What Mascots do to your business?

There is absolutely no new way to gain popularity or market your business in any another manner. But even with traditional way of marketing, there are brands, which have become popular in short span of time in the adept way. There are actually many different ways how a brand gets known to its potential customers. Endorsements, question-answer campaigns, facts and info graphics or the most effective way that has proven till date to be great is innovating a mascot. An appropriate and well-designed mascot can swiftly amplify your brand and become your best marketing tool. It acts upon your social media connect as well. Therefore, all you need to do is work on your mascot, and have a imperative advertising campaign for a long period. However, it does not mean you have to put all your marketing resources single-handedly on this particular marketing tool.

What are Mascots?

Mascots are playful beings that exclusively communicate your brand values and your brand insights. They are the brand endorsers that unite your T.G. into one league. If you have a diversified demographics working along the brand, mascot is the best way where you can unite all your communication how much ever it may seem irrelevant. Mascots resonate with your target audience, inspire to stir up a conversation and engage in the community; Thus benefiting the brand essentially.

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How effective are mascots?

Studies show mascots engage more appropriately than any brand endorsement tool. If we went to compare celebrity endorsement against mascots, undoubtedly mascots will be an effective tool which is left unhampered with any negative publicity. Exploring the Social Media, engaging content is the daddy of all. Reports depict while celebrity endorses increased the sale 3.19%, mascots have contributed to the rise in sales upto 24.17%. Also, significantly the maintenance expenditure and publicity valuation is very low for brand mascot. (Statistics taken from an excerpt in business2community.com)

How do you choose brand amplifying mascot?

Engage with your customers at periodic basis. Sometimes mascots choose themselves for the brand unlike any other marketing tool. Listen to what your audience want you to know and let your mascot take care of it. This will add to your brand buzz and boost the proportion of share ability. If your brand is relatively new, study your audience carefully and decide what should be attitude of your communication. This will enhance your decision for the mascot. Also keep in mind this will be the face of your brand permanently or at least for a long time. Therefore, choose your mascot accordingly. Let him grow as your brand grows. Some of the very effective mascots have outgrown their brands in the journey. Eg: Amul, Pillsbury, MRF and many such.

Another important thing needed for the mascot to be an effective tool is consistency. Keep in mind that your brand is partly recognised or will be recognised by your mascot. Therefore, it cannot be absent and appear suddenly. Make your campaigns mascot centric and you will be free of inconsistency.

How else does it work for your brand?

Other than creating a brand buzz for you, a mascot works more in converting your customers to being habitual to your brand. Take the example of Amul, even though many new brands have attacked the market, people still tend to prefer Amul. Moreover, the trends and the current topics have made people pronounce the brand name as an independent product name. This is another game changing initiative which has been enhanced by the mascot marketing tool.

Unpopular Mascots

Communicating a brand personality is a key objective of your mascot. In an effort to develop a friendly, relatable mascot, many brands lose sight of what a mascot is intended to do—establish a brand promise and embody the brand’s personality. When there is no brand promise present in a mascot, it loses its effectiveness as a brand representative. So, to avoid this disconnect, it’s important to collaborate with a creative team who can help you develop a mascot that accurately depicts your brand. A perfect example is Noid (Dominos Pizza) that prominently focused on a negative message communication. This approach hampered the brand in many ways resulting which the mascot had to be exited forever. (Excerpt taken from factscodesign.com)

Facebooks Ads have become the Advertisers Favorite

With the enormous changes in our lifestyles there has been a shift in change in the products & services that we use. Since the product & its marketing go hand in hand, there are diverse ways in which one can actually market a product now. Brands these days prefer more digital adverts than the conventional print or outdoor ads. Digital ads reach the target group more since people spend maximum time of their day on the internet via various medians like phones, tabs, iPads & computers.

Facebook is one such social media platform where one can advertise its product successfully.
Did you know?

•   Worldwide, there are over 1.71 billion monthly active Facebook users
•   Daily active users on Facebook are 1.13 billion people
•   There are 1.57 billion mobile active users
•   Five new profiles are created every second
•   Every 60 seconds on Facebook 510 comments are posted, 293,000 statuses are updated, and 136,000 photos are uploaded.
Source (https://zephoria.com/top-15-valuable-facebook-statistics/)

Facebook is the single platform where one can reach its target audience fastest due to its multipying number of active users. Three most effective placements of the adverts are the Desktop Newsfeed, Mobile Newsfeed and Right Hand Side Feeds (viewed on the right hand side of your Facebook screen). With Facebook Adverts, one can actually select the audiences by their location, age, interests and more. This makes your adverts more relevant for the people who see them, and brings you real results. Additionally, along with your advert one can get directions to your shop, download your app, view your videos, add an item to a shopping basket or take another action on your website.

How to create an effective Facebook Ad?

At OPTIMIST BRAND DESIGN we follow the below mentioned guidelines to create effective & successful Facebook Adverts for our clients.

The two most important element of any Ad are its Content & it’s Design

•   Ads with minimum content have the highest reach
•   Write content that is easily readable & to the point
•   Include offers in the content & highlight it
•   Always have a Call – to – action to your advert
•   Use one single high quality image that describes your product.
•   Use text & font styles that go with the image that relates to your target audience

A good advertisement is the one with perfect combination of content design. To make it more convenient, Facebook lets you set a daily budget for your Ad also lets you measure its performance. Understanding your target audiences and their preferences is the primary way in which one can create a effective Facebook Ad.

For faster conversions try Inbound Marketing

In today time when anybody thinks of buying a house they don’t just go to the sales office of the project directly after seeing fancy hoardings or newspaper ads of Bollywood stars promoting the project. Purchasing a house is a big decision. Especially in today’s time when home prices are soaring into the sky.

When anyone decides to buy a house & if any realty project ad appeals to the person they would first RESEARCH. Ideally first go to Google, type the project name then check their website, social media pages, and their reviews. The research doesn’t end there. Check other projects in the desired area & its vicinity. Check & compare rates, reviews that are given by existing users.

This actually means that even the realty project owners have to keep themselves updated on the digital platforms to catch buyers there. Having a neat, informative website is very important. The website actually gives the first impression about any company or brand. But let’s face it, with tones of websites being available on the internet how will it actually catch the right website you’re looking for. There may be so many of realty projects with the same name.

In the digital world where almost all brands are registered on the internet, your brand needs a voice & that’s where Inbound Marketing comes in.

What is Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing is the promotion of a company or other organization through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, newsletters, SEO, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing which serve to attract customers through the different stages of the purchase funnel. The basis of inbound marketing is CONTENT.

Inbound Marketing ensures you reach the right audience with the right content at the right time & on right platform. It is strategically placing the right content on the internet to catch the audiences by studying the audience psychology.
For example : When I am looking for a house in Koregaon Park, I will go to the internet & type Best Realty Project in Koregaon Park & check the first link that comes in the results and if I have time then check some other links below it. People don’t even bother to check page 2, 3 and so on.

At Optimist Brand Design we make strategies that would lead your business to the first page where it would catch the eye of the audience instantly

Our Inbound Marketing strategy includes:

  • Website/ Landing Page optimized for search engines
  • Blogs – optimized for search engines
  • Social media
  • Articles
  • Mailers
  • Videos
  • Newsletters
  • Case studies etc

Ofcourse, outbound & inbound advertising go hand –in- hand. Outbound marketing gives that little push for conversions. We cannot completely ignore it. But Inbound Marketing creates the actual impact & helps majorly in conversions.

For more information on our Inbound Marketing Services, check http://optimist.co.in/digitalmedia.html

The Logo Designing Theory

A Logo is a combination on text & graphic that represents the identity of your company.  It creates a visual symbol that becomes the face of your business. It is how your business is recognized & reflects your businesses personality.  It is very difficult to go in the market without a logo.  In simple language logo is a mental shortcut to the product or company.

Imagine brand names like Microsoft, Amazon, Zara, Ola or McDonalds, KFC & Subway. When you were reading these names you could actually mentally visualize their logos. That’s the power of a logo & that’s the effect a good, powerful logo has on people.

At Optimist Brand Design we have created some really powerful & good logos for some of our revered clients.
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When a client has a logo to be designed, we follow a concrete strategy that leads to an effective logo design. It includes understanding the clients business, research, development, feedback & final changes.
1. Understanding the client’s product & its nature: We have one on one meeting or telephonic conversation with the client & understand their business & why they need a logo. The basis of any logo design is to understand WHY the logo is needed or WHAT is the nature of business?

2. Research: Once we get a fair idea of what the client actually wants, we further go ahead and research more about the company & its competitors in the market.

3. Inspirations & Sketching: Then we check for some online references like online logo galleries. Our designers love to check the latest trends in the design industry & keep themselves updated. Basic scribbles & sketches on paper of the first look of the logo is made.

4. Professional Implementation: Once these scribble gets a green signal from our Creative Director the logo is then made professionally in Adobe Illustrator which a professional designing tool used by all designers. Different versions of the logo are made like white, black & colorful. Using various backgrounds, shapes & lines.

5. Client Feedback: After creating different versions the logo is sent to the client for its feedback. 85% times they love & agree what we design for them. They select the best out of the options we present to them.

6. Final revisions: Incase there are any changes to be made in the design we revise the design & deliver the final logo design to the client. A mockup is created by placing the logo on various stationeries & advertising material for the client to have a better understanding as to how the logo will look.

To know more about our Logo Designing Program, check http://www.optimist.co.in/logo.html

Social Media is the Boss

Year 2016 has seen a lot of progress on the social media front. Social media trends are catching up like never before & it is becoming one of the best mediums to advertise brands to the world.  The greatest perk of social media marketing is that it bridges the gap between the customers & the brands.  People no longer wait to see the newspaper or television ads about their favorite brands but keep themselves updated on social media by following the brands.
2016 seems to be an exciting year for social marketers as there is some constant upgradation happening on the front. There some new & ongoing trends every marketer should keep an eye on

Live Streaming Video:

Offline events can be enjoyed easily by this social trend which is a boon in today’s time. We can view & enjoy streaming of live videos on various social media platforms now. Consumers now can have faster access to events by logging on Social Media in real time.  Miss Malini, one of India famous bloggers took to this trend and had unbelievable viewers to her videos.

 

Social Trading:

Since people spend maximum amount of time on the internet, brands catch their target audience by advertising on social media.  Maximum brands have introduced their individual retail website where the consumers can have a look at the latest collections. According to a recent survey, brand promotions done on social platforms have more conversions than traditional media.  Statistics in 2015 show:

  • Facebook introduced more ads than any other social platform
  • Youtube being a close competitor of Facebook added more ads in numbers which are visually very impactful
  • Twitters direct Buy button  still used immensely
  • Instragram rolled out its action oriented ad format
  • Pinterest now has buyable pins

Real Time Engagement:

Living upto customer expectations on social media is becoming a task for the brands. Social media keeps customers always connected & customers demand quick and easy solutions in real time.  Consumers are more likely to complain on social media than go with age old company complaint policy. In 2015, consumers complained about brands 879 million times . 70% of Twitter users expect a response from brands they reach out to, and 53% want a response in less than an hour.

What if the brands don’t reply to? They lose customer loyalty. 2016 has tools for faster responses like social listening & automation tools.  Social Media is fast moving & so is your business expected to.

Search Engine Optimization ( SEO) :

With all the technology & internet trends catching up, Content is still the King.  Businesses now stress more on content strategies & advertising which has more organic content.  Reaching out to the audiences with the correct content is the real challenge.  Also having the right SEO ranking is very important.  According to Google maximum number of people do not even read the search results Page 2 onwards. 33 % of the traffic go for the first listed item from Google’s organic search.

Get, Set…. Click: In the Fascinating lands of Pachgani

Summers bring out the tourists in everybody. As the temperature rises, the energy level of people keeps on increasing. But when June creeps in, the whopping rush of getting children back and running into school is always on priority. They say, every job has holiday except for Moms; we move on and paraphrase it to every job has a holiday except for parenthood. Worrying for a child to get good grades, good school and good education is the goal of each parent. Assuming you have the knowledge of expensive structure at any school. An exception to this is Dnyandeep English medium School and Hostel. The infrastructure and the location of the school make it on a different facade. Amidst the Pachgani hostels and Wai town, DEMS promises an atmosphere of sports, environment and complete attainment to proactive education and with exclusive reasonable fees.
The promising students and picturesque environment called for school photography project. Our photographer and art director captured scenes and images that celebrated the spirit of schooling beautifully. Every classroom, every child, every staff co-operated with extra enthusiasm. The hostel, the mess and the grounds made us go back into the times of our school days.

 

Having digitally active target audience, we promoted DEMS in a traditional way with the turn of events into the digital world. The challenge was grabbing the attention of the tourists travelling into the summer hotness while their enjoyment lasted. Hence, we started up with outdoor branding. Gradually people gave way and we were well off on our social platform. The main objective of the campaign was educating the parents about a school with all major resources few kilometres away. So our Digital Strategist cooked up an idea of all mathematical operations implemented in school. Within days the Likes and shares on the page increased.

Outdoor hoarding at Katraj Highway.

The increase in enquiries to the school was a major reward for the digital and advertising strategy.

Increase in parents’ engagement and response rate.
Tweets and retweets, likes and shares. People started taking in more action and DEMS was put on the Maharashtra map.
The resulting 10th students were also felicitated on social platform that involved the parents with tags and comments.

Trade Show – Behind the Scenes

Are you planning to hit the next exhibition or trade show to exhibit your product? Are you losing your mind over the design and execution of your stall? It’s high time you panic, because your stall is your brand face. It represents the brand image and says profuse things about your brand at a glance.

Exhibitions gives vivid opportunities to brands to reach their target audience on a personal level. Such events attract target customers to the stall where there can be a direct conversation between the buyer and seller. Majorly to attract customers, the stall or booth at the trade show/ exhibition should be very pleasing and visually impactful.

One such very exquisite and opulent stall was created by us (OPTIMIST BRAND DESIGN) for our revered client AKSHA GROUP. The stall space was taken at SAKAAL VASTU – one of the biggest property expos in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Aksha Group was also the Title Sponsor of the event. This plush stall was created right at the entrance of the expo which caught the eye of every passerby. The magnificent stall was 24*4 square meters, which the biggest space taken up by any brand at the expo.

When our client came to us with the thought of participating at an expo, we made sure we created something very divergent and classy for him. We created maximum branding space along with a VIP zone where the customers had a warm discussion with the sales team. Since we had a pantry at the stall, every customer was greeted warmly with all kinds of beverages.

Small details like the color of the couch, style of the chair or display banners were well coordinated. The entire stall was branded in such a way that every detail about the projects of Aksha Group was visible to anybody entering the stall. The logo of the brand was made of actual poly carbonate that was later used at the corporate office of the client. Enough time and attention was given to minute details which led to the entire setup of the stall in 4 days. The staff comprised of everyone from fabricators, painters, carpenters, electricians to the interior decorators. My team made sure all the work was done well in advance and the stall looked ravishing on the day of the expo.

The stall turned out to be the one with maximum number of walk-ins and also the one having maximum number of bookings done at the event. While it was Aksha Groups debut participation at the expo we made sure it was his best experience with maximum conversion. We as a team had a wonderful experience in designing and executing the entire stall space for our client who was over whelmed with the response he got at the exhibition. We look forward to create such elusive yet appealing stalls for more brands in future.

The new trend sets in… And which is here to stay for long…

Looking just 5 years back nobody would probably have said as internet the driving force for everything. It was there, but it was just a mere presence. But now, without it one cannot survive. Amongst the basic necessities of humankind it has become such a crucial part that it might take up first place in the basic necessities.

What changed in these 5 years? Technically everyone says in last five years. But frankly not much changed in 5 years. Like the green revolution and the white revolution, you can say it is a digital revolution. And the pioneers of this digital revolution are but many.
Pinpointing to digital marketing is one module of this revolution. First, it started as some media player. Then gradually, it became an uprising. An uprising of knowledge, an uprising of talent and an uprising of business.

Many businesses came up as one new method to turn up their start up to something more; and only those businesses paid heed who didn’t have anything to lose. But, this approach made them the best players in the business world. Thus everybody started with new age business tactics: Digital Marketing.

One of the key reasons as to digital marketing is the cost effectiveness and the resultant scenario. The minor charge of investments and the results define the success for digital marketing.All the more, with more progression in the sector there was whole shift in paradigm. The hiring in this particular sector boosted with a shift in the educational guidelines. Now many institutes have shaped their course structure promoting Digital media in the upfront.

The basic modules of digital media marketing enhance the digital business prominently. SEO and SEM boosts the digital presence. Earlier it was not necessary that the whole world should know about you. However, the evolution of the digital world has inadvertently led to it.

SMO and SMM have rationalized the social promotions for the businesses. Thus a new wave for maintaining public relations. With these hand in hand, Digital marketing attains a perfect model for generating leads into conversions.

Before, Digital marketing lead generation was a back end process that only marketing people knew about. With marketing now on the upfront that everyone knows about or has a clear picture about; lead generation is whole new driving force.

Now, whatever communication you choose or whatever media you opt, marketing is the suffix that generates progress and growth for everybody. Email marketing, Display ad (another way to say marketing), content marketing etc.

All in All, the new trend that sets does not usually survive as a media. But Digital Marketing stamped its roots so deep that it emerged as whole branch for business promotion. Mark any business sector, Digital marketing is the one media which cannot be ignored at all. And the one who ignores thus ignores the business development in itself.

Branding: The identity of promotion

Advertising is a science!! With this statement done, you might conclude either the writer might have lost her mind or she simply does not take the field seriously. But that’s what audiences (and in this case the readers) have a tendency to instantly jump to final decisions. But if you would take a few moments and try to reason out this fact you might quite understand as to why I would say that.
Just like any chemical composition, advertising is also a combination of different elements and compounds. Also, if we really dig to deep roots we keep hearing many scientists saying that science in fact is an art. According to all the theorists and applied scientists when an invention is made, it is a work of art and imagination. Similarly isn’t any ad the foundation of same process? A process is another world. And in that world, exists different facets and where I metaphor them as an entire family. When you consider a single piece as ad, you might not understand this metaphor. But consider an ad as a whole series of campaign with use of different media and different communication. Of this entire family, Branding is just a part; but this part has its major hold onto everything. Branding isn’t just a story to tell by ways of logo, color, designing and use of different fonts. It is a system, a discipline, a personality with an abstract but calculative behavior. As and when this behavior becomes prevalent, the journey of this family member starts promoting and bringing sensible results to the family. No-one has actually constructed a phenomenon how a brand brings these results. But when you look carefully you will realize its potential. You probably might be wondering how often any brand has developed in the said sequence. Considering the heritage brands, they have had their behavior and have evolved in their journey; with their family extending and innovating.

The backgrounds are phenomenal with a careful study and scrutinized planning of branding. Not only does branding help the advertising process, it has described a socio-economic back drop in many ways. The in-film branding, the referential series metaphors, the spoofs of the brands all are in fact other faces of the same person. We might just wish to say as and when the person is prompted from a general society to the celebrity world, how it evolves and how it develops with help of media is a tricky business. Mostly it is said not all can handle stardom but when a brand is being born it is actually made for stardom. So the advertising, public relation, fame-game everything is a part of its life. How the creators and makers maintain it and effect with respect makes branding the big brother for advertising. How the big brother makes his own identity and helps the family to root in the fame society makes every brand a personality with eminence and endeavor.

This is my design

The design industry is what we call it now, but graphics has always been just a part of this design industry. Although a backbone of the design industry, graphic isn’t the only integral part. The integral part of this design industry is the designers. When designers put their minds to work they can create the impossible; or at least that’s what is presumable. When after a brief experience and the vast knowledge of the industry what and how does a designer actually work?

There needs to be some adherence to the practical experience he might have gained; or they must be some consideration of the language and the communication channel the design is put forward to. Howsoever, all the considerations are just a hymn and in reality have just maintained it the books or in such articles. Every design is unique and every designer is independent; that’s how a trending revolution for the design industry is inculcated. Recently when I was reading a similar article, some of the comments caught my eye and kept me thinking on the factors on which a designer is thought for his art. A consistent design with the applicable thought process brings out the best in designer. It might rather be that how well versed and high presence of mind a designer has, how challenging his rush for new idea makes him struggle brings out the self-evolving highly innovative and the current features of the design. A design should not follow any code, any system but should reveal its unique discipline. A design should recreate a new meaning, a new boundary and new horizon for itself and the challenges it will come across in the future. Certainly, the designer can reminisce the experience and the knowledge and still create an independent world of possibilities. Making a design is just like hunting for that perfect smell which takes you far away but its worth the journey; and when you get back you know you have achieved the epitome for excellence. All this clubbed with constructive consumerism makes the same design a profitable account. And when the design becomes a profitable medium, isn’t the whole macabre converts to aphrodisiac.

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