The Big Shift: Why Marketers are Choosing #Social Media as Their Go-To Platform

Social Media Marketing – it’s not just a passing fad: it is the go-to platform for reaching new and existing customers. With marketing professionals providing clients with advanced social and mobile media analytics, businesses, large and small, can finally see their return on investments growing, as they keep their customers happy and connected. Chris Kyricou from Social Media Today has more.

http://socialmediatoday.com/chris-kyriacou/2304231/shift-towards-social-media-marketing  by Chris Kyriacou

Twitter – Facebook – Pinterest – WordPress -Are you ready to up your game online? Contact us today… we’ll help you put the Media Magic in your Social Media and Mobile Marketing Strategy!

Media Magic - ideas in motion

Media Magic – ideas in motion

Case Study: Franklin for Solicitor – Political Advertising, Social Media and Public Relations Campaign Consulting, Marketing, Collateral Materials Production

The Client:

Incumbent Ashtabula City Solicitor Michael Franklin (Independent).

The Situation:

Michael Franklin hired Media Magic to handle his re-election campaign marketing for the 2011 general election. He was facing a tough campaign by his predecessor, a Democratic candidate , whom be beat, with our assistance, in 2007. His opponent, who had a very well known and documented checkered past, decided he wanted his old job back, and was expected to go extremely negative in his campaigning. Franklin was looking for a winning campaign strategy to counter this.

The Strategy:

We, at Media Magic, believed the most important thing the Franklin campaign had to do was to dominate the message going out to the voters, from the start, and to remind voters of his opponents alleged criminal activity, while in office, so that when they heard the name of his opponent, they immediately associated with his past negative actions … no matter their political affiliation. That would put his opponent on the defense from the get-go and allow Franklin’s message to be heard.

To accomplish this, we  designed Franklin’s  campaign website to give viewers a clear picture of his mission and accomplishments in the past four years. It also had a special page filled with links to newspaper and magazine coverage of all of his opponents misdeeds, in and out of office.  Franklin did not have to make accusations on his own – the newspapers took care of this for him. We then posted links to articles on this page on Franklin’s Facebook, WordPress blog, LinkedIn and Twitter pages, along with very active local political forums on Facebook. This drove traffic back to the campaign website, where readers could read more about Franklin and see more of the negative articles published about his opponent. Michael also took part in a half hour podcast with a local political blogger. Connecting with constituents on Facebook and other social media outlets really allowed Franklin to communicate his message directly to interested voters and win their trust.

At the beginning of September, Media Magic filmed and produced two radio and TV ads for Mike Franklin, one featuring his on camera, discussing his accomplishments, the other showing part of a televised debate in which his opponent denied knowledge of any wrongdoing in office. In the ad, his statement was followed by past newspaper headlines detailing the charges against him. These ads aired on local cable and radio throughout the campaign season and were placed on Franklin’s website, Facebook and YouTube pages, available 24/7. We also took advantage of online advertising, placing ads on the newspaper and radio station websites, and ads on Facebook. As a result, Google shot his ranking up, giving Franklin a dominating online presence that his opponent, who did little advertising, could not touch.

To kick start the ground game, Media Magic created an arsenal of campaign collateral for hand out and direct mail: a postcard mailer, 3  campaign flyers,  five  quarter page and full page ads in the two  local newspapers, plus the ad and story in the Election Tabloid.

When his opponent leveled unsubstantiated charges against Franklin, Media Magic set up two press conferences, to counter the false claims. these press conferences resulted in at least three positive stories for Franklin, and several other negatives stories about Franklin’s opponent.

 

The Result:

Franklin handily defeated his opponent in the general election.

 

Franklin for Solicitor Billboard

Franklin for Solicitor Billboard

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Franklin for Solicitor Flyer Front

Franklin for Solicitor Flyer Back

Franklin for Solicitor Flyer Back

Musicians: Want to own #Twitter? Download this Free Guide to #Social Media for Musicians!

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This is for all of my musician friends, who are competing in the mad, mad world of social media marketing. DiscMaker’s Guide to Mastering Social Media gives you valuable tips and advice on best practices for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest (which is awesome for posting photos or bands and performers!) and a host of other platforms. Get your music out to your fans and keep them talking about you to their friends! Download your copy at the link here:

And remember to contact Media Magic when you are ready to cut your next album tracks or music video. We work with John Luttrelle, master recording engineer with ErieBrick Recording Studios. He’s an incredible producer and talented recording artist, himself. We love working with him on music video projects. His tracks are sweet! Check out his work at ErieBrickRecording.com

And don’t forget about Media Magic’s Blue Light Special on our Social Media Marketing Services… this offer ends at Midnight, Monday April 7th!

 

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Got Video? Post it on these social media sites and create some buzz! #MediaMagicTips #Small Business Marketing

Happy Friday to you! We, at Media Magic, love to post fun videos from our YouTube channel on Fridays, so today, in honor of our fifth Polar Vortex, we present Ashtabula Outdoor Army Navy Store’s ‘Frozen Prizon Blues’ TV commercial, starring owner and comedy king Bill Hyland as Johnny SavesumCash. We shot this television ad a few years ago at their Main Street retail location in Ashtabula county. Such fun! Warms my heart and tickles my funny-bone, every time!

If you have a great TV ad, marketing or music video, Intuit shares some smart social media sites on which to post it for maximum exposure… all for free!

http://blog.intuit.com/marketing/4-impactful-places-to-post-your-video/

Let us know if we can assist you with your next TV advertising campaign, corporate video production or social media marketing project… we’d love to help!

Is Valentine’s Day too soon to launch your Mother’s Day marketing strategy?

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! It’s a beautiful, snowy day here in Ashtabula County, Ohio. With St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks and green apparel already crowding out Cupid’s chocolates at the local pharmacy, you might be asking yourself, isn’t it too early to starting your marketing campaign for St. Paddy’s Day? How about Mother’s Day? Maybe not. Check out the metrics in this article, brought to my attention by David Landis of Landis Communications: When should you roll out your holiday marketing strategy?

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Got Postcards? Here’s A Direct Mail Marketing Deal !

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Are you looking for an easy and cost effective way to use Postcards to market your business? I came across this solution while reading a response by Barry Caputo of  the Marsid M and M Group,  in a popular marketing blog. He suggested using a service by the USPS called E.D.D.M. (Every Door Direct Mail). EDDM lets you pay a flat fee to mail a large postcard without the need for a mailing list. Just have the postcards printed and bundle them according to postal regulations (bundles of 100 pieces) and take them to the post office.  I checked it out for myself. For instance, I went to the map on their site, selected my select target area in Ashtabula and picked two particular routes: one going therough the central business district and one going through the main industrial district. The total delivery cost was $185 – not bad, for hitting every door and PO box in that area. Thanks, Barry  for this great marketing tip!  You can find out more here about EDDM at the USPS website: https://www.usps.com/business/every-door-direct-mail.htm.

Media Magic Launches A New Advertising Showcase Page on its LinkedIn Company Page

Community First Credit Union RV Loans billboard created by Media Magic and Lamar Advertising

Community First Credit Union RV Loans billboard created by Media Magic and Lamar Advertising

Looking for more information on Media Magic’s Advertising and Public Relations Services? Keep up to date and Follow our new Advertising Campaigns and Commercial Production Showcase Page on LinkedIn!Media Magic Advertising Showcase Page on LinkedIn

Case Study: Apple Heating and Cooling TV Advertising Campaign

Scott Robinson Apple Heating and Cooling  Scott Robinson        President, Apple Heating & Cooling

“Cheryl brings creative abilities to help us with creating effective television ads. She has worked with us from beginning concept through shooting and production. We have also benefited from her extensive experience in making the most of our media planning and buying.”

The Client:

Apple Heating and Cooling, a Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor, serving Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and parts of Cuyahoga County.

The Situation:

Apple contacted us to work with them on a two-year, cable and broadcast television advertising campaign, introducing their new company branding to Ashtabula and Lake counties. We met with then-owner Scott Robinson to discuss his vision for the 30-second spots. With big ambitions and a tight marketing budget, we worked together to produce an effective, attention-grabbing campaign that would remain affordable.

The Strategy:

Following our meeting, Media Magic’s Cheryl Dickson-Walker conceptualized and scripted a series of 8 TV ads, incorporating Scott as the company spokesperson, along with two testimonials from Apple Customers. Once the spots were finished, we consulted with Scott about media buys and placement. By having 8 spots, apple was free to rotate them and take some of them off the air for a while, keeping the campaign fresh for a couple of years.

Media Magic set up three, ten hour days of  on-location shoots using a three person crew led by director of Photography, David Walker: one, at Apple’s Ashtabula headquarters for Scott’s green screen filming and b-roll shots of Apple employee training and miscellaneous other shots, and one day at each of the homes of Apple customers giving testimonials, to interview the clients and get more b-roll of Apple employees interacting with customers and working on the job.

The Result:

Apple received an uptick in sales and inquiries, following the airing of the 8 commercials. We were told that the commercials were received with a very positive response. The commercials were also incorporated into the company website and Apple’s YouTube channel. A couple of years later, they expanded their growing business into Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.

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Community First Credit Union

Community First Credit Union, of Ashtabula, Ohio, hired Media Magic to create a year long multimedia advertising campaign that incorporated their new branding concepts. After consulting with their management team, we scripted and produced 8 Cable TV/television and radio 30 second commercials, including several customer testimonials, and created matching 1/4 page newspaper ads and billboards, designed in partnership with the graphic artists at Lamar Advertising. Our clients was so pleased with the results of our marketing efforts, that we were hired to do a second year-long advertising campaign.

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