Friday, January 30, 2009

Starbucks asks Are you in? Featuring MC Yogi.

Starbucks has created an excellent grass roots marketing campagin following Obama's lead for service. What do you think? Are they using 'the moment' to grow their sales or is this a technique that will be looked at as a classic?

Are you In?

This is another article about the Starbucks campaign....

Are you In?

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Friday, January 16, 2009

GoDaddy Will Strike Again During the Super Bowl

GoDaddy is an excellent company to watch as far as pushing the marketing envelope. They know how to get attention. The vote for the Super Bowl commercial to be used by GoDaddy is now taking place on their website, .

For those of you that are not familiar with GoDaddy.......

GoDaddy is a registrar of online domain names. The company's founder, Bob Parsons, says that they may buy two slots during the Super Bowl this year. The ads will feature Danica Patrick and they will be done in true GoDaddy form....just touching borderline inappropriate. But if anyone can pull off 'inappropriate' in a good way, it is GoDaddy.

To view the commercials and vote in their contest, go to .

Other ad buys for the Super Bowl include:

1. Anheuser-Busch
2. Audi
3. Bridgestone
4. CareerBuilder
6. Coca-Cola
7. Denny's
8. DreamWorks Animation /PepsiCo SoBe
9. E-Trade Financial
10. PepsiCo's Frito-Lay
11. General Electric
12. H & R Block
13. Hyundai
14. Monster
15. NFL
16. Pedigree
17. PepsiCo Beverage
18. Teleflora
19. NBC Universal's Universal Pictures

Let me know who you think had the best ad....

Monday, January 05, 2009

This Is A Personal Matter

When is the last time that you received a hand written note, invitation, or request from someone that you do business with on a regular basis. In this world of email and web based communications, the personal touch has been lost. Several studies have been done in recent years that have more than proven then benefit of a handwritten note.

Robert Cialdini wrote about his findings in a book titled Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive. The book describes the perks to a handwritten note using a survey mailed out in three different formats. The formats included the following:

1) A printed letter.
2) A printed letter with a handwritten message.
3) A printed letter with a handwritten message on a Post-It note.

According to the article written on the MarketingProfs blog, the response rate was a mere 36% for the plain printed cover letter. Adding the handwritten note improved the response rate by one third to 48%. The Post-It more than doubled the response to 75%. A second test to examine the possibility that some magic in the Post-It note itself was responsible for the higher response rate included cover letters with a blank sticky note attached. That approach generated only a slightly higher response rate of 42%.

The author of the blog Neuroscience Marketing goes on to say, "It seems that what is causing the boost is a “reciprocity” effect. The recipient recognizes that the sender apparently put some personal effort into the mailing, and is more likely to reciprocate with some effort of his own. Indeed, the recipients who received the handwritten Post-It note were not only more likely to respond, but they also responded more promptly and answered the questions more thoroughly. And, as suggested by the 1989 Maheux study, adding a “Thank you!” and initials to the note further lifted the response rate in yet another Post-It test."

So, as you look at your marketing plans for 2009 make sure you are making an effort to get personal!

Neuroscience Marketing