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Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad Was Genius Marketing

During the Super Bowl, Budweiser aired an advertisement that enraged many of the craft beer community. It was an ad that many will regretfully have to discuss over and over anyone that knows they enjoy craft beer, and see posted to their feeds again and again.

In this ad Budweiser took jabs at the many stereotypes of craft beer drinkers. It implied craft beer drinkers dissect too much and drink strange styles. But it is what the ad didn’t say that makes it so powerful. This ad did three things that many brands don’t have the guts to do.

1. Took A Stand

The Budweiser brand has been losing market share to the craft beer category for several years (Budweiser is considered a macro beer for the unfamiliar). While it’s still one of the top sellers in the AB InBev portfolio, just under Bud Light, its sales have been steadily decreasing since 2003. All the while Budweiser has been toting its horses and puppies completely missing the connection with the new generation of beer drinkers. It was recently found that 44% of drinkers aged 21-27 hadn’t even tried the brand.

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Not only did the brand take a stand for what it is, it took advantage of the perception of the marketplace. Budweiser isn’t trying to be something that it is not, rather it is owning what people believe it to be. It claims “macro” with a vengeance, and one could only assume with the intent to transform the term. It is making the statement that it is proud to be macro. This ad brought the brand, and all that it is at its core to the foreground, out from the shadows of dogs and stallions.

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Facebook Ads Are Changing, Sponsored Stories, Offers, Questions

Facebook Ruined Blogging… New Ads

Yesterday evening, Facebook announced that it will be changing the they way and types of ads that its offers on the platform. I had a really great four-part blog series on Facebook ads and strategy planned for the next 3 weeks, but since the announcement, it’s all been ruined! That’s just my personal struggle, but here is a recap of how Facebook ads will be changing.

Sponsored Stories 

These little guys are no longer an option. Instead, they will be built into every ad offered through Facebook.  Because Facebook is a social environment, advertisements that include sponsored stories perform the best. Facebook recognizes this by stating “We know social enhances ad resonance; people are influenced by this type of word-of-mouth marketing.” This is actually great news, because it simplifies ad buying.

Sponsored Stories also now have a unified look. Although marketers might not have realized it (I certainly didn’t), sponsored stores were actually presenting in a variety of way – 13 to be exact. These are now all being unified with a bigger image and social context on top.

Facebook Sponsored Stories (Advertising)

No more “Questions”

Questions was a feature that existed for pages. It allowed a page to poll its fans using a unique entry form that tallied up votes. In an effort to “reduce redundancies” Facebook is taking this feature out, point out that brands have used posts to ask questions and post comments to collect answers. However, we no longer get that fancy automatic tally feature, which honest was pretty nifty.

“No more Offers”

Offers was a page tool that allowed marketers to post promotional offers for products directly on the feed. They were presented in a unique way and even had sponsored stories for those that redeemed them. Facebook is removing this option “because marketers have found that using a Page post link ad is a more effective way to drive people to deals on their websites.” Although this may be true, the tracking features and ad report that came with offers did give marketers a nice tool to monitor effectiveness. No word on whether some type of tracking will be built into posts, or if we’ll all need to rely on our own monitoring and short-link tracking tools.

Facbeook Offers Screenshot

Streamlined Offering

Facebook states, “In the coming weeks and months, marketers will start to see these streamlined changes to our ads solutions.” They offer no specifics on how this will change, but I image an ad buying process that has less clicks and thinking involved. Much like the sponsored ads, the coming ads option will likely also be simplified and uniform.

Ads will also be more goal focused. These goals may include in-store sales, online conversions, app installs, “etc.” Currently conversion tracking has been most prominent with Power Editor users. We can only hope that these options are made easier to understand are become part of the front end ad buying experience.

Facebook (Advertising) Streamlined

Some of these changes, such as offers and sponsored stories, are going to begin popping up in July. Over the next few monthly we’ll see the ad option change. Anyone upset or anxious yet?

Hot Pockets Snoop Dogg Video

Hot Pockets, Herb Sauce, Cheesy Drizzle

A brand mashup of Hip Hop and product is nothing new to the market. Toyota pulled a stunt like this with The Parents campaign. The mashup of Hip Hop and Hotpockets actually seems like a natural combination. Who other to “rep the Co.” than munchies enthusiast Snoop Dogg (err, Snoop Lion, if you listen to Reggae). So here is the “brand-mash” music video:

The Best Quotables:

“Cheesy Drizzle”
“Da Big Sauce Boss”
“Setting off smoke alarms”
“Pocket Like It’s Hot”
“Heat it up, to eat it up”
“Hungry kids in the hood”
“When your munchies get an attitude”
“Chomping hot pockets is how you get ahizzay”

Full Lyrics:
Hungry kids in the crib ma
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
When the craving’s got a hold of you
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
And yo munchies get a attitude
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
I’ve got the pockets in my arms
Settin’ off smoke alarms
And I eat ‘em smokin hot
‘Cause I got it going on
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I’m a hot dude, with some hot dreams
Getting fired up, letting off steam
Everybody showing love — Herbie’s in da tub
Checkin’ applications for the Hot Pockets fan club
Pepperoni pizza, much better than some fish eggs
The interior too hot let it cool off for a few secs
I’m running for the taste, that can be my phys ed
Chompin Hot Pockets, that’s how you get ahizzead
Winners get the meaty meats,
Winners get da cheesy eats
The tag-team meal that’s too hot for TV
Get off my pockets, you gotta backup
Yup that’s whatssup, now sign the prenups
Me and Hot Pockets never gonna splitup
You should think about it…..take a second.
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I bring the heat, but y’all knew that
Da Big Sauce Boss, yeah, I had to do that
I keep it fired up, even when I’m inside
You take what’s mine, then ya gonna have to run ‘n hide
He light ‘em up so much that everybody talks
They all wanna turn in his Hot Pockets Box
Two, one, yep, three these Pockets are H O double T
Smokey temps hitting that three thirty three
If you can’t stand it this hot
Then you can’t chill with me
So bring your friends, we going on a wild ride
Herb Sauce tender meats heat yo insides
So don’t change the dizzle, turn it up a lizzle
Got some cheesy drizzle dripping on my shizzle
Waiting on the brizzle’s, the pizzle, the dizzle Gs, when da cheese hits your tongue it’ll scream “Fo Sizzle”
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Hungry kids in the crib ma
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
When the craving’s got a hold of you
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
And yo munchies get a attitude
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
Pocket like it’s hot
I’ve got the pockets in my arms
Settin’ off smoke alarms
And I eat ‘em smokin hot
‘Cause I got it going on

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Adobe Social – Slaps Metrics in the Face!

Adobe recently launched a new metrics tool for social media and they are putting marketing dollars behind the launch. One of the commercials are running on Hulu.com and pokes at possibilty of social media ROI.

How many social media consultants have you wanted to do that to?

Product Fails

27 Marketing Reasons Your Product Launch Will Fail

Well, according to the Harvard Business Journal article “Why Most Product Launches Fail“, there are actually 40 reasons your product launch will fail anywhere from the pre-launch through the launch phase. A majority of them relate to marketing. Just another reason why “Marketing is a part of Everything

Pre-Launch Phase

1. No market research on the product or the market has been done.
2. Most of the budget was used to create the product; little is left for launching, marketing, and selling it.
3. The product is interesting but lacks a precise market.
4. The product’s key differentiators and advantages are not easily articulated.
5. The product defines a new category, so consumers or customers will need considerable education before it can be sold.
6. The sales force doesn’t believe in the product and isn’t committed to selling it.
7. Because the target audience is unclear, the marketing campaign is unfocused.

8. Distribution takes longer than expected and lags behind the launch.
9. Sales channels are not educated about the product and thus slow to put it on shelves.
10. The product lacks formal independent testing to support claims.
11. The marketing campaign is developed in-house by the manufacturer and lacks objectivity.
12. The product is untested by consumers; only the company can assert its benefits.
13. The website is the primary place to order, but the product description is unclear and the site isn’t fully functional.

Launch Phase

14. The product is launched too hastily and doesn’t work reliably.
15. The launch is aimed at the wrong target audience.
16. Supplies of the product are insufficient to satisfy orders.
17. The product is launched too late for its key selling season.
18. The product doesn’t fit into any key selling season.

19. The manufacturer’s claims can’t be backed up.
20. A governing body (the FTC, the FDA) pulls the product, citing false claims.
21. The product is given a limited “trial at retail” but without public relations, marketing, or promotion to “turn” it.
22. The product is launched without influencers to promote its efficacy.
23. The launch budget is insufficient to “pull” the product off the shelf.
24. The product has no trained spokesperson to educate the media.
25. Management launches the marketing campaign before distribution is complete.
26. Management has promised the board and stockholders an instant hit without considering how much time is needed to educate consumers about the product.
27. The ad campaign is untested and ineffective.
28. The launch campaign depends solely on PR to sell the product.
29. The company spends the entire marketing/advertising budget at launch, so no funds are left to sustain the campaign.
30. Company executives underestimate the value of Twitter and Facebook.
31. Retailers are given no incentives to feature the product.
32. All marketing dollars go to advertising and public relations, none to social media.
33. Line extensions aren’t test-marketed as thoroughly as the original product, so they fail.
34. The product is launched to capitalize on a fad that soon fizzles. [market trends]
35. The product design is unique but confuses consumers, who don’t understand how the product works.
36. The spokesperson is a bad fit with the product, creating a discordant message.
37. The product is priced too high for mass adoption. [market positioning]
38. Consumers are unclear about what demographic the product is geared toward.
39. The product is manufactured offshore; quality control issues result in negative consumer feedback and product returns.
40. The ad campaign is launched before the sales force is fully briefed, so customers know more than salespeople about the product.

Aside from product development and design budgets, marketing is involved. Just consider all the places and times your product touches the consumer. Each of those moments is an opportunity to market – and it better be doing a good job!

McDonalds Billboard

Surprise your customers!

The best advertising is advertising that catches your consumer of guard. It interrupts their daily flow and makes them conscious of your brand. It makes them aware that they have just interacted with your brand, which sets you apart from all the noise. Sometimes this is achieved through ironic humor in a commercial and sometimes it is achieved through mesmerizing them with subtle use of technology.

McDonalds used reflective material to put up a billboard. During the day it just looks blank, but to night drivers it displays the message “Open All Night” just as they make their pass. In the pitch dark it catches the eye and really makes them look. As they pass they are completely consumed in the billboard and completely conscious of the McDonalds brand.

Oikos Yogurt Tackles the Super Bowl

One of my favorite Super Bowl ads this year was Oikos Yogurt featuring 90′s celebrity John Stamos. It was a great mix of the cute, “I have an attractive man”, healthy food, European ads with a hard hitting American style punch line!

The big question is why is Oikos advertising on the Super Bowl? Beer, car and tv show ads make sense. Are Super Bowl viewers now more health conscious?