Paul Kostial, Author at Audience Innovation®

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2018-11-21 Paul Kostial

Making a great first impression with a product or service is essential when launching a new business. While your product or service may serve a real need, it is difficult to generate sales and interest without visually appealing marketing. Amplifying your visual marketing helps to boost revenue while building your company’s brand both online and locally. With the right marketing techniques, you can extend your product’s appeal to any target audience you want to reach.

The Importance of a Logo

A well-crafted logo is key for a successful brand. When individuals are able to identify your logo immediately upon viewing it, you have done something right. Top brands and companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even Starbucks have all mastered the art of a well-designed logo, making it easy to identify their products and services anywhere.

Avoid designing a logo that is too busy or complicated. Instead, use less than three colors when first developing your logo for your website and product packaging. Consider the type of design you want to implement in your logo and whether typography, iconography, or illustration works best for your intended audience.

Color Psychology

Understanding color psychology is highly recommended when launching a new product or developing branding for a business. Colors cause individuals to respond in different ways and, in some cases, motivate shoppers to make a purchase. Some of the most common ways color psychology is used in business today include:

  • Red: Red is a show-stopping color that draws attention and is often used in makeup, clothing, and vehicle ads. Red is useful when promoting sales, discounts, or freebies as it has the ability to instantly catch the attention of shoppers.
  • Orange: Orange is a neutral color that represents creativity and uniqueness. Orange is often used in online communities, local groups, and non-profit organizations.
  • Yellow: Yellow is a friendly color that encourages communication, friendship, and positive energy. Yellow is most common among children’s toys and brands with a carefree vibe.
  • Green: Green is used to promote wealth and represent banking institutions. The color green often revolves around money, eco-friendly brands, and outdoor products.
  • Blue: Blue is a standard color used with corporations and social networks. Blue signifies trust, communication, and professionalism.
  • Purple: Purple is the color of royalty and appears smooth, sleek, and elegant. Purple is ideal for high-end brands and companies that want to convey a modern message.
  • Brown: Brown is calm, subtle, and promotes eco-friendly products and those with a modern or grounded appeal.
  • Black and white: Using black and white is optimal if your brand is modern, chic, and minimalistic. The use of black and white is ideal for products that are simple or for brands that want to stand out from the competition.

Source: The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding | Entrepreneur

Product Packaging

Visual appeal is crucial when it comes to packaging, especially when you operate in an industry that is saturated or highly competitive. Packaging should catch the eye of your customers and draw them in to learn more about your product. Avoid creating packaging that is dull or not relevant to your product. Research successful products in your market and study the packaging, logo, and types of messages used on the packaging to attract buyers. Consider the material used for your packaging and whether it is important to choose an eco-friendly solution or a colorful, robust, and complex package design.

Source: 5 Modern Package Design Trends for 2018 and Beyond | Jansy

Graphics, Photography, and Video Media

Choose a visual aesthetic that works best with your intended audience and demographic. Research competing businesses and brands that are successful in your industry to compare logos and visual campaigns. Launch AB tests using ad platforms with different styles of graphics, photography, and even videos or animations. Knowing how to effectively communicate with your followers and prospective customers is essential to create effective visual marketing campaigns that generate interest and revenue in your business. Depending on where your audience is located, it may also be effective to send out a variety of mailers. While they are less common in marketing, there is something about a tangible product that can help your brand stand out in a potential customer’s memory.

Source: Digital Printing Fit of the Digital Age | B Squared

Car Wraps and Signage

Car wraps and signage are additional tools used to boost visual marketing while maximizing your exposure locally and offline. When creating signage and car wraps, implement the same logo and overall design aesthetic used in your product’s packaging and your company’s main logo. Use similar typography and messaging techniques to integrate your branding across all mediums you choose to visually promote your products and services.

Integrate with your Web Presence

Simply having great branding isn’t enough. You need to get it out there where prospective customers will see it. Make use of diverse web tools and strategies to ensure that your business’s branding reaches the right customers. Place your branding on social media, in digital advertisements, and everywhere else. You’ll get a much larger response as a result.

Amplifying your visual marketing is much easier once you have chosen a logo and aesthetic for your company that is engaging and relevant. With the right tweaks, you can ensure your visual marketing is successful. Begin launching local and online campaigns to increase exposure and the amount of revenue you are able to generate.


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2018-10-13 Paul Kostial

Building a successful business in any market requires an ambitious marketing team and a strategy that works for you. When expanding your business, you need to be able to trust your marketing team to maximize your reach without overspending or launching campaigns that do not resonate with your target audience. Knowing how to determine the effectiveness of your current marketing team is essential before launching massive campaigns and investing financially in ad spending.

Evaluate if Your Marketing Team is Pulling in Enough Leads

Hold weekly or bi-weekly conferences and meetings with your marketing team to ensure you are moving forward with plans and to avoid wasting time or your investment. Inquire about their marketing plans and ask why they have chosen the methods they prefer. Consider your audience and the way they are most likely to find your website or online presence. Does your audience browse using their mobile phones? Are your prospective customers interested in a newsletter subscription, or do they discover new offers and promotions via social media platforms such as Facebook? A great marketing team is able to relay necessary information to you while highlighting what is likely to work best for your followers and consumers simultaneously.

Resource: How to Build a High Performance Marketing Team

Monitor Metrics to Evaluate Marketing Campaign Performance

The most important metrics to monitor with a marketing team include conversions, email opens, and click-through rates on your website, advertisements, and email newsletters sent. Monitoring the metrics of individual campaigns your team launches provides valuable insight into what messaging, subject lines, and promotional copy work best for your target demographic.

Resource: How to Measure the Effectiveness of Marketing Campaigns

Improve Your Business’ Marketing Game

Keeping track of your marketing team’s progress is extremely important to remain on track with any goals you have set in place. Ask important questions and hold your marketing team accountable. There are a few ways to improve your company’s marketing game by setting requirements from your marketing team such as:

  • Set a budget in place for ad campaigns on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Request visual reports weekly for each campaign and ad you launch using social media and third-party sites.
  • Use A/B testing on each campaign you launch for a more precise metric report while reviewing effectiveness.

Resource: 6 Contrarian Questions to Ask When Hiring a Marketing Agency

When you understand what a good marketing team entails, ensure your own marketing team meets your standards and delivers on their promises. With the right marketing team by your side, expand your business while boosting loyalty, trust, and commitment from your prospective customers.

When managing a marketing campaign, sometimes you need some extra help and guidance. That’s where we come in. Our campaigns range from business to business because we fit our campaigns to your needs. Check out what campaigns we have to offer and see which is best for you and your business! Businesses who have used our services have seen up to 341% ROI because of our campaigns! Get in contact with us, and let’s see what we can create together!


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2018-08-11 Paul Kostial

• People often ask how we get such amazing results for our client’s most vital targets?

• With tangible touch point platforms, and though it may sound a bit obtuse, direct marketing results are proven impressive, even more today.

• Tangible touch points are more effective today, now more ever than before, and there’s good reason for it.

 

Here’s some details, and target examples …

Though it may seem a bit counter-intuitive, it’s rather easy – the targeting tactics work well, and better than ever before.

Adept marketers frequently use our solutions for many targets, and this spans everything from thought leadership platforms, sales assets, multi-touch prospecting platforms, affluent marketing, trade shows and conventions, pharma point-of-care, and more precise databases.

 

 

Yes, it may seem a bit obtuse – people will often put so much emphasis on the magazine (like inside book advertising), they forget it’s really direct marketing. Thus, it’s never about the magazine – it’s always about the target, exactly precise targets.

The magazine is only a simple delivery device, the envelope that gets vital messages in your target’s hands. And, for good reason, the magazine is also why your ‘envelope’ is warmly received, appreciated. People like to be recognized – it’s very basic Psychology 101 – human psychology works.

It’s a Trojan horse, and very reliable marketing … a valued tactic that delivers ongoing messages directly into the hands of the exact customers and prospects (targets) you care about reaching the most, those you want to cultivate most.

It’s not a ‘mass’ medium – it’s all about the exact placement, any niche target, and content that matters, i.e. appreciating relationships you value in business, for acquisition and retention, both short-term and long-term growth goals.

 

 

Yes, for any target you can fathom, you literally deliver your custom messages placed on the covers of high-value magazines and, then deliver your call-to-action content, even for direct-to-digital platforms. And, you do so reaching them in-home, in-office, or in any collection of geo/demo retail locations or doctor’s offices. It’s precise, and compelling.

It’s bold, precise, and visually compelling – and invokes an emotional connection, visceral response. And, … it’s very much appreciated, which causes greater interaction.

These campaigns deliver reliable results, and sales teams who’ve used cover wrap assets LOVE their campaigns, always.

Our best prospect is a Sales Director, as he/she understands the pain-points of reaching vital targets, which is very difficult these days. It delivers valued touch points.

OUR BEST TARGETS: B2B & CXO, AFFLUENT, PHARMA, RETAIL & SMALL BUSINESS

Q: How often do your customers say ‘thank you’ for blasting them on social media? … A: Uhhh, likely never. Never.

– CMO, F500 Tech Provider

“OVERWHELM is not the best path to improved customer targeting, at least the kind that delivers smart results.”

With value-added precise database targeting, our client’s targets appreciate them for including them, and they say thank you – thank you – THANK YOU!!

And in waiting areas, customers appreciate the info shared in close proximity to their dentist, veterinarian, doctor, barber, hair stylist, i.e. any secondary influencers for the products or services you’re promoting – geo/demo targets, and local targets.

It may sound complex yet, essentially, it’s a very simple process … we deliver it for you turnkey, and do the heavy-lifting for our client, and agency and magazine partners – it’s a well-constructed and sequenced plan.

For smartest messaging, we recommend a human ‘message’ be included, a personal ‘letter’ from one of your key executives, your CEO or other leaders, influencers – it’s the human ‘voice’ of the company, i.e. a human-to-human connection, which is even more powerful today, especially amidst digital fatigue.  It cuts through the clutter.

Your custom cover wrap content is also consumed more consciously, and for longer periods of time (vs. digital), for example. It’s the gift that keeps on giving … and it’s why people appreciate it so much, chosen for VIP customer status.

It’s relationship-building at the core, very effective to develop long-term loyalty, valued customer sales, and to engage your targets online.

The value of ‘co-branded’ content cannot be underestimated – it literally lifts your brand via the association, and your multi-page cover units are visually stimulating. Thus, they cause a natural inclination to engage the info shared. They feel special, and 80% readership is a expected, proven with many audience types – consumer and business.

Smart Bridge-to-Digital via NFC Tags or Video Content

You can now digitally ‘tag’ cover wraps with devices like NFC, Digimarc, video, buzz cards, and creative units like gatefolds, textured printing, variable printing, and pullouts too. It’s kinda like, what’s old-is-new-again, but with the newest interactive innovations added as well.

 

 

It’s simple. Your messages stand out, far above your competition. You get noticed and, you’ll cut-the-clutter of digital overwhelm too, causing relationship value.

Those who receive your special issues are first notified via an announcement letter or card, i.e. “please enjoy receiving Fast Company magazine” … for example. Your gesture stands out, gets noticed, and delivers an ongoing series of productive touch points, which builds interest, loyalty, reciprocity and sales.

 

As an example, a tech client recently targeted 2,000+ high-level CIOs, all of whom were enterprise or channel targets. Within only 6 months of this campaign starting, the client reported a 56% engagement, compared with their digital engagement stats, which was considerably less potent and more costly per event.

Their sales force was elated, got the bounce they needed and, they renewed their next year six months earlier than needed, simply to lock inventory with magazine partner.

It worked well, and they’ve continued for 3 consecutive years, and they will renew, due to proven reliable results.

We also build retail platforms in any footprint of geo/demo targeting, i.e. spas, hair and nail salons, auto dealers, tattoo parlors, country clubs, athletic facilities, coffee shops, and any of 200+ location types – each chosen by exact geo/demo radius, demos, address, zips, etc.

 

15 Examples of Highly-Targeted Magazine Cover Wrap Campaigns

Let us know if you’d like to learn more, or get targeting ideas for your planning.

When the targeting objectives fit, there’s nothing like the precision of magazine coverwrap campaigns to deliver smart results. It’s a direct marketing tactic that’s often misunderstood and, we hope to assist your biggest ideas – 888.241.6634,719.

If you’d like to learn by phone, we promise – your time will be valued and, at least, you’ll know more about effective direct targeted marketing tactics, and options.

Understanding the full potential of these options is smart, for all marketers today (even digital marketers) and, especially when used tactically as shared above.

When engaged for proper targets, with powerful messaging sequenced over time – that’s how we deliver the valued client results we deliver consistently over time.

Please reach out if you’d like more info, new ideas, or to chat with one of our 40 client leaders. They are adept with the most-valued and productive targeting. We’ll first want to understand your targets better, and goals, and will provide options (unless it’s not a fit, and we’ll let you know that too).

https://audienceinnovation.com

• Paul C. Kostial • 888.241.6634,719

paul.kostial@audienceinnovation.com


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2018-07-04 Paul Kostial

We’re featured in this article about these campaigns, “Put a Wrap On It” … just released today by a well-known blogger on the publishing industry.

As a side note, we deliver assets for both magazine partners and our clients, as we serve both ends of this spectrum.

And, the results for both are an ecstatic win/win, as cliche as that may sound.

Feel free to reach out if you have questions. And, Happy 4th of July to each of you ????????????

by Dead Tree Edition, PubExec Magazine – July 2018

https://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2018/07/put-wrap-on-it-as-magazine-ads-dwindle.html?m=1

 

 

FOR CONTACT:  Paul C. Kostial, President – www.audienceinnovation.com

paul.kostial@audienceinnovation.com – 888.241.6634,719

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