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Creative Marketing: Hop Outside the Box with Chocolate Grasshoppers

David Hauser: Creative Marketing: Hop Outside the Box with Chocolate Grasshoppers

It happened one day.  An invasion of some 5,000 FedEx packages began arriving, one by one, at their intended destinations – without warning and without notice.  Mysterious boxes were curiously being opened all across the country within a two-day period.  Even President Obama and the entire Senate received one.  And no one was expecting what they found inside. 

Then, the call from Washington officials arrived asking, “What are these?”  

GrasshopperDavid Hauser, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Grasshopper, joins hosts Anita Campbell and Brent Leary to share some insider perspective and personal insight into Grasshopper’s recent successful re-branding marketing campaign in which the stars of the act proved to be (yep, you guessed it) edible chocolate covered grasshoppers.

Here is their story:

  • (3:45) First David, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and how you came to found Grasshopper?
  • (5:22) Is your background in telecommunications, David?
  • (6:17) Can you explain exactly what the campaign was using the chocolate covered grasshoppers and how it came about?
  • (9:37) So you actually got the grasshoppers and covered them in chocolate?  Was there an outside firm that helped you with that?
  • (10:26) You sent these chocolate “hoppers” to 5,000 of the most influential people in America.  What makes these people so influential?  How did you pick them?
  • (12:22) What role has your video “Entrepreneurs Can Change the World” had in this campaign and what message were you trying to send?
  • (14:19) Was this really a successful re-branding campaign?  How do you define the success?
  • (15:49) What value are the video reviews?  What success did that translate into for the company and the business?
  • (17:00) How did the money already sunk into GotVMail factor into your re-branding decision?
  • (20:21) What were some of the apprehensions leading up to this campaign?  Was it considered risky?
  • (22:11) I’m sure you had a lot of surprising, unexpected results that came out of this.  Can you give us one or two?
  • (24:35) Had you eaten a chocolate covered grasshopper before?  Did you know what you were sending out?
  • (25:29) How do you follow up this kind of campaign?  What do you do next?
  • (26:22) How is the case study being taken?  Are you hearing any feedback?
  • (27:37) David, where can people find out more on the web?

For the full story, check out the Grasshopper Re-Brand Case Study.  You can also see pictures and find out what the press and others are saying about these critters.

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12 Responses to “Creative Marketing: Hop Outside the Box with Chocolate Grasshoppers”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Margaret

  2. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    How does it taste? Crunchy? ;) I have seen chocolate covered insects from HotLix at a store called ExtremeFood in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    How much did the jumping re-branding campaign “land” at the end? How do you figure out the ROI?

    I will listen to this podcast during my weekend walk. I think I will go to the ExtremeFood store and some exotic candy! :D

  3. RedHotFranchises Says:

    I think that’s a cute name for a Company, GrassHoppers! looks like a very interesting marketing strategy, I will check out this Podcast during my sparetime.

  4. Amanda Says:

    This was an impressive idea that generated an enormous amount of buzz. I enjoyed hearing the inside info behind this campaign.

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