Sticking Around.

In a time where competition is fierce Apple and Android have been at each others throats. Both tech giants have spent years one-upping each other for the title of who’s the best.

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 today and it has all the bells and whistles. Samsung unveiled the galaxy s7 not too long ago and again, it has all the bells and whistles.

Here’s the thing about both Android and iPhone. Both companies aren’t going to attract new customers. I know people on both sides and they’re pretty cemented in their belief. For those who do wander to the other side it doesn’t take long for them to go back.

It’s come to the point where it’s about brand loyalty.

Apple appeals to a certain audience as does Android. The key is to deepen that loyalty and getting consumers to spend more.

That’s how marketing at this stage is done.

Ask yourself, do you really need a new iPhone? The answer is probably not but the new one is so intriguing. You need it to be waterproof and who doesn’t want the old school, jet black covering?

Tech companies aren’t the only ones who go by this model.

Jordan has been selling the same sneakers for 20+ years. Why on earth are people still buying them?

Outside of the limited supply Jordan sells different colorways that won’t be seen again for years. By doing that, along with only releasing a few numbers each year, Jordan remains relevant and keeps his loyal customers coming.

The hardest thing to do as a company is keeping customers engaged in what you’re selling. After the initial introduction of your product dies down one needs to find out what the customer enjoys/needs and exploit it. If not it’s inevitable that you’re going to fade to black.

As always, thanks for reading.

Go Crazy. 

Unless you live under a rock you probably understand the sensation that is Pokémon Go. 90′s kids are rejoicing as we stroll around this great nation looking for our favorite characters. I must admit, I didn’t get the hype until I gave it a go. Now I’m hooked. I actually walked half a mile yesterday because a Squirtle was in the area. 

The amazing thing about this phenomenon is that Nintendo has changed the way we’ve interacted with apps forever. Augmented reality has given consumers a way to interact with their environment in ways that no one could dream of. 

Imagine, playing angry birds using your environment. Instagram giving you suggestions for pictures depending on where your phone is. It’s something that has unlimited potential. 

It’s sort of like a huge scavenger hunt in real time. 

The fear, though, is that these companies will have access to a lot of personal information. Not only will they have your exact location but most apps require an email address in order to work. Nintendo has already caught flak for “needing” access to your gmail account in order to participate in the game. 

I personally don’t think that will be a huge hurdle for companies to jump. If your app is as addictive as Pokémon Go then users won’t care what you need, as long as they can participate. It’s up to the app creators to make an experience worth giving up so much personal information for. With the technology and ingenuity available today that shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. 

Excuse me, Pikachu is here.

As always, thanks for reading. 

The Come Up

A while ago I wrote about how Apple is changing consumer behavior and how they essentially ruled the world.

Man, how times have changed.

Apple release its second quarter earnings back in March. Though the company brought in $50.6 billion (yes, that’s a B) it’s down for the first time in thirteen years. Don’t be fooled, Apple is doing just fine. They have more than enough money.

The company has to be a little shaken though. Last year the company posted $58 billion in revenue for its second quarter. That’s a 13% drop when comparing the two quarters.

The reason Apple has seen a minimal decline is because its main rival, Samsung, have found a way to compete with the tech giant.

Samsung figured out that their tech will probably not, or at least not right now, match Apple’s so they’ve taken an alternative route. Samsung has jumped into the race by offering a variety of watches, phones, and other products that Apple doesn’t make.

They’ve even jumped into the virtual reality business.

Apple’s products are a one size fits all while Samsung allows you to shop for your size. A risk that is starting to pay dividends.

The thing that’s still working in Apple’s favor is their operating system and their fan’s loyalty to them. I’ve had an iPhone for years and I can’t dream of going anywhere else. That kind of brand loyalty is what still makes Apple a giant and the leader. Samsung is slowly closing the gap and Apple has to be looking over their shoulder.

If not then don’t be surprised is Samsung bites them in the…….

As always, thanks for reading.

You There?

It happens every morning.

Ten minutes before my alarm goes off my phone lights up and I roll over to see what it is. Most of the time I think the worst because….I’m me but most of the time it’s an annoying email from someone wanting me to buy something.

I’m sure it’s happened to you, too. You’re waiting for that text back, an important phone call, an email, only to be disappointed by an email blast.

The question is, are they still effective?

Yes, having email marketing campaigns are a great way to reach multiply people in a short amount of time. The question is how does one make people read the material? We live in a time where marketing emails are like commercials, we skip them whenever we can. They seem to be more of a nuisance than anything else.

I don’t have all the answers but here are a few ways to make sure your email not only gets opened, but read.

First, add a coupon. This only applies to emails from businesses that sell things (duh) but the best way to keep people from clicking unsubscribe is to save them money. It’s also a great way to grow your email list, which is the goal to begin with.

If you’re not selling anything then you have to focus on having exceptional content. That is the key to anything related to advertising. Content is king and as long as your content is superb then the chances of your email being read grow exponentially.

Timing is also an important, and tricky, skill to master. When will your consumer be more than likely to read your email? Is it in the morning when they wake up? (probably not) Is it during work hours? You must figure out the optimal time to send your email. If not, it’s going to the trash and quickly.

I wish I had more for you but as the Joker once said, “If you’re good at something never do it for free.”

On that note, I’m out.

As always, thanks for reading.