Are you afraid to discuss controversial topics because you don’t want to offend anyone or get into trouble? It would be best to consider breaking some taboos in your core marketing message.
There are certain things that people won’t discuss openly. Some include politics, religion, sex, drugs, and even death. When addressed in your core message, these subjects can cause controversy and hurt feelings.
However, these taboo subjects can also be powerful tools. They can help establish an emotional connection with your audience, bring back a happy memory, and build trust. In addition, they can give you a competitive advantage over your competitors.
Business owners are always looking to explore new opportunities. Are you excited about spicing up your marketing message?
Here are some controversial taboos you can consider breaking to spice up your marketing message.
Here are some controversial taboos you can consider breaking to spice up your marketing message.
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You’re probably conscious of the impact of colours on your brand and marketing campaigns. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and be daring regarding your brand colours.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish one brand from another because too much online competition exists. Therefore, it is getting harder for consumers to differentiate brands. It would help if you took calculated risks to differentiate your brand from the competition.
Take risks and try new brand colours. You may uncover unexpected opportunities when introducing new colours to your brand. You might stumble onto something that appeals to your target market and helps you connect with and form relationships with customers or improve your customer service to the point of helping your customers on a personal level.
Controversy Draws Attention
Another taboo you must break in your marketing message is always playing it safe as a corporate brand not to draw undesired attention.
Take calculated risks in your marketing messages. Do something daring and outrageous to draw your audience’s attention to your brand through a strong marketing message.
Remember the photo of Richard Branson kitesurfing? That photo (as a marketing message example) went viral, got people talking about him, and drew attention to his brand.
Please, I’m not telling you to do something crazy and illegal to get arrested. Or something that will endanger your life or those of the public. Taking risks doesn’t mean being stupid.
Call out Your Competitors
Don’t be afraid to let your customer service team call out your competitors and poke lighthearted fun at them in your marketing message. Remember the Apple vs. Microsoft ads of the early 2000s?
You need not do a TV ad to call out your competitors. You can do so through email marketing, social media, your call to action in your print ads or marketing strategy, and even your customer experience.
Call out your competitors to creatively, humorously, and morally highlight your strengths. Calling out your competitors will help your marketing message reach your target audience’s heart.
Copying Your Competitors
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let’s face it: the world is now a global village. There’s nothing new under the sun. Regardless of how remarkable you think your brand or compelling marketing message is, it probably exists already.
However, this doesn’t mean you should reproduce an exact carbon copy or plagiarise your competitor’s content. That’s illegal. Please don’t do it!
Instead, you can take your competitor’s concept and do it better. Infuse your original ideas and personality into it and make it your own.
There’s always room for improvement. Strive to make your weak marketing message better than your competition.
The Internet has made it easy for us to collaborate, share ideas and collaborate. But have you placed yourself in a cocoon and not want to see what others in your industry are doing?
Then, you risk waking up one day to discover you are left behind. Your marketing message and your entire business will be obsolete.
Change, they say, is the only constant thing in life. So, it would be best to learn to let your company and marketing message move with the times.
Posting in Real-time
A few years ago, it was taboo for organisations to display content that was not real-time. Crafting the perfect message and posting in real-time through the appropriate communication channel made it difficult for many businesses to produce content for their social media marketing.
Today, organisations have realised that there’s nothing wrong with introducing some automation (scheduling) to their posts on social media.
Do not automate all your activity on social media. That’s laziness and will only make your social media marketing look spammy. It may even get your account suspended on various social media platforms.
Over the past few months, X (Twitter) has revoked the ability for users to post to multiple X (Twitter) accounts simultaneously. This decision is to reduce the number of spammy bots, accounts and content on their platform.
This move has made tweeting tedious for social media managers and agencies handling multiple social media accounts like mine. But it has also helped us to become more creative regarding our tweets.
Train your social media team to adopt a friendly tone. Or a conversational tone in all your social media posts.
Posting after Hours
In the past, it was the norm for brands to be active on social media during regular working hours. However, savvy customer-centric brands have realised that they must make themselves available to their customers 24/7.
It would be best to study what platform your target audience uses and when they are online and make yourself available. Don’t make your customers wait until your regular working hours to get your feedback.
In the past, it was taboo for brands to create and post content on social media that was not new! However, many brands have realised that it is not practical and affordable to produce only new content all the time. There’s no point in “reinventing the wheel”, as it were, all the time.
Remember that you are not merely producing content for content’s sake. Instead, you’re creating content to entertain, inform, and educate your customer base.
Therefore, some intelligent brands produce evergreen content that they can recycle and repurpose in various formats. This decision is to help them meet their target audience’s needs for fresh content on multiple platforms as and when required.
Another taboo you must break in your market message is that of producing bite-size content only. Some experts claim that people these days are always on the go. Therefore, they don’t have the time and patience to consume long-form content. This has led some companies to replace email campaigns with messaging apps in their marketing message strategy!
However, the truth is that if you produce great content that entertains, informs and educates your target audience, they will consume it regardless of the length.
Google has realised that many of these bite-size content are link baits, spam and outright fake news. This discovery is why Google ranks quality long-form content high in their search engine results.
Producing great content requires enormous investments in time and money. Only organisations genuinely interested in their target audience will make such investments.
Therefore, I challenge you to strive to learn what type of content your target audience likes to consume and focus on producing more of the same.
When creating content, please set the bar very high. Don’t just provide content for the sake of delivering content.
If you don’t have the time and skills to produce excellent content in-house, outsource your content production to me.
Time to Break Tradition
Are you afraid to spice up your marketing message or mission statement just because you want to play it safe and abide by the ‘tradition’ you inherited from your predecessors in the company?
Remember what I said above about change? Do you risk getting old just because you want to adhere to some time-honoured traditions in your business?
Are you afraid to use cartoons, drawings, and caricatures in your marketing message just because you’ve always used real photos? Do you like to use high-sounding words and industry jargon in your SMS marketing message to appear ‘smart’? For instance, regarding your SMS marketing strategy, have you considered adding humour to your appointment reminders? Doing so may help sway your prospective customers’ purchasing decisions in your favour.
Maybe it’s time for you to break these traditions and explore new opportunities. If you never try, you’ll never know.
Showcasing Your Peers
These days, many people feel they are the most intelligent person in the room. People are selfish and want to keep the spotlight on themselves alone.
They don’t want to share the spotlight with anyone or give credit to whom credit is due.
Are you afraid of showcasing your peers in your brilliant marketing message? Are other professionals in your industry doing some groundbreaking work that you admire?
Why not consider shining the spotlight on others from time to time? Who knows, they might return the favour, too!
However, even if they don’t return the favour by showcasing you in return in their marketing message, at least you will exhibit leadership qualities.
Remember, one quality of great leaders is that they are not afraid to shine the spotlight on others!
Share Your Thoughts
In conclusion, don’t let these taboos prevent you from reaching out to potential customers. Instead, use them to your advantage by making your marketing messages more exciting and unique.
These are my thoughts on controversial taboos you must break in your marketing message. I’d love to know what you think.
Are you interested in exploring new opportunities in your company by breaking some controversial taboos in your marketing message? Follow me on X (Twitter) @ademolaabimbola. Let’s discuss it.
Disclaimer: If you break any controversial taboos in your marketing message, that is at your own risk.
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