May 26 2015
Memorial Day weekend has come to an end. Over the last three days, you likely gathered at a cookout or enjoyed the pool to mark the start of summer. Since it falls at the end of May, Memorial Day gets mistaken for the start of summer. Unfortunately, Memorial Day often doesn’t get the justice it deserves. When it comes to how consumers are celebrating the holiday, an advertising-industry survey found that 54 percent plan to have a barbecue or party, while only 28 percent expect to attend a parade and 14 percent to visit a military cemetery. Even among those who have served in the armed service, that number is still only 24 percent.
If you happened to check your email or social networks this weekend, you might have seen nods to the holiday – photos of BBQs posted by friends, sale prices by your favorite brands and sentiment for our fallen troops and the freedom we have as Americans. Some brands take it upon themselves to capitalize on this opportunity and translate their support for American troops, many tipping their hat to the men and women who have served…
May 22 2015
One of the biggest challenges in public relations is to continue to capture and increase interest among our audiences – one of the hardest audiences being media. So how do you host a media dinner in the center of a major global media hub filled with influential writers who are constantly invited to multiple dinners a night?
With this challenge in mind, the NC Sweet Potato Team decided to add an element of surprise. On behalf of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission (NCSP), we partnered with Dinner Lab, a social dining experiment uniting undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners. Our team reached out to local media with a lone promise: enjoy a delicious, one-of-a-kind dining experience. What was our selling point? The air of mystery – mystery chef, mystery pop-up venue, mystery menu (with sweet potatoes of course).
Turns out, suspense wins! Held in a vacant factory penthouse lit up by skylight windows, the dinner was attended by more food editors and bloggers than we expected (fortunately no one had to sacrifice a seat). Dinner Lab sold out tickets to consumers who exclaimed the dinner was “one of the best…
May 20 2015
Hide the Cristal. Millennials are now the target for many brands, but in the luxury space, there’s a striking shift from their predecessors.
“Gone are aspirations to acquire the must-have brand-name purse and thousand-dollar bespoke suit. They don’t see money as a way to show off. They don’t flaunt it or need to impress others.”*
Instead they seek out enriching experiences – from trips to the Amazon to the ports of Croatia – to feature on their Instagram feed. It’s more about sharing the opportunity with friends than showing extravagance. Today’s social media gives them the platforms whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the newest platform, Periscope. Nothing is off limits and their creativity has no bounds. They realize it’s not what’s flashy on the outside, but what’s beneath the surface.
So what does this mean for marketers, especially those in the alcohol category? You have to be more than a pretty bottle. There needs to be substance and quality to what you’re selling. Here are some brands we think will be in the hands of these “millennial millionaires.”
May 19 2015
You’ve already learned the chords to your favorite song and watched cats flush the toilet. When is the last time you took a really good look at what colleges and universities use as their introduction to the world?
Today’s university YouTube channels function as mini-websites, with a short introduction video at the top and categories (typically student life, academic, alumni, etc.) that segment everything else. With more than 1 billion users spending hundreds of millions of hours on the site each day, no school can afford to miss the mark.
If a 60-second video sparks prospective students’ interest and helps them find their dream school – job well done. Tough to do in under a minute, but some institutions are making it happen.
I found YouTube channels for three of the top 20 colleges with the most applicants according to Niche’s 2015 college rankings. As a recent graduate with a BA in mass communications, I put myself back in college search mode and evaluated each introductory video.
If you wanted to convince me an education from UCLA could solve the world’s problems, show me this video. I…