There is absolutely no new way to gain popularity or market your business in any another manner. But even with traditional way of marketing, there are brands, which have become popular in short span of time in the adept way. There are actually many different ways how a brand gets known to its potential customers. Endorsements, question-answer campaigns, facts and info graphics or the most effective way that has proven till date to be great is innovating a mascot. An appropriate and well-designed mascot can swiftly amplify your brand and become your best marketing tool. It acts upon your social media connect as well. Therefore, all you need to do is work on your mascot, and have a imperative advertising campaign for a long period. However, it does not mean you have to put all your marketing resources single-handedly on this particular marketing tool.
What are Mascots?
Mascots are playful beings that exclusively communicate your brand values and your brand insights. They are the brand endorsers that unite your T.G. into one league. If you have a diversified demographics working along the brand, mascot is the best way where you can unite all your communication how much ever it may seem irrelevant. Mascots resonate with your target audience, inspire to stir up a conversation and engage in the community; Thus benefitting the brand essentially.
How effective are mascots?
Studies show mascots engage more appropriately than any brand endorsement tool. If we went to compare celebrity endorsement against mascots, undoubtedly mascots will be an effective tool which is left unhampered with any negative publicity. Exploring the social media, engaging content is the daddy of all. Reports depict while celebrity endorses increased the sale 3.19%, mascots have contributed to the rise in sales upto 24.17%. Also, significantly the maintenance expenditure and publicity valuation is very low for brand mascot. (Statistics taken from an excerpt in business2community.com)
How do you choose brand amplifying mascot?
Engage with your customers at periodic basis. Sometimes mascots choose themselves for the brand unlike any other marketing tool. Listen to what your audience want you to know and let your mascot take care of it. This will add to your brand buzz and boost the proportion of share ability. If your brand is relatively new, study your audience carefully and decide what should be attitude of your communication. This will enhance your decision for the mascot. Also keep in mind this will be the face of your brand permanently or at least for a long time. Therefore, choose your mascot accordingly. Let him grow as your brand grows. Some of the very effective mascots have outgrown their brands in the journey. Eg: Amul, Pillsbury, MRF and many such.
Another important thing needed for the mascot to be an effective tool is consistency. Keep in mind that your brand is partly recognised or will be recognised by your mascot. Therefore, it cannot be absent and appear suddenly. Make your campaigns mascot centric and you will be free of inconsistency.
How else does it work for your brand?
Other than creating a brand buzz for you, a mascot works more in converting your customers to being habitual to your brand. Take the example of Amul, even though many new brands have attacked the market, people still tend to prefer Amul. Moreover, the trends and the current topics have made people pronounce the brand name as an independent product name. This is another game changing initiative which has been enhanced by the mascot marketing tool.
Communicating a brand personality is a key objective of your mascot. In an effort to develop a friendly, relatable mascot, many brands lose sight of what a mascot is intended to do—establish a brand promise and embody the brand’s personality. When there is no brand promise present in a mascot, it loses its effectiveness as a brand representative. So, to avoid this disconnect, it’s important to collaborate with a creative team who can help you develop a mascot that accurately depicts your brand. A perfect example is Noid (Dominos Pizza) that prominently focused on a negative message communication. This approach hampered the brand in many ways resulting which the mascot had to be exited forever. (Excerpt taken from factscodesign.com)