Love — and Marketing — is in the air!

Holiday marketing: you either love it or hate it. As a consumer, it’s nice to take advantage of a sale, but as a marketer, it can get downright embarrassing. How many more car commercials about President’s Day sales that have no tie-in to the brand can we watch?

Love -- and coffee -- is in the air at Starbucks!

Love — and coffee — is in the air at Starbucks!

Some brands get holiday promotions right, and it may not be ones with a readily available tie-in at first glance. For example, Starbucks has decided to hold the world’s largest date on February 13th. The worldwide coffee giant is serving a special pairings menu at participating cafes for you and your beloved. Don’t have a beloved? No worries, the company has partnered with Match.com, so you can find that special someone. As a place where people come to meet, this partnership is genius, although I never would have told you that before. Kudos to Starbucks for understanding its brand and consistently finding new ways to grow.

Durex Valentine's Day ad

Durex delivers a tongue-in-cheek message to its competitors.

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across the above ad from Durex around Father’s Day. The world’s number one condom brand has a history of bold, tongue-in-cheek advertising. Durex takes its products seriously. Itself? Not so much. Considering what its product is intended to do, the company may not ever come up with a better ad.

Chime in with Love (or Hate)

What brand’s holiday-related marketing do you love?

Do you find yourself looking at marketing as a consumer vs. marketer/business professional?

Any fun Valentine’s Day plans?

Share the marketing love,
Jaime

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Go On Holiday, And Take Your Business With You

Wednesday was Boss’s Day and tomorrow is Sweetest Day; Monday, we celebrated Columbus discovering America (and railroading the natives out of town) while our Canadian friends were being thankful. Halloween, one of the biggest retail holidays of the year (second only to Christmas in money spent), looms large at the end of the month. Who am I going to see at my door more this year — Miley Cyrus or Anastasia Steele?

Griswold's House in Christmas Vacation

Holidays are excellent marketing opportunities for your business. Just don’t take it too far.
Pic credit: Hooked on Houses (CCC)

What does this have to do with your business? More than you think, actually. Holidays, from the sincere to the commercially created (thanks Hallmark!), present excellent, and often missed, opportunities to successfully market your business.

This is your chance to be creative and think of unique ways to tie your products and services into a holiday or special day. Keep your business’s voice in mind as you come up with a campaign. Is your tone cheeky? Conservative? You don’t want to stray too far from your regular marketing efforts or the association will seem far-fetched or forced. We’ve all seen one too many President’s Day car commercials which have no point beyond an obscure ‘Lincoln’ reference.

A few holiday-related marketing efforts have caught my attention. One such effort was from Durex, the condom manufacturer. As you would expect from a company in its field, Durex likes to have fun with its subject matter, in order to erase some of the taboo associated with its product. This Father’s Day ad is eye-catching, spot on tone-wise and priceless.

Father's Day Durex ad

Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Durex — especially if you use their competitor’s products.
Pic credit: Adweek

Another effort that stood out to me was from the leader of the digital world, Google. The search giant put together an impressive Mother’s Day effort, showcasing how many of its products and services could help you celebrate this sentimental holiday. A special landing page brought everything together, including this fun video (remember, YouTube is owned by Google):

Holiday Talk

What’s your favorite holiday-related marketing effort?

What holidays or special days can your business associate with?

What’s your favorite holiday or celebration?

Happy Holidays!
Jaime

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