26 Jul 2019

How to create campaigns that ‘move’​ people?

How do you create a powerful message or a campaign that lasts? A successful marketing campaign is the one that moves people and resonates with the brand’s target audience deeply.

We often struggle to fathom our target audience but the answer to understanding them lies in the complex amount of data we can gather. Having said that, data is just one piece of the puzzle.

The key to understanding your audience is in using that data to derive meaningful, valuable and actionable insights.

Often the mistake that companies make is to run before they can walk. As soon as a brief is given, teams get into the process of thinking and discussing ‘ideas’ that might work. Of course, sometimes there are terrific ideas that are executed by brands only to be disappointed with the outcome. That’s because those teams were shooting in the dark! Therefore, it’s imperative to analyse data and turn them into actionable insights for it to have a lasting impact on the end consumers.

There are many research and analytics tool that can bring data to life and help marketers with transformative insights. Global web index is one such tool that can be quite useful to collate consumer data.

Data can be easily aggregated into information but turning that information into knowledge and knowledge into insight, requires analytical skills, mindset and a deep understanding of business context.

Did you read what’s there in the image above? Most companies get stuck at this point and hence it’s increasingly becoming important to have people on the team with analytical mind-set who can help develop meaning to the vast amounts of data.

According to a report by Econsultancy55% of marketers say ‘better use of data’ for audience targeting is a priority in 2019. The report is based on a global survey of 12,815 marketing, advertising, ecommerce, creative and IT professionals working for both brands and agencies.

Data driven marketing topped the chart as organisation’s most exciting opportunity followed by optimising consumer experience and creating compelling content for digital experiences.

In my opinion, these three parameters are interconnected. Data leads to insights and with insight comes content personalisation which is key to delivering compelling customer experience and it further leads to creating digital experiences that resonates with the audience.

I’d like to highlight a couple of campaigns that I totally LOVE as they were created keeping the consumer insights at core and the creative thought behind them.

Celebrating ‘HIV Heroes’

Insight: There’s often a myth attached to HIV positive people that it can be transferred by touching.

To counter the stigma attached to the virus that can lead to Aids, an Austrian men’s magazine, Vangardist printed one of it’s editions by using blood from people who are HIV positive.

Yes, you read that RIGHT!!

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Julian Wiehl, the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine said that they wanted to make a statement against the stigma and irrational fears about HIV and HIV-positive people.

“If you hold this magazine in your hands it is like holding somebody who is HIV positive. Nothing can happen, nothing can harm you holding the magazine, and nothing can harm you holding an HIV-positive person.” – Julian Wiehl

The magazine that’s usually published digitally wanted to make a bold statement and break the myth around the virus. Therefore, they launched a hard copy of the magazine – #HIVHeroes, printed using blood donated by three people who were HIV positive mixed with the ink.

For legal reasons, the magazine couldn’t be distributed without a warning and hence it was packaged in a plastic wrapper.

While there were restrictions to how the magazine could be distributed, there weren’t any to the level of creativity the magazine could go to.

By adding a transparent re-sealable wrapper, Vangardist added a stronger communication message for its readers and an additional dilemma, whether to avoid breaking the seal because of fear or to physically take the issue and the cause in their own hands and break the stigma attached to HIV.

A simple insight led to a courageous campaign by the magazine. Isn’t it?

Needless to say, it got everyone talking!!


Always: #LikeAGirl campaign

Insight: Over half of girls quit sports at puberty as a result of a crisis in confidence.

The brand realised they had lost relevance with 16 to 24 year-olds and they wanted to try something unique to make a connect with their target audience. Once they delved deeper into the data, they found that by puberty, majority of girls quit sports due to lack of confidence.

In order to appeal to the younger audience and stop the drop in confidence the girls experienced at puberty, the brand created a campaign to encourage them to keep playing #LikeAGirl.

Indeed a great example of a powerful message crafted creatively with one key insight.

So, are you ready to develop your next big campaign that moves people and creates a lasting impact?



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