This is the final post in a three-part series this week on marketing differentiation.
Part 1 highlighted New York City wine retailer Taste Wine Company (User Experience Innovation Creates New Kind of Wine Store). The innovative idea propelling this new venture: shoppers can taste every bottle before buying!
Part 2 featured European hotel brand Mama Shelter, and their USA launch in Los Angeles (Redefining the Boutique Hotel Experience for an American Audience).
In this final installment, we’ll take a look at the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Why did a nonprofit best-known for planting trees in Israel participate at this year’s South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival?
“Meet Me at My Place” or Create Experiences Where Your Customers Are
It’s a common marketing desire: How can we broaden our reach and attract new customers?
If so, explore context and/or environment options in which you can introduce yourself and build awareness with the potential customers. Be ready and willing to utilize different marketing tactics to get noticed by a new audience. And, don’t be afraid to be bold.
JNF figured they could expand their reach at South by Southwest.
On the surface, you’d think SXSW might be a disconnect for JNF: a festival that offers the “unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.”
However, SXSW fit the bill. It was an “ideal venue for JNF to showcase the original Startup Nation and share JNF’s vision with a new audience.”
Participation tactics included partnering with OpenShabbat to host a Shabbat dinner; and sponsoring the first-ever kosher Latin food truck, Kosher Carne, with delicious food by celebrity chef Deborah Benaim.
Local JNF representatives used the events to talk with attendees “about JNF’s mission and why JNF wanted to be part of the SXSW conversation.”
The strategy to participate at SXSW and interact with a different audience is succinctly captured by millennial marketing agency leader David Yarus:
“JNF should be there [SXSW] every year, for so many reasons: To connect with, engage, and inspire the next generation of Jewish entrepreneurs and philanthropists; to better understand technology trends, where the world is going, and how to stay relevant; and ultimately, to be one of the only Jewish organizations forward-thinking enough to have an active presence there!”
Harvey Chimoff is a versatile marketing and business team leader who believes good marketing sells. Contact him at harveychimoff dot com.