I picked up a bottle of Another Bloody Water yesterday. What an incredibly creative product design. The labels is written extremely well and really plays on the idea that no one cares what brand of water they drink. I know I certainly don’t, until now.

Product design is important, even for those regular purchases and a little innovation can make all the difference. Its the reason I will buy the new slim can line of Coke. And its the same reason I’ve stopped purchasing Lynx because of their twisty top can.

As a massive fan of Futurama, I could not wait to insert Bender’s Big Score into my DVD player. To say the least, it certainly did not disappoint my high expectations.

Upon doing some reading about the movie, I discovered 20th Century Fox has filed to protect the trademark Slurm in relation to what looks like soft drinks. I love when fictional products become real, a little like slurpees becoming squishies for the Simpsons Movie release at 7-Eleven.

When can we expect Slurm on our shelves in Australia?

I’ve now been blogging for over four months and I’ve come to realise blogging comes down to two things. The first is quite obvious; posting regular and interesting content. I forget where I read this but apparently if you can do that for a year then you should have yourself a successful little blog.

So how do you get to this stage faster with a higher hit rate? My second realisation; the need to be active in your community. It is essential to follow other blogs of a similar nature and actively contribute to them. Reading, listening and importantly commenting is essential. Not only will this help you formulate ideas of your own but planting that seed does surprising lots.

So get out there, build a name for yourself, network, contribute and become a successful blogger.

I love a good mashup or spoof, especially when it becomes more viral than the original. Rebel Virals works with just that, one of my favourite being a spoof on Sony’s Bravia Paint spot. Here’s the original

 

 

And here’s the spoof by Rebel Virals…

 

 

I particularly find Rebel Viral’s definition of a “viral campaign” interesting, but even more so the idea that viral marketing can work in the B2B market, something I’d not considered before.

I am honestly shocked that I lasted four months blogging without mentioning the C word… Connex. Rather than tell you the numerous horrific stories I’ve heard about Metlink, its going to be easier (and quicker) to take a look at their latest campaign.

I’m sure you can remember only last year when the hopeless Martin Merton campaign was run, headed up by a Doctor who had a PhD in Train Etiquette. On similar lines, Metlink launched its latest yesterday; Karma Central. According to mX, this will involve giving away free coffee vouchers to paying customers in an attempt to stop fair evaders.

There are a lot of things going for the latest move by Metlink. I love the idea that this time they are encouraging their consumers rather than punishing them like the previous campaign. I also find the billboards and print media rather humorous and the website has a really great, innovative design.

So where does it fall down? Simply the concept. No matter how much you spend on promotion and advertising, you can’t market anything successfully without an acceptable product to start with. Instead of blowing your budget on an expensive campaign, put your money towards running a reasonable service where people don’t blog about you because they hate your brand.

Instead of offering me a free coffee, why not give me a seat I’ve already payed for?

Or is it? In what was set to be a very creative campaign Sprite’s Thirst For Truth was launched a month ago. Appearing as a cross between the Chaser’s War On Everything and Hamish and Andy, Truth Hunters AJ and Nicos aim these three minute videos at 16 to 24 year olds in an attempt to uncover “unspoken, brutal honest truths”.

The campaign has your usual vitals; a Facebook page, YouTube channel, blog and more but it seems the campaign hasn’t quite received the attention they wanted. A contest asking for user submissions of people videoing their own Truths didn’t receive a single entry. Promotions were run through billboards, bus sides and a cinema spot, yet $500 and a free trip to Sydney went unnoticed. Even after a month, I only heard about this campaign through someone at Naked Communications.

It raises the question, does new media require old media? Can you successfully market a campaign digitally without a traditional launch? Perhaps in two years things will be different but at least here in Australia and now in the present a thirty second spot would have benefited this campaign greatly.

Vary Your Vernacular is a small intermittent series designed to increase one’s vocabulary relating to all things Web 2.0.

sneezer

n. sneeze·er
Coined by Seth Godin
, he defines it as “someone of influence in the community that spreads the word about a product or service”. Bascially, if a viral campaign is spread like a virus, then a sneezer is the person who spreads it.


flog

n. flog
A portmanteau of the words fake and blog, usually found when a brand fails to be transparent with a negative outcome. Perhaps one of the best known examples was Sony
‘s All I want for Xmas is a PSP which significantly backfired when revealed.


word of mouse

n. word of mouse
The Web 2.0 version of word of mouth with the ability to spread much faster via the Interweb.


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I know I go on and on about Google but its simply because they have such a great product. And we all know marketing is more than just advertising and promotion. Here’s an interesting feature I stumbled across in the Herald Sun.

1. Go to Google
2. Type “find chuck norris”
3. Click I’m Feeling Lucky
4. Enjoy what is one of the greatest Chuck Norris Facts ever.

Having a sense of humour only further adds to an already remarkable product.

So we’re now a couple of weeks into Rexona‘s Million Ball Mission and I still don’t like it.

What a great idea to use Ricky Ponting, Australia Cricket Captain, to head up your campaign. Dispite his inabilty to act, its an ideal celebrity endorsement to bring in to really boost your campaign. This is all fine and well, the problem I have is with the balls.

To receive your free ball you have to attend one of only a few events run in your State. And if you do attend, all you get is a ball? Even if I did make it out to one of these events for my freebie, I still wouldn’t consider using a Rexona product.

This one should never have left the ideas room.

Also worth checking out the hopeless ‘official’ Rexona website. Surely in this day and age of new media every brand needs its own webpage, particularly a big one like this.