Tagged 'Strategy'

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

A savvy Instagram promotion from fashion retailer ShoeDazzle

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 18th, 2015 at 12:29 pm

As we’ve shown in the past, Instagram is delivering great levels of engagement, in particular for fashion brands.
That means brands are going to want to be building their audience on the network. How are fashion brands doing that through their Instagram posting? Typical questions marketers have around this type of campaign are: What topics or themes are used to build audience on Instagram? How long do the campaigns run? How much posting is used? How are those posts scheduled?
We’ll answer those questions and others in this post.
To start, I went into Zuum’s Subject Analyzer to look for interesting promotional campaigns that generated solid engagement rate. ShoeDazzle’s #SummerSandalSteal stood out both for it’s volume and engagement level.
Our first view is an overall campaign analysis, featured directly below. Notice the major metrics. Posting volume of 5, average engagement level of .55%, and the calendar view in the Posting By Day chart.
ShoeDazzle’s #SummerSandalSteal Campaign

Note the content of the posts, directly above. Simple steps to enter a drawing to win a free pair of sandals. The request is simple and straight-forward. Follow and mention the brand in a post, and include the campaign hashtags. Those parameters make it easier for the brand to track performance, while also... Read more

5 Ways to Attract Top Talent (Even When You’re Not Facebook or Google)

Posted by Laura Schooling on June 18th, 2015 at 9:04 am

It’s hard to find great talent. This is has always been one of my top challenges, but never more so than now when many tech giants and startups lead recruitment by focusing on the perks. How many job listings have you read that start with: free lunch, a game room, and unlimited vacation?

Top tequila brand posts on Facebook in May

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 17th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

What do tequila brands post on Facebook? Looking at the top ten posts for May, you can see a few trends that are showing up in this list of top posts. Drink recipes, holiday celebrations, and salutes to moms on Mother’s Day. Recipes in particular are a common theme on this list, with 3 of the top ten posts having recipes.
Top 10 Tequila Brand Facebook Posts in May

Also notable is that, per our Subject Analyzer chart below, 20 of the 102 posts from all brands in May were tequila recipes. While recipes may be a well-worked theme in the food and beverage category overall, it also seems that it’s something people are still interested, at least for this group. For any brand looking to increase the impact of their posts, recipes would seem to be a solid approach.

One more chart — all 20 of the recipes posted in May. The +24 metric on the far right is an estimate of the percent of engagement driven by paid promotion for each post. Overall, not an enormous amount of promotion.