Movin’ on Up: Small Businesses Go to the Big Game

It all started with a groundbreaking company that just wanted to encourage more interest amongst girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Who could predict that Goldieblox would become the first small business to advertise during the Super Bowl?

GoldieBlox has changed the game.

GoldieBlox became the first small business to advertise in the Super Bowl in 2014.
Screenshot courtesy of Goldieblox.com.

In 2014, Intuit ran a contest to award one small business the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to advertise during the big game. GoldieBlox won the contest, won the Super Bowl audience over with a great ad and has been growing rapidly ever since.

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This year, it’s Death Wish Coffee Company‘s turn. The self-proclaimed Home of the World’s Strongest Coffee has an incredible opportunity to reach millions around the world in 30 seconds. As big fans of good coffee and fellow small businesses, we hope Death Wish Coffee Company becomes a household name after OWN IT airs during Super Bowl 50.

Death Wish Coffee Co is the 2016 winner of Intuit's Small Business, Big Game contest!

Death Wish Coffee Company is hoping to make a big splash in the big game with OWN IT.
Screenshot courtesy of Intuit’s SmallBusinessBigGame.com.

With small businesses starting to make appearances during the big game, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that one is making the trip on its own. Alternative lender Social Finance, also known as SoFi, is dropping some serious cash — 20% of its annual budget — to introduce itself to the world.

Here’s the catch: like most startups, SoFi’s ideal customer is a specific niche market —  qualified millennials who want to refinance student loans as personal loans. The company began to expand its offerings to mortgages and some consumer loans last year and expected these areas to overtake refinanced student loans as its largest areas of business by the end of 2015.

Still, is it worth it? Will SoFi’s 30-second spot reach enough members of its target audience (either directly or indirectly) to achieve its goals? While SoFi has a much larger budget than most startups and small businesses, the company is still taking a huge gamble to introduce itself to the world. Plus, the financial sector hasn’t been a major player in Super Bowl advertising of late. Will SoFi win big or lose it all to one ad?

If you had the budget to advertise in the Super Bowl, would you? Would it be the best use of $5+ million dollars for your company? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please let me know your decision in the comments below!

p.s. What are your Super Bowl 50 predictions — winning team and advertiser?

Super Bowl dreamin’,
Jaime

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Content Marketing: Transforming Business Since 1895

The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing by the Content Marketing Institute

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a big-screen showing of The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing. What a great story!

The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing by the Content Marketing Institute

Image courtesy of the Content Marketing Institute

If you’re not familiar, the Content Marketing Institute made a documentary telling the story of content marketing — past, present and future.

Yes, content marketing has a past, and I’m not referring to 2015. In fact, John Deere has been succeeding at the art of content marketing since 1895, when it introduced The Furrow. Some of the earliest printed ads were prime examples of content marketing before the ad industry switched directions.

So where are we today? Content marketing is all the rage, but like any other form of marketing, it requires a strategy and commitment. While you may receive extensive engagement on one piece of content, content marketing is a long-term strategy, not an overnight success story.

However, if you stick with it and do it right, you’ll become a valuable resource to your clients, partners and online communities.

Looking for inspiration? The documentary contains real-world case studies of companies in various industries succeeding in the content marketing arena today. We also welcome you to check out some of our past posts on the subject.

Is your company interested in developing relationships and creating value with content marketing? Let’s talk about a strategy that’s right for you.

What brand excels at content marketing in your eyes?

All about the content,
Jaime

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Mobile Marketing Customization 101: A Guide

All mobile marketing strategies are different—and some are better than others. Starting out on the right foot requires planning, but a slew of utilities capable of generating potent mobile strategies exist. The modern smartphone user is constantly connected, and approximately 60 percent of global mobile consumers utilize their mobile devices as exclusive Internet sources.

The numbers are growing, too. As mobile apps achieve dominance, new, creative marketing strategies emerge. Compiled lists of the world’s best mobile games have emerged, shedding light on the sheer magnitude surrounding our mobile culture.

Modern marketers need to create custom mobile strategies to stay afloat, using the best-available resources to reach their goals. If you’re new to mobile marketing, or if you’re redefining your strategy, customization is key. Check out our step-by-step guide below, and take advantage of a comprehensive, consumer-tailored mobile strategy.

Step One: Analyze Your Target Population

 Analyze Your Target Population

Mobile technology has enabled the new age of consumer-specific marketing. Unfortunately, analytical gathering tools are too strong. Too often, mobile marketers overshoot their audience, catering to the masses instead of much-in-need consumer segments.

Use analytics, and use analytics wisely. Target your consumer demographics, and look at the key statistics surrounding them. Consider the following questions, too:

  • What is your consumer’s smartphone of choice?
  • How many in-store visitors were directed via mobile?
  • What pages do your consumers visit?
  • What content are your consumers viewing?

 

Step Two: Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly

Your mobile website needs to be accessible. Customized mobile marketing can’t occur if the consumer is unable to garner feedback, connect to webmail lists, make e-purchases or store online points.

I’m sure you or someone you know has an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc. If you don’t have each of these devices handy, there are some really cool tools that you can use to see how your website would actually look and behave on just about any mobile device. Fifty seven percent of users say they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed mobile site.

Such high numbers warrant a website cleanup. Fortunately, both Safari and Firefox offer innovative tools geared towards the web platform-minded. Streamline your user’s browsing potential to assist their entry to customized channels.

 

Step Three: Let Your Consumer Control Mobile Content

Let Your Consumer Control Mobile Content

Assuming your mobile strategy contains multimedia content—which it should, consumers should be able to navigate it with ease. Consumers love controlling their content, studies revealing that:
  • 86 percent of viewers skip television commercials.
  • 44 percent of direct mail isn’t opened.
  • 46 percent of website viewers state design is a determining factor.

All content on your platform should serve the consumer. Moreover, it should be flexible based upon their evolving needs. Customizable content isn’t customizable if it isn’t skippable, and a consumer dedicated to your mobile platform will reveal valuable information about useful media while exposing loose ends.

Step Four: Customize Via SMS

Customize via SMS

SMS marketing is one of the world’s leading developments. Text-to-vote platforms, in particular, are an emergent trend creating customized platforms able to promote relevancy and effective navigation. Your mobile strategy will jump miles if it includes such services.

Your SMS strategy should, however, offer opt-in options. In the same way consumers prefer mobile content, they heavily prefer SMS control. Make sure all opt-in services follow strict privacy guidelines, and never shove offers through their push notifications. Use analytics, divide your consumer base and show the consumer you, the marketer, know their wants and needs.

Step Five: Consider Wearable Technology

Wearables have made a big splash recently. Fitbits and mobile thermostats have redefined the way consumers engage daily life, and “Internet-enabled” objects will likely persevere in the future. Don’t wait. Hit off a customizable mobile strategy before the market rises.

Customizable marketing strategies tailor offers to the consumer’s wants and needs. They’re buyer-centric, and they generate appeal from astounding offers. Sure, location-based offers, QR codes and SMS coupons are important, but the best customizable platforms are emergent. To be an effective marketer, you need to be ahead of the curve. In-store offers, social media guarantees and email redemption amenities are fantastic tools, but your arsenal should be one of business climate surveillance, prospective reasoning and innovation.

Author Biography

Sophorn Chhay

Sophorn is an inbound marketer specializing in attracting targeted visitors and generating sales qualified leads. Through Trumpia’s mass text messaging automation solution he helps businesses and organizations communicate effectively with their customers or members. Watch Trumpia’s 5-Minute Demo on how to execute an effective mobile marketing strategy.

5 Smart Steps to Become a Better Small Business Owner

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you dream big. That’s probably one reason you pursued this career path in the first place. Dreaming big is great, but it can also be paralyzing. Where do you start?

How to become a SocialMedia Manager by Urs Steiner via CC BY 2.0

“Entrepreneurs are often defined by the size of our ambitions, but the best way to make a big impact is to start small steps.”                                                                -Damon Brown, entrepreneur & author

Damon Brown, entrepreneur and author of Our Virtual Shadow, recently published a smart article for Inc. entitled 21 Simple Ways to be a Better Entrepreneur. In it, he shares easy steps you can take to make yourself more efficient and productive in 2016 and beyond.

Here are our favorites:

  • Schedule a blank day: Yes, you’re busy, but that doesn’t do much for you or your business in the end. Scheduling a blank day (which isn’t a vacation day) can help you focus on the big picture and shift direction if needed. When’s the last time you’ve scheduled a blank day?

Please stop telling me you’re busy.

  • Skip the heavy lifting on Monday: Mondays are a drag. No one really looks forward to them and you’re rarely satisfied with your production. If you work over the weekend, Mondays are even worse. So take Brown’s advice and only handle light lifting on Mondays, if you can.

Your Comfort Zone: Where the Magic Happens

  • Write more, type less: How often do you physically write things down? Strategies, ideas, thoughts, musings… While we’re always fans of the written word, writing by hand can create stronger connections, motivate, inspire and help you relax.

Things I Carry: Pen and Paper

  • Walk more: Innovative ideas rarely come to us while we’re sitting behind a desk. Physical activity can be a wonderful way to break out of a rut or see a situation more clearly. Struggling to put together a plan for a client? Trying to make a difficult decision for your business? Get up and go for a walk. You (and your brain) will be glad you did.

Need an Idea? Just Walk Away…

  • Read a book a week: Entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be constantly learning, and books are the perfect way to accomplish this arduous task. They’re also a way to travel to other cultures, learn from other people’s mistakes and get lost in another world. Even if you’re not a writer, reading is a habit that you should develop.

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Who are we kidding? We loved Brown’s entire list, especially the coffee and poker suggestions. What are your favorites?

We do struggle with a couple of them, especially In the first hour of your day, avoid email and social media. Perhaps this is a goal we can tackle in 2016. Which suggestion(s) do you struggle with the most?

Whether you agree with Damon Brown’s suggestions or not, we all want to be more productive and efficient. What additional tips can you offer to achieve these goals in 2o16?

We can help you be more productive and efficient by assisting with your marketing, writing and social media needs. Let’s discuss how we can help you!

Pic credit: How to become a SocialMediaManager by Urs Steiner via CC BY 2.0

Taking small steps to dream big,
Jaime

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