Both marketers and industries far and wide have been wondering whether the Influencer Marketing trend is here to stay – it may seem like an obvious and resounding ‘Yes!’ However, there are some underlying problems with the industry that are worth digging into before we base our answer on gut instinct alone.
We’re all obsessed with new data and the latest changes to Adwords or Facebook’s algorithms, but lest we forget to pay homage to our roots. I’m speaking,of course, about the Creative Brief. There are those who hate it and those who love it. Regardless of the side of the fence you’re on, the brief is a necessary practice.
I have yet to see anything impact the success of a campaign more than a great creative brief. Personally, I love a good brief; but I rarely seem to be able to give the brief the time it deserves.
A great creative brief takes time. And it doesn’t need to follow the same format each time. I’d encourage others to treat their creative brief approach similarly to the pitch process. However, instead of pitching to the client, you’re pitching to the creative team.
The goal is to excite and inspire the team to draw up new solutions to solve a very specific problem.
Christy, founder of Urban Bella Marketing, arrived in our Tribe Lab to discuss her community with Tammy. Urban Bella believes that “the stories we weave must entice our audience to engage and take action.” And they deliver services tailored to experiential marketing, from events to tastings, and everything in between.
They slay the marketing game thanks, in large part, to their community of brand ambassadors. These folks play a crucial role in the ultimate success of their clients’ campaigns and initiatives. Urban Bella also has a community of clients who support their team, from Haribo (mmm candy!), Bell, and Top Shop – just to name a few.
However, it’s uncommon for an agency to focus on their own community when their work directly contributes to building the brand community of their clients. We definitely know a thing or two about that considering we’re a marketing agency too.
If there’s something we all have in common – aside from our need for food, water and sleep – we all have junk. Humans create waste and it’s hard to avoid it. With consumerism at an all-time high, the trend of discarding our old things for an upgrade is a trend that isn’t going anywhere.
We sat down with Leah, founder of Inner Fire to take a closer look at the community she built around their eco yoga apparel brand.
Based right here in Vancouver, Leah had a mission to create clothing that is both eco friendly and ethically made. With all their yoga pants being made with recycled water bottles, and their printing done locally – Inner Fire walks their talk. So, it’s no surprise the brand has grown a healthy community, appealing to the adventurist and urban yogis from all around who resonate with Inner Fire’s values and generally awesome vibe.
What’s Girl Gang?
This isn’t your average gang. Vancouver’s Girl Gang connects women in media, communications, tech and related fields to foster connections and support one another in their professional development. Sounds dope, right? With over 5,000 members – and counting – we thought their community would be a great place to begin our tribe lab case studies.
While brand communities have always existed it has never really been measured beyond the amount of followers, likes, or shares an account has. We know intuitively that brand communities are a necessity for organizations, however, we still don’t know very much about what builds a community and what actually creates a community that converts.
That’s why we’ve set out to find out exactly how this works. By looking at the social psychology of communities, we now know how communities think. We’ve created a simple survey that can allow anyone to score their community and help analyze exactly how healthy it is.
In order to evaluate your Community, you have to look at its overall health. Based on the social psychology of communities, our Tribe Lab has identified seven key factors to develop a healthy community: passion, vision, tribesman, leader, platform, content and trust.
This article is for those who have some form of community but haven’t figured out how to make it work. Does this sound like you: You don’t know why your community isn’t working but you’re ready to change that. You’re not capitalizing on your brand’s community as much as you could be.
Your goal is to create a healthy community, foster a set of tribesmen who will drive the conversation in your industry, and generate revenue. Part of building a community requires giving back to that community. You already know it is going to take a lot of hard work and effort to get it there.
If you already have a group of people following you (passive members) and a couple of fans (tribesmen) but you want to maximize your group’s potential, then this article is for you.
We’ll be covering how you can transform your group into a community filled with Tribesman who volunteer their time to regularly speak about your organization’s passion. Tribesman will praise your brand naturally and share their personal insights on the community which you would usually pay a fortune for with market research. If you continue to nurture your member relationships, they’ll be lifers.