We’ve chatted about it a bit before, How I would recommend picking a Social Media medium and using it well instead of doing 4-8 different mediums and doing them all haphazard. Well, today, it looks like if you want to pick one-pick Facebook. Check these interesting facts out:
Research by DDB Worldwide and Opinionway Research finds 84% of typical Facebook fans of business’ and products are existing customers. Tip here is you are marketing to people who already like your brand! Treat them this way and You’ll win in the end. Treat them like people who don’t know or care about your brand and you’re missing the boat. What I’d do is give them free things, secret specials only found on Facebook, Announcements about new products coming out just to these “favorite” fans, some sort of frequent Facebook Club, etc
Social Media Products Director of web analytics firm Webtrends Mr, Kistner says 51% of people in the US HAVE Facebook accounts, 8% have Twitter accounts and only 4 % have geo location accounts like Foursquare. That’s some pretty big numbers for Facebook! I personally like to goof around with Foursquare to get the badges, but as a business, I would for sure go with Facebook first, then pick one or at the most 2 other mediums that fit my brand and goals and work with them on a secondary level. But for sure go for Facebook first and foremost and do it well!
Note: Visits to company websites are almost all down over a year ago and of course visits to Facebook sites are up compared to a year ago. Another reason FB is the place to do your social Marketing. But, like we’ve said before if you’re a new or newer brand the best way to get your Facebook marketing working is to use traditional media like TV, Radio, magazine, Newspaper, billboards to reach out to the masses and bring them to your FB page.
And we’ll leave you with one last fact Facebook fact from Jack Neff- 117 Brands already have at least a MILLION fans! with 40 on pace to join the million mark this year!! Wowza!
I’m in Seattle for about 4 days this week and I’ve been noticing a lot of Balloon/Blow Ups Advertising in Town.
I Saw Vinnie over at the Duck Tours, a GIANT purple ape and a Paul Bunyan at a used car dealership, Huge Ice cream cones on top of an Ice Cream Store and Big Yellow Hot Air Balloons tethered to the ground at another used car dealership and some pretty usual yet very High in the sky Yellow, Red and Green circular balloons.
It seems Seattle is pretty infatuated with these big balloons. My thoughts on them are: They seem to catch attention IF and only IF you are driving by them. And they seem to catch my attention. The only thing that is really wrong with this type of advertising is many places let their balloon shapes get dirty and kind of ugly which can give your business a worse image instead of more customers. they are pretty expensive, thus if you do this type of advertising, please budget in for a new one every few months or at least once a year so that they will look good.
The Radio Advertising in Seattle was pretty good, the good spots that I heard told a topical story and I could picture the scenarios happening in my mind. The spots that didn’t do to well had way too much copy in them and too many cluttered words read way too fast.
A billboard I noticed Said “Advertise here..250,000 people see this Billboard each Day” I liked that a lot, many times us in media forget that one of the best places to advertise about ourselves is with our own media. A few years back I let my employees run 20-30 ads a week about themselves and also during their “ad” week they were spotlighted on our internet sites. Each Account Executive received an additional 1-5 calls each week that they were on and we had a 20% closing ratio, thus we DID make money from running ads on our own medium. Congrats to the Billboard company!
As you can tell somedays I like to write about advertising in Hawaii and other days just advertising and hot tips and trends pertaining to advertising, promotions and marketing around the world. We’ll today, we start our “once every couple of weeks or so Interviews” And for now at least, these will be people working in the advertising, marketing and promotion areas who are doing business in Hawaii or just living in Hawaii doing business all around the world via the net. Today, We interview the President of Ark Marketing Group-Marilyn Cariaga:
Questions and Answers for the interview with the Ark Marketing Group for: advertisinginhawaii.com
Tell us a little about the ark marketing group?
Ark Marketing Group is based in Hawaii. We provide services in all aspects of advertising, marketing, and community relations. Our primary goal is to lead clients to success by applying the win, win, win concept incorporated with the values of Aloha.
Who have been and who are some of your clients?
To name a few. Shiseido Cosmetics America based out of New York have used our services for commercial productions that were used locally and nationally. Couture Jewellers-Roberto Coin is a company that uses our graphic and communication services. NALU Studies a non-profit organization commissioned our branding services.
Can you tell us about some of your Success stories that you would like to share with our audience?
We have Many. One that I would like to particular highlight was “Complete Our Streets: Waialae Avenue rally and media implementation” was succeeded in less than a week. Media coverage reached major local televisions and newspapers. It encompassed a small team to work hard and cooperatively to ensure the outcome of success.
How did you come up with the name-Ark?
The acronym represents Action, Results, and Knowledge. It’s a repetitive process necessary to ensure success in any endeavor.
How do you think the present economy is doing in Hawaii?
Businesses are looking for new inexpensive ways to market versus traditional style marketing. The primary interest continues to focus on increased profits with minimal investments.
I’ve seen your you tube channel, tell us a bit about what you are trying to achieve on there?..Is is working?
It absolutely works. Burgado Fine Woods benefited in a huge way. Although reluctant at first, they now understand the power of communicating their services. They were able to receive immediate financial results, increased foot traffic and phone calls.
This is a great way for positive messaging. It’s in its infancy and will cover stories on communities, individuals and companies. Its primary purpose is a newsworthy mini-documentary communicating its mission, impact and positive contribution it offers to individuals, companies and communities. You can find Marilyn on you tube here.
What are your thoughts on Newer media like Facebook, Linked In, You tube and twitter?
Necessary. This is by far the most effective way to inform your clients, colleagues, and family instantly. It’s a great tool for building customer loyalty. However, the information displayed must be strategic. Otherwise, a company or individual will come across as using every opportunity to sell and or reduce their positioning/brand image. If not used wisely, it can damage their reputation and business.
And your thoughts on traditional media like TV, Radio, newspapers, Magazines and Billboards?
Traditional media is important for companies who are looking to establish long-term success. Its ability to create top of mind awareness, reach and impact continues to be valuable for existing clients and to gain new clientele.
Where do you see ark marketing in 5 years?
Serving local, nationwide clients and having an impact globally. Another component for Ark Marketing Group is to be visible in the Hawaiian Islands by leading and establishing standards that pursue excellence.
What is your favorite restaurant on Oahu? I Enjoy Japanese cuisine.
If you were a tourist coming to Hawaii, name the top 3-5 places you would recommend and why? (any island) If you enjoy nature, my recommendation would be to visit the island of Hawaii. Particularly, Kilauea Volcano, Waipio Valley and Kona. The beauty and different terrains are simply magnificent and you’ll find yourself in awe. Waikiki on the island of Oahu is a great place to experience sand, surf and shopping. Pursue the meaning of “living aloha” the Hawaiian way.
What would you recommend someone to do if they were planning a career in sales, advertising and marketing? To seriously think about their level of commitment. In this field, its essential to constantly observe, network and understand the dynamics of being successful. It’s a great career for someone who is creative and has a lot of positive, think big, energy.
What is your favorite part about Marketing?
Seeing an idea become a reality and succeed in its purpose of implementation. Dreams come true.
Any thoughts on the future in the economy, marketing, the world in general?
Our Hawaii State, will be hosting the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Oahu. This is an opportunity that literally will not come by for another 21-24 years. Members of the community are ensuring the success of this conference. Our intentions are to have Hawaii be considered as a place for discovery, connections and quality of life. As an APEC trainer for over 1200 volunteers it’s an amazing opportunity to participate and contribute back into the community.
Thank You Marilyn for being our first interviewees on Advertising in Hawaii Dot Com. Best wishes on your future with the Ark Marketing Group. If you’d like to contact Marilyn or the Ark Marketing Group click here or remember to check her out on YouTube. Have a Great rest of the week and if you’re going to the KCCN FM100 Birthday Bash this weekend, stop by and say “Aloha” text or call me when you’re there at (808) 479 – 9928
http://www.youtube.com/user/believewords Marilyn M. Cariaga | ark marketing group | believe & succeed 350 Ward Avenue Suite 106-215 | Honolulu, HI 96814 | 808.265.6906
First off, I’d like to say that a successful social media advertising campaign would benefit greatly by using traditional media-be it Radio, TV, Newspapers or Billboards (where legal). And I dont just say that because I work at a radio station. Just imagine how many more people will come to your blog, twitter or Facebook page if they were hearing or seeing it advertised somewhere else. Me, personally I would love to have an outside source of advertising for my own blogs. Yes, my SEO is getting better and yes more and more people are coming to my sites, but it’s a slow process. Buy some traditional media and watch your social media number soar, but please make sure you buy enough of it to work, have the correct creative for your ads, they match the place they run on. AND include your “Call to Action!!”
And check these nice radio listening numbers out that I didn’t make up:On a typical Day, of people ages 12+ 71% listened to over the air local radio 24% Visited Facebook 9% Used Twitter 10% Visited Youtube Sources: comScore Inc Ratings for March 2011:RADAR 108, March 2011, persons 12+, 24 hours.
Some up to date as of today things going on with Social Media:
Foursquare & Twitter: Mashable lets us know that foursquare just released version 3.3 for iPhone. I don’t have it yet, so can’t tell you if it’s any different. All I really want Foursquare to do is not let people who have never been somewhere be the mayor of that place! Yeah you Sara. She is the may of Media Shop 808 which I own and work in and she has never ever been in my area. i tell you I will get my mayorship back before the end of the Summer! Mashable also wants to let us know that Jerry Seinfeld sent out his first tweet today. I don’t really care much, but I do find it interesting that Rihanna just passed up Lady GaGa as the Gal with the most fans on Twitter. I bet GaGa does some sort of outrageous stunt this weekend to get her numbers back up to number 1! and last bit about foursquare-they will soon offer deals with LivingSocial, Gilt and they are in talks with Groupon. Me personally I dont much care, I’m trying not to use my credit card. So, until they get a groupon card similar to the iTunes Cards, I wont be using the 50% off offers. By using my credit card on anything, it ends up costing me way more than saving 50% on it today.
Google+s Speed of Adoption is quite quick. It’s expected to reach 20 million by the end of the weekend and so far most of the users are of the male gender. Ladies-might be a good place to meet some men.
Pandora is set to unleash its new site powered by HTLM5
LinkedIn has passed MySpace for US visitors, becoming the #2 Social Network with twitter not too far behind. Note to Myspace-even after you lost a bunch of your supporters, when you changed the way it looked you lost the rest of us-way too confusing and too much white space. I’m a color person myself. And last thing for MySpace-it was my favorite social network and I still enjoy it sometimes to find and talk to bands, but get those crazy, blurry Girls out of there, they aren’t my friends, I never said they could be my friends, they aren’t real, and every time i go on your site, they pretend to say “Hi” to me..when all they are doing is trying to hack into one of my email accounts. Get rid of them. TU
And lastly, Look out for Spotify-Be the first on your block or in your office to be on the US version of this UK site. They claim you need to be invited to the site for their US beta version if you have a high Klout score, but after a bit of googlizing, I found them easily at spotify.com and requested and invite. I’ll let you know if I get invited. If I do, I hear they have millions upon millions of songs from around the world and supposedly they are all free. We’ll see. Until next time, you can find me this weekend on my phone via voice or text: 808 479-9928 24/7.. I usually don’t sleep much on the weekends..well a bit during the day..LOL
On June 16th one of my favorite E-Newsletters Springwise LMK that “Tours by I Pad” are available now at the “Eiffel Tower”. How Cool is that? You just stop by the store on the Eiffel Tower’s Second Floor and for 7EUR per hour pick up your pre-loaded iPad complete with the official multilingual Eiffel Tower Guide, a historical look at the Eiffel Tower and its biggest milestones, along with a 360% panoramic view of Paris, highlighting the coolest things the city of lights, wine, street crepes, Le finale de la Tour De France and a pretty happening city for art has to offer! For more information on this clever marketing tool click here.
With this addition to the Eiffel Tower’s forward thinking, what else has people done with and what else can we do with the Ipad to make a customers experience escalated, thus increasing your sales and street talk within the city, state or world! Here’s just a few I’ve been thinking about today:
Have hip, happening dressed slick-looking check in clerks all around the lobby which actually isn’t even a lobby but a big party room with cocktails and free finger foods. these Hip and happening clerks would check you in and out on the fly-no need for lines or cash registers. Your key card would automatically generate via another high-tech gadget hooked up wirelessly to the hip and happening clerks pocket. And you’re good to go!
In Room Pads-Probably secured down or not-you could always offer to sell the slightly used Ipads to the guests when they leave or when they have too many drinks at the pool. anyways these would be in your room awaiting your arrival, meaning you no longer need to lug your macbook pro through the air port stuck amongst your shoes. Most everything you need will be on the in room Pad provided.
iPads provided at the front desk, this is the most obvious and easiest. have them pre loaded with “insider tips” on what to do around town. Include your hotels own insider tips with discounts from your concierge’s favorite Hot spots. Include the I pad deal of the day for hotel services such as two for one massages or free breakfasts on the tweet up deck.
MOVIE THEATRES- This is my favorite idea of the day. Even if you just did it once a month – “Oh what fun it would be!” Give everyone in the theatre their own iPad prior to the movie, let them use them throughout, tweeting with each other on what they like and don’t like about the movie. Good way to meet some new friends, maybe make a few enemies-might want to hire a security guard or two, and awesome way to get tons of good and probably some bad publicity on your movie that is showing at said theatre. Actually, this would be cool for movie studios to do when they preview a movie prior to it going out to the public-would be a lot more fun then the usual post premiere questionnaire or boring interview questions they ask you to answer. Of course at the end of either of these movie events, you would return your iPad to the theatre, but only after getting a few phone numbers from the cool people you met at the movie.
TRADE SHOWS-Why oh Why do we still use pieces of paper and pens that don’t work and pencils that barely write to get our trade show leads. When you do your next trade show and have an enter to win, do it on an iPad, much more fun for the attendee and I bet you get a lot more people to “opt in” for your permission marketing emails/newsletters/future contests.
THE GAP or SIMILIAR CLOTHES STORE-When I grew up my mom never let me buy any clothes without trying them on. And when my daughter grew up she also could not buy any clothes unless she tried them on. Me, I always liked trying thing on because I like to shop, although my daughter totally dislikes trying things on. Thus, have customer service agents in the store with iPads, someone like my daughter likes something. The agent comes over takes her picture, then shows her what all the thing she likes look like on her. Then she can either buy them all or as I would do, I would then, just try on the things that look good-just to make sure they fit. And for me at least, feel good to walk around in.
ADVERTISING IN HAWAII-(free plug..LOL) Give Pre loaded iPads to tourists as they arrive in Honolulu. HTA could have them filled with all the cool beaches, HOT clubs, tips on sun tanning etc with ads to support the complimentary iPads. Or the Fancy Boutiques like Chanel, Tiffany, Coach etc on Kalakaua could all hui together and give out iPads to select or upgraded passengers showing them all of the latest styles and of course..this is really important-offer them a special Limited Edition item or two that you can ONLY purchase with your special customized iPad given to you at the airport or at your upscale hotel.
Before I go tonight to twitter on my iPad:
Here’s a bit of iPad or as AdAge likes to call it-“Tablet” information, showing the growing trend of users:
From AdvertisingAge June 22, 2011: “Some 28 million US web users between 8 and 64 years old own or use tablets-12% of the US internet population in that age range-according to the study from the Online Publishers Association and Frank N Magid Associates.
And their ranks will grow to 54 million! 23% of the US internet population from 8-64, by earl next year, the study found.” That is 12% this year to 23% next year!
On average, those who have downloaded apps on tablets have spent $53 on apps in the last year. 93% of tablet users have ever downloaded apps. 26% of all apps downloaded are paid. 46% of respondents said they found advertising within newspaper and magazine tablet apps relevant, unique and interesting, 43% of tablet users have a household income above $50,000, and tablet users skew male-60% and are mostly 18-34 years old(48%). Here’s a picture of a fun street sign I took in Brussels, Belgium-not exactly Paris, but pretty close! Scott.email@example.com
Yep, There are only about 11 minutes of real action in an NFL football game.. according to Tom Asacker speaker and author of “opportunity Screams-Unlocking Hears and Minds in Today’s Idea Economy”. Can you believe that? only 11 minutes and a game goes on for at least 3 hours if not longer!!
What does this mean to you and me in and regards to advertising?
1. Make sure you keep the SHOW in Show Business. Whether it’s a football game, a radio remote at a car dealership or even your window display at your store. Make sure you are providing your best version of your product or service at all times. It maybe your 10th remote this month, but for your next customer, it might the first time they ever see you in their life and they are looking for you to perform, entertain and be on your A game. A few quick and easy rules I require my people to do at remotes: NO Eating at the Booth, NO Whispering to each other/gossiping about who did blah blah to whoever at wherevers. Of course, wear your correct clothes and make sure that they are clean, smell good and fit. Do SMILE. DO talk to people as if they are the most important person in the world. Answer any and every question they may ask. If you don’t know the answer find it. And above all have fun or at least LOOK like you’re enjoying yourself!
2. Make your Creative Creative: If there are only 11 real minutes of real action in a football game and someone is DVR’ing it. If your TV commercial isnt enticing, creative, fun, interesting, has a great first line or two-No one’s gonna watch it. They’ll skip on through to the 11 minutes of the real action of the game and watch someone else’s commercial if it’s all or any of the above. People don’t want yackety yack information, give them something they want like some more Show Biz, engage them, connect with them emotionally, entertain them, make them laugh, relate, do something different. One time made a TV commercial where the talent talked for a few seconds then the sound went off, just in case I put some fun lines in print underneath while my expensive 24 seconds played on with the two guys moving their mouths with no sound coming out. And ended it with a cute, fun, quick call to action. It was different, it didn’t win any awards, some of the bosses and even the talent didn’t quite get it, ya know, even the production company questioned it. but People didnt fast forward through it, they STOPPED what they were doing to check and see if something was wrong with their TV and then watched the commercial. Going from Good to great just takes a few more minutes of think time. Next time your need to write a commercial, take that time to do it great or find someone who can.
3. Watch Peyton Manning play football: He know’s that there are only 11 minutes of real playing time. Just watch him in action, he shouts, he bobs his head, he waves his arms, he gets pissed off, he gets happy, and he does all of this with no time off the clock. He is a showman and a really good player too. But first and foremost he gets it-He does the SHOW Business.
That’s all for today, I’m trying my best to entertain and give you something fun to read at least every other day, but today I really need some sleep. From what I hear, I have sleep apnea and who knows, maybe I only get 11 minutes of sleep each night, when I think I’m getting 6 hours.
Well, you are already here reading this, thus it doesn’t make much sense that the QR code is here. But what I wanted to let you know is how I achieved getting my QR code. All I did was asked my Web Master “How can I get this on to my blog”. Here is what he told me to do if you would like your QR code on your Blog.
1. Go to “how to get a QR code on Google” and then click on QRCode.kaywa.com
2. Type in your web address
3. Click on the code not the picture of the code and press: Control A (All) then control C (Copy)
4. Open up your blog and here is the tricky part-Don’t go to visual, switch over to HTML, then press Control V (Paste) and then go to Visual and you will see it.
5. Lesson learned-Its much easier to ask someone who knows more about something then you do. Before this all I had on here was a bunch of crazy HTML code in pink. And I spent about half an hour to do that! Once I asked how to do this it took less than 4 minutes!! Thanks To Robz Y for the Help on getting this QR code on to my blog. Yeah!!!
Right about now, it’s a good time to start planning your July, August and September advertising plans. Listed below are a bunch of dates, events and topical ideas to help you get started. I added in a couple for June since they are biggies!
When I meet new people and ask them “What kinds of advertising have you done in the past?” I get many different responses-TV, Radio, Newspaper, Blogs, Facebook, Garage Billboards etc. The people who answer with “Radio”, I go on to ask them “If it worked?” some say yes and some say no. I’d like them to respond “yes” 100% of the time I ask, but this isn’t always the case. This leads me to today’s subject-“The Three ingredients needed for a succesful radio campaign” These are:
1. The Correct Radio Station: (The Correct Station/Who are you talking to?): Ask yourself-Does this radio station reach my target demographic? Does this station have enough people listening to it (Cume) for a decent amount of time (TSL) Does the product or service I have fit the demographics and psychographics of this stations audience? Make sure that the station you are advertising on makes sense and fits what you are selling or no matter how many commercials you purchase-your radio won’t work.
2. The Correct Message (The Creative or lack their of): Do you have a fantastic first line in your commercials creative? Does it stand out within the set of the other advertisers? Does it include a “Call To Action?” Will it be effective on the radio station that you have chosen to air your ad on? we can go into good/great creative on another post. But remembering these key elements will help you craft your script.
3. The Correct Frequency (How many times your target hears your message): This is Key for your radio advertising to work. Radio is a frequency medium. If you’re customers aren’t hearing the ad enough, it wont work with the best creative and the biggest and best, most highly rated radio station. The best campaigns have both vertical and horizontal freqeuncy-6a-7p/Mon-Sun. Getting your message out all day each day and throughout the week. OES/Optimum Effective Scheduling is the recommended amount. However, some of my clients just dont have that much money to spend. Thus, I recommend choosing one or two specific day parts, maybe 6a-10a and 3p-7p or just 6a-10a and concentrate your commercials in that certain daypart(s). Thus, hitting the same people enough times for your ads to work. Some research we’ve heard over the years is that people need to hear something at least 3 times for it to stay in their minds. But with all the messages we hear and see everyday, I suspect the research might be a bit old, probably best to hear it at least 6 times.
Another note: If you do radio advertising or TV or really anything else, remember that all of your results wont happen in the weeks that you are on the air. There can be a lag of a week or two or even a month before you see all of your results. Just take an example from your own habits. Say you hear something 3 or more times the week of May 30th. And you really like the ad and what they are offering, but because it’s a short 4 day work week, you have a lot to do, then your weekend gets busy. The next week the ad may not run, but you remember that you want to buy that certain something. And you go out and buy it on June 17th in time for Fathers Day. Well, its been two weeks since the last ad ran. Even though the ads aren’t running anymore-they still worked!