The festive season is a Marketing extravaganza, with brands campaigns airing earlier and earlier each year, competing to have the most coveted Christmas campaign.
This year John Lewis and Sainsbury’s have certainly got people talking and tweeting with their story telling festive campaigns.
Using crowd sourced material Sainsbury’s have created an extremely authentic campaign that is refreshingly different to the traditional price-war supermarket adverts. ‘Christmas in a day’ is highly personable, showcasing the love, laughs, trials and tribulations of a British Christmas day, – with at least a couple of scenarios for everyone to relate to.
John Lewis take a totally different approach by utilising animation. ‘The Bare and the Hare’ advert only released last month, came in second place to Evian in YouTube’s advert leader board for favourite ad of the year 2013. The heart-warming campaign is centred on the idea of …
It is generally recognised these days that websites need to feature video, to help SEO, visitor engagement and increasingly for ease of use on tablets and smart phones.
Based on my experience what is less well understood is the different roles video can play and the how this affects the levels of engagement.
I would say there are four distinct levels:
This is who we are
In its simplest form this is the corporate video, generally a mixture of people, products, services all mixed up with a few logos and building tours. A great start, but just that, a start. Useful if people do not know much about your organisation, could sit on your home page, will only be watched the once.
This is what we do
Now we are getting a bit more interesting, you might have one video per product/service category or …
According to a recent widely reported survey by Business Network International (BNI) 75% of businesses owners had been put off by company’s miss-using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This may go some way to explaining why many SME’s have been slow to adopt the medium for their own businesses.
I’ve lost count of the number of times senior executives in smaller companies have asked about social media only to dismiss it with a wave of the hand when I start to explain the basics. Of course they have HEARD of Facebook, but they would never actually USE it themselves.
So the first problem is simple ignorance, I don’t use it, I don’t understand it, therefore my company won’t use it. Things are changing but there still remains a hard core of individuals that will be the last to adopt.