After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in April of 2011, no one could stop talking about Kate’s wedding dress.
Within hours after the wedding, vendors began making near-identical copies or similar styles of the Stella McCartney- designed dress. Even vendors such as David’s Bridal now have a “Royal” category so you can dress “just like Kate.”
When something is buzz-worthy, it creates high demand. In situations like this, you can align offers with “what’s hot.” Companies will often leverage newsjacking for this type of technique and it works very well for offers, too. As an example, earlier this year people couldn’t stop talking about Pinterest.
Create new streams in your social media management tools to help you find out what is trending and get on top of it to help amplify your own marketing. The earlier you can get on the bandwagon before it “goes viral” the faster you can rank in searches and the more people you will find attracted to your information.
HubSpot capitalized on this craze by creating the first Pinterest ebook for business owners and marketers, How To Use Pinterest for Business. It quickly became one of HubSpot’s most successful ebooks with more than 125,000 downloads to date. Because it was the first and only ebook available on Pinterest (and we made sure people knew that), and learning how to use Pinterest for marketing was in high demand, it made the offer more unique and thus more irresistible — that’s the power of leveraging both timing and popularity!
By leveraging newsjacking, you can also utilize the bandwagon effect through blogs, webinars, conferences and more to help traffic more qualified leads into the funnel.