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Creative Messaging Is Key To Success

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When it comes to marketing in the online space, it can be easy to get lost in a pile. Think of the digital environment as a community of brick and mortar stores, not unlike what you see outside in the real world every day. In fact, the online shopping industry alone is growing 3x faster than traditional storefronts. Unsurprising, now that about 51% of the population prefer to shop online over visiting a store in-person.

This means we can apply a lot of the same tactics to both areas. A key difference to keep in mind though is that there is a lot more business in the digital community of stores then there are on a street and it is a lot harder to see all the business available in an online environment. This serves as a strong reminder that your competition is a lot larger than may you perceive when you just think of your local competition.

What tends to be the biggest factor of change when moving from physical to digital is not how we engage, but where. This is why you can find so many digital marketing agencies focused on things like behavioral targeting, banner ads, and automation. What most fail to take into account is that these companies are only providing you with where you’ll be shouting your message from, but if your message isn’t engaging, it won’t matter how many places you are displaying it.

The success of your marketing efforts, be it traditional or digital, will come down mostly to the strength of your message, creatives, and content.

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Your Key Message and Why It’s So Important
Your key message is one of the most important aspects to consider. The first question you should be asking yourself is what your key message is. Organizations of all types have key messages intended to help them get across why you should use their product or service. While you likely could form a pretty long list around this, it’s best to whittle it down to one key message you want to use to define your business.

Essentially, your key message is what you want to be known for, and this message needs to be consistent across all your marketing materials and brand.

This will provide a certain level of control over how people talk about you, as we give them one simple thing to focus on. Having control of the conversation about your products or services can be invaluable if you push forward a clear and effective message about what you provide.

Tone and Style
As part of a consistent brand and key message, we need to make sure we have established a consistent tone and style. Your tone and style should fit in closely with your key message.

Writing is arguably the most shared form of content. Even if you are running image-heavy campaigns, you will likely find yourself in need of some written work for captions and social media posts. Whether you are writing for your company blog or just updating Twitter, you need to be sure you have the same style and tone all throughout.

Contrary to popular belief, tone and style are not the same things. A style is best applied to short, catchy sentences, great for social media posts. A tone conveys authority, it’s the vibe you give off and the feeling you get when you read something written by someone who knows their stuff. These two things intertwine and will eventually end up creating what we call your voice.

So, does it all matter? Absolutely. We are trying to convey a consistent message and to do that we need a consistent style, tone, and voice as well. They key to a great brand voice is first and foremost consistency, but being creative and different is key to standing out amongst the competition.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
If you take a moment to consider what actually makes you click an article, pick a video game, or buy a certain food item, you’ll likely come up with two answers, convincing written copy, like an article headline or catchy phrase that sticks with you, or the visual content associated with it.

Visual content accounts for so much of what your customers will perceive that it is arguably more important than your written content. Having the two work seamlessly together is the makings of a great piece of content.

To do this, we need to keep our images in line with the rest of our message. This means it should match our style, tone, voice and key message. This is going to require us to get pretty creative with our message and find ways to convey it visually.

The key to producing great image content is to focus on these key aspects while keeping your overall brand in mind at all times.

Capturing the Viewers Attention: Before we can start to convey our message to our target, we need to have their attention. Strong, eye-catching visuals that scream your message are perfect for drawing people into your other content. Afterall, 93% of communication between people is visual and 90% of the information sent to the brain is visual.

Claiming a Spot in Their Memory: What do you want people to walk away with? If I’ve viewed your ad, what types of things should invoke me to think about it again? The answer to both these questions is found in your key message and brand voice, as we want them to walk away with that being the takeaway point. Creative imagery can be far more effective than body copy for achieving this, as people tend to remember visuals more clearly.

Why Creativity is So Important
Being creative with your brand voice and key message is key to success. In a world where it gets harder and harder to compete and get noticed, you need something to make you stand out. A common mistake is to check out competitors and copy what they are doing, and while this can prove to be valuable, it can also hurt your overall exposure. Being unique is key to standing out amongst the crowd. If you plan your key message creatively, the rest should follow suit much more easily, setting you up to emerge at the end with a truly unique and creative brand that will stand out amongst your competitors, both online and offline. If you can achieve that, you’ll be well on your way to overall success.

None of This Changes Between Digital and Physical
The takeaway here is that no matter where your advertising is operating from, your campaign and business will benefit from creative messaging. We are trying to create a consistent voice and message for our brand, which means it needs to extend to both the online and offline spaces. It doesn’t really matter how targeted your ad is if your brand message is speaking to an entirely different group then you are targeting.

It’s important to distinguish that while digital and physical spaces require different strategies on a whole, your message should remain in use and unchanged. This makes implementing creative messaging into your materials a universal approach for both markets. In short, your message doesn’t change depending on whether you’re online or not, what does change is how you get that message delivered.

If adding a layer of support to your branding, advertising, or marketing would be beneficial, we would love to talk with you. Email us at agency@glintadv.com or better yet, give us a call at 817-616-0320.

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Do Taglines Work?

taglineEvery company hopes to create an advertising tagline for their product or service that stands the test of time, but, does every company really need one? The tagline immediately identifies, to a consumer, what a company believes and stands for. It is also the greatest extension of a brand in terms of memorability, sometimes the tagline becomes better known than the brand. This is where defining a tagline becomes important.

Well known brands are often the most successful on creating long-term and memorable taglines. After all, they are playing off the strength of the brand to help define their position in the market. For a small or mid-size business, implementing a strong tagline with the launch of their brand makes good sense. A good strong brand should always guide the consumer, not let the consumer guide them. Since these “smaller” companies are relatively unknown, the tagline also helps to immediately define the brand.

Philadelphia’s N.W. Ayer & Son was behind one that may last, well, forever. Frances Gerety, a copywriter for the now-defunct agency, coined “A Diamond is Forever” in 1948 for Johannesburg, South Africa, diamond company DeBeers.

That memorable tagline and 24 others were among the best-ever advertising taglines as rated by a group of 10 CMOs and advertising experts. Many of the “best” taglines were created years, if not decades, ago when it was easier for advertisers to make a big splash. Engine USA CEO Martin Puris, a longtime ad executive and one of the tagline judges, has recalled that the tagline his former agency, Ammirati & Puris, created in 1971 for BMW–“The Ultimate Driving Machine”–was launched as part of an $800,000 magazine campaign.

Oregon-based athletic apparel manufacturer Nike in 1988 introduced a tagline that has since become the rallying cry for all athletes. Three simple words that would eventually hold great meaning: “Just Do It.” Created by ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, the tagline, along with the Nike “swoosh,” now represent Nike. The tagline was unique for its time in that it acknowledged that Nike products could only go so far–consumers first had to be ready to make the lifestyle changes athletic activity entails.

Sometimes the best tagline is one that tells you in no uncertain terms what the product does. Take, for instance, Mars’ M&Ms chocolates. The company’s famous “The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand,” slogan was created in 1954 by ad agency Bates & Co. As you might expect, M&Ms were, as advertised, a less messy chocolate treat than some of the others available on the market. This was especially attractive to families who didn’t want to clean chocolate hand prints off their walls.

What makes taglines like the ones above so timeless? Sometimes, it’s when a tagline can transcend generations and make a strong emotional connection. “Case in point: How often have you heard someone yelling in a cell phone, “Can you hear me now?!” They made their point and you got the connection. And, yes, it is a Verizon phone.”

Our favorite, “Your brand, inspired.” created by the award winning advertising agency, Glint. You can see more of the most memorable taglines ever created by clicking here.

We welcome your comments and look forward to helping our partners create inspired brands that transcend time. Visit us online at www.glintadv.com or call us at 817-616-0320 to learn more about our approach to taglines and branding.

Adapted from Forbes, Ken Bruno, 05.29.10, 10:00 AM EDT post.