Coffee Bean Debuts New #PurpleStrawCam Instagram Filter

coffee_bean_purple_straw Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is out with a cross media campaign to tout the brand's iced beverages, notably, the Original Ice Blended drink which promises customers they will "keep cool and summer on." The campaign includes outdoor, radio, social, mobile, video and online media. The campaign's video, directed by The Real McCoys, has a bit of fun with the pronunciation of the word "cool." Or is it "kewl"? [youtube]http://youtu.be/EUDzazgbnwo[/youtube] Aimed at 18-35 year old millennials, radio ads will air in LA and on Pandora with online activity encompassing Twitter, Pinterest, Vine and [...]


Tracking Intent Data Across Channels For B2B Marketers

shutterstock_102068095-woman-with-tablet-at-airport-web Savvy digital marketers have learned that by now, when it comes to boosting results and efficiency, you can't beat intent data for the ability to reach and engage users who are "in market." For B2B marketers, where the buying process is more intricate and collaborative, intent is an even more important factor in building and nurturing relationships with customers. Knowing just when to reach out to them with exactly what they need is what keeps long term B2B relationships going. Within the B2B buyer’s journey, there are several stages where marketers must actively nurture that rela [...]


LEARN: Lucy The Movie’s Web Site Teaches You To Speed Read Scarlett Johansson-Style

lucy_movie Movie websites, more than any other type of marketing site, seem to span every point of the scale between horrifically lame and ingeniously brilliant. Far over on the ingeniously brilliant end of the scale is this promotional area within the Lucy web site, the new movie starring Scarlett Johansson movie, Lucy. Lucy is written and directed by Luc Besson and features Johansson as a drug mule who gains superhuman mental capabilities after taking a drug. The movie's promotional site keys in on that plot element by encouraging visitors to test their own brain power. But what's the drug that w [...]


The Fundamental Checklist For Website Navigation Design & Architecture – Part 1

checklist-check-list-shutterstock People make assumptions about website navigation, often to the detriment of findability. We assume that the web designer or developer is naturally knowledgeable about effective site navigation. Does the designer's or developer's home page have a jquery homepage slider that takes up the majority of the screen? Or cool drop-down and fly-out menus? Granted, any designer or developer naturally likes to show the breadth of his or her expertise. I have a different reaction than most people when I see those items on a website. My immediate question is why the "wow" factor is wasted on navigatio [...]


Whiskey Maker Turns Cannes-Winning Ad Into Shareable Social Campaign

tullamore_parting_shot At the end of last year, New York boutique agency Opperman Weiss created a spectacularly somber ad, The Parting Shot, for Tullamore Dew Irish Whisky which became a 2013 Creativity pick and won a Silver Lion at Cannes. The ad, at first, appears to be a somber send off for a dead friend but, ultimately, turns out to be a celebration of one man's impending wedding. To date, the long version of the ad has been viewed 390,000 times and the :30 has been viewed 1.6 million times. Now, working with We Are Social, the brand has launched a social campaign that encourages people to send their own [...]


The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Finding Your Audience In Social Media

targeting-shutterstock Social media marketing platforms are constantly evolving, so newcomers are at a disadvantage compared to those who've been around the social media block over the last decade. There are more platforms to learn, more features to leverage, and larger audiences to engage. For small or new businesses venturing into social media marketing for the first time, focusing on the fundamentals is key. In this two-part series, we'll do just that.  Read on for a guide to getting started, including defining your target market and choosing the right channels to reach them. Step 1: Defining Your Target Mar [...]


Understanding The Complexity Of Mobile Ad Attribution

advertising_mobile_devices_hand In this complex and fragmented marketing landscape where a consumer's purchasing journey moves from desktop to mobile to offline channels, measuring the contribution of all these touch points is exceedingly complicated. Recently, one of these media has become increasingly challenging: mobile. While consumer usage of mobile devices is ballooning, mobile ad spend is still lagging behind. Marketers know that consumers are on their smartphones and tablets 24/7 and that this usage will only continue to grow, but a lot of uncertainty remains around attribution and how to accurately measure mobile [...]


Benjamin Moore Creates World’s Largest Wooden Yo-Yo

benjamin_moore_arborcoat_yo_yo Sometimes you stumble upon a marketing stunt and you wonder why in the world a marketer or ad agency would go there. Then you look at the sheer creativity of the stunt and you begin to realize marketing isn't always about giving a person information about a product. Oh sure, doing stunts just for fun with no connection to a brand really isn't going to be all that productive, but this stunt created by The Martin Agency for Benjamin Moore accomplishes both quite nicely. Aiming to tout the benefits of Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain which revitalizes old wood, the agency created what it's [...]


Finding Tumblr’s Place In Your Social Strategy

Tumblr logo Jonathan Gillette is credited with first using the term tumbleblogs to refer to short-form or microblogs in 2005.  In the following year, a 20-year old David Karp would borrow the term to name his new microblogging platform, Tumblr. Tumblr launched in 2007 and within weeks had over 75,000 users. In 2012, Yahoo! acquired Tumblr -- and, as of the time of this writing (July 15, 2014), the site boasts 195 million blogs, 83.1 billion total posts, and 97 million daily posts. For the 13- to 25-year-old demographic, Tumblr is more popular than Facebook. It would be a mistake to think that Tumbl [...]


How To Do Location-Based Push Marketing Without Going Too Far

mobile-target-location-targeting-shutterstock Location-based marketing has been described as "the intersection of people, places, and media." This evolving new capability centers around the idea of understanding your customers' context -- such as their current location, their location history and their current or historical beacon proximity -- to deliver more relevant, timely content as a result. Enabled by apps, mobile marketing leaders are using location-based audience segmentation to craft smarter messages to engage their mobile customers and win a greater share of smartphone and tablet screen time. However, brands must tread [...]


David Letterman (Sort Of), Justin Bieber (Kinda), Renee Zellweger (Perhaps) Endorse Amazon (Advertising)

amazon_advertising_mistaken_identity In a brilliant celebration of mistaken identity, Amazon Advertising, a San Francisco-based ad agency with no affiliation to Amazon the online retail giant, has launched the Mistaken Identity Project, a social-focused, self-promotional campaign aimed at having a bit of fun with mistaken identity. Amazon Advertising began around the time the more familiar Amazon was launched. The agency had big brand clients such as Kashi and Bear Naked. Over the years, the agency has received its fair share of mistaken calls from those who believe they are reaching out to the other Amazon about an order th [...]


E-Commerce Holiday Preparation – Making A List (And Checking It Twice)

holiday-retailer7-600 Although it feels early to be talking about the holiday season, anyone in retail will tell you it's impossible to be too prepared for the busiest season of all. In fact, it's a good idea to start the holiday preparation now, as the most important items take the most time to get ready. Here are some of the best ways to prep your e-commerce store. Promotions No holiday rush is complete without door busting sales. But there are a couple key components I always consider when deciding which promotions to run and when. What Are My Competitors Doing? For the most part, retail sales are [...]


As A Marketing Exec, What Keeps You Up At Night?

alarm_clock_cant_sleep_shutterstock It's been said that there are two types of people in the world: people who divide the world into two types of people and people who -- don't. As someone who likes to think she rejects all overgeneralization, I tend to think of myself as the latter. But, doing the division is sometimes a fun and worthy exercise. Allowing myself the predictable tendency to bucket people into types, I've been thinking recently about these two: Those whose lives are ruled by what keeps them up at night Those whose lives are ruled by what gets them up in the morning Think about it. You know you are in a [...]


The Talent Land Grab For Technical Marketers: How To Win

marketing_recruiting_evolution With the proliferation of technologies to support marketing, the application of growth hacking and agile methods by CMOs, the measurability of digital media, the general explosion of data, and the drive for greater ROI in marketing, a new breed of marketer has emerged: the marketing technologist. Editor’s note: Erica will be a featured speaker next month at our MarTech: The Marketing Technology Conference in Boston. This column is based upon an interview that was published originally in Scott Brinker's Chief Marketing Technologist blog.  Marketing technologists apply smarts across te [...]


How To Do Audience Research That Helps Focus Your Content Marketing

research-audience-targeting-shutterstock It's Sunday afternoon. You've popped around to see your gran, and she's asking after your health. "Well, Gran," you answer, "this weekend I got totally wasted and fell asleep in a trash can." An unlikely response? I'm guessing it is for most people. That's because, in real life, we tailor what we say to the person standing in front of us. However, when we're speaking to an online audience, how do we do that? How do we know the person reading our copy isn't horrified, offended or (possibly worse) bored? In this article, I'm going to outline a few different ways to get to know your targ [...]


Game Maker Intros New Title By Encouraging Fans To 3D Print Characters And Share On Social Media

evolve_3d Here's a bit of creative that will appeal to the geeks, gamers and do-it-yourselfers. Working with Saatchi & Saatchi North America's Team One (a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe) to promote its new multiplayer shooter game Evolve, game publisher 2K and Turtle Rock has launched what it claims is the first-ever downloadable character set in the gaming industry -- using 3D printing technology. T0 promote the characters, Team One created a trailer-like video which features the characters and pointers on how to go about creating the characters. Those interested can go to the website, choo [...]


The Power Of Real-Time Display For Back-To-School

ecommerce-shopping-credit-600 While many schools have recently let students out for summer break, back-to-school (BTS) shopping is already top of mind for marketers. This season, eMarketer estimates about $50B will be spent on retail e-commerce sales, including a wide range of products and categories from apparel and electronics to school and office supplies. eMarketer's recent report explains that the main buying season for back-to-school shopping is July and August, as 96% of parents expect to have completed the majority of their purchases by the end of the summer. However, the data also reveal that most BTS pro [...]


Removing The Fog From The Marketing Cloud

Another foggy day in the marketing technology cloud. Consider this: just 20 years ago, a retailer having a website was a huge novelty. Back then, the main purpose was to connect customers to service reps or find a store, and it took years before you could effectively showcase and optimize products like you can today with a marketing cloud. [caption id="attachment_90111" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Another foggy day in the marketing technology cloud.[/caption] Websites and e-commerce have evolved in the past 20 years largely due to third-party technologies. These technologies have helped optimize the overall brand experience, build cus [...]


Acquisition Isn’t Oz: Follow The “Yellow Brick Road” Of Email Marketing Success

yellow-brick-road-shutterstock Attracting new prospects to your enterprise is obviously key to a successful business, but that is just the beginning of the process. To be successful over the long term, you need to be driving relevant customer experiences so that all your clients embark on the Yellow Brick Road (YBR) to the highest customer lifetime value. Keeping customers on the golden pathway means developing a series of explicit steps that will deliver the maximum benefits and satisfaction to them. The focus here should not merely be on how great your return might be, but on how you can customize your product or se [...]


Krylon Spray Paint Teams With DIY Bloggers And YouTubers For Web Video Series

MTKrySprydnFBPage72 Seemingly to bring some personality to the banality of the product category, spray paint brand Krylon has teamed with several home improvement online personalities including Mark and Theresa Clement from MyFixitUpLife.com, Gail Wilson of MyRepurposedLife.com, Beckie Farrant of InfarrantlyCreative.net, Liz Latham of HoosierHomemade.com and Mike Warren of Instructables.com. Teaming with these Do-It-Yourselfers, the brand, with help from Cleveland-based Marcus Thomas, has launched Krylon Spraydown, a three-episode web video series hosted by Mark and Teresa Clement and featuring appearanc [...]


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