Branding For A Bright Future

Downtown Clearwater is a not-so-hidden hidden-treasure. Just a bridge away from the world-famous beaches, the downtown area is a progressive community that provides residents and nearly 1 million yearly visitors with experiences beyond the beach. More than that—the city is booming as a hotspot for investors and up-and-coming industries.

As a brand management agency, Sparxoo recently partnered with the City of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to create a brand identity for Downtown Clearwater that reflects their position as a destination for coastal charm, tech ventures and enterprise vibrancy.

So, what goes into a creating a brand identity? I spoke with Josh Baron, Sparxoo’s Multimedia Art Director, to learn the significance behind the new look—and what it means for the future of Downtown Clearwater.

EJ: How does the new brand identity represent Downtown Clearwater?

JB: The new brand identity represents the future of Downtown Clearwater. With bold, bright colors, the logo speaks to the potential and upward movement of the city.

EJ: The brand identity pays homage to the City of Clearwater. How are the two similar? Different?

JB: Both Downtown Clearwater and the City of Clearwater have a common goal in mind, which is to attract businesses and visitors and build a bigger, better community. So while the logos are similar in terms of physical elements, like the bridge, the sky and the sun, the abstract similarities are more powerful. It’s about the potential and what lies ahead.

The Downtown identity, while inspired by the City of Clearwater, is more focused. In fact, I look at it and see what’s not there. The logo is a skyline of one building with space, signifying a place for growth and opportunity. A city where you could do, build or be anything. I wanted it to be a little open-ended.

EJ: What does the color palette signify?

JB: Again, we took inspiration from the City of Clearwater but differentiated ourselves with brighter colors. Immediately the brighter colors convey a sense of optimism and potential. Separating the colors with thick white lines also allows for brightness in every corner.

The individual colors hold a deeper meaning as well. Green represents growth and innovation, yellow is about energy and optimism and blue conveys a sense of trust, while also complementing the other two colors visually.

EJ: What type of research went into creating the new brand identity?

JB: We have the benefit of living so close to Clearwater and we also worked with them before so we knew a little of the backstory. Most of my visual research went into understanding the downtown landscape and viewing it from a new perspective.

On the accounts side, our team put a lot of strategic thought into the brand positioning. That research entailed looking at some competing and comparable-sized cities to see what elements they pulled into their brand and their website. We spent time deconstructing their success.

EJ: Tell me more about the website and the brand identity. Can you give a high-level overview of how we are applying new brand identity to new website?

JB: The website is built to support the brand identity and further the shared goal of developing a vibrant downtown. Throughout the website we use the brand colors, of course, but also a similar, clear grid. The optimism is also shown in the big, bright Clearwater imagery.

EJ: What part of the brand identity are you most proud of?

JB: I’m proud that it’s a simple mark that is able to translate across mediums. I’m also proud that you can look at the site and feel the hope and potential. The feeling is almost tangible—and it makes you want to be apart of the growth. My hope is that, in the long term, you’ll be able to look at the logo without the actual type and know what you’re looking at. This city is on an exciting adventure.

A Look Inside Tourism Marketing: Relationship Marketing and Why It Matters

Consumer engagement via relationship marketing is the top trend in today’s tourism marketing landscape. More than ever before, tourism brands must create opportunities for engagement with today’s travelers, and brands that utilize and leverage digital tools are best-positioned to make a direct impact on visitor traffic and increase destination awareness.

According to Eye for Travel, a leading resource hub for senior-level travel executives, there are a few “need-to-know” statistics that tourism brands should consider when completing a marketing strategy. These statistics, which highlight the impact of digital influence and relationship marketing, include:

  • Every minute, there are 139 reviews written on TripAdvisor
  • Over 60 million tweets mentioned hotels in one year
  • 70% of followers have taken some action after seeing travel related content on social media

Based on these statistics, it is clear that destination locations must deliver authentic brand experiences in order to stand out from the competition and drive visitors. To do this effectively, tourism brands need to understand that marketing efforts are shifting more and more from traditional mass media, to individualized experiences that are shared across a wide range of media channels, i.e. dynamic websites, social media, YouTube, partner marketing, blogs and reviews.

With an understanding of relationship marketing and a strategy that embraces individualized experiences, tourism brands have the opportunity to leverage digital marketing in a way that can have a direct impact on word of mouth influence, consumer advocacy and brand awareness. Effective use of these owned media opportunities, can position a brand to have an impact on the target audience’s purchase decision and destination selection.

At Sparxoo, we understand the value of relationship marketing and the importance of creating unique experiences for targeted audiences. With our team of tourism marketing leaders, we have applied our expertise in digital and relationship marketing to some of Florida’s leading tourism brands, including Visit Natural North Florida and the City of Clearwater. Below are examples of our work with both of these brands:


Visit Natural North Florida:

Visit Natural North Florida (VNNF) is a governmental entity that was formed to promote tourism in north central Florida. The region encompasses Florida’s Big Bend coastal area, spanning Wakulla County in the west down to Cedar Key/Levy County in the south, east to Gainesville, and north to the Florida-Georgia state line. The Task Force is a founding partner of the official tourism marketing organization for the state, VISIT FLORIDA.

As part of the organization’s primary marketing objectives for 2015 and 2016, VNNF prioritized digital efforts, with the goal to increase the number of U.S. and international travelers who visit the north Florida region.

One major component of VNNF’s marketing efforts was the recent redesign and development of the organization’s website (www.VNNF.org), which launched in early 2016. A best-in-class feature of this site includes the trip planning tools that are embedded throughout the site. These tools help create meaningful customer interactions, increase on-site visit time, and encourage repeat visits.

As demonstrated on www.VNNF.org, the site includes a dynamic trip planning feature, that prompts users to begin their trip planning by visiting either a.) The VNNF customized map of “Things to Do,” “Places to Stay,” and “Places to Eat” or b.) the “Trip Planner” page, which provides informative instructions for how to use the Trip Planner.

Looking beyond the organization’s website, VNNF has big plans for the rest of 2016, including plans to create more customized user experiences on the website and a target digital advertising campaign to key markets.

City of Clearwater:

The City of Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea.

Recently, the City of Clearwater embarked on a rebranding initiative. A significant part of this initiative included activating the new brand to target audiences, including: tourists, residents, and the community. Sparxoo worked with the City to activate the new brand using digital platforms including social media and video.

Understanding how important social media is, we worked with the City to elevate the brand on social media in order to engage followers and potential tourists. Our efforts included: social media contests, branded social templates and content recommendations.

A social media example included the launch of a social contest where social media followers could enter the contest by using the hashtag #BrightandBeautiful (the City’s new tagline) and a favorite picture of the City. This contest enabled the City to not only promote its new brand, but also engage with tourists and residents.

Relationship marketing provides brands, especially those in tourism, with the opportunity to build loyalty and prolong the customer lifespan. As demonstrated by VNNF and Clearwater, digital-focused marketing efforts are excellent opportunities for tourism brands to make an impact. To learn more about Sparxoo’s work with other clients, please click here.

The Making of Sparxoo.com

With a site in desperate need of repair–functional, yet dysfunctional across many levels–many of us at Sparxoo came to the conclusion that sparxoo.com was ready to be laid to rest and born anew. Armed with two enhanced weapons at our disposal–sharp, cutting-edge design and precise, creative coding–we at Sparxoo were ready to drop the bomb and do what we do best: make it rain. In this post, we’ll discuss our process from beginning to end, detailing how we we transformed our site from mediocre to badass in a matter of weeks.

Initial Planning

The first step in our site’s makeover was realizing there was a problem to begin with. Our site used an outdated framework, incorporated images that didn’t align with our brand, and didn’t possess the clean, modern look that we wanted our site to exhibit. Understanding that there were issues to be fixed, we took to the drawing board to begin discussing new concepts for a completely new website.

To gain beneficial insight, and to ensure every member on our team had a say in what our new site would look like, we surveyed the team. We asked probing questions about what people liked about our old site and what they wanted to see on the new one. What was the number one response from the team? The new site needs to have “sick nasty animations.” With this valuable information at hand, our badass Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development, Adrienne Morgan, developed a sitemap and much of the site’s content so we could take a content-first approach. Using a content-first approach, we were able to create our site’s design based off the content rather than develop our content based off of the design.

There are many reasons as to why one should consider taking a content-first approach–in fact, too many reasons to list within this article, but the most important one is that your final end product (i.e. developed website) will have a much more consistent look and align better with the original design.

I can definitely take a deep dive and expand upon the pros of a content-first approach, but for the sake of brevity, that’ll be a post for another time.

Design and Development

With content at our disposal, it was time to tackle the architecture of our site through a number of creative brainstorms and wireframe sessions. Taking a couple of key considerations into mind (mainly how the site would be accessible, yet also unique and appealing) we came up with a final concept to be translated into graphic form by our creative designers, Josh and Palmer.

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With a tight turnaround scheduled for development, we found a few tools to be particularly helpful with completing the project on time. The following pieces of software were integral in terms of enhancing developer efficiency while building the site:

  • Gulp – Perfect for automated CSS prefixing, SCSS compilation, automatic minification, and instantaneous page reloading using LiveReload.
  • Beanstalk – Allowed developers to work as an efficient team. Acted as a remote platform for Git while providing the ability to make automatic deployments to our staging server, successfully eliminating the need for FTP.
  • Sublime Text – Sublime snippets and plugins such as Emmet allowed us to extend what would be 2 characters of code to 20, saving an enormous amount of typing time as a result.

Using the combined force of the team and the efficient use of dev technology, we were able to knock out development in 2-3 weeks and launch by our scheduled date with a solid end product. Lo and behold, sparxoo.com was reborn.

Although the site is robust, we’re always looking for ways to improve, using our keen eyes for the details. Throughout the next couple of weeks, we plan on making iterative updates to keep our site clean, fresh, and up-to-date. Take a snapshot now while you can, because even newer, more awesome things are on the way.

Tech Data + Sparxoo = The Silver Lining in the Cloud

This past June, the Xoo crew produced an award-winning trade show booth for Tech Data, a world leading distributor of technology products, services and solutions.

Our team served as brand strategy experts, fusing innovative design with technology to produce the conference’s largest booth. We started by collaborating with the Tech Data team by concepting the theme and bringing it to life in a fully interactive and immersive experience, inclusive of augmented reality, interactive Cloud software demos, promotional videos, product displays and more.

Our team also produced various supporting assets, such print collateral and environmental signage to amp up the booth’s appeal. The final result? Guests were wowed, and Tech Data earned the title of the most badass booth of the conference.

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Understanding the How and Why of Brand Activation

Today, leading brands understand the importance of engaging the hearts and minds of their consumers, and the impact that this engagement can have on a business’s objectives—from bottom line ROI to brand awareness. At the core of this engagement is brand activation, which involves creating a positive experience that connects the consumer with the brand and evokes a favorable impression.

When considering how to activate a brand, it is important that brands understand the impact that a successful activation can have, from the early planning process to strategy implementation. Beyond understanding this potential impact, brand leaders must also understand that “brand activation comes in many forms and is delivered through multiple channels” and that successful “brand activation that resonates with customers and achieves results calls for strategic planning that starts with Why and How” (Advertising Age).

Some questions to consider when determining the “Why” and “How” include: Why would the audience care about your brand? How will target audiences engage with the brand? How will audiences react to the new brand? With answers to these anticipated questions at the forefront, brands are primed to bring the new brand to life in a memorable way, and create a seamless identity across all branded properties and places.

With a group of branding and marketing experts, our team at Sparxoo has had the opportunity to lead branding activation efforts for a range of clients—from non-profit organizations to city government to professional services. As we understand with any brand activation effort, clients’ needs vary from one project to the next. Accordingly, we know how important it is that activation efforts are customized and are planned to address the “Why” and “How” questions for each brand. To demonstrate, below are examples of three brand activation efforts that we have led.

 

Brand Activation Examples

  • ELCHC: The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is a 501-C3 organization that specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education and after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.

For ELCHC, a successful brand activation meant gaining stakeholder buy-in and approval on a logo that is professional yet friendly. The organization’s new brand will be introduced in July 2017, and will be rolled out to a range of target audiences including families, partners, providers, etc.—all of whom played a role in developing the new brand and were an integral component during the brand research and validation process.

  • City of Clearwater: In 2015, the City of Clearwater embarked on a rebranding process and hired Sparxoo to lead the brand rollout initiatives, which included activating the brand across the City’s various audiences, i.e. staff, residents, tourists.

Given the brand’s reach extended across the entire City, the brand activation required that our team consider all of the various touch points, ranging from basic collateral and brand education presentations to print magazine implementation and city signage.

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  • Lewis Longman and Walker (LLW): Founded more than 20 years ago, LLW is a Florida-based law firm, dedicated to providing expertise in a range of industries including, but not limited to land use, real estate, and governmental law.

As part of LLW’s new brand activation, the law firm decided to use the rebranding as an opportunity to revamp the firm’s website. Activating the brand via the public facing website provided an ideal platform to share the refreshed firm look to a variety of audiences including: clients, staff and stakeholders.  The new website, which reflects the rebrand, can be viewed here: http://www.llw-law.com/.

 

Preparing for Your Company’s Brand Activation

When preparing for your company’s brand activation, it is important that you review and refine the “Why” and “How” questions posed in the up front. Continuously revisiting these questions will further enable your brand to connect with your target audiences and create meaningful consumer experiences.

As brand leaders, we often advise our clients to take full advantage of the excitement and buzz that surrounds brand activation efforts and to not let the opportunity pass by. A well-executed brand activation plan is an exciting opportunity for any brand to energize the brand, engage followers and share the brand’s story.

Client Portfolio: Lewis, Longman & Walker

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Over the course of 2015, Sparxoo has had the opportunity to work with LLW on a variety of marketing initiatives including: branding, collateral design and website design and development. At the start of this project, we understood that LLW was at a pivotal point in their branding process and were interested in creating a new brand that better conveyed their value proposition and connected with target audiences.Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 5.13.26 PM

With this background in mind, we focused our efforts on understanding the updated LLW brand and incorporating the new brand across all marketing elements, i.e. brochures, business cards, and a new corporate website. As part of our process, we continuously sought and integrated stakeholder buy-in from the LLW leadership team. This open dialogue and feedback process, enabled our team to deliver final products that resonated with the client and were aligned with the organization’s goals.

In June 2016, we officially launched the new LLW website, which reflects LLW’s new brand and further elevates the firm’s practice areas and the industries that their attorneys serve. Beyond showcasing the refreshed brand, the dynamic new site features an interactive attorney filter feature and a presentation/articles database, which are two of the most prominent areas of the new site. The new site can be viewed here: http://www.llw-law.com/

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Client Portfolio: Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Inc. (RTTB) is a non-profit organization that repairs homes of those in need. At the core of their mission, RTTB focuses on preserving and revitalizing houses and communities in Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 5.13.12 PMthe Tampa Bay Area, ensuring that low-income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence. From their Affordable Housing Program to  Building Healthier Neighborhoods Program, RTTB works with a team of volunteers, donors and sponsors to deliver their services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Earlier this year, RTTB sought Sparxoo’s services to complete the redesign and development of the organization’s website.

During the initial discovery phase of this project, RTTB expressed their goals to elevate the overall design of the site and improve the site’s experience from a user perspective.

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With these goals in mind, our team of digital specialists, designers and developers conducted a competitive market evaluation of best-in-class hero brands and completed three rounds of design. Following each round, we sought buy-in from RTTB’s leadership team and implemented feedback to the designs accordingly

As a result of our extensive design and content development process, we were proud to design a site that resonated with RTTB’s leadership team and connects with various target audiences, including: homeowners, volunteers, donors and community partners. From compelling calls to action (i.e. donate, volunteer and apply) to visually appealing infographics, the new RTTB site not only includes impressive design elements but is a site that prompts a user-friendly experience throughout the entire website.   

The new RTTB website will officially launch in July 2016.

Optimize Your Business’s Potential with SEO

(As featured on page 37 of FRLA’s Spring magazine)

It’s no secret that Florida’s lifeblood is tourism. Millions of visitors patronize our great state each year in search of the scenery and southern hospitality provided by our resorts, restaurants and attractions. And, because of society’s reliance on digital, a few clicks of a mouse make booking and planning a trip to Florida easier than ever.

If you’re in the travel, lodging or food and beverage industry, you know the value in enhancing your brand’s digital visibility—on social media platforms, mobile applications and across Google’s search tools. Each increases your brand’s recognition, opens up engagement opportunities and improves search engine optimization (SEO), which is the process maximizing a website’s exposure when a user searches for information on a search engine like Google. However, to improve overall search rank and reach to consumers, it’s essential for brands to optimize for local search. This means providing content relevant to a user’s current location or locations they wish to visit. By optimizing your online presence for local SEO, your brand’s consumer-search process is not only streamlined, but you help put your brand on the map—literally.

Here are three easy ways to improve your business’s local SEO:

Google My Business
In 2014, Google launched My Business, a service that links users with results across Google Search, Maps or Google+. My Business is a great tool for small businesses to build community conversations and provide and connect consumers with valuable information about their business. The tool asks brands key insights about their location, address and website links in order to help improve their overall ranking and visibility across Google’s service platforms. Because My Business asks for specific questions relevant to the brand’s location, this help improves the business’s local SEO. Another advantage of Google’s My Business application is that it allows consumers to write reviews about brands. These reviews also help increase a brand’s search visibility and allow users get an understanding of a brand’s experience before walking through its doors.

TagYou’re It!
One of most important and easiest ways a brand can improve local SEO is by incorporating their city and state into their website’s title tag. Title tags define the theme, title or topic of a web page, and provide key SEO insights. When a user enters keywords into a search engine, one of the first places the engine pulls information from is your website’s title tag. By incorporating your brand’s location into the title tag, this helps strengthen your ranking among consumers who are searching for you. For example, Jill has decided she wants to visit Miami Beach and wants to book a local hotel room. So Jill searches, “hotels in Miami Beach” on the Internet. Because your hotel included “Miami” or “Miami Beach” in its title tag, it has the ability to rank among the first search results Jill sees.

 

The NAP Factor
Placing your NAP, or your brand’s name, address and phone number, across all of your website’s pages improves local SEO. How so? This information helps search engines pick up key insights it can use to optimize a consumer’s search results. In essence, the number of times your NAP is listed across your brand’s website helps improve your SEO ranking and your brand’s searchability. NAPs are commonly placed in website footers or in the same location on every website page. Note: Your website must list your brand’s NAP exactly the same on each web page. This ensures accuracy and eliminates confusion when a search engine accesses your website’s info.

The Digital Truth
In a tech-savvy world where the Internet, mobile applications and social media connects us all, optimizing online profiles and websites to effectively and efficiently reach consumers is key. Consumers want to access information in real-time, which creates a need for your brand to be there and provide the information they’re searching for. Factoring in local SEO when building your website or online profiles not only simplifies your consumer’s search process, but also helps your brand’s search rank among all other websites and profiles using similar keywords on the web.

An Emoji is Worth A Thousand Words: Why Brands are Using Icons for Advertising

The new wave of communication is here?. Across the globe, people are using this nuanced language to communicate with a worldwide audience. Emojis, which once started as an accessory to communication, are now making their way into corporate-branded ads, strategic social media campaigns and even the Oxford Dictionary. So, beware public: Marketers are getting Emoji-nal.

Statistics show that each month Emoji usage by marketers increases by about 20 percent. The most common Emoji users are those in e-commerce or retail; however, companies in all industries are beginning to integrate these colloquial icons into their marketing strategies. And, they’re doing so in pretty creative ways.

One example of this is a billboard made to promote the film DeadPool. Although the content on the billboard is pretty simple, it’s really effective and easy for drivers to digest. It also proves how society has welcomed Emojis into our culture with open arms ?.

Brands like Pepsi are taking Emojis to the next level. The worldwide cola brand is Emoji-ing its logo and featuring it on its bottles and cans this summer. Other brands are even reaching out to the Emoji platform to curate their own icons. Guinness, for example, is known for its darker stout and realized all of the current ? Emojis only reflect lighter beers. In an attempt to capitalize on this opportunity, Guinness contacted the Emoji platform to have their unique Emoji placed into the mix of the mainstream keyboard. 

So what is to be said about this trend in online communication? Call it media Pictionary, but we?? emojis’ ability to break boundaries of language, demographics and dialect. As they continue to evolve with a changing society, we will use Emojis to humanize brands, establish emotional connections with consumers and communicate more efficiently and effectively. (We think that’s a reason to ?.) Emojis have unintentionally become society’s new universal language, and we recommend all marketers to become fluent.

Netflix and No Chill

Service Provider Becomes a $32-Billion Company through Content Marketing

Yes, you read that correctly. Netflix has become a billion-dollar company, making it one of the largest video-streaming service providers in the world. Netflix’s success can be attributed not only to the brand’s quirky sense of humor, but also its content marketing strategy. The company has mastered the approach of delivering tailored content to its users—an audience of more than 60 million subscribers around the globe.

Unlike advertising, content marketing is designed to pull audiences in, rather than force information on them. Instead of focusing on the sale of a product or service, this approach helps audiences reach a decision through provided content such as blogs, infographics, white papers, eBooks, videos and more. Here are the five ways Netflix used content marketing to take over the video-rental industry and become the video streaming and production giant it is today.

1. Serving Catered Content

Every Netflix homepage is different based upon user preferences. The company focuses on consumer personalization and “treats every situation as an opportunity to present the right content to each of [their] 57 million members” (Netflix). Netflix’s software quickly analyzes each subscriber using an algorithm, and recommends movies and TV shows based on this data.

For example, do you have a passion for gangster flicks? No problem. Netflix will find movies based on this knowledge and recommend more of what you love. This tactic keeps users engaged by targeting them with the right content while further enhancing user experience. Pictured below is an example of a customized homepage (the “Recommended for You” section) a user sees upon entering Netflix.

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2. Being a Content Powerhouse

It’s no coincidence that Netflix aligns their content strategy with promoting new TV shows and movies. The once DVD-rental service started generating original content, in the form of blogs and even newspaper editorials, to build momentum for upcoming TV shows and movies.

For example, when promoting the original series “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix went straight to the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper featured a 1,500 word editorial titled, “Woman Inmates: Why the Male Model Doesn’t Work,” to draw new viewers to the original series. Netflix uses this content marketing tactic to drive excitement about its services, while not appearing overly self-promotional.

3.  #KickAss Social Presence

If you haven’t checked out Netflix’s social media accounts, I highly suggest you do. Netflix does an excellent job at keeping users informed about upcoming movies and TV shows, while injecting contemporary trends into every post.

For instance, Netflix cleverly crafted a post addressing Facebook’s new reaction feature on its platform. The post was well received, earning more than 15,000 views and 700 likes. The strategy of combining topical, relevant posts and company updates continuously evolves Netflix’s kickass social presence.

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4. Convenience is King

Netflix has not only survived the on-demand economy, it’s managed to flourish in it. Who makes up this on-demand economy? Tech companies that offer answers to consumer demand by means of immediate fulfillment of goods or services (think Uber, Blue Apron and Airbnb).

Netflix started out as a DVD-delivery service and eventually moved its way through the market when it saw an opportunity no other company was capitalizing on: renting movies without leaving the house. Netflix’s easy-to-use service and Blockbuster’s inability to adapt caused Blockbuster to epically fail. Needless to say, Netflix came out ahead.

5. Netflix and Chill, Anywhere

Netflix subscribers can watch videos on virtually any type of device. From Blu-ray players, PCs and smart phones to gaming consoles and tablets, Netflix is responsive on almost any device. The company adapts to viewer’s needs by offering many viewing options. This not only enhances user experience, but it also makes the service available to a larger audience.

What can marketers learn from Netflix? An effective content marketing strategy accompanied by personalization and data pays off. Netflix doesn’t need to have a huge advertising budget. Rather, the company focuses on creating an excellent user experience by collecting user analytics.  The company has mastered the approach of delivering tailored content to its users- an audience of more than 60 million subscribers around the globe.