Nostalgia originates from a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain, ache". At one point in time it was considered a serious medical condition before being recognized as an emotional response to memories.
Good advertising evokes emotion; a sentimental bound can do just that. Our memories are our identities. Everything you say or do derives from your past. About every half decade all the cells in your body are replaced, so in about 5 years you aren’t going to be the same body. But you’re still the same person, and that’s all thanks to your memories. Nostalgia is a feeling of connecting with the younger version of yourself, a version of yourself that is long gone, which can warm the heart of even the coldest person.
Whether it’s a continuation of a series that was discontinued or canceled years prior, a reboot of a beloved franchise, or simply including a famous character from the past, nostalgia can be a impactful advertising tool if used properly.
Check out these popular examples of nostalgia marketing used by beloved brands you’re familiar with:
As you review how these successful brands have utilized nostalgia marketing to evoke an emotional connection to their product, what are some ways your marketing goals can achieve a similar response for your customers? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Quality is more valuable than a flashy gimmick. When developing a nostalgia related marketing strategy, it can be tempting to become a bit cheesy. This is not necessary. Emphasize the quality of your product and that will create a response within your audience. Show that your product is timeless. Brands like Nintendo and the Throwback Pepsi illustrate that their brand is powerful and timeless. How can you communicate the same with your brand?
Create an emotional tug. Do you think there is any connection between Coke and Clydesdale horses or polar bears? There is no real direct connection between the two, but their advertising creates an emotional pull that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Apple has also done the same in some of their recent holiday marketing with the Frankenstein monster that was a first unaccepted when he began caroling among the crowd but one child turned around the entire scenario when she began singing with him. The emotional message – love and accept everyone. The marketing message – the new recording features in the new iPhone 7. In each of these scenarios, the companies managed to market their products while appealing to the emotions of their audience. When trying to evoke a nostalgic feeling among your customers, take them back to their childhood. Transport them back in time; resurrect their memories. Give it a try with your next campaign.
Resurrect the old. The examples above provide a great example of old becoming new again, or vintage. When something becomes old, it has not lost its purpose, it has just aged. Many things are timeless, like the Disney classics, Cinderella and Pinocchio. When old movies are remade, like Ghostbusters and Jungle Book, it is not an insult to the original. Rather, it is paying homage to the old, by blending the old with a bit of new. What do you have in your product wheelhouse that may be a bit old that you can bring back to show your customers how you’ve grown? Consider integrating that into your marketing.
As you work on developing your nostalgia marketing campaign, you will want to partner with a marketing and graphic design company that not only understands what you are trying to accomplish but has the tools in their wheelhouse to make it come alive. XLDesign4U specializes in developing customized design and marketing plans to meet your unique needs. Consider a consultation with one of our team members to develop the most effective nostalgia marketing campaign for your business.