Month: April 2012

Cult Personalities By REFUGE Team

Posted on April 25th, 2012 Categories: Branding, communication, consumer behavior, Marketing, Personality, Uncategorized

Sometimes it’s good to be different. No, scratch that. It’s always good to be a little different, a little edgy, a little bit kooky and a lot bit silly. After all, it wasn’t the straight-line thinkers who developed the best fan following. Harley-Davidson is a shining example. So are brands like Apple, Jones Cream Soda and Krispy Kreme donuts. They may be mainstream now, but takes a certain chutzpah to develop the fan following that these brands have.     In the lives of all cult classics, however, comes a tipping point when the core group of followers must be (more…)

Non-Traditional Marketing By REFUGE Team

Posted on April 18th, 2012 Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Guerilla, Marketing, Non-traditional

So, we’re all in a field where the jargon of the landscape is littered with phrases like “thinking outside the box” and “being different”. With marketers scurrying around trying to find faster, snazzier and more exciting ways to sell the latest gimmick, some of the best ways to connect with an audience get left by the wayside.  Lately though, we’ve been of the opinion that if people are brought together with a greater sense of affability, the profits follow along.       A Pen for Your Thoughts?   Of course that requires a little creative thinking on everyone’s part, (more…)

By REFUGE Team

Posted on April 11th, 2012 Categories: Campaigns, Consumer Engagement, Marketing, Personality, Social Engagement

 Driving Audience Engagement   It sounds elusive at the offset, doesn’t it? Where do you go and how do you create or source the kind of content that might spark multiple love affairs with the market you’re in? Despite the staggering odds (we’re in the mood for a little drama today!), the forecast looks favorable. Because it’s clearly achievable, since brands out there who aren’t Lady Gaga have managed to swing it.   Beyond alluring and high-quality pictures lie a few principles that are a little more fundamental and time-tested, at least as far as communicating with your audience is concerned. Because, (more…)

Meetup Marketing By REFUGE Team

Posted on April 4th, 2012 Categories: communication, Marketing, Meetup, Offline

Meetups – groups of people brought together by common interest through an online and social portal - have become a great way to network with the local shared-interest community and a cost-effective way to find a niche market. Granted it requires a little effort to lift-off, but then what doesn’t if it’s worthwile.     The best part of organizing a Meetup group is the minimal cost of customer acquisition. Although signing up at Meetup.com is a free process, you always have the option of charging for your events, which is what many people choose to do.    While the (more…)