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042 - Wendi Cooper: How Marketing is Failing the Modern Mature Consumer

Harleys and Jets vs. Bingo and Go Fish

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Show notes:

  • The 85+ age group is the fastest growing. There are more people 65+ than under age five. This is a huge missed opportunity for brands not talking to the 50+ cohort.

  • 60 million U.S. adults are between age 50-70: lots of spending power

  • Peter Pan syndrome in advertising world

  • Wendi has been in DRTV since 1997 - and it's a lot of selling to women

  • 07:23 We are not data driven only because of the digital age, DR has been data driven since long before there was digital

  • 07:30 It has always been women purchasing on TV and in retail so why aren’t we honing in and speaking to them more?

  • Marketers are not reaching mature consumers effectively mainly because ad agencies skew so young

  • 9:30 Too many marketers assume people watching CNN are on their way to assisted living

  • 9:50 Programmatic - ad fraud - billions wasted per year

  • 9:55 Voice is the future - voice is natural for all age

  • 10:25 What should marketers do to reach the 50-70 group with voice?

  • 10:55 "I've fallen and I can't get up" - famous ad was original voice technology - necklace to send help

  • 11:53 As people become elders they need voice to contact loved ones and order prescriptions

  • 12:10 Bezos - Amazon pharmacy play - smart

  • 12:20 Voice for assisted living - ideas where older people will understand and use the technology

  • 12:50 Voice is even more intuitive than an iPad, but who is the teacher? This matters.

  • 13:15 50-70 year old market who are thriving - Flash Briefings for this group would be great (Wendi will create one)

  • 13:55 How do you market your Flash Briefing? The challenge here is widespread for all ages.

  • 14:50 As soon as you are able to create content you can drive people to a destination (e.g. Wendi put the first URL instead of an 800 number in a commercial)

  • 15:15 A TV commercial to drive awareness of the 60+ Alexa skill would work - Wendi feels this is necessary to bring mass awareness to voice

  • 16:00 Super Bowl ads about Alexa

  • 16:10 "Go get the Alexa skill" is the new download the app or visit the website

Ad agency ageism stats via Ad Age:

  • In 2017, the majority, or 63 percent, of workers in advertising, public relations and related services were under 45 years of age, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • The median age in the category was 39.2—roughly the same as a decade earlier. (By comparison, the median age in accounting, including tax prep, bookkeeping and payroll services, was 45.)

  • Broadly speaking, age bias accounts for nearly a quarter of overall complaints against employers.

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Here are some great Alexa skills for seniors from Heidi Culbertson's company Ask Marvee:

https://askmarvee.com/alexa-skills-public/

Get in touch with Wendi Cooper:

wendicooper.com - Speaking of Age

https://www.facebook.com/cspottalk

LinkedIn - Wendi Cooper: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendicoopercspottalk/

YouTube: Wendi Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/user/cspotrundirect

039 - Katherine Prescott: Alexa Privacy, Echo Show 5

Katherine Prescott is the Founder and Editor of VoiceBrew, a digital media company dedicated to helping people get the most out of Alexa. We discussed privacy on Amazon Alexa as well as the future of #voicefirst advertising. Which tech company's business model has true alignment with the end user, examining Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.

Katherine Prescott is the Founder & Editor of  VoiceBrew , a top resource for Alexa tips and best uses

Katherine Prescott is the Founder & Editor of VoiceBrew, a top resource for Alexa tips and best uses

Topics and timestamps:

  • Privacy - Amazon Alexa - is she recording?

  • Amazon Echo Show 5 announcement - new features, especially for greater privacy and user data control

  • When is Alexa recording vs listening?

  • How do I control my privacy settings on Alexa?

  • 3.10 This privacy dialogue is healthy - it improves voice assistants for consumers

  • Echo Show 5 has a new camera shutter and the ability to say “Alexa, delete everything I said today”

  • 4.20 Alexa app is not the focus

  • 5.00 Discoverability is the ultimate challenge

  • 5.05 It’s called the 5 but this refers to the 5.5 inch screen - is same as third gen echo

  • 5.10 Why the Echo Show 5 is such a big deal - compelling land grab for affordable smart display space

  • 6.10 Like the shift from radio to TV, third party Alexa skills will improve dramatically because of multi-modal

  • 10.04 Will smart display pave the way for advertising? Banner even? Less intrusive than voice? Alexa diplsay ads?

  • 10.50 Emily: sponsorship and brand preference will be paid for - that will be the advertising, unlike previous digital like banner ads or PPC

  • 11.30 Katherine: Tech giants are shifting toward privacy as a feature

  • 13.15 Business model and alignment - Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook. Great point from Katherine.

  • 14.02 Google's pitch: we provide free services and collect your data.

  • 14.27 Think of privacy in broader context - we are in the early innings of voice 

See this post on  Instagram and follow @beetlemoment  for #voicefirst news

See this post on Instagram and follow @beetlemoment for #voicefirst news

Sources:

  1. Echo Show 5: https://www.techradar.com/news/amazon-echo-show-5-everything-you-need-to-know

  2. "Buried in this morning’s Echo Show 5 announcement are a couple of new security features worth highlighting. In addition to the inclusion of a built-in camera shutter on the new smart display are a pair of Echo  commands that let users delete voice recordings with an Alexa command." -https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/29/amazon-adds-alexa-delete-what-i-said-today-command/



Enjoy this episode about #voicefirst marketing and technology? Please leave us a review! 1)  Click “Listen in Apple Podcasts”,  2) Click “Open in iTunes:, 3) Click “Ratings and reviews”. Thanks!

Enjoy this episode about #voicefirst marketing and technology? Please leave us a review! 1) Click “Listen in Apple Podcasts”, 2) Click “Open in iTunes:, 3) Click “Ratings and reviews”. Thanks!

Get in touch with Katherine Prescott:

Twitter: @kbprescott

Instagram: @voicebrew

Voicebrew.com

035 - Micro Moment Marketing - Melanie Touchstone

The key feature of micro moment marketing is to embrace the idea that you have but a few seconds to capture the attention of your target consumer. In those brief seconds, brands are challenged to convey a concise message that is relevant to the consumer. Otherwise, they're on to the next article, tweet, or email and you've lost their attention.

On average, 150 times a day consumers experience purchase moments, research moments, and discovery moments, just to name a few. How can marketers be sensitive to these moments in the buyer journey to make our messaging more effective and less interruptive? How are brands from tires to cookies taking advantage of micro moments?

Melanie Touchstone discusses micro moment marketing

Melanie Touchstone discusses micro moment marketing

Micro-moments are small occurrences throughout the shopper journey during which consumers are ready to act. Google narrows these moments down to four key categories:

  1. want-to-know moments

  2. want-to-go moments

  3. want-to-do moments

  4. want-to-buy moments

How do you market to consumers in a way that takes advantage of these moments in the buyer journey?

Timestamps:

2:00 It’s the small occurrences in the consumer journey when they’re ready to act - get into your customer’s mindset

2:15 The four types of micro moments, according to Google 

5.23 Incorporate into your strategy: the micro moment

5:30 80% of mobile use in evening

6:00 Content shock: consumers are bombarded by information (we spend 4.7 hours per day on smartphones)

6:40 Seasonality - tire brand example and micro moment search terms

8:05 Serve the need the consumer has based on search and context - even with PPC basics

8:38 The want-to-know moment

8:55 Oreo marketing with Game of Thrones: embossed cookies for each GoT house, and on Twitter: #GameOfCookies #ForTheThrone

10:15 Game of Thrones Oreos

10:30 Sunday Scaries - Instagram phenomenon #SundayScaries

11:30 Production value is less important than quality and sensitivity to the moment in the buyer's journey

12:20 Guardian looked at shiny high production value videos on IG stories and return on effort wasn’t as high, so went for a lo-fi approach which worked better. "Lean into the culture of the internet." Source: The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories

13:15 Why lo-fi posts were more popular - on Instagram, people are looking for their friends, so brands who look that way blend in more and seem more natural

About Melanie Touchstone:

Digital Marketing Strategist Melanie Touchstone helps fast-growth businesses develop and expand their brand presence through strategic, inbound marketing. Having spent over a decade working closely with the innovation ecosystem, Melanie has unique insight into the needs of early and middle-market companies. She specializes in brand and channel marketing.

Connect with Melanie:

melanietouchstone.com

Twitter: @MelTouchstone

Instagram: @TouchstoneMarketing

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Previous episodes:

Enjoy this? Hear Melanie and Emily discuss email marketing in Episode 31: Simplify Your Marketing

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034 - Unilever’s Voice Marketing Play on Spotify - Branding without ROI is OK

Not every marketing activity needs directly measurable ROI. Most branding tactics have never had clear ROI. But they're still important - foundational even.

We’ve become obsessed with measurement. But measurement can become unproductive, especially when it’s imperfect, like so much in digital today. Think about the 100+ year history of advertising from one of the world’s most recognizable brands: Coca-Cola, with slogans and ads dating back to 1886. Little to no tracking for most of its time.

Many Fortune 100 companies spend millions on television advertising. It’s not measurable. It’s a dying medium. Nielsen ratings are and always have been a joke. Companies still buy media. They don’t have one-to-one tracking on conversions (impressions of network TV ads translating to sales). Billboards are the same. These methods of advertising are still effective, and majorly lucrative for media companies. I’m not saying buy more TV. But don’t get so obsessed with tracking that you miss out on an opportunity for branding - especially on a cool new medium that isn’t crowded.



It’s 2019 and we still do terrestrial radio ads. There is no reliable data on the results. I mention all this because if we look at a voice ad like the Unilever one on Spotify, I don’t want anyone to bemoan the fact that it won’t translate to trackable sales. It isn’t meant to.

Not every voice effort will be perfectly trackable early on. Your digital marketing result today are polluted by major bot traffic as it is. However, technology seems to get challenged on tracking because it’s assumed that digital should be perfectly trackable. It just isn’t, for so many reasons.

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Early voice-enabled ads like Unilever’s AXE ad on Spotify hint at the wide open space for a new, frictionless way to access sponsored content or helpful information from a brand. Great targeting, context, timing, and intent are key to making the experience worthwhile instead of a nuisance. This is a good start from Unilever. Even if all that happens is a listener plays the AXE playlist. If anything, it’s an experiment worth running regardless of measurability of resulting sales. So much advertising is already difficult to measure. At least this is progressive.

Spotify’s feature, which debuts today, will only work if the person listening has their microphone enabled, the company says. A listener saying “Play now” when prompted by a specific AXE audio commercial from Unilever will cause the streaming service to play a curated playlist from the brand (which come with commercials). Afterward, the mic is turned off, Spotify says. -AdAge, 5/2/2019, "Spotify debuts voice-enabled audio ads with Unilever"

Pandora and NPR have experimented with voice-enabled ads before.

Stats and citations:

  • The Association of National Advertisers reports that only a quarter of all digital ad spend reaches real people. (entrepreneur.com, July 2018)

  • According to another study done by Imperva Incapsula, bot-driven ad fraud costs businesses $7 billion dollars annually. (entrepreneur.com, July 2018)

  • I mentioned that “65%” of traffic is from bots. Now I can’t find the source where I read this stat. However, Incapsula reports 61%. Other sources say anywhere from 20-50% or more.

    • The point: this is a huge margin for error in interpreting the success of a digital marketing campaign judged by clicks or traffic. Perfect measurement is but a dream today.

016 - Voice Marketing from Stubb's BBQ (Alexa Skill)

Neat use of real warm audio - true voice of a brand - that offers novelty, fun, and some utility. Good example of early voice marketing. Playful and I like that it’s based on archival material.

Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauce was created by the west Texas barbecue hero and beloved Stubb’s founder, C.B. Stubblefield. Now Stubb has his own Alexa skill. The “Ask Stubb” skill pieces together past voice recordings of Stubblefield to bring recipes, stories, cooking tips, BBQ tunes, and some larger than life personality to Alexa users, straight from the man behind the brand. 

Skill created by Proof Advertising in Austin.

Video preview of the skill here.

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•” The skill includes ten tips, more than 20 recipes and a few of Stubb’s favorite songs.
• Users can order Stubb’s Bar-B-Q sauce directly from the skill.
• After the first week of launch, Ask Stubb was featured as a popular skill on the Alexa Skills Store.” -via CommArts

Takeaway:
With Alexa skills and voice right now, done is better than perfect. Establish a presence like this because this is all leading toward voice search optimization on Amazon, one of the largest search engines. Stubb's will ultimately sell more BBQ sauce because of this. In this case, it’s content marketing to drive ecommerce through voice.


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