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One of the most powerful concepts in marketing is owning a word in the customer’s mind. It shouldn’t be a complicated word, but rather something simple that already carries a great deal of weight along with it.
For example, when you think of the word “safety,” in regards to driving what do you think of? Volvo owned that word forever.
When you think of “overnight,” in regards to delivery what pops up? FedEx usually, despite some recent holiday fails.
This is what owning a word in the customer’s mind can do for you. To achieve this result you’ll need to narrow your focus to a single word or concept. The most effective words are not only simple but also results-oriented. So it is always better to focus on one word or benefit rather than three or four. Once you have a solid footing with one benefit, customers are likely to associate your product or service with a lot of other benefits. A “safer” car implies better design, quality, and engineering.
In making your choice, remember that your word can be related to positive outcomes (cavity prevention), service-related (home delivery), audience-related (younger people), or sales-related (preferred brand).
It’s so much that gets between the music and the art and the fans. I felt like, I don’t want anybody to get the message, when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.
With the year soon coming to an end, many advertisers have their eyes set on one of the biggest campaign opportunities of the any year, Super Bowl. Already sold out and going for as much as $4 million a slot, one can only imagine what companies have up their sleeves to get our attention and capture our business.
But until that time comes, it’s kinda fun to think about the commercials that left a lasting impression on us throughout the year. Are there any that come to mind? If so, what was it about the ad that kept you glued to your television? Here is a look back at some of the most memorable commercials of 2013. Of course there were many but these instantly came to mind.
For every business owner knowing where to go to get quality and inexpensive marketing materials is paramount. How would you solidify your brand without the aid of business cards, t-shirts, and other necessary supplies specific to your product or service? When searching for small business marketing tools, and even ideas, it’s important to know where to go and who to trust. Below you’ll find nine places that make it their business to keep you in business.
The latest K-mart commercials that feature grade-school children making quick-witted “Yo Mama” jokes about their classmates’ fashion-forward choices and another with a tween rap crew is causing a raucous. While some find no harm in the ads, others are furious about the commercials’ “racist” undertones, reports Clutch.
“Did yo mama get that hoodie at K-mart?” one grade school kid asks another. “Yeah dawg!”, a young Latino boy replies. “Well yo mama must have cavities because that hoodie is sweet!”
“Well yo mama is so fiscally responsible, she got all that on free layaway!” a witty African-American girl jokes.
“Ohhhhhhh!” the kids in the schoolyard yelled.
“Your commercials are racist and disgusting,” one commenter says in all-caps on the K-Mart Facebook page. “I won’t be shopping here!” Admittedly, K-Mart is attempting to market these commercials to the budget-conscious and/or urban consumer. But I don’t think these slapstick, all-in-good-fun commercials are racially charged.
The joke is that the “Yo Mama” jokes are unexpected compliments, not insults. Yet, a large wave of television viewers are not tickled by the satirical wordplay. One viewer likened the Yo Mama jokesters to street kids or gang members. “They’re babbling and you can’t understand a word they say,” another person complains. “Very very poor example for kids to see.”
A K-Mart representative replied, “This commercial is a playful take on Kmart Layaway. We regret if it wasn’t your style.”
We’ve seen recently the impact that good marketing can have on a company or a brand. Jay Z has a top album on his hands with Magna Carta Holy Grail in large part because of an effective marketing campaign that coupled technology with his famous name and a good (many would say) album. You could make the same argument for “Yeezus.” Kanye prepped us all with videos beamed onto the side of buildings around the world. People start talking. The anticipation builds.
But you don’t have to be a celeb on the level of a Jay or Ye to make marketing work for you. Every brand — even brand “you” — can benefit from an effective marketing campaign.
Say it with me: “I am a brand.” We’re not trying to reduce you to a number or a bar code. We would rather liken yourself to a unique entity. Whether you like it or not, you are a brand, especially as an entrepreneur or anyone who strives to be a leader in their respective field. As you delve into the world of making a product, whatever it may be, you have to start thinking about your message and the legacy that you want to leave in the world. As you define yourself, and essentially your brand, there are 10 things you should think about doing in order to bring more business your way. Here are 10 key ways to strengthen your brand.