Monday Marketing Master Review: Top 5 Most Creative Marketing Campaigns

It’s time for a Monday Marketing Top 5 most creative marketing campaigns, according to moi, featuring my picks of the best of the best of the best and most creative marketing campaigns of the past 5 years. In case you missed them:

Suzen’s choices of the Top 5 Most Creative Marketing Campaigns ( so far)

The Charmin Sit or Squat App:

charmin-sit-or-squatThe makings of a great marketing campaign is coming up with that one thing you didn’t even know you needed, and once presented with that thing, wondering how you ever lived without it.

Other than the great hilarity of the Charmin Sit or Squat app, which can be downloaded on for either iPhone or Android through iTunes, let’s give a quick summary: an app that helps you find a clean, public restroom when out and about is both functional, practical, interactive- folks send in their ratings to the app, labeling them either “sit” worthy or “squat” worthy. I have now used, and contributed to this app 26 times. But who’d counting? My small contribution to mankind. [Read more...]

9 Examples of How a 404 Error Page Can Be the Best Marketing Strategy Around

uh-oh-spagettios-404-paggeWelcome to the 6th in the Monday Marketing Masters series, bringing you my take on the best of the best marketing and branding strategies out there today. Still chugging!

I was watching a TED talk today on a topic only a geek like myself would be attracted to, I thought…until, it occurred to me that, nope, this simple strategy is a mostly untapped opportunity for small businesses and marketers, myself included, (and I need to get on this. So do you). Then I got a little OCD and decided to hunt down some of the best, funniest, most creative and smart 404 pages out there now. It occured to me that a 404 error page can be the best marketing strategy around, or at least a component of it.

When you are finished reading, this your homework is to create one for your own site or blog and to report back with what you’ve come up with. They’re not hard to create. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. Really.

First lets explain for anyone who doesn’t know, what a 404 page is. A 404 page is that annoying page you occasionally stumble on that tells you that you’ve either typed in a broken link, an incorrect URL, or a non-existent page on a website.

They usually go something like this: [Read more...]

Airbnb Marketing Vine: Monday Marketing Masters

airbnb-vineThis campaign was a double whammy:

Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb a community site for people to list, discover, and book unique rooming spaces around the world online or from an smart phone, has spread like wildfire not just because of its’ unique and inviting concept, but also because it has matched its’ marketing campaign with its’ IT savvy, twenty and thirty something’s, social media rocking, young and hip audience, and invited them in for an opportunity to be part of the Airbnb marketing experience by taking part in an innovative marketing experience.

To advertise the Airbnb marketing concept of showing how everyone is finding their place in the world, the company created an offer to their thousands of Twitter followers that went like this:

The offer, sent out on Twitter,  (duh) which owns Vine, was an invitation to become part of a marketing video, and a movement, by sending in Vines (a Twitter owned app allowing you to take 6 second videos and do…well all sorts of things) , instructed the users to submit scripted shots from all over the world in the form of Vines, via Twitter. They compiled the vines and used the resulting film, entitled Hollywood & Vines, as a TV ad. It is comprised entirely of Vines and is a paper tale..trail… of adventure, discovery and belonging—the Airbnb theme. [Read more...]

Hellman’s Takes the Mayo With the Hellman’s Recipe Cart

hellman's-recipe-cartThe Hellman’s mayonnaise brand took an innovative approach to product awareness with its recent high-tech supermarket campaign in Brazil — one that resulted in a 68% increase in sales, springwise.com reported.

Outfitted with a touchscreen device, the company completed a month long beta trial of the ‘Hellman’s Recipe Cart’- a super jacked up shopping cart that does the thinking for you, at the Pão de Açúcar shopping center in São Paulo.

It went like this: When consumers placed a jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise in their cart, the tablet on the shopping cart detected their location through NFC tags located in each aisle. The device then offered a recipe using Hellman’s mayonnaise along with other products nearby in that aisle. In other words, it did your scouting and took the brain power out of the “what else can I make with Hellmans” out of the equation of tired shoppers yearning to have someone else come up with a dinner idea for a change. [Read more...]

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