Viva’s Blog: When will the Browns win that 1st game?

“Victory Fridges” have been installed in 10 Cleveland-area bars. Using smart technology, they will simultaneously unlock when the team wins their first game. It’s a clever marketing stunt that benefits Bud Light, the Browns, local bars, and long-suffering Cleveland Browns fans. There’s a lot for savvy marketers to learn from Bud Light’s latest trick. Win #1: Involve your customer. Customer loyalty is key to sustaining a business. Consumers have so many options today that brands have to…

Viva’s Blog: Stop Shouting!

Instead of using advertising to shout at people, brand experiences are the new approach to engage people to interact with your brand. Sure, there’s a place for paid advertising in your marketing program, but in today’s #me world, the foundation of your plan needs to foster an emotional and personal conversation with your customers. It’s about meeting them where they are, creating brand touches that leave a lasting emotional connection. It’s a different way to…

Viva’s Blog: How’s your personal brand?

You manage your finances. You manage your business. What about your personal brand? What do Oprah, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandburg and Ellen DeGeneres have in common? It’s not just wealth, millions of Twitter and Instagram followers, and countless endorsement deals, it’s also a mastery of personal branding.  Personal branding isn’t just for the rich and famous. Everyone has a personal brand. As Tom Peters, management consulting guru and the inventor of the phrase “Personal Brand”…

Viva’s Blog: March Madness: Marketers Tune In

The NCAA dominates the month of March with the college basketball tournament. The highly promoted event isn’t just huge for sports fans. Marketers from all industries use this cult-like attraction as an avenue to catapult their brand visibility. March Madness offers brands a center-stage platform for integrating themselves into the tournament through paid ads in online and offline media outlets, social media conversations, branded placements, and experiential events.  March Madness is a business – a…

Viva’s Blog: Super Bowl 2018 Ad Cheat Sheet

It’s not too late. For only $168,333 a second, you can still buy a thirty-second TV spot during this year’s Super Bowl. Sure, a lot of money is on the line, but more importantly, so is a brand’s reputation. In the year of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, all eyes will be on how brands depict women in their commercials.  Marketers have released far less about their Super Bowl gems before the big showdown than…

Viva’s Blog: 7 Tips to Improve Your 2018 Marketing Plan

Without customers, your business will die. Without marketing, customers and prospects may not be aware of how you can help them. Without a really smart marketing plan, how can you ensure your marketing activities are reaching the right people, delivering the right message, and using the right media approach to achieve your business objectives? Incorporate these tips into your marketing planning process and you’re more likely to reach your goals.  Tip #1: Start with your business goals. Marketing’s job…

Viva’s Blog: Are you data-driven but insights poor?

Great data is crucial to understanding your customer. However, data alone won’t result in a win for your brand. Data are the raw materials needed to produce insights, the heart of effective advertising. It’s insights that enable you to develop messaging to create an emotional connection with your customer.  So, once you have the data to develop insights, how do you determine if the insights are GREAT? Here are examples of companies that have used data to…

Viva’s Blog: Customers crave simplicity: Do you deliver?

Consumers today have more choices than ever and are bombarded by sophisticated solutions to their problems. However, no matter how advanced technology becomes, customers prefer simple solutions. According to the newly released Global Brand Simplicity Index study: Simplicity earns a premium: 64% of consumers are willing to pay more for simpler experiences. Simplicity builds loyalty: 69% of consumers are more likely to recommend a brand because it’s simple. HAPPY BELLY GETS IT Familiar with Happy Belly,…

Viva’s Blog: Why Snapstreak is a thing

No one likes losing things. Especially when you’ve worked on them every day for a year and a half. That’s how Gen Z’s (the iGeneration or Post-Millennials) feel about keeping their Snapstreaks alive. A Snapstreak is when you send snaps (videos and photos which self-destruct a few seconds after a person views them) back and forth with a friend for consecutive days. The longer you go without breaking the chain of communication, the longer the streak. To…

Viva’s Blog: Learn from Antonio Vazquez (Who?)

Antonio Vazquez is a guide for Spain’s Sevilla Bike Tour Company. While “guide” may be his title, he’s really a master marketer. Lesson #1 from Antonio:  PASSION MATTERS You don’t have to be passionate about your product, service or company to market it, but it helps a lot. Just like you don’t have to love the game of basketball to be a good player, it is almost impossible to be a superstar without passion. Passion is the…

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