Last weekend I spent the day in Chichester, ostensibly to start my Christmas shopping; but truth be told looking for cosy but indulgent lounge wear. I spent a happy half an hour checking out one of my favourite brands, Mint Velvet, whose winter marketing campaign I love.
As I rifled through the cashmere jumpers and lace backed camis, this got me wondering why I was prepared to pay premium prices for items I could easily get in other shops for less. The answer was brand. Mint Velvet has created a brand that speaks to me and my aspirations. Here’s why.
“Imagine being in charge of the John Lewis Christmas advert? The whole nation’s Christmas spirit rests on your shoulders,” wrote one Twitter user earlier this month. This comment sums up how the launch of the John Lewis Christmas advert has become an eagerly anticipated event in the British calendar, and is widely regarded as a masterclass in Christmas brand positioning.
This year’s annual campaign didn’t disappoint as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive social media reaction to the touching story of Joe and Moz. The owner of his very own trending hashtag , #MoztheMonster is the star of this year’s campaign, along with the obligatory cute child and the now-traditional classic song covered by a modern artist, this year featuring Elbow’s rendition of The Beatles’ Golden Slumbers.
Christmas Marketing Ideas For Those In Need Of Festive Cheer!
Last week I was asked if it’s too late to plan a Christmas marketing campaign. I replied that November is certainly late to start planning. But it’s not too late. This is why.
According to Google Trends, shoppers started searching for ‘Christmas gift ideas’ back in August! Ideally by the beginning of November, you should be well-advanced with your holiday promotion plans – whether or not you’re excited about hearing Christmas music in the department stores or seeing the latest John Lewis advert.
3 Ways To Help You To Decide The Best Marketing Channels
A couple of years ago Will, the owner of a trades business asked me to help him put together a marketing strategy that was right for his business. Despite being fully booked for the next 4 months, he didn’t have a lot of spare cash and his promotional budget was small. Nor did he have the time to spend on marketing.
His challenge was to increase the visibility of his company and win more business as cost effectively as possible – whilst working at full pelt to deliver orders on time.
Especially When You Doubt Whether It Will Ever Happen
This year, I’ve been working with two very different start-ups. The first is headed by a highly experienced and respected forty something former freelancer. The second is run by two highly talented young guys in their twenties with a passion for their craft.
My clients couldn’t be more different. But what they do share in common is they’ve both landed their first ‘big client.’ And not only have they landed that first ‘big client,’ they’ve also landed others! In a space of weeks, they’ve gone from ‘questioning whether it will ever happen’ to wondering how they’re going to deliver the sharp increase in work and if they should take in staff to work on these contracts, which are valued between £25,000 and £100,000.