Like many I never win every bid I present, but as you are at bat, that .333 batting average will make you a. You yet close to go for the gold and will be over the rest.
In the previous 18 months a peculiar phenomenon (for me) has occurred. A number of the marketing programmes I bid and did not win have been reassigned to me after the programme activated was assigned to some other consultant and neglected.
My new assignment isn’t to recreate the attempt, but to execute a advertising autopsy, an after-the-fact forensic overview of exactly what went right and more importantly, where and why the app went wrong, and failed to fulfill the desired expectations. The programme died on the vine!
Based on my stories from the marketing morgue and my evaluation, I have concluded that nearly all programmes have three common defects that were tactical. Simply stated, the errors are predicated on marginal contentapplied context and expectations that are incorrect.
What I focus on is the marketing, using a measurement instrument called Wav3tm, which relies on a strategic, operational and strategic review. No holds barred and no prisoners taken.
The very first step to failure: Incorrect content
There are many definitions of advertising content, and here is my definition — just one of part and my golden rules of Wav3.
Content for a marketing term is the creation and distribution of relevant, topical, legitimate and valuable information that can attract, develop, develop dialogue with and engage a demographically defined and well-understood target audience.
Content as a marketing term also means the information provided has to be knowledge based, be perceived as applicable wisdom as it is related to the product/service being promoted. It has to be more than just sales and advertising copy. Content has a target and objective to drive client activities that are profitable . The content should encourage the aims of the.
I have been educated and agree that “Content is King” — “Context is your Queen” and as we all know, the Queen runs on the castle.
The next step to collapse: Context
Context is a bit harder since it also has a couple of different meanings and can be confused as contextual marketing. The next is my dimension, while also being part of Wav3tm, and the second of the 3 rules.
Context is delivering proper articles to the correct demographic (individuals, business, B2C or B2B) at the right time and through a media that has value to the targeted audience over the scope of the requirement, goals and objectives of the marketing effort.
The third step to failure: Expectations
What’s earnings goals and the response rate? Is your wish to boost brand awareness? What is the origin of your response prices? Can you base your expectations? However exceptional the advertising effort, answer will be provided by most outside the range of this audience or vertical.
These are the three points of evaluation and in conjunction with other – rules, many different rules, provide the outcomes based effort I have called Wav3.
Here are three quick examples of Wav3tm — a forensic advertising evaluation.
Autopsy one:What creatives need
A marketing solutions provider makes the decision to enter a new vertical — develop a business program. The brand decides that the marketplace is mostly creative (art directors etc.) (correct) and erroneously identifies the crucial service as the need to “CYA” (cover your ass) of their targeted audience through proofreading and other related support services.
A second error occurred whenever the solutions provider also determines the requirement to define the technologies that the solutions provider applies to complete/fulfill an assigned project was of excellent importance to the targeted marketplace — wrong, again!
The integrated effort, a multiple-tiered direct mail program connected to emails and a micro website was like a school examination than a support and solutions offering. An evaluation (with grades) for imaginative which is not likely to occur!
The effort failed, but why? The content was too technical as well as being incorrect. It was too over the top and in some instances had no validity or value to be contained in the programme. The plan was supposed to create company not establish my customer’s solutionshood. The advice (context) was supplier-driven with the question “This is what we do” vs. “What do you need” and “Our goal is to” vs. “What exactly are the objectives and how can aid you with our ability set to achieve your goals”.
A complementary discussion was required, not an authoritative “do it our way” dialogue. The solutions provider needed to think trusted advisor not dominant “parental” figure.
In the long run the media was wrongly selected, the answers provider thought that they would use dimensional direct mail and mails and be cool about it, (good idea) they should have realised that a mobile tool/device could have been easier to add, to boost the program — creative types such as mobile.
This industry/vertical was being driven by Mobile along with AR interactive , electronic watermarks and links. Static direct email, restricted interactive hyperlinks, 800 numbers and restricted support social media just don’t sell “knowledge and marketing professionalism”.
Autopsy Two:A millennial here or a millennial there?
I teach sales promotion at a NYC college. The pupils are almost all millennials. I believed I needed to understand their fantasies; desires, needs, thoughts and feelings, so I conducted in-depth research of that and what they are, why they “do what they do” — a part of my “know your market/customer” principle.
So it was interesting to be asked to create an integrated advertising campaign for a clothing manufacturer and the chief target are those born between 1985 and 2000, one of those many “zones” that millennials sit inside. It, I did not get assigned the job, but I did get delegated the autopsy. What a gory task that was!
The short story was that the material was almost on goal, but the context lacked a true comprehension of their lifestyle* and also how they see life, their (yes THEIR) media. The deployment was wrong, all wrong, together with networking selected that had limited or no value to the audience, media that offered limited interactivity and quite limited social aid.
More importantly, the expectations (outcomes) was greatly enhanced. This frugal group were not the buyers their parents many reside at home, are stradelled with debt and simply do not see the demand for lots of the company’s products. At least not without discount coupons and other advantages being offered — for example reward, referral and “friend/sharing” programs.
Media was a serious concern and the information revealed that heritage media had worth, publish magazines (niche magazines) rated highly with all the crowd, (no print press was used) societal was “OK” however “texting” was better as was the combo of societal, location and mobile, otherwise known as SoLoMo, together with as stated interactive, measureable hyperlinks.
In the end began to see that the demand supported by an operational strategy and instituted with specified tools dependent on the goal markets needed to become more than developed.
They, the company hired, just went one or two levels deep from the research and stayed on the surface when it created the content, context and deployment. Rather than restricted study, a profound look and a carefully designed combination and measured mix of content, context and actual world expectations would have created a marketing effort based on success instead of being doomed to failure.
Wav3’s evaluation system
Section of Wav3 is an evaluation system that focuses on the elements but looks right into, examines the experience level of the involved in the programme’s progression. What I have found is most, if not most of people developing the programs, have limited expertise in marketing as well as their manager is so busy that they rely heavily upon a staff that in most cases just doesn’t have the expertise required.
Wav3 isn’t a perfect system (I am constantly adjusting the process), but it will provide an extremely strong tool to permit you to understand why your marketing campaign might have missed the mark, failed to attain the goals you understood and might have put you, your project in jeopardy.
Wav3 via a long examined and proven procedure, which assigns metrics into the elements of the failed advertising campaign, comparing those metrics with experience, an understanding of the significance and impact of media — based on the targeted audience.
Based on a proprietary methodology the “greater than statistics” are crunched and a highly accurate overview of nearly any advertising campaign is developed. Wav3 reviews key components such as content, context and expectations in addition to supportive components such as websites, installation, time, frequency, and goals and objectives of the advertising effort.
Wav3 is based on ROI, Return On Investment, that can be far better than the other ROI, you Resume online.