I love when a brand has a sense of humor, and playfully engages its consumers. Well last year one of my favorite brands got me, and got me good. So good that it bears repeating this year.
I actually wrote a serious blog post about a new flavor of Vitamin Water ... and it turned out to be an April Fools' Day joke.
Another brand, Kim Kardashian, was also the subject of a spot-on April Fools' Day joke ... although I don't think she originated it. The Hollywood Reporter ran this story on Kim K on April 1st this year, very much in line with pop culture speculation. But it turned out to be a joke!
YouTube also "released" the YouTube collection on DVD ... a great nod to tech gone passed us by! I loved the tagline ... YouTube that you can hold in your hand! And Virgin announced an expedition to the center of the Earth, with Tom Hanks at the helm with the founder. Cool!
"What's the point," you might say, for a brand to bother doing an April Fools' Day joke? Showing a human side. Giving your consumers a chance to connect emotionally with the brand beyond just the brand's daily, rational benefits. Getting the consumers to think a little more deeply about the brand, rather than just "using" it.
Enhancing the brand experience, you might say.
What's your experience? Jim.
President, Cohn & Wolfe North America
Author, The Experience Effect and The Experience Effect for Small Business