Virality is Not Always a Good Thing

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All of us share content on social media every day, but many of us don’t stop and take the time to think about where the content comes from. Outside of news stories and media platforms, there is something called a content creator. Ninety percent of marketing companies use content marketing as part of their strategy, but that doesn’t mean all the content they create is top-notching, compelling and valuable content.
In the world of social media, there are people who seek fame through the platform of their choosing including Facebook, Instagram, twitter, snapchat and more. People with successful accounts often make deals with companies in some ways. Some companies send free products to influencers in hopes that they will feature the product in the post. In other situations, a company might pay a social media celeb to wear or use a product in photos and tag the brand.
When it comes to going viral, content creators have gone to great lengths to achieve their viral stature. However, 2018 started off with a horrible example of going viral the wrong way. A popular and reckless Youtuber, Logan Paul, shared a video where he discovered and awkwardly laughed at the sight of a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.
The protocol for the outrage that spiked after the video is something very familiar resulting in an apology video. As outsiders, it would be safe to assume that this stunt killed Logan Paul’s career. Youtube released a statement stating the following: “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”
Although it seems that YouTube is planning on taking action against Paul, it is uncertain with their vague statements what exactly will happen. Also, Logan Paul made forty-thousand dollars from the banned video alone. Paul’s video reached six million views before he deleted it and posted an apology on Twitter, in which he said that he didn’t post the shocking footage for views but because he thought it would make a positive ripple on the internet and raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.
In the marketing world, campaigns often go viral because of a negative response as well. There is an increase in negative virality on the internet, and it has affected the online reputation of many brands. Although people prefer reading positive stories, it’s the anger that serves as a driving force to make us share a negative story, and this leads to the outrage that we frequently come across on social media.
Here at Velocity, we know good content when we see it. Our experienced social media managers provide, share, and research quality content for all of our clients to build phenomenal social media presences. What makes Velocity Agency special is that we not only share content, we make content through film, sound design, animation and more. If you are looking for the best team to handle your marketing in 2018, Velocity Agency is ready and prepared.

Velocity Agency’s Family Values

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People can do amazing things when they combine their powers. At Velocity Agency, we believe in teamwork. Unfortunately, many other companies think that they work as a team even when they don’t see each other at all. We know that by understanding who our team members are, knowing their strengths, and forging an environment where everyone works in harmony, we can achieve your marketing goals.

Here are the reasons why Velocity Agency stands apart from the rest:

Company Outings

The brain is a complex muscle with thousands of neurons and tiny nerves. Mental workouts and brain games strengthen psychological power. However, it’s essential to give the central processing organ adequate rest and allow it sufficient time to recover. Company outings reinforce a positive company culture that meets employees’ physical and mental needs. Outings result in a highly engaged workforce that contributes to the company’s overall growth. In our line of work, our creativity must be recharged as well. Team outings allow the brain to relax and promotes creativity, collaboration, and overall productivity. Velocity Agency believes that getting to know each other and having more familial values tightens our bond and team cohesion. In 2017, Velocity Agency went to Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse, Dave & Buster’s, and a Halloween brass band show at RF’s in the French Quarter.

Synergy

Sometimes, entire marketing teams will work remotely. We believe it’s important to be at the same place at all times. This creates a work environment where creativity is nurtured and cultivates synergy. Leveraging synergy means that every team member uses their own superpower in harmony with the rest of the team to reach the same goal. At Velocity HQ, we work in close quarters. Instead of sending emails here and there, we communicate clearly in person. The physical layout of our office maximizes productivity and gets our team involved.

Holiday Festivities

Traditions are important, and nothing is more important than to establish holiday traditions in the workplace. A holiday celebration builds positive morale which results in increased employee motivation. We recognize every birthday because every employee deserves to feel special. This past year, we had a Halloween desk decoration competition and watched as our office turned into a creepy and spooky atmosphere. This competition sparked creativity, teamwork and collaboration. Since Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and share, we hosted a company potluck with a smorgasbord of delicious food and spirits. Of course, no Christmas party is complete without stealing gifts from each other, so we hosted a White Elephant party, and things got pretty tense.

If you are looking for a team that’s more than just a disconnected company going through the motions to help elevate your brand, then the Velocity Agency family is right for you! We’re ready to tackle it all. Most importantly, we will have fun while doing it.

Why Do People Buy Things?

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There was once a time where the ultra-wealthy were the only people who had lots of things. Clothing was custom made by a tailor, art was commissioned or passed down from relatives, and dinnerware was considered an heirloom. Normal people had fewer possessions because they only had the basics in order to survive. It may be astounding to think that shopping in the early 20th century was very different from what we know today. A Saturday spending spree at the mall was completely unheard of in 1900. However, once the fun of shopping started to catch on, consumer psychology and marketing as we know it was born!

A lot of us could argue that when we purchase an article of trendy clothing it’s not because we absolutely need it. It’s because we want it. However, human nature makes us think we do in fact need certain items for different reasons. The classical definition of marketing is “to connect customers with products.” As marketers, we need to identify those needs and connect the consumer to the product that will resolve those needs. People buy things that don’t need all of the time, and there are many reasons behind their motivation.

Utility

Customers buy because they are interested in two things:

  • Getting rid of a problem they have and don’t want.
  • Getting a result that they want and don’t have.

Think about those new running shoes you bought last year even though you had an older pair. These new shoes were said to have less impact on your joints and tone up your body. Therefore, you bought them because you want to lose weight and get a better result.

Credibility

Customers buy from people they trust. If a customer sees the utility in what you are offering for sale, then they wish to see credibility next. The internet has made this simpler with ratings and reviews on various web pages and social media outlets.

Relevance

People want to make sure that your product or service is suitable for their current needs. This is the most crucial phase of the three reasons why people buy. For example, the height of the UGG boot trend may have been pretty ugly to look at. However, with celebrities sporting them with every outfit, people still purchased them.

Velocity Agency knows what consumers are looking for and have a flawless track record of success with our clients. No matter what your product or service is, we know how to employ utility, credibility, and relevance to your product and service. If you are looking for an experienced marketing team that will help boost your brand, then come to Velocity Agency.

The Best Ads of 2017

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2017 has been a tough year but a year of remarkable creativity and inspiration. The best advertisements of the year resonated well because of their challenging themes and unique angles. As we enter 2018, let us reflect on the best ads of 2017.

Halo Top – “Eat The Ice Cream”

The past few years, we all have been very interested in apocalyptic themes. From zombie movies, The Hunger Games book series that have been made into movies, and just plain creepy end of the world thematic elements in everything we are watching: we love the adrenaline rush. Halo Top produced an ad with the scene of an elderly prisoner being force-fed ice cream by a robot with upbeat old-fashioned ice cream music playing in the background. Since 2017 was also a year full of love for horror films and tv shows, this advertisement struck a chord.

Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”

George Clooney is one of those actors that has a face that sells. For Nespresso, The Oscar winner goes on an incredible journey without saying one word throughout the commercial just to get to a cup of the caffeinated goodness. The visual aspects of the commercial are thrilling, and the storytelling is effective because it’s told by the characters surrounding the main character.

Procter & Gamble “The Talk”

Procter & Gamble’s two-minute spot shows black parents through the years having “the talk” with their children about growing up black in the United States. The music in the background is minimal and moving, and the acting skills deliver raw emotion. P&G states that the ad is not a political statement but a reflection of real life because they are actual conversations that black families have had for generations. The goal was to expand the talk about bias beyond the black community and inspire a world with equal opportunities.

Instagram – “Stories are Everywhere”

Instagram is winning the world of social media, and their marketing campaign this year was also a winner. The campaign went well beyond digital and showed film footage mixed with Instagram stories. This celebrated the creative process and used the same tools being advertised to craft the message. This sent a message that the moments that we experience every day is art.

Heinz – “Pass the Heinz”

There are many brands of ketchup, but Heinz wanted to make sure that you choose their brand. In the TV series Mad Men, Don Draper fictionally pitched the campaign and the work finally ran as print and outdoor ads in New York City. This ad utilized the footage of the show as well as being powerful because of the ad being void of ketchup itself.

Coca-Cola- “Pool Boy”

Coke’s ad shows a stylish and cliche story of an attractive pool boy with a teenage brother and sister who are both simultaneously lusting after him. They both get the bright idea to bring him a Coke on such a hot day and compete to get to him first, only to find that their mother has beaten them to it.

Volvo -”Moments”

This ad is incredibly cinematic and one of the most eye-catching automotive ads of all time. It captures a woman’s entire lifetime in three minutes to put an extra emphasis the car’s safety features.

One common thread throughout all of these ads is the powerful storytelling. The best advertisements not only promote brand awareness but tell a story in a way that connects with the audience and inspires them. At Velocity Agency we pride ourselves on our ability to tell compelling stories through our campaigns. If you want 2018 to be the best year for your brand, let us tell your story for you.

Graphic Design Trends in 2018

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In this era of digital art, graphic designers must stay ahead of design trends to remain relevant. What may have appeared cutting-edge over the past few years may look entirely outdated in 2018. 2018 is projected to be the year of crazy designs, imagination and experimental art. You may have already seen elements of these graphic design trends slowly creeping onto album covers, advertisements and banners. At Velocity Agency, we are continually monitoring current trends and planning to keep up with what’s hot.

Glitchy

Maybe it’s the resurgence of the 80’s and our fascination with nostalgia, but the glitch effect has already started appearing all around us.

Tarnished

Distressed clothing has already been the top fashion trend of 2017. Have you seen lots of ripped pants and holey t-shirts, lately? Contemporary graphic designers have pined over the “art of destroying.” This includes anything from splashing, ripping, breaking, and scratching the design.

Color Channels

The representation of distorted reality is highly influential on viewers. You may see this graphic design trend and may not be able to look away. This technique allows designers to create an illusional effect.

Double Trouble

Double exposure within the artwork is excellent for communicating several motifs at once. Therefore, a double exposure duotone may express futurism to show the advanced capabilities of the brand. Fashion brands are taking advantage of the double color light. This effect transforms minimalistic compositions into modern looking ones.

Typography

Typography isn’t going anywhere, but the way it is expressed will change. Typography will continue to get more imaginative and creative. While cropped typography was hot in 2017, the same principle behind the “ruined” aesthetic applies here too; parts of letters will be erased. Be prepared also to see typography as real-life elements.

Negative Space

Negative space refers to empty space in a design which forms a distinctive shape. Negative space draws the eye to the design in a way other forms of graphic design cannot. This effect is also being used with typography as well.

Bright Colors

You’ve heard the term “millennial pink, ” but 2018 will be all about bright colors. Bright colors will make the design pop and put brands in the spotlight.

One Color

More and more product presentations are using the same background color as the product that is presented. This technique is reminiscent of pop art in the 1960’s and pleases the eye.

There are way more graphic design trends expected to take over 2018, and here at Velocity Agency, we want all of you to know about it. Keep checking our blog for more exciting trends that will push brands further than ever before!

Generation Z: What to Know When Devising Your Holiday Marketing Plan

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Just when you have figured out how to appeal to millennials, there’s a new generation in town: Generation Z. Currently, Generation Z is made up of ages 2 to 19. Most of this generation has used the internet since a very young age. They are comfortable with technology, and for them, communicating through social media is the norm By 2020, Generation Z will account for an astounding 40% of all consumers. However, few brands have considered how to go about appropriately communicating to this demographic.

This generation is the most technologically fluent generation thus far. Therefore, they recognize the value of their attention. They don’t like to sit through ads and they don’t give heavily sponsored content the time of day. This generation wants resources that give them exactly what they are looking for. Here are some facts about Generation Z that will help you appeal to them this holiday season.

Online Celebrity vs. Pop Stars

Retailers must be aware that this generation is less influenced by Hollywood and more influenced by everyday people who have built their brands. This includes YouTube stars and their peer’s reviews.

Realistic Expectations

Gen Z does not expect perfection in advertising and would rather brands reflect reality. This generation does not buy into fake perceptions of beauty and is all about crafting their unique image.

Social Media

This generation uses their social media with a purpose to find organization in their virtual lives, and they utilize different platforms for different reasons. Brands should inspire creativity so they can create a personal connection on visual platforms.

These are great things to keep in mind, but it’s important to know how they spend their money. Gen Z is more likely than the average holiday shopper to use retailer’s online wish lists and gift registries to help with their holiday planning. Gen Z’ers will do all of the research that they possibly can before purchasing. 8 in 10 of this generation researched items costing less than $50.00 this past year. Lastly, this age is very familiar with return policies and 8 in 10 made returns last year. That number is higher than any other generation. Always keep in mind that this generation will leave a review after purchasing any product.

Here at Velocity, we know that all generations need to be planned for in your marketing strategy. If you are having no luck reaching customers you want, then we have a team here to help.

All About Pinterest Marketing

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Pinterest has helped you make tons of delicious meals, complete DIY projects, and throw great parties but many people miss the mark entirely when it comes to Pinterest marketing. Just like with any social media platform, Pinterest can help you reach your goals and objectives if you use it correctly. Here are some helpful tips to boost your brand with the power of Pinterest.

Keywords

Pinterest has very strong search capabilities. You can help even more people find your business by using keywords in the board titles. Make sure that you select a category for each board to help people find them.

Description Section

Keywords in your description section will increase the chance of your entire page being found. Keep in mind that users can tweet your pins and also include them on their blogs and other social media platforms.

Vertical Images

Images that are up to 735 by 1102 pixels can share a ton of information at once. This creates an engaging invitation to repin your pinned article. Remember, you can put the content onto a pinned picture rather than a long and dull caption.

Links to Your Website

You have two opportunities with each pin to add your link: one in the description and one in the source for the pin.

Embedding

You can also embed pins on your blog, and this is a great way to get more repins. Pinterest makes it easy to get an embed code on site.

Social Media

Remember that social media platforms can all work together. Tweet your pin and share them on your other social networks where they are relevant.

Pinterest for Business

Just like with most platforms now, Pinterest offers a business account so that you can monitor your data and analytics. On Pinterest, some pins are known as Rich Pins: movie, recipe, article, product, and place. Prepping your website with meta tags and testing out your pins is the smartest tactic to see which pins will bring growth to your product or service.

Collaboration

Collaborative boards help you reach a new group of pinners and have your pins be seen by more people. You do need to be careful about which boards you join because all the pins will show up on your Pinterest presence as well. Remember that Millennials and Generation Z love to be a part of the process!

Pinterest marketing can help increase the chance of your brand becoming successful and here at Velocity, we have a team of marketing strategists and social media professionals that work together to implement the best marketing strategies for our clients. If you are feeling confused and need backup, let us help!

Holly Jolly Holiday Marketing

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The holiday season has crept on us again. It’s crunch time in the marketing world! If you haven’t done much so far – fear not! At Velocity Agency, we have impeccable holiday marketing ideas to make your brand shine! Here are six tips to make your holiday marketing campaign a hit this year:

Harvest Your Data
Numbers don’t lie. You should always monitor your data to stay one step ahead of your competition. Take advantage of all the reports, charts and data you have.
 
Think About Sales and Promotions
Customers are always looking for deals and discounts this time of year. Start planning holiday sales and promotions that will work specifically for your business. For example, if you’re a candy store, individually package sweet treats and offer two for the price of one as stocking stuffers. These promotions can also be provided online to broaden your market.
Hit Key Emotions
Despite what you may think, decision-making is hardly ever purely rational. The truth is that all people make decisions emotionally before justifying them rationally. As a result, a successful holiday marketing campaign should be an emotional one. Focus on the feelings that are unique to the season. Values and feelings that abound during the holidays include friendship, family, good-will, giving back, gratitude and being home.

Make Your Campaign Easily Shareable
While it’s hard to predict what will go viral, you can always maximize your chances. 74% of consumers rely on word of mouth as the top influencer of their purchasing decisions. When someone learns about your campaign from a friend, it means so much more to them than seeing it in a commercial or in a Facebook ad.

Be Consistent
It’s important to make sure the customer experience is consistent across all channels. Multi-channel marketing is the norm for nearly every brand. This approach is much deeper than making the branding and color scheme cohesive on just social media. Your offers should also be consistent.

Here at Velocity Agency, we have a team that does it all. From marketing strategy, video promotions, graphic design, social media and more – we do it all. Are you looking for an all in-house marketing team that will create a holiday marketing plan for your brand? We are ready to accept the challenge!

Video Marketing on Social Media

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The most important strategy in content marketing today is video on every social platform. If you don’t implement a social media video strategy for your accounts, then you will come up short. The platforms of distribution for video content online have shifted drastically over the last few years. Facebook gets more daily minutes watched than YouTube. Additionally, Snapchat’s daily views are now in the billions. Video on Twitter has taken listening and one-to-one branding to a whole new level.

Most people think that YouTube is the destination for finding the best video content for their social media pages. 300 hours of video content is pushed to YouTube every minute and it assists in growing personal brands. Although it is still valuable, the problem with YouTube is that it’s in a downward trend compared to Facebook’s 4 billion daily video streams. A number that is only going to go upward from here on out.

Facebook has moved to the forefront because of one word: data. Although we already mentioned that video is the most powerful tool in your arsenal on all platforms, it’s important to know how each platform differs.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a great way to reach a younger audience, but keep in mind the video content only lasts 24 hours. It is also perfect for brands that want to give their audience a peek into what happens behind closed doors.

YouTube

YouTube is ideal if you want to build a community for your brand, but it’s hard to stand out because of the massive size of the platform. Since YouTube is owned by Google, its videos are given higher ranks than those hosted elsewhere.

Facebook

Facebook is a great forum for engaging with your audience, but posts have a limited lifespan. When a video gets great engagement on Facebook, it shows up in more people’s timelines and serves as an excellent forum for engaging directly with the audience.

Twitter

Twitter is a powerful engagement tool, but not right for brands looking for deep insight into their audience. It provides countless opportunities for brands to get more engagement with their customers.

Instagram

This platform is great for engagement from Millennials, but Instagram is known for not playing nice with other platforms. Instagram is owned by Facebook. Therefore, you can use many of the same paid ad data and segmentation options on Facebook.

Velocity Agency has an experienced marketing team that produces highly successful marketing strategies. If you are falling short of developing your brand or just need an extra push, call us today!

Starbucks is No Longer Seeing Red

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It’s the time of year when the flavors of fall fade away, and peppermint mochas beckon consumer to get holly jolly. A significant signaling of the holidays is Starbucks’s red cup. Since 1997, Starbucks has welcomed the holidays with a cup that ranges from modern and abstract to nostalgic and traditional. The cup design is mostly red with white details to evoke the warm fuzzy feelings we associate with Christmas. In 2015, the company took advantage of the popularity of minimalism in design and debuted a completely red cup.

The cup spawned a social media uproar. Consumers claimed there was no holiday cheer or mention of Christmas on the cup. A movement of people ordering coffee and asking for their name to be “Merry Christmas” and posted it on Twitter with the hashtag #merrychristmasstarbucks. To avoid another round of controversy, Starbucks responded with a brilliant campaign in 2016. The cup was to be designed by the consumer. Starbucks held a contest to support the creativity of their customers by inviting them to share their designs on Instagram. Starbucks received more than 1,200 individual submissions from 13 countries, and the images were featured in an online cup collection. Every design was featured on a cup. This excellent PR work remediated the outrage that sparked the year before.

In 2017, Starbucks fuzed its ideas from the previous two years in honor of the holiday cup’s 20th anniversary. This year’s cup features a black and white sketch with just a few splashes of red and green. The design is meant to encourage drinkers to grab their art supplies and fill in the rest. The design was described by the Executive Creative Director Leanne Fremar as an “ode to years’ past.”

In the colder months, Starbucks profits raise on an average of 12% and the reaction to their holiday menu on social media is always highly positive. Starbucks continues to be the master of consumer-based and straightforward marketing strategies that keep on giving. Which holiday cup was your favorite and why?