Integrated Marketing: Communicating One Big Idea

Integrated Marketing is about communicating one big idea across several media channels with one voice in order to reinforce the brand’s core message and create a greater and seamless experience for the consumer.

 

 

 

 

 

I recently stumbled upon this very explanatory and creative video by Baumann Ber Rivnay/Saatchi & Saatchi showing their take on integrated advertising. Here are some of the main points:

  • Today’s consumers are much more connected and involved as technology, the Internet and social media are a great part of the consumers’ lives. This changes the way we consume information, decide what to buy and experience brands.
  • Today’s consumers lose interest very quickly as they are looking for something beyond the marketing message and ask themselves the question: “What’s in it for me?”
  • Integrated advertising adds value lets consumers take part in an experience that they want to be involved in and share with their friends.
  • The big idea has to integrate with media tools that link to each other and not just stand alone.

 


How do you succeed?

So how do you as brand ensure this experience? The key is consistency in your communication and coherence in your message. Brands often have a number of agencies working for them. It is therefore imperative to communicate brand activities and brand voice to all entities to make sure that communication across all channels is aligned and that every channel really serves the big idea.

Activate campaigns across all channels and make sure to communicate any brand activity to all agencies working for you to reinforce the impact of the message. E.g. your Social Media Agency should always be aware of any communications going on offline in order to activate the message across social platforms and create linkage between the on- and offline worlds. With today’s technological evolution, people encounter brand messages just as much online as in TV-spots and billboards. The agency should also be informed about both the overall strategy of the company and any changes in that strategy. Provide your Social Media Agency with visuals and information about your traditional advertising efforts and further develop those ideas to exclusive content for your social media presences to enhance the experience.

Analyse the effectiveness of each channel during and after a campaign and be attentive to what consumers want through monitoring and listening. Also, it is important to stay updated with the new innovative media tools – such as here on the Mindjumpers blog.

Basically, you need to ensure that all channels don’t work isolated but rather together as a unified force to strengthen the core message of your brand.

 

 

Why Oreo’s ‘Daily Twist’ is one of our all-time favorite social media campaigns

Few cookies have reached the same level of iconicity as Kraft Foods’ Oreo. Its round shape, blackish color and white cream stuffing have undeniably added to its success but as a social media agency we wonder: where would the crowd-pleasing, twistable cookie be today without effective social media marketing?

Let’s zoom in on one of their global digital and social media campaigns that reached millions of hearts (and mouths) and delivered proof that even cookies can provide endless food for thought. We are talking about the wildly successful ‘Daily Twist’ campaign that saw a 110% growth in fan interaction per social-media post only a few months after the campaign was launched. Even though the campaign dates back to 2012, in our view, it earned a spot among the best food branding campaigns on social media ever. Here’s why…

It used milestones and pop culture events to create engagement

2012 was the year that America’s favorite cookie turned 100. Needless to say, it was a cause for celebration.

Every day for 100 days, the Oreo was given a different “twist” – styled to look like Elvis, a panda bear or like the surface of Mars after the Mars Rover had driven over it. On the ‘Daily Twist’ site, users could suggest their “twist”. The campaign was driven on Facebook and also featured on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.

The Oreo twists were especially created to spark conversation and sharing, referring to milestones or pop culture events that people could relate to and share their thoughts about.

It had timely and shareable content combined with an element of surprise

While some of the cookie designs were planned ahead like the Olympics or Labor Day, others were more agile, tapping into events like the premiere of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’, the release of the iPhone5 and the birth of a Chinese panda bear. Monitoring trending topics and utilizing current events ensured the content was always relevant and timely. Couple that with the surprise of what each day would bring, and you’ve got a campaign worth tuning into.

They exercized strong brand values

The campaign kicked-off with the Gay Pride rainbow cookie in recognition of the LGBT community, much to the chagrin of conservative crowds.

The Facebook post set off a heated online debate that even led opponents of gay marriage to call for an Oreo boycott. But while supporters and opponents were fighting their online battle, the rainbow cookie doubled Oreo’s fan growth.

By having a strong stance and sticking to it, Oreo established itself as a courageous brand amongst its more liberal fans.

The campaign had an integrated marketing approach, combining the offline and online worlds

The campaign finale took place at Times Square in New York. They set up a pop up agency there, from which they designed the last ‘Daily Twist’, based on suggestions from fans. Earlier that morning, the brand had asked its Twitter followers and Facebook fans to offer ideas, which were going up live on a billboard. Creatives would select the best ones and three of them were then put to an online vote. The winning cookie, celebrating the anniversary of the first high five, was designed on the spot and was displayed on a big billboard.

A seamless flow between the online and offline worlds, and the mix of social and traditional marketing allowed for a greater experience and showed that Oreo mastered the integrated marketing approach.

It put the product in the center – without being self-centered

Oreo’s ability to put their product at the center of the campaign and still make the content relatable and entertaining for a massive range of users is (in our opinion) the most important factor in the success of the ‘Daily Twist’ campaign. The content was heavily branded, yet still relevant, timely and shareable – without ever begging for likes, comments and shares.

Lessons learned

The ‘Daily Twist’ campaign set an example of how important it is to create content that resonates with your audience. There are many ways to find out what moves your fans. For Lurpak®, we identified what kind of recipes the audience was searching for. As a result, we created content that we already knew people wanted to engage with. Read how we did it here.