Businesses and brands are constantly competing for attention on social media, and with all the noise and incessant messaging, how can you make your voice heard?
But how? By knowing how to standout on social media.
The word “guerrilla,” in its written form, seems very intense. It conjures images of rebellion and conflict. Put it next to the word “marketing,” and it makes a lot of people ask, “Huh?”
But guerrilla marketing isn’t some sort of combative form of communication. After all, that would be highly disruptive, which violates the inbound methodology. In fact, it’s actually a very unconventional form of inbound marketing, in that it raises brand awareness among large audiences, without interrupting them.
Why did Google GOOG whip Yahoo! YHOO so decisively? How did Apple AAPL become the world’s most valuable company? Why have we all heard of Intel INTC? The answer is simple. Or, to be more precise, simplicity.
The ability to distill highly complex business concepts into simple consumer propositions is one reason why Google, Apple, and Intel are three of the most valuable brands in the world. Google’s breakthrough insight was to make everything about its brand and user experience clean and simple, unlike Yahoo and other search engine companies that thought a busier page somehow communicated more value. Apple rejected complexity in everything from its operating system to product design to advertising. And Intel created a five-note musical signature and two-word catchphrase to make us all believe that a computer was better if it had “Intel Inside.”
CrossFit is a fitness lifestyle that has taken the world by storm over the last few years. In some ways, it’s a throwback to old-fashioned fitness, using moves that incorporate cardio activity with strength training moves like pull-ups and push-ups. From garage set-ups to larger spaces, CrossFit “boxes” as CrossFitters like to call them are popping up all over.The brand has grown exponentially, with no advertising. People are addicted.CrossFit is the perfect example of a stripped-to-the-bone strategy for cult branding
Last year, iconic fashion house Yves Saint Laurent renamed itself Saint Laurent Paris, and just recently, its parent company, PPR, one of fashion’s most esteemed companies, announced its own name change. It will be called Kering, according to Chief Executive and Chairman Francois-Henri Pinault.
DENISE’S NEW LOOK: Alpinestars by Denise Focil changed its name to AS by DF and debuted a more contemporary look.
The new name demonstrates growth and new focus, Pinault said. “In a few months’ time we will have completely transitioned from a holding company with an unfocused portfolio into a cohesive, integrated, international group focused on apparel and accessories,” he said.
Some veteran Los Angeles–area fashion lines are in the process of renaming, or “rebranding,” themselves, too. The process is risky, but rebranding can make the difference between sagging sales and stellar business.
Beer companies have started to reconsider how they approach beer branding and what that means to their bottle designs. Should a brand’s design be witty and interactive, colorful and vibrant, minimalistic and direct or original and retro? In order to win over the average consumer, these are questions that marketers and brand executives need to consider. Fortunately, several companies have made it a point to re-brand themselves and that means changing their bottle designs.
This collection of designs showcase beer companies that have used branding strategies like summer-themed graphics, bottle labels that feature a 12-part detective story, bottles designed in an elegant sleek shape and various other companies that are changing the ways in which we view and drink from a beer bottle.