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Nerd (or geek) culture is no longer a sub-culture, it’s the culture of day. Marketing for things like comics and novels and video games is no longer an isolated thing.

Nearly everything is transformative in media now and it's important to keep your Nerd Brand Strong!


Please subscribe and listen to Brandon Jones of Animation Destination and myself, for our reviews, jokes and discussions of branding and marketing in the nerd culture.

May 11, 2017
It's Kentucky Derby and free comic book day! Not to mention it's time to spring clean your brand. This episode on the Nerd Brand.
 
What the Tip?!
 
www and non www domains and google web master tools. 
 
Be exact with adding your websites URL to google search console. Full URL. With https or http
 
Nerd
 
Why did the comic culture rise up and comic book day.
 
Brandon has this one covered. 
 
Brand 
 
Time to do a brand review. Check your self before you advertise yourself. Inconsistent branding communicates the wrong message. Get every print piece and print out digital ones and lay on table and LOOK at what you have. Confusing and Misleading representation could result in a damaging brand reputation. 
 
Things to check:
 
  • Logo
  • Colors
  • Website
  • Copy used on digital and print items
  • Social Media Channels
  • Images used
  • Employees Social Media that are public
  • Google your self and business!!!
 
Close 
 
Apr 27, 2017
 
Sounds are evolving in to famous 60-70's songs. GOTG vol 2 released sound track as promo along with trailer. 
 
Our bold favs and most memorable both sound tracks and scores. 
 
  • Back to Future
  • Superman - Christopher Reeves
  • Batman - Michael Keaton
  • Batman - Adam West
  • Star Wars
  • Client Eastwood - Good, Bad and the Ugly
 
Brand 
 
What music can say about a brand.
 
"Music brings value to a brand in three ways: identity, engagement, currency. Specifically, using music to establish an emotional connection with a brand, increases brand recognition, creates excitement and buzz beyond the brand’s core products or services, and can empower consumers, giving them valuable content to discover and share. Music creates the value that brands need to win the war for attention and develop a genuine connection with their consumers. When used correctly, music not only creates loyalty, but true advocacy."
 
Alex White, Co-Founder & CEO, Next Big Sound, Inc., leading provider of online music analytics and insights
 
Resources:
 
https://www.slideshare.net/dannymanning/history-of-music-advertising
 
https://www.slideshare.net/bernardsanch/the-role-of-music-in-advertising
 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveolenski/2014/02/06/why-music-plays-a-big-role-when-it-comes-to-branding/
 
Apr 13, 2017

It's all about knowing your audience. A few weeks ago on Nerd Brand we talked about Marvel Comics and how they're taking their narratives in a specific direction that wasn't exactly a fit for the audience that consumes the product. As of a couple weeks ago the CEO of Marvel comics admitted this mistake and we will have to wait and see if there's a course correction. But there's the proof of not knowing your audience and marginalizing a good segment of them and sales suffering as a result. So don't forget your audience.

Nerd Segment

R rated comic movies, the good list and the ones that were too far ahead of their time. As well as a short list of movies rumored and in talks for production that could be R rated.

  • Deadpool - 138 million, over 500 million world wide ticket sales, out grossing Passion of the Christ.
  • Logan - costs studio 127 million, projected to make close to $300 million.
  • Dredd - wasn't successful but darn good.
  • Blade 1, 3

Movies that should/could be R rated?

  • Spawn
  • Lobo
  • Venom
  • The Batman
  • Justice League Dark

Brand Segment

Brand marketing is interpreted by the people that view it and I can be viewed negatively or positively examples of brands viewed positively and examples of brands viewed negatively.

YouTube - privacy settings required for videos that shouldn't be privatized. Basically if you cuss you're channel is only viewable by logged in users and is up for debate if ads are run on it. Unless you're like minded to Liberal YouTube corp.

Questions for discussion:

Financial interests of social channels - where is the line that you don't cross? How can you know what's offensive? Or should you just say dammit all and let your nerd fly?

Is advertising to appeal to everyone not possible these days and why?

Reference HubSpot marketers who cuss post. This is why YouTube de-monotizes YouTubers. But also non-like minded YouTube channels.

How nerd culture has responded, or even cares?

Let us know what you think on facebook.com/thenerdbrand or visit us at nerdbrandpodcast.com

Mar 30, 2017
In this episode of Nerd Brand Podcast we talk about Brands that you have heard of that are no longer with us and some that are soon to be departed. Many Brands die because of financial reasons, others because of a lack of self promotion, in spite of having "Top of Mind" awareness.
 
For a list of resources, check out the links below:
 
http://www.clark.com/major-retailers-closing-2017
 
Long dead brands, but we all remember:
 
http://www.businessinsider.com/12-dead-brands-that-are-still-well-known-2012-10?op=1
 
To not leave on a negative note:
 
http://www.businessinsider.com/most-valuable-brands-in-the-world-2012-10?op=1/#mcdonalds-14
 
We also talk about the 2007-08 writers strike where Hollywood elite learned the hard way that content is king, but not all content is not equal.
 
The effect of the strike:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_the_2007%E2%80%9308_Writers_Guild_of_America_strike_on_television
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-macaray/the-200708-writers-strike_b_3840681.html
Mar 16, 2017
What the tip??!!
 
Branding. It's gotta be consistent and re-branding is not the same ol same ol
 
Alt: WordPress - Yes Virginia, there are revisions and autosaves.
 
Nerd 
 
Cloverfield Theory discussion (4-5 movies planned)
 
  1. Cloverfield - 2008
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane - 2016
  3. God Particle - slated release date is Oct. 27th, 2017
  4. unknown
  5. unknown
 
Tagruato Corp. - The site is back online! http://tagruato.jp/index2.php
 
Subs: 
 
  1. Yoshida Medical Research - Deep sea bioprospecting
  2. Slusho! - Think ICEE or Slushy at Circle K
  3. Bold Futura - Where Howard Worked. An Engineering Tech Company
  4. ParafFun! Wax Distributors - Wax seals
 
 
Howard Stambler: http://tagruato.jp/employee_of_the_month_2016_february.php
 
Radioman70 (aka http://funandprettythings.com/) - A private chat site for him and his daughter.
PWD: "do you want to talk?"
 
Howard's "how-to" guide for survival to get to his bunker: http://funandprettythings.com/lifepreservinginformation/
 
Brand 
 
Be Consistent! 
 
Consequences with inconsistency in marketing message and appearances 
 
  1. Lose a customers trust
  2. Being associated with poor quality
 
Questions to ask:
 
  1. Which social channels are being used most frequently?
  2. What percentage are using mobile devices to access your content?
  3. What type of content would your audience enjoy?
  4. Does your audience prefer to receive emails, phone calls, texts, attend webinars, etc.?
  5. How do they speak to each other?
  6. What conferences or events are they going to?
Mar 2, 2017
Opener:
 
Ben Afleck is still Batman, and yes, the movie has a director. Now if they can keep it from turning out like the rest of the DCCU.
 
What the tip??!!
 
Recommend WordPress plugin Yoast SEO
 
Nerd:
 
Marvel Comcis vs MCU
 
Marvel Comics is not doing well. A singular ideology has created an economic problem for Marvel Comics.
 
Example: DCCU is based on spectacle. MCU is consistent and focuses on story. 
 
Gimmick #1 - The politics
 
Quality of story over agenda. Build a following by creating new stories and pay attention to your readers. Don't let a few dictate direction of your product. Editors don't let writers breathe but some writers are not focused on story. 
 
Gimmick #2 - The nostalgia 
 
Marvel is doing what movies do, reboot and remake because sales are falling. Another civil war, secret wars and character changes that have bad stories like female Thor and sjw character and story lines. 
 
Event to event and number ones to ones for money. Consumers are rejecting the lack of quality because Marvel has placed the opinion of the few first and money. 
 
Brand:
 
Data driven efforts.
 
Do nothing until you get the facts. When marketing a product do the research and focus groups. 1 opinion is not enough to change direction.
 
Examples of where this happens:
 
  • Websites
  • Creative print
Overall strategy of your product or presentation. 
 
Outro:
 
Sponsor mention - https://element502.com
 
Next episode 
 
The Cloverfield Theory and Online Marketing Promotion
 
http://funandprettythings.com/ - Howard Stmblers site to daughter. pwd Do you want to talk?
 
http://tagruato.jp/index2.php - when opened audio can be heard.
 
http://tagruato.jp/employee_of_the_month_2016_february.php - Howard on list for Bold Futura. (a font type name reversed, a possible clue about ongoing story?)
 
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Feb 16, 2017

Oh boy what a year it's gonna be for movies in 2017. Sequels, Prequels, and reboots, and some we aren't really sure where they fit in these categories. We also continue our conversation from last time about campaigns and marketing brands, this time we discuss over saturation or diluting your message by being to aggressive with it.

So listen in to us joke, discuss, and offer a nerd point of view for marketing and advertising!

Feb 2, 2017

We're back! After a break for the Holidays and refreshing our format, it's season 2 of Nerd Brand. This episode we talk about Batfleck and timing of promoting and launching campaigns!

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