Category Archives: Campaigns

Marketing Campaign Blueprint

Marketing is the manipulation of consumer’s choices through reasoning and emotions. When Economists, Accountants, Physicians and even Psychiatrists have a basic blue-print to follow in their profession; why are marketers left behind? Why is it that the only basic formula marketers have is nothing but a checklist of avenues (5P) but nothing on what needs to be done – like a Marketing Campaign Blueprint?

I’ll tell you why. Even assuming that someone named ‘R’ discovered such a formula that is sure to increase brand awareness, engagement, returns and every other measurable that every employee is responsible for and in doing so wins the Nobel prize (for once Mathematicians are more promiscuous than Marketers. In your face Mad Men!!). By the time ‘R’ walks up to the stage to collect the prize, the conditions would have changed and the formula be no longer valid.

But let’s assume we stop midway. Somewhere between a checklist of variables and the exact formula. Let us assume for a second that we can do that. Have a Marketing Campaign Blueprint with constants and variables to account for the radically changing consumers and environment while still giving enough direction to the marketers for their work.

All we have to do is learn from Anthropology and Psychology to create a marketing campaign blueprint that would not only reach the target customer base but would also engage them with strong, long lasting messages.

Next post covers some of the design principles from all around us that we can take lessons from to engage the consumers in a whole different level.

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Guerrilla Marketing Olympics 2012: Beats by Dre

When Marketing historians (is there such a thing?) talk about marketing Olympics 2012, they may talk about the P&G ‘Mom’ campaign, the Nike ‘Find your Greatness’ campaign or even Visa. But when the Marketing Economists (the guy with the calculator) talk about Olympics 2012, I’m sure they would talk about the guerrilla marketing by ‘Beats by Dre’.

Personally I love this brand. I hope to own a pair someday to listen to their quality and pull off the coolness factor that they bring along with them. Seriously, why is it that everyone who wears Beats headphones on subways and streets is the most hip person you can see? Is it the pride that comes with owning one of the most expensive headphones or is it the fact that they don’t care about it?

Beats by Dre

Beats by Dre

Anyway, the point was trying to make is that they have a high brand awareness factor. One look at the ‘b’ on the side is enough for people to know that somebody’s serious about their music.

How does one use this at the Olympics? Simple – Flaunt it.

Marketing isn’t all about how crafty the message is or how cleverly you send out the message, sometimes the simplest campaigns show brilliance.

Instead of spending millions of dollars on being the official partner and get a small 2×4 poster in the stadium, the marketing brains at beats (Or was it HTC’s idea?) decided to send gear to athletes directly. Its like giving out HD TV sets at comic con, you could see an entire army of athletes flaunting the ‘b’ and giving priceless exposure. Something you couldn’t buy.

That would’ve been great right there, but beats went a step ahead and customized the headphones for athletes to match their country colors making them proud to wear the headphones.

Why does the marketing economist care? Pocket-lint reported that the sales for beats headphones have increased by 116%. (source)
I cant remember the last time a guerrilla campaign brought on 116% increase of sales. That’s SOMETHING.


Customized Beats by Dre

Customized Beats by Dre


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Guerrilla Marketing Olympics 2012: Nike

Every brand manager dreams to have pulled off the best guerrilla marketing campaign of the season with finesse and profitability. Very few actually do.

Guerrilla Marketing Olympics 2012: Nike VOLT Shoe

Nike tried to pull off the best campaign using its ‘Volt-Shoe’ – the bright green abominations that made it look like every athlete dipped their feet in toxic waste to gain supernatural powers that enabled them to float, fly and therefore win. And it worked. Nike dominated the athletic footwear brands. In fact what Nike did to Adidas, who by the way paid $60 million to become an official sponsor; is illegal even in the most hardcore, enemy crushing video games of this generation. I wonder how much the Brand Directors at Nike are paid to do their job. Blogs around the globe claim Nike has pulled off brilliant ambush marketing in the Olympics (source) and I agree.

The simplicity of the campaign was in the color of its shoe. The Volt did everything it was supposed to do – garishly attract attention to the super feet, to show that no matter which country you’re from; there’s Nike, but more importantly it went on to show that Nike is good enough to be used by the world’s best athletes at the make-or-break moment of their lives.

Nike has always been a rebel when it came down to commitment with the Olympic sponsorship. Back in 1984, Nike ran ads of athletes with the “I Love LA” soundtrack totally crushing Converse in terms of awareness. (source link)

All said and done, I LOVE brands that defy any rule that stifles innovation in the name of Olympic Delivery Authority. Someone asked me what I think creates an environment conducive to innovation – I believe its when you have the urge to defy rules that you start innovating.

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jetBlue Social Media Strategy

jetBlue Social Media Strategy

jetBlue has been one of the few aviation giants to adopt social media and incorporate it in its operations. However there are a few things that might make jetBlue a great organization on Social Media.

I am not an employee of jetBlue and this presentation is not a confidential jetBlue document on its Social Media Strategy & Campaign. This is just an exercise by me.

This is a presentation that discusses a possible jetBlue Social Media Strategy and a new Social Media Campaign that jetBlue COULD be doing now to not only attract new customers but to retain its existing  loyalists to the brand.

If you have any queries, requests for autographs and job offers, Please email me at

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10 Great Magazine Ads That Don't Just Sit There Looking Pretty

<This is a re-post of a great post on adweek. No commercial intentions behind it.>

Hit the front end of the Peugot on the opening page, and an actual airbag inflates on the spread inside. Ad agency Loducca made 50,000 of these things for a Brazilian magazine.

The Talking Ad2

QR codes got dictators talking in a recent print ads from the free-press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. You scan the QR code with your iPhone, then place the phone over the leader’s mouth. The mouth starts talking—but it’s the voice of a journalist discussing media censorship in that country.

The Solar-Powered Ad3

This print ad promoted green energy by being solar-powered itself. In the magazine, it’s just a black-and-white sketch. But held up to sunlight, it blossoms into full color.

The Bottle-Opener Ad4

Follow the instructions on this ad, and you can use the flimsy piece of paper to open a bottle of Carlsberg. Useful!

The Edible Ad5

Volkswagen cooked up a lovely little ad you can eat, and placed it inAuto Trader magazine. The ingredients are listed on the side as “glutinous rice flour, water, salt, propylene glycol, FD&C colour, glycerine.” OK, kind of gross.

The Bra-Tightening Ad6

This Wonderbra ad lets you do a little imprompu boob cinching—a nice little pick-me-up when you’re in the middle of a boring article.

The Bubble-Gum Ad7

Simple and fun.

The Test-Drive Ad8

This Norwegian ad for Volkswagen showed a long stretch of road (in summer and winter versions) and told readers to download an app that lets you “drive” a car on the road by hovering your iPhone over it. You could test three different features of the vehicle—lane assist, adaptive lights and cruise control.

The Sunbather’s Ad9

Just what you need—a suntan-lotion ad that comes with a handy way to completely cook your face off.

The Sticky Ad10

A fertility clinic in Australia placed an ad in FHM that caused the magazine’s pages to stick together. When unstuck, the pages revealed a woman posing in lingerie, along with the line, “Don’t waste your sperm.” The message being—donate it at the Repromed fertility clinic instead.