The War In Christmas Marketing

The War in Christmas Marketing - Social Media - Branding
The War in Christmas Marketing - Social Media - Branding
The War in Christmas Marketing. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL. 2015

 

It goes without saying that commercialism of the holiday season is at an all time high. One needs no further proof of this than the REI Black Friday announcement, the TJ Maxx commercial on being closed on Thanksgiving or the Starbucks holiday cup discussion. From Twitter to CNN, everyone seems to have their own opinion on how businesses should handle the holidays and advertise to them.

The topic of the “War on Christmas” seems to be a hot button or easy media content to fuel discussion among the masses during these last few weeks of the year. However, it isn’t the War on Christmas brands and consumers should pay attention to, but it is the War in Christmas Marketing. The war is in what brand will be the most memorable and what emotions will they evoke. Who will rise to the top with the most sales? For this time of year, it is all out war for the mighty dollar. For the companies who have not focused on creativity, relevance and agility, they can expect to lose once again this holiday season.

I must say the way Dunkin’ Donuts joined the conversation on seasonal holiday cups was a boss move. It was the coup de grace to the other coffee industry giants. Whether it is decorations or advertisements, this is the season for marketing departments everywhere to pull out all of the stops. As we see, they are doing just that.

The great thing about marketing in today’s world is we now have the ability to be nimble with our efforts. The chance to take creativity and join it with relevant discussions from an agile stance. Technology through the internet and mobile phones allows brands to successfully reach consumers in minutes instead of days. Social media has given brands the ability to publish content whenever they see fit. Waiting for the annual catalog to drop or a host of commercials to run is no longer the primary thing for businesses. A simple text message on sales and people are immediately taken online to shop. And in war, being quick to strike helps to gain small or large victories. These catalogs and commercials help and of course have not gone anywhere, but when you have Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Android systems, you can obtain feedback sooner and tweak messaging at a faster rate now (i.e. newsjack).

Brands like Dunkin’ Donuts have proven they are not afraid to get into the conversation. The War on Christmas was not going to be a missed opportunity for them to experience an easy win in the War in Christmas Marketing. (Truly Starbucks should have predicted this one based on the #AllDayBreakfast promotion McDonald’s ran in October which I mentioned in the “How to Hijack a Hashtag Like a Boss” post.) Besides, why not take advantage of a topic occurring in your industry about a competitor? It is very difficult to cut through all of the holiday noise and stand out. One must grab the media’s attention while they can, right? A cup of Joy fit into the conversation perfectly and a victory in the war was attained.

There are only so many ways to make a toy store stand out against a big box store. There are only so many ways to make sweaters stand out from brand to brand. This War in Christmas Marketing calls for creating great content, but taking strategic steps to stand out at the right moments. The road map to holiday victory comes with successes, just barely getting by and massive explosions (crises) which injures brands. However, with a dynamic strategy, brands can still win.

The War in Christmas Marketing is not taken lightly for the retail industry. Black Friday and Cyber Monday may help set the pace for the remaining weeks.

How do you feel the War in Christmas Marketing is going thus far? Leave your comment below and it may be used for future articles.

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Above Promotions is a digital marketing and public relations agency with B2C clients that promote brands in the food, fashion and family entertainment industries. We build and protect brands by creating and executing digital resources to sell products or build positive public sentiment. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visithttp://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation” which is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.

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Google Hangouts or Blab.im… Decisions…Decisions pt 1

Google Hangouts or Blab.im. Image by Sigurd Decroos. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL. Digital Marketing and Public Relations.
Google Hangouts or Blab.im. Image by Sigurd Decroos. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL. Digital Marketing and Public Relations.

 

It’s sleek. It’s what the cool kids are using or where they are hanging out. And who doesn’t want to be cool? Or better yet, who doesn’t want their brand to be cool?

The cool place seems to continuously move and well, if you blink twice it may have just relocated once again. Do you move or do you stay? Or just hang back to see where everyone goes next?

So you do it. You move right in to the latest platform. Testing it out. Inviting your friends. Listening to experts tell you why you should stay or jump ship to another one. You go from Vine, to Instagram to Meerkat and to Periscope.

While I love the viewpoints of those who really know the industry, those I consider way smarter than I; it is worth noting to the average user, you need to carefully evaluate all platforms to determine which to use to expand your brand.

I mean let’s think about it. Just when experts were trying to convince brands today’s viewers only want short videos, like on Vine or Instagram and longer videos on YouTube are falling out of style, in walks Meerkat and Periscope. Apparently we do have the capacity to watch video footage for longer than mere seconds after all. Perhaps it really is about the content being shared and if it appears of interest to the viewer within the first several seconds or minutes.

As we have seen, Periscope, a Twitter mobile application which allows users the ability to stream what is going on in their world for extended periods of time, was winning the attention of live streaming video platform fans. Then Blab.im appeared. I have seen people who normally spend their time on Periscope, practically live on Blab now. Minutes gone forever by the new platform. But it really isn’t a competitor to Periscope, but for Google Hangouts.

If social media were poker, Blab just upped the ante on Google with good cards in hand. Why not stream 4 different people together in large blocks on the screen and add instant messaging to the group video chat? Indeed, Blab is picking up where Google left off. However, for many, this is not a surprise. Failing to listen to complaints and suggestions from its users, perhaps Google is ok with a new platform coming on the block. But it is probably too soon to count out Google Hangouts. Blab still has some growing of their fan base and potentially new features to consider.

While I am impressed with the ease of use of the platform, I turned to colleagues from various groups online to hear their pros and cons on Blab and how they compared it to Google Hangouts.

Want to know what they said or what I think about the new platform?

Come back next week.

(Cue The Clash’s song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”.)

Yep. You will need to come back next week to read my pros and cons and the thoughts of other expert social media users of the platform. You do not want to miss out what we have to share.

 

Have you tried out Blab.im yet? If so, leave your comments below. Perhaps we will add you to next week’s post.

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Above Promotions is a digital marketing and public relations agency with B2C clients that promote brands in the food, fashion and family entertainment industries. We build and protect brands by creating and executing digital resources to sell products or build positive public sentiment. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visit http://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation” which is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.

 

 

The End of an Era

Image from Creative Commons. Above Promotions Company. Digital Marketing and Public Relations. Tampa, FL. 2015
Image from Creative Commons. Above Promotions Company. Digital Marketing and Public Relations. Tampa, FL. 2015

Alas, after 11 judges, 13 years, 14 seasons, and 533 episodes the American Idol era has come to an end, but what’s been left behind is now a legacy. With some of the highest ratings on television Fox went on to create eight different American Idol spin-offs, an attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and influenced the start of many other singing competition shows, still going strong today. So, this begs the question: why end it?

The high ratings they once had were no longer there. The audience for American Idol had left. The ratings coming in the past few years were numbers expected for scripted once a week shows. However, this wouldn’t cut it for the money that’s put into such a production. Fox knew that its product was no longer in demand and did the smart thing.

In building your brand, you may find that a product does really well and becomes really high in demand, but then one day it isn’t anymore. What your brand does next is critical. There is the option to try and find a way to make the product better, and find out what is making the product a non-essential. If you come up empty be sure you’re not losing more than you’re making. If this is true for your brand start thinking of new ideas.

In Fox’s case with American Idol by the time their ratings started dropping the revised, better versions of their show were already out there like The Voice and America’s Got Talent.Almost every network has their own American Idol with a twist. The demand was no longer there. Despite losing what once were their two biggest shows last season (American Idol and Glee) Fox is looking forward with their fall schedule with shows Empire, who had record high ratings in their first season alone. With these new shows I have no doubt Fox will be back on top of the rating game in no time.

Do you think Fox could revive American Idol? Share your thoughts in a comment below. Your responses could be used for a future article.

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Above Promotions is a digital marketing and public relations agency with B2C clients that promote brands in the food, fashion and family entertainment industries. We build and protect brands by creating and executing digital resources to sell products or build positive public sentiment. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visit http://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Althea Tyrell is a communications assistant with Above Promotions Company. She is a student with the University of South Florida.