Guerrilla Marketing Hampshire

Guerrilla marketing is the term used to describe unconventional promotional activities, usually performed on a low budget. Guerrilla marketing doesn't rely on large budgets but instead on time, energy, creativity and initiative. To learn more and to find guerilla marketers in your area, check the local listings and information below.

Ocean Art
0701 0718992
16 Stirling Crescent
Southampton

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Owen Advertising Ltd
023 92476431
Hall Place
Havant

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Southern Property Advertiser
023 80424920
Newspaper House
Southampton

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Melting Pot Advertising & Design Ltd
01243 572382
The Old Chapel
Chichester

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Hare Carding Advertising Ltd
023 92324528
Murrills House
Fareham

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Flemons Advertising
01243 785081
Applegarth House
Chichester

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R Lihou
023 92502000
3 Joseph Street
Gosport

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H H C Lewis Ltd
023 80226361
22-26
Southampton

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Lloyds
01962 841098
12 Southgate St
Winchester

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M W Publicity Ltd
023 80862723
Oakwood House
Southampton

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Guerrilla Marketing

Guerrilla marketing is the term used to describe unconventional promotional activities, usually performed on a low budget. Guerrilla marketing doesn’t rely on large budgets but instead on time, energy, creativity and initiative.

Small businesses are ideally positioned to take advantage of this type of marketing.

Guerrilla marketers must be flexible and able to make quick decisions - traits that all small businesses should have. The media also responds much more favourably to stories based around small businesses, and it is the extent of this subsequent publicity that often determines the success of guerilla marketing.

The Value of Creativity

People are bombarded with over 3,000 product messages every single day. Companies are increasingly resorting to guerrilla marketing to overcome this, but to be a resounding success real creativity is required.

One tactic is to think of what attracts attention and then use that as the basis of your marketing idea.

Consider the case on Sonic Driveln Restaurants. They placed branded magnetic cups on the top of cars, giving the impression that the driver forgot to pick up his drink when driving off. This stunt received widespread publicity, created word of mouth, and dramatically raised peoples’ awareness of the restaurant.

Retailers can hold contests or competitions to get people talking. Unusual competitions such as guess the number of flowers or what time will the thousandth visitor enter the store can work well. To capitalise on the success of a campaign retailers should capture the contact details of visitors, possibly through the use of a guest book. This also applies to web retailers.

Why not send your customers a card wishing them a happy August 12th for example. The day doesn’t mean anything but people love to receive a gift whatever the reason and you can be sure they’ll mention it to their friends.

You could even take it one step further and send out a greetings card for the wrong day, following it up with a PR campaign mentioning how your company committed a PR blunder by getting the dates wrong.

Darren Paul, managing director of Night Agency, does have a few words of warning:

"The field of guerrilla marketing is similar to advertising. There's good and bad marketing. There's good and bad execution. And there are negative case studies of companies crossing the line."

One high profile example occurred in 2001 when IBM spray-painted "Peace, Love and Linux" on San Francisco streets. The result? A fine of $120,000 imposed by the local government.

To avoid the risk of going too far you could always just announce your intentions but never follow them through.

Acclaim Entertainment, a video game maker, announced its intention to promote its new game release by installing billboard ads at bus shelters which had fake blood seeping out of them. They never went ahead with the promotion and it’s questionable whether ...

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