Case Study Soft Selling That Sell

In this information technology era, advertising infiltrates so many type of communication message, include case studies. It called case studies soft selling. In mass media, advertising can interrupt with hard selling because the media is one to many communication. Meanwhile, in internet, interactive media, one to many communication, people didn’t like and have an option to refuse advertising interruption. So, to get exposure, advertisement hide behind news, story, entertainment, and learning a something new.

Advertisement hide behind the case studies

Case studies are also a contain covert advertisements.

Case studies case studies are neutral tone information. It is containing lessons, scientific and impartially impressed. For example, a case study of empowerment of small business in a village. The case study told about how economic community improved. Now they can send their children to college. We can achieve through the production of peanut spices or your products and market it to Indonesia.

A small business observer will be interested in the case study. If, for example, it is felt that the case study applicants on small business economics are small, the theme of the case study is changed, for example, the case study on diet. Diet has many people that interest in. That is far more than enthusiasts of a mall business topic.

Just make the story, “Case study of a lean body without hunger in 3 months” In the story described how peanut pasta sauces very role in the effort slimming program. Slim body enthusiasts will be interested in the story, and also peanut pasta sauce or your product.

The story is more interesting than advertising because it deals with the problems they face and the solution has authority because it is based on experience.

How to infiltrate advertising message in case studies. It does not have to expose your product in theme. The theme of case studies also shows learning point that relevant to them. For example, learn from economic empowerment.

That is case studies soft selling.

Disruptive Marketing in Interactive Communication

Disruptive Marketing is marketing that sensitive to business disruptive.

In previous post I write about fall of market leader, Nokia. Nokia is not alone. Many malls and retail shops in Indonesia are out of business when the market prefers a new way of shopping, which is online shopping. The market much likes to shop through online ordering via a virtual market (marketplace) such as Tokopedia, JD.id, shopee.co.id, bukalapak.com and so on. The world of public transportation is also experiencing similar things. There is a market trend to use taxis and motorcycles with online reservations such as Uber, Gocar, and Grab the mobile application.

The phenomenon of market interest shift over these different product categories is driven by the widespread use of internet-connected smartphones. The impact of information technology is behind the disruption symptoms. Disruptions The old business models are replaced by more efficient businesses with information technology support.

Information Technology Era and Disruption

In today’s information technology era, businesses are required to be sensitive to new categories that can be more efficient and effective that undermine the old categories. That is Disrupt phenomenon.

Students as candidates for business managers are also required to have sensitivity in the midst of rapidly changing situations. Their briefing in the form of lectures and teaching materials material to them also needs to undergo changes or updating taking into account the role of information technology in business.

This textbook is an attempt in that direction, updating the science of marketing by weighing information technology. This textbook offers a more sensitive and flexible approach to changing the business environment. The old marketing concepts are not entirely abandoned because they are still relevant today, but with the use of information technology. There are 3 updates that  I offer.

  • We need to add the idea of Segmentation and Targeting with use of information technology that facilitates segmentation as well as new, unknown targeting methods prior to the widespread of information technology.
  • The concept of Targeting and Positioning is complemented by the preparation of personal and flexible buyer persona and value proposition, given that communication is now more interactive and companies are required to be flexible with changing needs.
  • The competitive advantage not only looks at product characteristics alone but comes with a business model sensitive to new changes.
    With the updating of marketing knowledge, it is hoped that textbooks will be able to adjust to rapid changes and can perform marketing activities more effectively and efficiently with the use of information technology.

That is disruptive marketing that quick respond to market change behaviour.

 

Disruption in Business and New Marketing

Disruption business is real. It triggers a new perspective on business and marketing. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, cried.  “We did not make any mistake, but somehow, we lost”. It happened during a press conference announcing the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft in 2013. As he said that, all the management team, including himself, cried sadly.

In the GSM generation, Nokia is the market leader in the world. In 2007, Nokia controlled 50% of the world’s mobile market. Furthermore, since 2010, Nokia market continues to fall to 3.1%.

Good Business in Disruption World

Until now, the Nokia brand still has a positive brand association. Nokia does not make broken products. The product is in line with quality expectations. Nokia also has good after-sales service, such as warranty.  a good resale value in its Symbian Class Category.
Nokia has great innovations. Its famous products are easier and comfortable to wear. Loud noise – from monophonic to polyphonic to sounds of the sound system. Nokia pioneered technology that is user-oriented, user-friendly products. The motto, the technology that understands you. The Nokia snake game on the HP screen is a great idea in its day. It’s an idea that meets the human need to play.

But in fact, it is not enough to keep his business. Nokia has performed well in its business to become the most popular Symbian mobile phone. But the market trend has shifted. Although Nokia is the best Symbian mobile phones, the trend moves to the blackberry and then to the Android and iPhone types. Nokia tried to take up with making products such as Blackberry, Android, and iPhone, but could not stem the development of Samsung and iPhone.

Late to Respond Market Change

Later realized, Nokia stuck on innovative features improvements to existing products and services. While other companies are moving in the other direction, that is reacting to the innovation apple that offers smartphone products in 2007 with touchscreen features and thousands of applications. Samsung reacts quickly to the category of this smartphone by presenting Android-based smartphone in 2010. While Nokia updates Symbian software by launching Symbian 3, but not popular. Two years later, in 2012, Samsung became the market leader, defeating Nokia, grabbing the world’s largest market share in the mobile phone field. Nokia, the company that once ruled this mobile phone market gradually abandoned the market.

What happens to Nokia is late in reacting to a market that is experiencing a change of interest in the category of product category of Symbian to Android and iPhone category. Conventional Symbian categories that previously met the market need for communication became irrelevant, as the market opted for a new category of communication needs.

In the disruption business, we need to update marketing program that easy and fast to adjust behavioral market change. We need market intelligence, market research that sensitive to market change. Value proposition and business model offer that flexibility.

Editorial Article as Soft Selling

Editorial Article as Soft Selling is a powerful strategy in advertising that Ogilvy do. People come to the internet not to look for ads. They are looking for information. If on facebook, they want to make friends and seek information. If possible, they reject information distorted for commercial and political reasons.

Why Editorial Article is soft selling

When they want to buy something, they want to seek information, not looking for ads that claim to be the number one ketchup. They seek information about objective products. Not one-sided. The presumption that the internet is a giant promotional channel is not entirely true, as visitors seek information, not to read information.

Therefore, in order for the desire to sell on the Internet to be channeled, they need to hide behind factual information that is objective or objective. For example information such as articles in newspapers and magazines, with the aim of finding the best information with maximum benefits.

They are informed about the product, not in the ad format, but rather in editorial formats such as articles, testimonials, case studies.

The theme of the article can be related to the benefits of your product. Eg your product of peanut sauce spices with health benefits and additional income. Articles may be related to health and additional income. Spice peanut sauce became one of the health contributors and additional income. The formula of the articles charged with the soft selling method is. The benefits of what the product. Talk about anything that supports the benefits. Talk about anything that supports health and additional income, if the customer segment wants that. Not just peanut sauce , but all the factors. Seasoning peanut sauce is only one factor.

According to Ogilvy in Ogilvy on Advertising, “there is no rule that ads should be like ads. If you can make it like an editorial page, you will attract more readers. The average person reads the article 6 times more than reading the ad. Rarely have ads read more than one person in every 20 people. “So, inserting ads in articles will increase the number of people to read.

Here are Roll Rolls Roll ads. The maker David Ogilvy. According to research, ads with style like articles will increase the number of people who read up to 80%.

That is power of Editorial Article as Soft Selling.