Lori Jacobwith speaks to a number of groups on the value of better storytelling to aid fundraising. She has a six-step process she shares widely with groups. ln particular, we amplify three key points:
1. Make the story personal, about a real person. Telling their story to another person.
2. Connect outcome or impact to something that your organization provides.
3. Keep it moving, keep it emotive and keep it short.
What makes people share?
One recent research piece indicated people are provoked to share their “awe” when a visual hits an emotive chord. Such a picture transcends merely the place or building and connects the ‘experience,’ often in a very personal way. This recent photo was commissioned by our friend and photographer Jimmy Williams for Miromar Lakes. Great photography is like a beautiful painting. No caption or copy is needed.
At GRM, our passion is helping good companies and brands succeed. Which is exactly why we’ve made a BIG move at our agency.
Social media is a large part of what we do for our clients. Creating content, managing accounts, and providing strategic insight and planning are critical parts of our day-to-day.
However, beautiful photos and witty tweets can only take a brand so far. Which is exactly why we are putting the most emphasis on the last point made above. Strategic insight has become the core of everything that we do at GRM.
Enter: Simply Measured.
At the beginning of the year, we began using the social analytics solution to help us bring each of our clients to the next level. It’s about making informed decisions, which allow us to provide exceptional results.
Here are a few of the reasons why we have started using Simply Measured:
It allows us to analyze our brands paid, owned, and earned activity from all of their social networks. We now have a greater ability to discover and communicate meaningful patterns from social data – giving GRM, and our clients, the opportunity to grow and develop their programs.
It has become our full suite analytics arm that helps us research conversations, competitors, and audience across all social networks.
It quickly highlights the impact of brand activities, as well as helping us see, share, and optimize real business outcomes for our clients.
By providing a complete social analytics suite and process, we are able to better understand the impact of our social strategies. Simply put, Simply Measured gives us access to information, analysis, and insight necessary to plan our clients’ strategies, measure their performance, optimize their tactics, and tie social activity to larger business outcomes.
Now, that, is an exciting tool.
We have learned that sharing real-life facts of EV drivers are popular amongst our EV Facebook audience. Users that are on the fence about driving an EV can hear first-hand from their personal experiences, enticing them to learn more. When it comes to electric vehicles, we never want to communicate like car salesmen to encourage a sale but instead highlight the benefits and improvements that driving an EV adds to the average user’s life.
Got room in your wallet for another ‘rewards’ card? Didn’t think so. In the age of smart databases, why should it be incumbent on you as the customer to keep up with a reward card, punch card or remember a membership number? Tracking past purchases should be a no-brainer.
And, so it is for Advance Auto Parts. To differentiate their loyalty program, they have shifted much of the ‘loyalty program’ responsibility from the customer to the company. They promote it as “no cards, no points, no nonsense.”
“Zealotry Marketing” is about creating programs that have a primary goal of generating referral. If referral is the best indicator of long-term profitability, then it made sense to us to use that as the starting point for creating marketing programs – not merely looking at referral as an indirect end result. This has led us to a revolutionary perspective on the classic marketing principles of targeting, what is creative and how social media can be an effective touch point. And, heresy for old-school marketing types – the idea that the most effective marketing may well come from operations and service delivery.
This is the story of Zealotry Marketing. Where loyalty begins with a company exceeding a customer’s expectation. An approach that can be integrated into any company. And, doesn’t require so-called marketing pros. It does require a sensitivity and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. We believe zealotry marketing transforms the traditional loyalty equation.
What are you doing to create zealots?
Klout notes the five most popular topics are music, television, holidays, software and religion. Consider, like any other media, that advertising is an intrusion to what the reader is really interested in. How do you become interesting? Same advertising conversation, just in a new skin.
CURE’s Kids conquer cancer one day at a time is a mouthful to say.
But, the annual social and online promotion is having unprecedented success!
In its recently completed 7th year, the program conceived and executed by GRM generated more than $350,000 through a combination of social, email and other online promotion to the tune of $350k. Learn more and join in with us at http://www.curechildhoodcancer.org/events/cures-kids-conquer-cancer/#sthash.CIuAbMCf.dpbs
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