4.88 Million Reasons You Need to Market Like Netflix and Amazon
4.88 million reasons, and just as many tears.
I’ve never seen so much marketing revenue.
At least not that fast.
Of course, it was built off of a long term marketing foundation.
That foundation was spawned from true greatness — passion for the wellbeing of others.
This question is the start:
Do you truly and deeply want people to succeed?
As content marketers and entrepreneurs, we need to be true to who we are at our core — and enjoy the amazing things that happen as a result.
When you peel back all the harsh, westernized, cutthroat business layers, what do you get to?
I’m willing to bet that under those layers you want nothing but the best for the people you provide service and/or products for.
If I’m wrong, trust me, you’re more wrong, and you need to go away. The world doesn’t need people like you.
You’re still here, so I guess I was right — you’re one of those marketers who actually care about people.
My involvement in the big picture of the Netflix and Amazon marketing consultation was so minimal that I had to scrounge up the details from…
…well honestly, the people who were more important than me in the process. (Hey, I was young. Not everybody gets to be a rose-scented, prodigy-marketing-Mozart like Mark Zuckerberg or Elizabeth Holmes.)
But when I started putting the pieces together, I watched this brilliant marketing masterpiece unfold like a map before my eyes.
And it’s become my marketing vision.
I have a dream that has very little to do with civil rights.
It’s much more about marketing wrongs, and righting those wrongs by writing you the right marketing methods.
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] Because a marketer without vision will fall flat, and will be weighed and found wanting.
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] As a professional content marketer, you need to see the market around you, and you need to see it better than anyone.
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] It’s our job for crying out loud.
We all love the internet because it’s fast, effectively free information — but here’s my hang up.
The vast majority of content marketing advice on the internet is crap.
Smelly, putrid, void-of-nutrients feces that shouldn’t even show up on your radar, let alone be ingested and regurgitated as “quality” marketing advice for your clients.
Does that disgust you? Good. It should.
Because your clients deserve better, and so do you.
Enough of the blind leading the blind.
Let’s make our marketing vision crystal clear, by watching the latest marketing trends and observing billion dollar marketing teams as they respond to those trends.
Your Content Marketing Vision
There’s 7 visions EVERY world class content marketer pursues like a bloodhound/bat hybrid out of hell:
Content marketing is the most dynamic strain of marketing. To keep up with this lightening-fast evolution, we’re going to note the changes in each of the above categories, and again, watch how the big dogs respond.
That’s how we leverage the billions these world class marketing teams have at their disposal, for no cost to us whatsoever.
Customer Relationship and Loyalty
There’s two massive trends that are rapidly rising in this arena.
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] The first is getting personal.
As the line between social media and direct marketing blur, the “up close and personal” nature of social media is bleeding into the persuasive art of direct response.
Mass marketing will be virtually obsolete in a matter of years.
Commercials are still relevant for brand exposure, but how long will traditional television last in the upcoming millennial generation?
This is the generation, by the way, that has a (resoundingly realistic) expectation of interruption-free media for next to no cost whatsoever. (That is, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.)
But that’s a massive can of worms we don’t need to wade into right now.
Dr. John Knight at Hand Wrist Doc reports that his patients “respond much better to the highly-personalized content our website now offers, as opposed to the generic site copy we invested in just a few years back”, and this discovery is far from unique to his practice.
Thanks to highly sophisticated social media insights and marketing measurement tools, we now have the ability to talk with our customers one on one, with the intimacy and understanding of an acquaintance, if not a friend.
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] The second customer retention and loyalty trend is enhanced local marketing.
Google — our content marketing prediction behemoth — has announced their dedication to appealing to mobile users, and this year we’ll see a marked increase in local marketing as a result.
Your content needs to be created with mobile viewing at the forefront of your mind.
Because our customers will be browsing our content on mobile devices while they’re out shopping, waiting in traffic, riding the bus, or eating lunch.
The end product has to be uniquely personalized and targeted to local customers.
Let’s take a look at how Netflix and Amazon are responding to these trends.
Netflix’s success has been built off of personalized, local marketing since day one.
However, they’ve recently gotten even better at it:
Netflix told investors that they would begin refocusing their promotional marketing, from the price and service itself to Netflix original programs like House of Cards, Scrotal Recall, and Bloodline.
HootSuite (Free and $) | Social media management system, audience identifier, custom report generator, etc. The free version is worth it, but I’ve never paid for the extra perks.
Facebook Insights (Free) | Facebook’s built-in metrics gives you the ability to spot the trends within user growth and demographics.
TweetBeep (Free and $) | Essentially Google Alerts for Twitter. Choose your keywords and get daily search results via email. Very awesome tool.
TweetDeck (Free) | Like HootSuite but better in my opinion. Some people prefer Hootsuite though. Worth trying them both really.
Google Alerts (Free) | Email updates of the latest relevant Google results you ask for. Very helpful when used correctly.
Budget Friendly Customer Engagement Trackers:
SDL ($) | Marketing analytics, campaign management, and social media management.
Argyle Social ($) | Solid tool for identifying and engaging with your leads, as well as gaining new ones.
BlitzMetrics ($) | “All of the above” social media dashboard — this powerhouse lets you monitor Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, and more. You can even keep an eye on your competitors and compare your results against their’s!
NetBase ($)| This social intelligence platform enables you to monitor, engage, and publish updates.
Bottlenose ($) | Live social intelligence.We use this to search, monitor, analyze, target, and engage in real time. And all in one conveniently centralized location. Very worth the money if you have it.
Brandwatch ($) |What are people saying about your brands and products? What about your competitor’s brand and products? This’ll help you track exactly that.
Buffer (Free and $) | Manages multiple accounts — Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Buzz Equity ($) | Listen to social media conversations in real time.
CARMA ($) | Evaluate your online persona, social media image, brand recognition, and a whole heck of a lot more.
Collective Intellect ($) | An Oracle platform that helps you capture millions of conversations — every day.
Talkwalker ($) | Monitor your brand, reputation, and even your competitors.
Topsy ($) | Watch your tweets, websites, blogs, and social networks.
Trackur Apparently an awesome service. I know nothing more than that.
Twitalyzer Twitter metrics that analyze followers, mentions, retweets, and influencers, and somewhat creepily, even their locations.
UberVU ($) | Major social media platform monitoring — real time and versatile audience engagement.
Visible ($) | Monitor, analyze, and engage in social media conversations.
Vocus ($) | Intuitive platform for cloud marketing and analytics.
Shoutlet ($) | Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and YouTube. Integrates workflow tools and task assignments.
Social Marketing Cloud ($) | A is for automation. This solution enables you to monitor and analyze pretty much everything — while you sleep.
This is all just an itty bitty scratch on the tip of the iceberg.
We have so much more to cover, including (but not limited to):
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] In-home scanners to collect valuable consumer data
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] Scanner based sales and causal information from retail
[mks_icon icon=”fa-check-circle” color=”#81d742″ type=”fa”] Why I cried like a little girl when I saw the results of altruistic marketing methods paired with more profit than I would have ever imagined (I wasn’t the only one).