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Mastering the Message

Crafting Captivating Campaigns

Creating a compelling marketing message is crucial for the success of any event or social campaign. It's the key to attracting attention, building interest, and driving participation or engagement. Being a visual learner, producer, and marketer learning to craft the message was a challenge I had to learn and then master. It took years to build up the skills that do not come naturally to me. This article is in response to having to market my other life as the vocalist in the “Gold Noire Band”. So I’ll proceed to shamelessly plug our next event while I offer up some tips on how, I as a digital marketer, go about getting to the surface of our local patrons and mobile travelers.


Here are five essential tips to craft an effective marketing message:


1. Cover the Basics: Who, What, When, and Where


Start with the Essentials

Your marketing message must clearly communicate the fundamental details of your event or campaign. Who is it for? What is happening? When will it take place? Where is it located?

Name the event. 

Even if you are Ed Sheehan or Apple you need to give a reason why your offer is worth anyone’s attention. Putting a name on your event or campaign raises your efforts from “whatever” to “worthy”. 


Example: Gold Noire’s “Feeling Good” Friday, April 5th. Cottonwood. 


2. Include Key Elements for Success

Identify Essential Components


Determine what elements must be present in your message to resonate with your target audience. For a restaurant hosting a live music night, the message should highlight the cuisine and the music experience.


Example:

"Experience the best of both worlds at Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar: Savor our handheld menu while enjoying live performances from Gold Noire, Friday, April 5th 6-8PM Get there early, Happy Hour ends at 6. “ 


3. Set Clear Goals

Define Your Objectives


What do you aim to achieve with your marketing message? Setting clear goals, such as increasing ticket sales, boosting attendance, or enhancing online engagement, will guide the content and tone of your message.


Example:

If the goal is to sell out a charity gala, your message should emphasize the exclusivity of the event, the cause it supports, and the urgency of securing a ticket. “Feeling Good’s”  goal is to fill the bar with patrons.


4. Tailor the Message to Your Audience


Understand Your Audience

Craft a message that speaks directly to the interests, needs, and desires of your target audience. Use language, tone, and imagery that resonate with them.

Example:

For “Feeling Good” our audience likes live music without the volume, a good bar menu with a happy hour early incentive, and a place that is a bit more inclusive with a neighborhood vibe.  A patron on Thursday just told me he felt Cottonwood was like Cheers, “Where everybody knows your name”.  (SUCCESS!)


5. Utilize a Strong Call-to-Action (CTA)


Encourage Action

Your marketing message should always include a clear, compelling CTA. Guide your audience on what to do next — whether it's buying tickets, registering for an event, or participating in a campaign.


Example:

“Happy Hour Ends at 6 PM” This is a big draw and achieves the goal of filling the seats early and letting the live music enhance the dining experience.


Crafting an effective marketing message for an event or social campaign involves a strategic blend of clarity, relevance, and motivation. By adhering to these five tips, you can create a message that not only captures the essence of your event or campaign but also inspires your audience to take action because you have made a clear and valuable offer for their attention.  Remember, a good marketing message is the one that turns interest into action and attendees into advocates.


If there is a topic you’d like to hear more about by all means comment below or direct message and I’ll do my best.

Nothing better than a good question to jump into.

Reach out for a talk over coffee or a hike I give information freely. I only ask to be paid when I do the work. tgold@bigwaterci.com

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Trina Gold 

Master Creator

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