• Trivago Guy gets a new look

    On: December 9, 2014
    In: News
    Views: 1089

    Selecting a company brand ambassador or spokesperson is a monumental task. That person will forever be connected with a product or service, and first impressions are crucial. When the new Trivago ad campaign began appearing on TV and online a while back, I was surprised that the international travel company’s brand ambassador looked rather unkempt. Looks like I’m not alone. Almost immediately after the new Trivago spokesperson began appearing on ads, social media lit up with unflattering comments about his looks and wardrobe. Eventually, word got to the Trivago powers that be about all the Trivago Guy talk. The company effectively turned a negative into a positive by launching a social media contest to give the Trivago Guy a makeover. The campaign resulted in a contest winner who got to travel to Germany for a commercial shoot, a makeover for Tim Williams, the Trivago Guy, and millions of additional online impressions and views plus lots of buzz about Trivago.

    ‘Trivago Guy’ gets a new look

    By Todd Leopold, CNN

    Tue. November 4, 2014

    “Trivago Guy” Tim Williams used to look like this in his ads for the travel website.

    (CNN) — Lookin’ good, Trivago Guy.

    In a brief new commercial, Tim “Trivago Guy” Williams comes across as more polished than the disheveled pitchman he was a few months ago. His hair is nicely tousled, his slim-fit shirt hugs his torso, and he has a fashionable touch of facial stubble.

    OK, it’s hard to tell whether he’s wearing a belt, but that’s because his shirt is untucked.

    The new look is a response to the complaints — some wry, some serious — the company got after an earlier series of ads featuring Williams. As one person on Twitter wrote, “I had no idea #trivagoGuy was a thing, but I do know that my wife and I both wondered why homeless people were doing travel ads.”

    Some people even dressed up as him for Halloween, perhaps as a way to frighten children (or, more likely, Anna Wintour).

    Trivago wasn’t going to let that slide.”Trivago was listening!” the company trumpeted in a news release.

    The company sponsored a contest to give Williams a style makeover. The winner was Aaron Marino, an Atlanta-based style consultant (PDF) who not only got to reshape Williams’ image, he received a five-day trip to Berlin to watch the new spot get shot. (Hey, Trivago is a travel website.)

    Opinions on Twitter were mostly favorable …

    “Someone @ @trivago was listening – the #trivagoguy got a #makeover. Better fitting shirt in a flattering color. The scruff looks intentional,” wrote The Quiet Car.

    … though there was the matter of the beard.

    “Hey, the creepy #TrivagoGuy got a new shirt & a haircut! Still, would it kill him to shave? @TravelinAnn #travel,” wrote JohnCinnamon.

    Williams has enjoyed the notoriety the campaign has brought. (Incidentaly, the reason for the disheveled style was because he had to maintain a look he had on a German soap opera.)

    But don’t push him to put on a belt.

    “I had a belt on at one point, and it just didn’t kind of go with the outfit and we scrapped the belt,” he told CNN in August. “It’s probably one of the best decisions we ever came up with, because look what it’s created.”

    CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this story.

    Read More
  • Branding Tips for Nonprofits

    On: December 3, 2014
    In: Branding
    Views: 990

    Over the past year, I have been volunteering at a local dog shelter (Pima Paws for Life)—walking dogs, spreading the word about the dogs who are ready to find their forever homes and racking my brain trying to find ways to help market the organization.

    Here are 8 tips for branding a nonprofit:

    1. Recognize the Problem – YOU NEED MARKETING! Whether you’re getting the word out about what your organization does or trying to get donations, you need to market your organization.

    2. Marketing is an Investment NOT an Expense – Many organizations look at marketing (whether it’s printed materials, advertising, etc.) as expenses that are taking away from your funds to “do good” in your organization. This is completely wrong… you have to spend money to make money. You have to first invest your money in marketing and if you do it right, you will receive a nice return on your investment.

    3. Recognize your Competition – Your competition may not be who you expect. Don’t look at organizations with a similar mission to find your competition. Instead, look at where people are spending their money rather than donating to you… the local mall maybe?

    4. Everything Starts with Awareness – The fewer people that know about your organization, the fewer supporters you’ll have. Marketing = Awareness. Awareness = More Supporters & More Donations

    5. Every Brand Contact Counts – Don’t limit your branding to just advertisements… you have to look at the whole package. Focus on all of your touchpoints – events, employees, communications, volunteers, etc.

    6. Know Media Habits – Where are you going to find the people you’re looking for? Are you donors reading the newspaper? Are your volunteers on Facebook? Figure out where to go and then commit.

    7. Get Emptional – Logic and reason only go so far. People often make decisions based on their emotions. If you can tap into them, you’re on your way to more supports.

    8. Frequency Wins – Pick something that’s recognizable and stick with it. Repeat it, breathe it, live it. (Think about how you know the end to this phrase: 15 minutes with Geico can save you…)

    Kristen Oaxaca, Graphic Designer

    Read More