Advertising Through Digital Mediums Makes Billions

Advertising in the USA is controlled by tech giants, Google and Facebook

Advertising is surprisingly a huge market in the USA, which is controlled by Google and Facebook.  Social media today, allows for a mass sharing of information, which makes business instant, and transparent (Wagner, 2015).

Advertisers are generating a ton of revenue using social media tools, and are getting more advanced with new social media analytics tools, which have the ability to predict trends in social media consumer behavior.

Consumerism has taken over America, and Amazon.com is the go-to-place for all kinds of stuff. In fact, “52%” of American’s have Amazon Prime today (Galloway). 

It’s “scary fast”… 

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Demographics is Important for Customer Retention

Successfully Marketing While Keeping Demographics in Mind

Marketing to customers of different demographics is simpler than it looks.

Consumer demographics are broken up into different categories: millennials, generation X, baby boomers, and the silent generation, the elderly (“15 Strategies For Marketing..”, 2015).

Understanding these various types of people and their income levels, age and ethnicity is very important to successful marketers today (Mansfield, 2014).

Millennials are a very mobile generation, and work hard to ensure that their peers are up-to-speed with each other. They may be impulsive, but are able to score great business deals when they need to. Generation X is more reserved and hard-working, and prefer to search for products carefully, and work towards applying discounts. The silent generation, who were born between mid-1920s and 1945, don’t tend to spend that much, having a traditional mentality. Besides age, these demographics are divided by gender, income, and ethnicity. Consumers who have more disposable income, or who are rich, are better targets for marketers selling clothing and accessories(“15 Strategies For Marketing..”, 2015). Understanding demographics creates successful outcomes for companies that wish to acquire long-term customers (Nelson, p. 4).

In her book, “The Transformational Consumer,” Tara Nelson talks about transactional marketing versus transformational marketing. MyFitnessPal, the world’s largest digital health company, started with a small tiny orange logo of a “tiny dancer”. It was catchy, cute, and motivational. The tiny dancer grew to a full-fledged app with 45 millions users in over 18 months, without any paid advertising (Nelson,  p. 2).

What?!? How is this possible? 

MyFitnessPal was smart. It didn’t work hard to acquire customers relentlessly like some marketing companies. They won over their consumers by caring about their humanity, and this was extremely influential in winning over transformational consumers, that, well, cared about being “transformational” (Nelson, p. 3).

Humanity?!? In Marketing??

This is partially because people get sick of being treated like a business transaction, and getting hassled by “tit-for-tat”, stressed-out marketers trying to reach marketing goals by buying their consumers every week, day in and out, like a bad, endless arts and crafts project (Nelson, p. 4)

Marketers finally understood that consumers were smart, instead of trying to buy them out. A picture of our victim (the average consumer) below.

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The NEW 4 P’s of Marketing Mix

The NEW 4 P’s of Marketing

 

You might not be aware of the classic 4 P’s of marketing, also known as the marketing mix: price, product, promotion, and place. The Marketing mix; a quick way marketing professionals keep in mind the four major considerations for a brand.

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But the fact is that things change.  The drastic changes with technology, especially via social media and mobile technology, e.g: smart phones, simply cannot be ignored.

The new ‘P’s’ of marketing, as Kimberley Kadlec, Vice-President of Johnson & Johnson’s global marketing group suggested are: Purpose, Presence, Proximity and Partnership.  (http://bit.ly/XuMWT8)

Purpose adds to the value, such as an environmental purpose (Ex: 10% of our revenue goes to WWF), and transparency (Ex: Dolphin-safe fishing).

Proximity and Presence addresses the social and mobile issue.  The brand needs to be accessible everywhere: Google, Facebook, Youtube, and everything else you can think of.

Partnership focuses on collaboration with both businesses and clients to advance the brand.  Be it looking at the feedback of customers or sponsoring events to gain further exposure.

Brands both new and old must consider the new variables in this digital age, and it all begins with the new P’s of marketing.