Early birds, it’s time to plan your Christmas holiday gifts for clients. Branded gifts are still good, not naff and definitely give a good return on investment for existing clients and returning client programmes.
I took a look at some of the newer and older products available. Get in touch to discuss your needs – no I don’t do a heavy sales push on this…
Branded bluetooth speakers – they came out last couple of years but they are STILL great value.
A waterbottle…. with a bluetooth speaker in the lid. Yep, that’s right!
Novelty USB sticks – I love to pull the “head” off this lego man.
Wireless phone induction chargers and wireless power banks – a step up from just a battery-0n-the-go
A webcam cover – a little slider which slots over your web cam on the laptop. Neat, cheap and valuable.
Reusable drinking straws (no, don’t ask me about inappropriate uses for these!)
And the usual enormous range of bags, hats, cheese boards, bottle openers, towels and coffee cups.
Branded bluetooth speaker
Branded water bottle speaker
Branded USB, Key shape pen drive
Padlock shape USB
Branded power adapter plug
Waterbottle and bluetooth speaker
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I love getting really timely direct mail messages that are relevant.
This one came just in time to help me navigate a change to podcast categories.
Let’s analyse the direct message
[Small fail here as they don’t know my name. Implies a purchased list rather than an opted in CRM database.]
In case you missed it, Apple Podcasts have changed how they categorize podcasts. In short, new categories like True Crime have been introduced, old categories have been rebranded and lots of new sub-categories dedicated to sports, comedy, TV and more have been added!
[Opening paragraph – helpful link to contextualise in case I haven’t seen the news. It’s a blog post on their website…. that’s good because it drives traffic and cookies my browser. Nice bold text for likely interesting new categories to draw my eye.]
Unfortunately, some services as SoundCloud don’t support them yet. Spreaker is a platform dedicated to podcasting and we put the podcasters’ needs first.
[Natch! a snipe at a popular competitor. I use SoundCloud for my podcast and so this is relevant to me. Could be a merge field – but not likely. I think they may have targeted me from the SoundCloud platform.]
For this reason
our podcast platform already fully supports the new Apple Podcasts categories so you can improve your show’s discoverability
Spreaker allows you to set three categories – your podcast will rank in more than one category on iTunes at the same time – and fully customize the RSS feed tags
our service enables you to earn money with your podcast thanks to the Spreaker’s Monetization Program.
[Small quibble about supplying 3 reasons and not numbering them… and referring to “this reason” when it should be “these reasons”. However, their nimble coding enabling the new categories quickly is encouraging when considering an alternative hosting platform. Hopefully they keep up the speedy work.]
If you want to start using the new Apple categories and are curious about what Spreaker could do for your podcast – why not give us a try with our FREE, no strings attached, month-long trial.
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Today we announce the Economy Watch podcast by Interest.co.nz has launched. It’s a daily summary of the key overnight news that affects the New Zealand economy.
Short podcasts for news
In scoping the content and audience for this podcast, we decided that a short format podcast was a good choice. Listeners are on their way into work and can catch a 6-10 minute update quickly during their commute to work.
Authored by David Chaston, Editor and voiced by me (Rebecca Caroe), we are really pleased with the early listener feedback.
Please go and listen and tell me what you think. Appreciate it!
Tongue twister podcasting
Now here are the things I’ve found hard to say coherently in the episodes so far. See if you can spot them in the audio
German government bonds sold at a record low yield overnight. They sold 10-year Bunds [bund / bond]
India imposed higher retaliatory tariffs [why was retaliatory so hard?]
China’s Central government coffers [coffers was the issue here]
at the Japanese-hosted G20 summit [not sure why I can’t say summit]
Little surprises that reward your customers are a really nice way of helping them to feel special.
Today I got a marketing easter egg from Seth Godin.
The benefits of careful reading
The message was short, barely formatted and it’s one I have waited a year to receive. Hidden in the fourth line was a surprise.
Don’t forget to look for the purple circle on the website to get the best price.
Seth Godin, The Marketing Seminar
…. and so I took a look.
It looked like a pretty piece of graphic art. But one of the circles had an embedded link. NICE….
How do you reward your loyal customers?
Sometimes I get frustrated when we make an offer and few people take it up. I think “That’s an AWESOME deal – why isn’t everyone paying attention and buying?” But I realise that I’m looking at it the wrong way around; I should be delighted that only the most savvy, the most loyal and most deserving customers are the ones who take up the offer.
I think of these as my “ultra-loyal” customers. They care enough to read. They don’t skip my messages and so I can give them a reward that others don’t take up.
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The most visited pages were prioritised for translation and the migration plan included adding shop products in descending order of popularity.
Integrations with MailChimp were also planned and a range of marcoms tactics to publicise to the existing user base.
Stage two was to add multi-currency to the site. Since German was the language we added, it was clear the Euro currency was needed. Finding a good plugin wasn’t hard – but customising the display to suit the site made usability better.
The default install is below – the user has to notice that the flag doesn’t match their country and then click the down arrow to find alternatives. This was clumsy and not very obvious since nothing actually mentioned that this related to payment choices.
Drop down currency choice
Our improvements were made with two changes – firstly displaying the currencies side by side in a grey bar and secondly by adding a label “Change Currency”.
Change Currency label
Lastly we recommended the client pay for the fully functioned version and add many more currencies – we selected these based on the countries where website visitors come from.
Full multi currency list
Unexpected outcomes and challenges
Here’s our list of things which we found challenging and which should help you shortcut your own learning.
Back end is duplicated now in each language – but you have to select each page or post individually for translation
Creating new landing pages for each language means that the URL needs to also change, making the site structure more complex
The tags and categories can be translated, listed for the translation team to work on or left untranslated
Categories lists (created alphabetically in English) are listed differently in other languages
The media library is common to both – but labels, naming and searching is in each language
Publicity tools like OneSignal work across the whole site and were sending out updates in both languages. Customers noticed and told us they didn’t like this.
Mail Chimp allows editing of database field labels e.g. “Subscribe here” but we found that a lot more work was needed to update all the messaging with subscription confirmation emails, unsubscribe messages etc.
Overall we found that we needed to create “rules” for the teams using the site – marketing, translation, web and merchandising so that it was clear where and how we expected any product, image or article to display and be included in the taxonomy. Many of these rules could not be anticipated and so necessitated detailed checking of each others’ work to identify mis-matches.
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Twice a year you get a chance to run a promotion themed around the biannual clock changes in spring and autumn (fall). We call it daylight savings or “summer time” but either way, the clocks advance or retreat an hour.
Here are 5 themes for promotions you can run in your marketing
Daylight Savings promotion for clean carpets
5 Daylight Savings Promotions
A reminder – some products change over time and so using this clock change as a reminder can help your customers. Toothbrushes need changing each season; Carpets get cleaned twice a year – a campaign we did for Cleaneze carpet cleaning.
Something to do – A new activity which reflects the new season we move into. Start a sport in Springtime. Or new clothes for winter.
Stopping doing something – This is great for diet products or changing habits – if you swim in the ocean in summer, you could move to pool swimming in winter.
A change of routine – working with children and particularly small babies is challenging getting them to sleep. Promotions for Sleep remedies, child care advice and behaviour coaching.
Modern clocks are often automatically set to change – but how about all your old manual clocks – could you offer a service to show how to change the clock on your car dashboard?
Meanwhile, what could you customer be doing with the time saved? Send her a stress ball, a gel eye mask to relax with, a new book or magazine voucher or a coupon for a free coffee and a muffin.
As a marketer I love being marketed to and so when I got invited by Air New Zealand to “Find out what’s your travel style?” I clicked to do the self-test quiz.
Backstory – Customer Differentiation for CRM
Facebook advert for Air NZ Quiz
Brands need to be clear about different messages to different audiences. This is basic database marketing concept is easy to achieve using segmentation based on actions. The difficult part is identifying customer attitudes and desires which have not yet become actions.
Creating a differentiation matrix for your customer base is worthwhile and if you have never done one before, ask us to help you create it.
After you have actions plus attitudes then you can create a layered differentiation plan – plugging your customer journey and content plan with clear guidelines which your team will love because it makes it very easy to track progress towards your goals.
The team will have created the segments based on research data (Qual and Quant) but their challenge is how to populate their existing customers into the data grid. Here’s where the fun quiz fits. By running a campaign with a prize draw, they are creating a series of Golden Questions and the obliging customer fills in the quiz and creates a score which populates their preferences in the database. What follows is the clever part – using the insights gained, AirNZ will be cross-populating the insights into their current database of customers who did not fill in the quiz – by inference from other customers who look alike.
What I’m looking forward to is the communications that should follow – will I (A Lounger) get more customised messaging?
The Travel Style quiz told in screenshots
First up the quiz questions – you can guess the alignment between the four travel styles (lower down) and the questions if you choose to base your own quiz on this format.
Then the detail of the travel styles.
And lastly the up-sell in every travel style description – mine was for the Skycouch including a video and a transcript (very important for people using social without sound enabled).