Aug 08 2018
How do you get the attention of boating media editors whom are invited to dozens of incredible press events every year? Produce a disruptive event invitation. To stand out in Public Relations you have to disrupt.
The invitation is one of the most important elements of the entire event production. The invitation also sets the tone and expectations of what the attendees will experience. A well crafted and executed invitation can bring your brand to the forefront and set the stage for an epic event. You have to have people attend the event to have an event. Our strategy related to this specific event entailed a custom printed video book with personalized invitation video.
LOOK Marketing received two 2018 ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation Space Coast Chapter for the production of a Press Event Video Invitation for client Sea-Doo watercraft. The two 2018 ADDY awards received for this project included; Judge’s Choice Award and Gold Addy for the category of Card, Invitation or Announcement.
Produce an invitation that disrupts normal in-mail and introduces the brand’s new model year campaign and key messaging. The goal was to create an invite that intrigued and demanded invitees to attend the event and learn about the new product.
Press Event Video Invitation Project Strategy
LOOK Marketing would design a physical, video book invitation that would be sent by express mail to targeted editors. The book visuals would include key message copy and high level event details including location and dates over imagery of the actual event location. The auto playing video included a brand hype reel and a personal, event invitation message to to engage media through a sensory experience of visual, audio and tactile modes. The three sensory modes would work together to help convey Sea-Doo’s 2018 story theme of “Escaping the Everyday” with Sea-Doo.
Targeted North American and international marine media and regional vertical and general press received the video invitation. The invitation set the tone for the Sea-Doo “Escape the Everyday” Press Event. It immediately pulled invitees into the world of Sea-Doo by sharing a unique, adventure-themed video.
The video began with auto play when the book was opened. It opened with vintage clips of Sea-Doo watercraft, sharing the news that 2018 marked 50 years of Sea-Doo revolutionizing the personal watercraft industry and followed by teasing the 2018 adventure-ready platforms.
A glimpse of everyday epic adventures being lived out by Sea-Doo riders around the world would follow the 2018 launch reveal. The video then invited them to attend the made-for-media event to experience their own epic adventure on the Colorado River aboard the all-new 2018 Sea-Doo models. The video invitation culminated with imagery of the natural beauty of the epic event location, and how the PR team would ensure a production and fun event.
The video invitation generated exceptional results. 91% of the media targeted by LOOK attended the press event. Feedback from the media also noted the invitation strongly influenced their decision to attend. Three mainstream media noted that the invitation alone intrigued them enough to attend, where a traditional letter or e-mail invite would not have. Four boating media noted this was the best press event invitation they had received in years. This invitation was the first step in a complete brand immersion that carried the key messages from invitation to published articles. #lookatus
Event Invitation Project Awards
ADDY: Judge’s Choice Award
ADDY: Gold Award-Card, Invitation or Announcement
Select Published Media Generated By The Event – (three of the 21 published articles)
Aug 02 2018
If you are looking for a way to improve your Facebook advertising, LOOK Marketing discovered a very cool tactic that will help make stronger customer connections. We’re going to show you how your customers are going to write your next Facebook ad for you, and it’s going to kill it. You’re going to LOOK and listen to what is important to your customers, and then use their words, literally, to talk to them in their own language. They’re going to tell you how to write copy that ‘s important to them.
In every aspect of business, simply listening to your customer will tell you everything you need to know to serve them. If you listen, people will tell you exactly what they want, making it easy to cut through the noise and deliver what they need. It comes down to data; doesn’t everything digital? But this tactic focusses on research of words and sentiment, not numbers. If you want to know what’s really important to people read their reviews of a product, experience, or service.
Here’s how to activate the “‘The Full Circle Conversation‘ Tactic.
THIS IS EASY AND IMMEDIATE ACTION RESEARCH
The first step is research. Look at your own company’s reviews. you will find these on your page home.
Look at the 3-star reviews as these usually share equal good and bad aspects and aren’t biased to one extreme or the other. You should also look at your competitors’ reviews as you can determine where you have a competitive advantage and exploit them. Another valuable source is Facebook Groups. Some larger brands have the reviews section turned off but Facebook Groups will provide mostly unfiltered insight. Large brand pages can also review fan posts to the page in which they ask questions or for brand feedback, both positive and negative. Keep in mind if one person posts a concern, that same concern is probably shared by exponentially more fans.
The goal here is to listen to what people are saying. To find out what is truly important to them, which can many times be something very different than you thought. Look for trends but even if the comment is referencing a one-off occurrence, it’s probably not a one-off occurrence and is an opportunity to win over a customer. Let’s look at some examples.
THEY WILL WRITE THE Facebook ad COPY FOR YOU
We are going to show examples of how this works for three different kinds of businesses, a restaurant, a retail product, and a service business.
The first case uses an example of a local, Melbourne, Florida family restaurant. We look at one of their 3-Star reviews. There are positives and a clear opportunity to win them over to a 5-star advocate. If this is your restaurant you have an opportunity. First is to revisit your recipes, second, now you know what people want.
Here’s what the sample Facebook ad from LOOK Marketing could be. A scrumptious image of a chili dog and side of slaw with the following copy and call to action, “Are you looking for food with a lot of flavor? We recently updated our menu, including a flavorful new chili dog with slaw. Click here to put in your to-go order now.”
We literally used the customer’s words in the ad copy. We are speaking their exact language. They will feel that we get them and that we are speaking directly to them. On the flip side, a competitor could do this same thing playing on your weakness, or you could play off one of their reviews if your restaurant can offer a ‘more flavorful chili dog.’
Our second example comes from one of our global marine industry client pages, Evinrude Outboards. This isn’t a review but it includes two questions from a visitor post to the page. We know many others may have the same questions. This presents an opportunity to create an on-point ad that will focus on one of the product’s big competitive advantages.
One of Evinrude’s advantages is there is no special break-in procedure for new engines. Apparently we aren’t doing a great job promoting that. Obviously it’s important to new buyers and tells us we need to promote it more and this is our opportunity.
Here is what the sample Facebook ad from LOOK could be. An image of a new engine and boat on a trailer leaving an Evinrude dealership with the following copy and call to action, “Do you know what the break-in period is on a new E-TEC G2? What if we said there isn’t one. Find out how now (link to product page).”
This post actually generates two opportunities to give customers the information they want. The second Facebook Ad could be; A POV image taken over the shoulder of a person looking at two different Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines with the following copy and call to action, “Do you know what the difference between the E-TEC g2 and the E-TEC G2 H.O. is? We go into every detail in our comparison guide here (link to comparative guide).”
Our third example is a service oriented business, a local Brevard County health care provider. To grow their business they could look at their local Space Coast competitor and use this Facebook Ad tactic.
Here’s what the sample Facebook ad from LOOK could be. A stock video clip of a clock with the hands spinning fast, coupled with the following copy and call to action, “Patients’ time is just as valuable as the doctors. You don’t want to wait 45 minutes for your appointment. See our doctors with minimal wait time. (link to appointment page).”
Look for reviews, listen to what’s important to your customers and use their words again. Try this tactic in you Facebook advertising and LOOK for strong returns. If you want more tips on successful Facebook Advertising and learn how LOOK marketing is applying this tactic to organic (unpaid) social media posting, contact us now. Now go create a ‘Full Circle Conversation.’ #lookatus