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Evans on Marketing’s Most Popular Posts for the First Half of 2015

3 Jul

Thank you for reading our evansonmarketing.com posts. :-)

Here are the most popular 12 posts thus far in 2015 (January 1-June 30). Take a look if you missed any of them:

  1. See How Well You Can Do on This Entertaining Marketing Quiz (Because this quiz is no longer available, here is another interesting one for you: 5 Things You Thought You Knew About Interactive Content)
  2. What Job Skills Will Be Most Important in 2020?
  3. Body Language Errors to Avoid During Interviews
  4. What Are the Toughest Languages to Translate?
  5. Looking to Generate Passion? Consider Using the Color Red
  6. Social Marketing Tips
  7. Do YOU Think Before You Tweet?
  8. Personalizing Marketing
  9. Ten Marketing-Oriented Business Trends to Consider: A Slideshow
  10. Does Rebranding Always Work?
  11. Video and Social Media Are Big in the Mobile Era
  12. Pay More Attention to Loyal Customers!

 

 

A Provocative Take on the Future of Self-Driving Cars

26 Jun

Self-driving cars are in the late stages of testing in the United States. Besides safety issues, consumer skepticism, the regulatory environment will have a major impact on how quickly and widely that self-driving cars make it in the market.

Given that self-driving cars will/may be sold in the very near future, we need to better understand where the marketplace will be headed. Recently, McKinsey’s Michele Bertoncello and Dominik Weewe published a thought-provoking view of self-driving cars: “Ten Ways Autonomous Driving Could Redefine the Automotive World — The Development of Self-Driving, or Autonomous, Vehicles Is Accelerating. Here’s How They Could Affect Consumers and Companies.”

  1. “Industrial fleets lead the way.”
  2.  “Car OEMs [original equipment manufacturers face a decision. Automakers worldwide will likely define and communicate their strategic position on AVs in the next two to three years.”
  3.  “New mobility models emerge. While OEMs are developing autonomous vehicles, a variety of other transport-mobility innovations are already hitting the road.”
  4.  “The car-service landscape changes.”
  5.  “Car insurers might shift their business model. Car insurers have always provided consumer coverage in the event of accidents caused by human error. With driverless vehicles, auto insurers might shift the core of their business model, focusing mainly on insuring car manufacturers from liabilities from technical failure of their AVs, as opposed to protecting private customers from risks associated with human error in accidents.”
  6.  “Companies could reshape their supply chains.”
  7.  “Drivers have more time for everything. AVs could free as much as 50 minutes a day for users, who will be able to spend traveling time working, relaxing, or accessing entertainment.”
  8.  “Parking becomes easier. AVs could change the mobility behavior of consumers, potentially reducing the need for parking space in the United States by more than 5.7 billion square meters.”
  9.  “Accident rates drop. By mid-century, the penetration of AVs and other ADAS could ultimately cause vehicle crashes in the United States to fall from second to ninth place in terms of their lethality ranking among accident types.”
  10.  “AVs accelerate robotics development for consumer applications.”

 
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Catering to Buyer Personas: Infographic and Video Examples

16 Jun

Virtually all marketers are familiar with — and most apply — the concept of market segmentation. One under-appreciated way of segmenting consumers is through the use of buyer personas, which are composite identities that represent the types of prospects (segments) that a business is seeking.

As Douglas Karr writes for MarketingTechBlog:

“While marketers often work to produce content that both differentiates them and describes the benefits of their products and services, they often miss producing content for each type of person that is buying their product or service. For instance, if your prospect is seeking a new hosting service, one persona may be focused on performance while another persona may be focused on the security features. It’s critical that you speak to both — and often requires that you target each with specific advertisements and content.”

“It’s about reversing your perception. 90% of your visitors are not prospects… so you need to stop making decisions based on everyone and focus on the 10% with potential. Look at your firm from the eyes of your buyer and build content that speaks directly to their motivation for becoming a customer of your brand.”

 

TAKE A LOOK at this infographic on buyer personas from Single Grain, a digital consulting firm.
 

 

Now, TAKE A LOOK at this video on buyer personas from Savvy Panda, a firm that offers custom Web design, SEO & Internet marketing, social media marketing, testing & analysis, training & education, hosting, and more.
 

 

Amazon and Its “Minions”

9 Jun

The ever-aggressive Amazon recently entered into its first promotional movie tie-in with Minions, an animated film opening in mid-July 2015.

As reported by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch

“Forget billboards or magazine ads. If an advertiser wants to put its brand in front of a big audience today, you may as well slap that ad on an Amazon shipping box. Or, at least, that’s the mindset behind the new partnership between Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment and Amazon. The retailer has begun to ship customer orders in bright yellow delivery boxes featuring cartoon characters from the upcoming Minions movie. The deal represents the first time Amazon has ever allowed a third party to completely brand its delivery boxes, the company tells us.”

“The pairing between the movie makers and Amazon makes sense for this latest installment in the Despicable Me franchise of films. The popular movies, which to date have grossed over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide, have already turned the film’s characters into merchandise.”

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eMarketer’s Global Ad Tool

8 Jun

Want to learn more about ad spending around the world? Well, eMarketer recently published a neat interactive global ad tool to help you do just that:

“We’ve gathered the data and built this interactive tool to provide answers. Explore eMarketer’s latest forecasts for mobile, digital, and traditional ad spending across 22 countries. See which countries are leading the ad spending pack and which are projected to grow the fastest over time.”

Click the image to access the interactive ad tool. You may look at five countries at one time and examine 2014 through 2018 forecasts.

 

 

Retailing Leads U.S. Industries in Digital Ad Spending

3 Jun

Are you surprised by the title of this post? Or, is it something to which you were already aware?

According to eMarketer:

“U.S. retail industry ad spending on paid digital media will reach $12.91 billion in 2015 and grow to $19.98 billion by 2019, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.3% over the 2014-to-2019 period forecast by eMarketer. Despite a gradual leveling off of spending increases, retail will remain the leader among industries when it comes to digital ad spending during this time frame, according to a new eMarketer report, ‘The U.S. Retail Industry 2015: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Trends,’ part of our “Digital Ad Spending Benchmarks by Industry” report series.”

Click the image to read more from eMarketer.

 

 

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