Tagged 'social marketing'

Twitter and snack foods: An industry overview

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 29th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

While there are a lot of questions lately about Twitter, it’s business model, and its role for brands in the social media landscape, one thing is certain: Brands are continuing to use it.
Below is an analysis for some of the world’s leading snack food brands. To start, notice their volume of posting on Twitter vs the other networks. Whatever is being debated about the value of Twitter for brands, in this industry, every brand posts on Twitter more than any other network. Usually the difference is by a wide margin.

So how are they posting on Twitter? The Posts chart below is an analysis of the overall posting volume, as well as a Posting Calendar breakout for each brand.
It’s notable that despite Twitter photos having been around since 2011, only half of this industry’s tweets were photos. While photos on Facebook have performed considerably better than text for a while now, and brands have reflected that in their format selection for Facebook posts, brands are still using text posts significantly on Twitter.

Lastly, let’s look at the top posts for this industry. Below are the top 10 posts for these brands for the month of May. Per our commentary about format type, 3 of the top... Read more

Which social media networks drive the best engagement for state tourism DMOs?

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 24th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

One of the more challenging tasks in social media analysis is comparing performance across different social networks. Several issues contribute to the difficulty. Networks have different content formats, and resultingly, engage users differently. The have varying engagement mechanisms as part of their user interface. And can have vastly different community sizes.
But at the end of the day, you need a point of comparison.
The fan count to engagement ratio is a common measure for engagement when using publicly available data. And while it’s accuracy lowers when comparing one post to another, when viewed across a longer time period and a number of posts, things start to average out, and it becomes a more interesting metric. One that, while not perfect, does give a sense of what type of engagement brands are able to generate, relative to their community size and posting volume.
So lets look at how this metric applies to the tourism industry, aka DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations).
The data below is for 9 state tourism DMOs for the month of May, 2015. The general formula for this engagement ratio is: Public engagements / number of posts / number of fans. This presents a percentage point figure that will tend to favor smaller community sizes, while at the same... Read more

25 Top Father’s Day Posts From Last Year

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 19th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought we’d take a look at some of the top Father’s Day posts from last year. These are the top 25 from the largest consumer brands on Facebook. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.

Three lessons on how to start a movement from Amex Small Business Saturday

Posted by Robert Davis on October 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 am

Small Business Saturday is probably the best example in recorded history of marketers starting a movement that has achieved widespread societal adoption. Now, I'm not talking about a trend or a fad, but a true movement – a group of people across a broad swath of the population working together to achieve shared goals. In the latest episode of The Unconventionals, PJA President Mike O’Toole sat down with Mary Ann Fitzmaurice Reilly, SVP Customer Marketing and Engagement at American Express. Mary Ann was one of the key individuals responsible for nurturing Small Business Saturday from idea to execution to high-powered social juggernaut.
OK, that’s some serious hyperbole. Here's why it’s completely justified.
It’s incredibly hard for marketers to rise above the forces of compromise to launch a truly great campaign. Building a movement is way, way harder: the public is often skeptical about what's motivating the brand. Authenticity is a real challenge. Marketers might not have the patience (or permission) to stick with it long enough. And success or flop, whatever happens, it happens in public - which means a lot of risk for the brand. Now check out this earned tweet promoting Small Business Saturday in 2012:

Now, any remaining objections to... Read more

How Sharing the Right Content Can Empower Your Social Selling

Posted by Tara Meehan on July 10th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

It’s human nature to do things just for the sake of doing them. You watch TV because it’s there and it claims to be smarter than you. Maybe you surf the net because you have other stuff to do but just don’t want to be bothered. No judgment. Most times, doing stuff just to do it is harmless. But in business, specifically in marketing and sales, doing something just to say you did can be disastrous. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the majority of social media content sharing approaches I see on a daily basis. Honestly, it’s a bit of a horror show.
Before you share your next piece of 3rd party that’s about nothing at all or proprietary social content that goes right for the sale, I want you to ask yourself 4 questions:
1 – Who are you? – This should be easy but it’s quite possibly the hardest question you’ll ever have to answer.
2 – What do you do? – Don’t just answer with a title. Go beyond that.
3 – What are you truly passionate about? – This doesn’t have to be a professional passion. If you’re a sports nut, own it.
4 – How can you bring... Read more