Are Clothing Stores Going the Way of Records/CD’s …Books?

http://creativity-online.com/

This video makes the on-line shopping experience for clothes seem pretty close to the real thing. It’s a 2D experience that shows you how you would look with your new Purse(put in product here) and it really does work well.  I suspect it will get even better and better as technology moves us there.  Me myself, I really like shopping in the real stores,  trying on clothes, watching what others are buying in person, talking to the sales person and having fun “shopping” in “Brick and Mortars”. 

But I am also someone who said I wouldn’t read a book on my iPad, that I really needed to feel and touch a book. But after going on a trip to Seattle this past week.  I found it very convenient to read 2 of the 3 books that I downloaded to the kindle APP and read on my iPad.  Not only was it convenient, but it gave my carry on a few less pounds to carry. AndI didnt need to remember which books to bring-they were all on the iPad already-All in one place! So, in regards to books, unless I’m reading at the Beach, I’m now an offical electronic Book Convert.  My house will love this! So much less clutter.  What do you think of shopping for Clothes, Books, CD’s etc on-line and not in person now and in the future?

Video courtesy of RazorFish.com and their Kinect Shop.

Big Blow Ups Rule in Seattle Advertising!

Yo Vinnie "Pass me the Salt"

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!

100% Recycled Advertising

http://bcove.me/xm0fac90

Nike’s Better World Campaign uses the new HTML5 to create an interesting scrolling story board microsite, It’s ok, but I really enjoy the video made from 100% recycled advertising. Basically, some of the best Nike clips with a new voiceover. The clips move quick and flow well together, I particularly like the DJ’s in the beginning with the bright green shoes and Bright orange speakers. The video also tells and sends a great message. But where’s Mike?  I didn’t see him, did you?  Lebron, Kobe and Carmello and their muppet cohort’s are all there, so is Ronaldo and other big stars and up and comers. But couldn’t find Mike, it’s a great 2 minutes of action, take a look-see and LMK if you see Jordan? I personally couldn’t find him anywhere and if you want to recycle your NIKE ads, you better have Jordan in there-Those were some of the best ads ever made! And I am a bit biased, he’s my favorite player of all time!

Have a nice Weekend!  I’ll be headed to Seattle next week, so I will give some reports from Pikes Place-the Marketplace with the “happiest employees on the Planet” so says the motivational “FISH” video. I’ll check it out and let you know what I think about it.  Although, I don’t think I’ll be buying any fish-no place to cook it up in the hotel. Hit me up if you have any suggestions on what I should do and where I should go.

Action, Results and Knowledge..an interview with Marilyn Cariaga from Ark Marketing

Hi,

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

State of the Internet 2011-courtesy of onlineschools.org

http://www.onlineschools.org/state-of-the-internet/

This is really fun to watch and quite amazing.  Me, personally, I find it fascinating that Foursquare still has a flat line and hasn’t even come close to reaching its potential. And that’s the one I’ve been having the most fun with lately. Wow! Click on the link,  Press play and enjoy!

Today’s Social Media Update of Variousness…

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

Ch..Ch…Ch….Changes

Today’s Quick Tip is actually really, really easy yet many or actually I should use the word “MOST” people don’t do it.

When you’re responding to an email, Please ch..ch…ch….change the Subject line.  It just takes a couple extra seconds, but makes so much sense!   I’ve personally been making a concerted effort to do this over the last few months and my email, my clients and friends emails are hopefully making a lot more sense.

I could go on and on giving you examples of  Subject lines staying the same, Here are just a few ..  read them and see how silly it is for you not to change the subject line:

1. After about 8 emails..Subject line:  “Happy Memorial Day!!”  date of the 8th email-July 10th and real subject of the email: “Let’s get together for dinner sometime this week”

2.  After 5 email exchanges..Subject line:  “Let’s Go to Lunch”  date of the 5th email-June 23rd and real subject of the email:  “L.A is really Fun!”  (Person Not even in town for lunch anymore and the two people had lunch three weeks ago)

3.  At least 12 emails later..Subject Line:  “Go Bears” date of the 12th email-April 4th and the real subject of the email:  “Did you get my request for proposal?”  (Bears quit playing football back in January or February and the real subject line isn’t about a football game, but it’s an opportunity to help someone out with some marketing and advertising expertise)

As you can see by just a few examples, many of our emails are ending up with drastically off base Subject lines.  Watch your email over the next week and I bet you’ll laugh at a few of yours, then when you respond to them, Ch..Ch…Ch….Change the SUBJECT line for better much improved email communication.

The best way to reach me today and tomorrow is to leave a response here and it will show up on my iPhone screen or email me with an appropriate Subject line or not at

scott.mackenzie@coxradio.com

Preparing Press Releases to increase your free advertising

Over the weekend, my friend who works at a local retail store told me that the Star-Advertiser doesn’t accept press releases as attachments. So, figured I’d do this quick, simple posting.  Next time, you send a press release to someone/anyone including the Star Advertiser. Make sure you put the body of your information in the email.  You can send the attachment or not-up to you. But make sure that the information is in the body of the email. 

My friend said that the newspaper doesn’t open any attachments because they do not want virus’ attacking their computers. Makes sense, I still get sent both attached press releases and releases in the body of the email.  Me personally, I’d rather get the Press Release in the body of the email, because it betters the chance that I will read it. A bunch of people I know at work and at play don’t even open attachments, not because they don’t want a virus but because they are just lazy.  If you’re trying to get some free advertising in Hawaii through a press release..copy and paste it into the body of the email to increase your chances of getting the hook-up.

Wow! Now that is HOT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo8kzFfJ5Gg&feature=player_embedded

This is one blog post where this is so awesome I suggest you just watch the video listed above. My best quote to sum it up is:  ” You can go to dinner and eat upon an interactive computer just like the computers you see on the TV show-CSI. The world that Tom Cruise lives in during “Minority Report” IS HERE NOW”  Basically you order your food by pressing an icon on your E-table, you can play games while waiting for your food and my favorite is changing the electronic table cloth into different colors and patterns.  OH-the ideas for this are endless.    Video courtesy of youtube via Springwise.

For more information:  www.inamo-restaurant.com 

Today the best way to reach me is by phone at:  (808) 479-9928                                               Happy 4th of July Weekend!!!  SM

 

 

I Pads in Movie Theatres-Soon?

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:

HOTELS

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.mackenzie@coxradio.com 

Which Way to the Apple Store? S’il Vous Plait?