Category Archives: Emotional Appeal
When I was a college student at FSU, there was an art exhibit on campus that garnered a lot of attention. It was a confession booth where students would go and write their secrets anonymously. Later the artist would read the secrets and display them to the community in an effort to raise awareness about the inner struggles students face on campus and to show students they’re not alone. It’s very similar to Candy Chang’s interactive artist installation in Las Vegas.
This FSU art project attracted students’ attention on campus. People were curious about the confession booth and what it represented. Many students enjoyed participating and writing their secrets down, and both active participants and non-participants, found peoples’ stories and secrets fascinating and felt an emotional connection with their peers as a result.
Co-creation marketing allows consumers to contribute new content that shapes brand identity in conjunction with brand generated content. This can be hair raising for brands, as they’re relinquishing some of their control to their consumers. However, co-creation will happen whether a brand officially encourages it or not and those brands that choose to embrace co-creation marketing techniques will reap the rewards, especially when marketing to the youth.
Show college students the value of your brand by marketing an experience and highlighting the connections they will form through that experience.
College students have minds of their own. They are spontaneous experimental individuals who are tech savvy and easily influenced by their peers. Given these characteristics, marketing to college students poses a serious challenge. They do not trust companies that push their brand too hard and they do not react well to being told what to do or how to think. They value their individuality and constantly seek to further explore who they are. Their experiences add meaning to their lives and help shape them as individuals.