I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years now, but my recent discovery of aerial yoga has taken my love of Zen to a whole new, borderline obsessive, level. If you haven’t heard of aerial yoga, it’s essentially regular yoga but instead of downward dogging on your mat, you’re suspended, often upside down, on silks.
In a bit of an “Ah-Ha!” moment recently, it struck me that one of the most common content obstacles I see marketers wrestling with is fear. Not fear of heights or spiders, but rather of disseminating content that steps on toes or frames a discussion in a different—perhaps even controversial—way.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. Thousands have flocked to San Paulo, Brazil to cheer on their home team. From memorable upsets to unforgettable goals, the world’s largest sporting event has not disappointed fans or corporate sponsors. This year’s World Cup is expected to generate four billion dollars in total revenue for FIFA—66 percent more than the 2010’s tournament in South Africa.
The majority of the revenue will come from—yep, you guessed it—television (1.7 billion dollars) and marketing rights (1.35 billion dollars) from corporate partners such as Coca-Cola, Sony, Visa, and Hyundai. For these companies, it’s money well spent as the tournament draws a massive, passionate following from all over the globe. Successful campaigns have picked up on the emotional appeal that viewers have come to love. Continue reading →
Coffee lovers around the world are certainly familiar with Maxwell House, and though it’s not my personal favorite coffee—I’m looking at you, Peet’s—I’ve certainly gotten through many-a morning sipping it. Though a household name, Maxwell House decided to cut its advertising budget to $7.8 million last year, a substantial decrease from the $38.4 million the Kraft Foods-owned company spent in 2010.
But the company apparently learned a lesson quickly: In marketing, you can never rest on your laurels and must always strive to push the envelope and continue to be aggressive. Having seemingly learned its lesson, Maxwell House recently announced that it plans to spend between $20 million and $25 million on its marketing efforts this year. What’s more, the company has high hopes for its investment as it plans to “grow [the advertising budget] through growing sales, reinvesting it back in the business,” according to Chris McClement, senior director for Maxwell House.
Many of those who are familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan might not know much about what they are, but certainly know what they ain’t. But now, listeners can add the moniker “ingenious marketers” to the list of phrases that could be used to describe the hip hop collective.
The New York City-based rap group recently announced that it will sell only one copy of its “secret album,” tentatively titled “The Wu—Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” Before that copy ultimately ends up in the hands of a collector—who will either hoard the music or share it with the world—fans will be able to hit “tour dates” across the country and fork over $50 to hear the 128-minute album’s 31 tracks. Continue reading →