McDonald’s is starting strong in 2013 by unveiling a new set of freshly redesigned beverage cups and carry-out bags, but there’s a catch: the new designs contain a scannable QR code which, due to immensely growing popularity of smartphones enables users to more easily find our more information about the products they consume. Along with the scannable point of interest, the design of the package is oriented towards brand storytelling with appealing, trendy illustrations.
Kevin Newell, McDonald’s Chief Brand Officer stated that the new packaging is designed to enagage with
consumers in such way that it celebrates McDonald’s, as well as providing more information on nutritional values:
“Customers tell us they want to know more about the food they are eating and we want to make
that as easy as possible by putting this information right at their fingertips.” Leer más “McDonald’s rolls out new packaging designs | by Dorian Cioban”
According to Forbes and CNN, women make up 50% of the population and control 80% of consumer purchasing decisions. More importantly, women now own 30% of all businesses in the United States, and this number is growing. Women directly control over $7 trillion dollars. By the year 2010, it is predicted that women will control private wealth in the amount of $13 trillion. This fantastic growth in income is changing the face of marketing. Women are being targeted. Charles Schwab, Citibank and Merrill Lynch now have marketing aimed specifically at women.
Although married couples lead the way in home buying, the number two-position is held by single women. Women buy homes. Women invest their money. Women take luxury vacations. Women buy investment properties. Ignoring the affluent female customer is a mistake that no seller can afford to make.
The psychology of affluent female customers is different than that of affluent male customers. Now do not interpret that statement to mean anything more than what it says. For ultimately, affluent men and women purchase luxury goods and services for the same reasons, which will be discussed later. What is different between men and women is the way their brains actually function. Newsweek reported that brain-imaging technology has demonstrated definite distinctions between the functioning of male and female brains. Here are some of the distinctions:
– When asked to think about nothing, women think about the word “nothing.” Men think about sex or sports.
– Men are more adept at reading road maps than women.
– Women are more adept at perceiving emotions in people’s faces.
– Women’s brains are more flexible than men’s brains. Which means that women are better at multi-tasking because they are less channeled into one way of thinking than men. Leer más “Branding & Women By Randal Radic | brandingmagazine.com”
Three Experts Speak Out On The Intersection of Branding and Content Marketing
The rise of consumer control, particularly via social media, and the unprecedented ability of consumers to choose, or reject, messages Content marketing has been around for over 100 years, ever since The John Deere company introduced The Furrow, a custom-published magazine designed to help farmers (and John Deere) be more successful.
For most of that century-plus, many of the denizens of “sexier,” higher-profile brand marketing firms have looked down at content marketing as one of the lesser “below the line services.’ However, a confluence of powerful factors suggests that all marketers – and their agencies – will be wise to consider how to best marry traditional brand messaging with the informational, educational, entertaining charms of content marketing, online and off. Those factors include, but certainly aren’t limited to: The shift toward search algorithms that favor quality content over SEO manipulation.The growing consumer distrust of traditional, paid advertising and marketing communications.
The opportunity to shift from a forced “push” marketing model to a natural “pull” model, a shift beyond the short-term value of transaction to create the long-term value of trust.“We Are Just At the Beginning of Thinking Differently” >>>> Sensing a sea change at hand, we asked three content leaders and practitioners to give their forecast as to what extent content would finally penetrate brand marketing programs in 2013. Leer más “2013: THE YEAR BRANDING MARRIES CONTENT? BY CHUCK KENT”