Tag Archives: experiental marketing

What Do YOU Do While Watching TV?

7 Apr

As we know, people today are more frequently multitasking (sometimes when they should other times when they shouldn’t :-) ).

But do they multitask while watching prime-time TV shows? Do YOU?

According to research by Deloitte, not surprisingly, this depends a lot on a person’s age.

Click the eMarketer chart to learn more.



Welcome to the Zarb School Blog

28 Mar

Evans on Marketing:

Visit our new blog!!!!!!!

Zarb Means Business

Originally posted on Zarb Means Business:

Hello everyone.

Welcome to the new multi-featured official blog of Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business. :-)

This is the most recent video about the Zarb School of Business. Check it out.

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“Incomplete” Products Can Spur Customer Consumption

28 Mar

According to Barbara Kahn, a Wharton professor, we are likely to consume more if we believe we are buying an “incomplete” product. Is this you? Read on.

In the Knowledge@Wharton video below, “Kahn talks about how a complete product encourages more consumption: A person is likely to eat two pieces of cheese with holes in them but only one if it is solid, for example. It’s a matter of perception, Kahn explains. She also discusses her research on the attention that consumers pay to large assortments of goods and how it influences their choices when information is presented visually or verbally. In addition, she describes a study on how consumers behave when goods are stacked vertically versus horizontally.”


Enhancing Customer Satisfaction

26 Mar

Take a look at a recent interview that Evans on Marketing did with Rachel Levy Sarfin of OnlyIT.ca on how companies can improve the customer shopping experience.

As Sarfin says: “The well-known adage of ‘the customer is always right’ is no longer enough to improve the shopping experience for today’s consumers. Customers hold certain expectations of their interactions with businesses, and in the Digital Age, if those expectations are not met, they will share their displeasure with thousands of people through social media.”

Click the image to read the interview.


Breathe Energy Into Your “Social” Life

11 Mar

Guest blog by Andrew Jedlicka                   

Marketing Professional & Adjunct Professor
More and more companies are aligning social media with their marketing and communications plans; therefore, the need to create a social media strategy is becoming more imperative than ever!

Organizations need to take a deeper look at their industry, market trends, competitors, and most importantly…their customers. They can do so by being more S-O-C-I-A-L”:

S — Strategize and plan your short-term and long-term goals as an organization, thus focusing on how social media trends in the marketplace can add value to your overall objectives.

O — Optimize and take full advantage of these trends such as utilizing blogs, video and photo sites, social bookmarking, and other forms of social media and marketing techniques.

C — Create and communicate your strategy internally to your employees once determined. No matter how small or large your organization is; it is important that your employees understand your social media strategy to provide optimal value to the organization and its end-users. Create your plan by identifying and segmenting your target market.

I — Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats by creating a specific SWOT analysis as it relates to your social strategy.

A — Align your SWOT-based strategy to make any necessary adjustments and edits to your strategy.

L – Launch your strategy, first as a test and then for real, and continue to measure, track, and evaluate!

According to the 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report; marketers want to learn more about blogging. 58% of marketers are blogging, 62% want to learn more about it and 66% plan on increasing blogging activities. A significant 86% of marketers also said that “social media was important to their businesses.”

As marketers increase their knowledge of social media, there is a growing opportunity to create an effective strategy!

Lego Mania Goes Viral

6 Mar

The Lego Movie has turned out to be quite a global phenomenon. Click the image to visit the movie’s Web site.

According to Box Office Mojo, through March 4, 2014, the movie had grossed $333,000 worldwide — $212 million in the United States and $121 million in foreign markets. And, unlike some other blockbuster movies that cost much more to make, The Lego Movie cost $60 million to produce, making it highly profitable.

But The Lego Movie mania goes far beyond the popularity of the film itself. There have been a lot of promotional tie ins (see this article, for example). And Toys “R” Us even set up special displays for Lego movie figures.

Separate and apart from the recent movie, there is also a Lego “YouTube Spotlight” with a number of “fan-made” videos based on Lego characters. Many of the videos preceded the introduction of the movie — nonetheless, they extend Lego brand recognition and continue to be highly viewed. The most popular Lego movie in the spotlight is Battle of the Brick: Built for Combat, which has been viewed nearly 17 million times.

All in all, it’s a great time for Lego.

[Note: The video below, Battle of the Brick: Built for Combat, is 27 minutes long.]


The Rise of the Phablet

27 Feb

As smartphone technology evolves and competition becomes more intense in that market space, innovations are not only focusing on features but also on phone size. Thus, we now have still another new marketing term — phablet. [Yes, just what we need another new term. :-) ] A phablet is a combination of a phone and tablet, a full-featured smartphone with a much bigger screen.

Will this trend continue? Will it be successful? Will it slow the growth of tablets?

As Brian X. Chen reports for the New York Times:

“Smartphones are going against one of the long-held rules in portable electronics, that smaller is better. Year by year, computers, storage devices, and music players have shed size and weight. And for decades, it has been happening with cellphones, too. But now cellphones, and smartphones in particular, are going the way of the television: They just keep getting bigger and bigger. And people keep buying them.”

“The trend became even more apparent this week, as handset makers introduced a number of big-screen smartphones — from five diagonal inches to more than seven inches — at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung Electronics, Sony, and the Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, among others, are all betting that consumers find images and video to be more vivid and engaging on a bigger screen, and that they may prefer to carry a larger phone instead of both a smartphone and a tablet.”

Click on the image to see a video on the phablet.



How We’re Watching Sports Content

25 Feb

All of our habits and behavior have been affected by the growth of social media. No where is that more apparent than with sports viewership. Clearly, this has major implications for advertisers.

According to Nielsen:

“In the last 10 years, the available hours of sports programming has increased by 232 percent, according to Nielsen’s 2013 Year in Sports Media Report. Not only are there more sports-focused channels available to viewers, nonsports networks have also added sports content to their lineups. And with more sports programming out there tugging at viewers’ heartstrings, Americans clocked 33 billion hours watching sports on TV in 2013. What’s more, viewing sports is an opportunity to be social, whether watching with pals in the stadium or alone online, fans need to gab about it. Even though sports events only accounted for 1.2 percent of all TV programming, conversations about sports made up nearly half of all Tweets about TV (49.7%).”

Click the image to learn more.


The Most Popular Social Media for Young People

24 Feb

Social media behavior has been shifting by platform among young people. This phenomenon has been the subject of a lot of research.

As reported by eMarketer, a new study by the Intelligence Group found that: “Nearly three-quarters of 14- to 18-year-olds in the U.S. said they used YouTube ‘frequently,’ compared with 60% who said the same for Facebook. Those ages 19 to 24 accessed YouTube more than Facebook, but there was just a 1-percentage-point difference between the two. The 25-to-34-year-old age group was significantly more likely to use Facebook than YouTube.”

And, interestingly, YouTube viewing fell for 25-to-34 year olds while Facebook viewing increased. Participation with iTunes, Instagram, and Twitter lags far beyond YouTube and Facebook for young people.

Click the chart to read more.


Is Whisper(ing) a Good Idea?

22 Feb

Over the past two years, we’ve made about 35 posts related to privacy issues. This remains an important issue and one of great concern to a large number of us. And many companies have listened to our concerns, such as Google Chrome offering an incognito setting.

Now, there is another new app, Whisper, that has gotten a lot of attention. Whisper is available for free for both iPhones and Android devices. Just click the company name. [Note: This post is not intended as an endorsement of  Whisper, only to further our discussion about privacy.]

What is Whisper? Here is a synopsis from Marian Berelowitz, writing for JWT Intelligence:

“This year the suddenly-big new thing is anonymous sharing, and Whisper is the app populating headlines, from the Wall Street Journal  to New York magazine. Whisper lets users ‘be yourself and stay anonymous,’ as it promises; people post thoughts and secrets and connect with others, all anonymously. Like Snapchat, the user base skews very young, and the numbers are dizzying: about 3.5 billion page views a month and more than 20 posts per second at peak hours, according to its CEO. Another app, Secret, enables anonymous sharing but within one’s network of friends.”

“While many are worried about the potential for slander, bullying, and other abuse, Secret’s creators tell Time that their aim is to build ‘a platform that will bring more authenticity, self-awareness, and empathy to the world.’ Similarly, Whisper CEO Michael Heyward talks about his app enabling our masks to come off, and editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman describes it as “the anti-Facebook.”

Click the image from Whisper to read more.



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