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Looking To Join A Tribe? Don’t Try Too Hard To Fit In

October 9, 2017

Moxie is an Atlanta-based marketing agency. They talk about The Rise of Tribes. How people have fewer shared experiences today, but still want to connect. How they use social media platforms to find others who share their interests. They become part of a tribe.

Suppose a certain tribe is part of your target audience. Maybe it is your target audience. Your marketing challenge: learn their language (tribes have their own jargon), and engage them by posting tribe-oriented content.

But don’t try too hard to fit in. You’ll risk looking phony and patronizing. A lot of brands have made that mistake with millennials.

Sometimes a brand will actually become part of a tribe. Take Arby’s. Yup, the roast beef sandwich people. They started putting pop culture references in their social media posts– including references to video games. They got a huge response from gamers, who have become loyal Arby’s fans.

Embracing a tribe’s culture can pay big dividends. But take the time to know them first. Learn their language. And don’t try too hard to fit in.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

guy trying to crash join Bacon Lovers Club brands need to embrace tribe's culture without being obvious trying too hard to fit in

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Thoughts? Please leave a comment– I’d appreciate your feedback.

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2017 6:09 PM

    Scary! I belong to a tribe that communicates with smoke signals and random combinations of symbols and letters…℃℉ℳℑ℞ℌ℅℥µΩℹ︎ℊℬℬ℀℁ℳ℆×∝∪¬ℵℶℏℇ∀ℏ∄∅∇⊊⊄∈⊈∉∋∌≧≨≱≯≭≶≸≴≼∏∎⊁≿⨊⨋∗∜∛∡∢∦∬∯∲⨍⨖⨔⨑⨙⨛⨜⌡∺∷∵∽∷∿≁≃≄≆≌≎≍≏≐≑≒≓≛≚≙≘≗≖≟⊍≝⊌≬⊏⊑⊗⊟⅋⊜⊚⊣⊛⊡⊨⊠⊯⊰⊪⊲⊱⊵⊼⋇⋈⋊⋋⋓⋘⋛⋤⋕⋍⋥⋢⋫⋬⋰⋮⋵⋳⋱⨂⨅⨄⨢⨠⨦⨇⨅⨈⨬⨭⨨⨮⨧⨰⨲⨳⨴⨶⨹⨲⨿⩀⨸⨷⩈⩉⩌⩎⩅⩔⩒⩐⩗⩏⩙⩢⩤⩜⩞⩫⩴⩶⩱⩩⩧⩸⪂⩻⪌⪅⪓⪐⪙⪤⪣⪥⪮⪧⪩⪠⪟⪺⪼⪾⪿⫁⫂⫄⫅⫌⫊⫒⫕⫗⫚⫝̸⫥⫢⫡⫪⫳⫸⟓⟕⟝⟤⟛⟢⟙⟦⟟⦁⦂⦈⟪⦆⦍⦄⦕⦗⦙⦓⦞⦝⧛⦛⦬⦴⦶⦾⦼⦱⦨⦿⧆⧄⧂⧉⧀⧇⧎⧖⧓⧐⧞⧠⧢⧩⧪⧥⧭⧮⧰⧲⧳⧻⧴⧾₍ⁿ⧪⧃⧍⧌⧈⧀♨︎⚛☘⚘⚙☸☄¶ but I am fortunate to be near the mega talented and wise Mark Armstrong! 😌


    • October 27, 2017 8:56 AM

      Smoke signals?? 🔥☁️☁️☁️ Random combos of symbols and letters?? ⦨⦿🍨⧄⧂⧉⧀⧇🎨⧎⧖⧓⧐⧞⧠🎩⧢⧩⧪⧥⧭🏆⧮⧰⧲⧳⧻⧴⧾👽₍ⁿ⧪⧌⧈⧀♨︎ Whoa!– it’s all Greek to me, but fortunately I speak Greek fluently since I attended Zeus Elementary School! Your message says: “Help! I’m being held prisoner in an ambrosia factory on Mt. Olympus!!”

      Never fear, my dear Marina– I’m on my way!! 🚀 Together we shall eat the entire contents of the factory 🍨 x 1,000,000,000 then use our combined weight of 356.28 metric tons to break down the doors 💥 and escape 🚑👽👽👽👽👽👽… Thank you for your beautifully encrypted comment, and do forgive this late reply– I was watching the moon 🌖 come up over Mt. O. 🌋 and fell into a swoon 😳😜😵… but I’m OK now 😊🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨💥🚑👽👽👽👽👽… 😊

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      • October 28, 2017 3:28 PM

        🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 x∞ on the house!!!!! 😉

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