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Delivering Marketing Joy with Kirby Hasseman

Well get ready to use all your senses to market your business. Today on Delivering Marketing Joy, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kirby Hasseman. Watch Episode 139 right now!
http://tinyurl.com/yclwhx85

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Tipping the Scale – How Promotional Products Compete in a New Era of Advertising (*Reference: PPAI.Org)

How Promotional Products Compete in a New Era of Advertising 

Promotional products US Impressions

Excerpts from the article:

Earlier this year, PaigeFair reported that mobile ad-blocking software has grown to an estimated 380 million users and 236 million active desktop devices, indicating “interruption” as the leading reason for consumer use. PaigeFair also reported a staggering 74 percent of consumers will abandon websites that require them to disable their ad-blocker software...Promotional products not only allow brand messages to effectively reach their intended audience, they also spread the
word to anyone who sees the product displayed, used or shared. Promotional
products are used daily, and 83 percent of consumers use them more than once brands to engage with consumers without forcing unsolicited advertising. The race to win the consumer path to purchase is contingent on consumers being able to actually remember the brand at the point of purchase. If they can’t recall a brand, they are less likely to
buy the brand. 

Moumita Das, author, is
research coordinator at PPAI.

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Smart Phones are sticky for Promotional Products

Our increasing attachment to our smartphones has caused a market for sticky wallets that stick onto the back of phones or phone cases to hold credit cards and cash. Since these wallets are inexpensive, it makes it easy for companies to offer these card sleeves as promotional products. Now every time someone pulls out their phone or goes to pay for something, they and the people around them are seeing your logo and design, as well as making the connection between utility and your brand.

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SXSW Explores Promotional Products

Source: PPAI Publications

Now in its 20th year, Austin, Texas-based South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown from a regional music festival to a 10-day conglomeration of festivals and conferences tackling film, music, advertising and marketing, interactive media and more. Currently in the middle of its March 10-17 run, the SXSW 2017’s Brands & Marketing track, part of SXSW Interactive, explores native advertising, brand storytelling and other topics relevant to promotional products industry practitioners.

SXSW offers attendees dozens of sessions to mix and match a program that suits their needs. Here are a sampling for promotional products professionals wanting to explore the cutting edge:

“Can I Order a Drink Via My T-shirt Yet?” explores digital connectivity and the data and information it can generate about consumers, how this trend will affect buying habits and routines, and what consumers will expect from the brands they engage with.

Automated assistants—software that can perform tasks or services based on user input, location awareness and online access—have the potential to completely change how consumers interact with brands, and the session “The Automated Assistant Revolution” looks at the latest developments in the technology and how its brands can apply it to their salesforce.

In “Bespoke, the New Mass Production. A Fender Hit,” panelists delve into the intersection of new production technology and consumers’ demand for individualized products, and how companies can implement large-scale manufacturing of customized products. Highlighted in the session is the story of guitar maker Fender, where customization has helped it grow its brand and profits.

Imagery can define a brand. The panelists participating in “Contemporary Curation: How Imagery Shapes a Brand” highlighted that a brand’s story, which creates a personal relationship between a business and its customers, is told in part through imagery, and how a brand’s visual identity can strengthen or confuse its story.

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Power of Innovation: Drive change and create new revenue opportunities

 

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

The Power Of InnovationInnovation plays a key role in business. It drives change, and change can lead to new revenue opportunities for your business. Innovation can produce sudden and dramatic changes to the way business is done and the way consumers experience the products and services made by companies.

Innovation, as described by innovation expert Jake Nielsen:

A lot of managers think of new markets in terms of geography, such as entering an emerging market like India or China. While that can be highly valuable, new market innovations can also refer to use cases, such as applying a current product in a new way and sometimes even for a different segment of customers. The classic example often cited is Arm & Hammer baking soda. The primary use for baking soda is as a leavening agent for dough when baking bread. However, after baking soda had been in the market for a while, Arm & Hammer discovered a trend among its customers—using baking soda as a deodorizer. People were putting an open container of baking soda in their refrigerator (baking soda does not need to be refrigerated) simply to neutralize any odors from foods. This prompted the company to start marketing baking soda as a multi-purpose product rather than for use only in baking.

There are several things to consider when exploring new markets for your product including:

Adjacent spaces: What industries or uses would you consider as adjacent? Often adjacent spaces are fertile ground for introduction of your existing product(s) or service(s).

Other jobs to be done: Like in the Arm & Hammer example, baking soda was capable of performing multiple jobs for the customer quite well, even though at the beginning Arm & Hammer was only thinking of the job of baking. What other jobs does your product do? Could those be marketed to other customers?

Customer usage studies: For some products, customers may already be using your product in new and different ways that you haven’t considered yet. Market-research methods are best suited to bring those use cases to light.

New market innovations can be extraordinarily successful if executed well. In some cases, all it takes to introduce a product into a new market is educating your customers, both current and new, about the other things your product can do. This can either be a cost-leadership or benefit-leadership strategy. If you have a product that is basically a premium-value product (benefit leadership) in its existing form and you manage to successfully apply that product to a new use case then the value of your product will need to be weighed in light of the alternatives for the new use case. For example, if Arm & Hammer baking soda costs $4 a box while most other baking soda brands cost around $2 a box, then it’s safe to assume that the Arm & Hammer baking soda is viewed as a benefit-leader product.

However, if most refrigerator deodorizers cost an average of $8 a bottle, then the Arm & Hammer baking soda is essentially a cost leader against the alternative deodorizers. This scenario is often what can make some products so successful when applied in a new way.

Ready to learn about one more strategy for innovation? Read PCT tomorrow and get tips on being disruptive.

Source: Jake Nielsen is the founder of TheInnovativeManager.com, which includes the tools and trade secrets great innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders have used throughout history to change the world. He is also a contributor to Innovation Excellence, an online home of the global innovation community, building upon a rapidly growing network with thousands of members from over 175 countries.

Compiled by Cassandra Johnson

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Create Your Space

create-space-bookI have to share with you a book (a resource) titled Create Your Space by Said Baaghil – you’ll learn how, as a business owner, to create your own space and most importantly understand how the dynamics of brand and marketing are changing and evolving…break through to the other side of conventional marketing and disrupt your competition. Said provided me an early excerpt of his book and I was fortunate to have my review included in his book. http://tinyurl.com/za7vfw6

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PromoKitchen Podcast #108 | Daniel Bielak – Are We Ready for Gen Z? November 30, 2016 By Mark Graham

A conversation with Daniel Bielek: Many people in our industry worry and complain about the younger generation, most commonly known as millennials or Gen Y. Whether their concerns are based on reality or fiction, suffice it to say that much ink has been spilled on why our industry needs to sit up and pay attention to younger buyers and employees.

http://www.promokitchen.org/blog/promokitchen-podcast-108-daniel-bielak bill-korowitz-podcast-graphic

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Servant Leadership – Building a Better You

When we think of leaders—especially corporate leaders—we often conjure up images of a corner office with mahogany furniture. We envision an executive with a team that is serving him or her, not the leader serving the team.

However, in 1970, Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term “servant as leader” referring to a leader who serves first. As Greenleaf describes, “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first… That person is sharply different from one who is a leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions …”

Promotional Consultant Today shares the 10 characteristics of servant leaders, as identified by Greenleaf.

  1. Listening
  2. Empath
  3. Healing
  4. Awareness
  5. Persuasion
  6. Conceptualization
  7. Foresight
  8. Stewardship
  9. Commitment to the growth of people
  10. Building community

You are a servant leader when you focus on the needs of others before you consider your own. It’s a longer-term approach to leadership, rather than a technique that you can adopt in specific situations.

Servant leaders are likely to have more engaged employees and enjoy better relationships with team members and other stakeholders than leaders who don’t put the interests of others before their own.

As you lead a team, a project or an entire department or company, beginning practicing the characteristics and enjoy the benefits of serving others.

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Source: Established in 1996, Mind Tools is a website that helps more than 25,000,000 people each year. These individuals come from many different levels within organizations ranging from senior executives and business owners to young professionals and career-starters. Mind Tools provides hundreds of useful career skills for free on the website as well as new management and career techniques every week through a free newsletter.

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6 Personalities in the Workplace

Author Bio

Range of Personalities

As a marketer, it is my job to deliver the right message to the right person, at the right time.  While that seems simple enough, in reality there are many factors that go into communicating with your audience and representing your brand.  The tone has to be equal parts informative and entertaining, and the content should be catered to what your audience wants to read.  That last part is key.  And understanding who your audience is, and what motivates them is arguably the most important factor in making a connection (AKA, building Brand Love!).

So let’s talk about personality and why it matters.  Think of your brand, your logo, and how you project your brand to your audience.  If you were to assign your brand a persona, what would it be?  If Crate & Barrel were personified, some of their personality traits would be organized, inviting and friendly.  If REI was a living, breathing person surely they would be adventurous, down-to-earth and outdoorsy.  Your messaging should reflect the personality traits that your brand represents in order to be effective.

Now, think of your target audience.  Who are they? Are they easy-going, or a perfectionist?  Do they like to take charge, or work behind the scenes?  Everyone is different and some products and brands will appeal to your audience more than others will.  Although every single person in your audience is unique, for this exercise, think broadly about their profile.  According to psychologist John Holland, there are 6 major personalities in the workplace and each one is unique and is motivated by different factors.

Realistic PersonalityRealistic

These are the doers!  They are independent, stable, active, persistent, practical, and thrifty.  They prefer to work with things rather than ideas and people.  They are no-nonsense and down-to-earth people and are often the ones that keep the team level-headed in a crisis.  They prefer being outdoors and like to “learn by doing” as opposed to learning in a classroom setting.

An example of a brand that appeals to a Realistic audience is:REI

InvestigativeInvestigative

These are the thinkers!  They are introspective, inquisitive, analytical, and intellectual.  They prefer tasks that involve using logic to solve highly complex, abstract problems.  In the workplace they are often the one that insists on doing their research and having hard data to support a plan of action.

An example of a brand that appeals to an Investigative audience is: IBM

 

Artistic

Artistic

These are the creators!  They are intuitive, creative, expressive, original, and innovative.  They place an emphasis on feelings, imagination, and are spontaneous and open-minded.  In the workplace they are often the ones coming up with creative solutions and ideas.

An example of a brand that appeals to an Artistic audience is:Apple

 

Social

Social

This type of audience is helpful!  They are friendly, generous, idealistic, responsible, helpful, empathetic and tactful.  In their workplace they are always willing to step up to any challenge asked of them.  They care a lot about workplace relationships and enjoy working in group settings.

An example of a brand that appeals to a Social audience is:TOMS

 

EnterprisingEnterprising

These types of people are persuaders!  They are adventurous, ambitious, self-confident, enthusiastic, and motivational.  In the workplace they are a natural leader and their co-workers look to them for direction.  They prefer work that involves public speaking, taking risks, debating, and competing.  They are good at seeing the big picture and are highly motivated by promotions.

An example of a brand that appeals to an Enterprising audience is: Tesla Motors

Conventional

Conventional

People with this personality type are organizers!  They are conscientious, conservative, logical, efficient, organized, and detail-oriented.  They value precision and accuracy in the work they do. In the office they are the one keeping everyone organized and on schedule.  They excel in practical tasks, quantitative measurements, and structured environments.  They like clearly defined rules and expectations.

An example of a brand that appeals to a Conventional audience is: Crate & Barrel

Is there a certain personality that you felt aligned with your brand?  Often times, people are a combination of these types and are susceptible to a broader message.  By learning more about personalities and brand personas you will be able to reach and communicate better with your audience and open doors to new opportunities.  This exercise is not only useful in learning more on your target audience, it is also a great way to improve synergy and team dynamics within your own office!

Curious about which one fits YOUR personality?  Take the quiz to find out.