Here are a few pointers on how a dose of low budget marketing results in success for small business. One B2B telecoms supplier has used inventiveness to punch through the endless telesales noise generated by competitors.
Guerrilla marketing is an advertising strategy in which economic means are used to generate customer interest. It often rotates around creating “buzz” and discussion about the technique. Traditionally this meant getting the press featuring the likes of publicity stunts. Since the advent of the internet it is now more commonly associated with creating something for viral discussion across social media.
Tony Raynor of Abbey Telecom says, “Nobody wants to hear, we sell telephone systems repeatedly. My formula is to stop selling and start communicating with your audience. We try to give things away of high value to businesspeople that cost us frumpence!”
Previous campaigns have included the 20 phone etiquette training clips already featured on TheMarketingblog. Another example was when they placed adverts on sheep got on TV exposure. The media are hungry for content and so they love stories with a difference.
The secret is to think outside of the box and be original. The embedded clip highlights that although video is cheap to make it has great impact, even if it isn’t centric on telephone systems.
Abbey Telecom Logic House, Ordnance Street
The increasing complexity of the digital media landscape and the sustained pressure on advertising budgets present daily challenges for modern marketers. It is perhaps inevitable therefore that Transparency in media trading is an issue that is attracting increasing attention and concern for media budget holders.
At MediaSense, we address “the transparency issue” from a different perspective. While forensic accounting and legal counsel has a place in the debate, this will not change the direction the industry is heading in. [more…]
Around 100 marketers have booked on to attend the digital marketing conference, On The Edge, being held in Bristol, 19th March. If you’re coming along, why not introduce yourself to the other attendees by replying to this post. We find this helps to break the ice and means you’ll know more people when you get there! To book your ticket or to find out more information, just click here: http://ontheedgelive.co.uk/bristol
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has appointed Kirsten Stagg as its new Head of Marketing, with effect from 11 March 2014. In her new role, Stagg will report directly to Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and will be responsible for spearheading the brand’s marketing activities in the UK.
Stagg (above) joined the Volkswagen Group as a graduate in 1998. Since then she has progressed through the organisation, holding marketing roles at ŠKODA, Audi and most recently Volkswagen Passenger Cars as National Communications Manager where she orchestrated several high profile advertising campaigns including the recent Woofwagen range campaign. [more…]
By Simon Martin, Deputy Creative Director, Table19
I’m not anti-technology or digital, I’ve got all sorts of gadgets, but recently I’ve found myself getting more and more irritated by the need of advertising and marketing types (and everyone in between) to get me involved on a social level. Of course, technology has a massively important part to play in everyday life. But people are realising that it shouldn’t have this overarching power. It shouldn’t control our lives; it should just be a part of it. Advertisers and marketers would be wise to realise that, too.