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So what’s it like working at our marketing agency in Edmonton?  Truthfully, it’s incredibly rewarding and incredibly challenging at the same time.

Over the past years our company was growing exponentially, so we just built our new studio this year, moved our entire staff over, expanded our team to serve our clients better. Throughout the expansion we have been meeting our deadlines for our clients for their marketing campaigns and product & service launches.

The studio at our creative agency in Edmonton

PRO-TIP: The #1 thing I tell clients when they come to our company is that as long as we plan well, we can plan on success!

Magic Pill For Marketing

There is no “magic pill” to marketing.  I would argue that good advertisements go a long way to reaching the correct demographic and converting them over, but the true key ingredient to any creative agency worth their salt is: planning.

Facebook & Google Advertising

I’ve been at this almost a decade and in that time I have been at the forefront of changes in advertising, from tradition to digital, and even more challenging are the micro changes in platforms such as Google and Facebook.  Google once was a dominant giant in keyword advertising with Google Adwords and Youtube, but recently we have seen Facebook taking over the advertising marketplace significantly.  I’m sure by this time next year we will be talking about the significant changes Google is making to help with more effective advertising funnels for their customers (they just changed the named of “Google Adwords” to “Google Ads” as an example).

To be successful on these platforms you can use them independently, where conversions are taking place right on the social media platforms or you can use these platforms in tandem with your website as a sales and conversion portal.

PRO-TIP: I get a lot of questions about SEO… The #1 most important SEO tool is your very own website.  Buying “SEO” services such as link building and article creation make no sense if the website itself does not have native SEO built into the site.

Against the Creative Clock

A lot of times our customers come to us after have been burnt by a previous marketing process.  We look at their existing website and funnels to find it is simply not geared towards converting their clients.  What makes the process even that much more difficult, is sometimes these clients can be significantly against the clock and need results even quicker due to lost time trying other marketing practices through agencies they used to partner with.

All hope is not lost if you are in that situation… the great thing, is we can use advertising through social media and keep the customer converting directly on the platform and not send them to an unoptimized website.  You may have seen things like “lead forms” and “messenger” being a more common way to generate leads.

PRO-TIP: we use it ourselves and it works splendidly.

Our clients get treated comfortably in our marketing agency.  Quick drive from anywhere in Edmonton.  Coffee is always great!

#1 Question I Get In Marketing:

So here is the biggest complaint I hear about marketing and advertising: “If Facebook and Google have made these processes more and more easy to use for the average consumer then why doesn’t it work for me?”

Well, there are nearly limitless minor reasons, but it all comes down to 2 major factors:

  1. The Ad
  2. The Audience

Let’s talk about “the ad” first.  Most advertisements I see out in social media land are created at very low cost, with very little planning, and end up falling short.  The truth of the matter is a lot of people out there are doing the same thing: “Hey, here is my business… we are great… do business with us.”  These ads are being lost in a sea of content.  They are not converting because people skate right past them.  To make a great ad we must keep the audience in mind but also factor in what is going to make someone stop what they are doing, take time out of their day, and connect with your business.  A truly great advertisement is one that evokes emotion: (1) laughter, (2) passion, (3) sadness, (4) intelligence, and yes, even (5) concern.

This may sound simple, but it is not.  Crafting a unique, captivating, sensation advertisement is the most challenging part of our business.  It takes time, it takes planning, it takes testing, and most of all patience.

Now, let’s talk about “the audience.”  It doesn’t matter what platform you advertise with, you can easily identify your demographics.  A lot of the problems I see when clients come to us with their ineffective campaigns is that either their audiences were too broad or too narrow (missing people).  Let’s say for example you are in the concrete repair business.  You can easily target people who have been recently looking for this service (through Google) and convert quite effectively with the right advertisement.  On the flip side, you can “proactively” seek and search out these customers (through Facebook) and by getting your demographics just right and enjoy a low cost to conversion.

PRO-TIP: it’s relatively easy to target users on Google who are looking for a particular product or service; the cost can be quite high (I feel so much empathy for a business like real estate, ouch $$$$).  It’s a bit tricker on Facebook, because you can massage your demographics, but the real magic is in an effective advertisement.

Video Production Matters! Quality Matters!

I think this needs to be stated.  Yes, there are a lot of cat and viral videos out there that get tens of millions of views that are low quality.  Unless your business has proprietary footage of an amazing cat, an act of God, or something else you might want to rethink a low quality strategy of advertising with your cell phone video.  This ad here is a prime example of what we did.

Mother In Law from Nordic Media on Vimeo.

So What Should I Look For In A Marketing Agency?

Well I’d like to come right out of the gate and say “choose us”, but it’s quite alright if you don’t.  The most important thing you should look for in a marketing agency is that they can show you results.  Many creative agencies or video production companies out there can show you great images, videos, and ads they created, but the question you should be asking for is: “show me the results” or if you feel real cheeky “show me the money!”   <- If you didn’t catch the reference, you may have not grown up watching Jerry Maguire… I think I still have the VHS copy if you want to borrow it.

Cheers,

Matthew Altheim
Executive Producer

Nordic Media
www.nordic.media

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The Why

K4 Financial came to Nordic Media locally in Edmonton, looking for a way to reach a wider audience. Frustrated about how often people fall into traps of untrustworthy sources, K4’s owner Kent Tilley wanted our marketing agency’s help to make people aware that you should feel confident in the person you choose to get financial advice from. He wanted us to create a commercial and social media campaign to reach people so they know his company could provide peace of mind through accurate professional financial advice at a reasonable price.  Also, as a professional standup comedian… our client knew that laughter is a great way to break the ice.

Consulting

During our meetings, Kent loved our approach to accessing the company’s needs and preparing a marketing campaign specifically for K4. We really got behind their company’s message, standards , beliefs, and methods and really put in full effort to give them the best value in a commercial for their brand.

Process

Excited about the idea of us creating a commercial for K4 came up with an idea and we worked with him to make it come to life. When writing up the script we kept K4’s needs top of mind and made sure our client was involved along the way.  We didn’t move forward until K4 approved the script. Once they did, our in-house creative, production crew was ready to go. 

Production

We casted locally and selected the people we thought fit the characters the best. We ended up hiring Ashley Strocky for hair and makeup and she did a fantastic job. We ended up shooting in South Edmonton in a nice quiet neighborhood and ended up shooting the day before Canada Day on the long weekend. The weather was nice and we were all excited to start. Amongst the vehicles, we borrowed for the shoot we got our hands on a Land Rover and a Mitsubishi Spider. It was really fun.

The End Result & Marketing

In the end, when we were editing the commercial it turned out great. It was humorous and effective. Included in his campaign we really worked to grow a wider community by involving people on Facebook and Instagram and are preparing to upload the commercial to youtube. We utilize social media because people are consistently present on those platforms and a large number of people see and interact with ads and interesting related posts.

With the message Kent’s company stands for and the good heart Kent has, it was a pleasure to create him a commercial and to build him an online advertisement campaign. Working with him we could tell he was a great guy and that his services were of great quality. We look forward to the commercial launch and look forward to seeing how our campaigns grow his customer base!

About Nordic Media

Nordic Media is a Marketing & Advertising agency located in Edmonton, Alberta that services clients nationally around Canada and internationally into the United States. We work hard to surpass our clients’ expectations and to achieve their marketing dream campaigns. We provide in-house creative production services as well as provide advice and offer a free consultation to possible clients who are interested in finding out more. To set up an introductory meeting, or to sign up for a complimentary consultation, contact us.

 

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Coming To Us With Their Ideas

We were approached by the DDD (Dedicated Designated Driver) services for advertising help. They came to us with an idea of what they wanted, and as a marketing agency, we worked together with them to flesh out a campaign that they were excited about and that fit their budget. They loved our customer service and how we paid attention to the details. Embracing their company’s needs and incorporating our team’s creative focus, we were able to go beyond their expectations with our product and performance.

Process

We were really able to make their marketing dreams a reality. Checking in for approval all along the way, we wanted to make a product that satisfied their needs and expectations. In our consultation sessions, they explained how they specifically came to us to increase their amount of service request calls and bookings during peak holiday seasons. Strategizing as a team we set out a plan to create them a Facebook advertising campaign and a commercial from scratch to boost their audience base.

Our crew is on set working with the actors for the commercial

Script And Casting

We didn’t move forward in the creative process until we got their project approval on our advertising strategy. When we wrote the script for the commercial we worked and edited it until the client fell in love with it. We casted a local actor Vance Avery who has experience in acting in local productions on camera and on stage. Having previous experience as a hand on set, it was a pleasure to work with him because he was very talented as well as knowledgeable in what we do on the video production side of things.

Filming

For filming at the house we filmed at an airbnb location we rented for the day on the outskirts of Edmonton. We wanted to make sure we could have a place where we had enough space and could film without interfering with the surrounding neighbors. We also shot at a pub that was across the street from the old office building we were stationed in at the time on the south side of Edmonton. We filmed during the day and color graded it to look like night time. We chose these options because it was time and cost effective. Wherever we can save our clients money we will.

For props we wanted to show a guy who had a really good time and wanted to convey that within seconds the props were showed. We ended up buying a feather boa, a party hat, and for the tattoo of regret we used a temporary tattoo with a bit of makeup. We wanted to appeal to DDD’s audience by taking a serious topic and making a powerful advertisement while adding fun spin so it was relatable.

The Result

In boosting their online reach we were able to boost their sales and bookings to where they were very happy with the results. With 199,340 views and hundreds of likes, comments, and shares on their commercial, DDD had a direct increase in calls and a significant increase in their customer base. They were proud of the end product of the commercial and the Facebook campaign feeling their money was well spent. We had a ton of fun working with them and are glad that we could help.

About Nordic Media

Nordic Media is a marketing agency in Edmonton, Alberta that focuses on meeting the needs of our clients and going above and beyond their expectations. We provide in-house creative and production services as well as consultations and advice for all your marketing needs. Nordic Media provides service nationwide throughout Canada from Edmonton, Alberta as well as to cities in the United States and beyond. To set up a meeting, or for more information about our company and how we can meet your advertising needs, contact us.

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