Category: Marketing

New Castle Follow the Money

When all else fails, buy your Twitter followers

You may be familiar with New Castle Brown Ale’s satirical take on marketing. If not, I highly recommend watching their YouTube playlist. They call out the bullocks with no restraint and regularly newsjack big events. Most notably, the brand produced over eight videos about a “mega huge” Super Bowl ad that was never produced, and never was going to be produced. New Castle then proceeded to create videos about how other brands should have made their ads “mega huge.”

However, it wasn’t until June that New Castle turned their satire towards social media marketing. The brand launched an in-your-face social media campaign that was meant to literally buy Twitter followers. Too clever for their own good (they claim that the marketing team was not willing to put in the time to come up with a better idea), New Castle announced the “Follow the Money” campaign.

“Follow the Money” was designed to earn up to 50,000 new followers for the brand on Twitter by paying each new follower exactly $1.00 in exchange for their following. Being a social media analyst and enthusiast, I did not hesitate to participate.

After watching the video (below), going to http://FollowNewCastleOnTwitter.com (very literal) and clicking the “Follow” button, you then waited. About 6 hours later, you received a direct message from New Castle:

Finally, a DM worth receiving!

Finally, a DM worth receiving!

After waiting some more, you should have received a letter from New Castle around September 8th with enclosed payment for your surly duty — a brand new shiny commercial check in your name on it for the amount of one whole dollar!

Not Good Over $1.00

Not Good Over $1.00

So participants received a one-dollar check and something to blog about. But what did this whole stunt earn New Castle?

First, consider the strategy. New Castle wanted to spend the least amount of money to market their product. Let’s be honest, the new Twitter followers are just a byproduct of this campaign. The real aim was the loads of earned media from doing what every other brand did not have the bullocks (or brand voice) to do. It was a lofty goal, but not one too difficult to execute these days. You just need a wacky idea, a press release, a YouTube video and be ability to fulfill the promise.

New Castle Brown Ale ended up with 45,095 total followers (as of 9/11/14 at 5:30pm EST). Assuming they paid them all, discounting the 15,000 or so followers they had prior to the campaign, New Castle paid a total of roughly $30,000, plus postage and handling. However, the brand’s video received over 39,000 views, and the campaign received a considerable amount of media attention in the form of articles and blogs. In the grand scheme of things, the “Follow the Money” campaign was a relatively small investment compared to past campaigns, and well worth the cost per impression.

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Exclusive content done right: Untappd Supporter

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FAB Understands Marketing is a Part of Everything

The philosophy of “marketing is a part of everything” is the notion that every part of your business that touches the customer is an opportunity for marketing. Not marketing in the sense of selling, but true marketing that reinforces brand values, builds consumer relationships and, yes, sometimes up-sells. It describes marketing that touches every part of your business; product design, manufacturing, customer service and billing all have marketing built in. 

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You are likely familiar with the discount design shop FAB, or at least familiar with this type of business. FAB is an e-commerce website that offers time-sensitive deals on designer products. Based purely online, this company must have precision marketing to grow and sustain its business. That is where the “marketing is a part of everything” philosophy comes into play.

I recently purchased something from FAB (a nifty pair of touchscreen-compatible gloves). When my package arrived, it came with a note and four cards. The note said, “Here are three gift cards for your friends. Keep one for yourself.”

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Even after I purchased, they continued market to me, and even empowered me to market for them! It’s the holiday season, and I passed the cards out at the office. FAB used the delivery of purchased items as an opportunity to spread the word about the company.

They needn’t reward me, but it certainly helped. FAB’s success is based almost purely on word of mouth. Tactics like these help FAB empower its customers to market for them. Nearly every touch point that the company has with its customers can be a marketing opportunity.

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Every business can do this. Invoices, inbound phone calls, packaging and paper receipts are all opportunities to market the business and tell your story. If you are handing people plain, brown, recycled paper bags to carry your product in, it better be part of your eco-conscious, world-saving story. Otherwise stop being a cheapskate and get something printed on them that reinforces your brand values or entertains your customers! You are missing a big opportunity for your business. Think it through, consider all the touch points you have with a customer and make them all work together to tell your story.

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