5 Marketing Strategies From Major Brands: What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes and Successes

5 Marketing Strategies From Major Brands: What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes and Successes

You don't need a big budget to learn from these big-budget brands. We can all learn from each other by observing what brands do in the marketplace, even if we don't have big budgets. Specifically, we're finding more and more brands making a buzz in the court of social media, and there's something to be learned from every one of them: the good and the, shall we say, not-so-good. Marketing strategy mishaps PepsiCo One of the most newsworthy marketing moments of late came from PepsiCo, which made headlines about snacks designed for women. The lesson: Make sure your branding is consistent across the board, from your product or service offering to all of your marketing materials and messaging. Bean, via Facebook and perhaps other touch-points, announced that it was no longer offering a lifetime guarantee, but rather a one-year return policy along with further consideration for defects that occur after that time. Bean kept quiet for a moment, and let other customers come to its defense by explaining the reasonableness of the policy and the need to uphold sustainable business policies. According to Gerber CEO Bill Partyka in a press release, it was Lucas's "winning smile and joyful expression" that won him the role and by the looks of the pic everyone could see why. The lesson: Make sure your marketing materials reflect your brand -- and prevailing attitudes that are relevant to your brand. Marketing is certainly a spectator sport, for big brands and small.

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You don’t need a big budget to learn from these big-budget brands.

5 Marketing Strategies From Major Brands: What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes and Successes

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Marketing is a spectator sport. We can all learn from each other by observing what brands do in the marketplace, even if we don’t have big budgets.

Specifically, we’re finding more and more brands making a buzz in the court of social media, and there’s something to be learned from every one of them: the good and the, shall we say, not-so-good.

Marketing strategy mishaps

PepsiCo

One of the most newsworthy marketing moments of late came from PepsiCo, which made headlines about snacks designed for women. Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree talking about “Lady Doritos,” asking CEO Indra Nooyi to focus on the bigger issues facing women that are making headlines right now. Even Ellen had something to say about it!

The lesson: Before any public announcement, prepare a message track that you have vetted with those closest to you to make sure it all makes sense. Then, make sure you understand the greater consciousness happening in the world and consider it in everything you say and do.

Ram

We recently enjoyed an entire buffet of Super Bowl commercials, many of them scoring quite well with consumers. But, one commercial in particular failed to resonate the way the company must have hoped. Ram Trucks used a voiceover clip from a speech from Dr. Martin Luther King that talks about service, and in the context of the commercial, it came across as disingenuous.

The lesson: Make sure your branding is consistent across the…

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