The Holmes Report, Arun Sudhaman 21 Jan 2013
The consumer PR business has remained relatively robust throughout the lingering economic downturn, thanks to a more central role that rewards storytelling, content creation and direct relationships with consumers, often via social…
The Holmes Report, Arun Sudhaman 21 Jan 2013
The consumer PR business has remained relatively robust throughout the lingering economic downturn, thanks to a more central role that rewards storytelling, content creation and direct relationships with consumers, often via social media.
Against that backdrop, the Holmes Report invited consumer marketing experts from around the world to help us compile a list of five key trends that determine the consumer PR outlook for the year ahead. We also asked Coca-Cola Latin America VP Javier Sanchez Lamelas to provide his perspective as a client-side marketer at one of the world’s iconic consumer brands.
1. The power of sport
Last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games demonstrated that smart campaigns, allied to a responsive, realtime activation approach, can drive genuine returns in return for sponsorship investment. Numerous brands benefited from the London Olympics, notably Adidas, British Airways and P&G. And while 2013 is considered an ‘empty’ year as far as sporting events are concerned, it seems clear that sports marketing is inexorably moving up the marketing agenda, evolving beyond a vanity vehicle towards a genuine engagement opportunity. Catalyst managing director Bret Werner expects brands to use 2013 to plan for the major events in 2014 - the Fifa World Cup in Brazil, a New York Superbowl, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2. Content crashes the party
The rise of content creation is not exactly a new phenomenon, but 2013 is set to be the year when the PR discipline fully wakes up to the opportunities on offer. Pushing this along, says M&C Saatchi PR CEO Molly Aldridge, is increasing client demand for content platforms that span a range of channels, whether editorial, digital, mobile, or advertising. “A recent example of this is the new Peroni client that we now work on across the group,” explains Aldridge. “This focuses on branded content and the creative platform above and beyond the actual discipline that supports it and smart brand operators are thinking more and more about creative content first and then the core disciplines needed to push out to the right target groups.”
3. Virtual retail
The media shift towards mobile and tablets means that consumers are increasingly making buying decisions on the go. This, says Waggener-Edstrom Asia-Pacific digital strategies lead Zaheer Nooruddin, means that “the marketing communications mix needs to be heavily skewed towards mobile and agencies need to pivot” by thinking “which device” when determining the audience and channel mix. In addition, says Nooruddin, smart brands will focus on online shopping experiences at the expense of physical retail stores. Flagship stores may become grander but much more resource will be devoted to socially-enabled e-commerce platforms.
4. Creativity at all costs
If the PR industry hopes to realise its ambition of becoming a central brand development partner, then it has to address a potential creative deficit that was unearthed by the Holmes Report’s Creativity In PR study. P&G CMO Marc Pritchard, who knows a thing or two about successful campaigns, probably put it best when he told us last year that “the PR industry needs to push itself to come up with the big ideas.” A clearer understanding of how insight and planning can drive idea generation would be no bad place to start.
5. Social purpose
Convergence may be the latest overused marketing term, but the trends it represents remain real. In particular, the continued fusion of brand and corporate communications will be most apparent where social purpose is concerned, responding to increasing consumer demand for tangible values. “Corporate leaders will attach themselves more closely to the big social issues, particularly as we get closer to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline and the debate over their replacement intensifies,” says Salt CEO Andrew Last. “This in turn will put pressure on consumer-facing brands to step up to the mark, to deliver on the rhetoric of the C-suite.” Last adds that gender equality will also become a much bigger factor in 2013, “creating opportunities for brands that can demonstrate to their consumers that they share their values in this area, and serious reputational issues for corporations who aren’t seen to be doing enough to tackle equality inside or outside of their business.”
In-house view: “Marketing finally dies…”
Javier Sanchez Lamelas, VP marketing, Coca-Cola Latin America
“New marketing & communications trends are based on Darwinism. It means that the only marketing that will survive at the long round is NOT the one supported by the biggest check; or the most pervasive multi-media strategy and not even the one with the tightest strategic fit to the brand it supports. The marketing that will survive above others is the most adaptable and capable of reaching highest virility, ‘rewatchability’, and impact and consumer engagement. It is the one that creates conversations and reaches fastest top of mind. All the rest will disappear like dinosaurs did a few million years ago, but this process might take some time until marketing finally dies. But it will, and all this is happening because the environment – internet, consumer’s connections, social networks, mobility, etc – has changed our lives dramatically forever”.
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“James O’Brien at ‘Mashable’ talks about the value of content marketing and absolutely hits the nail on the head; he states:
To really engage an audience and build your brand image through content marketing you must give something back; that could be useful information, inspiring ideas or in many cases, entertainment!
In almost every post about content marketing there will be some mention of Red Bull and with good reason; Red Bull takes content marketing to a whole new level and the success of their content campaign is extraordinary.
The Red Bull content strategy is highly complex and involves many branches but for a small business looking to improve their brand image and rankings through content marketing, this is simply impossible to emulate. What we can take from the Red Bull strategy, however, is the basic principles and then apply these principles to smaller, more simplistic strategies.
Red Bull’s strategy is very simple in principle: CONTENT MARKETING IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE AND INCREASE AWARENESS OF A PRODUCT BUT IS NEVER DIRECTLY CORRELATED WITH THE PRODUCT ITSELF. The basic concept can be seen in an array of Red Bull’s published content: thousands will watch a video of a man jumping from an unnerving height in a wingsuit branded with the famous bulls but would a video about energy receive the same number of views? Of course not!
Obviously a small plumbing company in Northampton won’t be producing high quality videos showcasing extreme sports but that doesn’t mean that their content strategy shouldn’t provide valuable, useful information.
Yes, the content strategies of smaller businesses in less ‘extreme’ industries won’t be quite as bold as Red Bull but it’s all about finding the right niche and being realistic.
What will your audience actually be looking for? What will attract the biggest viewing numbers but more importantly, what content will attract the most viewers that are likely to convert into customers? It would be pointless, for example, to produce highly entertaining and humorous posts about recent celebrity antics that attract 200 readers a month for a company selling carpet cleaning products!
So what does all of this tell us about the state of content marketing in 2013? It means that we all need to step our game up and think further than rankings. When it’s been proven how much value content marketing can bring to an SEO campaign and to a company as a whole, the question that remains is: why isn’t everyone doing it? Let’s take a leaf out of Red Bull’s book of content marketing wonders!”
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