IT enabled marketing ideas – RFID and Facebook Page

Here are some innovative ideas that bridge the gap between Brick & Mortar and Click & Mortar.

Automaker Renault used the innovative “Facebook Pillars”.

Simple, Innovative and Fun

AutoRAI Motorshow is an automotive event in the Amsterdam, Netherlands, and featured brands such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, etc.  How to get competitive advantage? Renault cars were accompanied by especially designed Facebook pillars.  The 2,50,000 visitors to the show were invited to collect their free Renault RFID micro-chip embedded cards from the Renault stand, which they could then link to their Facebook profile. Once the card had been linked, simply swiping it in front a car’s pillar would count as a Facebook Like”, posting a link to that car on the card bearer’s profile, as shown in the video above.

Here is an idea # 2

Facebook friendly hangers

Innovative ways the offline world is making the most of the online world

C&A a Brazilian fashion retailer, has an IT enabled idea to bring customers’ Facebook approval into full view in its real-world stores.  It has posted photos of a number of the clothing items it sells on a dedicated Facebook Page, where it invites customers to “Like” the ones that appeal to them.  Special hangers on the racks in its bricks-&-mortar store display those votes in real-time, giving shoppers a clear indication of each item’s online popularity.

For more information regarding comprehensive overview of an entire market, click here to view Brand Analyses, Facebook Page Like, and Facebook Talking About figures………in the real-time!

Do you think innovations, such as above examples, will become more and more common?  Can you afford to be left behind?  We will appreciate your comments, shares and of course Likes.

2011 blog review – Viewed about 2,500 times in 2011.

Automatic analytic helps in fine tuning your blog strategies.  At end of the year it is a good idea to analyse the social media work.  Here is a cool summary, that I would like to share with you.

The WordPress.com stats has prepared a 2011 annual report for this DNSERP blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Find out from which countries visited this blog website, report also gives numbers about various posts, and date on which viewed most, and so on.  See the report to learn more.  Don’t you think this is interesting?

Blog guidelines for effective Social media optimization

Here are some tips for your business blog

  1. Most blog platforms like WordPress or Blogger (from Google) are free for basic services.   However, you need to invest time.  If someone gives you a rosy picture take it with a pinch of salt.   Blogs once started cannot be stopped nor can pace be slow.   You have to update and service the comments.   You must plan a strategy and define a business process  for reaping the benefit of the social media sites.

  2. It is necessary to give due priority to social media sites and inform others in the marketing department.  The company blog is important communication taking the legacy website to the next level.   Commit sufficient resources such as people and time.

  3. It is necessary to identify the ‘audience’ to target the social media campaign.  Incidentally,  you will soon find out audience is actually now not mere listening but going to take active part in your website by uploading their comments, likes, sharing the post with their contacts and so on.   You have just learned another lesson that blogs are not for passive audience like your passive website but an active and participating customers or prospects.   Be careful, you are dealing with real people in real-time.

  4. Some team members may find blogging an odd way to spend time (sometime they think it is a waste of time).  All this can be avoided with a formal training and positive involvement.   It may be necessary to show the marketing team the integration of Twitter and blog or linking Facebook with blog and so on.   It is recommended that the directives come from the top management, CEO or the Director.   It is necessary to prepare a guideline document before embarking journey in to the blogosphere.

  5. I have published several PowerPoint presentations on the subject of ERP which can be viewed free.  Many people have told me that they have used them in their ERP projects.   Eventually the blogs and websites will get higher ranks because the same will have good traffic, more unique visitors and less bounce rates.

  6. Spend time may be just ten / fifteen minutes but regularly on reading blogs of other competition companies.  Compare web analytic reports.   You have to measure and benchmark your own social media initiative and that of your competition companies.   Figures and numbers will help you to improve your social media optimization plans.  Unless you measure you cannot improve.  Most digital platform gives analytic reports, e.g., YouTube insights or WordPress stats.

  7. Social media optimization is actually offshoot of the SEO.  You need to select appropriate topic for the posts.  You need to dwell on selecting the keywords so that search engine will index your blog and display your blog page.  Sounds familiar, like SEO here also you need to take care of the ‘spiders’ (or crawlers).   If you are not sure, take help of experts who are already using digital platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter etc.   Remember, your blog may be linked by another blog or your tweet may be retweet by your followers.

  8. Spend adequate time on the research of the key words and key phrases your target audience is most likely going to use.  This needs to get included into your posts.  The trick is that search engine should find them and index it.  At the same time do not use key phrases in artificial way.  Keep the tone and the matter real, because it is read by real people besides the robots.

  9. Here is the paradigm shift.  Share your knowledge with the readers.   It is not easy and simple change in attitude, because earlier people used to pay for getting the knowledge, now you have to publish it free.  The reward is that people will appreciate and always come back because you have given away useful information.

  10. Assign role and responsibility.   This is called R & R matrix.  Who is going to write a post and when.   Daily or weekly, whatever is the duration the team must keep the blogs live.   Many time senior executive takes initiative in the beginning and later the enthusiasm dies down.   In such case it may be a good idea to outsource the task to professionals, but still needs interaction.  Because you know your industry the best.   You still need to give inputs about happenings in your organization.   Assign editorial leader, identify core group of bloggers within the organization, who are constantly thinking up new post ideas, writing and editing.   Two or three writers can share the load and the result will be better because you will get a balanced blog.

    Your comments are welcome, let us discuss further, what do you think of these tips?  Would you like to add some more?

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