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WALTERS & HOGSETT JEWELERS in Boulder, CO, knew that “winter was coming” — and they decided to take action. The jewelry store and its marketing agency, Fruchtman Marketing, put together a short video commercial around the phrase “bend the knee,” which is often used in HBO’s hit television show “Game Of Thrones” to indicate paying homage to one’s lord, but in jewelry parlance indicates something different: proposing to one’s beloved. The video includes majestic, somber music intended to invoke the “Game Of Thrones” introductory music, and dark, close-up images of metal and glowing particles that pan out to reveal a finely-textured engagement ring.

“I’m calling it ‘opportunity marketing,’” says Shane O’Neill, vice-president of Fruchtman Marketing, “Which is to say unplanned marketing opportunities that connect with current events.” As the final season of “Game Of Thrones” just launched a few weeks ago, viewership is at an all-time high. O’Neill says that the campaign, entitled “Game Of Rings,” is being run via YouTube Advertising and targets engagement ring consumers who watch “Game of Thrones.”

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Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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