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Creative Incubator Marketing TechniquesNBIA ConferenceSan Antonio 2008

Evan M. Jones

Head of Digital & Incubation

@Wales Digital Incubator

Welsh Assembly Government


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Follow the presentation at:

www.atwales.com/NBIA/Marketing.ppt


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Agenda

  • The landscape of new media - Evan Jones

    • Questions… that I’m asking

    • Obsessing about the demographic

    • What is new media, exactly

    • The landscape and examples

    • Questions

  • Applying new techniques to incubator marketing - Jeanette DeDiemar

    • 90-second guide to effective incubator marketing

    • Reaching your target audiences

    • Reality check

    • New media techniques

  • Questions


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Questions

  • Blog

  • Google Earth

  • Bebo


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Who

Know your market

  • TV ad - Lloyds Bank

  • TV ad - Vauxhall Cars

It’salwaysthe demographic that matters…..



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New products

Signposts

New routes & Genres

Extending existing assets

Podcast

Youtube

Google Earth

Wikipedia

Social networking sites

SEO

Second Life

Skypecast

Blogging

RSS Feeds

Wiki

Intranets

The landscape of new media


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New Media Landscape

Mashing

Second Life

Blog

Skypecasting

RSS

Podcasting

Wikis

YouTube

S.E.O

Google Earth Optimising

Bebo

LinkedIn

Facebook

Myspace


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Questions & Comments

Evan M. Jones

Head of Digital & Incubation

Tel +44 (0)29 2044 4777

Cell +44 (0)776 731 7777

Evan.Jones@Wales-UK.com

JDD


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Wiki

  • A wiki is a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content, typically without the need for registration. It also allows for linking among any number of pages. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.

http://www.wikipedia.org/


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Blog

  • A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.

  • Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of most early blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.



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Vlog

  • Video blog is a blog that includes video. Regular entries are typically presented in reverse chronological order and often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata.


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RSS

  • RSS is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated digital content, such as blogs, news feeds or podcasts.

  • Users of RSS content use programs called feed "readers" or "aggregators": the user subscribes to a feed by supplying to his or her reader a link to the feed; the reader can then check the user's subscribed feeds to see if any of those feeds have new content since the last time it checked, and if so, retrieve that content and present it to the user.


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Podcasting

  • A podcast is a media file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. Like 'radio', it can mean both the content and the method of syndication. The latter may also be termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster.

  • The term "podcast" is a portmanteau of the name of Apple's portable music player, the iPod, and broadcast; a pod refers to a container of some sort and the idea of broadcasting to a container or pod correctly describes the process of podcasting. More about the name itself can be found in the History of podcasting article.

  • Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital audio formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically, using software capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom.


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Skypecasting

  • Skypecasts are large, hosted calls on Skype in groups of up to 100 people participating from anywhere in the world.

  • Select a topic and click “Join this Skypecast” speak with other people in the Skypecast, or to listen to the host and ask questions. The Skypecast host passes a virtual microphone to people who want to speak.

  • Hosting your own Skypecast - select a time, and your Skypecast will be listed in the directory for anyone to discover and join.


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Skypecasting

  • Skypecasts are large, hosted calls on Skype. Let your opinion be heard on subjects close to your heart in groups of up to 100 people participating from anywhere in the world.

  • Select a topic and click “Join this Skypecast” speak with other people in the Skypecast, or to listen to the host and ask questions. The Skypecast host passes a virtual microphone to people who want to speak.

  • Skypecasts can be public or private.


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Social Networking

A social network service uses software to build online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.

Myspace

Facebook

LinkedIn


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Search Engine Optimisation

The process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines. SEO can also target different kinds of search, including image search, and industry-specific search engines.

  • Legitimate SEO efforts may involve the site's coding, presentation, and structure, fixing problems that could prevent indexing programs from fully reading a site. May also include adding unique content to a site, ensuring that content is easily indexed by search engine robots, making the site more appealing to users, and improving links to the site.

  • Less legitimate, “spamdexing”, techniques use methods such as link farms, keyword stuffing and hidden text that tend to harm search engine user experience. Search engines look for sites that employ these techniques and may remove them from their indices.


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Mashing & dapping

  • To combine and remix the data and services of unrelated, even competing sites. The result: entirely new offering known as "mash-ups."

  • Example a service that gets movie theaters details in your zip code. All you have to do is dapp Yahoo Theaters, and voila, you have a web service API for Yahoo theaters, which can be accessed with any zip code and returns the relevant data in a format of your choice (XML, HTML, RSS, Google Map, etc.).


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Web references used in presentation

Second Life and Second Life Grid

  • http://secondlife.com/

  • http://secondlifegrid.net/

  • http://secondlifegrid.net/why

    RSS Guide and links

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/aboutus/2007/12/000000_about_rss.shtml

    Search Engine Optimisation blog

  • http://www.seomoz.org/

    Wiki

  • http://www.wikipedia.org/

    Social Networking Sites

  • http://www.bebo.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/


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Creative Incubator Marketing Techniques(part 2)

Dr Jeanette De Diemar

Wednesday May 7, 2008


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What are we talking about?

Marketing is not the art of finding clever ways to dispose of what you make. It is the art of creating genuine customer value. 

                                      - Philip Kotler


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90-second guide to effective incubator marketing

  • Do you have a unique, memorable identity for the incubator?

  • Do you have an effective website?

    • Easy navigation for more information, contact, ask a question

    • Promotional package information

  • Do you have a promotional package

    • Incubator history

    • List of products and services

    • Current client case studies

    • Graduate testimonials

    • References, partners, sponsors

    • News releases

    • Online accessibility to more information

    • Application process and packet

    • Fast facts


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90-second guide to effective incubator marketing

  • Do you have a plan to generate new leads?

  • Do you have a marketing plan?

    • Supports the incubator’s business plan

    • Goals and tactics for

      • New clients

      • Retention

      • Partners

      • Measuring effectiveness, success


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Strategy: message pillars

  • Multiple channels

  • Create stability

  • Focus on the practical


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Four main pillars

  • Blogs

  • Podcasts

  • Social networks

  • Online video


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Simply put … ‘synergy’

channels

channels

channels

channels


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Internet art

Video games

Virtual worlds

Multi-media

Websites

Brochure-ware

Blogs, wikis

Email and attachments

Electronic kiosks

Interactive TV

Mobile devices

Podcasting

Hypertext fiction

Graphical User Interfaces

Web 2.0

iWorld

New media


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Navigate through the maze

  • Prioritize social media outlets in light of your overall public relations strategy

  • Target the right outlets to focus your efforts on the most relevant, important social media

  • Engage in the dialogue intelligently and constructively

  • Monitor and analyze results to adjust to new issues and add back to the conversation

From us.cision.com


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Standard ‘engagement’ metrics:What’s relevant for your incubator?

  • Unique visitors

  • Page views per visitor

  • Time spent on your site

  • Total time spent per user

  • Frequency of visits

  • Depth of visit

  • Conversions

Source: Search Engine Journal, Michael Brito, July 30, 2007


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Social media metrics

  • Content consumption

  • Content contribution

  • Social bookmarking

  • Subscription to RSS feed

  • Emailing posts

  • Who is talking about you

  • Profile engagement

Source: Search Engine Journal, Michael Brito, July 30, 2007



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Incubator marketing tools

Quick Poll Results*

Incubator managers: Which of these is the primary way you market your program?


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Profile raising

  • Marketing tactics that are

  • Low cost

  • Low risk

  • Great ROI


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Online stories with potential

  • Will it move the market?

  • Innovation: Is it new, unique?

  • Impact: Individual, market

  • Drama or controversy

  • Good visuals: Compelling video!

  • Human angle


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Wisdom 101

If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying "Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday," that's advertising. If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that's promotion. If the elephant walks through the mayor's flower bed, that's publicity. And if you get the mayor to laugh about it, that's public relations. If the town's citizens go the circus, you show them the many entertainment booths, explain how much fun they'll have spending money at the booths, answer their questions and ultimately, they spend a lot at the circus, that's sales.

- Unknown

www.MuseumMarketingTips.com


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SEO – Long-term benefits

  • Quick fix solutions like Google Adwords® are effective for immediate increase in traffic

  • However, these techniques often quickly become very expensive

  • Improving organic search engine results (natural search engine results) can help keep long-term online marketing costs down

  • Improve organic rankings via a combination of SEO (onsite modifications) and search engine marketing (off site marketing e.g. online press releases linking to your site, joining business directories, etc)


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CASE STUDY

‘Colourmyworld.com’

CASE STUDY

  • IMC Solution

    • High profile advert campaign encouraging public to create unique mosaic using m&ms

    • Capture finished artwork on camera phones & upload to ‘colour my world’ website

    • Public voted for favourite image

    • Also vote for favourite m&m colour & click through to m&m main website

  • Objectives

    • Support new product packaging

    • Increase sales during promotion

    • Increase brand awareness w/in youth


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CASE STUDY

Case study:‘Colourmyworld.com’

CASE STUDY


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CASE STUDY

CASE STUDY

‘Colourmyworld.com’*

CASE STUDY

  • Results

    • Most successful integrated global picture messaging campaign

    • Massive increase in sales driven by 10K+ unique entries during 8 weeks

    • Consumers purchased (some designs used 15K+)

    • Iconic images, brand awareness across youth market

    • 2nd promotion for late 2006 using 3G

* Masterfoods, The Hyperfactory: defining mobile space, 2006


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Case studies: websites

http://www.cambridgeincubator.com/

http://www.fortcollinsincubator.org/

http://www.incubator.ucf.edu/index.html



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Establish the brand:

Create the proposition

(Regional, national, international)

Cultivate & leverage relationships (External & Internal)

Perception analysis

Develop sector

champion stance, key messaging

(Across organization, incubator & key stakeholders)

Assess resources (research, budget)

Create benchmarks

Augment brand, deploy collateral, segment collateral

Draft 3-5 yr strategy:

Analyze trends,

growth, research,

sector trends


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Evaluating progress, effectiveness

  • Set a timeline

  • Establish benchmarks

    • In line with business plan

    • In line with marketing plan

    • Budget

  • Monitor

    • Awareness

    • Take-up on resources, services, etc

    • Media placement

    • Internet


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Helpful resources

www.benton.org/

www.techsoup.org

www.networkforgood.org/

foundation.verizon.com/resourcecenter/tech.shtml


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WOM: “Word of Mouth”

  • Not just about the message reaching the greatest number rather …

  • How many pass the message on to others

  • Relies on finding, reaching and empowering the “influencers” or opinion leaders to spread the word

  • Create an excitement and a desire to pass the information on


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Viral marketing

  • Focused on any strategy that encourages individuals to pass on a message to others

  • Creates the potential for continued and exponential growth in exposure and influence



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Viral marketing: 6 principles*

  • Give-aways of products or services

  • Easy transfer of message to others

  • Easy scalability from small to many

  • Exploits common motivators, behaviors

  • Uses existing communication networks

  • Leverages others’ resources

* From the Six Simple Principles of Viral Marketing, Wilsonweb.com


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New media marketing (viral)

http://jaime.hunt.whatareyoupursuing.org/flashstory.asp


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YouTube

AOL (Uncut video)

MySpace

MSN Video

Daily Motion (Europe)

PhotoBucket

Veoh

MetaCafe

Mutliply

Imeem

Break

Esnips

BuzzNet

Live Vieo

Heavy

Brightcove

Top 45 video sharing sites

* From Top 45 Vieso Sharing Sites Where You Can Publish Your Video, Wilsonweb.com


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Video sharing services

  • Typically, revenue generated via advertising: you don’t pay a hosting fee

  • Advantage: potential to place video in front of 1000s

  • Upload: include list of “tags” (video, audio, blogs and web pages)

  • TubeMogul: currently free service that tracks 13 to partner sharing sites


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Video sharing: downside

  • Product less sophisticated: influenced by file size (Flash Video format: FLV)

  • Less control of display format and screen size

  • Many businesses avoid video sharing sites

  • Video hosting services


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Incubators on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFgerkhe4Bw


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Widgets/Blidgets: extend brand reach

  • Since June 2007, 239 million widgets were used by internet users in the USA

  • Likeable widget will be downloaded and passed on … extends the reach

  • Widget galleries:


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Widgets/Blidgets: extend brand reach

  • With many sites, you can borrow, remix or modify

  • Countdown clock for an event, podcast, announcement

  • Shareable medium that is trackable

* From Fidget with Widgets and Extend your Brand’s Reach Amanda Watlington, Wilsonweb.com


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Effective techniques to tell the story

  • 24/7, global, instantaneous

  • Simplicity

  • Range of choices

  • Compelling angles

  • “The medium is the message”

  • Challenges


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Using the technology

  • Html newsletter or interactive updates

  • Sending attachments that support the message

  • Forum, discussion

  • Links to related sites, resources, products, partners, sponsors, research

  • Opportunity for interactivity

    • Sign “guest book”

    • Sign up for follow-up for updates

    • Offer incentives (e.g. mug, t-shirt, drawing, service voucher, discount)

  • Audio and video to engage audiences

    • Illustrate idea, product, message


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Banner advertising

  • What makes an effective banner ad?

  • How much will it cost me?

  • Is this the right channel to reach my targets?

http://www.score.org/eb_1.html


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Banner advertising

  • Economical, cost effective

  • Increase exposure and traffic

  • Banner exchange, network

  • Downside:

    • Change frequently

    • Looses effectiveness after third viewing

Source Emarketing Association


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Banner ads 101

  • Target specific audiences

  • Keep the message simple

  • Compelling graphic simple

  • Build a tracking strategy


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Examples

  • Virtual business plan competition

  • Virtual business support

  • Online application process


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Email

  • Understand and practice “etiquette”

  • Leverage existing lists

  • Cultivate new contacts


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A few “quick wins”

  • Be concise and to the point

  • Be patient

  • Be respectful of deadlines

  • Send news ahead of time

  • Schedule “follow-up” phone calls

  • Include all relevant contact information regardless of medium

  • Post release on your incubator website


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Social media metrics 101

  • Push sales

  • Drive engagement

  • Increase awareness

  • Assign a “value” to your metrics

Source: Measuring social media marketing: It’s easier than you thnk!, Michael Brito, Yahoo!


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Social media metrics 101

  • Content consumption

  • Content contribution

  • Social bookmarking

  • Subscribing to RSS (really simple syndication) feed

  • Emailing posts

  • Who is “talking about you”

  • Profile engagement

Source: Measuring social media marketing: It’s easier than you think!, Michael Brito, Yahoo!


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Podcasting made simple

  • Know your audience/target market

  • Be organized in the messaging that is to be delivered

  • Create notes and an outline to keep the show on topic.

  • Edit podcast show appropriately for content, quality, length

  • Deliver valuable, informative, engaging, and entertaining content – unique topics

  • Provide notes for listeners pre-broadcast and live

  • Use proper tagging of Metadata (additional embedded info that assists software in storing, finding)

  • Optimum: 30 minutes

  • Keep URL simple and relevant

Source:


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Podcasting made simple

  • Interview clients

  • Convey success stories

  • Interview other thought leaders

  • Expose business trends

  • Become a trusted advisor

  • Source of valuable information

  • Results

    • Produce additional clients

    • Enhance reputation within a specific community

    • Extend your valuable brand perception with customers and prospects

    • Influence lead generation

Source:



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Choosing the channel

  • Who is the target audience?

  • Which medium (channel) or media will reach your target?

  • How do you reach your source?

    • Cultivate relationships

    • Don’t give up

    • Be courteous, understanding




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host a blog

case

studies

website

workshops

graduations

event

sponsorship

online

services

editorial

visits

service vouchers

speaker

opportunities

networking

events

specialty

services

Affordable tools

virtual services

fast facts

co-sponsorships


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Overcome “banner blindness”

http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/banner-blindness-gets-creative6345657.html




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Take-aways

  • Right channel to reach your target

  • Conversion and take-up is the focus

  • Research “best practices”

  • Just because the technology is there, doesn’t mean it is the right tool for your audience

  • Limited budget: choose one or two technologies that are:

    • Support business goals of the incubator

    • Measurable for effectiveness

    • Support your message(s)


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Creative Incubator Marketing TechniquesQuestions/Discussion

Dr Jeanette DeDiemar

jdediemar2@yahoo.com

dediemarj@uwosh.edu


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