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A common trend in the retail world is “clean stores”. A clean store limits or completely eliminates the signage and displays provided from manufacturers. All of the stand-ups, clings, banners, shelf talkers, inflatables, and anything else that tries to get your attention in the store aisles are disappearing. The reason is stores are trying to control their environment.
Many retail marketings subscribe to the philosophy that the most important action in to influencing the buying decision is to make an impression right before the purchase is made. Remember, just because someone walks in the store with the idea to purchase one brand or product, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will walk out of the store with that brand or product. The “last chance” to alter the decision is right there in the store.
I will be on the air on September 22nd, interviewed by Jodie and Joan on WTDY 1670 in Madison at 6 p.m. The following day you will be able to access a podcast at feed://ibmadison.com/extensions/podcast-rss.jsp .
And if you’re wondering how I already have a picture, the show was taped in advance.
More new work to show: this is a new logo for Precision Tool in Brodhead. Precision is an exciting company that has done major engineering and manufacturing work for numerous corporations. In fact, some of their work has found its way to the moon via NASA space flights.
They also produce their own exclusive line of specialized tools for manufacturing. And, as a sideline, Jack Klopfenstein (company President) is coming out with a new line of games. We like to think of our agency as creative, but I’ll tell you what – these guys are creative and smart in a completely different and amazing way.
You can get contact info at www.ptsproducts.com (be aware, a new website is on its way.)
Just sharing some new ads created for LifeStyles Furniture, a contemporary furniture store in the Quad Cities (and online) that is opening a new location in Davenport, Iowa. We took existing photographs and knocked them out and created new imagery using the furniture photographs. (Everything except the type and logo is made up of furniture.) The first three have run, the last two have not.
We recently finished a fun project for Swiss Valley Farms that included the design and production of a custom trade show display, photography and design for light boxes, a 3-1/2 minute looping video for an LED display, building of the shipping crates, and all of the coordination of those items.
We had about a month to pull everything together. Finding willing partners down the street from us at BrightBox Industries, Inc., we set out to the task. As BrightBox’s name implies, they make custom light boxes. But they’re also known for a variety of display work; primarily in-store displays, but they are also up to the trade show task.
The Fancy Food Show is an important show for The Caves of Faribault, a subsidiary company of Swiss Valley Farms, so they wanted to showcase a variety of their cheeses in this quality setting. Our design reflected the upscale nature of the show, including a cherrywood display reminiscent of a parade of homes quality kitchen, complete with a granite solid surface backsplash. (Well, at least it looked like granite.)
Lauren Albracht, Marketing Specialist at Swiss Valley Farms, was heavily involved throughout the design process. One of her goals was to make sure the display worked extra hard for her company by being multi-functional for other shows. She explains, “We are very excited about the flexibility this booth provides. We can change the lightbox graphics and video reel to adapt to new product introductions and speak to different audiences at the shows we attend.”
There was one added challenge in designing this custom display: the final assembly of the display had to be accomplished without any tools and all parts needed to be shipped in one crate.
This post is about the AAF and ADDY awards, and is mainly written for ADDY awards participants. Anyone is welcome to read it, but it probably won’t have relevance for many businesses who aren’t participating in the ADDY awards.
Recently I was in the Tampa Bay area judging their local ADDYs, the advertising awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF.) The local advertising club’s entries were down significantly this year, almost half of what it had been in previous years. In fact, all of the clubs in Florida were down this year. (And I am going to be inquiring about other clubs across the country, so I’ll keep you informed.)
I predicted that the local clubs were going to be hurting with lower entries four months ago. No, I’m not much of a psychic, I was just included on an email from the national headquarters of AAF announcing that they were going to raise the prices of the entries and they expected the local clubs in turn to also raise their prices. (more…)
Are you using email marketing as part of your marketing mix? If you are, and you are sending materials out en masse, there are certain requirements you need to follow in order to do it legally. This is referred to the “CAN-SPAM Act” which was signed into law in 2003 by George W. Bush.
Some of the most common mistakes we see are simple ones.
First, you need to have an “opt-out”, an easy way for your email recipients to be taken off of your email list. (And then make sure you take them off!)
Second, you need to state within the email where you are located. This includes your address. (Not just a website address or phone number.)
These are two of the most common mistakes we see in emails that we receive. But, there are other requirements.
You can learn more about the CAN-SPAM act at the Federal Trade Commission website. They have an easy to understand page that goes into more detail. View it at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business.
I’m heading this week to the Tampa area to be a judge for their local ADDY awards. I’ve done quite a few of these over the years. It gives me a chance to hang out with advertising people in a different market, see a lot of good work, it’s always a lot of fun and I typically learn something everywhere I go.
“There’s a recession, but we’ve decided not to participate.”
We have several clients that over the last few years have had record-breaking sales and profits. Although we would love to take all the credit for this, it really is more about their leadership and attitude than anything else.
For most companies, the end of the year becomes a measuring stick on their success, and also signifies a time to reevaluate their business objectives and strategies. Most are looking at one main goal: increase profits. For that reason, I’d like to share basic thoughts on increasing profits that should work for most businesses. I’m doing it in the context of a retail establishment, but the principles are the same for business-to-business (B2B) or other consumer oriented businesses (B2C).
And, to be honest, there is nothing ground-breaking here. This is all common business knowledge, but being reminded of basic business principles is probably a good idea when planning out the coming year.
A recent New York Post article shares that many ad agencies are taking on new roles for their clients, bringing in work that in the past was performed by the company’s internal marketing, advertising and PR team. With uncertainty about whether the economy is rebounding or not, plus the costs involved with hiring and employing new people, these companies are turning to outsourcing work to their ad agencies instead of hiring new employees. This gives them more flexibility to change directions later while saving money now.
One agency mentioned that a good portion of their growth has been in digital, search and analytics.
Our agency is seeing more of this type of work too. Although we build websites that are easily managed by our clients and are proponents of enabling our clients to perform many of the updating and maintenance type tasks, we’re finding many of them simply prefer that we do that maintenance and analytic analysis for them. We’re also offering more retainer-based programs where we help with public relations and social media on a consistent basis.
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