In Friday's episode of the
on HubSpot.tv, Mike and Karen discussed a number of stories where normal people (i.e. non-marketers) were using or should have used inbound marketing techniques.
Advertising for Whitey Bulger
This week, the FBI posted
highly targeted public service announcements
in 14 cities across the United States. The ads urged people to be on the lookout for former Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger's girlfriend and said she was "a dental hygienist who was devoted to her appearance, had plastic surgery in the past, and frequently had her hair cut and teeth cleaned." The ads worked, and within a week of airing them, the FBI had caught Bulger after 16 years of chasing.
Optimize Your Online Dating
After realizing that his online screen name was "difficult to pronounce, completely forgettable and hard to explain," and had a horrible conversion rate, Dylan of
Noodles and Beef
decided to use PPC to find a new name. To do so, he compiled a list of potential names and then set up a PPC campaign to test against his target audience. The results were interesting, and he found a new online name, Noodles and Beef, and learned that names with numbers in them performed the worst.
Bike Lanes & Facebook Pages
One story that didn't make the cut this week, but does fit into the theme, was about a NYC actor and director that learned the value of an integrated campaign. Casey Neistat was ticketed for riding his bike NOT in the bike lane. He was upset and created an entertaining
, which in two and a half weeks has generated 3.7 million views. After two weeks since launching the video, he launched his
, which to date only has 171 fans. Recognizing his mistake, he commented on his page, "I should've built this page before I posted this video; that would've been a little
Watch the show to learn what Mike and Karen thought about these stories in marketing and more!
Originally published Jun 26, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013