Positive Impact of Social Media in 2013


We know social Media has made its mark when the mainstream brands around the globe are using their resources to make a statement and to even take a stand!

Social Media was used to its optimum potential in 2013. Few of the landmark campaign from around the world, that made ripples across the world are:

  • Pantene (Philippines) took a stand on gender inequality in the work place and society as a whole. They pride themselves in being a ‘woman-centric’ brand hence it was right on-point for them to unmask the double standards that exist which, over time, people have come to accept as a norm. With the help of social media the campaign gained momentum and crossed borders, resonating with women worldwide. Have a look below and decide for yourself:

  • Dove has been famous for decades for its positive and re-enforcing ad campaigns which always feature real women with real bodies. Hence, it comes as no surprise that they would use their resources and creativity in addressing one of the biggest issues looming over women world over: BODY IMAGE! This (below) compelling social experiment highlights how most women view their bodies and appearances. This became one of the most shared and blogged about campaigns in 2013.

    • Tanishq is a luxury jewelry brand in India. In the country, which is obsessed with fairness cremes and lotions and where most (if not all) ad campaigns are around ‘fair skin’, Tanshiq took a bold step (and a huge risk) by choosing a dusky model for their project. However, their story of bravado doesn’t end here. They also picked the subject of ‘re-marriage’ for their campaign which is unheard of and has to be a first for any mainstream Indian brand. This is a good example of how social media is a tool of brands which can help them take a stand and make a difference in their society. It can help brands change the mindset of their audience, even if it is one-at-a-time.

Social Media definitely has its short comings, but with companies using it wisely to help social causes and bring light to issues which get buried in documentaries and journals it is proving to be quite a boon when it matters!

What are your thoughts on Social Media and how has it impacted you?

Lessons Learnt in 2013

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As we countdown the last couple of days of 2013 we would like to share the lessons we have learnt in 2013.

First up is Kathy,

So much has changed this past year that has effected my life and has had a profound impact on how I view my daily living. I’ve had several close friends die, others who are still in a battle for their lives, new babies announced  in our family that are on the way, new family members added and my oldest child preparing to go off to college.  The older I get, the more I truly grasp how precious life really is and how family and friends are what undoubtedly matter in this world.  This year, my biggest lesson learned is to really try to breath in every day what is happening around me… to genuinely enjoy what I am doing at that very moment I am doing it… not worrying if I am going to be tired the next day at work or that I am not getting downtime on the weekend to relax . Life is a vapor and I want to be sure I’m  taking it all in and not missing a thing.  Owning a business, you can get caught up in making a living, but it is always good to remember that this IS only a living and not a life. “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.”

Alan:

TELL everyone you love, that you love them.

Rik:

It is against the city law in San Antonio to carry any knife, any length blade if it’s lock is open.

Irene:

Love is the supreme expression of life, it is the essence and ground of all creation.

Rebecca:

No matter how much you want to find the good in someone, sometimes it’s just not there.

Jesse:

Truly stop what you are doing when your child speaks to you & listen…

Monica:

When the world disappoints you, just compensate with your imagination.

Olga:

Change does not come without hard work!

Tanvi:

Don’t judge people by first impressions. Everyone is capable of surprising you.

Josh:

2013 is the year I become a father for the first time. And it took one little cry to learn what a miracle is.

These are some life lessons we have learnt. Hope you enjoyed reading them!

See you in 2014!

– Rudkin Crew

Who Does What At An Advertising Agency

 


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Job Descriptions At Rudkin

CEO – He or she is the captain of the ship. Decides what projects the agency should or shouldn’t take on, when to change gears or pull the plug. They maintain client relationships and are often relied upon for crisis management.

Account Executive (AE) – This position is the liaison between the agency and the client. This is the person who brings in the business and is responsible for managing clients’ portfolios. They help turn clients’ vision into tangible ideas and products. They are also responsible for coordinating with the different departments within the agency to get the job done efficiently and punctually.

Creative Director – This person that can essentially be called the heart of any advertising campaign. In our agency, he is the manager of the graphic room and helps make all the magic happens. The clients shares their vision with the account executive (AE) and then the AE brainstorms with the creative director. He then either comes up with the concept for the project or assigns the perfect designer to work on the job.

Print Production Manager – Most of our AEs pull double duty as print production managers. This job includes day-to-day overseeing of all print jobs such as writing specs, picking and sometimes rounding up papers and envelopes, filling out paperwork, getting quotes and working with client for approval of quotes. Once the job goes to press, they follow through to be sure the job is moving along on schedule and being delivered on time. Much of their job is tracking when the print job will delivery.

Media Buyer/Planner – this is the person who identifies the best mix of media mediums to deliver an advertising message to a clients’ target audience. Using research data, they consider what is going to be most effective within the budget allocated and give the client’s product or service maximum exposure. Media buying can take place in radio, television, billboards, newspapers, magazines, on-line, signage and much more.

Graphic Designer – They can easily be called the backbone of any advertising agency. They are the artists who create and bring ideas to life. They add esthetics and style to a campaign and/or brand. Without their keen eye for details and art nothing would be possible. Each designer comes with his or her own unique style and skill set.

Social Media Coordinator – Once you have the campaign ready, you need it to reach its ‘right’ audience. That’s where social media comes in. This person plans and decides between the various social media platforms, which are appropriate for which campaign and help the brand reach its potential market. In our agency, this person maintains all the social accounts, comes up with creative campaigns and does regular posting and blogging.

Web Developer – this person job is to create a website from start to finish working with the client’s wish lists, needs and specifications. They then develop the backend coding languages and scripts to create the final product. In our agency, our web developer is a phenomenal designer thus not only does she code, but she designs as well using both left brain, right brain. However, in most agencies you will have a graphic designer design the layout of the website and the web developer code it.

Office Manager – This role binds the firm together. The responsibilities might vary from agency-to-agency but they can be responsible for one or more of the following jobs: bookkeeping, inventory, payroll, billing and more.  In office this is the go-to person to find everything missing.

Hope you enjoyed this insight into our work environment.

Until next time,

RP Team

Small Town Advertising – How do you do it?


By Kathy Rudkin

shutterstock_132470147Many people wish they lived in the reclusive existence portrayed in a Norman Rockwell town. You know the type – the ones he usually depicted in his paintings showing the quaint historical town with people relaxing at the sidewalk cafes with their faithful dogs beside them. Or the scene of the beautiful serene river where the children are playing and families are having an afternoon picnic, free from the hustle and bustle of city living. Sound familiar? The Texas Hill Country… obviously a great place to live and the reason many of us chose to move here. However, this same small town quaintness can also poise a challenge when it comes to making a living and promoting your business.

Marketing in a small town can be similar to throwing Jell-O on a wall… how do you do it and make it stick? How do you grow your business with limited resources, limited mediums within a limited market?

As we all know, the Hill Country has a different way of life as well as conducting business; therefore, many “traditional” methods of advertising – just don’t work here. Getting to know your community and how the market works will give you an edge in knowing how to reach them.

Many years ago, I ran across an advertising poem that made a profound impact on me. It is as accurate today as it was the day I read it:

Why Is It?

A man wakes up after sleeping

under an advertised blanket,

on an advertised mattress,

pulls off advertised pajamas,

bathes in an advertised shower,

shaves with an advertised razor,

brushes his teeth with advertised toothpaste,

washes with advertised soap,

puts on advertised clothes,

drinks a cup of advertised coffee,

drives to work in an advertised car,

and then, refuses to advertise,

believing it doesn’t pay.

Later when business is poor,

he advertises it for sale.

Why is this?

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 Owning an advertising agency, I frequently see clients who are desperate and on their last effort to make their businesses work. I am often amazed at what they have – or more likely have not – done to insure the success of their businesses.

In the last 16 years, we have work many different types of clients and have been exposed to many industries. Not only do we handle national clients with large budgets, but also the “mom and pop” type businesses that comes in for help on a local flyer. Regardless of the size, the key marketing essentials that work for a million dollar account are the same basic essentials that work for the local company with limited funds. The key is to prioritize, stop wasting dollars, stay consistent and get a plan. Many times in our effort to save money, we actually spend more in the long run.

  1. Logo: In a small community, this is probably your best-spent advertising dollars. You want to appear “legitimate” and therefore creating a professional logo is crucial. Many times, I am astonished to see what people consider a “logo.” Refrain for having the 10th grader down the street, who can use a rudimental graphic program, build your most important aspect of your business – your branding. Really think about how your logo is going to be used, who you target market is, and what message you are trying to convey. This tells who you are and what you do. Don’t make people guess what you do. The logo should tell it.

Your result should be vibrant, vital and purpose-driven logo that reflects your company. Once determined – stick with it. This is your brand and a representation of your company. From this point forward, all your materials should be consistent in look, feel and color. When people see it, they immediately recognize it and know what you do. It becomes part of the community.

  1. Branding: Once your logo & color scheme is determined, your next step will be branding – letterhead, business cards, signs, specialty packaging such bags, tags & other in-store items. Again, consistency! Handing out business cards that you have printed off your home computer and crookedly cut – don’t portray an image of professionalism. Business cards are one of the least expensive items you can produce. For under a $100, you can have professional cards that represent and tell what your business does –many times it is your first and only impression to your customer.

In a small town, quality signage is critical as well as one of the most important aspects of bringing awareness to your business. How often have we driven by and noticed the hand painted sign by the business owners themselves and immediately base a poor opinion about their business, just by the sign. If you don’t have budget to hire a graphic artist or an advertising agency to help you with this project, most sign companies do have design departments that can walk you through this phase of marketing and get you positioned in the community right off the bat.

  1. Advertising: How do I get my message out? In small community, there are ways to reach your market.
    1. Websites: This immediately establishes creditability and can be its own marketing tool. In today’s market, we are Internet driven. For example… you make an appointment with a doctor, you go online… want to see a concert, you go on line…looking for tile, you go online. We are a generation driven by, as well legitimize businesses, based on the look and feel of their websites. Again, put some of your advertising dollars into this. The cheapest avenue is not necessarily the best avenue. They are many companies out there toting themselves as “web development companies.” Look at their website! If their website is poor, than it is a waste of money. Research who you use, get references, look at their portfolios, visit with customers who have used them and bid it out. Be sure to tell your web developer of future growth and your future wish list. This ensures that your design can grow with you. A good website should last your 2 to 3 years before needing a fresh look.
    1. Newspaper: There are many ways to reach out in small markets. Newspaper and direct mail being a large percent of your annual budgeting. We are surrounded by small communities in this area, which have loyal readers and reasonable rates for display ads. Local newspapers, typically have a loyal reader that takes the paper for several reasons; 1.) to see what going on in their local government, 2.) find local activities and local businesses to use, and 3.) to see who made the paper that they know. The goal in newspaper is to stand out. Don’t crowd your ad with everything in your store trying to get the most bang for your buck. This is a common mistake and will blend you right in with the rest of the paper, basically throwing away your advertising dollars.  Don’t be afraid of white space and clever headlines. Add spot color to pop off the page. Spend a little more to get a larger ad. Position it in the right area – request where you would like your ad to fall in the paper.  And last, but not least, don’t limit yourself.  Expand your advertising dollars to other regional areas – go into other town newspapers as well.
    1. Direct Mail: What better way to get your product out then to hand pick your user and tailor your message specifically to them – having plenty of real estate to do it. Did you know that you can produce a 6 x 11 postcard and inexpensively as you can a 4 x 5?

There are many secrets to direct mail that can make a significant difference in getting noticed. First, get an eye-catching message. Think it through. Don’t waste money, get a professional involved. If no one responds to your direct mail, then you didn’t save money.

You will only have a split second to catch someone’s attention and only the clever, colorful and best-designed pieces make the cut.  Go large – a 6 x 11 postcard towers over the standard #10 envelope and mails under 20¢ bulk rate. Print on a 100# cover instead of a coated card stock – you will save hundreds of dollars by simply choosing your paper correctly. And most of all, hire a mailing house for your list, labeling and your postage.

Your list is the most important part of your direct mail. You need to narrow down who your market really is and sharpen that down to a primary target market and a secondary market. You also do not have to do all the mailing in one mail out. For budget purposes, buy your entire list to save money on the minimal list cost, but mail in increments as your finances allow. This also allows you to tract what is working. If you own a business that you can give a discount or an incentive, this is always helpful in the tracking and future planning of campaigns. Be sure that you have realistic expectations. A successful direct mail piece should generate a response rate of 2-4%.

Many people try to save money by doing their own labels and mailing themselves. This could not be further for the truth. You are paying first-call postage as well as your valuable time spent doing it. A mailing house in the long run will save you money. Mailing houses are set up to mail in large quantities. They have systems that ink jet the address right on the card as well as the postal bar code. This will significantly drop your postage costs by simply adding the bar code. In fact, it drops is so much that it will typically pay for the cost of the mailing service. Also, most mail houses have established bulk rate permit numbers that they will let you use. This will also be a substantial savings going bulk. They do require you to pay the postage at the time of mailing to use their permit number. Keep in mind; if you are promoting an event, bulk rate mailing takes longer to be received so you will need to adequately back out the date you need them to arrive in homes.

Your business can grow substantially through consistent advertising, having a marketing plan as well as community involvement and word of mouth. Your goal is to prove that you are resource and not just someone providing another unnecessary service. Walt Disney said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Advertising is doing.

In the next few months, we will be addressing many other avenues for marketing in a small community such as: PR, radio and TV, billboards, specialty items, events, other local resources as well as community involvement.

Those of us who enjoy the peace and serenity of living in a small town atmosphere still need to address and realize that our chosen lifestyle demands success and long-term growth in our business… our livelihood.

Beat The Monday Blues: Rudkin Style


Irene is our travel junkie with par excellence design skills. Although she often has Mondays off, this is how she says she beats them nonetheless. Get to know her better here.
Irene_MondayBluesHow are you beating the blues this Monday? Share it with us on our Facebook Page or tweet them to us @rudkintweets.

Until next time,

RP Team