Monthly: September 2014

Digital Innovation, Research

WINDOWS 9 LEAK: WHAT WE KNOW | VELOCITY AGENCY | NEW ORLEANS

Last week, a supposed leak from Microsoft revealed the unreleased Windows 9.  Here’s what we know. Leaked sources revealed the company’s September 30th invitation, which stated: Join us to hear about what is next for Windows and its enterprise. And now we are all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for more information.

We don’t even really know if Windows 9 is the correct name for the operating system, however Microsoft’s Chinese division briefly posted, “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a comeback?” on Weibo, but then promptly deleted it.  Affiliates at local website cnBta, however, were able to snag the information to carrot and stick eager PC users with.

It is unknown if PC users will be able to upgrade directly from their well worn Windows 7 straight into Windows 9, or if they have to venture into the alien territory of Windows 8.  For anyone who has had experience with the Windows 8 interface, or who knows someone who knows someone who has, gets that it is a difficult system to navigate.  It is Windows’ first attempt to conform to touch screen technology and it offers little user instruction.  And because it’s custom designed tablet was almost double the price of existing tablets, a lot of PC users just stuck with what they already had.

Perhaps the most exciting component of all this suspense is the grapevine whispers claiming that this new version of Windows is rumored to be free.  Microsoft sales actually plunged 13% just after it launched Windows 8, a statistic noted by consumer market research conducted at NPD.  Maybe by making it free the public will be less versed in the business’ financial blunders.  Though the information cannot yet be confirmed, leaker group WZOR and other leaker collectives agree that the price of the new operating system will nominal, if even a matter at all.

Of the very little information that we do have about Windows 9, most of the hype surrounds around the new, but old, Start Menu that is rumored to be making a comeback.  The Start Menu’s All Apps combines your usual desktop apps with the Windows 8 Metro Apps, giving you the best of both worlds.  All jokes aside, Microsoft is trying.  With the speed-bumps the company hit after launching Windows 8 and the exhausting leg race the company faces every day against Apple’s chart-topping products, we are excited to see what else the persevering company has in store with it’s latest revision.  Rumored to be available as early as April 2015, this may be an exciting year for Microsoft.

Velocity Agency is a digital marketing and advertising firm specializing in digital and internet marketing & advertising, print, web design, graphic design, film, and HD video promotion and post-production. Velocity serves clients all over the United States from our Metairie, LA office just outside of New Orleans by strategically implementing proprietary tools and techniques to get you the most conversions for your business through lead generation, cost-per-acquisition, and top line revenue.

 

Market Information, Professional Development

Marketing Strategy Don’ts: Twitter Edition | Velocity Agency | New Orleans

In light of the recent Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice domestic violence tape that went public this Monday, and in response to harsh comments made by public spectators, women everywhere who have been victims of such brutality are taking a stand.  Hashtag #WhyIStayed lets women tell their true tales of horror and despair in hopes to raise awareness on a subject often hidden in the shadows.  Grievous dialogues include, I knew if I left he’d try to kill me and, My fear to leave was greater than my fear to stay, and, I figured if I could hide my bruises I could hide my reality.  DiGiorno Pizza’s twitter account also participated in the social media trend:

DiGiorno Marketing mistakes

Of course, it took DiGiorno’s content managers a whole ten seconds to click on the hashtag before they realized the domestic violence platform they were using to sell a frozen pizza.  Since the short lived tweet the company has sent out hundreds of personalized apologies stating that, in general, the company is sorry for not looking before leaping into such vulnerable territory and DiGiorno assures it’s audience that it would never poke fun of such a social injustice.

Let’s take a look at some other companies who have used a similar, horrible social media marketing technique.

Epicurious, a website devoted to recipes and all things food, posted this on their twitter account in the midst of the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing.

epicurious boston bombing mistake marketing

 

 

Gap really wanted to reach out to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy day seven into the storm here.

gap marketing mistakes sandy storm

 

Kenneth Cole, sitting comfortably in designer clothes and air conditioning, posted this to their twitter feed.

kenneth cole egypt marketing mistake twitter

This NYPD promotion backfired brutally when people began hashtagging the police department’s horror photos.

marketing mistake nypd hashtag

When McDonalds asked it’s customers to hashtag their dining experiences with #mcstories, they received many responses that looked like this.

mcdonalds macstories twitter mistake marketing

 

NRA posted this the same day as the Aurora movie theatre shooting, Colorado’s deadliest massacre since Columbine.

nra twitter hashtag

 

Whether it is due to user error or just bad taste, mistakes are rarely forgotten.  One person’s failing can be representative of an entire company.  Data is spreading quicker than ever on today’s stellar information highway and even a window of twenty seconds or less can prove deadly.  It is absolutely critical to read, review, and repeat before you finalize that Tweet. At Velocity Agency, we offer our clients careful integration and management of their social media in conjunction with their overall marketing strategy. Check out our work and contact us for a consultation.

Velocity Agency is a digital marketing and advertising firm specializing in digital and internet marketing & advertising, print, web design, graphic design, film, and HD video promotion and post-production. Velocity serves clients all over the United States from our Metairie, LA office just outside of New Orleans by strategically implementing proprietary tools and techniques to get you the most conversions for your business through lead generation, cost-per-acquisition, and top line revenue.

Digital Innovation, Mobile Technology

iPhone 6 & Apple’s Marketing Machine | Velocity Agency | New Orleans

Last Tuesday Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6, along with the long awaited Apple Watch. To some, it was a monumental announcement, to others, it was more of the same i-sheep Kool-Aid. Wether you’re an Apple fan or not, there are a few things we can agree on.

iPhone 6 Apple Marketing Strategy Velocity Agency New Orleans

Credit: Apple

iPhone 6 Brings Minor Upgrades

A side by side comparison reveals very minor differences between the previous iPhone 5S and it’s younger, sexier sister, iPhone 6.  New features include a larger screen, curvier edges and an added pay-by-phone feature called Apple Pay which we’ve seen in other phones.  Both phones are manufactured in aluminum with an 8-megapixel sensor camera and have a battery stamina that is essentially the same.

Apple: The Hype Machine

Apple is known for technology but, without a doubt, Apple is a marketing machine.  This is arguably why the company experienced an 8000% increase in profits from 2003 to 2012, according to a recent Marketing Strategy Analysis conducted by Vertygo Team, and why people decide to fork out big bucks for little upgrade bang.

Apple has been the recipient of AdWeeks Best of the Decade, Brand of the Decade, Campaign of the Decade and Marketer of the Decade awards. It was, yet again, voted as the overall winner of the 2014 CMO Survey Award for Marketing Excellence and last year it was awarded the title of “Brand of the Year” in the league of smartphones, tablets, and computers by Harris Interactive Marketing Firm. And the list goes on.

Android Caught Up. A While Ago

If one really challenges the specs against iPhones ultimate competitors of Android phablets, the data clearly demonstrates that Apple sells because of it’s name, not it’s game.  At the most basic level of graphics, iPhone 6 has finally crossed the HD threshold, however, it barely treads water when compared to the pixel-dense resolution of current Androids.  Androids have also always been a safe bet regarding their processor downlow.  Apple, on the contrary, has shed very little light on the qualifications of it’s new A8 processor, while Android companies most always rely on the trusted Qualcomm products.  On top of that, most Android cameras are in the 16MP range, which doubles even the newest iPhone’s capacity.

Great Products Sell

Apple, however, is killn’ it.

Last year Apple roped in a whopping 56% of the total profit for the entire cell phone industry, a percentage that put the company on a profit pedestal, writes Forbes contributor Tony Bradley. However, it would be a mistake to blame marketing alone in their huge success. David Ogilvy once said that “great marketing only makes a bad product fail faster,” meaning that for marketing to work the product has to be appealing and have certain qualities. Still, Apple spends less in advertising than Microsoft, Samsung, or Coca-Cola, but none of these companies have the hype surrounding their brand like Apple.

Velocity Agency is a digital marketing and advertising firm specializing in digital and internet marketing & advertising, print, web design, graphic design, film, and HD video promotion and post-production. Velocity serves clients all over the United States from our Metairie, LA office just outside of New Orleans by strategically implementing proprietary tools and techniques to get you the most conversions for your business through lead generation, cost-per-acquisition, and top line revenue.

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