Glaceau

Social media you can drink. But will you want to?

In the all-encompassing world of social media, a growing number of brands are turning to consumers to help design new products. And for good reason: the internet and social media have given brands new ways to solicit feedback from their consumers and to involve them in product design and marketing.

There are a lot of things to like about consumer crowdsourcing but one of them unlikely to be the new ‘Connect‘ VitaminWater from Coca-Cola subsidiary Glacéau.

Leveraging the power of 50 Cent

fittyHis fans know him as “Fitty.” Call him whatever you want, but the ex-con turned rapper and pitchman has established a brand among the 15-to-35 year-old internet content user. Two of 50 Cent’s allied brands are claiming to have scored big numbers by attaching his name to peer-to-peer (P2P) related content.

The brands were Glaceau’s Vitaminwater Formula 50 and Right Guard’s Pure 50, a deodorant. Both brands worked with Brand Asset in 2008 to attach search results to branded content which could then be shared with other users. The results were reported at Wednesday’s P2P Market Conference in New York City. Both campaigns generated click-through rates over 4 percent and post-click engagement times of more than two minutes. Better yet, the campaigns were tied to legit content, linked from paid keywords. No illegal file sharing issues, which so often go along with P2P shared content, and no intellectual property disputes.