2013

Beyonce and Marketing

by Jamie Sanford on January 9, 2014

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Photo via Beyonce’s Instagram.

It’s been almost a month since Beyonce shut down the Internet by releasing an album without having told anyone beforehand. Coined a “visual album,” Beyonce was released to iTunes exclusively and sold over 600,000 copies in 3 days, blowing recent releases by Lady Gaga and Britney Spears out of the water. I’d like to examine a few pieces of this story.

Lack of Promotion

Beyonce has been traveling the world on the Mrs. Carter tour, has dropped a few singles over the year, but it was known that she had recorded material for a new album. The assumption was that the album would release in 2014. Instead, it turned out that Beyonce had written something like 100 songs, chosen the album tracks, and proceeded to film videos for every song on the album all over the world during the span of her tour. Brilliant and sneaky. Beyonce has been quite active on Instagram, keeping in touch with the fans and giving them a glimpse of her personal life, and dropped the news of her new album on Instagram and set it all on fire. After it became available, 80k copies had sold in 3 hours.

The genius of this is that no, Beyonce’s album isn’t a lifechanger, but the entire plan was based on the fact that she is a huge star, people love her, and since they knew NOTHING about the album, everyone went online and bought it immediately to participate in the event that the album became. Britney and Gaga released tons of songs from the albums before they were released, and since they were not that impressive, sales were not there to match. No one had time to find out if Beyonce’s album sucked before they were buying it to join in on the excitement.

Beyonce vs Target

Due to the secretive nature of the project, they didn’t start physical production of the album until very late in the timeline. The album had been available online for a few days already and Target refused to carry it, stating that the exclusivity to iTunes at the start would hinder sales of the physical CD. This was really dumb on their part.

  1. Beyonce went to Walmart, which was selling the album, and gave out gift cards and made people’s days and made herself a lovely news story.
  2. Hello, Target, people who still watch the news and aren’t living their life on the Internet (they do exist), would totally pick up and buy the new Beyonce if they saw it in the store. That you refused to buy this album that had the biggest hype of any album release in AGES was a huge miss.

Content Video is King

The release of music videos for every song was designed for the age of the Internet. Tumblr is HUGE, and it’s all about sharing images and video. The Beyonce videos aren’t all massive productions with huge budgets, but that isn’t the point. They all feature Beyonce. Beyonce is the star. Done and done.

Changing the Game

According to a post on https://www.yesgamers.com, Beyonce’s surprise release, as well as the format of songs + videos from the jump, is a different approach to the new music world we are living in. Spotify can’t show you videos, so you go buy the album on iTunes. You haven’t streamed the whole album yet on a music website, so you go buy the album on iTunes. All of these tactics that are the new normal were ignored for a bombshell approach that no one was expecting, and it worked like a charm.

The album sold over one million copies in 6 days. For everyone who said album sales were over, Beyonce just changed the game.

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Formula One -Derland: 2013 Recap Video

by Jamie Sanford on December 17, 2013

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I spend a lot of time getting weird looks from people who are like “wth is Formula One” or they think it’s like NASCAR and it’s so not. IndyCar is a better comparison.

Either way, here’s a great recap from YouTube channel Pole Position on the 2013 season.

I will work on a look at the 2014 grid (so far) soon. Lots of driver changes.

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Formula One -Derland: Korea 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 8, 2013

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One of my favorite drivers, Paul di Resta, has not had a good streak of luck as of late. I’m not too happy with Paul’s contribution to my fantasy points at this point in the season.

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso, continuing down the trail of awesomeness. Not his best weekend, but I still think he’s the best driver in the field.

This is Jenson Button, laughing at me for dropping him from my fantasy team. He’s doing marginally better than he did earlier in the season.

I would really really like to know what Massa and Vettel have to laugh about.

Vettel was on pole position, again, with Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton behind him. He did the same thing as in Singapore, and just TOOK OFF at the start and amassed a 2-second gap by the end of the first lap. Grosjean didn’t let him get the lead he had managed over Nico Rosberg during the last race, but it still seemed unreachable for Grosjean. Even after 2 safety car periods, Vettel still managed a gap.

(Photo from here) Meanwhile, the luckless Mark Webber‘s car was up in flames for the second consecutive race. What is Red Bull making his car out of?

(Photo from here) The 2 Mercedes drivers were going at it when all of a sudden, Rosberg’s nose just sort of fell, and it was crazy sparkage from there. Absolutely mad. But, he went back into the pits, got a new nose, and was back on track.

Sigh. Vettel wins the race. Kimi Raikkonen passed Grosjean for second, which seemed inevitable since Kimi is still (sort of) in the title race. Vettel has an insane points lead, and it is mathematically possible for him to win the season championship during the next race, which is in Japan, at his personal favorite track. We shall see. Apparently Lewis Hamilton totally agrees with me that watching the same person win all of the time is boring.

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Three Words for 2013

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2013

As mentioned in my last post, I’m working on Chris Brogan’s Brave New Year. Part of that was to come up with the 3 words to guide my year. I have had trouble with a clear vision of what I need to work on, but I think the words are more of a guide to remind me of what I’m aiming for in general in 2013, and beyond.

Here we go.

QUEEN

Queens take care of business – both the royal kind and the drag kind. I need to remember that I am the queen of my world and I need to keep the kingdom in check. My kingdom, my rules, my life.

WERK

I chose werk (check that Urban Dictionary link if you need more on the term) because I want to think about werking instead of working. Every time something “feels like work” I am going to remind myself that I need to werk, and that will be how I move forward. Take every opportunity to turn it into something to accomplish and celebrate, something to add to my skill set, whatever that item might be.

TODAY

On Smodcast 207 (one of my favorite podcast episodes of 2012), Kevin, Scott and Bryan talked about procrastination, and someone said something along the lines of “you plan for future you, because you think future you is some perfect version of you that will want to do X thing that current you just cannot do.” Future me is just me, later. I need to remind myself that today is no different than some later date that I think is going to be the day I change. It has to be today.

If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? – RuPaul

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