Ultimate Merger: Partnership Marketing and Consumer Contests

Ultimate Merger: Partnership Marketing and Consumer Contests



There’s nothing like partnership marketing to expand your efforts at little to no additional cost to you or your partner organization. If you get it just right, incorporating interactive elements ...

There’s nothing like partnership marketing to expand your efforts at little to no additional cost to you or your partner organization. If you get it just right, incorporating interactive elements that make people more likely to share your message with others, your marketing efforts won’t just double… they’ll multiply exponentially. This session will teach you how to conduct partnership marketing with maximum success including finding the right fit; making your pitch; keeping it relevant; crafting your cooperative agreement; contests and similar promotions that drive participation and word-of-mouth; building a cooperative network; and more. Erica Campbell is the Sr. Manager, New Media Marketing for For Rent Media Solutions, Jamie Gorski is Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing for The Bozzuto Group and Eric Brown is the owner of Urbane Apartments



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  • Utilizing the strength of marketing alliances or marketing partnerships to get product into new channels and venues is an essential marketing element to generate incremental sales and brand awareness. As corporate marketing budgets are constantly scrutinized, Partnership marketing and Consumer Programs can grow your business and acquire new customers and users in all channels of distribution. In today’s busy world or brand marketing, utilizing the strength of Partnership marketing and Consumer Contests to gain incremental marketing exposure and penetration of new distribution channels is not only smart – it is an essential marketing tool for marketers to remain even more competitive in today’s constantly changing marketplace.
  • A promotion that invites users to contribute their content not only creates a deeper investment in your brand, but also serves as a means to crowd source content that can be leveraged across multiple channels and in future marketing campaigns. A contest with public voting can also be utilized to solicit feedback from customers and gain insights on their preferences.
  • The best part about online contests is how easy it is to take them viral, encourage participation, and link them into your social marketing activities.
  • So after the contest is done, you need to measure the impact it had on brand engagement, clickthrough to your site, conversion, and bottom-line sales.
  • Ensure your contest is easily sharable by embedding “share this” links on the contest site, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and everywhere else people will come across it.
  • 120+ videos 99,000+ visits24,000+ votes 79,000+ unique visitors4,800+users 335,000+ pageviews
  • Cost is Low Return is high and the level of involvement is highFacebook Photo Contest StatsTotal Photos Submitted: 32Total Photo Votes (Likes): 2,100Total Photo Comments: 388Total Wall Post Comments Related to the Contest: 196Total Wall Likes Related to the Contest: 39(contest time frame)Twitter Sweepstakes Stats100+ RT’s of the Tweet which included the RENT twitter handle name, FRC twitter handle name, the message and Hashtag #SaveonRENTThe ForRent.com Twitter profile saw a 35.5% increase in followers due to the sweepstake(Time frame Oct 14th-January 19th)
  • Objective: The 2010 consumer promotion was designed to entertain, engage & drive repeat visits with the intention of ultimately increasing brand awareness, preference and consideration. Concept: The ForRent.com “Pet Pads Unleashed” Photo Contest encourages apartment renters to submit a photo of how their pet lives the apartment life for a chance to win $1,500. Three Finalists will take home a $400 gift card to a local pet store. 560photos submitted and 2,500+ votes300+ new Facebook Fans and 14,000+ pageviews and 2,700photo views16,000+ photo views on Flickr
  • We have partnered with H2Own4U to provide our customized water bottle label services. With over 35 years of experience in the water and customized bottled water business, we know how to provide a quality product and service to our valued clients. During that time, we found the small quantity, personalized bottle labels portion of the market was not properly serviced. So we decided to utilize our experience in personalized water labels design, custom bottles labeling, production and distribution to fill this market void.
  • -) I was a Builder, Not a Marketer, and build 16k-17k apt units-) I read every marketing book I could find, continued to stumble across My Space -) Urbane staff were afraid of negative comments-) One by One we started to create Urbane Evangelists
  • These are the individuals who will “like” a post (which brings it to the top of News Feed) and will write positive reviews on ApartmentRatings.com and InsiderPages.com.

Ultimate Merger: Partnership Marketing and Consumer Contests Ultimate Merger: Partnership Marketing and Consumer Contests Presentation Transcript

  • Ultimate Merger: Partnership Marketing and Consumer Contests
    Erica Campbell
    Sr. Manager, New Media Marketing
    For Rent Media Solutions
  • Things to Consider to Have a Successful Contest
  • Define Objectives
    & Goals
  • Define Objectives & Goals:
    Increase Brand Awareness: Create a general hype & enhance a product or service
    Increase Reach: Broaden reach of core company's target audience
    Generate Leads & Data: Improve referrals & repeat purchases
    Gain Content or Consumer Insight: Repurpose for future marketing initiatives
    Humanize your Voice: Engage socially, build relationships, reward your customers, and drive fan acquisition
    Gain Competitive Edge: Offset new competition
  • Identify your Target
  • Who is your Target Audience?
    Will your contest target new customers or existing customers?
    Where are your consumers engaging with your brand?
    What are your customers habits and behaviors offline and online?
    How will you reach your audience?
    What is your budget to reach them?
  • Determine the
    Type of Contest
  • Contest: A contest rewards skill; winners are determined based on skill, popularity or judging.
    Sweepstake: A sweepstakes awards winners at random; winners are determined based purely on chance.
  • Determine the Type of Contest:
    User Generated Contest (UGC)
    Facebook Like Sweepstake
    Blog or Post Comment to Enter Contest or Sweepstake
    Twitter RT or Hashtag Contest or Sweepstake
    Survey Form Contest or Sweepstake
  • Create your Concept
  • Create your Concept:
    Have a clear call-to-action
    A video contest inviting users to create a new commercial for one of your products
    A user-generated content contest that awards the best ‘personal experience stories’
    A photo contest related to your product or service
    A product invention contest with a large cash prize
  • Establish Rules
    & Prizes
  • Establish Rules & Prizes:
    Will the winner be determined by public voting, a jury or at random?
    What is the judging criteria?
    How long will your contest run?
    How many phases will you have?
    What kind of prizes will you offer?
    How many winners will you have?
    What is the process the entrant will go through?
    Rules: promotion eligibility, how to enter, contest dates, judging criteria, prizes, how to claim the prizes, rights in the videos/photos, privacy & publicity , limitations of liability, etc.
  • Publish & Integrate your Contest
  • Publish & Integrate your Contest:
    Have an integrated strategy
    • Print
    • Internet
    • Email
    • Display Ads
    • Video
    • Mobile
    • PR
    • Social Networking Sites
    • Outdoor
    • Radio
    • TV
    • On-Site
    • Contest & Sweepstake Sites
    • Blogger Outreach
  • Measure your Results
  • Measure your Results:
    Categorize your metrics:
    • Reach- how far and wide your messages spread
    • Impact- how your efforts change consumers’ actions or opinions
    • Quantity- how many consumers interact with your initiatives
    • Quality- strength and depth of consumers’ interactions with your initiatives
  • Tweak your Strategy
  • Tweak your Strategy:
    Constantly refine your strategy and tactics:
    • Evaluate your metrics
    • Evaluate the contest type
    • Evaluate the landscape
    • Trends come and go
    • Be nimble and adaptive
    • Consider your budget
    • Continue to identify key influencers
  • ForRent.com®
    Case Studies
  • If Only Your Apartment Furniture
    Could Talk
    Direct navigation increased
    boost in college age visitors to site
  • Ready2Move?
    Unique Visitors
  • Keep the Momentum Going
  • Promotion Format
    1. ForRent.com micro-site:
    – Contest Web site lived on www.Contest.ForRent.com
    – Users could watch and share videos without registration
    – Upload and voting function required user email registration
    – Watermarked logo clicked through to FRC from each video
    – E-mail a friend and social networking profile widget
    2. ForRent.com Facebook application:
    – Application lived on an application page which was referenced
    from the existing ForRent.com Facebook page
    – Requires user to “allow access” to see and use all functions of
    the application (upload, gallery, etc) instead of email registration.
    – Major benefit: integrated “allowing access” will generate a
    Facebook news feed item for viral discovery (e.g. “Erica might
    win $10,000 in the ForRent.com “Ready2Move?” video contest)
  • Selection of Winners & Finalists
    On or about June 24, 2009 Sponsor’s internal review panel
    selected one (1) Grand Prize Winner, three (3) Finalists and
    one (1) randomly selected Voter.
    CONTEST: Contest winners will be selected according to the
    following judging criteria:
    - 20% Creativity and originality
    - 15% Overall quality and appearance of videos
    - 20% Relevance to contest theme ‘Ready2Move?’
    - 24% Promotion of ForRent.com and/or  For Rent Magazine
    and the usage of the branded billboard with tagline
    - 21% The total number of user generated Internet votes
    SWEEPSTAKES: The Sponsor will randomly select the
    potential Sweepstakes winner from all eligible voting entries
    received during Phase II and Phase III.
  • Viva La Vie Boheme
  • Pet Pads Unleashed
  • ForRent.com Consumer
    Contest Comparison
  • Lessons Learned
  • Lessons Learned
    Metrics and Rules: Establish clear metrics and contest rules before you begin your program. (Have legal review rules)
    Test: Test the full functionality of your campaign prior to the start. (Both front end and back end)
    Advanced Seeding: Begin blogger outreach 1-2 weeks prior to the contest versus during the contest.
    Resources: Estimate the amount of time and effort it takes to sustain social media momentum throughout the contest period.
    Timing of Announcement: Leave 1-2 weeks before announcing the winner in order to get winners scheduled for an interview.
  • Lessons Learned
    Budget: Promotional spend is critical to the success of the campaign. Don’t underestimate budget. Include an allocation for promotions, both planned and contingency. Think about hidden promotional costs.
    Prizes: Make sure the prizes are motivating, relevant & the contest concept is FUN.
    Continue the Momentum: Dedicate time to engage in long term social media by following up with the contest winners and entrants.
    Refine your Strategy: Learn from your mistakes, evaluate your metrics and the landscape. Trends come and go. Be nimble and adaptive.
  • Contact: Dave Turner at dave.sayitwithwater.com
    Prize:1 case (24 bottles)
    Any size (8 oz. 12 0z. 16.9 oz)
    Customized label design (up to 4 colors)
  • Fun Video Examples from ForRent.com Contests
    Ready2Move? Contest Videos
    Winner Ready2Move?
    True Lease
    Your Apartment is Looking For You
    Winner ‘If Only Your Apartment Furniture Could Talk’
    All Videos
  • Follow Me
  • Break From the Pack of Apartment Commodity
    Twitter: @Eric_Urbane
    FB: www.facebook.com/TheUrbaneWay
  • Partnership Marketing
    “The sole purpose of marketing is to sell more to more people, more often and at higher prices. There is no other reason to do it.” -Sergio Zyman
  • Our Goal
    “To provide our residents with an experience and value with a high enough return to create enough Customer Evangelists within our core resident base that they self rent our apartments.”
  • Fish Where the Fish Are
  • Fish Where the Fish Are
  • Fish Where the Fish Are
  • Hot On Your HEELS
  • Vitamin Water Hydration Galleries
  • SxSw Chevy Road Trip
  • Sharpie Draw on the Walls
  • #LaughUp
    Partnership Marketing & Consumer Events
    “Branded Brands”: Certain focused and well respected brands, often beacons of coolness and quality, are now cashing in by enriching other, more all-encompassing brands. The result: BRANDED BRANDS.
    Who do you partner with and why?
    How do you promote partnerships?
    What type of event should you consider?
    How do you promote your event?
    How do you measure your results?
    Measurement tools like bar codes
    Social media interaction
    Word of mouth marketing
    Who do you partner with and why?
    Create value
    High end or low end every brand is promoting value what a better way that to create value with brand partnerships
    Choose partnerships wisely
    Seek out similar target audiences & brand images
    Seek partners that support your goals
    Green living
    Choose a combination of national & local partners
  • THE “WHO”
    Know your demographics
    Target to their wants, needs
    What is hot right now?
    How do you incorporate trends?
    What can you provide that they cannot get elsewhere?
    What discounts can you offer or other advantages?
  • THE “WHO”
    Resident “Perks” (AKA how Fairmont did it)
  • THE “WHO”
    Resident “Perks”
  • THE “WHO”
    Design Concierge Services
    How do you promote your partnerships?
    Mobile – text
    Online ads
    Sales presentation
    Call Center
    Partner Marketing
    Social Media
    Logo Promo
  • THE “WHO” – Green Partners
  • Lifestyle Brands
  • Resident & Employee Discounts
  • Event Marketing
  • THE “WHAT”
    What type of event should you consider?
    Grand opening
    Open house
    Residents only
    Partner events - zipcar
    Interaction is key
  • Park Place—Grand Opening
    Washington DC, Petworth
    Demographic Target: 24-35, single professionals and students
    Outreach: Park Place partnered with On Tap Magazine, DC Shorts Film Festival, Stella Artois, and Kettle One Vodka.
    ROI to Date: 1119 RSVPs, 700 attendees, 36 leases
    The capture campaign generated an amazing response in the two short months leading up to the grand opening.
    4 leases were signed during the party
    48 appointments were sent during the party
    Traffic increase by 20% for six weeks after
    36 leases attributed to event
  • THE “WHAT”
    What types of promotion are most effective?
    Social media marketing
    Email blasts
    Websites & microsites
    Utilize partner’s lists
  • 12 Ways to Market Events with Social Media
    Market your event through Twitter
    Market your event through Facebook
    Market your event through LinkedIn
    Market your event through your blog
    Other Places to Market Online – online calendars, Tweetvite, Eventful, etc.
    Use Online Registration Tools – Eventbrite, Constant Contact, etc. Sharing tools let attendees post to Facebook and Twitter, which builds buzz and generates more registrations.
    Create your event in Foursquare and Gowalla
    Use those hashtags!
    Have someone “live blog” during the event
    A picture says a thousand words – use Twitpics, etc.
    Put thoughts on video – use Flipcams or live streamwith UStream.tv
  • THE “WHAT”
    12. Post-Event:
    Create a blog post on how the event went, solicit feedback via comments.
    Post event recap to Facebook page and encourage fans and friends to leave comments there as well.
    Upload photos to Facebook and tag everyone you know; ask them to “fill in the blanks” by tagging anyone else.
    Upload photos to Flickr/other photo sharing sites and give them appropriate titles, descriptions and tags. Use the Creative Commons license to let them be shared as far and wide as possible.
    Post video to YouTube, Facebook and other video sharing sites.
  • WestEnd25, Grand Opening Event Re-Cap
    Date: May 5th, 2010
    Partners/Sponsors: DC Magazine, Corcoran Caterers, Bourbon Steak, Blue Duck Tavern, RIS
    Over 300 guests in attendance, 150 for VIP Event
    Experienced an average of 10 additional visits per week
    25 leases were a direct result of the Grand Opening Event
    Leased the largest, most expensive Penthouse unit 1020 that week as a result of the event
    Washington Business Journal
    Bisnow Scene
    Bisnow Real Estate
    DC Magazine
  • THE “HOW”
    How do you measure your results?
    Track attendance
    Conduct follow-up
    Ask brand partners how they measure success
    Resident feedback/retention
    Solicit feedback via social media pages
  • Branded Brands
  • GOAL
    The “Holy Grail” of brand partnerships…..
    Jamie Gorski
    SVP, Corporate Marketing
    The Bozzuto Group
    Twitter: @jamiegorski