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19 March 2015

3 MARKETING TIPS TO SNACK ON A GLOBAL “FRACAS”

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Riding the media wave of “bad boy” TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension by the BBC – due to his alleged punching of a producer who served the wrong food after a long day of on-site shooting, referred to as a “fracas” by the broadcaster – Mars promptly sent him a box of 48 Snickers with the slogan “YOU’RE NOT YOU WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY”.

With a single light-hearted gesture and tweet, Mars taps into the popularity of a show had a weekly audience of 350 million people in 70 countries, and an online petition of over 800,000 followers.

Brands looking to successfully pull off such a stunt need to follow 3 simple rules:

  1. Be prepared for the unexpected, to leverage relevant events around the world as they happen.
  2. Stay 100% consistent with your brand values, tone and message.
  3. Have deep understanding of local culture,  to join the conversation at the with the right twist at the right time.

 

For the full story, read here.

For a conversation about how Textappeal Global Social Media Solutions can help your brand, email Sergio at sergio.arboledas@textappeal.com

18 February 2015

*Cute Ad Alert* Why we’re loving Android’s ‘Friends Furever’

I think it’s fair to say that by now we’ve all come to learn that content featuring animals – basically anything that’s cute or fluffy – is a big winner in the viral video stakes.

Most recently we’ve seen Budweiser leading the charge with its #BestBuds campaign, but remember back to Cadbury’s Gorilla ad? What about Guinness ‘Surfer’? Or Rolo’s Elephant TV ad? The list could go on…

Well now Google is joining in on the trend with its latest Android ad ‘Friends Furever’ featuring countless adorable animals aimed at showing the world how to “Be Together. Not the same.”

And to whoever says cute animals aren’t a sure fire way of ensuring your ad goes viral: Unruly’s Viral Video Chart has tracked a whopping 376,000+ shares of the ad so far* and the ad itself has racked up a whopping 9.2 million+ views on YouTube*.

Now we’re off to look up cats on BuzzFeed…

(*Figures correct at time of writing - things move so quickly in the online world that we can't always keep up!) 

04 February 2015

The right content holds the key to reaching millennials

If you want to market successfully to the current crop of 18 to 34-year-old Generation Y-ers – those all-important millennials - then content is king, but not just any content. As digital natives, who know their way around the internet and social media blindfolded, millennials don’t need or want brands to point them in a particular direction, they go exactly where they please. But give them the content they want, where they want it and they’ll show their love.

A recent survey of 100 millennial New Yorkers found that 81% had iPhones (not really surprising), 80% preferred reading books in print (quite surprising), while their most popular clothes outlet was a thrift store [to us Brits - a charity shop]. Instagram (73%) and Snapchat (56%) topped the social network popularity chart, with Twitter (44%), LinkedIn (39%) and Tumblr (31%) making up the top five.

If brands want to reach millennials they need to stop worrying about ‘having a presence on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram’ and start thinking about the types of conversation they want their brand to be part of at any given time, and then think about which influencer could best anchor that conversation.

Millennials are undoubtedly seeking engaging content and added value from brands, as revealed by the first Cassandra Report. It found that millennials are omnicultural, and want brands to tell great stories that are consistent across borders. They want to be treated as individuals, with brands tapping into their passions – not as a homogenous age group or nationality.

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26 January 2015

Harnessing the power of social to build virally aware sites

Social media isn’t everyone’s best friend, contrary to popular belief. It’s regarded as surprisingly ‘Marmite’ and is arguably both the biggest opportunity and the most troubling threat for marketers and publishers since the birth of the internet - perhaps even since the birth of the telephone.

Living so much of our lives online, we regular folk can now watch ads, enjoy editorial and comment on just about anything, all in real time. Once, we were blissfully passive consumers, willingly receiving a stream of messages brought to us via mass media; now, we have the power to make or break ads or content, simply by hitting a ‘like’ or ‘share’ button.

Anyone who doubts the power of social media to deliver a body blow to a brand only need look at some of the biggest marketing own goals of 2014 – like US pizza company DiGiorno, which contributed the comment “You had pizza” to #WhyIStayed, without stopping to think that the discussion was all about why women remained in abusive relationships.

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24 November 2014

Content + Brand = Where the magic happens

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“So you see, the story is not quite as you were told.” – Maleficent

Every day thousands upon thousands of new articles, slides, infographics, opinion pieces, engagement pieces, and micro-blogs are published by countless publications, corporations, startups and small businesses. The Huffington Post produces at least 1,200 pieces of content a day, and Forbes produces 400 (with 1,000 contributors). Although completely accurate counts are hard to come by, around 92,000 articles are published daily. That’s roughly 64 articles a minute!

Content has truly become the fuel by which the business of the Internet runs.

But simply posting new, unique content regularly on your site is not enough. Content, by itself, can’t lead an organization to success. There is simply too much of it available. Moreover, more posts doesn’t necessarily equate to creating more value for your readers. In fact, and more often than not, it proves to be less valuable in the long run.

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17 November 2014

Top 5 trends in digital media for 2015

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“May the odds be ever in your favour.” – The Hunger Games

Predicting the future is never easy, but it’s always interesting – regardless of whether you’re envisioning a chilling dystopia or a brave new world. 2015 is going to be a bit of both in Digital Media, the convergence of a brand’s website, social media, mobile marketing, games and apps. Smart publishers and marketers will anticipate industry changes and take advantage of new opportunities – before they become the standard.

Here are 5 trends you’ll see in Digital Media in 2015:

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29 October 2014

Has Air NZ created ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’?

Continuing its long tradition of creating memorable and entertaining in-flight safety videos, Dwarves, Orcs and Elves are set to take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy.

The safety video features members of the cast from all three films in the Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) – as well as a special cameo from the director, Sir Peter Jackson, and some other familiar faces.

The new video follows the airline’s first Hobbit-inspired safety video – An Unexpected Briefing (2012) – which attracted more than 12 million global online video views, generating huge social media coverage. The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made wraps up a successful three-year association between the airline and The Hobbit films.

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27 October 2014

Storymaking: The next evolution in Content Marketing

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Smart brands are turning consumers into evangelists - and publishers.

Storytelling is a verb, and many brands believe that means they should be telling stories about their brand, which was just another method of spinning one-way advertising. True, a brand’s origin story (think of Apple, HP) can be useful, but the true power in storytelling is when brands create products and content that motivates audiences to talk about the brand and keep them top of mind in ways far less intrusive than traditional advertising.

So if there’s enough confusion about the definition of storytelling, then maybe we need a new word. David Berkowitz recently wrote in AdAge about something called storymaking—where the brand facilitates and taps into the stories people are creating and sharing with each other. You could call it the next evolution in storytelling, or maybe just a proper redefinition of the way brands should be marketing to their audiences. Regardless, storymaking is how brands today are activating their customers and turning them into not only evangelists but also publishers, and it can provide real results.

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