Betabrand knows how to break news. Or at least break into it.
The San Francisco-based online clothing company has a history of newsjacking—it made a name for itself when Mark Zuckerberg met with Wall Street bankers in (what else) a hoodie. Zuckerberg's sister Randi stumbled upon Betabrand's $148 Executive Hoodie (think worsted wool) and inventories instantly sold out.
Fast forward to this week, and the small brand has made an art of fast-turn content marketing that this week included a one-take video capitalizing on reports that Silicon Valley legend HP was banning t-shirts in its engineering department to recruit some engineers of its own.
That was Monday. On Tuesday I told CEO Chris Lindland that he had a hit on his hands. By Wednesday Adweek and FastCompany had covered the video. And whether responding to it or simply the news reports, HP Human Resources felt the need to post its own video reassuring employees that the ban was just an unfounded rumor.
I talked with Chris again this morning about his amazing week—and what is says about effective content marketing in general—and powerhouse newsjacking in particular.
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Betabrand knows how to break news. Or at least break into it.
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Understanding what topics other brands in and around your industry are posting on, and how they perform, can accelerate your understanding of social media content as it pertains to your own brand.
So lets take a look at how you can get informative views of what’s working from several different vantage points. To do this, we’ll look at Zuum’s Subject Analyzer for posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the retail fashion industry for the following brands: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Diesel, Gap, H&M, Levi’s, Lucky Brand, Roots Canada andTommy Bahama,
The first view is the default setings, below. Note the legend on the chart for meanings of size, color and positionings of each of the terms. This is a very broad view, capturing the greatest number of topics.
The above view is interesting, but perhaps a little noisy with so many keywords. So I can adjust the “Minimum average engagement” slider to show only those posts with average engagement and above. Say around .2% engagement, as I’ve done in the chart below. Notice how this removes many of the lower performing terms, making a bigger distinction between keywords performing around average and the absolute top terms.
An example of that is the #styledby hashtag, which is orange in the above chart... Read more
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Instagram and it’s stylized photos is obviously a natural fit for Instagram. So let’s take a look at a leaderboard of top Instagram KPIs for some of the leading apparel brands in the US market. The leaderboard chart below is for the month of June.
Immediately noticeable is that these brands have really been beefing up their Instagram follower counts. H&Ms 8 million plus followers looks more like a major brand’s Facebook fan count.
These brands are still aggressively growing their follower counts, as well, as identified in the “% Change Followers” column. Those are single month increases!
Another KPI worth noting is the average posting volume of 60 times per month. Those are Twitter-like figures. Sure, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle are jacking that up quite a bit, but across the board most brands are posting at a strong rate.
Below is an overview of the topics and themes posted in June. I’ve adjusted the sliders to only show terms posted by 2 or more brands, to capture the more universal themes, instead of high-volume brand campaigns. You can see that these brands are in full summer content mode based on the largest (most frequently posted on) terms below.
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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
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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
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