Tag Archives: experiental marketing

Best Free Sites to Use in Blogging

23 Aug

One of the reasons the developing a personal, company, or nonprofit blog is so popular is that (a) many sites are available to host blogs for free and (b) these sites typically offer user-friendly free templates to set up and administer the blogs.

Recently, Codeable Magazine identified and described a number of blogging sites. Here are those blogging sites, in alphabetical order:

 
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The Consumer’s Path to Purchase by Category

22 Aug

We know that consumers shop differently for various goods and services. But we can always learn more.

Millward Brown Digital recently produced a report entitled “Demystifying the Consumer Journey?” A free download is available with a simple login.

The chart below summarizes the average length of a shopper’s journey (in days) and  the level of involvement accompanying a purchase decision (in other words, how hard the consumer was willing to work to make a purchase decision). Millard Brown concluded that:

“The risk of making the wrong decision is a powerful thing. When a wrong decision could result in significant financial loss or impact personal safety, consumers invest more time and care in the decision-making process. As a result, the average journey length for an auto purchase, for example, is nearly 10 times longer than that of a beauty purchase.”

“A ‘marketer-centric’ approach to budget and resource allocation is often the easiest option. However, by placing the consumer at the center, marketers can tailor budget allocations to the digital touchpoints that drive real consumer action.”

 


 

Are YOU Doing Enough to Build Your Network?

9 Aug

If you are not heavily involved in professional networking, you are probably doing yourself — and your career — a disservice.

Consider these observations from Lindsay Kolowich, writing for HubSpot:

“When done right, networking is an incredibly valuable investment of every professional’s time and effort. It helps us make meaningful business connections, get feedback, and advance our careers. And best of all, it pays significant dividends over time. So why does it seem so unpleasant sometimes? It can feel fake, it’s exhausting, and frankly, standing alone in a sea of unknown faces with nametags and cheese plates can be utterly painful.”

According to Kolowich, here are common networking mistakes that people make:

  • “You’re waiting to build your network until you need it most.”
  • “You aren’t keeping up your personal brand.”
  • “You’re afraid to attend networking events by yourself.”
  • “You don’t follow up with personal messages.”
  • “You ask the same questions everyone else is asking.”
  • “You dominate networking conversations.”
  • You’re overeager.”
  • You don’t venture outside your existing network.”
  • “You don’t ask for anything, or you ask for too much.”

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Nike’s “Unlimited You” Airs During Olympics Opening Ceremonies

5 Aug

Nike has been widely known as the “Just Do It” advertiser and the world leader of sports apparel and equipment — but soon not in golf equipment.

In the past, it was also an “ambush marketer” (not an official sponsor, but one who tried to appear as one) at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Noel Young reported then that:

“It was one of the most prominent non-sponsors of the Olympics – yet Nike managed to hi-jack the greatest show on earth with an amazing yellow-green neon shoe. The man behind the Volt Shoe was Martin Lotti. The shoe is described in an Ad Age cover story: ‘The beautifully crafted, incandescent kicks that whizzed by on the feet of 400 Olympic athletes, including USA’s Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee, Great Britain’s Mo Farah, and France’s Renaud Lavillenie.'”

 

For the 2016 Rio Summer Games, Nike is an official sponsor — paying millions of dollars for this privilege.  And to kick off its Olympics advertising, Nike is running the extended-length “Unlimited You” ad shown below during the Opening Ceremonies on August 5.

As Ann-Christine Diaz reports for Advertising Age:

“Nike goes way beyond ‘Just Do It’ in a new spot airing during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony that depicts athletes both unknown and famous in a real-meets-unreal spectacular. The Olympics spot, ‘Unlimited You,’ picks up in the crib of a baby and then onto scenes of athletes struggling on the small stage — an amateur golfer, a young tennis player, a toddler playing basketball in his living room. ‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ actor Oscar Isaac provides the voice-over, predicting that these folks aren’t going to be newbies forever. ‘All of these athletes are terrible now, but they’ll all do big things one day,’ he says.”

 


 

Meet Pepper: The Humanoid Robot

15 Jul

As we have noted numerous times over the past few years, technology has been changing the face of business — for both small and large firms. So, are we ready for personalized robots taking our orders and payment at restaurants?

According to Maria LaMagna, reporting for MarketWatch:

“Soon, when restaurant-goers hear ‘May I take your order?’, those words may be coming from a robot. Some restaurants have started experimenting with human-like robots instead of human cashiers, allowing consumers to pay for their meals without interacting with another person. Although many restaurants have allowed digital ordering, either online, by kiosk, or on tablets at the table, the practice of using humanoid, or human-like robots, is still in its earliest stages, and it’s primarily happening in Asia so far. Experts say the robots could benefit restaurants and lead to wider adoption — if diners aren’t too freaked out by them.”

“Pizza Hut is the latest company to try a robot cashier, in a partnership with robotics company SoftBank Robotics and MasterCard, which has created the payment app. The application works only with MasterCard’s MasterPass, a digital wallet that allows payment by MasterCard cards, as well as credit, debit, or prepaid cards.”

“SoftBank’s robot is named Pepper. It has a face and can even respond to human customers with some emotional intelligence. For example, if a customer seems more tentative to interact with a robot, Pepper will be more reserved, whereas if a customer is more energetic, Pepper will be, too. It looks like an alien, with eyes and a touchscreen on its chest, and it’s the size of a small child.”

Here is a photo of Pepper from MasterCard. Below the photo, there is a fun YouTube video.
 

 

 

An In-Depth Infographic on Blogging

6 Jul

Thinking of starting or improving your own blog? Do you want your blog to go from good to great?

The Wise Startup Blog has developed a terrific infographic with more than one hundred ideas on developing and posting a blog. Take a look.

 


 

20 More New Apps to Check Out

28 Jun

Yesterday, we posted an infographic on Which Newer Apps Are Poised to Take Off? But, the apps cited there are by no means the only new apps to know about and consider utilizing.

Recently, The Guardian (a British publication) named other 20 new apps that are “coming to a screen near you.” Here is the list in alphabetical order):

  • Airtime “Created by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, this is a new spin on chats, using live video of you and up to five friends, while enabling you to pull in videos, music, and GIFs to share.”
  • Beme — “Launched by YouTube star Casey Neistat, this video-sharing app tries to make ‘honesty’ its virtue with an emphasis on unfiltered videos. You can’t review what you’ve shot before sharing it, but you can see people’s reactions.”
  • Flipagram — “A bit like Instagram, but with the ability to add music to photos and videos before sharing. Licensing deals mean the music is legit, and the app can share to Instagram and other social networks as well as its own community.”
  • FreshTeam — “As a messaging app for office teams, FreshTeam gets colleagues pinging messages back and forth, as well as jumping into voice calls and checking one another’s location on a map.”
  • Kimoji — “Kimoji has a stinking 2.5-out-of-5 stars rating on Apple’s app store, although it’s tempting to wonder how many people are reviewing its figurehead Kim Kardashian rather than the app. If you’ve ever wished there were more shoes, nails, and bottoms in your emoji keyboard, it’s worth a look.”
  • Miitomo — “Nintendo’s long-awaited first mobile app. It’s based on the company’s Mii avatars: you create a character and dress it up, insert it into photos, and send it off to interact with friends’ Miis.”
  • MSQRD  — “This app has made a smartphone craze out of ‘face-swapping,’  proving so popular that Facebook bought it. There are other ‘selfie animations’ to explore.”
  • Mush — “This is a location-based social app for mothers, helping them meet other parents in their area for messaging and playdates. It also offers advice on all things involving British motherhood.”
  • Musical.ly — “This is a social network for amateur music-video creators. It  is an app for making and sharing lip-sync videos with friends.”
  • Once — “Is modern dating just about swiping through dozens of  profiles looking for matches? Once is different, showing you a single match every day and giving you 24 hours to get in touch. Or not.”
  • Peach — “It’s about messaging friends, but also sending doodles, sharing music, and rating…  anything you like.”
  • QuizChat — “News site BuzzFeed’s quizzes are regularly shared on social networks, but its standalone QuizChat app aims to get you completing them with friends in pairs.”
  • Rando — “This sounds like a dreadful idea: pick a photo at random from your smartphone; then send it to a friend. You can also send GIFs or quotes. Its developer says he made it to make people think about what’s lurking in their camera rolls, and whether they’re happy to share it.”
  • Rapha RCC — “This is a social app for cyclists, tied to the Rapha Cycling Club. It costs £135 a year, with the app helping you see nearby rides with other members (and organise them yourself) as well as managing your profile and sharing bike talk.”
  • Shelfie — “Take a photo of your bookshelf and it’ll tell you which books are available as free (or at least discounted) E-books. It’s also a social reading network for chatting.”
  • Stylezz — “This is the latest in social fashion apps. You can browse the latest outfits from fashion bloggers by following their profiles, but you can also share photos of your own.”
  • Talkshow — “Subtitled ‘texting in public,’ this app aims to get people hosting virtual chatrooms about any topic they like, encouraging visitors to contribute their thoughts and images.”
  • Vidku — “It is entering a crowded market of video-sharing apps, but its selling point is control. You can share your clips publicly or in private groups, with the option to ‘unshare’ them from individual friends or whole groups whenever you want.”
  • WonderBox — “From children’s apps firm Duck Duck Moose, this is a social app designed to be used within families. That means private messaging between parents and children, and creative challenges to share.”
  • Yubl — “A UK social startup, this is another app with an emphasis on groups: friends, not co-workers in this case. It focuses on visuals created by you.”

 
Here is a video clip about Yubl.


 

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