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Advertising is usually the most important element in any brand marketing plan, but many companies are finding that other approaches are also effective. Some have pursued these approaches out of necessity, being unable to support national advertising campaigns, while others are just more innovative than most in developing their marketing repertoires.
Following are some examples of non-traditional marketing techniques:
• Membership Organizations (Harley Owners Group [HOG], Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Collectors Club, Pond’s Institute)
• Special Events (HOG Rallies, Saturn Owners Homecoming, Jeep Jamboree)
• Museums and Factory Tours. Examples include the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta and Las Vegas; CNN Factory Tour in Atlanta, Kellogg’s Cereal City USA in Battle Creek, MI; the American Girl Place in Chicago, the Crayola Factory tour and store in Easton, PA; the Hallmark Visitors’ Center in Kansas City, MO; the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour in Waterbury Center, VT; Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, PA; The Vermont Teddy Bear factory tour and store in Shelburne, VT, Dewar’s World of Whisky in Aberfeldy, Scotland; MacWorld Expo (85,000 make this pilgrimage!) and the annual Saturn owners homecoming in Spring Hill, TN.
• Theme Parks (Disney World, Cadbury’s Theme Park, Legoland, Busch Garden, Knottsberry Farm)
What examples can you add?
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