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Food trucks for rent near you: Experiential Food Truck Rental

Let’s take three things as givens about food trucks. They’re still wildly popular with consumers; many prospective truck operators don’t have the money or credit rating they need to get into the game; and some food truck owners are looking for ways to derive more income from their truck than they currently do. No wonder website http://www.experientialfoodtruckrental.com, seems like it could catch on.

The site, self-described as a platform to connect truck owners with truck renters, is nothing fancy. It works this way. First, truck owners post a profile of the fully equipped and permitted truck they have for rent; then interested truck renters search profiles by zip code or description. From there, it’s up to the owner and potential renter to hammer out the details.

The service is free to potential renters. Experientialfoodtruckrental.com makes money by charging truck owners to post their vehicle’s information on the site. It’s not much: $9.95 per month or $99 per year, cancelable at any time.

This could be an idea whose time has come.  Food trucks are already acknowledged as the most affordable way to break into the restaurant business. We’re sure plenty of people who have been dreaming the food truck dream will be frequent visitors to the experientialfoodtruckrentl.com site.

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On Fox’s “MasterChef,” host Gordon Ramsay drove one of three rented food trucks on-air. (Photo: Fox).

There might also be an untapped market to be found among short-term renters who need access to a food truck for a just a few special events each year. Anyone who’s been the volunteer food coordinator for a youth soccer tournament, charity 5k run, local art festival or similar one-shot outdoor event will be eager to explore the food truck rental opportunities listed on this site.

Owners of brick and mortar restaurants are potential renters, too. Some current operators might rent a truck from time to time to cherry-pick lucrative events. Others could experiment with whether having a food truck is a good way to boost revenue and extend their restaurant’s brand before going all in by purchasing one. A few might consider renting a truck to test-market a new restaurant idea, using it as an inexpensive method to establish proof of concept.

Why would current food truck owners rent out their valuable truck to strangers? The site answers that question this way: “To make money. This is business. Truck rentals range from $100/day to $1000/day. So, if you rent your truck out for just one day all year, you can cover your minimal listing cost here and make money. If you rent for longer, it’s a no-brainer.”

The actual mechanics of the rental are handled between the parties involved. For $199, experientialfoodtruckrental.com can provide a sample rental agreement and checklist that will guide renters and owners through the process.

Plenty of food trucks have been rented to date, both short- and long-term. High-profile renters have included ESPN (to promote World Cup soccer viewing); the Food Network (all eight trucks used on the “Great Food Truck Race” show were rentals); Microsoft (it rented four trucks to publicize its Windows-based mobile phones); Frito Lay (to promote Doritos); and Fox television (three trucks rented for an episode of “MasterChef,” one of them “driven on-air by Gordon Ramsay” for what that’s worth).

We don’t know if experientialfoodtruckrental.com will work as advertised. But we’re hoping it does, because we can see how it could open doors to new business opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded restaurant operators and for those who aspire to become one.

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Brands turn to food truck promotions and marketing to build trust and relationships with consumers “Food Truck Custom marketing”

With many food truck rental companies on the internet, how do you find the best one for you promotion? You need the best in the industry Food Truck Custom Marketing. With the help from our promotional mobile vehicle rental experts, we will make it easier to than before to utilize promotional mobile vehicles for your next promotions’ marketing campaign.

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Food Truck Custom Marketing.  Just ended a two-day tailgate party at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, We handed out turkey legs to promote the ABC show Galavants, ABC turned to a the only food truck marketing company in the USA, the food truck marketing experts, Food Truck Custom Marketing.

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Agencies And Marketers Discover Food Trucks Can Deliver More Than Food

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“Heinz’s truck, offering free fries, began its trip in Pittsburgh, then visited New York. Other stops are Philadelphia and Dallas”.

When the Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nev., wanted to promote its ski passes this season, it bypassed the usual advertising media like billboards, radio and print ads and instead chose a truck filled with snow cones driven by two improv actors to publicize its message.

For Heavenly, the idea to distribute snow cones from a truck was simple: “We’re going to give you a little bit of the mountain,” said Michael Chamberlin, the executive vice president and director of client services at BBDO San Francisco, which created the campaign for the resort.

That strategy — pairing a brand’s message with of all things, a food truck — has been increasingly employed in recent months, with major advertisers using trucks as rolling sandwich boards while advertising agencies issue the call to food truck marketing companies, like Experiential Food truck rental out in California. They provide food trucks to participate in brand-sponsored events.

Food trucks selling things like falafels and waffles have grown in popularity in cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and advertisers now see them as a vehicle for delivering their message directly to consumers.

“All the companies that are involved in this understand the power of this guerrilla-type marketing, being on the street, being very hands-on with the consumer that’s walking around,” said Beth Lawrence, the chief marketing officer of La Cense Beef, whose La Cense Beef Burger Truck has been used in many events in Manhattan since the summer.

The challenge with buying traditional media, said John Wagnon, the vice president for marketing at Heavenly, one of the properties of the Vail Resorts group, is “paying for eyeballs of people who have no interest in what you’re trying to sell.”

The food truck campaign is the first assignment by Heavenly for BBDO San Francisco, part of the BBDO West unit of BBDO Worldwide, owned by the Omnicom Group.

The resort’s truck, outfitted with iPads and large televisions showing skiing and snowboarding films, will promote a $379 ski season pass at locations around the San Francisco Bay Area through Dec. 15.

Visitors can buy a pass at the truck itself or they can collect a card and visit a Web site for more information. The actors driving the truck will also create video content that will be posted to a blog and Facebook page associated with the campaign.

“It’s like a mobile billboard on steroids,” Mr. Chamberlin said.

Ms. Lawrence said that La Cense Beef started getting calls from advertising agencies at the end of the summer and credited it to the media attention food trucks have gotten, including a mention in New York Magazine’s list of 25 of its favorite food trucks in New York City. According to the 2011 Zagat New York City restaurants survey, 26 percent of respondents reported eating from gourmet food trucks while 40 percent expressed interest in trying them.

In November, the La Cense Beef Burger truck was hired by Team One, a division of Saatchi and Saatchi, for a private event on behalf of Lexus. In October, it was hired by IAC to participate in the Vimeo Festival + Awards event. In June, the 94×50 agency used the truck for a private event on behalf of Nike.

“They like the brand, they like the positioning and they like the fact that the meat is coming from the ranch,” William Kriegel, owner and founder of La Cense Beef, said of the grass-fed beef used to make the hamburgers sold on the truck.

At the 11th annual New Yorker festival this fall, HSBC bank used six independent food trucks to promote its first sponsorship of the event.

The trucks — Rickshaw Dumpling, Schnitzel & Things, Wafels & Dinges, Bistro, NYC Cravings and Van Leeuwen — were wrapped almost entirely in an HSBC ad campaign and each featured a special dish created for the event. Rickshaw Dumpling, for example, created a Peking duck dumpling, while Van Leeuwen offered pumpkin ice cream to visitors.

HSBC customers who showed their bank cards at any of the trucks were given special treats like a free drink of Moroccan mint tea at the Bistro truck and a free scoop of ice cream on a waffle at Wafels & Dinges. HSBC also branded the napkins used in the trucks.

But some brands prefer to create their own food truck instead of hiring an independent operator.

To promote its new product, Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup, the H.J. Heinz Companybought a used truck and added a custom kitchen that included double-stacked convection ovens, food warmers, sinks and a freezer. The truck was then branded with a custom wrapping that displayed the “Heinz Ketchup Road Trip” message along with the relatedTwitter handle and Facebook page address.

The company hopes to capitalize on the growing familiarity with food trucks, said Jessica Jackson, the group head of public relations and communications at Heinz North America. The redesigned ketchup packets were also a perfect fit for a food truck, Ms. Jackson said.

“Since it was really made for eating on the go, we wanted to create an environment where people could experience it on the go,” she said.

The road trip began in mid-November in Pittsburgh, the company’s hometown, spent the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City and will make its way to Philadelphia with a final stop in Dallas. At each stop, visitors get a free serving of Ore-Ida crinkle cut fries or Ore-Ida sweet potato fries and a packet of the Dip & Squeeze Ketchup.

The company will also give away promotional T-shirts to people who have participated in one of the social media parts of the campaign. For example, the first 20 people who arrive at the truck showing on their smartphone that they have “checked in” to the “Ketchup Road Trip” on Foursquare or who post their preference as “dippers” or “squeezers” on Facebook or use the Twitter handle @DipAndSqeeze to announce their preference are also eligible for a free T-shirt.

Most food trucks, corporate or not, use social media tools like Twitter to post their location to their followers, and now Zagat, the restaurant guide, has gotten into the game. In early November, Zagat announced a food truck Web site that features a map with the location of the food trucks that it partners with. They are also conducting a survey of the best food trucks in New York.

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The Multicultural Marketing Divide: Who Is the Real Mainstream Consumer?

Most years are evolutionary, but few are revolutionary — and honestly, 2013 was hardly transformational. In many ways, a stagnant business landscape was affected by a deadlocked political atmosphere and highly divergent perceptions of critical national issues — such as health care and immigration reform. In other words, some embrace change; some embrace legacy — even to the detriment of their own businesses’ vital signs.

Some of the trepidation seen among business executives revolves around defining their target consumers. Whereas most of America is still made up of white non-Hispanic families, the vast majority of future growth emanates from diverse cultures — such as Hispanic, Asian and African Americans among others. The difficulty lies partly in “marketing science” and partly on corporate legacy and priorities.

There are certainly many corporations who have increased their spending and focus on high-growth groups such as Hispanic, Asian and African American. According to Ad Age’s2013 Hispanic Fact Pack, for example, the top 10 investors in the “new mainstream” consumer spent $1.25 billion on “Hispanic media” during 2012 alone. This is up from $956 million in 2011 — a 31 percent change year over year! At the top of the list are Procter & Gamble, McDonalds and T-Mobile, who each spent more than $100 million on Hispanic targeted advertising.

Overall, media spending growth from 2011 to 2012 was 3.2 percent, yet growth in overall Hispanic ad spending was 11.1 percent — that’s nearly $8 billion and well over three times the growth of ad spending overall. Nonetheless, the ad spending on the Hispanic segment is reportedly far below this segment’s proportion of the population (about 6 percent of total ad spending, compared to 18 percent of total population) and much less than their proportion of population growth, which has been around 60 percent in recent years. As Hispanic media spending increases, will it begin to blend with the overall spend? Or will “Hispanic-focused media” continue its ascent at the current rates?

One emerging theory has been the discussion of “Total Market,” which — although somewhat vague and subject to interpretation — generally refers to addressing multiple cultural segments (including white non-Hispanic) which roll-up into the aggregate consumer population.

The discussion is interesting, but it’s also peculiar. It appears the same proponents of multicultural marketing are promoting the Total Market concept. But those previously charged with addressing the “General Market” (a term used to describe the mainstream consumer) are not participating in the Total Market dialog in any meaningful way. Therefore, despite the recent growth in spending and buying power of multicultural audiences, multicultural marketers and those examining the general market do not appear to be on the same page.

The risk of the Total Market approach is that it’s also too broad — cultural segments get blended in and compromised within the overall milieu of the marketing mix. In some ways, this seems a defensive approach for brands in order to not get left out — “playing not to lose,” if you will.

The political landscape seems to contribute to the ambivalence among marketers. For instance, the fact that immigration reform has been severely stalled in congress seems to reflect that many leaders (and the public at large I suppose) are in denial as to the emerging role that cultural segments are playing and will play in our business economy. Perhaps it’s an excuse for business executives not to get more aggressive and maintain the status quo.As stated in prior blogs, I find the continued delay of immigration reform especially disappointing, given the fact that we have a multicultural individual in the White House and that 71 percent of the Hispanic vote provided a clear mandate to reform outdated immigration laws.

But I have hope for next year. I believe that as businesses and marketers, we can free ourselves of the gridlocked national perspective on immigration to recognize the importance of a multicultural audience. Here are some tangible gains to be made next year:

    • A leading Hispanic or Multicultural agency and their brand representative will dare to bring a legitimately multicultural message into mainstream media. There’s even a chance that the splash will be made during the Super Bowl.

 

    • One or more Latino, Asian or African Americans will be appointed Chief Marketing Officer in Fortune 500 companies next year. I believe that CEO’s and institutional investors get it — they will see the same vision and want someone to lead their company to where the growth is.

 

 

    • Bicultural media will shift into the next gear as “experimental media” proves itself. Next year should see the fruits of companies like Univision/ABC’s Fusion, Nuvo and MTV Tr3s — hopefully with quantitative backing — that lead to further investment in that potentially high-growth space.

 

 

  • Immigration reform (if and when it passes) will spur additional acceptance and momentum within the multicultural/new mainstream marketing and business initiatives.

 

As 2014 takes shape, the question of “who is the mainstream consumer” will be asked more frequently. This New Mainstream consumer is one who increasingly embraces its heritage and chooses to indulge in multiple media within a multicultural context. Whether marketers embrace it or not — held back by legacy and risk aversion if they do not — American consumers will become increasingly diverse in 2014 and will recognize the evolving face of our nation.

The time has come for CMOs to do what chairmen and institutional investors want them to: go for the growth and erode their competitors’ market share — increasingly, that means trade legacy marketing tactics for in-culture targeting.

 

Cesar M. Melgoza

CEO and founder, Geoscape

 

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Hispanic Events: Gain Critical Mass through Large Scale Hispanic Events

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Pitbull Takes the Stage at Calle Ocho in Miami

Large scale Hispanic events like Calle Ocho and Fiesta Broadway have been a mainstay for many marketers trying to reach the lucrative U.S. Hispanic market. The hope for brands participating in these large scale events is that they will create a brand connection with the 1 million + attendees which they can translate into sales. The reality – many brands get lost in the clutter of brands participating in the event and the planned activation of  a spinwheel, free samples and coupons does little to nothing to drive sales or create a lasting brand impression. Thus, brand managers are challenged to justify the ROI and often times the Hispanic program is deemed a failure.

We believe it is possible to gain critical mass through large scale Hispanic events. Here are three considerations to help drive a successful Hispanic event strategy.

1. Integrate Hispanic Event Efforts into Your Total Marketing Plan
Your consumers don’t live in a Hispanic-only world and neither should your event efforts. Leverage the marketing strength of your total brand efforts to enrich the consumer experience. For example, sponsoring the NBA this year? Did you know that Hispanics comprise sixteen percent of the league’s fan base? Knowing that, elevate your event experience! Create an “NBA experience” with a Hispanic twist – highlight Hispanic players and tell their stories or invite local Hispanic artists to use backboards as a canvas to create a one-of-a-kind gallery. Promote this Hispanic outreach through your total market media and social media channels.

2. Remember Content is King

It’s true that Hispanics were “the original” social network long before Facebook was invented. And with the advent of social media and the proliferation of smart phones among Hispanics, these tech savvy consumers are actively looking for those “shareworthy” moments. So give them something to talk about at your event experience! A banner becomes a step & repeat photo opportunity. Turn your brand iconography into larger-than-life art installations. And use relevant event and brand hashtags to encourage, track and participate in the conversation.

3. Nobody Likes a One Night Stand.

No matter how big and spectacular the event may be, one event does not make a Hispanic marketing plan. Look for opportunities to extend the conversation and/or event association long after the “circus has left town”. Create a database from your event attendees and schedule on-going communication with them. Thank them for visiting your event area, invite them to take a survey, surprise them with a tweet or better yet, a surprised product gift! Remind them what makes this event so amazing and how grateful you are to share in that experience with them. Better yet, invite them to your next event, be it a Hispanic targeted or total market effort!

There are some incredible large scale Hispanic events across the country that can be leveraged to meet your marketing goals – Calle Ocho in Miami, Fiesta Broadway in LA, Fiesta San Antonio, Fiesta del Sol in Chicago and the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York to name a few. Do your events have the right elements to create critical mass for your brands?

 

 

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Experiential Marketing Trends 2014

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Experiential marketing is about connecting consumers with brands through live face to face experiences, creating personal and relevant memories.  With consumers bombarded by traditional advertising and becoming more likely to listen to ‘non-stop music’ radio stations, watch ‘on demand’ TV and flick past print adverts, 2013 proved to be a blossoming year for experiential marketing.

For what used to be an afterthought, experiential marketing is swiftly becoming a key tactic in many advertising campaigns.  Budget’s increased by 7.6% in 2013 vs. economic growth of 1.6%, and it’s predicted to skyrocket even further in 2014.

To help you see the big picture, we’ve put together what to expect in 2014:

Trend #1: Big Data vs. Real Data

Experiential marketing is about real conversations and meaningful impressions you can count. On the surface, it looks like experiential produces smaller numbers, but experiential is about quality over quantity, and they’re authentic numbers.

Half a million people could read a newspaper, but does that mean half a million people read the advert inside? No. Traditional has a larger potential reach but experiential gives a realistic impression count based on direct engagements.

With that said, in 2014, these smaller numbers won’t cut it and there’ll likely be an emphasis on increasing them.

Can we achieve this by quickening quality engagements from 60 seconds to 30 seconds? Perhaps. Expectations in the experiential realm are rising and it’s our job as experiential marketers to face this challenge in the upcoming year.

Trend #2: Gen Y Will Continue to Demand Experiential

It’s estimated that Gen Y’s consumer spending will top over 100-billion dollars next year, and as a result, they are a huge target for brands. But they’re finicky. They’ve seen it all, they live in the moment and they’re far more impulsive than any other age group.

But this is good news for the experiential industry. A new stat says 78% of millennials are more inclined to become part of a brand if they have that face-to-face interaction.

This is where a greater emphasis on experiential as a primary (and necessary) marketing tactic comes into play. Gen Y demands it.

Trend #3: Increased Experiential Integration

In 2014 we will see more experiential and PR companies collaborating to create awareness—especially with the evolution of technology and social media. Experiential companies will longer be invited to the party, they are organizing the party.  The Magnum pop-up shop integrated these two strategies superbly in Bloor-Yorkville this summer.

Trend #4: Experiential Will Become a New Form of Market Research

Judging from our own experiences and the way the industry is progressing, we believe experiential marketing will become a new form of market research in 2014.

With the consumer right in front of your brand ambassadors, it’s easy to gather more information in the midst of engagement.  It’s live.  It’s quick. And it goes a long way towards further understanding consumer behavior.

For example, we worked with a company in October distributing promotional materials and talking about their services. Not only did we create meaningful relationships with their target market, but we also conducted a quick survey collating customer impressions of the brand.  Because of the one-on-one interaction, people were more than willing to answer.  It felt normal and natural, and it was easy to get honest information and feedback about both the brand and its programs.

One of the strongest reasons why we think this will be a key trend for 2014 is because leveraging brand ambassadors to collect data in the midst of an existing experiential campaign is a valuable add, and incredibly affordable in comparison to traditional research methods.

Experiential creates so many different opportunities for live market research and we expect to see this grow to a higher level next year.

Trend #5 Evolving Experiential Technology

At the beginning of 2012, we thought using brand ambassadors using iPads was a big deal. By 2013 it was routine.

We still love our iPads (of course!) but we’ve embraced other technological resources, like the use of green screens for fun photo shoots and videos, and social technology for campaign integration.

The increase in marketing function integration will rely on using the right technology. And as new technology evolves, exciting and innovative experiential opportunities will follow suit

Trend #6 Experiential Marketing Will Consolidate Its Identity

Moving into the New Year, it’s important to note that experiential will continue to grow into its own identity.  Forget all the trend words—Buzz marketing, engagement marketing, impact marketing—experiential marketing is the terminology marketing will adopt in 2014.

But this kind of consolidation only happens when experiential itself finally becomes recognized as the most effective and affordable tactic on a person-to-person level out there and this recognition is reflected in experiential’s share of marketing dollar allocation.

We already saw gains in 2013 with larger brands acknowledging that experiential stretches their marketing dollar and gets tangible (and relevant) results.

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How to combine content creation, sponsorship and experiential marketing to impact your bottom line.

For many years, creating content meant making a TV spot

 

These days anyone can create content, but not all content is worth creating.

As the cloud gets cloudier, companies are challenged to rise above the turbulence of advertising and online chatter to reach the sunny calm where brands, media, influencers, and consumers work together to create meaning, value, and connection.

 

I’ll be interested, if you’ll be interesting

 

As brands such as Red Bull, Levis, Absolut, Coca Cola, Harley Davidson, etc. have successfully shown, the best way to market any good, service, brand or place is by providing experiences and content that is so engaging, consumers and the media can’t help but pay attention.

Move successfully past the content marketing mainstream and combine the three hottest marketing trends:

 

Content Creation

Experiential Marketing

Sponsorship

 

Content

According to a 2011 study by the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is one of the top-growing fields with an increasing number of marketers relying on content strategy for overall success.

The objectives of content strategy are:

Brand awareness – 69%

Customer acquisition – 68%

Lead generation – 67%

Customer retention/loyalty – 62%

 

Content Marketing Institute, 2011

 

Experiential

Asked “How important is a previous unique experience when deciding what specific brands you use in the future?”, over 62% said a unique brand experience was very important; only 1% disagreed.

“Best Experience Brands”, global study by Jack Morton Worldwide, 2011

 

Experiential

In a study, 85% of respondents said that participating in experiential marketing would cause them to talk about a product or brand and 1 in 4 marketing executives believe that event marketing provides the best return on investment EventView, 2006

 

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is the fastest growing form of marketing according to the International Events Group (IEG), which is projecting a significant sponsorship spending growth (4.8%) for 2013, even in the face of overall economic volatility.

“International event Partnerships, Sponsorship and Fundraising”, by Nadia Laice,

 

Sponsorship

And it pays off for the brands. Corporations that consistently invested in sponsorship outperformed market averages and those who spent at an above average level outperformed those who spent at a below average level.

“Does sponsorship pay off? An examination of the relationship between investment in sponsorship and business performance” International Journal of Sport Marketing & Sponsorship

 

69% of Canadians said they would prefer to do business with a brand that supports their favorite causes Today’s consumers are interested in a brand’s values. They’re looking for brands with a conscience, brands that are good citizens who support the community in a fun and engaging way. 69% of Canadians said they would prefer to do business with a brand that supports their favorite causes, 53% said the same for arts / cultural events. Interestingly, Canada is the only nation in the world where sports do not account for the greatest number of proposal requests or allocations. The number one sector in Canada is fairs, festivals and exhibitions, followed by the arts at number two “Consumer Sponsorship Rankings”, Partnership Group, 2012

 

What to do?

Brands have to create emotional content that tells a story to impact consumers’ behaviors, attitudes, or perceptions of their brand in a positive way – content that is not about the product and not a sales pitch.

Content that is driven by shared values and a vision to make the world a better place. Content that engages all five senses. Content that asks questions instead of promoting products. Content that enables communication, stimulates discussion and brings people together. Content the consumer identifies with and wants to share with friends.

 

 

Cultural content – value promotion at its best All this can be achieved in one fell sweep: Developing custom-made, brand-owned, cultural content and cultural events. Putting the logo of your brand on the catalogue of an exhibition or show is a step in the right direction but doesn’t compare to the impact of developing and owning content or an event.

 

Culture?

In this context “culture” is defined as an inclusive concept, encompassing not just fine arts, but design, crafts, sports, leisure, community-oriented projects and even cause-driven events. In short: content and experiences that elevate the human spirit and bring people together.

 

The content matrix

 

The content you develop engages your audience in various dimensions. For the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on only two.

 

Immersion

 

Product/Service Value

Related driven

Absorption

 

The first (horizontal) dimension has product/service related content—that is to say the informative, instructional rational kind—on one side of the equation; and value driven—speaking to our emotions and triggering the hedonistic tendencies of the audience—on the other.

 

The second (vertical) dimension describes the level of engagement, necessary to experience the content. Absorption, on one end of the spectrum, describes the passive consumption of content, with a low level of engagement, addressing only 1 or 2 senses. Immersive content on the other side of the spectrum requires active participation, engages all five senses and takes the audience to a different world.

 

Content in the bottom left corner has the least potential to generate an emotional connection with your brand; e.g. product manual.

 

Content in the top right corner is the most interesting for your audience.

It immerses the participant, is not a sales pitch, and ideally engages all

5 senses. This kind of content has the most potential to create an emotional bond with your brand; e.g. Red Bull Music Academy

 

Examples

 

6 simple steps

Let’s look at the necessary steps to develop engaging cultural content for your brand

 

Step 1

Branding 101 – What are your values? Who are your customers?

 

Anything you do should be based on, and guided by, your vision and values and an in-depth knowledge of your customers. If you’re an urban brand that promises adventure and excitement, and your customers are outgoing and fun loving, the content you develop is of course different from that developed by a luxury brand that promises its affluent clientele exclusivity.

Do your homework and get your story straight. You might also want to find out what your competitors are doing to avoid replicating their strategy.

 

Step 2

Think like a content developing agency

 

In the new market with a much more demanding and powerful consumer, you have to think like a content development agency to stay competitive. No matter if your revenue comes from selling a product or offering a service.

“Compelling content is the currency that buys your customer’s attention and affection long before they reach the stage of comparing features and benefits.”

 

Step 3

Define objectives and success metrics

 

Assess your situation, define objectives and develop success metrics. You want to be able to measure the level of success for your project. At the end of the project you want to be able to evaluate how successful it was and learn from the experience to keep improving your strategy.

Keep in mind that measuring outcome parameters and success metrics involves research, which requires resources – financial, human and otherwise. The costs attached to those resources should be included in the budget to avoid surprises and enable a sound post-event evaluation process.

 

Step 4

Develop ideas, based on your vision and values.

Now that you are aware of the content matrix, ask yourself what kind of content or event will be the most interesting for your audience. What will create the most opportunity to generate event-based secondary level content (photos, videos, catalogs, interviews, etc.) and will have the biggest potential to be shared, spread, talked about.

Keep a long-term strategy in mind. You want to be able to renew the experience and update the event/content over time to remain interesting and relevant in the eyes of your audience.

 

Step 5

Execute

Be diligent

Be professional

Have fun

 

Step 6

Post event evaluation and measuring ROI

 

If you have done your homework and defined objectives and success metrics as outlined in step 3, you are now ready to reap the fruits of your labor.

A post-event evaluation tells you how good you were and will help you to do a better job next time.

 

You will know how successful the project was and if you achieved your objectives.

You might get new insights from your audience, potentially impacting other areas of your marketing and communication efforts.

You will be able improve the project to increase reach and impact for the next one.

You will have the tools to convince key stakeholders to continue and expand your cultural content developments efforts.

 

 

By: Erik Hauser

 

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sales@experientialfoodtruckrental.com

 

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Guerrilla Marketing Vs. Viral Marketing

Guerrilla marketing is the art and science of breaking conventional marketing rules, bypassing traditional outlets and using uncommon sense to reach people with marketing messages. Viral marketing can be loosely defined as digital word-of-mouth marketing. Both strategies can be more cost efficient than traditional techniques and can reach consumers in ways that connect with them in more personal and memorable ways. Understanding and applying these strategies in your marketing campaigns can provide distinct competitive advantages.

Guerilla Marketing

The term “guerrilla” comes from guerrilla warfare, in which soldiers use quick, unexpected attacks followed by fast retreats rather than fighting for prolonged periods out in the open. Like guerrilla warfare, guerrilla marketing messages appear seemingly out of nowhere, making a big impression on onlookers before quickly disappearing. This differs from traditional marketing tactics such as billboard or magazine advertising, which place messages in front of consumers for extended period in ways consumers have learned to tune out.

 

 

 

Viral Marketing

Viral marketing gets its name from the way in which physical viruses spread, which each individual unit replicating ceaselessly, creating exponential growth. A viral marketing campaign relies on social media sharing and other online word-of-mouth tactics to reach large numbers of people through their friends and contacts. A viral marketing campaign presents messages that consumers cannot resist sharing with their friends, who in turn share it with more people, fueling the cycle of exponential growth.

Examples

Flash-mobs are an example of a guerrilla marketing tactic. In a flash-mob, a large group of people infiltrates a public area, initially blending in with bystanders. Then the group acts out a skit or performs a song and dance to promote a marketing message to the surprise of everyone around. Mobile billboard trucks are another example of effective guerrilla marketing. Billboard trucks can display advertisements virtually anywhere, quickly moving on to cover different areas, even advertising right in front of competitors’ places of business.

Movie studios are providing numerous examples of successful viral campaigns, creating fake newscasts, websites and stories to generate buzz about future releases. Prior to the release of “The Dark Knight” in 2008, for example, Warner Brothers created a fake political campaign website for Harvey Dent, a character in the movie, providing fans with sharable campaign posters and other tools to spread the hype.

Tactics and Costs

Guerrilla marketing tactics cost a bit more than viral techniques in most instances. Guerrilla tactics can require more people, incurring higher labor costs, and can include the cost of physical media such as signs, vehicles and props. Viral campaigns, on the other hand, can be simple enough for a single person with a laptop and an Internet connection to produce. Viral campaigns truly level the playing field in terms of financial requirements, whereas guerrilla campaigns can be cost prohibitive to companies with smaller budgets.

Integrated Marketing Strategy

Integrated marketing strategies can be more effective than those that focus on a single set of tactics. Using guerrilla marketing techniques to create viral marketing campaigns can leverage the power of both of these innovative strategies at once. To create a guerrilla/viral marketing campaign, create a truly memorable and irresistibly sharable real-life component and turn that component into something sharable on the web. For example, rather than simply performing a flash-mob, consider filming the flash-mob and sharing it among your social media followers.

 

by David Ingram,

 

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