Align your media choices with how consumers engage the internet

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Too many marketers think about where the media is, but they should be thinking about where their consumers are.

media choicesEven when your consumers are online, you should align your brand with what are they doing and the mood they are in when they are doing it. If you just go for pure efficiency and reach, you are completely missing the real opportunity of targeting your consumers online. Not only do you have to find your consumers, but you also have to find them in the right mood, so they are willing to engage with your brand.

The reality is today’s consumers live on their phones, tablets, and laptops. While there are many ways to reach consumers, your agency likely recommends the most efficient balance of reach and frequency. Look at potential sites that fit your brand, both from a functional and emotional stance.

Here are the 8 reasons consumers engage online:

  1. Be smarter
  2. Stay aware of what’s going on
  3. Escape the stress at some point in the day
  4. Express themselves
  5. Connect with others
  6. Go places, either local or around the world
  7. Buy things they desire
  8. Do things and control the variables.

media choiceAs consumers move around the internet, their emotional mood state changes. I have matched up the 8 functional ways of how consumers use the internet, with their emotional mood states.

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Match up your brand emotional positioning with the consumer’s emotional mood when they are online.

If your brand is trying to own the staying in control zone, do not use sites where consumers are in the mood to escape or express themselves such as Tumbler or Instagram.

Conversely, a brand trying to own the get noticed space should not be on the Economist or The Weather Network. There are enough sites that allow you to line your brand up perfectly.

When consumers want to be smarter, they ‘google it’ or look at subject matter expert sites. And, when consumers want to stay aware, they reach for their favorite online news site or scan social media news feeds.

When consumers are in the mood to feel free, they try to escape, whether a 5-minute break at work or the subway going home after a long day, they look to escape with Youtube or Bleacher Report.

The line is getting blurry when consumers want to express themselves. While they might start with Twitter, they duplicate the post on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest as they are in the mood to get noticed.

One of the most apparent reasons for the internet is to connect with others, feeding their mood to be liked. They use email, texting or Facebook.

Consumers reach for their phone when they want to do things, checking the weather, looking up restaurant reviews or buying tickets to an event. While these consumers are looking to have fun, they use tools to stay in control, so nothing gets in the way of having fun.

When consumers want to buy things to fulfill a craving or desire to reward themselves, they want it now and use transactional sites such as Amazon or eBay. Moreover, they go straight to a favorite retailer’s e-commerce site.

When consumers want to go somewhere, they use Waze for driving directions or Uber to hail a ride. If they’re going to go on a vacation, they use Expedia to book a flight, explore things to do using TripAdvisor or look up cool places to stay using Airbnb. These consumers are in the mood to explore but also find comfort.

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Where are consumers when they are in the mood that matches up with your brand’s desired emotional space?

Here are five media questions for the future

Here are some challenging thoughts for us going forward.

1. Will people watch even more TV in the future?

Sounds crazy, but with more tablets and instant internet access, the future will see us watching even more TV programming. Consumers love anything on video. But, it will not be traditional network TV. We are already seeing a considerable consumer shift to streaming TV, whether Netflix, specialty channels, on-demand viewing, and Youtube videos. Advertising has yet to figure out how it will fit into these new TV options.

2. How can brands capture young adults?

With two college-aged kids, I can tell you they never watch network television, never read newspapers and never listen to the radio. Yet, they are always connected, using Netflix, texting, SnapChat, and Instagram. One of the most interesting insights about this group is, ‘They never go online, mainly because they never go off-line.’ They put their lives online and expect instant access to everything. They are always multi-tasking, prefer apps over software, newsfeed over news stories. While high profile beloved brands can easily reach them, low involvement or indifferent brands will have a hard time reaching them.

3. Can newspapers or magazines even survive?

Newspapers and magazines appear lost. For too long, they linked their brand to the actual format and moved online too slowly. For many, news now is now instant, ubiquitous and more casual/social. Instead of seeking out news, consumers now filter news. Journalists are struggling to capture readers, and print companies are struggling to capture consumers to their online versions, as fake news, Twitter feeds, and social media are dominating traditional print. Can these print companies figure out new revenue and profit models with online versions?

4. Are there too many social media options?

Early innovation in social media led to a divergence of options. Yet, they become more similar than different. Potential power plays could see mergers where the strongest brands squeeze out other players—the first being Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn. Other than high profile brands, many Brand Leaders struggle to come up with relevant content that can engage their targets. Imagine who might be next.

5. Can brand leaders figure out how to win in the new world?

Brand Leaders are more confused than they ever have been. The exploding of media options has led to an explosion of agencies, each battling each other for a share of the spend, rather than directing the Marketer with clear advice. The biggest issue I see is that Marketers have become too involved, they are now do-ers taking on parts of subject matter experts rather than staying in the generalist decision maker role. For Brand Leaders, the changes are speeding up. Just as they are used to digital, there is a dramatic shift to social, and then another dramatic you shift to mobile. The problem is that unless you are a consumer of the media options, you will struggle with it.  You will learn more about these media choices by trying them out than you will reading a presentation in a boardroom.

Here is a workshop we run on Marketing Execution that looks at both the creative and media sides of  reaching consumers.

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Founder and CMO, Beloved Brands Inc.

 

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