4 Outside-The-Box Examples of Content Marketing We Love

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4 Outside-The-Box Examples of Content Marketing We Love

Content Marketing is an instrumental part of our strategy at Marketeering Group. This approach to marketing reaches customers by creating and distributing engaging, relevant, and consistent digital content. By focusing on content, brands can more easily raise awareness with their audiences by sharing messages customers are interested in seeing, rather than obtrusive and out-of-place advertisements. From blog posts, to photos, videos, social media, and more, there are many ways to create this type of engaging digital content and share it with the world. Here are a few interesting content marketing examples we think go above and beyond the rest, and give us some creative content marketing inspiration.

New York Times and Samsung’s Daily 360 Videos

In a world that’s ever more digital, historically-print media outlets have had to dream up creative ways to stay relevant. The New York Times has been on the forefront of what it means to be a journalist in the 21st century, and has started to redefine the way news stories are told. In a collaboration with Samsung last year, the global news media company brought stories to the world as they’d never seen before: in a 360 degree virtual reality experience. Through this collaboration, the New York Times has been able to create a new frontier of storytelling, and Samsung’s latest and greatest technology is showcased to hundreds of thousands of readers around the world through the NYT.

Subaru’s and Beautiful Anonymous Podcast

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Subaru has recently taken a novel approach to reaching millennial customers in the digital space. Their “Meet An Owner” project shares stories Subaru drivers’ experiences with their cars. This website includes tales of artists on the road, mountaineers in action, and a whole lot more. Another creative content strategy Subaru recently used was with the popular “Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People” podcast. This podcast, where anonymous people call in and talk to the host (Chris Gethard) about anything for an hour, attracts a large audience of millennials. Rather than buying general ad space on this podcast, Subaru took a step further, and created branded content within the podcast. The car manufacturer sponsored mini episodes of the show to be aired in the same format as the podcast: anonymous people would call in and talk to the host about anything in the world, the only requirement was that the person call from a Subaru.

Taco Bell’s “The Feed” (and other marketing strategies)

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Whether you’re a Taco Bell fiend, or you prefer to avoid the late-night fast food taco joint, you can’t deny that their marketing has style. They know their target audience, namely young people in search of cheap food, and they know what type of content attracts their attention. Taco Bell’s “The Feed” is a digital platform that shares a variety of integrated digital content. This multi platform channel offers everything from catchy headlines like “This Happened: We Got Married in a Taco Bell,” to stories about taco options for under 400 calories “because you want that summer bod and that taco.” These catchy, fun-to-read, and digitally integrated stories engage Taco Bell’s target audience and keep them coming back for more. (For another Taco Bell marketing strategy we think is great, check out “Taco Bell Mode,” their new promotion strategy with Lyft.)

Always’ #LikeAGirl Campaign

Always, Proctor and Gamble’s line of feminine products, recently created an award winning campaign. This content did not directly advertise their products, but instead was created with the goal of building confidence in young girls. Always’ studies found a decline in confidence among girls around the time of puberty, and the brand wanted to shift that paradigm. The solution was to build a campaign to shift the meaning of what it means to do something “like a girl.”

This campaign is prevalent across digital channels, with their preliminary video gaining more than 85 million views in over 150 countries. These videos also ran hand in hand with a campaign to broaden the representation of women in iPhone emojis, illustrating that there were no women in most of the sports and professional emojis (“unless you count being a bride a profession” one girl featured in their content says.) In their follow-up study, brand representatives found under 20 percent of 16-24 year olds had a positive association with the saying “like a girl” before interacting with this campaign. After seeing this content, 76 percent of the group said they no longer saw the phrase negatively.

Why These Campaigns Work

There’s no single foolproof formula for successful content marketing, but these creative integrations of digital storytelling and branding have a few things in common:

  • Seamless Multi-Platform Integration: None of the campaigns above are made in a single medium. They each have some combination of  written content, audio, images, or video to tell a cohesive story. This type of integration enables stories to reach people through Youtube, newsletters, and a number of other platforms. Tying content together across platforms also increases the potential of these campaigns to go viral through social media promotion.
  • Speaks to Target Audiences Where They Are: Tween girls love emojis. And what better way to get late-night-drunken-party-goers into Taco Bell than doing a promotion with a rideshare service? Having great messages is key to content marketing, but you can have the best creative collateral in the world and it doesn’t matter if the right people don’t see it. Ensuring your marketing messages reach your target audience in channels they frequently use is a common thread between these campaigns.
  • Cohesive Stories, Not Obtrusive Advertisements: Most people click out of pop-up ads and wait for commercials come on to take a bathroom break. Successful content marketing does the opposite: it grabs your attention. From experiencing zero gravity through Samsung’s 360 cameras, to viral videos of reshaping what it means to do something “like a girl,” content marketing goes beyond annoying advertisements and shares cohesive and engaging stories.

At Marketeering Group, we believe in creative, multi-platform storytelling to bring our customers the best results. To learn more about our team and our content marketing services, visit our website today!