'Social Media' Category

Can Technology Help Solve California’s Drought?

Posted by Neal Leavitt on July 26th, 2015 at 11:48 am

On April 1st, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating a substantial reduction in urban water consumption compared with 2013 levels. One key element - a 25% reduction in urban water use to help mitigate the state’s worst ongoing drought in more than a century.
And while a number of climatologists and meteorologists have predicted a better than 50% chance of an El Nino winter – which means greater than average rainfall- there’s no guarantee that the desperately needed rain will arrive.
Enter the Internet of Things (IoT). The drought has spawned a welter of startups and innovative partnerships with public agencies and the private sector that utilize the IoT to find smart solutions to manage both water distribution and electricity use.
A few examples:
The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) has teamed up with Candi Controls and MC Engineering to install a system of low-cost, industrial-class IoT devices. By collecting data from connected sensors, the system is helping to optimize distribution of reclaimed water among farmers and everyday users; it also minimizes energy by tracking usage and power consumption.
According to Tom Kouretas, an MRWPCA engineer, the agency is able to mitigate some of the costs associated with... Read more

Analysis of social media campaign #obeyyourverse from Sprite

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:29 am

In reviewing the soft drink category for content trends, I found an interesting campaign from Sprite that’s worth a closer look.
I’ll typically review campaigns for an industry at least monthly, to see what the latest developments are. Keeping a watch for new campaign themes and which themes are the top performers. The process begins with a review of the top subjects for any given time period. Could be a week, month, quarter, or whatever. This time I picked June, reviewing the most used and engaging posting topics for the month in the Subject Explorer chart in Zuum, below. This is for the top soft drink brands.
As hashtags are generally good indicators of campaigns, I’ll typically looks for ones that are both fairly large (indicating volume) and orange or brighter (indicating higher engagement). Below, the #obeyyourverse stands out on both accounts. It’s also an interesting play off Sprite’s overall campaign theme, Obey Your Thirst.

A click on that topic takes us into the Subject Analyzer, below, which gives us a complete breakout of the campaign (in this case, I changed the dates to reflect the duration of the campaign.

While many campaigns peak towards the end of their run, this one has a series... Read more

Which social media networks do yogurt brands post on most?

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 20th, 2015 at 9:23 am

As we’ve noted with other industries we’ve analyzed, how the brands allocate their posting across the different social media networks gives a good idea of how much they value each network.
Let’s take a look at the yogurt industry for the month of June, in the Global Posts Leaderboard, below.
Looking at the industry average line, you can see that Twitter is the clear leader in this category. Google Plus is a surprising second, given there seems to be less of an understanding of that network’s value. Of course, the Google Plus posting volume average is made up of only two brands, as well, which can certainly skew the results.

So lets look at the leading network, Twitter, and see how each brand is performing there.
Below, we look at the Twitter Leaderboard to see a number of performance metrics for each of the brands active on that network. Chobani not only leads in posting volume, but also has a remarkable engagement rate for their posts. Over three times the industry average in engagements-to-fans ratio
One interesting note is that Chobani’s growth rate is also a clear leader in this category and network. It shows how leading brands are willing to dedicate themselves to a network, and... Read more

Dude Where's My ROI ?

Posted by Katya Constantine on July 16th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Startups and small brands who’ve been seeing their results decline on Facebook are finding untapped opportunities on Pinterest, Linkedin and Amazon

So, you are a startup or an up-and-coming brand that has been having a lot of success doing user acquisition on Facebook. You’ve been doing everything right, balancing out your Facebook spend with Google Display, being smart about retargeting, even taking your vitamins.
And then, suddenly, in the past few months – your customer acquisition cost just hit a wall – or actually actively started getting worse. What happened? A couple of things:
– Total spend on Facebook went up as it made it much easier for advertisers to buy
– At the same time, your audience moved – not literally, of course, but its attention did. It still logs on Facebook every day, searches on Google, reads its email. But its attention has moved on – to places with much higher engagement. And with that attention – so have the newest ad formats that successfully leverage that engagement.
– And now you suddenly see higher demand for an increasingly diluted attention base – hence, higher prices with ROI still getting worse
What can you do?

If you have a million bucks, you can try going back... Read more

Chart: Most-shared luxury fashion topics on Facebook

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 14th, 2015 at 9:05 am

Let’s take a look at the most highly-shared topics on Facebook for luxury fashion brands. Below, in the Subject Explorer, you can see the most shared topics for the month of June. I’ve tweaked the sliders a bit to see topics with at least 4 posts during the month, to make it less likely to be driven by a single post. And I’ve also set the minimum number of pages to 2, to get topics that are used across more than one brand.

You can see from the engagement level legend on the right that the high sharing rates in these posts also led to high engagement rates, given the number of dark red topics in our cloud. Looking at the specific terms, I’m particularly interested in the hashtag #mfw, as hashtags are typically a more unified theme or topic.
So let’s take a look at that hashtag to see what it’s about and which brands are using it.
Below is the Subject Analyzer for #mfw. You can deduce from the Top Related Terms chart that this is about Milan Fashion Week, as well as see various metrics on how each brand utilized that hashtag. Twenty-two posts in a few days is pretty high... Read more