Tomorrow’s Today is Yesterday

The World as We Know it No Longer Exists

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Or the World as we knew it, no longer exists. Either way we say it. It’s true. Some days, I’ll post an uplifting video usually on marketing or advertising and other days, I’ll write. Today we have a bit of both.

Due to the ever changing world as of today (4/12/20), the way we did things and the way we do them now, are accelerating at an unprecedented speed.  Some of you may have already have been there, for others, it’s like what just happened to my World?!?!

Some examples:

ZOOMING INTO INNOVATION BE LIKE:

  • ZOOM:  Three weeks ago, zoom was how fast Lebron could get from one end of the Court to the other. Now it’s how we have weekly Sales Meetings, Virtual Cocktails, Dance parties, Yoga Sessions and Family Gatherings like Birthdays, Graduation and even EASTER!
  • WE ARE HERE FOR YOU:  Next time you watch TV, see how many commercials say these exact words.  They are good words and needed at this time. But how did close to 75% decide on these exact 5 words?  I don’t know the answer and ponder it nightly. However,  The actual point here is, look how quickly the TV commercials changed.  Years ago it would have been 7-10 days to tweak the messaging. The turnaround on some of these ads were 3 days! Did the ad agency’s have them pre-packaged and ready. Or was it that you and I can edit a commercial on our own laptop and don’t even need to do a big production session. It was probably a combo of both.  Yet, both lead us back to accelerated speed of efficiency.  Speed of things has been accelerated tremendously. FASTER ZOOMING
  • CONTACTLESS DELIVERY:  This moved so quick, spell check doesn’t even recognize the word.  Papa John’s does a really nice job of explaining it in their commercials. Kudos go to to them for the simplicity and effectiveness of the message. And once again, how quickly they got it on TV. ZOOMIER ZOOMING
  • AI:  Artificial Intelligence is something that is fun to think about “coming soon”. But it is here now.  With AI, Google can figure out what type of ad to serve you in less than 1.2 seconds. You may not need to know how AI works and the codes that go into it. But if you’re not aware of it and think its on it’s way, its here and is most likely going to break through the Covid-19 months, with outrageous popularity. Read about it, hire someone to help your company use it. Whatever you do, don’t think its on the way, it may be doing your job in 3 years. Think about that!   OUTSTANDING ZOOM
  • SOCIAL MEDIA:  Negative: Lots of people passing around information that is FAKE more than ever. Positive in advertising:  Within 8 days of quarantine,  ALL of these companies showed up on my FB and IG feed:  Purity Products, Nu Image Medical, Vital Proteins, Lifetones, Nanoceutical Solutions, AnaHealth, And Ace Nutritian.  Other than Purity, I never heard of any of them before. And they all were quick to react to sell me and you Immunity products. They have the products to fill our needs NOW.   SPEEDY Immunity to the rescue!  TikTok:  These are :15 second videos, I don’t know the stats exactly, but can tell for sure that they have had the biggest growth in March/April 2020.  Probably because of the quickness of the video, just :15 seconds and :15 seconds is just enough time to have your granpa dance to some Quavo. (Hopefully he isn’t drinking Quavo at the same time.Haha)   I predict now that TikTok will be the big winner when we come out of this. However be careful, some say your information on Tik Tok goes to some sketchy places.  TIK TOK’S FIFTEEN SECONDS TO ZOOM
  • INNOVATION/OR ACTIVE VERSION INNOVATE!:  This last thing isn’t something I’ve seen or heard lately. It’s just become embedded in my brain in March and April 2020. I don’t know the facts surrounding it or where it’s coming from. Like when Wayne Dyer writes a book, he says the words just appear on the page as the day goes by. Well this word is appearing in my brain all day and even at night.  It’s telling me and you something and I bet when it happens it will be FAST.  ZOOM IS THE NORM   Happy Zoom meetings to you and yours.  Scott

INNOVATING THROUGH CHAOS WEBINAR:

Today’s uplifting video is from Jeremy Gutsche of Trendhunter. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing. A few key points include:

Path Dependency.  Crisis. Chaos. Recharting.

Chaos Creates Opportunities. Chaos Changes the Rules.  Chaos Switches Who is in the Lead. 

Solve a new Consumer Need. You can Thrive when others Retreat. Be irresistible with a specific group of people.

KISS Me Twice

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AlwaysOrder2Image-AIH2020Looking for your clients Next Big Idea? Spending hours brainstorming, white-boarding, or scribbling notes on cocktail napkins! Your answer to their marketing dilemma might be, could be pretty SIMPLE.

Check out the picture above.  It came across the midst of the usual 200+ emails on a Monday Morning.  And not even sure who sent it. But it sure is effective and look how simple it is to create.

3 words below the counter:  ALWAYS ORDER TWO.  I’ve never been to this establishment-Burgers Never Say Die in L.A. or as their insta simplifies their name to BNSD.  But if I do go here, I already know, I’m ordering TWO!

Subliminal or in your face, it doesn’t  really matter, this is effective. Without doing much investigating reporting, I bet these 3 words work and sell a lot of extra burgers.

In the 90’s the Buzzword in advertising and marketing was the KISS principle.  Keep It Super Simple.  Keep it Simply Simple or the most used version, Keep It Simple…Stupid. There’s no better way to exemplify the power of this principle than ALWAYS ORDER TWO.

Have a nice rest of your day or night.

Donut Day’s of the Year

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Every Day’s a Celebration!

Today (6/7/19) is National Donut Day! Earlier this week, the Salvation Army and Regal Donuts stopped the 4 radio stations with over 82 donuts for the Dj’s and staff.  We did some interviews. Pre recorded them and played them on National Donut Day.  The Salvation Army and Regal Donuts received some nice promotional time on 4 great radio station morning shows.

Doing National Donut day here at the radio stations, reminded me of how easy it is to go to the Days of the Year website to get idea starters, do some tie ins or just to get something to post on my social media each day.  It’s a super easy way to get ideas flowing or to make money for you or your clients!

Here is the best site, I’ve found for the list of Days and Dates and even has extra info on each of the fun & festive days of the year! Did you know that the Salvation Army is the founder of National Donut Day!

Every Day of the year, is a special day and if it’s not a special day already, make up a new one!

Here’s some ways to utilize these days for fun, exposure and extra dollars for you or your clients:

  • Social Media Content:  You can instantly take almost any day of the year and use it for your social media content.  Today is Donut Day, yet it’s also Fish & Chips Day and Chocolate Ice Cream Day. That’s 3 food related idea starters for your social media all in one Day! Throughout the year, take lots of pictures, just scrolling thru your photos, you’re bound to find something that fits the day. Keep your eye out all year for pictures you can use on these special days of the year.  Or, you could easily take a few boxes of donuts out to Police, Fire departments, schools or non-profits, give them some free Donuts and get some great pictures for your Social Media Content.

 

  • Special offers: If you sell something that matches the day, give special offers, discounts or free offers. Today, you could give free donuts, fish or even easier chips/fries, or ice cream free or with a purchase.  For Donut Day, many places are doing both, free donuts just for walking in or buy a beverage/coffee and get a Donut free.

 

  • Brainstorming Meeting:  Do you have a brainstorming meeting coming up? Bring in the list of days, mention them, post them on the wall. It’s a really easy way to get the ideas rolling in a brainstorming meeting. And it’s sure to make your meeting more fun! Today, bring the list, but don’t forget the free donuts!

 

  • Pick a Day/Make it your Own: Monthly or quarterly:  Look at all the many days, pick out the one’s that match you best. and Own them.  You could bring free food of the day to the those in need.  Discounts on the various items of the Day.  Tie in a Non profit with portion of all sales this week going to the charity of your choice. Cross promote with a neighbor store down the street. They may have food and you may have clothes, help each other out on the various days. June is Guitars on the Beach Month. You could do a meet up with musicians, do a picnic with free food and drinks.  Get Guitar Center involved or local bands could make a surprise visit and do a free on-site mini concert or tutorial.

 

  • Make up Your Own Day:  Look at all the days that already exist, then find something unique to call your own. Submit it to the Days of the Year folks. Or just start doing it, make it an annual event. Each year, getting bigger and bigger. Promote it on social Media, advertise on radio, TV, Print or Outdoor.  Maybe in 3-5 years, many other people will be doing it as the special day of the year.  Many of the days started small at the grass roots level and have grown year after year.
  • Take a Day/Any Day/and Do something Fun:  Today, I will randomly pick June 23rd.  It’s Let it Go Day.  Here’s just a few things you could do:  Play the Frozen Movie in the park, beach or waterpark. Do it free, with a discount or giveaway tickets in May and June tying it in as a Gift with Purchase (GWP).  Do the City’s Largest Garage Sale.  Get people to Let Go of their clothes, shoes, etc.  Rent out a parking stall for $50. Rent out all the stalls at the mall, let the people keep their share of the earnings, after costs, give a portion of each of the $50 fees to a charity. A Let it Go Singing competition. We all know many people who’ve memorized all the words perfectly for this song.  Do a singing comp at the mall, in front of a bank, at a Fair or Amusement Park…anywhere really.  Get some prize sponsors & some free shave ice and the crooners + crowds will be there. Do an Instagram promo: Have people list what they want to Let Go and why, get the longest list of things to let go. Maybe pick one or two and give them some prizes. Make it a Let it Go Month of June. Have people come to your store locations and Let Go their slightly used shoes or sneakers, give them a Coupon for 25% off.  Take their pictures for social Media, post their pix in your store, give the shoes and sneakers to those that need them. Maybe for Job interviews or a High School sports team or 2. June 22nd is the Great American Backyard Campout Day.  You could piggy back on this and have a giant camp-out on June 22 and 23. On the 23rd you play the movie Frozen! You could also do the song competition on this day. Or even build in a Let it Go Rummage sale. Oh, so many things you can do with just one day.  Have fun!

Hope this may spark some ideas for you and your favorite upcoming special day.  Let me know if you want any additional ideas. If you do, just email me here.

Have a Great Day!  On whatever day you may read this blog posting.  🙂

Writing for Radio Tip #208

Make a specific offer-to get measurable results focus on one offer Source:  RAB’s Guide to Writing Great Radio Copy

Today/3/8/19 I’ve heard the same commercial 5x. Yes, it has the frequency to work. Yes it’s on the correct radio station to reach the target consumer. But NO, it has so many numbers in it I couldn’t tell you what the call to action would be.

It advertises 2 different events in one commercial. It tells us the dates + the Times of the 2 events.   It’s driving me crazy. Well, not really, it’s just not well written.

Sell the Sizzle or Sell the Steak: Doesn’t matter to me, just sell one of them. Not both in one :30 commercial. (You could run 2 different commercials 50% x 50% that’s a solution).

You could use “Starting at 3pm” in a commercial. But usually you don’t need the time of an event, especially not 2 dates and 2 times in one commercial. If people are interested in your event, they will check their phones for the time and/or date.  End your commercial with your web, IG or  Facebook address.  Or even easier, for more information, check Us (insert advertisers name) out on the web, IG, twitter or FB.

Use Great intro lines, Create theater of the mind, Have an enticing offer and a Call to action. All while keeping things simple without using too many numbers + dates + times. Edit your script one more time and get better results.  Have a nice Weekend.

Amazing Interactive Billboard

The Social Swipe for Charity

Swipe a slice of bread with your credit card and instantly donate $ to people in need. Swipe the ropes on wrists, immediately give to the disadvantaged. This interactive billboard is entitled the Social Swipe. It’s a dual screen electronic billboard that has a credit card reader in the middle. As your card runs through the slot, the video syncs and slices a piece of bread or cuts off the ropes on wrists.

The Social Swipe is produced by the relief organization-Misereor, with help from stripe.com, a mobile payment provider. Each swipe on the animated billboard delivers an instant 2Euro donation to those in need. It’s an extremely engaging interactive and fun way to donate.

When donators receive their CC statements, it gives the user the option to turn the one-time donation into a monthly one. Increasing the funds to further fight against poverty and injustice in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. These billboards are presently located in various International Airports.

Check out the video below and see how fun it can be to donate. Or if you see one of these around the world, give it a swipe for me and let us know if it’s as fun as it looks!

What else could we do with this or something similar?

  • Swipe your card to slice a piece of juicy steak. Increase sales for Omaha Steaks.
  • Cut through some carrots. Join the Fruit and Veggie gift box of the month club. Portions of the proceeds go to the Food Bank and you get the healthy foods each month.
  • Slice quick and fast on the coconut, add some sound as it cracks open. Gives you a case of Coconut milk and another case sent to those in need.
  • Push your card through the middle of the billboard, swipe it on the moving arrow with numbers on it. Whichever number you get. Take it to the Department store and get 10, 20 or even 50% off your next purchase.
  • Have all sorts of hamburgers, fries, shakes, etc floating around the screen. Swipe at the correct moment to receive a coupon good for your favorite fast food treat.
  • Chop up some noisy notes to purchase more credits on your Amazon or iTunes account, right before you jump on the plane.
  • Easy one:  Change all those self serve Walmart swipers to something fun like this and more people would use them. And would enjoy the sometimes very confusing and frustrating self-check-out activity.
  • Have water in the background, float your card through the fish and coral to donate to local fishery’s and aquariums. Like fishing for funds.
  • Put some kiosks at the beach. Swipe your card, instantly donate to skin cancer centers and just as fast receive a sample size of SPF 60, when the transaction is complete.
  • Use it as fun ATM. Each day you slice through a fortune cookie. Everyday, the cookie cracks open and gives you a brand new fortune. The bank also earns a fortune from the many increased transactions.

The ideas and usages are endless. What would/could you do with this technology. Let me know in the comments section.

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!

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?