'Research' 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

Top 20 pet food posts on Instagram for June

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 9th, 2015 at 9:35 am

Categorically, pet food brands have been a little slow coming onto Instagram, which seems odd given that it’s such a visual medium, and it would be hard to think of a more photogenic subject than pets. But some brands are taking advantage of that situation. For those posting on Instagram, many are posting much more than on their other social networks, which implies that they like what’s happening when they post.
So this post is simply a look at the 20 most engaging posts for June for the brand we analyzed, based on the engagements-to-fans ratio. As you can see below, pets make for some pretty funny photos. And that’s obviously a good match with Instagram.

Why so few World Cup victory posts on Facebook from US Women’s soccer sponsors?

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 8th, 2015 at 9:19 am

In an analysis of 12 of the 14 official sponsors of US Soccer, I found only 3 posted about the women’s World Cup victory on their Facebook pages (I used the Facebook pages featured on each sponsor’s website listed on the sponsor page).  It struck me as odd that more brands weren’t joining the rest of the country in a little flag-waving over the championship. Really, what are they paying those sponsorship dollars for?
Below, in the Subject Analyzer, is a breakout of all 6 posts from the sponsors for the week of July 1 – 7, the week surrounding the World Cup game. You can see the specific terms searched for in the posts — “soccer”, “cup” and “uswnt”. The Posts chart shows the post are, not surprisingly, all photos. And the Engagements chart shows a good amount of sharing. So the topic seems to be of interest to the fans of those brands.

To further demonstrate how little mentioning there was of the USWNT victory, here are the topics posted on during that week by the sponsors. Yes, it was July 4th, and that’s a big deal for US brands. But Sharkweek over a World Cup championship?

Here are the various brands involved in this analysis. You can see a... Read more