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3 Marketing Campaigns We Loved This Quarter

In today's digital era, grabbing consumer attention demands a mix of creativity, unwavering consistency, and sheer determination.

Ours is a world in which we're perpetually inundated with information overload, ads, and the ever-evolving "next big thing." Despite the noise, certain brands have possessed an almost magical ability to rise above the fray, capturing our hearts and trumping the competition.

Over the past quarter, three brands have enchanted me - and millions of others - with their marketing efforts. In this blog post, we'll take a look at their remarkable success and we’ll speculate about how they've not only captivated audiences but also driven sales to unprecedented heights.

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Happy birthday to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)! This campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, making it a true autumn classic.

This season, the PSL made its eagerly awaited return on Thursday, Aug. 26, ringing in the fall season. Since the campaign’s debut in 2003 by Peter Dukes, the PSL has grown into Starbucks' most beloved seasonal beverage, enjoyed in over 50 countries. In 2022, sales increased 12 percent the week that Starbucks’ pumpkin-flavored beverages and treats were reintroduced compared to sales the previous week.

What makes this campaign resonate with customers and generate such excitement?

Starbucks has masterfully created a sense of scarcity by offering the PSL for a limited time, driving substantial revenue in a short period while leveraging consumers’ natural tendency to get excited for summer to transition into the holiday season.

On a psychological level, the flavors of the beverage tap into the cozy, nostalgic feelings associated with fall and the holidays. The PSL campaign has successfully woven the magic of nostalgia and warmth into every cup, making it an autumn tradition that continues to generate enthusiasm worldwide.

Image of a pumpkin spiced latte

The Barbie Movie

It's speculated that over $150 million was spent on the film's marketing campaign, which is more than its production budget of $145 million (according to Variety).

The Barbie Movie itself was released in July, but the campaign kicked off in the spring with a deluge of Barbie character posters, heralding the exciting arrival of the Barbie movie. Alongside these posters, a website with a widget called the "Barbie Selfie Generator" was launched. This platform allowed people to insert their own selfies or images into the iconic Barbie character poster format. This immersive experience encouraged active engagement with the movie, and brilliantly, encouraged social sharing.

Moreover, the presence of a massive pink Barbie box at theaters offered the perfect backdrop for photo ops. People could strike poses, gather with friends, and add their personal touch while promoting this Warner Bros. blockbuster every time the images were shared.

Both the selfies and box images became social media sensations, spreading the distinctive Barbie visuals far and wide.

Barbie Movie Promotional Image

Even Google recognized Barbie's cultural impact and sought to partner with the campaign. Their own metrics from YouTube and their search engine revealed Barbie's presence in the zeitgeist, making it a delightful collaboration according to The Guardian.

The Barbie movie campaign turned moviegoing into a collective experience, reminding us of the unique allure of cinema on opening weekends when everyone comes together.

Rare Beauty Makeup

Founded by celebrity Selena Gomez, Rare Beauty stands out in this quarter's marketing landscape. The brand's mission centers on redefining beauty standards and promoting individuality, inclusivity, and self-expression through makeup.

But what really turned heads? Their killer influencer squad, including Gomez herself, took to social media with authentic enthusiasm, and the company invested heavily in TikTok.

According to Social Insider, Rare Beauty's TikTok game plan is built on four core content pillars:

  1. Product Showcases: Engaging videos that spotlight their products, showing them in action

  2. Entertaining Slice-of-Life Moments: Hilarious and relatable point-of-view (POV) scenarios that strike a chord with viewers

  3. Empowering Mental Health Advocacy: Uplifting content featuring Selena Gomez, dedicated to inspiring and educating on mental health

  4. Community-Driven Tutorials: Influencer tutorials crafted based on questions and interests voiced by their community, ensuring they're addressing what their audience wants to know

Image of Selena Gomez doing her #RareRoutine

Rare Beauty's dynamic fusion of inclusivity, sustainability, and influencer allure deserves major props.

Did any of these campaigns win you over? You aren’t alone! If you are looking to take your next marketing campaign to new heights, we are on standby.

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