The Unboxing Experience

Even if we don’t admit it, some of the same things that we were excited about as kids still give us the same feelings as adults. Online retailers finally figured this out and as marketers, we can tap into the same ideas and principals.

BirchboxIt’s the excitement and anticipation of opening a gift – even if we already know what’s inside. A curated and thoughtful un-boxing experience makes the consumer feel special and it increases the perceived value of their purchase. More and more companies are upping their game by shipping orders in colored or patterned boxes, carefully wrapping the items in fancy tissue paper or placing them in cloth bags, enclosing a personalized note or putting your receipt in a nice envelope. When you receive a package like this, you are excited to open it for more reasons than just the item inside.

We can apply this theme to many other aspects of marketing a business – even if the company does not offer something tangible. It’s the attention to detail and the element of surprise that can make the customer (or potential customer) feel special and elevate your brand.

Add a surprise to your next promotion to make your audience excited to dive in. This could add cost to your campaign, but if it draws attention and conversation, it is well worth it.

Business Card Example from Moo
Business Card Example from Moo

The possibilities are endless, but here are some examples to get the wheels turning: 

  • Design a direct mail piece with a unique shape or even put it in a padded envelope with a clever item that aligns with a campaign. Anthropologie’s birthday mailings are great inspiration.
  • Everyone loves a giveaway, and promotional items are a great way to boost brand awareness. Consider taking it to the next level by packaging it or surprising your audience with something unconventional. Jet Marketing recently branched
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    Example of Anthropologie’s Birthday Mailing

    out with miniature chairs as part of a school health center campaign to keep students out of the nurse’s office and in their chairs.

  • Add foil or print your business card on a heavy or unique paper. Use an interesting pattern or quote on the reverse side of the card to invoke emotion.
  • Present a proposal or bid in a pocket folder or bind it in a unique way to make it memorable.

Keep it unexpected, interest the audience, and don’t forget your end goal. In an increasingly impersonal world, this mindset will add personal elements to your product or service. A plain brown box just doesn’t cut it anymore.

 

Katie O’Hara, Project Manager

Katie loves the challenge of finding ways to help clients stand out in a crowded world. She believes that finding inspiration in unlikely places is the key to great ideas.


Marketing through Collaborations

Beer is a great way to bring people together on many levels. Craft beer has taken off not only in Colorado, but across the nation. There is a growing trend in brewing that is interesting to us marketers.

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Collaborations.

One way organizations and breweries are doing this is by having competitions to name or design a beer. By doing this, they are engaging people along every step of the way and generating a lot of PR. The brewery gets PR through the non-profit and vice-versa. In the age of social media, there is a huge potential for organic reach. Recently, United Way had a beer-naming contest to honor volunteers. Bonfils Blood Center teamed up with 6 breweries to create this seasonal 6-pack.
1744 Rockwell LabelThe Colorado State University College of Business collaborated with Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins to create a 50th Anniversary brew.  A naming and label design contest was put out to the community and alumni.  After narrowing it down the 4 finalists, market research was conducted to choose one design.  Jet Marketing’s team was a finalist for this contest.  It was a great exercise in the science of naming and branding  – it was a fun project for everyone involved.

Jet was also involved in a more spontaneous beer-naming project.  What started out as a Father’s Day gift for my dad, Tim, turned into a tasty collaboration to commemorate the last year of Colorado State University’s Hughes Stadium.   I came up with the name “Harry Hughes’ Aggie Ale” and with the help of our amazing designer, Erin, we had a beer label and tap handle.  The thought was to use the tap and the stickers at my parents’ infamous tailgate parties – no matter what the actual beer on tap was.  Then local brewery, Horse & Dragon got wind of the project.  We now have a real beer and it has been enjoyed by beer lovers throughout Colorado.

Obviously Fort Collins is a great spot for collaborations with it’s hot bed of breweries.  But just think of the possibilities of collaborative marketing across other types of business and non-profits.  It is great inspiration for feel-good marketing that people will be genuinely interested in. Microsoft Word - Aggie Ale.docx

Katie O’Hara, Project Manager

Katie is a huge fan of local businesses and loves the opportunity to work with them. The creative collaboration that arises from these opportunities is fun and inspiring, and produces incredible results. 


Organic Ways to Engage Your Customers via Instagram

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There is a lot of talk surrounding the changes that Instagram is making to their algorithms and advertising. We aren’t sure yet how those changes are going to affect how we use Instagram as a marketing tool, but for now, let’s get back to the basics of simply engaging your customers and perpetuating genuine interest in your brand.

The thing about Instagram that isn’t changing is that it is an opt-in marketing tool that isn’t perceived by users to be primarily marketing. Twice as many Instagram users regularly engage with brands than Facebook users. It is also one of the few social media platforms where it is possible to create awareness for free, for now.

Since 2012, Instagram has had a 115% increase in organic (without paid ads) marketing reach, while Facebook has had a 63% decrease. Instagram also has 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook.

One last statistic – only 38% of marketers are using Instagram, while 93% use Facebook. So now is the time to jump on board.

1. Give them a reason.
Give your audience a reason to follow, like and share. There are a few ways to do this. To really generate activity – incentives are key. Prizes work wonders. It gives people a reason to follow your brand and share your posts.

As a user, having your post re-posted is like winning a gold medal. By reposting user photos, you are further engaging them and increasing brand loyalty as well as giving others reason to use your hashtag when posting.

2. Have relatable and creative content.
Humor and inspiration are two popular methods. Exceptionally beautiful or unique photos will generate shares as well. Users will tag their friends and will organically grow your following.

Have a consistent look when possible and of course use images that appeal to your audience. Find a way to make everyday content artsy – that is the fun part.

3. #hashtags.
Yes, they might be overused and somewhat obnoxious when there are 30 (this is the maximum) for one post. But they are important for being searchable and to drive engagement. Choose a unique hashtag to be your own that is as simple and as fitting as possible.

It is also important to use other relevant hashtags on your posts to make your post show up in searches – generating followers. Posts with 11 or more hashtags statistically get the most engagement.

4. Make the most of your posts.
Send your Instagram posts to your other social media platforms to get maximum engagement out of each photo. Be sure to post on the weekends – the most effective days to post are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Lastly, be sure to have a link in your bio section to drive your audience to your target content.

These are just the basics – the possibilities are certainly endless on Instagram. Get creative and take advantage of this free platform while it is still free.

Source for statistics: https://selfstartr.com/why-brands-should-embrace-instagram-instead-of-facebook/

Katie O’Hara, Project Manager at Jet Marketing

Katie loves Instagram because of the creativity and art it has added to social media. She also enjoys using it to grab her favorite moments and put them in pretty little squares. @kokatieo