Putting CSR at the Center
I was going to say that cause marketing is having a moment, but it’s really better to say that cause business is having a moment (with brand benefits to boot). Amazon recently launched Smile, enabling customers to build in charitable donations to their Amazon purchases, while Tom’s just launched a marketplace for socially responsible companies to sell online. And this visualization of the impact skill-based volunteering companies are increasingly sponsoring shows the difference we all can make — individually and as part of our employers’ organizations. Lots to like about the innovation here to make CSR a seamless part of the brand/company experience.
This is all great news for a lot of folks on both the giving and receiving end. Even better? Studies show consumers care more and more every year about the social impact of their favorite brands, so it’s great news for business as well.
The short version? Doing good is a good idea — and good ideas can make the process of giving even better.
Marketing good isn’t actually marketing good, not any more….Second and third order recommendations and word of mouth and the way we talk about the things that are ‘good good’ is the new marketing.
Your initial response rate, newsstand sales or first episode ratings are a measure of old-fashioned marketing prowess. Now, we care an awful lot more about just plain good. Or perhaps, if you really want to make an impact, great.
I know Seth’s blog can be a little insufferable sometimes, but this quote really resonated for me. Marketing is still vitally important. It can help you find and make a new connection with a customer, or strengthen an existing one, or help everyone see your company in a completely different light, or any number of things that help fuel a business. But with the radical connectivity enabled by technology, there’s no hiding behind it anymore.
So yes, do that great TV spot, and an innovative social activation, and keep your AdWords account running. To make all that really pay off, though, first you’ve got to make something great, do some good, stay engaged — and always treat your customers well.
Very true. And for brands, it’s tough to strike the balance between sounding human, and sounding too familiar. Following a brand isn’t the same as being a Friend — and the best brands always keep that in mind.
I wrote last week that real time social marketing was having a moment. It’s having another moment right now in the Oscars aftermath. Unlike the Super Bowl, there was no “:Oreo moment.” Many brand tweets fell flat, as Ad Age pointed out — and they also ran a piece on why not every cultural moment deserves a brand response. I don’t disagree with either article, but I thought Seth’s post was a timely reminder of what the stakes are. Thinking and being able to react in real time is risky — but it’s also energizing and invigorating. Not every moment is right for every brand, but when it is, the opportunity is huge. (And it almost goes without saying that day-to-day engagement adds up to huge opportunity over time, too.) On the flip side, sometimes there is a desperate need for restraint: you don’t want your pre-scheduled content or ads blasting out into the world, oblivious, while an unthinkable tragedy unfolds and the social web becomes a forum for shock and grief.
The point is, in today’s world, you have to be there — already living an “entirely different way of being in the world.” That is the essential piece. Make the moves you need to now so you’re ready later (which, of course, will soon be the now).
Brilliant — and exactly the questions brands need to ask themselves about their digital marketing.
Although he’s addressing entrepreneurs here, Chamath’s words are equally true for digital marketers. We need to dial back our obsession with creating “virality” and focus on delivering value. That’s how you build connections with consumers in a crowded digital space — how you become memorable, trusted, and preferred. Value for users can take lots of forms, but it should always be the starting point for marketers.
Social Media Marketing and the Olympics
I’m pretty excited about the upcoming Olympic games in London — primarily as a sports fan, but also as a marketer. I’ve talked before about the unique intersection between sports (some of the last truly “appointment-based” TV) and second-screen engagement, and there’s been lots of talk about these being the first truly social games. And sure enough, there’s no shortage of interesting things going on around the event — from the unique Tumblrs that the IOC will be featuring (Olympics Tumblr; Faces Of Olympians; Olympic Fashion; and Olympic Moments) to Facebook and Twitter’s partnerships with NBC around coverage to Foursquare’s efforts.
This is absolutely prime territory for social marketing. How will brands participate in these conversations? How can they tap into the excitement (and volume) around the games and turn it to their benefit? One brand that’s leading the way is Visa, with its “Go World” campaign. I can’t wait to see how engagement around campaigns builds around the games: what people share, how the brands are involved, and what the results will be — for both the athletes and the brands. I’m planning to write a post based on what we see!