8 Indispensable Tactics to Supercharge Your Marketing Today!

August 16, 2010

We have all heard the grim and dire reports of sinking consumer confidence and the challenges of the worldwide economic crisis. Whether you are a B2B or B2C marketer, your business has no doubt suffered. But fear not! This list of proven strategies is sure to get your brand buzzing and generate that elusive demand you’ve been searching for.

1. Write a blog post

You no longer need to wait for mainstream press outlets to pick up your latest product or service news. You can and should be your own publisher. Your audience is just waiting to engage with your brand, and using the latest new media will make you seem hip in their eyes, even if you’re really not.

2. Include a numbered list

Market research has shown that people like to count. One such report dubbed this phenomenon “The Sesame Street Effect,” noting that numbers give people a sense of confidence and competence. You always know where you are and how far you have to go. The ideal number is between seven and nine. Keep reading. You can do it.

3. Generate a sense of urgency

Did you ever wonder why coupons have an expiration date? They are not like cheese. If you tell someone they can only do something for a limited time, they are inclined to rush right out and do it, whether or not they really want to. Act now to take advantage of this opportunity.

4. Post links to your blog throughout your social network

If a blog is posted online, but no one tweets about it, does it make a sound? Probably just a dull thud. Don’t make your audience Google themselves silly trying to find out what you have to say. You want your message to be everywhere, especially those high traffic areas. In the old days, we called this graffiti. Today, we know it as social media.

5. Solicit comments

The only thing better than having your readers see your message is having them see THEIR message. This is your opportunity to feed the egos in your audience by giving them a ready platform to spout their own wisdom and look smart in the eyes of a bunch of people they’ll never actually meet. Let us know what you think.

6. Comment on other blogs

If you are lazy and have not cultivated a large number of readers, followers, friends, connections or other online soul-mates, you can simply ride the coat-tails of those who have. Think big: NYT, CNN, Ashton Kutcher. This is like flying a branded blimp over a crowded football stadium. Someone down there might actually be interested, even if your message is slightly off topic. Be sure to include a self-promotional link to your own blog. This is a perfect example.

7. Build rapport

As a consumer, you are most loyal to brands and businesses that you can personally identify with. If you’re like me, you are quickly turned off by advertising that simply touts the benefits of a product or service. Instead, we like to feel listened to, understood and valued. Don’t you think so?

8. Use humor

A brand should have a personality to let you know that there are actual humans involved. Taking yourself too seriously is a sure recipe for failure, unless you are saving lives. The subtle use of self-referential satire, spoof and sarcasm can go a long way, if it’s all in good fun. Oh, and hyperbole is the best technique ever!


TD Bank’s Inconvenient Truth

July 22, 2010

I don’t watch much TV and I usually tune out the ads when I do, so it is the rare commercial that has the ability to break through the clutter and grab my attention.

Unfortunately, TD Bank managed to do just that with their “America’s most convenient bank” campaign. I say unfortunately because TD Bank accomplishes this feat with what has to be the most annoying series of ads in recent memory.

At first, I thought my reaction was due to the singularly obnoxious spokescouple, Regis and Kelly, but then I realized it was much worse than that.

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ProFlowers wilts customer trust with Easy Saver Rewards

December 23, 2009

I gave up balancing my checkbook years ago, but I still look over my credit card statements every month. Usually I just cringe at the amount of money that flows through the account, but every so often I’ll catch an errant duplicate transaction, a missing credit for a return I swear I made, or a mysterious charge from some suspicious, unknown merchant. Such was the case last week when I noticed a charge for $14.95 from EZSVER RW ID055236244 – 800-355-1837 MD. A little research proved very eye-opening, and in the end made me vow to never do business with ProFlowers again.

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Free Shipping* at Buy.com

September 10, 2008

My son got a new free cell phone that doubles as an MP3 player, so he quickly decides he’s going to download his entire iTunes collection. After about 7 songs, the phone memory is full. Nothing is ever free…

So now it’s time to order some more memory — gigabytes of it — on one of those tiny little micro memory chips that you insert into the phone with tweezers. (By the way, are these chips available for the human brain??)

I do the obligatory online shopping search to find the merchant with the best price for this commodity. The lucky winner: Buy.com. Even better, they are offering FREE SHIPPING! I give my son a high five and take out the credit card. But I didn’t see the fine print.

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Welcome

September 9, 2008

Welcome to OFF the MARKeting, a personal look at some of the worst practices in marketing.

While these anecdotes are intended to be irreverent and amusing, they are also real stories about real people and real brands that hold real lessons for marketers everywhere.

Read. Enjoy. Participate.

Larry Robiner

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Not doing your Jabra at CompUSA

July 18, 2008
Jabra BT8040

I finally caved in, cut the cord and bought one of those ubiquitous bluetooth headsets for my cell phone. “Headset” is a bit of a misnomer, actually. The thing is about the size of a nickel and weighs a gram and a half soaking wet. Anyway, it works great and now I can walk around and make everyone think I’m talking to myself.

The first problem occurred when I bought the device in a mysterious “bulk pack”. Later, I was put on hold for 12 days by the manufacturer.

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