I'm guessing that Santa is the least of Justine Sacco's worries right now.
Nice to see a local business cut through the clutter of bad names like AAAA Plumbing from the days of competitng for the top spot on the yellow pages.
This is simple and memorable branding, that also works really well for digital marketing. That said, they could've used images of bacon on the B and P to make it pop more ;)
I couldn't resist sharing this Vine video my daughter made featuring our dog Carmel [funny what happens when we're not home during summer break].
I know that video has nothing to do with business marketing, but 1. it's cute, and 2. it reminded me that you can convey a lot in just 6 seconds of video. So why don't more businesses use video to bring their stores/services/people to life and differentiate them from all the other boring competitors out there? Many I talk to think it's too hard, or takes too much time [scripting, lighting, editing, music, etc.] but that's just not the case. Vine and Instagram make it so easy the Geico caveman could do it.
The "Bad" - having so many social followers that conversation becomes impossible
I just read another great article by Clive Thompson in this month's Wired Magazine. "In Praise of Obscurity" points out that socializing doesn't scale. This seems like a "duh" observation in the real world since we all know that its impossible to chat with everyone at a large party (40-50+ people).
But online it's a bit easier to "converse" with lots of people since they all aren't "there" at the same time. That said, once you get more than a few hundred followers social stops being social according to Thompson. "It's no longer a bantering process of thinking and living out loud. It becomes old-fashioned broadcasting." And further, "when the conversation gets big enough, it shuts down. Not only do audiences feel estranged, the participants also start self-censoring. There's no pretense of intimacy with the audience, so there's no conversation to spoil."
The lesson for businesses is that while it may seem cool to have many thousands of followers, it makes it impossible to realize the value of the relationship and conversation with each person. Why use social media if you're just going to blast messages like an email newsletter. Wouldn't you rather use social tools to have relevant and timely conversations with your best customers? And if so, are Facebook and Twitter the right tools? I don't think so. Business conversations seem out of place on Facebook where I go to check in with my friends, and Twitter is really better for short frequent broadcasts than long/deep conversations. There is clearly the need for a better tool for businesses to connect with their customers.
The "Good" - knowing that there is no such thing as overnight success
I’m not going to do a full reviews here, since honestly I’ve hated book reports ever since 5th grade. That said, I recommend both books as they are quick reads with wisdom on how to turn your unique talent/passion into a business that provides happiness and hopefully some income. While chock full of lessons on how build your personal brand via social media, the key message I took away is an old fashioned one that is lost on most people today….work hard!
McLeod’s third chapter is titled “Put the hours in” and Vaynerchuk devotes a section to “Hustle.”
Per McLeod: “Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. Ninety percent of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort and stamina.”
Per Vaynerchuk: “Too many people don’t want to swallow the pill of working hard every day….if you’re making money through social media, you don’t get to work for three hours and then play Nintendo….That’s lip service to hard work. No one makes a million dollars with minimal effort unless they win the lottery.”
I know this isn’t exactly a new/original concept, but as a marketer I see a lot of business/creative people who think they can come up with a great idea and that is will take off virally via social media. Overnight success is a myth and I like that these authors don’t go there just to sell more books (see all the authors of day-trading and real-estate investing books for that).
Check out the books for loads of useful marketing strategies/tactics for harnessing the power of the social web to build your brand. While it doesn’t fit into the theme of this post, I absolutely loved Vaynerchuk’s ninth chapter entitled “the best marketing strategy ever.” It’s one word long: CARE! It’s so damn simple but so powerful. I need to give it more thought and bake it into my 2010 marketing plan for my company, then I’ll write another post.
The "Good" - having a well-thought out plan for when your reputation is damaged online
I saw the article 5 Steps for Successful Social Media Damage Control by Sharlyn Lauby on Mashable the day after I posted my last entry on Managing Your Online Reputation. She covered what I forgot in my post, that managing reputation online is just like managing reputation offline...
"Our goal, of course, hasn’t changed – work to increase the number of positive comments written about your company, product, or service and take care of those who have negative experiences. But, how do you make that happen in the social media world? What steps to you take to keep negative social media damage to a minimum?"
Here is the abbreviated list she recommends for addressing any reputation crisis. Of course they key to have a well thought out plan/process developed and employees trained well in advance of any issue that occurs.