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By William May
Published: 10/31/15 Topics: Advertising, Marketing Comments: 0
For many years the Philadelphia Cheese Steak shop occupied a triangle corner on busy Madison Avenue on Seattle's Capitol Hill. It seemed to do well but changed hands a few times and gradually did the restaurant slow decline dance.
Meantime, just up the street the Bottle Neck bar opened and soon became a favorite hang out. When Philly closed, the proprietors - Erin Nestor and Rebecca Denk - grabbed the additional space and opened a nice neighbor burger joint. They called it "Two Doors Down" because, of course that is where it was.
Sometimes naming businesses and products is easy but often it is a long laborious chore. Who knows how the new restaurant got its name, but it is brilliant, memorable and fun. That fits the new decor and the food.
Halloween heavy traffic raced past Two-Doors, just as traffic always does, but ahead on the trek home cars were slowing and some pulling over to grab a burger.
All because someone, maybe the genius who named the restaurant, created a cheap but compelling reason to drop into the restaurant.
Pumpkins are cheap. A few orange LED Christmas type lights didn't break the bank. surely the staff had fun making them. Or maybe the customers made them. (What fun.)
Putting the pumpkins in the window would have worked, but simply putting them on the street made them impossible to miss. On this rainy dreary night. It was warm. It was compelling.
They must have sold far more burgers that night because who could resist?
Accepting expensive solutions from advertising experts can produce great results, but advertising is always trial and error no matter how well researched.
On the other hand, creative thinking always wins over new customers, makes existing customers smile and makes the cash register ring.
Author: William May, MayPartners Advertising
Blog #: 0458 – 10/31/15
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By Wm. May
Published: 05/27/15 Topics: Marketing, Vacation Rentals, Videos Comments: 0
Recently, a number of websites - including some Vacation Rental portals - have begun using videos as a kind of background image that depict people using vacation rental homes.
Maybe you have seen them. Often they are mundane and slow moving but even the slight movement attracts attention.
There is no sound, and no titles and they are seemingly used mostly as a graphic element - to indicate that staying in the home is comfortable and desirable.
Unfortunately, they do the opposite because no one realized the implications that make the videos creepy.
- One depicts a young woman asleep in a disheveled room as she wakes up.
- Another shows a dad and daughter playing on the top bunk of a bed.
- Another shows a couple of men making breakfast, in a none too attractive tiny kitchen.
All of these feel like they were video taped by a peeping tom when the people were not looking. Viewing them should make you feel uncomfortable.
So who thought this was a good idea? Maybe a peeping tom or voyeur?
The videos are often grainy, or perhaps faded which inadvertently indicates the videos were shot a non-professional camera. That too implies they were taken without the subjects approval. Even more creepy.
By comparison, some videos are exterior long shots of the ocean with boats moving, or waterfalls falling, some have people far in the background.
Those videos are more reassuring because they were clearly taken in a public space and not of some one in a private bedroom in their jammies. The subtleties between various videos is the difference between acceptable and creepy.
Author: Wm. May – Volunteer, Vacation Rental Association
Blog #: 0398 – 05/27/15
By Joseph Romain
Published: 02/01/15 Topics: Marketing, Photography, Vacation Rentals Comments: 0
In a recent blog post on his website VacationRentalMarketingBlog.com, Matt Landau proclaims professional photos to be the most effective marketing tools to increase bookings and revenue.
Landau says, "When you have limited resources, you must examine the return on investment (ROI) of everything you do." He then lists the Top 10 cost-effective Vacation Rental Marketing Activities.
Number one on his list is professional photos which he illustrates by providing a cost versus benefit graph clearly showing photos as the best investment.
Other steps, such as building a private website, increasing your paid listing rank, soliciting reviews and trying to speak with guests by phone also are beneficial.
While hiring a professional photographer is indeed a good idea, to this day many professionals have still not discovered or mastered the art of creating High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos.
Without that even the best cameras, a photographic education and lots of experience prohibit the photographer from creating truly accurate photos such as those HDR can create.
HDR photos are not easy and they are not cheap, but the benefit of having compelling and accurate photos attracts more guests, more bookings and more revenue.
Landau posits an analogy about whether a government should invest $10,000 to cure ten Malaria patients or the same amount to save a single AIDS patient. Tough call of course, but it illustrates that spending money on great photos is by far the most cost efficient treatment for vacation rental marketing.
Matt Landau is the Founder of the Vacation Rental Marketing Blog, an online resource for vacation rental owners and managers. He is also the owner of Los Cuatro Tulipanes vacation rentals in Panama, and a columnist for HomeAway and FlipKey, the world's two largest vacation rental marketplaces.
Author: Joseph Romain – Creative Director, Signatour Photo Team
Blog #: 0003 – 02/01/15
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