In today's hyper-connected world, consumers choose how they interact with your brand, not the other way around. And they're more apt to look through or around the brand "persona" to the real deal. And then share what they find with others in blogs or other social media. We're all in a fishbowl now, and we're all held up to a different standard.Exactly right and a great metaphor! Very often, I find myself in front of people from agencies or big brands, who want to know my opinion about that clever new campaign idea, which depends 100% on consumers not figuring out, what is going on. I usually ask them: but what if your audience finds that out? The usual answer: how should they? Well, I guess from now on, I will just refer them to this cartoon...
4. Apply the opposite test. How many times have you read a product description like this? “Our software is scalable, secure, easy-to-use, and fast?” Companies use these adjectives as if no other company claims its product is scalable, secure, easy-to-use, and fast. See if your competition uses the antonyms of the adjectives that you use to describe your product. If it doesn't, your description is useless. For example, I've never seen a company say that its product was limited, full of leaks, hard-to-use, and slow.Sounds so simple and logical, doesn't it ? Why is it then that I keep having these endless, fruitless discussions with some clients about this when working on this press release or that ad copy ? Wrong clients, you say ? Maybe... ;-)
James Kydd, brand director for Virgin Mobile, said: "We are using online viral and buzz marketing as a strategic part of our 'idle thumbs' marketing campaign in order to broaden awareness of our new 3p text tariff -- particularly among the culture-driving, technology-savvy online viral community (...)"Following a two months rythm Virgin Mobile launched a barrage of viral clips and microsites. They were all very elaborate, brilliantly interwoven with the overall branding strategy and extremely funny !! The video clips were created by Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe / Y&R, while Digital Marketing Communications (DMC) was responsible for the execution of the viral marketing part of the campaign. Here is quick overview of what they did:
- It all started in June with the so called Mangina-Clip, which was labeled "controversial" to get additional publicity. (Brand Republic Article , DMC Press Release)
- In August they made fun of the "learn" campaign from rival Orange, in which in-store phone trainers tried to teach people about the different functions of their phones. Virgin's Red Academy had a different message: "Forget phone functions and phone friends". (Brand Republic Article , DMC Press Release)
- In October Flash-It, a cross marketing campaign with the Virgin Megastores, was promoted with two viral clips: Bendy Babe and Deepthroat. (Brand Republic Article , DMC Press Release)
- And now in December Virgin topped the whole thing off with great clips showing the singer Busta Rymes in two very precarious situations: Butt Naked and Bling (Microsite , DMC Press Release)
Virgin Mobile enjoys its best ever Q3 - and pips Orange! 05.11.03: Virgin Mobile, Britain’s fastest growing network, today reported its best ever third quarter performance - a record trading period second only to last year’s Christmas quarter. During the summer months of July, August and September 2003, Virgin Mobile added 269,381 net new customers, more than double the growth squeezed out of arch-rival Orange over the same period. The outstanding performance, 16% up on Q3 2002, has lifted Virgin Mobile’s customer numbers by 56% since this time last year to well over three million, with customers at the end of Q3 2003 totalling 3,138,347. These figures follow the record-breaking achievement set by Virgin Mobile during the first six months of this year, when the company added more net customers than Orange, O2, 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone put together. The company says its 3p text tariff, and other value-focused offerings, is driving growth and customer loyalty.Of course, I don't know exactly how much of this success can be attributed to the viral marketing activities. But I am pretty sure they didn't hurt... ;-)