Guerilla Marketing

Guerrilla marketing is an unconventional way of promoting products that relies heavily on timing and location. Guerrilla marketing generally utilises public spaces to attract attention of the general public and get them involved with the brand’s promotional efforts.

Guerrilla marketing is a technique often utilised by companies on a budget and is therefore popular amongst small companies and entrepreneurs. Instead of investing money, guerrilla marketing invests time, energy and imagination.

Some great examples of guerrilla marketing campaigns include:

1. Alberta Canada Skiing:

To promote skiing and ski holidays, this organization painted the outside of a ski lift over a subway bench and a mural of mountains in the background. Two skis were painted on the ground where one’s feet would go. This put people in the mood for skiing while they waited for the train in an urban centre.

2. Father Bob Maguire Foundation:

To spread awareness about homelessness, the Father Bob Maguire Foundation painted a fork and knife on either side of dirty garbage bins. When you look at them, it looks like what you see in the bin is on a plate, ready to eat.

Interactive guerrilla marketing:

Guerrilla marketing is almost like the graffiti of marketing in that it is bold and temporary. Because guerrilla marketing campaigns tend to be fun, organising firms often get fans of the brand as well as the general public involved. Some great examples of this are:

1. The T-Mobile ads:

The people of London are sure to remember T Mobile’s ‘Life’s For Sharing’ ad. At 11:00 on Thursday January 15 2008 approximately 350 people broke into a choreographed dance routine in London’s Liverpool Station for the shooting of a new TMobile ad. Some of the participants were company employees but most were commuters who got caught in the middle of the fun. T-Mobile recently made another one of these ads in the Arrivals terminal at Heathrow station. It was also a huge success.

2. Grun: Adidas and Dazed & Confused Magazine:

In 2008 these two brands collaborated on a guerrilla marketing project to turn grey areas into green ones. People around the world spread seeds, planted flowers and tidied up urban disaster areas. They then had to photograph their work and upload it to be judged by the general public.

Nowadays, guerrilla marketing campaigns are using cutting edge digital technologies to engage consumers and create a memorable online brand experience.

Adaptive Consultancy is an online marketing agency who specialise in website design, eCommerce, and internet marketing, including SEO, PPC and SMO.

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