When I set out to create my own brand, I didn't want just another tagline. I wanted a rallying cry. A call to arms to start aligning our careers and businesses with the values that matter to each of us. So of course, my tagline had to reflect my own core values. It had to be brave, fun and real: me.
On July 9 a raccoon died in Toronto. By July 10 it was national and international news, which begs the question -- why? And more importantly, if you're in marketing: how? Although it's unlikely, for those that missed the story, a report of a dead raccoon was called into Toronto City Animal Services the morning of July 9th, and despite a timely initial response, the raccoon was not taken away for over 14 hours. In the ensuing hours a growing vigil spontaneously sprung up around the raccoon, as news of its untimely demise and neglect by city authorities went viral online and in the media.
Celebrity endorsements are as old as the advertising industry itself. But in the past few years a new type of celebrity endorsement has emerged: we've moved from celebrity as spokesperson to celebrity as "global brand ambassador," someone who aims to raise the global profile and is an ongoing evangelist for the brand.
The organization, at large, will eventually need to wake up and realize the very structures that have lasted for decades are inhibiting them and stifling their ability to effectively understand and pay attention to their customers. This is what the market demands. Yet, companies continue to operate under the guise that what's worked for decades can and will subsist.
As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.
Without careful attention to some of the ways data can be misused, we run the risk of acting on those insights with potentially damaging outcomes. Identifying mistakes individuals and organizations make when dealing with data is important not just to data analysts and decision makers, but to the public too.
Food companies and restaurants will do anything to get you to buy their products, including using bogus marketing claims. And by bogus, I mean "has no official meaning, but makes you think you're buying mom's home cooking when you're buying a piece of mass produced crap." Here are the most popular food claims that are seen tricking people all over the place.
With video continuing to dominate on social media as a more relatable, engaging and effective alternative to static forms of content, brands have a lot to win in this sphere, especially those with causes to promote. But not all videos are created equal, and not all campaigns know how give a video the leverage it needs to be seen.
For some time now, marketers have been talking about the importance of brands being authentic on social media. Social media is evolving. The trend toward disposable content, perhaps, isn't a trend toward the disposable, but a trend toward the authentic and real. Just as in real life, people prefer to interact with others who show vulnerability and authenticity.
Social media campaigns aim to enhance a company's marketing efforts, but sometimes, they don't always go as planned. Effective social media campaigns include posting original content that is timely, relevant and appeals to a target audience. However, what some businesses define as timely and relevant may not be the same as how the target audience identifies with it.
At present, there is no one governing body that oversees data usage by marketers and media platforms. There are codes of ethics put out by the Canadian and American Marketing Associations, as well as individual ethical codes drafted by marketing research associations among others, but who is accountable to them?
A portmanteau of "pink" and "whitewashing," pinkwashing is sometimes used to describe organizations who tout support for LGBTQ causes to distract from less ethical endeavours, or who do so without backing their messages through appropriate actions or policies. So how can you as an inclusive, diversity-loving organization reach LGBTQ communities in the right way? Here are five tips.
With a reported record cost of $4.5 million rate for a 30-second spot in the U.S. and up to $200,000 in Canada, many companies don't have the budget to get their brand into the big game. That doesn't mean businesses won't get creative and try to intercept the spotlight during the mecca of the advertising calendar. Companies can attempt a field goal with the following three points to get noticed.
With the way consumers take in big events like the Super Bowl, real-time marketing should be a consideration for all marketers when it comes to the overall strategy. Traditional advertising undoubtedly plays a role in what consumers will take in, but big events have come to mean eyes on many screens.