Listen To Your Mother, The New Assistant Brand Manager
So even if your brand doesn't have a Mom panel and you are thinking about next year's budgets and the allocation, here is what she's telling you to think about.
Rethink budgets and where they are spent.
A recent Café Mom study showed Mom is spending a lot of time on multiple communities and adapting new technologies. It's time to think about where the marketing dollars are getting the most bang for the buck and make adjustments or additions. Websites need to be content-rich, social-enabled and mobile friendly.
Evolve your mobile strategies and tactics.
Moms are mobile and increasing their use of mobility every day. There are 8 million Moms in the U.S., 20 million worldwide and 5 billion mobile phones worldwide, even in developing countries. She's going to want brands with mobile applications to help with purchase decisions at point-of-sale. She wants information at her fingertips. Websites need to be WAP enabled. And she might want GPS to help navigate stores. Give her coupons at her fingertips and the ability to check competitor prices and read reviews before purchasing. And if you are already there, then go further with virtual reality to allow her to explore the world around her.
Create a strategy for branded apps.
This is one of the easiest ways to be a part of a Mom's daily life. Build her apps that add value to her life. A tool that simplifies, enhances, saves her time will ingrain the brand in her life. There are Moms filling this void and creating their own apps by hiring their own developers to bring their ideas to life. Make sure to invest in apps that will be meaningful for her and be sure to maintain it over time.
Develop a content strategy.
Moms love entertaining, informative content. If you want to take advantage of her incredible sharing and relationships, you need content. Brands need a cross platform content strategy-where does the content live, what lives where and what is the mix of content.
Studies show Mom watches TV, but usually with her children while on her computer multi-tasking. So content has to relevant, entertaining, useful for her to consume it and socialize it. And with so many different kinds of Moms, content can't be one size fits all.
Reinvent customer service.
When it comes to talking to brands, Moms often use Twitter and Facebook for solving issues, problems, asking questions or conflict resolution. It is becoming the new customer service. Brands need to make channel management is structured to cover customer service as well as deliver compelling and engaging content. DeltaAssist took the folks monitoring Twitter and spent months training them on the reservation systems and more so they can quickly resolve issues making Twitter truly the new customer service.
She wants brands to think about causes and being eco-friendly.
Moms don't choose products for price alone. Moms care about the world in which they are bringing up baby and what their future will be like for them. You'll see more and more Moms purchasing eco-friendly and recycled products from food, light bulbs to furnishing. And if it isn't the environment, she likes products with causes especially if it is local. So test new eco-friendly products or product innovation. Scott and their tube-free toilet roll is a great example of a simple environmentally friendly change Moms should love.
Develop programs with her for next year.
The best way to understand what she needs and is looking for is to partner with Mom. This is why brands need a Mom(s) on their team. Develop the programs with her early on. Don't use her to socialize what you've developed after the fact. There are so many bright, entrepreneurial, social savvy Moms out there looking to collaborate and be a part of a brand's team. And with so many brands missing the mark with their marketing efforts targeting her maybe it's time to get her on your team. Trust her. She just may be the best assistant Brand Manager you've ever had.