The only two hashtags to crack the organic profile’s top ten that didn’t make it on the automated results were #instatravel (just over 1,500 interactions) and #backpack (1,450).
Alternatively, #nomadlife (900 interactions) and #travellife (910 interactions) made the automated profile’s top ten hashtags, but not the human-run profile's.
The key point here: Automated software may not necessarily detect all hashtags generating a high number of interactions.
Scheduling Future Posts
Minter.io also determined, based on the organic profile’s data, that the best time of the week to post for engagement was Monday night and Tuesday evening.
An aggregate report from CoSchedule confirms that the best time to post is typically Monday mornings and evenings.
However, on the automated account, the greatest time for engagement was on Saturday afternoons.
1. Automation Leads to Less Engagement.
The end number of followers on the automated profile was 799, compared to 621 for the personally managed account. Automated tools will run up the follower count faster and get you off to a quicker start, but organic engagement creates a more engaged audience.
Generic comments and rapid liking does not create the same kind of human connection that followers actually crave. The organic profile generated a significantly larger amount of engagement with the average rate being nearly three times more.
2. Organic Engagement Has A Higher Content Reach Potential
For the organic profile, the potential reach of content (regramming, future partnerships, etc.) was also higher as we looked at the number of followers who were influencers or popular. Responding to each comment with a personal touch made for more engagement with private Instagram users as well.
3. Automation Connects More With Bots Than Humans.
We found the automated profile had more automated followers. Yes: bots following bots. In other words, these followers were either scheduling a large amount posts of posts, or leaving very generic messages.
That's likely due to a bot's inability to recognize the difference between generic comments and real responses. However, humans will naturally connect more with a thoughtful response and ignore a meaningless “awesome!” comment.
So, How Do I Build an Engaged Audience?
Have someone (yes, a real person) spend two-to-three hours per day per day on your Instagram profile completing tasks including:
From our observations, we believe tailoring your content to your target audience, engaging naturally and consistently with both followers and non-followers, and using targeted tags (up to 30) in your post’s first comment all contribute to an increased rate of post engagement.
Automation can supplement the speed of your growth, particularly in regards to follower count, but it should not be relied on as the only strategy for Instagram.
If you’re tight on time, a combination of automated and manual outbound engagement might work best.
However, when it comes to commenting on other people’s content, there’s no better alternative than a human responding with something specific. This has proved to be true in our case study and resulted in a higher conversion (non-follower to follower) ratio.
After all, this is social media - it’s about human connection and social sharing.
If we all just have bots running our profiles and interacting with each other, what’s the point of doing it at all?
via Blogger Should You Let a Bot Manage Your Instagram Account?
Social media is no longer an optional marketing channel -- it's a necessary one.
But that doesn't mean results are a given. When it comes to social media, you'll either have a lot of success interacting with your customers, or you'll see little results -- and that depends on the level of effort you put into it.
Few brands do social media really well, and those who do, see great things come from it. But for everyone who does social media well, there are hundreds of others seemingly spinning their social wheels with no tangible results.
For many, social media is simply a place to post links to content they've created in hopes that thousands will see it, click through, and share with their followers. So they have profiles on every network, and every network looks exactly the same; line after line of self-promotion.
This is not going to bring results. In fact, Facebook's algorithm now penalizes link-based content, and Instagram has made it all-but-impossible to share a link.
Half-heartedly sharing your content on social media is not social media marketing. It's spamming.
Social marketing is a lot of work, and it takes time listening and responding. After all, it's social, and anything social takes an investment of effort and skill.
To hone these skills, check out these resources that will help you develop the skills needed to be effective on social media. (You may want to bookmark this post so you can easily refer to it again later.)
How to Learn Social Media Marketing: 30 Free Resources
Blogs About Social Media
Social marketing is a science involving special communication skills. And the landscape changes constantly.
One of the best ways to develop your social media prowess and to stay up-to-date is to follow experts in the field. These blogs are always fresh with actionable information you can use to improve your marketing:
SME is both a strategic services agency and a blog with a bevy of social media and marketing experts. The SME blog is consistently considered one of the most insightful in the industry, and several of its authors have written popular books on several aspects of digital and social marketing.
2) Scott Monty
Monty is a marketing guru who covers a ton of subjects. However, his social media articles are always eye-opening. If you haven't heard of him yet, check out his "this week in digital" posts -- these will keep you up-to-date with all the news on social, and every other aspect of digital marketing as well.
Not to be confused with Social Media Explorer, the Examiner is one of the top blogs in the world for social media. Its social media reports are filled with all the important data social marketers want, and the blog posts are filled with valuable tips, as well. If I had to pick just one social media blog to follow, this is the one I would choose.
Right here on the HubSpot Marketing Blog, you can find breaking news and actionable how-to guides on every social network there is.
Ebooks About Social Media
These ebooks will provide deeper information on specific networks and topics.
This step-by-step guide explains the reasons to create a business Instagram account and how to execute on Instagram to drive results.
If you're building a company page for the first time, or trying to upgrade your page, this guide will show you exactly how to do everything from crafting an engaging company description to creating an eye-catching banner image.
This multi-page ebook will show you how to use Facebook to drive real business results for your organization.
HubSpot partnered with the experts at Twitter to provide actionable tips for social media managers starting new accounts to build a following, and fast.
Last, but definitely not least, is this amazing guide from Moz. The 12 chapters in this book are filled with valuable information that every marketer absolutely needs to know. Bookmark this guide, you'll refer to it more than once.
Videos About Social Media
Videos are my second favorite medium to learn, behind books. Being able to glean from the brightest minds on any subject as if you're face-to-face is powerful. These videos will give you valuable insights, just how to do social media, but you'll get insights into the why and what as well.
You can't talk about social media without talking about the speaker, author, and social expert Gary Vaynerchuk. On the Gary Vee Show, he takes questions from his audience and answers them as only he can. If you have a burning question on social media marketing, send it to him.
If you aren't in love with TED, you might want to check your pulse. This is a playlist of videos from TED Talks on social media. There may not be that much actionable advice in these videos, but if you want to become an expert on social media, these videos will give you insight into the deeper subject like "the hidden influence of social networks."
If you're really new to social media, and you want to learn through a structured lesson experience, consider Lynda's massive library on social marketing classes.
Podcasts on Social Media
If you like to learn while you chill, work out, or commute to and from work, podcasts are one of the best ways to do it. And these podcasts will help you develop your social media expertise.
Michael Stelzner, from Social Media Examiner, brings you success stories and expert interviews from leading social media marketing pros.
Rather than deep dives, the SME Show gives you small, bite-sized content for social media every day. This is a great podcast to get actionable quick-tips on a daily basis. It'll keep you motivated while you develop your skills.
If you like to stay up-to-date on digital tools, apps, and software for social media marketing, this is the podcast for you.
Every episode of the Social Pros Podcast shines the light on real pros doing real work for real companies. You'll get insights from Jay Baer of Convince and Convert when you tune in.
Slideshows and Infographics About Social Media
If you're a visual learner, these slide decks and infographics provide great ways to learn social media.
This SlideShare walks you through the channels and tools you'll need to be most effective at B2B social media marketing. Sometimes, success can be found by using the right tools and channels for the right audience.
Timing is very important when it comes to social media. Post it the wrong time, and your update can go completely unnoticed because of the flood of updates in your audience's feeds. Being able to master the timing of social media is critical to effective marketing.
This slideshow is from the folks at Content Marketing Institute. This deck shows the proper methods for promoting your content over social media. This is a must-read for any social marketer who wants to use those channels to promote content.
Again, timing is everything. This infographic lays out the best and worst times to post on each major network. You should save this infographic for referencing when you schedule your social media posts.
Books About Social Media
Books are my favorite way to learn. Many experts agree that if you read a book a week, on your area of expertise, for 5 years, you will have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on the subject. That may or may not be true, but reading books from the experts definitely doesn't make you a worse marketer. Here are some books to get you started.
This book covers the specific application of social marketing to B2B companies, to leverage social media to drive leads and revenue.
You've got to read this book by the legendary former Chief Evangelist of Apple, Guy Kawasaki. He's one of the pioneers of social and content marketing, and this book is filled with expert advice from one of the best.
This book is supposed to be for busy marketers who need to get the basics of Twitter down quickly. It shows you how to connect and start creating meaningful connections in less than two hours.
Facebook is one of the most effective advertising and PPC platforms available. You can target a plethora of metrics, allowing you to drill down and advertise to a very specific audience. This book will show you how to optimize your Facebook ads.
Gary Vaynerchuk gives insight into how he uses a conversational, reactionary approach to engaging his audience. He gives concrete, visual examples of great social marketing, as well as not-so-great ones.
David Meerman Scott's book on digital marketing is an international bestseller, and worth every penny. Some argue that it should be required reading for any marketer -- and in this marketer's opinion, "Just read it."
Dave Kerpen claims the secret to viral social marketing is to be likable. When someone likes you, they'll recommend you. But being likable on social networks is easier said than done. This book will help you crack that code.
One of my mentors taught me to read children's books on a subject if I just couldn't grasp a concept. That principle gave way to movements like "Explain It Like I'm 5." And, sometimes you just need it broken down like you're, well, less than an expert on the topic, to put it gently. If that's you, this book is valuable. Go ahead and buy it -- we won't call you dummy.
This book by Jonah Berger provides a strong foundation to understand how content goes viral -- and how to create ideas on social media that are so catchy, your audience won't be able to help but click them.
The Secret to Social Media Success
No matter how many social networks you set out to master, or how long you work in the social marketing field, there is one secret that will ensure you're successful: Never stop learning.
This list is massive, I know, and there's no way to consume all these resources in the next week. But if you set yourself to learning every day, every week, every month, every year, you'll eventually be the one writing the books that help others learn social marketing.
It all begins with learning.
10 Things I've Learned About Social Media:
via Blogger How to Learn Social Media Marketing: 30 Resources for Beginners
Marketers are just as in love with the permanent distraction machine—the Internet—as anyone else. (Probably more.) The availability of webinars, virtual events, social media discussions, Slack, and Google Hangouts is terrific. But when we step away from our screens, we still gain a lot of value from good old-fashioned in-person interactions at an event. As attendees, we get to build our networks, learn about our peers’ innovations, and find great new solutions to bring back to our organizations. As sponsors, meeting prospects and customers face-to-face is invaluable for creating strong relationships. And everyone gets a chance to have a little fun while they’re at it! That said, we’re still very cautious about where we allocate our time for in-person content marketing conferences.
To help decide, we’ve created a list of content marketing conferences and events featuring the date, location, estimated number of attendees, conference owner and broad category each falls in. These are all important factors for assessing the value of an event, so it’ll be an invaluable resource as you plan your conference schedule for 2018. This list was updated as of November 16, 2017.
When available, we’ve included where to keep track of the event on Twitter, even if you aren’t able to attend.
You might also be looking to write previews or recaps about these events. Be sure to download Curata’s editorial calendar template to align all content with your upcoming schedule.
If you think we’ve missed an event, or if you’d like to add insight into your experience with one of these events, please do so below in the comments section. All dates are in the format: month/day/year.
Are you unable to attend one of these content marketing conferences, but still looking for content marketing advice? Download Curata’s free eBook The Content Marketing Pyramid. It features a comprehensive framework to help develop and execute an effective content marketing strategy.
via Blogger Content Marketing Conferences: The Ultimate List
And these numbers continue to grow exponentially with the increase in new online sites all competing for the same precious site visits especially when the benefits of organic traffic has become more and more of common knowledge for online marketing.
In turn, content marketing in the form of blogging has become the norm for driving organic, inbound traffic.
Want better search engine optimization? More organic traffic?
Blogging is what most people will recommend. But it’s steadily become one of the most saturated marketing tactics you can use.
How can you expect to compete with thousands of other sites who have already been blogging for years?
It's a real challenge. Especially when they’re writing longer, higher-quality posts with more backlinks and higher rankings.
Thankfully, there's an alternative emerging.
Right now, content creation is moving towards video-based mediums. Even for landing pages, videos have shown to convert better than text. So why isn't every single business abandoning their blog in favor of a video first strategy?
The biggest barrier? Videos have a reputation as an inaccessible marketing tactic, especially for businesses on the smaller side. And while it is partly true that videos are usually more time-consuming and more expensive to create than text-based content, smaller businesses can still have success investing in the tactic.
You Need Video
Video is dominating online traffic. In fact, it’s predicted to take over the internet in the next few years. Cisco estimates that video traffic will account for 82% of all global internet traffic by 2021.
The majority of internet traffic is already video based. And that number is only going to increase. Why? People haven't stopped reading text-based content, but it's getting harder to capture and keep their attention.
55% of all pageviews online get less than 15 seconds of attention. Even in an old 2008 study from Nielsen Norman Group, we were seeing the beginning of this trend. That study found that visitors on average only read 20% of a given page online. Meaning 80% of the text and content on your page isn’t even being seen or read by real people.
In a recent study, CoSchedule analyzed their blog pages with heat and scroll maps to detect how people interacted with their page. They found that most readers only read the top 20-30% of their content.
The scariest finding? Only 10% of users who landed on a given post read to the bottom.
People want information immediately.
They don’t always want to read a 5,000-word blog post to get their information. They don’t want to read a long-form sales page to know how the product will improve their lives.
This trend is becoming more apparent in digital marketing as more and more companies are focused on implementing video-based content distribution:
YouTube and Facebook Video are slowly taking over the content scene online.
As blogging becomes more saturated and user behavior shifts towards video-based traffic, it’s no wonder why these platforms are gaining traction.
Currently, Facebook has over two billion monthly active users, and YouTube is just behind it at 1.5 billion monthly users.
Currently, YouTube boasts nearly two billion monthly users who watch more than an hour of video content daily, on average. Facebook video posts aren’t far behind, either. The total amount of videos on Facebook has increased by 94% annually from 2014 to 2015. In November of 2015, Facebook hit over 8 billion daily video views, doubling the video traffic in less than a year.
The savvy brands who have jumped on this trend are already seeing the benefits of early adoption.
For example, 3D printer ecommerce brand Robo took advantage of this trend and generated $4.7 million in revenue running video ads on Youtube and Facebook.
Video-based content is the present and the future (as we know it). It’s gaining steam, and it’s only poised to gain even more traction as the years progress.
Video content is going to be necessary when it comes to driving more traffic and sales.
The Key Elements of a High-Converting Video
Not all video content converts. You can’t just throw up a random video on your landing page and expect it to increase conversions.
Here we’re going to look at a few of the most important elements of a converting video and companies have used them to drive more sales.
Keep it short and sweet.
This is perhaps the most important element in driving conversions with video-based content. As we went over earlier, studies are showing that people are growing more impatient when it comes to online content.
Very few people want to read a 20-minute blog post anymore.
We are reading less than ever before because it’s too time-consuming. We all want answers now. ASAP. Yesterday.
And to keep up with that, we can’t simply replace a blog post or a long-form landing page with a 10-minute video. Nobody will stick around to watch the whole thing.
According to a 2016 study by Wistia, as video length increases, you see big drops in engagement levels.
One to two minutes is shown to be the golden rule of online video content according to this Wistia study. They analyzed 564,710 videos and more than 1.3 billion video views to compile this data.
When you look closely at the graph, you can see that there is a sharp drop-off after two minutes in length:
The longer you take to get to the point, the fewer people will stick around. But, if your video strategy needs to be long-form, don’t sweat it.
The second sweet spot that Wistia identified was 6-12 minutes:
According to their research, if someone stays past six minutes, they more than likely will continue that engagement for a few more minutes.
Anything more than that and you aren’t going to see optimal results.
The best bet is to keep your video content within the 1-2 minute mark if you want to maximize your impact. An example of effective short landing page video is BuildFire’s home page explainer video:
“Our current homepage conversion rate for signups is around 22%. It wouldn’t be that high without the explainer video.” - Ian Blain, Co-founder and CMO of BuildFire
They use a promo-style video explainer that lasts for 1:15 and sums up the business and value proposition. And they get straight to the point. They keep it short and sweet by explaining how users can benefit from their product.
Want to create a video that converts at a high rate? Follow the data. Keep your videos between the 1-2 minute mark for better conversion rates.
Optimize your video size and placement.
Everything makes a difference when it comes to video content. You can’t slap together a video and assume that conversions will roll in.
Even the video size, placement, and dimensions can have a big role in conversion rates.
And when it comes to your landing pages, you need to do anything you can to increase conversions. Your business depends on it.
Wistia conducted a study where they crawled 95,000 different pages to understand how size impacts conversion rates on landing pages. To start, they divided the typical landing page into seven distinct zones:
As you can expect, video content got more plays when it was higher in zones, or above the fold:
If you want more conversions, make sure to keep your video content in zones 1-3. That means above the fold or just before your page starts to get too long. For example, check out where BuildFire places their video content, in zone 3:
This helps to warm up visitors with basic introductory content on your landing page without overwhelming them. If you jump straight into a video without context, you might risk lower conversions.
Warm up your visits with a snappy headline and then get into the video content.
But that’s not all. Video height and width are big factors in play rates and conversions. According to Wistia, videos with a width of 401 to 600 pixels are going to be best for driving more plays:
On top of that, the optimal video height is 301 to 450 pixels:
These are common dimensions that are great for producing video that doesn’t dominate your screen or appear too small to click.
Optimization is key to getting more plays. If you can get more plays, you have a great shot at getting higher conversion rates. To sum it all up, focus on these elements:
How to produce a promo video with a limited budget.
Now that you know the key elements in a converting video, it’s time to create one on your own with a limited budget.
Keeping conversions in mind, you’ve got to create a short and sweet video. Here’s how to produce a promo video with a limited budget that is sure to convert.
1) Develop a compelling script.
The first step in producing any great promo video for cheap is coming up with your own script. Most marketers will hire a company right out of the gate to develop a video script, but to save money, you can complete this step within your own team.
You need a video script that resonates with your audience. Thankfully, you can often come up with a script based on your existing landing page.
For example, look at how BuildFire structures their landing page.
First, they use a compelling headline to generate some initial interest.
Next, they use social proof to back up their claims:
Now they show you exactly how any user can use their service for success:
Then they tease it even further with specific features and benefits:
The entire landing page flows like a pre-written script, because it is. The keys to your first video are already hiding within your landing page.
To break it down, here are some of the key factors to include in your script:
2) Find the right style for your target market.
Next up, you need to figure out what style of video is best for your target market. For example, a video on a landing page for a GoPro is going to be vastly different from a SaaS product, right?
The GoPro video will show the product in use in real time, showing actual footage, rather than animated clips. The SaaS product video will likely show the application in use and animated shorts to add style and appeal to the video.
The key here is to understand your market and what they want to see. To get started, conduct some basic competitor research, or search for the top companies in your niche. For example, if you have a mobile app, you can search for the top applications of 2017:
Locate a few of them on the list and head to their site to scout the landing page for video-based content. You should easily be able to locate their product promo videos to see what content they feature:
You can even copy their script style and video type.
The goal here is to get familiar with the most popular companies in your niche to create video that performs just as good if not better than theirs. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to get the video produced.
3) Produce it for cheap to minimize risk.
Creating compelling video content isn’t cheap. Agencies can cost thousands of dollars to produce a single video for your business. And when it comes to getting conversions, you need specificity.
But not when it comes at the risk of bankrupting your budget on a failing video. Minimizing risk is key when introducing a new medium to your landing pages or content marketing plan.
You can’t afford to invest thousands of dollars in something that doesn’t work. The goal here is to identify ways to produce it for cheap, allowing you to test the waters before diving in head first.
A great place to start is by heading to a freelance service like Fiverr, depending on your needs. If you need an animated-style video short for your landing page, Fiverr is your best bet for getting it done on a budget.
You can quickly find great video animators and production specialists for minimal amounts of money. Even five dollars can get you a well-done promo video.
If you can’t find a good production specialist on Fiverr, try locating one on UpWork. You can also post a job listing to have qualified freelancers apply to your job. If you prefer to make your own animated video, you can easily do that using Biteable.
It’s a free software online that allows you to create amazing animated promo videos and product explainers. They have tons of pre-crafted animation slides that you can drag and drop to create a fantastic promo video for your business.
If you have an animation-focused product that is online based, Biteable is a great starting place.
Video content doesn't have to be expensive.
As blogging becomes more saturated and the market gets crowded, marketers will find new ways to reach customers. It’s not always easy moving your budget into new mediums. Especially costly ones like video marketing.
But in this case, it’s necessary.
via Blogger How to Create a Professional Promo Video on a Shoestring Budget
Is there someone (or hopefully, several someones) at your company who it seems like everyone wants to work with?
Maybe they always get pulled into brainstorms, or maybe your team's leaders consult with them. Or maybe it just seems like everyone on your team just really, really likes them.
It might be because they're the nicest person in the world, or it might be because they have a finely-honed set of soft skills.
What exactly are soft skills, and why are they so important to growing your career? Keep reading to find out.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are the combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and personality traits that make it easy to get along and work harmoniously with other people.
Soft skills can be taught, but they're not as straightforward as hard skills: those specific qualities and skills that can be clearly defined, measured, and taught for success in a job.
Hard skills can be quantified and advanced. You can learn advanced mathematics or writing skills, and you can get better at shipping code.
But when it comes to soft skills -- things like small talk, empathy, and flexibility -- it's not as straightforward.
That doesn't mean soft skills aren't worth investing in -- and practicing. You need hard skills to land a job, but you need soft skills to progress in your career. So we've rounded up a list of the soft skills most critical to building a successful career -- and how you can brush up on them.
7 Soft Skills You Need to Achieve Career Growth
1) Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is often referred to as the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. It's made up of five key elements:
You can read more about the specifics of the attributes of emotional intelligence in this blog post if you want to learn more, but in the context of the workplace, emotional intelligence boils to a few key abilities:
It might not sound like the most important skill for job growth and success, but in some cases, it is. In an analysis of new employees who didn't meet expectations during the first 18 months on the job, 23% failed due to low emotional intelligence. (Take this quiz to rate your emotional intelligence and identify areas where you can improve.)
2) Team Player Attitude
The ability to play well with others is a soft skill you've been working on -- unknowingly -- since your first day of pre-school or daycare. You might not have known it when you were fighting over blocks or figuring out the rules of a made-up game, but you were actually preparing for a lifetime of workplace collaboration.
Whether you're an individual contributor or a people manager, you have to work with other people -- in meetings, in brainstorms, and on various cross-functional projects within your company. A positive, can-do attitude when it comes to working with others is essential to team harmony, which means you need to be able to run an effective and inclusive meeting, be open to new ideas, and work respectfully with others.
3) Growth Mindset
In any job, no matter what the role, you'll encounter roadblocks, disappointments, and other situations that might frustrate you. A soft skill that's critical to your ability to persevere is having a growth mindset -- a term psychologist Carol Dweck coined to refer to a frame of thinking that reflects viewing your abilities, talents, and intelligence as skills you can grow and improve upon.
Someone with a growth mindset might look at a failure to meet a quarterly goal as an opportunity to identify their strengths and weaknesses to tackle the next quarter's goal. A person with a fixed mindset, however, might say to themselves, "I'm not good at blogging," and let that negative outlook -- without any belief in the capability of improvement -- impact their next quarter's success, too.
Watch Dweck's TED Talk to learn more about the growth mindset here -- and try to find places in your daily correspondence or reflections where you can reframe your outlook by viewing a challenge or setback as a way you can grow.
4) Openness to Feedback
This is part of emotional intelligence, but especially when it comes to the workplace, being open and able to receive development feedback is critical to success at a job -- especially a new job.
Think about it: Constructive feedback helps you do the best job you can, and if you take it personally or react defensively, you aren't able to hear the feedback and adapt it to your current strategy.
The key to giving and receiving feedback is to come into the conversation from a place of kindness: You aren't receiving constructive feedback because that person hates you personally, it's because they want you to be the best you can be. You should be chomping at the bit to receive feedback that can help you more effectively hit your goals.
If you don't feel comfortable with feedback yet, try immersion therapy -- make feedback a part of your daily to-do list. Ask for feedback from more people you work with to get immediate help honing your skill set -- and to help make it easier to take.
No matter what your role, and no matter what your industry, the ability to adapt to change -- and a positive attitude about change -- go a long way toward growing a successful career.
Whether it's a seat shuffle or a huge company pivot, nobody likes a complainer. It's important not only to accept change as a fact of life in the constantly-evolving business world, but as an opportunity to try out new strategies for thriving in environments of change (remember the growth mindset?).
If you don't feel comfortable with frequent changes, either on your team or at your company, write down your feelings and reactions, instead of immediately voicing them. By laying out how you feel and why you feel a certain way, you'll be able to distinguish legitimate concerns from complaints that might not need to be discussed with your team.
6) Active Listening
You probably can tell the difference between when someone is hearing words you're saying and when they're actively listening to what you're saying. If someone is typing while you're presenting at a meeting, or they're giving you that slack-jawed look, they probably aren't really hearing what you're saying.
Active listeners, meanwhile, pay close attention to meeting presenters, offer up clarifying questions or responses, and refer back to notes in future discussions. They don't need things repeated to them because they heard them the first time -- making active listeners not only respectful colleagues, but more effective workers, too.
If you think you could stand to improve your active listening skills, challenge yourself not to look at your various devices during meetings -- instead to focus completely on speakers, and take notes by hand if needed (which is proven to help with memory retention).
7) Work Ethic
You can't succeed in a role without being willing to put in the time, effort, and elbow grease to hit your goals, and company leaders and hiring managers are looking for people who will put in the extra legwork to succeed without being asked.
If you want to get a new job or get promoted, it's essential that you hone your work ethic -- so quit bellyaching and put in the extra time you need to succeed. Or, if excelling means learning new skills or tools, dedicate time to learning those outside of work hours so you can make your time in the office as effectively as possible.
What weaves all of these soft skills together is a positive attitude. It might sound cheesy, but believing that there's a positive outcome in any and all challenging situations will help you navigate the day-to-day of your job while making other people really want to work with you. These soft skills are harder to teach, but the payoff might be even bigger, so make sure you're investing time and effort into auditing and improving your soft skill set.
via Blogger 7 Soft Skills You Need to Achieve Career Growth
Have you noticed that certain brands seem to have just popped up out of nowhere and become overnight successes?
I always wondered how that was possible.
Is it just a matter of having one genius idea that no one else ever thought about? Or is it that these hugely successful companies are started by billionaires who have the money and contacts to create something that the rest of us could only dream of?
As it turns out, the answer to both of those questions is, "No." All we really need is a bit of creativity.
The SlideShare below takes a look at some "overnight" success stories, to see what some brands did to scale their growth in such a short amount of time -- as well as what we can learn from them.
What Is Brand Awareness?
Brand Awareness is the level of familiarity that consumers have with a particular brand -- its name, characteristics, logo, and anything else that might be strongly associated with it, as well as its goods and services. It's especially important during a brand's earliest days of formation and growth, as it can indicate and predict market share and differentiation from competitors.
How to Build Brand Awareness: 8 Examples
Uniqlo is a Japanese company that ensures it provides casual clothes for all kinds of people.
Idea: Partner with Other Brands
Uniqlo sponsors free admission to New York's Museum of Modern Art every Friday from 4 PM - 8 PM. That gets its name in front of a brand new audience that it may never otherwise have reached before, and generates positive word of mouth from people who get to enjoy the museum compliments of the clothing company.
Partnering with another brand will help you inherit its image and reputation, as well as creating brand evangelists outside of your customer base.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily with others.
Idea: Refer a Friend
Dropbox made it really easy for users to refer Dropbox to their friends by having sharing options for email, social, as well as a link to share via any other method the user preferred. Users did this to get more space, which Dropbox offered for every referred sign up. This helped Dropbox increase its signups by 60%.
Consider how your product can help promote itself. The Dropbox product created a heap of referral signups because people wanted to get more space. What would your users want in return for referrals?
Evernote is a tool for note-taking and collaboration.
Idea: Launch as a Closed Beta
Evernote initially launched as a closed beta, which lasted for four months. During this time, people had to sign up and send invitations to their networks in order to actually use the service. This created a lot of buzz around Evernote.
By the end of the four months of the closed beta, Evernote had attracted 125,000 sign-ups.
Exclusivity creates buzz. Plus, mandatory sharing to access a really valuable product will spread the word without costing you a penny.
Buffer is a social media publishing tool.
Idea: Guest Blogging
By writing 150 guest posts, Buffer grew from zero to 100,000+ users in nine months.
It had to start on smaller sites and work its way up to the most popular in its industry -- but Buffer got its name everywhere by creating really valuable content, even though it wasn’t on its own site. In the end, content marketing accounted for over 70% of its daily signups.
Be everywhere in your niche. Providing valuable content on other sites outside of your own will build an engaged audience. Once they know, like, and trust you, you can then market your product or service to them.
KISSMetrics is a web analytics solution that helps increase customer acquisition and retention rates.
Idea: Create Infographics
Creating 47 infographics earned KISSmetrics 2,512,596 visitors, 41,142 backlinks, and 3,741 unique referring domains. The brand credits infographics as one of the main reasons it grew its blog from zero to 350,000 readers a month, in 24 months.
Experiment with the right formats for your audience. Infographics worked well for KISSmetrics, but something else may work for your brand.
Qualaroo is a pop-up survey service used by websites to help improve user experience.
Idea: Conversion Optimization
In its earlier days, unless a customer upgraded to a paid account, every website built on the Qualaroo platform contained featured text reading, "Powered by Qualaroo [?]". The question mark was clickable, and lead to a signup page for a free trial of the product.
Use your freemium product in clever ways to get your brand name in front of people, and leverage it for marketing real estate.
Yelp is a user review and recommendations site for restaurants, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, and more.
Idea: Make it Social
Yelp added a human element to the reviewer experience by building a profile behind each one -- which made reviews more trustworthy, and reviewers feel like they were becoming part of a community. Plus, it was an opportunity for them to use Yelp as a reputation-building site. Members could interact with each other by becoming friends, chatting online, or meeting at offline events. Yelp has since accumulated over 142 million reviews.
Make your user experience human and personal. Build communities that enable your customers to communicate with each other, allowing them to learn from their experiences and interact over a shared interest.
Upworthy is a website with curated, viral content.
Idea: Test Headlines
At Upworthy, the curators need to come up with 25 headlines for every piece of content. They then select their favorite four, and the managing editor selects two, which are rigorously tested. Upworthy saw nine million monthly unique visitors in just nine months.
Coming up with an attention-grabbing headline for your content can help maximize the reach of your content and your brand.
As you can see, there are various ways to grow brand awareness in a timely way. Remember that new trends are always emerging, which is why continuing education for you and your team is critical to success. There are various ways to train your team, including our free Inbound Course and Certification program.
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Ready or not, the holidays are right around the corner. And that means it's time for email marketers to start planning one of their biggest email campaigns of the year.
To help you prep for all the holiday madness to come, the team at EmailMonks asked a group of seasoned email experts and industry insiders to share their insights on Holiday Email Marketing Tips and Trends for 2017.
Check out their advice for holiday email trends below, and get inspired to tackle your company's holiday campaign with style.
The Top 8 Holiday Email Marketing Tips of 2017
1) Start planning way before you think you should.
According to the State of Email Production Report, a mere 20% marketers plan for the peak email season more than 3 months in advance. You’d ask, is it really necessary to start planning for the holidays so early? Well -- yes.
Planning well in advance goes a long way, giving you enough time to ensure your email really stands out. "Do get started on your holiday email marketing strategy and planning early," advises Christopher Donald, the President of Operations & Managing Partner at InboxArmy. "Create planning, creative, production, and deployment calendars to better execute your campaigns. Don't wait until the last minute to decide what to do."
2) Focus on the customer, not an aggressive sales agenda.
Marketers send more emails than usual during the holiday season, but it's important to remember that there’s a real person at the other end of your email communication. The holidays are a busy, hectic time for everyone (not just marketers!) and they probably won't appreciate having their inbox flooded with hard-sell emails. Respect their time, and adopt a helpful, customer-centric approach.
Kara Trivunovic, VP/GM Client Services, Global Industry Evangelist at Epsilon, believes you need to find out what the subscriber expects from you during the holidays rather than driving your agenda of selling.
It’s the holiday season, after all, you can’t just pen down some sales oriented copy and call it a day. Tap into your subscribers’ emotions, and focus the copy on how you can help them spread joy through the gifts they can buy from you. Even a simple holiday greeting can go a long way in building trust with your customers.
This email from Mutual of Omaha is just about warm wishes.
3) Interactivity and fallback go hand in hand.
Visual, interactive elements like GIFs, cinemagraphs, and gamification will add interest and flair to your holiday messages this year. Interactivity in emails is an engagement tactic that will help to drive attention and generate excitement during this holiday season, according to EmailMonks Director Jaymin Bhuptani.
Innovate content with the help of a drop-down Menu, Accordion, Slider, Flip Effect or maybe gamification in your email. However, with limited email client compatibility, it is essential that you provide fallback support, says Lauren Gentile, VP Creative, Digital solutions at Epsilon. And yes, test, test, and test some more before you send out the emails.
Check out this fun gamification email by Taco Bell:
4) Segment and rule.
According to a Mailjet study, 27% subscribers over 55 years of age believe that the emails they receive are targeted towards millennials. Segmenting your lists to ensure the content appeals to the recipient is essential all year long, but it becomes even more important during the holidays, when emotions run high.
If you’ve been keeping track of information like what your subscribers browse for on your website and what they’ve purchased from you, segmenting will not seem like a Herculean task. The better you know your subscribers’ preferences the better you can segment them and send targeted emails during the holidays, which will ultimately lead to better, more qualified conversions.
"Data is obviously key all year round, but when it comes to the holiday season, focusing your efforts on key customer groups could be more fruitful and a better use of resources," explains Tink Taylor, the Founder & President of Dotmailer.
5) Get personal.
According to Shanon Strahl, Senior Digital Marketing Leader at Shaw + Scott, personalization will play a pivotal role in the success of your email campaign this holiday season. Dynamic content created on the basis of subscribers’ likes and needs is bound to create a great impression of your brand in the minds of the subscriber and also generate a better ROI for you.
Check out this awesome personalized email from Lyft.
Customize your offers and deals according to the behavioral data you have at hand, or if you don’t have any, ask them what they like or what they would like to see in your holiday emails.
Update the content of your triggered emails. What if someone is signing up to receive your emails around the holiday season? You wouldn’t want to send them your regular welcome template, would you? Don’t let your new subscriber miss out on the holiday fever and holiday-specific promotions.
6) Take the responsive route (it’s not just an ‘option’ anymore!).
Imagine a subscriber opens your email on a smartphone or iPad and sees a broken design. This is certainly not the user experience you are wanting to provide, especially not during the peak holiday season! What if the subscriber unsubscribes?
Dennis Dayman, Chief Privacy Officer at ReturnPath, is of the opinion that since 54% emails are now opened on mobile devices, there’s no option but to create a responsive design. If you've never designed a responsive email before and don't have a developer at your disposal, these tips can help you keep it streamlined and simple:
7) Get real with real-time content.
The use of real-time content is increasing, powered by the robust technology to support its integration into emails. "Real-time content can let your emails reflect changes in inventory, among other benefits, which is a major concern for holiday shopping," explains Ryan Phelan, Vice President, Marketing Insights at Adestra. "Having more control over the message means we can make email a more realistic experience instead of the moment-in-time experience it is now."
Adding a dynamic countdown timer is a great way to create urgency in emails, and there’s no better time to use them than the holidays. Use a timer to promote your sales, shipping deadlines, etc.
Take a look at this countdown timer in Joybird's email. Doesn’t it create urgency?
8) Break the boundaries of email and go social.
Your subscribers are looking for gifts for their loved ones (and maybe even themselves too!). But as any holiday shopper knows, you need to browse around for the perfect gift. Offer your subscribers multiple ways to connect and stay in touch, reminding them of your product at every stage of the shopping season.
"Combine social media with email marketing and you're onto a winner! However, don't hijack any trending hashtags without robust prior planning and outcome analysis," advises Sam Hurley, Founder, OPTIM-EYEZ.
This email from Pandora Plus has the social buttons in place so that subscribers, if interested, can connect with them on the platform of their choice.
via Blogger Experts Share Their Top 8 Holiday Email Marketing Tips for 2017
I’ve always been a little leery of proclaiming anything "the best." I never declared anyone my best friend as a kid because I was afraid my other friends might assume I thought less of them.
So it was a little difficult for me to come up with just one "best" marketing campaign of all time -- which is why there are 14 in this post instead.
Why are these marketing campaigns some of the best of all time?
Because of the impact they had on the growth of the brand, and because they manage to hit on some universal truth that allows us to remember these campaigns years after they first began. In fact, some of us might not have even been alive when these campaigns first aired.
But first ...
What Is a Marketing Campaign?
A marketing campaign is a variety of content assets centralized around one message. They often use many different marketing channels to get this idea across. The timing of these campaigns are also very clearly defined.
And now, without further do, here they are, in no particular order (but feel free to let us know which one is your favorite in the comments): 14 of the best marketing campaigns of all time, and the lessons we can learn from them.
14 of the Best Ad & Marketing Campaigns (And What Made Them Successful)
1) Nike: Just Do It.
Did you know that, once upon a time, Nike's product catered almost exclusively to marathon runners? Then, a fitness craze emerged -- and the folks in Nike's marketing department knew they needed to take advantage of it to surpass their main competitor, Reebok. (At the time, Reebok was selling more shoes than Nike). And so, in the late 1980s, Nike created the "Just Do It." campaign.
It was a hit.
In 1988, Nike sales were at $800 million; by 1998, sales exceeded $9.2 billion. "Just Do It." was short and sweet, yet encapsulated everything people felt when they were exercising -- and people still feel that feeling today. Don’t want to run five miles? Just Do It. Don’t want walk up four flights of stairs? Just Do It. It's a slogan we can all relate to: the drive to push ourselves beyond our limits.
So when you're trying to decide the best way to present your brand, ask yourself: What problem are you solving for your customers? What solution does your product or service provide? By hitting on that core issue in all of your marketing messaging, you'll connect with consumers on an emotional level that is hard to ignore.
2) Absolut Vodka: The Absolut Bottle
Source: Burning Through Journey Blog
Despite having no distinct shape, Absolut made its bottle the most recognizable bottle in the world. Its campaign, which featured print ads showing bottles "in the wild," was so successful that they didn’t stop running it for 25 years. It's the longest uninterrupted ad campaign ever and comprises over 1,500 separate ads. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
So what’s a marketer's lesson here? No matter how boring your product looks, it doesn’t mean you can’t tell your story in an interesting way. Let me repeat: Absolut created 1500 ads of one bottle. Be determined and differentiate your product in the same way.
3) Miller Lite: Great Taste, Less Filling
Source: BuildingPharmaBrands blog
Think it's easy to create a whole new market for your product? The Miller Brewing Company (now MillerCoors) did just that with the light beer market -- and dominated it. The goal of the "Great Taste, Less Filling" campaign was getting "real men" to drink light beer, but they were battling the common misconception that light beer can never actually taste good. Taking the debate head-on, Miller featured masculine models drinking their light beer and declaring it great tasting.
For decades after this campaign aired, Miller Lite dominated the light beer market it had essentially created. What’s the lesson marketers can learn? Strive to be different. If people tell you there isn’t room for a product, create your own category so you can quickly become the leader.
4) Volkswagen: Think Small
Source: design shack
Many marketing and advertising professionals like to call Volkswagen's "Think Small" campaign the gold standard. Created in 1960 by a legendary advertising group at Doyle Dane & Bernbach (DDB), the campaign set out to answer one question: How do you change peoples' perceptions not only about a product, but also about an entire group of people?
See, Americans always had a propensity to buy big American cars -- and even 15 years after WWII ended, most Americans were still not buying small German cars. So what did this Volkswagen advertisement do? It played right into the audience’s expectations. You think I’m small? Yeah, I am. They never tried to be something they were not.
That's the most important takeaway from this campaign: Don’t try to sell your company, product, or service as something it’s not. Consumers recognize and appreciate honesty.
5) Dos Equis: The Most Interesting Man in the World
Source: The Open Field
You know who he is. He smokes Cuban cigars, is always surrounded by beautiful women, and -- most importantly -- he drinks Dos Equis beer.
A key component of a strong campaign for an indulgent vice -- like beer, desserts, or luxury items -- is to make it cool. And when it comes to The Most Interesting Man in the World, he's one of the coolest commercial guys there is.
And at the end of every commercial, he says: "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty my friends."
The hilarious hyperbole employed in this campaign makes it memorable the next time viewers head out to buy some beer. And even though Dos Equis recently replaced The Most Interesting Man with a new actor, he is forever immortalized in meme culture and in liquor stores due to this short, sweet, and memorable tagline -- and the cool dude vibe it makes viewers harken back to.
6) California Milk Processor Board: Got Milk?
Source: Broward Palm Beach New Times
Thanks to the California Milk Processor Board's "Got Milk?" campaign, milk sales in California rose 7% in just one year. But the impact ran across state borders, and to this day, you still can't escape the millions of “Got [Fill-in-the-Blank]?” parodies.
Note, though, that the ad didn't target people who weren’t drinking milk; it instead focused on the consumers who already were. The lesson here? It's not always about getting a brand new audience to use your products or services -- sometimes, it's about getting your current audience to appreciate and use your product more often. Turn your audience into advocates, and use marketing to tell them why they should continue to enjoy the product or service you are already providing for them.
7) Metro Trains: Dumb Ways to Die
Yes, you read that right: Dumb Ways to Die.
In Melbourne, Australia, Metro Trains wanted to get across a simple message: No horsing around near train tracks. Disorderly conduct could lead to injuries, or even death, but instead of typical warning signs or announcements inside train stations, Metro Trains came up with Dumb Ways to Die, a song that has garnered 157 million YouTube views since it debuted in 2012.
The song is about dumb ways to die -- for example, by poking a grizzly bear with a stick, or taking your helmet off in outer space -- and it features a catchy little chorus you won't be able to stop humming to yourself (because singing it is a little morbid): "Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die."
At the end of the video, after you've watched adorable cartoon characters dying in the dumbest of ways, you get to the moral of the story: There are many dumb ways to die, but the dumbest possible way would be if you died while standing on the edge of a train platform, drove through a railroad sign, or tried to cross over a train track.
This beloved, now-famous campaign communicates a simple idea in a creative and memorable way -- and you don't feel like you're being nagged, the way some public service announcements do. If your subject matter is grim or boring, consider using creativity to get your message across.
8) Apple: Get a Mac
Source: Fox News
While there have been many great Apple campaigns, this one takes the cake. The Mac vs. PC debate ended up being one of the most successful campaigns ever for Apple, and they experienced 42% market share growth in its first year. The campaign tells Mac's audience everything they need to know about their product without being overt -- and in a clever way.
A key takeaway here? Just because your product does some pretty amazing things doesn’t mean you need to hit your audience over the head with it. Instead, explain your product’s benefits in a relatable way so consumers are able to see themselves using it.
9) Clairol: Does She or Doesn’t She?
The first time Clairol asked this question in 1957, the answer was 1 to 15 -- as in, only 1 in 15 people were using artificial hair color. Just 11 years later, the answer was 1 of 2, according to TIME Magazine. The campaign was apparently so successful that some states stopped requiring women to denote hair color on their driver’s license. When your ad campaign starts changing things at the DMV, you know you've hit a nerve.
Clairol did the opposite of what most marketers would do: They didn’t want every woman on the street running around saying they were using their product. They wanted women to understand that their product was so good that people wouldn’t be able to tell if they were using it or not.
The lesson here: Sometimes, simply conveying how and why your product works is enough for consumers. Showing becomes more effective than telling.
10) De Beers: A Diamond is Forever
Source: BBC News
In 1999, AdAge declared De Beers' "A Diamond is Forever" the most memorable slogan of the twentieth century. But the campaign, which proposed (pun very much intended) the idea that no marriage would be complete without a diamond ring, wasn't just riding on the coattails of an existing industry. De Beers actually built the industry; it presented the idea that a diamond ring was a necessary luxury.
According to the New York Times, N.W. Ayer's game plan was to "create a situation where almost every person pledging marriage feels compelled to acquire a diamond engagement ring."
The lesson here? Marketing can make a relatively inexpensive product seem luxurious and essential.
11) Old Spice: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
The very first part of Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" campaign, created by Wieden + Kennedy and launched in February 2010, was the following commercial. It became a viral success practically overnight:
That video has over 51 million views as of this writing. Several months later, in June 2010, Old Spice followed up with a second commercial featuring the same actor, Isaiah Mustafa. Mustafa quickly became "Old Spice Guy," a nickname Wieden + Kennedy capitalized on with an interactive video campaign in which Mustafa responded to fans' comments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites with short, personalized videos.
In about two days, the company had churned out 186 personalized, scripted, and quite funny video responses featuring Mustafa responding to fans online. According to Inc, these videos saw almost 11 million views, and Old Spice gained about 29,000 Facebook fans and 58,000 new Twitter followers.
"We were creating and sending miniature TV commercials back to individual consumers that were personalized, and we were doing it on a rapid-fire basis," Jason Bagley, creative director at Wieden + Kennedy and a writer for the campaign, told Inc. "No one expects to ask a question and then be responded to. I think that's where we broke through."
The lesson here? If you find your campaign's gained momentum with your fans and followers, do everything you can to keep them engaged while keeping your messaging true to your brand's voice and image.
12) Wendy’s: Where’s the Beef?
Source: AdSoft Direct
Is it enough to say this campaign was successful because it featured a giant hamburger bun and a cute set of old ladies? No? I didn’t think so.
Wendy’s took a more gutsy approach in this marketing campaign: It targeted its competitors. The simple phrase "Where's the beef?" was used to point out the lack of beef in competitors' burgers -- and it quickly became a catchphrase that encapsulated all that was missing in their audience's lives.
While you can’t predict when a catchphrase will catch on and when it won’t, Wendy’s (wisely) didn’t over-promote their hit phrase. The campaign only ran for a year, and allowed it to gently run its course. The lesson here: Be careful with your campaigns' success and failures. Just because you find something that works doesn't mean you should keep doing it over and over to the point it's played out. Allow your company to change and grow, and you may find that you can have even greater success in the future by trying something new.
13) Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom
I'll give you a minute to dry your eyes after that one.
Seriously -- you wouldn't expect a household and cleaning products company commercial to pull at the heartstrings like that, would you?
And that's because P&G identified the story behind the story of Olympic athletes -- the stories of the supportive moms who pushed these world-class athletes throughout their entire lives leading up to that crowning moment. And yes, who probably had to do a lot of laundry and cleanup along the way -- presumably using P&G products.
Emotional and nostalgia marketing are powerful tactics to get people to make buying choices, so if there's a bigger, more universal story behind your product or story, tap into it -- and showcase it front-and-center.
14) Chick-fil-A: Eat Mor Chikin
Chick-fil-A launched this campaign all the way back in 1995, and it still makes me do a double-take whenever I see those cows wearing sandwich boards, encouraging people to eat chicken -- presumably, instead of the beef in hamburgers to save their own skins.
The juxtaposition is what makes this campaign so quirky and effective. You don't usually think about cows as pro-chicken advocates, but it makes sense in the context of Chick-fil-A, a restaurant that specializes in fried chicken. Try juxtaposition in your next campaign to draw people's eyes -- and make them want to figure out what your quirky ad is all about.
via Blogger 14 of the Best Advertising and Marketing Campaigns of All Time