I couldn’t sleep the other night and was scrolling through Tumblr and noticed that everything I was reblogging and liking was a meme.
I don’t think I need to provide a definition for what a meme is. But for the off chance that there is a reader who is unfamiliar with the term, a meme is a funny image, video or phrase that is spread across the internet due to it’s ability to humour people.
There’s just something about memes that are extremely funny but also super simple at the same time. It’s amazing how connected we all feel with each other based on a photo, video or even just a phrase. It has definitely become a norm in our society. With such large platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr etc it is difficult to go a day without actually seeing a meme.
So, what implications does this mean for a digital marketer?
Well I guess it means that the internet has a place for humour. As marketers, we can use this to our advantage as consumers feel connected when they share similar humour.
A lot of businesses that use social media, have begun using memes in their everyday updates. For example, Popcherry, an online clothing store, has been using a lot of memes to connect with its target audience. Their target audience is young females so most of their memes are female related.
Obviously for Popcherry, using memes on their social media is working in their favour. It engages consumers to look at the meme and then take a look at their brand. It demonstrates to consumers that Popcherry knows what they want and can deliver it.
However, not all brands reel in the likes. Some brands actually reel in hate instead. There are a lot of brands that are trying to use memes to communicate with its consumers but don’t use it properly or effectively that it reels in a lot of negative attention.
Yes, it’s nice that brands are incorporating memes into their advertising but it needs to be done right. There is a right and wrong way to use memes and slang. If used correctly, it draws in consumers like free food. If used incorrectly, you’ll get shamed like Cersei in Game of Thrones.
What do you think? Do you like when brands use memes? Or would you prefer it stay amongst us consumers and let it naturally become popular?