Lowes Fix In Six; Wins My Prize for Best Use of Vine

lowes-fix-in-six-best-use-of-vineSo I came across this smarty pants marketing campaign because I was looking for a way to keep those dang persistent squirrels who have taken over my yard from eating all the bird food in my bird feeder. Those poor sparrows did not stand a chance, and I always felt so sorry for them. Squirrels are persistent little buggers. Then I did a Google search for ‘how to keep squirrels out of a bird feeder and came across this Lowe’s Vine campaign- the #lowesfixinsix. A Monday Marketing Masters dream come true.

The Lowes Fix In Six- the best use of Vine I’ve seen to date, has creatively made use of Vine- those 6 second videos we discussed in Monday Marketing Masters #4 on airbandb, and without breaking the ad budget, created an innovative, educational marketing campaign that fixes many of their customer’s pain points and household problems- many of which we didn’t even realize we had. [Read more...]

The 4 Key Ingredients of a Killer Viral Video Sensation

westjet viral videoThough deep into the bosom of August, I thought todays Monday Marketing Masters session showcasing a 2013 Christmas campaign featuring Canadian airline WestJet would shake us out of our summer doldrums. Here you will see an example of viral video happiness so fabulous and heartwarming, so filled with generosity, shock and awe, that viewers can’t help but share. Hence a viral video ad campaign that as of today has been viewed over 36,000,000 times across multiple platforms. For a reason.

Granted, as a small business you might not have the massive ad dollars it would take to create a video of this sort, to publish spots on major channels, not to mention the costs of…well I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to watch; HOWEVER, there are some absolute take-away’s from this campaign that can be applied to a brand of any size.

WestJet continues to pump out innovative and out of the box videos, which since the success of the WestJet Christmas Miracle campaign, now command a much larger and viral following of their own, thanks primarily to the great success of this one.

See for yourself: [Read more...]

Let Me Walk In Your Shoes, TOMS

toms-one-for-oneLast week in mall:

Daughter: “every time you buy a pair of shoes from TOMS another pair is donated to children across the globe that can’t afford shoes”

Me: “True. And yet, still pretty pricey!”

Daughter: “Can I have 2 pairs? I really want to give”

Me: “ummmm….sure?”

TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, an entrepreneur from Arlington, Texas.  Inspired by a trip to Argentina (where Blake was competing on 2nd season of The Amazing Race with his sister), Blake returned a few years later to do some volunteering and was moved at the sight of so many shoeless children running around the streets just outside of Buenos Aires.

According to Wikipedia:

“Mycoskie had learned that the lack of shoes was a problem that had a serious impact upon these youth, threatening the ability of the children to go to school, prevent infection, and so forth.[10]

A new model of corporate social responsibility, aptly named “Cause Marketing” was born. And from that, TOMS “One for One” campaign, whereby for every pair of shoes sold, Toms would donate a pair to a child in need of a pair of shoes, came to be.

What is Cause Marketing? [Read more...]

Will It Blend, Viral Video Series Genius

blend-tec-will-it-blendThis campaign ties for first place in my book, tying with the Charmin Sit or Squat campaign that launched the Monday Marketing Masters (let’s just call it the MMM) series.

I’ve mentioned this campaign before because I am in such awe of it, but it is definitely worthy of its’ own blog dedication.

Presenting: The Blendtec “Will It Blend” video series: a brilliant and once more, highly entertaining viral video YouTube series starring CEO Tom Dickson as the “blend master and host”. Talk about content!

 

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This campaign is a great example of how a more often than not accidental viral video campaign can catapult a company into the limelight and the black. The company’s  viral video series “Will It Blend” on YouTube, in which founder and CEO Tom Dickson blends everything from an iPad to a pool cue, boosted sales at the humble Utah blender-maker 700% in the space of months. [Read more...]

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