Aug 23 2017
This is a first person perspective from our summer 2017 intern Tyler Fischer, a Business major from Florida State University. LOOK threw Fischer into the deep end of the social media and digital marketing pool and he didn’t flounder for a second. Here is his take on his summer in Melbourne, Florida with LOOK Marketing.
For the past 14 weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of interning with the award-winning agency, LOOK Marketing. I am incredibly grateful to have worked for such a fantastic agency and expand my knowledge of the marketing field. As a marketing student at Florida State University, it was extremely valuable to relate academic learnings to real world integrated digital marketing. Some of the tasks included; managing an Instagram account, monitoring Public Relations, developing monthly reports, and helping anywhere I could prove useful. As my time with LOOK comes to an end, below are some insights I have gained through this experience.
I Thought I Knew Social Media
Growing up with social media platforms, I considered myself fairly knowledgable of digital marketing. However, I quickly learned that I was barely scraping the surface of social media. LOOK challenged me with leading an Instagram page for a major boating industry client. I took this page on as if it were my own; I immediately began researching everything related, linked, and loosely associated to the client’s brand and lifestyle, including its history, competitors, and audience. My posting is based on my own interests and are only seen by friends. In contrast, a client’s Instagram profile requires a completely different mentality. Your audience is potential customers and owners, they are the people who are going to talk about the brand to their peers.
As I managed a big brand’s Instagram page, I was given access to extensive analytics. I was tasked to advance plan a month’s worth of content, learn what content yields the best output using analytic tools, develop monthly reports including actionable tactics, and generally grow the page and audience. It was fascinating to see followers engage with the content that I had created. With access to these tools, such as Iconosquare and Percolate, I was able to stay organized and make smart digital marketing decisions. As social media continues to be a staple for today’s fast changing digital world, I’m confident with my skills to grow and keep up with social media for clients.
The Constant Task Of Content Generation
A few weeks in to my internship with LOOK, I started to see social media differently. My mentors encouraged me to look deeper into the content of the pages I followed and to note the techniques and strategies that top companies were using. Quickly after starting to manage this social media channel, it was surprising to learn of the constant need for content. I had initially assumed that content must be flooding in from followers and photo shoots, but it’s not the case. I would spend hours scrolling through hashtags and followers’ pages in search of potential pictures and videos to use. A majority of the UGC is not usable for various reasons, but finding a good one equal to striking gold.
For our client, Wellcraft Boats, new user-generated content was minimal, as the brand was literally relaunched only three years ago, so it was vital that I find as many owners of these new model boats online and engage with them. Through this process, we started to find pages that post great photos and videos and leveraged this content. Through our engagement strategy, we saw an increase in people sharing their photos with us.
Although this was the case for a smaller page, it was insightful to see how the larger pages operate; larger clients like Sea-Doo watercraft and Evinrude Outboards, which have a huge online presence, have a lot more content at their disposal due to larger budgets and higher engagement by their fans. I also learned the more you ask, the more you receive. It became a norm for our Instagram posts to end with a phrase like, “Tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured.”
After a few weeks of posting to Instagram, I learned that the quality of content directly influences the success of a page, and part of the quality involves delivering the message to our desired audience. We could do this through strategic timing, quality, relevance, and a well-planned, strategic editorial plan. One of the best pieces of advice my mentor gave me throughout my internship was to take a step back and look at the whole picture; does the content of all these posts together tell the brand story we want to communicate? Providing value to these followers is extremely important; if there is no value, there are no followers.
Some Communicate More Than Others
I believe good communication is the key to success, and after my experience with LOOK, this statement goes far beyond success. Communication is the key to everything. Whether the communication is with clients, your audience, or your team, the more there is, the better. I had the chance to work with a ton of great companies and see how each one communicates differently. For example, some clients would communicate often with feedback, expectations, upcoming events, etc. However, some would provide much less, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just required a different approach. With less client direction and hands-on involvement, there is more freedom to post what I saw as valuable to fans. This meant there were minimal approval processes, which meant there was always a lingering uncertainty.
Getting to experience both ends of the spectrum was extremely valuable. It taught me how to handle different types of clients. Another aspect of communication I have come to appreciate is working with a small team. LOOK truly treated me as one of their own and included me in a variety of tasks that I may not have been exposed to in a bigger team. This meant I could give my opinions and ideas on projects, participate in calls with multiple clients, and have real responsibility within the agency.
After talking to my friends who had been interning at large corporate organizations, I found it was rare for them to engage with their higher-ups. I am grateful to have had the chance to work closely with the founder and his expert team; at any point during the day, I could talk with Tim, ask questions, and gain insights on anything and everything. Ultimately, being able to communicate fluidly played a huge role in my ability to get the most out of my time as an intern.
Why LOOK Marketing
Interning at LOOK Marketing was an amazing experience. I was provided with the experience needed to grow professionally and personally. Working with a smaller team allowed me to take on real responsibilities under their direct guidance. I was able to ask questions frequently, make mistakes, and learn from the experience as a whole. Every member of the LOOK team provided valuable expertise. I know I was learning from some of the best digital marketing minds on the Space Coast.
Aside from my team, LOOK as a company is a cool place to work. LOOK has neat equipment like drones and SPX water cannons at our fingertips. Awesome clients like Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Wellcraft, and many more made this an intriguing experience especially with my interest in action sports. Not to mention LOOK Marketing also shoots its own content for client use, which I participated in. One shoot involved riding a Sea-Doo through the crystal-clear water of Silver Springs while drones flew overhead for Boating Magazine. My summer highlight with LOOK was a solo mission down to the Keys to deliver a Sea-Doo unit to be used in a shoot for Sea Ray boats. The highlight was pulling a Sea-Doo up onto a 3-million-dollar yacht, which I luckily accomplished first try.
Although my time with LOOK Marketing was short, everything I have learned here will stick with me. LOOK Marketing has provided me with valuable experience and a tremendous amount of new knowledge. It’s exciting to take the next steps in my education with this added knowledge.
Aug 16 2017
This summer LOOK Marketing’s event team produced four experiential marketing events in Texas for client Sea-Doo which resulted in highly successful demo rides and a very happy client. We’ve shared a few of our behind the scenes photos from one of the events held in Houston, Texas.
Jeremy, lead event specialist at LOOK Marketing, is prepping a customer for a demo ride on Sea-Doo‘s luxury watercraft, the GTX 300 at Team Mancuso Powersports.
Tim McKercher is seen here lending a helping hand in the very busy registration tent. McKercher, LOOK Marketing’s founder and events’ expert, spearheaded this event marketing and production project for Sea-Doo’s Texas demo rides.
Marc-Olivier, the Global Digital Marketing Coordinator for Sea-Doo, offering some pre-ride tips to this father and son duo onboard a 2017 WAKE 155 watercraft.
This group of riders had a blast trying out some of Sea-Doo’s most popular watercraft during the demo ride. They had a fun and memorable time on the water, and experienced what it would feel like to own a personal watercraft – and more importantly, a Sea-Doo watercraft! When ready to buy, these shoppers will certainly recall the awesome day on the water they spent riding Sea-Doo watercraft.
Jul 04 2017
Video production can break down barriers. One of the barriers to purchase and re-purchase recreational products is for the consumer to carve out time in their busy schedules to enjoy the use of the product – be it boats, motorcycles, off road vehicles, bicycles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, etc.
The reality is, a memory of a lifetime usually takes place in a short moment. Our most recent web video campaign for client Sea-Doo showcases how you, and your family and friends, can have more fun in one fun-filled, action packed, epic adventure day on your rec product than in a month or summer of the ordinary. These branded content videos showcase the value of how living the Sea-Doo Life, even if only one day, can be worth every penny.
This series will include five videos. Two of the videos have been published on Sea-Doo’s social channels – as of July 4th. The first featuring social media superstar, teen heart throb, and handlebar athlete Hayes Grier who lives on Lake Norman in North Carolina. Hayes shows how he and his buddies have One Fun Day. His family and friends live the Sea-Doo Life lake front style using the recreational segment models of the Sea-Doo line.
The second video production is performance model focussed and was strategically scheduled to post leading into the July 4th time frame to inspire true independence with wounded military veteran and professional athlete Anthony Radetic. Radetic and his family travel together to various personal watercraft races around the US and world. This allows them to spend quality time together and supports Anthony’s drive to be independent, free of his wheelchair, while feeding his competitive spirit.
This is the perfect July 4th story for the Sea-Doo brand. Enjoy One Fun Day with the Radetic Family
Follow Sea-Doo Social Media to see the next three ‘One Fun Day’ videos and learn how Fun runs in the Sea-Doo family.
Jan 20 2016
Proper marketing does not consist of picking a few items off of a menu. If a business wants real return on their marketing efforts the entire branding process must be able to connect ALL the dots.
During a recent excursion to a candy store in Savannah, Georgia we were captivated by the process of making taffy and packaging it for immediate purchase (and we felt compelled to capture it with our Sony A7S). This store did it right. Of course Taffy can be made and wrapped in a back room but that’s not engaging. They do it right. In addition to the delicious aromas flowing out of the open doors was a taffy kluge. The process was fascinating and engaging and it makes you want to buy some taffy because you were involved in the process.
The other element of the process that stood out is how it is methodically connected. If just one piece was missing or out of line, all the candy would fall to the floor and not reach it’s final destination of consumption. This goes for all effective marketing. The brand communication and promotion must be connected to get to the end result. And when it does, it’s so delicious. #BESEEN