Throughout marketing history, one of the most effective and unconventional ways of marketing a product is to use a marketing stunt. The cake company that made the world’s largest cake, for example, launched a successful company off the back of a single marketing campaign. History is strewn with such examples.

How can you come up with an idea like that for your company? Something that will really get the attention of both media and potential customers? Here’s how.

==> Record All Your Ideas

The moment you decide to start coming up with potential marketing ideas, you’re going to start having ideas in some very strange places.

You might think of an idea while in the car, taking a shower, going for a jog, eating at a restaurant, or even in the middle of the night. Write all these ideas down in whatever journal method works best for you, such as your smartphone or a pad of paper.

Come back to these ideas later and elaborate on them as you think of more details.

==> Brainstorming is a Group Sport….some call it Masterminding.

Brainstorming was never meant to be an individual process. Even if you’re the head of your company, try to get other people involved, whether they are employees or friends in the industry.

Many entrepreneurs struggle with the belief that they’re better off doing things on their own rather than bringing other people on board to help. This is especially common when it comes to coming up with new and innovative ideas. It’s very hard to let go of the sole responsibility for the creative side of your business.

But if your company is going to grow, so do your ideas. That’s why companies like Google encourage their employees to spend 20% of their paid work time on their own ideas. Google knows that Larry Page and Sergey Brin can’t come up with enough good ideas on their own to sustain the company.

The lesson: get other people involved with the brainstorming process from early on.

==> Push the Limits of Your Ideas

Anytime you come up with an idea that sounds good, ask yourself how you can make the idea even bigger.

Let’s say you’re promoting a marketing product and you decide to host a contest where you give away two all-expenses paid trips to a marketing conference.

Instead of just hosting the contest and publishing it on your website, ask yourself: how can I make this an event that people will want to rush to participate in?

You might partner with the marketing conference to open the conference up to a larger number of participants. You might do an ad buying campaign to let everyone in the industry know about the contest. These two ideas could take your idea from a 500-person exposure project to a 10,000-person marketing extravaganza.

Always ask yourself: how can I make this even bigger?

If you follow these three tips – writing down all your ideas, brainstorming with other people and asking yourself how you can make things even bigger – you’ll quickly develop some winning high-impact campaigns.


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David Ryan - March 8, 2014

That’s what I do. Write down all my ideas. It’s a great way to brainstorm too.


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