Tried-and-Tested Marketing Campaigns that Actually Work

The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Campaigns

Whether it’s Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness” or Surf Excel’s “Daag Acche Hai”, marketing campaigns have a way of sticking with us long after a purchase or impression.

Did you know? Great campaigns make companies memorable. It is a method companies use to communicate with their target market to reinforce their positioning and convey a particular message. It is in fact a vehicle to connect with your marketplace and to generate leads and sales.

There is a very fine line between an advertisement and marketing campaign which many people tend to confuse. For example, not every advertisement you see or hear on your way to work is part of a campaign.

It is only part of a campaign when it follows a particular theme and promotes a single-focused idea. For example, if you see a paper cup ad, a Facebook sponsored post and receive an email promoting the same product…then you’ve just witnessed a marketing campaign.

With so many creative marketing campaigns out there, how do you know which one to choose to create maximum noise and impact?

Types of Marketing Campaigns and Outcomes

Billboards and Hoardings

A roadside billboard is a competitive advertising option. Both small as well as large brands have leveraged on this medium to promote their product or service.  

Outcome: Visible 24/7, creative, eye-catching, encourages faster reach, allows repetition of message and provides a guaranteed audience.

Example: Back in 2017, Zomato stirred a social media storm with it’s hilarious and provocative OOH campaign.

zomato hoarding and billboard campaign

Cinema Advertising

Cinema Ad is an effective method to promote your brand. That’s because your audience cannot change the channel, walk away or ignore your advert. If you want to convey your message to a room full of people, this is the way to go.

Outcome: Serves to hundred people at once, gets complete attention from viewers and creates maximum impact.

Example: Ethnic wear, Manyavar and Mohey launched a series of TVCs, outdoor campaigns and cinematic ads featuring Virat Kohli and Anshuka Sharma, to promote their campaign #NayeRishteNayeVaade.

manyavar mohey marketing campaign

Paper Cup Branding

You don’t always have to splurge to grab a consumer’s attention. Cup branding is a perfect, BTL (Below-the-line) advertising medium that proves this. Brand logos and taglines are printed on paper cups and distributed at various touch points free of cost including colleges, corporate offices, shopping malls, airlines and railways.

Outcome: Cost-effective, uncluttered medium, innovative, creative, 5 to 7 minutes exposure time and cannot be switched off, blocked or skipped.

Example: Magnum opus Baahubali chose paper cup ads as part of their marketing mix to reach out to working professionals and college students, in order to urge them to pre-book their tickets.  

Baahubali Marketing Strategy for Colleges and Corporate -Gingercup

Print Media

Owing to the number of people that read magazines and newspapers, print media is an effective form of advertising. If you want millions of people to read your advertisement and gain traction to your campaign, this medium is great. However, print media is non-intrusive as people can choose to see it or ignore it.  

Outcome: Wide reach, expensive, great impact and exposure, relevance and expensive

Example: Rajasthan Tourism captured the essence of the state with its creative camels to moustache print ad.   

rajasthan tourism print ad

Now that you know that prominent types of marketing campaigns that top brands are capitalising on, let’s touch upon how you can figure which marketing works better.

Choosing the right marketing channel for your brand

Before a brand can figure out which channel can produce sustainable growth for them, they may need to go through a trial and error phase.

The kind of marketing channel you choose mainly depends on your business goals and budget. So, the best practice would be to put your money on a couple of channels.

Once you find a particular channel is driving more leads than the other, you should find more ways to leverage on that channel.

Also, you must look around and see what’s working for your competitors. When you test a particular channel and analyse the results it gives, you’ll know whether you’ve succeeded or failed.

In case you fail, it’s important to move on to the next channel. Halfway through the process, you’ll realise you’ve found the right marketing channel that can drive profitability for your brand.

Difference between Advertising and Sales Campaigns

Advertising and sales campaigns are usually two key components of a business. Despite being two different concepts, they are often misunderstood.

While advertising is all about expressing the qualities of a product and its unique selling proposition throughout the lifecycle of the brand, sales promotions or campaigns are all about short-term sales that are carried out during specific periods where consumer demand is likely to be higher than normal.

For example, the holiday season is seen as prime time for ecommerce giants such as Amazon and Flipkart, and thus they hold maximum sales promotions during this time.

Though marketing campaigns are not easy to execute, they’re valuable and integral to grow your business into a successful brand.

If you are looking to touch your audience in creative and exciting ways, drop an email to contact@gingercup.com.

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Natasha Gupta

Natasha is a content writer, fashion enthusiast and connoisseur of food. Juggling between passion and profession, food and words are always on her mind. She believes in her dreams and herself. Reviewing restaurants and movies, and writing about trending topics excites her.

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