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So, do publicity stunts (blatant attempts to garner attention with a activity that may be unrelated to what what you’re selling, or even unrelated to aviation) actually work?
Yes, they do!
They do get attention, which is key to expanding your “list,” or the number of people who are exposed to your marketing efforts.
So, what makes a good publicity stunt?
It sometimes appears that “the weirder, the better,” and to a certain extent, that’s true. You have to protect the reputation of your brand, but we’ve seen many examples of even outrageous publicity stunts done by respected brands. Here are the guidelines:
- You shouldn’t irretrievably offend your primary target customer base. Although every group has their “hot buttons,” it’s hard to offend aviation people. They’re an educated, well-traveled bunch, so you don’t need to worry too much about this. Controversy is fine, offensiveness is not.
- Stunts should be targeted to attract your ideal customers. If you’re attracting a general audience to sell a very specific product or service then you’re using the wrong “bait.” Offering free pedicures to aviation industry professionals (whose demographics are largely male and over 30) would be an example of using the wrong bait.
- You need to have a great campaign (list, offer, and presentation) to keep the interest of the people you attract.
- You need to have the other elements of a great marketing plan in place to ensure you capture and follow up on your leads – their attention on your stunt will be short-lived.
- Don’t do it half-way. The worst thing you can do is appear timid or unsure. Once you’ve committed to a stunt, carry it off with confidence and self-assurance. You won’t damage your company’s reputation if you do this right. Being genuinely passionate about your product or service can’t be faked, and no matter how “cheesy” your stunt is, your company’s class and polish will show in the way you handle the details and follow up on leads and customer service.