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ARTIC Goes Purple for Alzheimer’s Disease

ARTICIf you drive down the 57 freeway this week, it will be hard to miss the purple glow emanating from Orange County’s premier transportation hub ARTIC. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) joined Orange County landmarks, businesses and residents in ‘going purple’ to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease.  The campaign is called GoPurpleOC and was organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.”  83,000 Orange County residents are currently affected by or are at immediate risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.  There are many ways to support GoPurpleOC and we encourage you to visit www.gopurpleoc.com to learn how.  In October and November, the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County is hosting several Walks to End Alzheimer’s throughout the county.

Mark your calendar for one of the dates below and visit www.gopurpleoc.com to sign up.

Saturday, October 18, 2014     The District, Tustin

Saturday, November 1, 2014    Huntington Beach

Saturday, November 8, 2014    Laguna Niguel District Park

Saturday, November 15, 2014   Angel Stadium, Anaheim

For more information about ARTIC, visit its website, Facebook and Twitter.

Mexican Independence Day Events in SoCal

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Mexican Independence Day celebrates the end of an eleven year struggle between the Spaniards and the Natives.  On September 16, 1810, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the church bell in the village of Dolores.  He gave his famous El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) where he urged the native Mexicans to take up arms against the Spaniards.  Every year, Mexicans around the world celebrate this special holiday. Here is a list of Mexican Independence Day events you can attend in Southern California.

Fiestas Patrias

September 13, 14, 2014 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

4th Street from Broadway to Minter, Santa Ana, CA

For more information, visit http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/DowntownStreetFestivals.asp

Mexican Independence Day

September 13-14, 2014 10 a.m.-10 p.m.    

Olvera Street, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown Los Angeles

For more information, visit http://www.elpueblo.lacity.org/index.htm

Fiestas Patrias

September 13-14, 2014 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Citadel Outlets 100 Citadel Drive #480, Los Angeles, CA 90040

For more information, http://www.citadeloutlets.com/

Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival

September 27-28, 2014 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

For more information, visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/baja_splash_cultural_festival/

Why Companies Should Invest in Sponsored Posts on Social Media

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According to comSource’s whitepaper, “The Power of Like: How Brands Reach and Influence Fans Through Social Media Marketing”, brands reach approximately 16% of fans with an organic post.  According to Twitter, brands who tweet two or three times a day can reach approximately 30% of their followers in a given week.  By sponsoring Facebook posts and promoting tweets, businesses can reach a larger audience and ensure their posts are seen by all of their followers.  Businesses can also choose the demographic they want to reach and set a budget based on their needs.

La Voz Marketing recommends sponsoring your posts or tweets based on your business goals and the campaign you are running.  As part of this, however, you want to make sure that the sponsored posts and tweets tell the brand story with a call to action that engages your audience.  An Adaptly and Facebook study confirmed that brands who told their brand story first, before prompting a call to action post, were more likely to have increased views on their landing page and and a larger increase in sales.

For more information about paid social media posts and how to develop a social media strategy, contact us at info@lavozmarketing.com.

 

How to Engage your Consumers in Brand Storytelling

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An Adaptly and Facebook study, called ‘The Science of Social Media Advertising’, found that campaigns that told a brand story before asking people to buy something were more effective.  The social media advertising technology firm noticed an 87% increase in people visiting the landing page and a 56% increase in subscription rates among the people exposed to the sequenced ads.

Since Adaptly and Facebook have reaffirmed the importance of storytelling in social media advertising, brands may wonder what is an engaging way to share its story.  LVM recommends structuring your story with a plot that is found throughout literature and all cultures.  Listed below are seven plot lines (and examples) that are found throughout literature, pop culture, and mentioned in the book The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker.

1. Overcoming the Monster:  From David and Goliath to Harry Potter, this plot capitalizes on the story’s hero winning battles against dominant, more powerful characters.  It truly is the underdog story.

2. Rebirth:  A plot featuring second chances and renewal, characters receive a new beginning and learn from the past.  In the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the Beast receives his rebirth through Belle’s love and kiss.

3. Quest:  The main characters strive to reach from point A to point B and face obstacles along the way.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail best demonstrates this plot in a humorous way.

4. Journey and Return:  After the main character travels to a distant land and returns home, he or she will undergo a transformation of self-discovery.  Many people watched Dorothy undergo a transformation in the Wizard of Oz as she traveled Oz with her new friends and Toto.

5. Rags to Riches: As the struggle of poverty inspires hard work, the character manifests riches of wealth and prosperity.  Many fiction stories feature this plot line including Disney’s Cinderella.

6. Tragedy: Shakespeare is best known for telling the stories of humanity’s dark side and the vanity.  Stories such as Romeo and Juliet highlight the emotion and tragedy while telling an important message.

7. Comedy:  Everybody loves stories that make them laugh and showcase unusual solutions to solve a problem.

If you are interested in learning how brands have utilized these plots in their storytelling, LVM recommends you read this post in Ad Week. By telling your brand story with one of the plots listed above, you will identify an emotional trigger within your audience and turn them into buyers.

Media Relations Tips For Any Sized Business

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Media relations is beneficial for any business, no matter its size.  Journalists are always looking for story ideas that will benefit their readers and media placements can help showcase your business as an expert or resource.  Below are media relations tips for businesses that are looking to increase their awareness.

1) Monitor the News.  By reading or watching the news, you become aware of topics that journalists like to cover.  In addition, you may spot an opportunity to newsjack or insert a company opinion about a trending topic.  Google Alerts allow consumers to receive news alerts based on their chosen keyword and Google Trends showcases the latest searched topics.  These tools keep you proactive in finding a story to pitch.

2) Pitch a story idea based on a timely event of public interest.  If you track upcoming events or holidays occurring in your community, your business may find an opportunity to pitch a relevant story idea.  For example, around mid-August and early September, many back to school stories appear on the news.  If your company relates to this season, you can integrate your company in a back to school story idea.

3) Be the Journalist’s Assistant.  After the journalist confirms his or her interest in writing the story, assist the journalist by providing the information he or she needs and coordinating the interviews.  A journalist will remember the work you put in to help the story get published.

4) Show Gratitude. Thank the journalist for the story.  Let him/her know that you appreciate his or her work.  Gratitude goes a long way and journalists will remember you the next time you pitch a story.

 

What are you waiting for? Develop a Connection with Hispanic Millennials.

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Brands should invest marketing dollars in Hispanic Millennials.   A Telemundo Case Study called “Who is the New America” reveals that there are 50 million Hispanics in the United States that possess $1 trillion of disposable income in total.  They outspend Non-Hispanics in electronics, clothing, beauty products, CDs, and groceries.  Latino Millennials currently make up 46% of the Hispanic population and are members of the fastest growing demographic in the United States.

To connect with the Hispanic millennial, brands must understand how they like to communicate and their passion points. Approximately 64% of the Latino youth are Spanish dominant/bilingual and connect emotionally with Spanish or ‘Spanglish” messaging.  A Nielsen, Univision Communications and Starcom Media Vest Group study, “The Bilingual Brain”, found Spanish Ads to be more effective in driving emotional engagement and memory activation than their English counterparts.  The Hispanic millennials in the study were more engaged with a Spanglish Ad following English programming in comparison to Spanglish ads following Spanish programming.

When creating brand messaging, marketers need to look beyond simply translating an English message.  Instead, they should focus on the fact that historical context and cognitive abilities play an influential role in how Hispanics perceive an advertisement.

LVM provides insight to its clients on the Hispanic millennial ‘voz’ or voice and helps them identify brand-specific passion points that will engage this growing audience.  Through experience, we know that Hispanic millennials are receptive to brand messaging when communicated in the right way.

The Importance of Shopping Local

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Independent retailers in several countries continue to celebrate Independent Retailer Month.  Also known as ‘mom and pop’ shops, independent retailers encourage consumers to shop local through various in-store and online promotions.  They also educate consumers on how local shopping impacts the economy.  According to the American Express Open Independent Retailer Index, nearly half of the total retail sales in the U.S. come from independent businesses.  When a consumer spends a dollar at a locally owned store, it is spent six to 15 times before it leaves the community (reports the Independent Retailer Month).  LVM encourages consumers and business owners to support their local businesses year round.

Here are some social media marketing tips for local businesses who want to promote Independent Retailer Month.

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– Share statistics with your social media followers about shopping local and its effects on the economy

– Create a Check-In offer on Yelp

– Spread the love and showcase your favorite local retailers

– Connect with Independent Retail Month’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and join the conversation with the official hashtags: #indieretailusa and #shopindieretail

-Check out Independent Retailer Month’s Idea Bank for more ideas

LVM is excited to showcase some of its favorite independent retailers in the area:

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Fashion Retailer’ – Bardot in Newport Beach.  Inspired by Brigitte Bardot, whose quintessential seaside style made her a fashion icon, Bardot of Newport Beach brings the latest in fun, flirty, and feminine fashion for the Bardot girl in all of us.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Wine Retailer’ – Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Since 1957, this boutique wine cellar has served Orange County with the best in California, French and world wines and always offers the best selection of wines from the beloved country of Argentina.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Family-Owned Retailer’ – Custom Comfort Mattress in Orange.  This family-owned company values the art of upholstery and designs/creates each mattress in its workshop.  After a long work day, you will appreciate an ‘honest, genuine piece of American craftsmanship that affords you a good night’s sleep!

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Mercantile & Culinary Retailer’ – Fleur de Lys in Costa Mesa.  Fleur de Lys showcases a hand picked selection of items that cater to your home and lifestyle.  This is our ‘go-to’ shop for gifts for all occasions!

Next time you shop, we hope you will support (or continue to support) an independent retailer in your area!

 

Additional sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/07/03/celebrating-independent-retailers-their-strong-future/

http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/independent-retailer-month-aims-to-boost-local-businesses/034299

 

 

Our Favorite Marketing Moments of the World Cup

Facebook announced that the World Cup has generated more than one billion interactions, making it the largest event in Facebook history.  On top of this, Twitter users have sent 300 million World Cup related tweets. As World Cup fans are utilizing social media to share their favorite moments throughout the games, brands are monitoring the World Cup closely and aligning their content strategy with it.  Since the World Cup is coming to an end this Sunday (sadly), we want to share our three favorite marketing moments of the World Cup.

3. Aeroméxico’s Tweet after the Netherlands vs. Mexico game

We appreciate how Aeroméxico was positive and supportive to its national team, despite its loss to Netherlands.  This tweet roughly translates to, “Thanks for a great championship. We are proud and look forward to having you home.”  To date, this tweet has 7.5 thousand retweets and 6.5 thousand favorites.

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2. Adidas’ @Brazuca Twitter Handle

On December 3, 2013, Brazuca, the official game ball of the FIFA World Cup introduced itself with this tweet.

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To date, Brazuca has 2.69 million followers and has generated 546 witty tweets in English and Portuguese.  He shares with his followers how #ballin he is.  One of his tweets boasts about scoring the most goals at the World Cup; another says that he wears Pharrell’s hat better than Pharrell himself.

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The @brazuca Twitter handle currently has more followers than the official @Adidasfootball handle and they both utilize different campaign strategies.  The @brazuca Twitter adds personality to the games and to the Adidas brand.

1. Nike’s ‘Risk Everything, Campaign

Since Adidas is the official sponsor of the World Cup games, Nike was tasked with developing a creative campaign without mentioning the World Cup.  The 372 million views campaign, ‘Risk Everything’, combines the World Cup storyline, product placement and influencers in an effective and clever manner.  According to Nike, this campaign has proved to be the brand’s most social and mobile campaign with 22 million campaign engagements to date.  At the moment, the hashtag #riskeverything has been used 650,000 times on social media and The Last Game Facebook post is one of the most shared Facebook posts.  Nike will be releasing its mobile soccer application tomorrow and users can use its ‘Risk Everything’ microsite to buy their favorite Nike gear.

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We wish the remaining teams the best of luck in their quest to win the World Cup.  We cannot wait to engage with you on social media this Sunday during the World Cup final.

 

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2014/06/27/world-cup-numbers/

http://mashable.com/2014/06/30/world-cup-facebook/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markfidelman/2014/07/01/nike-is-dominating-the-world-cup-heres-why/

 

Define, Refine and Measure Your Social Impact

LVM recently participated in a webinar, hosted by Useful Social Media (USM), focused on measuring the impact of social media for companies.  Expert panelists Lutz Finger, Director of Business Analytics at Linkedin, and Jennifer Lashua, Editor in Chief at Intel, gave their expert opinions and advice regarding social performance and measurement.

As proven by a poll taken at the beginning of the webinar, the majority of companies feel as though improvement to their system of measuring social impact is needed.  Often times, this is because many executives don’t know what to measure.  Jennifer and Lutz were in agreement that it was important to have insightful measurement, that way the company is measuring progress toward a goal.

A completely accurate mode of social impact measurement isn’t possible at this time due to the nature of social media itself.  Jennifer Lashua singled out the constantly changing landscape of social media as being the biggest challenge in measuring its impact.  She explained that it is important to remain consistent in measurement, but maintain the agility to accommodate the rapidly changing social platforms. Lutz made a similar comment, stating that “most likely there is no accuracy, there is just consistency.”

social media measurementSo, in order to get better results from your social performance, what should your first step be?  Ask questions. It is important to ask the important questions that will allow your company to focus in on its main goal.

  • What is important to my brand?
  • What does my management team care about most?
  • What does my business need?/What is our goal?
  • What medium is most beneficial for achieving my goal?

Once these questions have been answered, and your company has a clear path for accomplishing the goals set, you must collect data with the ability to understand and analyze it. The best way to conduct measurement, and preserve the consistency that is required for measurement of social performance, is to customize your method of measurement.  You must determine what data is most significant for your company’s analytics.  For example, Intel has a real time dashboard that is used at events to analyze specifics such as what influencers are saying, shares, overall growth of fans and followers, etc.

Conducting studies of data, using topics such as consumer purchase behaviors or effectiveness of content over both short and longer periods of time, can be beneficial in order to get a better understanding of impact  and a more advantageous ROI.

Now that you have a better understanding of how to measure the impact of your company’s social performance, what changes can we look forward to in the coming years?  In Jennifer Lashua’s expert opinon, there will be more granular content targeting, whereas in past years people have focused on the overall.  She argues that soon you will be “…looking at slices of audiences and what is happening with targeted groups, and following those small groups to understand the impact of your social media to their specific audiences.”  This granular analysis will be helpful to companies because it will allow them to make measurement and data analytics company-specific.

For more information on Social Media services and measurement, contact LVM here.

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