September 2, 2020
We are honored to be working with SolarSPELL an ASU Initiative. Using a solar-powered device, SolarSPELL brings libraries and training to the most remote areas on the planet. They’ve partnered with The Peace Corps to expand from eight countries to over 30 in the next five years. Conceived by Dr. Laura Hosman, this solution is elegant in its simplicity, logistics, execution, and purpose. Check it out at http://solarspell.org/
September 2, 2020
As Gregg Ranch, in Marble Falls, Texas, gets closer to opening, we brought the creative team together to work on the Marketing Trail. It was the first time we gathered in over six months— masks up! Amazing what this team can do even with social distancing!
May 15, 2020
Well, my last contribution went heavy on the heartfelt, so this one will stick to business—with my business being marketing, predominately in the real estate space.
New media — anything you view on a screen—is priced like cars and diamonds, no one really knows the true costs or value. Priced based on what the market will bear, big tech monopolies are in control. Conversely, Old School media— print, out of home, direct mail —carry costs that are more transparent and fixed. This actually creates opportunities in digital and also makes it tough for Old School to adjust during changing economic circumstances.
With many businesses stopping their advertising (restaurant, services, entertainment etc.) there’s currently a glut of available media inventory. An example: TV (terrestrial and digital) are now offering incredible deals; a short-term opportunity ending as “stay-at-home” ends and we approach the election. And, because TV can’t show a “blank” slot, they’re often “throwing in” your commercial in places; a double win.
In digital advertising in the real estate space, inventory is also shifting dramatically. Here, costs have adjusted downward 30%±, although costs per click have held steady. But, the rate of click-through (to your website or landing page) has dropped as much as 25%. Results? Cost per lead is trending about 15% higher. Confusing? I know! Translation: because media is cheaper, your brand is way more visible with less investment, but your ads must work harder (more direct, creative, beneficial) to get the same number of qualified leads. And, to complicate things, once that digital lead gets to your sales team, the conversion rates (a sale made) are already down by 20%+.
Some potential good news: with most tours by appointment only, we’re seeing sales teams treat digital leads much more reverentially. Salespersons accustomed to serving the walk-in customer are adjusting; learning how to love, honor and cherish digital leads like never before. That’s a real opportunity to finally put 21st Century analytical nurturing in place — so those precious leads are never wasted. This big data nurturing can be confounding at start up, and blurs the line between marketing and sales, so it’s often the last tool implemented (if at all). But I believe it will emerge as marketing’s big winner, and those companies who commit will be well ahead of the pack.
- If you’ve historically struggled for share of voice, now is a good time to push into “screen” media. There may be fewer buyers right now, but those who need to buy can now find you.
- Be careful with your message. Creative from 45 days ago may be tone deaf today. AdWeek’s Smartly.io study reports 85% of consumers want brands to address the pandemic directly in their communications and Reuters reported brands are already moving past somber messages towards humor— things are happening fast.
- Don’t “set and forget” — watch your campaigns closer than ever. Access “extra” analytics (there’s more than Google). What you find will usually surprise you. Apply learnings and modify, adapt, improve your campaigns.
- Examine whether you’re using the right tools to handle digital leads as we emerge from this time. Big Data nurturing will be more important than ever going forward.
Hope this is useful!
The Sieb Organization, Principal
Vice Chair, Urban Revitalization Council, Gold
Leader Emeritus, WLI AZ