Content Marketing, Destructive Marketing, Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

Feeling Stuck? How to Boost Your Creativity

person who is stuck on a problemCertain professions require creativity – think graphic design, floral arranging, and composing, to name a few. And when an author struggles, a specific phrase describes the response—writer’s block. But entrepreneurs and managers can get stuck, too. Owning and operating a small business or department requires tons of creative moxie. If you solve problems for a living, you are bound to run into a creative obstacle at one time or another. So, what can you do if you find yourself struggling to come up with innovative ideas? Since we’ve been in advertising, printing and promotional products for over 40 years, we’ve learned a few tricks to get your creative juices flowing.

Pick one or try all four:relax

  1. Take a break. We know, you don’t have time to do this – conversely you don’t have time NOT to do this. “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,” writes Tim Kreider, in The New York Times.

So, give yourself permission to let it go. Take a walk, listen to some relaxing music or chat with a friend about anything but work.  We guarantee that taking a break will lead to more creative energy in the long run than if you continued to dig in despite the block.

  1. hobbySearch for inspiration. Are you trying to come up with a new product or service or an out-of-the-box solution to a personnel problem? Don’t operate in a vacuum. Turn to experts in the field for ideas. Spend a few minutes on Pinterest, watch a Ted Talk, listen to a podcast, or look for the answers from experts in the field. With so many resources available in books, research papers, blog posts, magazine articles and videos, you’ll run out of time long before you exhaust available material.

In Creative Block: Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists, author and blogger Danielle Krysa writes, It is when I find myself playing more than trying that I find my way out of a block.”

  1. Shift your perspective. Approach the problem from a new angle. Identify the source of the issue, set goals, brainstorm possibilities, and assess alternatives. Give yourself permission to try something new, even if you might fall flat on your face. In an article in Forbes, Robert Tucker points out that experience can be a two-edged sword when it comes to creativity: brainstorm

“Years of experience in an industry, profession or job can give us invaluable experience. But they can also be a block. ‘It’s always been done that way’ or ‘we already tried that are often a sign that you and your team need to shift perspective to move beyond habitual thinking blocks in to imagine alternate possibilities.”

One simple thing we do is drive to work via a different route than the norm. You’d be surprised at the new things and people you see that make your brain function in a different way, giving you the creative edge you need.

  1. creativeDownload an Idea:  Apps to boost creativity are available at the tip of your fingers. A few free ones include: Unstuck, Brainsparker or Simplemind.

 


On Target Promotions

Need creative ideas for using print, promotional and digital marketing to develop and maintain great relationships with prospects and current clients? We’ve got them! On Target Promotions, is a national promotional products and printing company with a creative edge. We add impact and value to your programs. An agency without associated agency fees, we provide innovative and cutting-edge products and service solutions through our Inland Empire offices. We help clients use marketing materials and promotional products and other media to design and secure quality marketing programs that meet their goals and exceed their expectations. Since we believe nothing is a greater reflection of success than a repeat customer, everything we do is designed with our clients in mind. Your focus is our goal. Call (951) 682-8427 or email us today to start your project.

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Branding, Destructive Innovation, Destructive Marketing, Marketing Tips, Marketing to Millennials, Uncategorized

Detonate Your World: Destructive Marketing

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To survive in business in 2018, take everything you thought you knew about your product or service and any advertising method you’ve ever used. Toss them together and light it all on fire. Then start over. Enter the era of destructive innovation, followed closely by destructive marketing.

Coined by a professor in 1997, destructive innovation is described by the Harvard Business Review as: “a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources successfully challenges established incumbent businesses. They overtake the market, succeed and become the new world order.”

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Netflix & Blockbuster Video – Remember driving to the video store to pick up VHS tapes, and later, DVD’s? You had to get there early if you wanted to watch a new release. Netflix streaming redefined movie night for millions of Americans.  

Uber Destructive InnovationUber & Yellow Cab When was the last time you called a cab? How about an Uber? The company didn’t just introduce a competitor to the taxi market but turned the entire industry on its ear.

Apple Music & Tower Records People were trolling Tower Records for albums when Apple introduced the iPod in 2001. Since that time, the company further destroyed the music- purchasing paradigm by creating a subscription-based service called Apple Music.

Destruction Defined

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Different than just coming up with a product or service to fit into a pre-existing category, destructive innovation redefines an entire industry. Then, its counterpart throws away the playbook to advertise the innovation. If this appears to be a risky business venture, consider the alternative – disbanding altogether once the old ways of doing things are abandoned in favor of a new playbook.

Consider these cautionary tales:

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In less than 20 years, camera and film manufacturer Kodak went from the fourth most valuable brand worldwide to bankruptcy. Why? Because they weren’t prepared for customers to stop buying film and switching to digital photography. The market disrupted and Kodak failed to adjust.

Borders

Reject the Status QuoOnce located on street corners across the country, Borders rose to the top of brick and mortar only to fall once e-book sales started eating into physical book profits. While their close competitor, Barnes & Noble, embraced the electronic trend, manufacturing an e-reader and massive quantities of digital content through Nook, Borders stubbornly held on to the belief that people would always prefer hard and soft cover books and merchandise over electronic iterations. The mistake ultimately led to their bankruptcy in 2011.

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Once in the hands of virtually every member of the C-Suite, Research in Motion (RIM)’s mobile demise dates to 2012. Blackberry is a prime example of an incumbent business being disrupted by enthusiastic newcomers with nothing to lose. BlackBerry’s success a decade ago made RIM executives complacent and conservative. While newcomers Apple and Android were eager to offer mobile alternatives, Blackberry officials feared the innovation of touchscreen display, holding so tightly to customers that they lost sight of the billions who would eventually enter the marketplace.

How to Craft a Destructive Strategy

Don't be afraid to changeTo employ disruptive innovation and marketing, companies need to change their business model, their outbound product or service, and the message they send to consumers.


Virgin CEO Richard Branson explains the freeform procedure like so: “Disruption is all about risk-taking, trusting your intuition, and rejecting the way things are supposed to be. Disruption goes way beyond advertising, it forces you to think about where you want your brand to go and how to get there.” Richard Branson Disruptive Marketing

Don’t Get Destroyed; Self-Destruct

  • Use big data to evaluate where you are and consider where you want to go.
  • Think outside the box. Disruptive marketing is loud and sometimes obnoxious because it is bold enough to say what we are all secretly thinking.
  • Once you’ve come up with a big idea, plan how to share it, realizing that the new world of advertising is about conversations instead of narratives.
  • Tell stories instead of lecturing.Destructive Innovation Promo Products
  • Tangible items – Our client used these, also known as promotional products, to entice members to join their association. The client told us the items would be used at an event attended by clients who were interested in Cyber Security. They selected and ordered 500 of Vault RFID Security Backpacks. Not only were the backpacks used to secure new memberships but were such a hit, our client ordered more for their national trade association fair.

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Remember that the best marketing takes place with tangible items a.k.a. promotional items shared in the real world or among groups of people (at conferences, trade shows, events). Experiences may be promoted online, but should take place in the real world. Digital methods should reflect (instead of replacing) whatever is happening in the physical realm.

Author of the book, Destructive Marketing, Geoffrey Colon, says this: “Although we certainly live more of our lives on the Internet as a society these days, because we are social animals, we crave shared experiences with people, in person.”

Unknown.pngAbout On Target Promotions

Need great ideas for helping to develop and maintain great relationships with prospects and current clients? We’ve got them! On Target Promotions, is a national promotional products and printing company with a creative edge to add impact and value to your programs. An agency without associated agency fees, we provide the most innovative and cutting edge products and service solutions through our Inland Empire offices. We help clients use marketing materials and promotional products as well as other media to design and secure quality marketing programs that meet their goals and exceed their expectations. Since we believe nothing is a greater reflection of success than a repeat customer, everything we do is designed with our clients in mind. Your focus is our goal. Call (951) 682-8427 or email us today to start your project.

Branding, Marketing Tips, Marketing to Millennials, Uncategorized

How to Market to Millennials

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Millennials are the generation of people born from 1980 to 2000, using digital technology and mass media, the children of Baby Boomers.

The largest generation in United States’ history, at some 80 million, millennials are reaching their prime working and spending years, where they are spending approximately $600 billion, and impacting virtually every industry. Since they have grown up during a time of great technological innovation, they routinely use handheld devices to meet most of their needs.Millenial-daily-life

Whether ordering chicken from the Amazon Marketplace or securing a ride on Lyft, their rabid reliance on tablets and smartphones is disrupting traditional purchasing patterns. Yesterday’s financially dependent teens are today’s young adults, with careers, kids and homes. In fact, researchers agree that millennials may be the most important consumer group to come along within the past 100 years. With millennial spending projected to grow to $1.4 trillion annually, the entrepreneurial imperative is to adapt traditional patterns to appeal to the burgeoning market.

  • More than 90 million millennials reside in North America.
  • By 2018, millennials will have more spending power than any other generation.
  • 83% of new moms are millennials.
  • Millennials spend an average of 18 hours per week on their Smartphones.Emotional-response-to-Promo-Products

Forbes reports that millennials are fiercely brand-loyal. Since, by 2020, nearly half of the U.S. workforce will be millennials, it is critical for brands to leverage brand identity, which is a sound investment strategy, since customer retention is far more affordable than new client acquisition. Thankfully, the most cost effective way to reach millennials is electronically. So, even those marketing efforts done in 3D, such ordering as promotional giveaways or sponsoring an event, can be shared over social media networks to exponentially multiply the impact. Social media is the new distribution of word-of-mouth marketing. Brands that go viral on social media generate customer reactions, engagements and referrals.

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Millennial preferences extend to the office-warehouse market. Working either at home or in shared office space, they prefer working close to the urban core, rather than in the suburbs. They look for cool space with features like exposed concrete floors, open ceilings and common areas for collaboration. What’s more, working digitally nearly 24/7, they shun traditional 9-5 hours in favor of greater flexibility. To market to millennials on the job, consider texts, promotional product gifts they can use at work and signage in urban areas.

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  • By the year 2020, millennial purchases will represent 30% of total retail sales.
  • More than half (55 percent) say that (when shopping) they seek out “the cheapest return option.”
  • Thirty-six percent said they will go online to buy from a retailer’s website if they want a product when the company’s stores are closed.
  • On average, 89 percent said having access to real-time product availability information would influence their shopping choices in terms of which stores they would frequent.

Changing-consumer-perspectiveTo capture millennial retail sales:

  • Is your point-of-sale advertising visually appealing, clear and concise, thought-provoking and personally relatable? Millennials value these qualities in advertising.
  • Evaluate your return policy to make sure it’s competitive. Make changes if it is not.
  • Assess your website’s effectiveness. Is it user-friendly? Are products easy to find and order? Is your website responsive to mobile use? Consider investing in app development.
  • Is product information readily available on your website? Are you taking advantage of review apps to maximize your reach?

Travel

While their parents considered travel a luxury, millennials tend to view it as a necessity, possibly because their digital connections make even far corners of the world well within reach. In fact, according to Huffington Post, Millennials are 23 percent more likely to travel abroad than their older counterparts. They are also willing to budget more for trips, (and are) on track to spend $1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020.” With these figures, it is little wonder the travel industry values this generation.OT Leeds LR

Target millennials in their daily lives outside work via texts; social media – Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and promotional products they can use in daily life.

How to Target Millennials in Promotional Marketing

While other advertising channels communicate a single advertising message or serve to reinforce branding, promo products play a functional role in the consumer’s lifestyle. Research shows that eight out of ten millennials keep promotional products longer than a year. What’s more, they are more likely than other generations to walk around with those products in hand, sharing the brand with everyone they meet. Also, millennial men are more likely to store promotional products in their vehicle or bedroom, while women keep such items in the kitchen or bathroom.

Millenials-on-the-jobAre you targeting millennials? Just give us a call. We will be happy to find you the perfect product. OnTarget Promotions is a national promotional products agency based in Riverside, California. We help clients use promotional products along with other media to design and secure quality promotional programs that meet their goals and exceed their expectations. Since we believe nothing is a greater reflection of success than a repeat customer, everything we do is designed with our customer in mind. Your focus is our goal. Call (951) 682-8427 or email us to start your project today.