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Disruptive Marketing: How Can You Use it to Your Advantage?

Ryan Chute
Ryan Chute
April 5, 2022
Disruptive Marketing: How Can You Use it to Your Advantage?

Hey there beautiful. I see you sitting there. You're curious about disruptive marketing, aren't you? Disruptive marketing is as the name suggests — disruptive. It comes in many forms, but all have the same goal: to get your attention. I don't know if you've already noticed, but I've just used the disruptive marketing tactic - in the first sentence of this very article.)It grabbed your attention, did it not? Why do you think it did? Disruptive marketing can be anything from an outrageous ad campaign to a completely new way of doing business. But whatever it is, disruptive marketing is meant to steal attention, shake things up and get people talking. But it's more than just that. Disruptive marketing is also about being different. It's about taking risks, and not playing by the rules. Some people might say that disruptive marketing is unethical, or even dangerous. But for many businesses and marketers, it's the only way to truly stand out in today's oversaturated world. So, are you ready to get disruptive? In this article, we'll take a look at what disruptive marketing is, and how to use it to your advantage, so stay tuned!

What is Disruptive Marketing or Advertising, and How Does it Work?

In a nutshell, disruptive marketing is a technique used to get your audience's attention by using shock or provocation. It's often considered "in your face" or "edgy" and can be controversial, which is why it's so effective in grabbing attention. There are a few different ways to use disruptive marketing: you can create ads that are shocking or outrageous, launch campaigns that are radically different from what your competitors are doing or find new and interesting ways to reach your target market. However, it's important to note that disruptive marketing isn't about being rude or obnoxious. In fact, if you're not careful, you could easily alienate your audience and do more harm than good. If you’d like to successfully incorporate disruptive ads into your marketing campaigns, book a call with us at Wizard of Ads®, we’d be happy to help get you started!

The Importance of Disruptive Marketing Today

The Importance of Disruptive Marketing Today

Today, disruptive marketing is more important than ever. Thanks to the internet and all of its accompanying technological advances, consumers have more choices than ever before. They can purchase anything they want or need with just a few clicks of a button. This means that businesses have to work a lot harder to outshine the competition and attract customers. Disruptive marketing is one of the most functional ways to do this. It involves using strategies that are different from your competitors. This could mean coming up with new products or services or adopting a new approach to selling them. It could also mean using innovative marketing tactics that get your brand noticed.

How To Embrace Disruptive Marketing to Your Advantage

Disruptive marketing can be a great way to set your business apart from the competition. Here are a few tips to help you embrace disruptive marketing and use it to your advantage.

Utilize Marketing Tools

To effectively capitalize on disruptive marketing, whether you are a marketing advertising agency or a business owner, you need to utilize the marketing tools available to you. A couple of the most effective tools at your disposal are [technology and a unified CRM system](https://www.insightly.com/blog/disruptive-marketing/#:~:text=Disruptive marketing involves using experimental, work while others fall flat). Technology can be a powerful ally in disruptive marketing. For example, as a business owner with a limited budget, you can leverage technology to create low-cost or no-cost advertising and marketing campaigns. You can also utilize technology to track the results of your campaigns to make changes as needed and boost your results. A unified CRM system is another valuable tool for disruptive marketing. By using a CRM system, you can keep all of your customer data in one place. This makes it easy to track customer interactions and preferences and to provide targeted offers and discounts to customers who are most likely to respond positively. Utilizing these two tools will assist you in creating successful disruptive marketing campaigns that get noticed and produce results.

Experiment with Different Tactics

There are a lot of different tactics you can try, and it's important to experiment with as many of them as possible to see what works best for your brand. One of the most commonly used disruptive marketing tactics is guerrilla marketing. Guerrilla marketing is a form of advertising that relies on creativity and innovation to get your message out there. It often uses unconventional methods, such as street stunts or social media campaigns, to grab attention. And because it’s unexpected, it can be very effective in getting people to take notice. Another great tactic for disruptive marketing is experiential marketing. This involves creating unique experiences that surprise and engage consumers. For example, you might set up a pop-up shop or organize a flash mob to promote your product or service. Experiential marketing can be a lot of fun for customers and can really help to stand out from your competitors. Finally, don’t forget about digital marketing. This includes things like email campaigns, social media ads and search engine optimization. It can be an excellent way to reach a lot of people quickly and inexpensively. So, if you’re looking for some new and disruptive ways to market your product or service, these are some great options to consider.

Be Consistent

Be Consistent

Disruptive marketing can't work without consistency. When you're disruptive, people will notice you. But if they don't see the same disruptive message everywhere they go, they'll forget about you just as quickly as they found you. That's why it's so important to be consistent with your disruptive marketing. Whether it's the tone of your voice, the content of your message or the way you present yourself, make sure that everything is in line with your disruptive media strategy. If you can keep up the disruption long enough, you'll start to see results. But it takes time and perseverance to be successful with disruptive marketing. So don't give up if things don't happen overnight — keep at it and be consistent!

Track the Results of Your Experiments

In disruptive marketing, tracking the results of your experiments is essential. By doing so, you can determine what's working and what's not, and make necessary adjustments along the way. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips:

  • Use analytics tools to track website traffic and engagement.
  • Analyze customer feedback and surveys to see what people like (and don't like) about your product or service.
  • Monitor social media channels for conversations about your brand or products.
  • Evaluate sales data to see if there are any particular products or services that are selling better than others.

The more data you have, the better informed your decisions will be when it comes to disruptive marketing. So be sure to track the results of your experiments and make changes accordingly.

Think as a Customer

Think as a Customer

Putting yourself in the minds of your customers will allow your disruptive marketing to truly thrive. What are their needs and wants? What is frustrating them when they interact with your industry or sector? If you can find the answers to these questions and more, then you're on your way to delivering disruptive marketing that makes an impact. So how can you learn what your customers want? There are a few different methods you can use: surveys, focus groups, interviews, and observational research. At the Wizard of Ads™, We go through an intensive uncovery process to determine what will resonate most with your most desired audience. Once you've gathered this feedback, it's time to start thinking about where it’s useful. You'll need to analyze it and figure out what the trends are. Then, you can start developing disruptive marketing ideas that will appeal to your customers.

Be Up to Date on Emerging Trends

It's no secret that the world of marketing is constantly evolving. As new platforms and strategies emerge, businesses and marketing advertising firms have to continually adapt to stay ahead of the competition. And with disruptive marketing, it's no different. Disruptive marketing can be a risky endeavor as it often goes against the status quo. Brands that use disruptive marketing tactics are often looking to shake up the industry and create a new standard. However, if you can't read the room, disruptive marketing can backfire. So it's important to be aware of the current trends and understand your audience before jumping into anything disruptive. To see what's trending, check out what your target customers are up to on social media. Platforms like Twitter and Instagram are great for getting a snapshot of what people are talking about. You can also look at industry publications to see what topics are being covered. Once you have a good understanding of the current trends, you can start to think about how your brand could disruptive. But always be prepared to pivot if things don't go as planned.

Understand Your Target Market and Customers

Disruptive marketing is all about shaking things up and getting your target market's attention. It can be an easy way to stand out from the competition and attract new customers. But disruptive marketing isn't just about being noisy or flashy. It's about understanding your target market and customers and delivering messages that resonate with them. Disruptive, by it’s very nature, means that if you resonate with your desired group, you will not resonate with your undesired group. “We believe that there is an optimal number of complaints you will receive with great advertising, and that number should never be zero.” - Ryan Chute So before you launch any disruptive marketing campaigns, take some time to learn as much as you can about your audience. What are their needs and wants? What kind of messaging will resonate with them? Only then will you be able to create campaigns that truly disrupt the status quo — and get the results you're looking for.

Wreak Wonderful Havoc with Your Marketing

Disruptive marketing is a fresh and exciting way to tell your brand story. It’s risky, but the benefits that come with it make it worth all the while. To ensure you hit the mark, our advertising and marketing services provide quality support whenever you need it. At Wizard of Ads®, we build impactful brand stories, images and presence all through our streamlined marketing strategy tailored to your needs and goals. We want you to be successful in telling your story, so book a call today to learn more about our services!

Ryan Chute
Ryan Chute

Helping small businesses become BIG brands with a holistic marketing strategy that speaks the same language across all sales and marketing channels.

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Under $3.6 million in revenue is an investment in your brand. This will serve you well in establishing your brand story early on and help you with your name, logo, and truck wrap design. It's easier to create pictures from a story than it is to make a story based on pre-drawn pictures. You'll be glad you did. Everyone on a fast path to growth is.

Most clients start with Wizard of Ads® for Services between $3.6 and $10 million in revenue. They have often seen a natural ceiling with their leads for demand service and are looking for ways to push past the ceiling. This can only be done with a properly executed brand strategy, specifically in mass media with a sticky story.

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Offline, the Wizard of Ads® for Services Creative Lead will create the ad copy, cast the voice actors, source the production house, direct the performance, pick the music bed, manage all the edits, and provide you with the completed ad for final approval before sending to air on your behalf. This is included in our fees.

You pay for the production house, actors, royalty-free music, and jingles directly to avoid any potential for markups, commissions, or management fees.

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This means planning for roughly 90 to 120 days in the proper development and production of a completely unique Marketing Strategy before anything hits the airwaves.

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Creatively, yes. During the term of this Agreement, all Creative Partners assigned to your Account shall not engage, directly or indirectly, as an employee, officer, manager, partner, consultant, agent, owner, or in any other capacity, in any competition of the client, including any company engaged in marketing consulting.

For clarity, the Creative Partner is defined as the individual Wizard of Ads® Partners who is responsible for creating your creative strategy and ongoing creative copy. Competition is defined as companies that engage in the same industry and business units (e.g., Furniture, Automotive, etc.) as you. The market area is defined as the area where the marketing message naturally reaches through DMA or 60 miles from the city center of the client's service area(s).

Naturally, we exclude any potential future competition in markets where you are not currently active at the date of signing.

We do not limit Media Buyers in any market. Media Buyers get better deals for larger volumes, making it beneficial for the client to have the Media Buyer available to do as many buys as possible to secure the best deals on the client’s behalf.

Do you do digital marketing?

Wizard of Ads® for Services can provide a host of digital marketing solutions for services. Wizard of Ads® has specialized Partners that provide digital services that serve services effectively. Under no circumstances will digital marketing services be offered without Wizard of Ads® for Services core solution.

It is most likely that Wizard of Ads® for Services will work with your existing digital partners and suppliers. If you do not have a reliable digital provider, we would be happy to introduce you to a number of great providers that play nice with Wizards.

Do you do jingles?

Wizard of Ads® for Services can assist you in getting a jingle for your business. Like any other tactical element of a marketing strategy, we do not produce a jingle for the sake of a jingle.

If you do not have a story or a strategic reason to have a jingle...or an ad campaign to tie it to, do not waste your hard-earned money on a jingle. You are wasting your time and money.

When you do build a single unified marketing strategy that incorporates a jingle for a specific (often scientific) reason, we have a Jingle Wizard who has studied the art and science of jingle design.

He will score you an original, royalty-free jingle, including professional singers, musicians, and producers. He will not knock off a generic jingle from a publicly available music bed that sounds like everyone else's jingle.

Your jingle will serve a very specific reason and produce a very specific result. Have you guessed how much we love jingles yet?

Who owns the copyrights?

Wizard of Ads® for Services owns copyrights for two very specific reasons. We also provide a fair use clause in all contracts to ensure you are in no way limited to the access of your creative works, whether you are working with us or not.

The first reason we own your copyright is to ensure that we do not have to go up against our own creative works in other markets we serve. This means you are not allowed to lend, give, borrow, tweak, rent, lease, or sell your creative works to any other company at any time.

The second reason we own your copyright is that we can establish a one-time value for your creative works in the event that someone steals the content. Upon selling you the copyrights, you can go after the perpetrator for theft and make a considerable bounty in a slam dunk case.

Here is how Wizard of Ads® word the fair use of your copyright for as long as your business is in operation:

All writing and/or marketing materials we create for you are not works-for-hire. Wizard of Ads® for Services hereby irrevocably grants you, and your successors in interest, the non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable, and worldwide right to use the Works in connection with the marketing of your business pursuant to the Marketing Strategy for so long as your business is operational.
How do I measure brand results?

There are a number of interesting ways to measure results. Some people like to get unique identifying telephone numbers, or create branded URLs that redirect to landing pages or the website. However, much of this is a waste of time and energy as it never tells the true story of the brand journey and how it affected the decision-making process.

Other indicators of brand effectiveness include tracking new customers, reactivated customers, or running a brand equity survey to get a sense of your share of mind. Digitally you will see direct search increase, which cannot be affected by anything digital, as well as branded keyword inquiries increase. You’ll, of course, need to get your digital people to add these to your campaigns if you hope to see an increase in conversions.

Wizard of Ads® for Services racks the simplest of indicators. Top line revenue. When your branding takes effect, and the company responds in kind from the phone call or form fill-on, top-line revenue will increase. Efficacy is plotted on a T12, and total lead volume from all sources is tracked.

12 things you should know before signing up.
  1. Quality relationships take time. Branding is a long-term strategy. That’s why most services do it wrong, or not at all. There is always a lag between the start of the new campaign and the time it takes your customers to connect the dots. You MUST BE READY, WILLING, AND ABLE to endure this lag period. In our experience, the lag is typically 6 to 9 months, depending on how competitive the marketplace is, your company’s reputation, your budget in relation to reach, and the eight uncontrollable environmental factors. During this time, we will be helping you implement a transition plan to ease the pain. The good news is that this lag only happens once.
  2. Decisions by Committee. We completely reject the notion of decisions by committee. We work with a single, courageous decision-maker. We welcome decision influencers, but we only look to the Owner for the final decision. All decision-makers and influencers must be involved in the Uncovery and Marketing Strategy Presentation if they want to offer input in the future. It is critical that we have a 100% fully approved plan that can be defended and championed by all leaders in the organization.  
  3. Proven Strategy. That means we are not the low-cost provider. With hundreds of service clients and a playbook of strategic devices, tools, and tactics, this isn’t a guessing game for us. We know what to do to make your goods and services appealing to potential buyers. If you can deliver the goods, we can  build the relationships. If you are uncomfortable with the idea that you are paying us less now so that you can pay us considerably more once revenues allow, please do not commit. We intend to be your true partners, in sickness and in health...so long as you own your business.
  4. Automatic Payments. Everything is on automatic payments. If you struggle with managing cash flow, figure that out in your business first. We accept all major credit cards and ACH payments.
  5. We Cause Problems. If you don’t have a capacity issue now, I promise you will in about 9 months. Let’s deal with recruitment out of the gate as part of your comprehensive marketing strategy.
  6. We Own the Copyrights. All writing and/or marketing materials we create for you are not works-for-hire. We irrevocably grant you, and your successors in interest, the non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable, and worldwide right to use the Works in connection with the marketing of your business pursuant to the Marketing Strategy for so long as your business is operational.
  7. Brand Building. We will be steering you to limit the use of discounts, rebates, coupons, and sales to attract clients. We know this feels counterintuitive to many, and we will clarify our reasoning. Rest assured, we have considerable experience in creating similar offers that are not damaging to your profitability, your brand’s integrity, and your preferable long-term client relations.
  8. Creative Authority. We must have creative authority over the words. You can accept copy as written or reject it outright, but you cannot modify the words yourself. If you do not like something as written, we are happy to discuss it and make the necessary change to maintain the integrity and intention of the words chosen. Alternatively, we will scrap the concept and create new copy that you are happy to get behind 100%.
  9. Proprietary Algorithm. The media buy must be structured in a very specific way, including running a full 52-week schedule. It is based on brain chemistry, not P&Ls. Once we have committed to the buy, it’s important to avoid adjustments unless they are calculated additions.
  10. Knucklehead Factor. You should expect knuckleheads. For example, when you start running ads that are certain to get attention, you need the courage to continue running those ads, even when you receive complaints. We celebrate complaints. It means we’ve made people feel.
  11. Digital Weasels. In about three months from the time your advertising campaign hits the airways, your digital marketers will show you a marked increase in direct and organic traffic. Some Digital Marketers will mistakenly claim this success as their own. Done properly, you can continue to spend less and less on digital lead generation by increasing your branded keyword online presence.
  12. Annual Marketing Meetings. Travel permitting, we prefer to hold Annual Marketing Meetings (AMMs) outside your city. Years of experience have taught us that we get better results when decision-makers are outside their sphere of influence, away from the day-to-day distractions of the office.

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