I'm hoping that my email skills have stayed strong enough to entice you to read at least this sentence of the column. I suppose if you are reading this, my plan is working! Keep reading.
For any publisher of content (and that means you advertisers), I have some secrets to share. These secrets will help ensure your success when migrating to a digital strategy (meaning digital content distribution, a.k.a. apps, etc.).
The first thing to know is that creating a digital product (like an app) puts you in an interesting spot. Your competitors disappear, and you enter a 100 percent level playing field. This means you give up all control. Control is now in the hands of the consumer and, according to Macrolabs, "People want tools, they want to interact with friends, play games, learn things, get discounts and enhance their experiences. If a purchase happens now and then, okay."
The secret to success here is to accept this reality and revisit your competitors in terms of who they are in the eyes of the consumers. What I mean by that is, if you have an iPad app, your top five competitors (the top five grossing apps on the iPad) are: "The Smurfs," Pages, Zinio, Tap Pet Hotel, and Quickoffice Pro. Chances are, whatever your brand is, you have not had to compete with these companies in the past.
The second thing to understand is that this isn't a hopeless effort; it's a tremendous opportunity…if you have the right mindset. For instance, take a look at this innovative ad in an older issue of VIVMag from Donna Karan. This ad does a brilliant job of marrying product exposure with interactive games and a tarot card reading. But what is does most brilliantly is to offer a connection to a real-world product. You can either order this online or go to a store and check out the fragrances.
The secret to success here is two-fold. First, be innovative and open the door to testing an engaging program to entice usage. Second, always, and I mean always, have a link to a real-world effort. Touching, feeling, and experiencing a product, company, or brand can often mean the difference between one year of loyalty and 10.
If you can own these two items and build your strategy around them, you will be in fantastic shape for success. Do you have secrets to success you would like to share? I'd love to hear about them.
Meet Your Favorite ClickZ Contributors
Many of ClickZ's leading expert contributors will be at ClickZ Live, the new online and digital marketing event kicking off in New York (March 31-April 3). Hear from the likes of: Jeremy Hull, Lisa Raehsler, Andrew Goodman, Bryan Eisenberg, Mathew Sweezey, Aaron Kahlow, Stephanie Miller, Simms Jenkins, Jeanne S. Jennings, Dave Hendricks and more!
Jeanniey Mullen, a recognized women-in-business and tech, is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape, and grow brands into well-known dominant, successful entities. Jeanniey is a pioneer in email, mobile, and digital marketing; publishing; and brand-building. She now leads her own agency, YellowBean LLC, focused on assisting companies of all sizes with driving innovation and growth. Most recently, Jeanniey was the Global EVP, CMO, and subsequently Chief Growth Officer for Zinio, where she worked to define and implement strategies creating explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands, and consumers during her five-year tenure. Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs, and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, a blogger for Huffington Post, and a frequent keynote speaker. A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. She sits on the Advisory Board for IndieFlix, and on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association. Jeanniey is recognized as both a Top CMO and Top Author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Woman's Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.
March 19, 2014