tag:econsultancy.com,2008:/topics/community-management Latest Community Management content from Econsultancy 2016-08-24T09:35:00+01:00 tag:econsultancy.com,2008:Report/3008 2016-08-24T09:35:00+01:00 2016-08-24T09:35:00+01:00 Internet Statistics Compendium Econsultancy <p>Econsultancy’s <strong>Internet Statistics Compendium</strong> is a collection of the most recent statistics and market data publicly available on online marketing, ecommerce, the internet and related digital media. </p> <p><strong>The compendium is available as 11 main reports (in addition to a B2B report) across the following topics:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/advertising-media-statistics">Advertising</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/content-statistics">Content</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/customer-experience-statistics">Customer Experience</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/web-analytics-statistics">Data and Analytics</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/demographics-technology-adoption">Demographics and Technology Adoption</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/ecommerce-statistics">Ecommerce</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/email-ecrm-statistics">Email and eCRM</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/mobile-statistics">Mobile</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/search-marketing-statistics">Search</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/social-media-statistics">Social</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/strategy-and-operations-statistics">Strategy and Operations</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a title="B2B Internet Statistics Compendium" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/b2b-internet-statistics-compendium">B2B</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>Updated monthly, each document is a comprehensive compilation of internet, statistics and online market research with data, facts, charts and figures.The reports have been collated from information available to the public, which we have aggregated together in one place to help you quickly find the internet statistics you need, to help make your pitch or internal report up to date.</p> <p>There are all sorts of internet statistics which you can slot into your next presentation, report or client pitch.</p> <p><strong>Those looking for B2B-specific data should consult our <a title="B2B Internet Statistics Compendium" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/b2b-internet-statistics-compendium">B2B Internet Statistics Compendium</a>.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Regions covered in each document (where available) are:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Global</strong></li> <li><strong>UK</strong></li> <li><strong>North America</strong></li> <li><strong>Asia</strong></li> <li><strong>Australia and New Zealand</strong></li> <li><strong>Europe</strong></li> <li><strong>Latin America</strong></li> <li><strong>MENA</strong></li> </ul> <p>A sample of the Internet Statistics Compendium is available for free, with various statistics included and a full table of contents, to show you what you're missing.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67953 2016-06-15T11:36:40+01:00 2016-06-15T11:36:40+01:00 How Lush Cosmetics uses word-of-mouth marketing Nikki Gilliland <p>After all, it is a retailer that does not advertise on traditional media, nor is it totally mainstream like its rival the Body Shop.</p> <p>But now with a three-storey flagship slap-bang in the middle of Oxford Street, Lush certainly appears to be making the most of its cult following.</p> <p>On the back of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67158-why-lush-is-the-undisputed-master-of-b-commerce/">last year’s website comparison</a>, and in the run up to the <a href="http://www.festivalofmarketing.com/awards/categories?utm_source=econsultancy&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=econ%20blog">Masters of Marketing</a> (deadline for entry this Friday, June 17th), we thought we’d take a look at how Lush has gone from a small ethical cosmetics company to a high street behemoth.</p> <p>Here are four ways Lush has executed a winning <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/digital-content-strategy/">content strategy</a> through non-traditional methods.</p> <h3>Brand values and identity</h3> <p>Since it first began in 1995, Lush has always prided itself on its ethical principles.</p> <p>From minimal packaging to protests against animal testing – it has become just as well-known for its charitable endeavours as its use of organic ingredients.</p> <p>Undoubtedly, these core values of honesty and positivity have enabled the brand to build a large and loyal fan base. </p> <p>As well as promoting good causes, Lush also practices what it preaches, with 100% of the earnings from its ‘charity pot’ body cream going to environmental, animal protection and human rights organisations.</p> <p>Similarly, by focusing on grassroots charities, it further emphasises its position as being a friend to the little guy.</p> <p>Ultimately, any purchase from Lush comes along with the reassurance that it’s from a brand that truly cares. And there’s no denying that this is an incredibly powerful (and persuasive) notion for consumers.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6090/Lush_Charity_Pot.PNG" alt="" width="780" height="305"></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/it2ADEr_rEo?wmode=transparent" width="700" height="424"></iframe></p> <h3>Unique copywriting</h3> <p>Alongside its core values, Lush is famous for its unique and quirky <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/courses/online-copywriting/">copywriting</a>. </p> <p>In recent years, the brand has ramped up its efforts in this area even more, with <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62713-six-things-to-consider-when-writing-product-descriptions/">product descriptions</a> becoming a huge focus of its online shop.</p> <p>Using an unashamedly flowery and funny tone of voice, Lush’s copy combines both puns and rhymes with practical information. </p> <p>From ‘You’ve Been Mangoed’ to ‘Granny Takes a Dip’, the names of the products also range from the predictable to the rather ridiculous. Yet somehow, it still works.  </p> <p>The style is nothing if not consistent, with similarly punny headlines being found throughout the website and blog, as well as a similar style on social media. </p> <p>It is not everyone’s cup of tea of course, but it is certainly distinctive.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6091/Lush_Copy_2.PNG" alt="" width="700" height="417"></p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6092/Lush_Copy.PNG" alt="" width="665" height="469"></p> <h3>Influencer marketing</h3> <p>In recent years, YouTube has turned out to be one of Lush’s most effective marketing channels. </p> <p>Despite uploads on the brand’s own account being surprisingly rare, mentions from a number of influential internet personalities has meant that it has still enjoyed valuable exposure.</p> <p>With the likes of Zoella and Tanya Burr declaring their undying love for the brand in endless ‘Lush hauls’, the store has garnered millions of new customers as a result.</p> <p>There’s no denying the power of this word-of-mouth marketing. Despite the world of influential advertising becoming <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67923-influencer-marketing-is-becoming-a-joke-what-can-brands-do-about-it/">increasingly murky</a>, most of Lush's endorsements do appear to be organic (with many videos appearing during the early days of YouTube).</p> <p>With millions of subscribers, personalities like Zoella are able to influence buyer behaviour far more than most other forms of advertising - a fact that has certainly gone in Lush's favour.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lJDOtzCHXKo?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>User-generated content</h3> <p>Lush doesn’t only put effort into growing its customer base. A big reason behind its success is its focus on building a relationship with its audience.</p> <p>By talking to customers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, Lush maintains a continual cycle of conversation and engagement. </p> <p>Using hashtags such as the popular #lushtime, it encourages customers to share their own personal Lush experiences, in turn building the brand's community.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6094/Lush_Instagram.PNG" alt="" width="780" height="634"></p> <p>A further example of how the brand uses content to elevate the <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/customer-experience-statistics/">customer experience</a> is the 'Lush Kitchen'.</p> <p>By creating a limited number of online-only products, it aims to offer a personalised and exclusive service.</p> <p>Far more appealing than a standard shopping experience, it automatically encourages shoppers to recommend it to their friends or post about it online.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/6095/Lush_Kitchen.PNG" alt="" width="730" height="461"></p> <p>Lush is a brand that promises far more than just a good bubble bath.</p> <p>With its passionate values, distinct style and positive community, it ensures customers are more than happy to spead the word.</p> <p><em><strong>Don't forget to get your <a href="http://www.festivalofmarketing.com/awards/categories?utm_source=econsultancy&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=econ%20blog">entries in for the Masters of Marketing</a> awards before the deadline on 17th June. </strong></em></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67530 2016-02-17T11:44:00+00:00 2016-02-17T11:44:00+00:00 Five social media campaigns celebrating women across the globe Chloe McKenna <p>But how does the theme of women’s rights translate to campaigns globally?</p> <p>In this post I'll run through some of the most fascinating international campaigns focusing on female empowerment, and see how different cultures interpret the concept. </p> <h3>#touchthepickle</h3> <p>Whisper’s #touchthepickle campaign by P&amp;G India was created to debunk the taboos of things women supposedly shouldn’t do when they’re on their period.</p> <p>The undeniably hilarious hashtag #touchthepickle is in reference to the superstitious belief that if women touch a pickle jar when they’re on their period, the pickles inside will rot.</p> <p>The accompanying YouTube video achieved over 2m views and users were invited to share their #touchthepickle period-taboo busting moments on social media which added another dimension of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66739-how-user-generated-content-is-changing-content-marketing/">user-generated content</a> to the campaign. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5s8SD83ILJY?wmode=transparent" width="615" height="346"></iframe></p> <h3>#autocompletetruth</h3> <p>Memac Ogilvy and Mather’s powerful campaign for UN women in Dubai exposed some of the horrifying auto-complete phrases seen in Google when searching for terms related to women.</p> <p>From ‘women shouldn’t have rights’ to ‘women shouldn’t work’, the widespread sexism of popular searches was truly shocking.</p> <p>The campaign ignited global conversations with over 24m Twitter mentions alone for the #autocompletetruth hashtag, and the campaign was discussed on social media by women from more than 100 different countries.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/2008/autocomplete.png" alt="" width="641" height="871"></p> <h3>BBC #100women</h3> <p>The annual BBC #100women campaign focuses on sharing the stories of women from around the world, which can be overlooked by mainstream media, with the aim of making news content more engaging for female audiences.</p> <p>It is truly international, with content being shared in eight languages across two international BBC social media channels (Twitter &amp; Facebook) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BBC100women/?fref=ts">featuring women from across the globe.</a></p> <p>The 100 women representing the campaign are diverse, ranging from world leaders to local heroines coming from all walks of life. The multi-channel campaign has a hugely social focus.</p> <p>Nandita Patkar, head of paid media at Oban Digital, explains:</p> <blockquote> <p>For this year’s campaign, the BBC World Service wanted to improve online campaign traffic across Arabic, Hindi, Spanish and Afrique, Urdu and Swahili. Our expert teams researched which markets and channels would offer the most impact in terms of relevancy, reach and cost and planned accordingly.</p> <p>Our amplification of content throughout the live debates showed that there was a strong interest in the topic from Eastern Africa and India. Overall though, Spanish had the majority of reach and engagement.</p> </blockquote> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/2009/100_women.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="513"></p> <h3>#Ladyball</h3> <p>This recent spoof campaign from Lidl Ireland caused much controversy on social media.</p> <p>It seemingly promoted a dainty pink ‘Ladyball’, suitable for sports women, boasting ‘soft-touch for a woman’s grip’ and ‘eazi-play – for a woman’s ability’.</p> <p>While many correctly suspected that the ‘sexist’ campaign was nothing more than a marketing ploy, it still managed to spark debate and gain considerable news coverage.</p> <p>The campaign was indeed a tongue-in-cheek promotion tactic; in fact designed to raise awareness of Ladies Gaelic Football which is now sponsored by Lidl Ireland.</p> <p>Reaction to the humorous approach was positive in general, although some Twitter users took objection to the contrived nature of the advertisements, and questioned whether all PR is indeed good PR when it purports to support such dated views.</p> <p>However, the campaign was successful in igniting social media mentions and gaining media placements, reaching a large audience in the process.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">There's now ads in the paper for the lady ball.. This can't be real please say it ain't so <a href="https://t.co/1htC8BmGi2">pic.twitter.com/1htC8BmGi2</a></p> — Rachel (@ityagalrach) <a href="https://twitter.com/ityagalrach/status/687965104206393344">January 15, 2016</a> </blockquote> <h3>#VivaLaReconstruccion</h3> <p>Latin America’s mainstream culture places a high value on traditional female beauty ideals.</p> <p>So, when popular Mexican actress and director Patricia Reyes Spíndola posed topless revealing her reconstructed breasts in a series of striking photographs shared via social media, it caused quite a stir.</p> <p>The campaign, #VivaLaReconstruction, aimed to spread awareness of breast cancer while showcasing an alternative view of female beauty focused on the strength and resilience of a woman’s body.</p> <p>The images were widely shared and were generally well-received by the Latin American audience.</p> <p>Many people tweeted that they found the campaign concept and the accompanying visuals refreshing and inspiring. </p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0007/2010/vivalareconstruction.png" alt="" width="944" height="794"></p> <h3>In conclusion...</h3> <p>All of these campaigns were successful because they carefully considered the audiences they were targeting, and addressed issues which effect real women from those regions.</p> <p>From body image and gender norms through to female sport and women’s rights, the umbrella of female empowerment can encompass many topics.</p> <p>Undeniably, woman power has proved itself to be a forceful theme for igniting social media debate and conversation across the globe.</p> <p>But, for marketers hoping to cash-in on the theme, caution is advised as increasingly audiences are savvy to so-called ‘femvertising’.</p> <p>Campaigns channelling female power will only have legs if they manage to identify with real women and avoid alienating them by coming across as too contrived or patronising. </p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:Report/1980 2016-01-21T16:30:00+00:00 2016-01-21T16:30:00+00:00 Digital Intelligence Briefings Econsultancy <h3>Download the latest Digital Intelligence Briefing (Taking Advantage of the Mobile Opportunity) <a title="Digital Intelligence Briefing: Taking Advantage of the Mobile Opportunity" href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/digital-intelligence-briefing-taking-advantage-of-the-mobile-opportunity/">here</a>.</h3> <p>Econsultancy's <strong>Digital Intelligence Briefings </strong>look at some of the most important trends affecting the marketing landscape.</p> <p>Marketers around the world are surveyed on a regular basis to give an accurate bellwether of trends that matter to marketers. Each year kicks off with a broader view on where marketers are focusing their attention. For the rest of the year, Econsultancy’s Research Team dig into some of the key trends to add depth and insight.</p> <p>These reports will benefit senior marketers with budget and planning responsibility who wish to benchmark themselves against their industry peers. They provide many stats and data points to assist with business cases, presentations and client pitches.</p> <p>The Digital Intelligence Briefings are sponsored by <a title="Adobe" href="http://www.adobe.com/solutions/digital-marketing.html">Adobe</a>.</p> <p><strong>2016</strong></p> <ul> <li><a title="Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2016 Digital Trends" href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-2016-digital-trends/">2016 Digital Trends</a></li> <li><a title="Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: The Pursuit of Data-Driven Maturity" href="https://www.econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-the-pursuit-of-data-driven-maturity/">The Pursuit of Data-Driven Maturity</a></li> <li><a title="Digital Intelligence Briefing: Taking Advantage of the Mobile Opportunity" href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/digital-intelligence-briefing-taking-advantage-of-the-mobile-opportunity/">Taking Advantage of the Mobile 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Customer Experience Management" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-from-content-management-to-customer-experience-management">From Content Management to Customer Experience Management</a> </li> <li><a title="Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: Optimising Paid Media" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-optimising-paid-media">Optimising Paid Media</a></li> <li><a title="Channels in Concert: Trends in Integrated Marketing" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-integrated-marketing">Trends in Integrated Marketing</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>2012</strong></p> <ul> <li><a title="Digital Trends for 2012" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-digital-trends-for-2012/">Digital Trends for 2012</a></li> <li><a title="Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: Personalisation, Trust and Return on Investment" 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href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/quarterly-digital-intelligence-briefing-social-data">Social Data</a></li> </ul> <p><em>All reports are free to download as part of an Econsultancy subscription.</em></p> <h3><strong>More trends analysis from Econsultancy</strong></h3> <p>Enterprise subscribers also have access to <a title="Econsultancy Digital Shift" href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/digital-shift">Digital Shift</a>, a quarterly service which curates and interprets the most important developments, trends and innovation. Our aim? To make it simple for you to keep track of the key developments in digital technology and marketing. </p> <h4>Find out more about Econsultancy subscriptions</h4> <p>Email us on <a href="mailto:subscriptions@econsultancy.com">subscriptions@econsultancy.com</a>.</p> <p>Or call your local team:</p> <ul> <li>EMEA: Paul Simmons, +44 (0)20 3199 7118</li> <li>Americas: Alex Nodell, +1 212 971 0631</li> <li>APAC: Jefrey Gomez, +65 6653 1911</li> </ul> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67236 2015-12-03T16:13:04+00:00 2015-12-03T16:13:04+00:00 Talk like a human, for business’s sake Maz Nadjm <p>In this sense, things have changed massively since social media have joined the landscape of ‘brand to human’ interactions. Becoming a ‘human brand’ online is now somehow easier, and the way to achieve such an ambitious goal is to showcase the company’s culture with a recognisable, sincere and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67268-how-to-achieve-the-right-tone-of-voice-for-your-brand/">consistent voice on social media</a>.</p> <p>When you think about it, the most successful and engaging brands on social media are often the ones that are easy to talk to and pleasant in their dialogue.</p> <p>Like a good conversationalist, a human brand is absolutely awesome when it comes to:</p> <p>1. Making people smile<br>2. Listening<br>3. Responding quickly to different inputs<br>4. Offering advice<br>5. Introducing you to people</p> <p>Although all human brands usually feature a combination of these different abilities, some companies are absolute champions in one specific field. Here’s a selection of brands acing humanising almost seamlessly:</p> <h3>1. Innocent puts a smile on your face</h3> <p> <img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/9306/picture2-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="538"></p> <p>Ok, there are plenty of amazing brands out there creating funny, memorable and tasteful content for their audience to share, but when it comes to feel-good vibes Innocent Smoothies are in a league of their own.</p> <p>This could depend on the fact that staff are allowed “a healthy degree of spontaneity” when suggesting content or engaging with customers on social media, as the company’s community manager Joe McEwen explains.</p> <p>Witty jokes, cute images and well-written (and not too obvious) <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64865-what-are-the-best-social-media-marketing-campaigns-of-all-time">content promotions</a> are the three secret weapons of Innocent’s incredible success, along with great and recurring partnerships (such as the one with AgeUK every winter).</p> <p>(216,000 Twitter followers, 518,000 likes on Facebook, 48,800 followers on Instagram and 28,000 on LinkedIn).</p> <h3>2. JetBlue is a great listener</h3> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/JetBlue/status/595606946994069504"><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/9308/picture3-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="286"></a></p> <p>When it comes to top-notch customer support, few companies can compete with the American airline JetBlue. They do their best not only to acknowledge people’s words of praise for them, but especially to answer as promptly as possible all questions, concerns or complaints that their customers may have (we all know how stressed out one can get when things get tough while travelling).</p> <p>They are great at monitoring all conversations about themselves, even the ones that don’t @mention them directly, bringing the whole ‘social listening’ strategy to a brand new level. </p> <p>(1.97m Twitter followers, 1.1m likes on Facebook, 101,000 followers on Instagram and 51,000 on LinkedIn)</p> <h3>3. Oreo seizes the day</h3> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/9307/picture1-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="367"> </p> <p>There’s plenty to love about Oreo’s social media approach.</p> <p>Take their Twitter bio, for instance: “Your favorite cookie, filling your world with Wonder 140 characters at a time”. And the best thing about this description is that it is incredibly accurate. Those 140-character-Wonders are not only made of good-hearted and clever humour, but also showcase the company’s ability to jump on viral bandwagons in the most unexpected way.</p> <p>We all remember their impromptu tweet during the SuperBowl’s blackout in 2013 was a sheer stroke of genius that made social media history and kind of invented the whole concept of ‘instant' or '<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66794-why-agile-marketing-must-be-about-more-than-social-media">agile marketing</a>’.</p> <p>(776,000 Twitter followers, 41m likes on Facebook, 1.1m followers on Instagram and 59,000 on Vine)</p> <h3>4. Starbucks is going to make you an offer you can’t refuse</h3> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Starbucks/photos/a.10150362709023057.369892.22092443056/10152893544228057/?type=3&amp;permPage=1"><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/9309/picture4-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="389"></a></p> <p>The whole ‘sharing is caring’ philosophy has gained a totally new value since the expansion of social media.</p> <p>Although the majority of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64328-eight-awesome-social-campaigns-from-starbucks">Starbuck’s posts are promotional and upselling content</a>, they managed to grow a faithful and vast community of followers on all major social media (a follower base so passionate they embark in heated debates about the colour of the company’s cups).</p> <p>The easiest explanation for this state of things is that the offers promoted by the coffee chain are usually really hard to resist, and available to followers’ friends as well. Cherry on top, all posts are complemented with stunning photos that are simply really nice to look at, whatever they are advertising.</p> <p>(10.6M Twitter followers, 36M likes on Facebook, 6.6M followers on Instagram and 634,000 on LinkedIn).</p> <h3>5. L’Oréal wants you to meet its peeps</h3> <p> <img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/9310/picture5-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="302"></p> <p>In October, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage at Engage London with Alexander Onish, L'Oréal’s Digital Employer Branding Manager. During the presentation, he shared the company's strategy (along with many great examples) of leveraging <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67091-how-l-oreal-uses-social-media-to-increase-employee-engagement">social media to showcase culture</a>, attract talent and engage staff in fun and inspiring ways.</p> <p>This strategy proves extremely effective. For instance, people tend to trust employees working at a company more than they trust official communication channels of that same company. With this in mind, L’Oréal empowers employees to become the actual face of the company, offering glimpses of office life to social job-seekers (also through the dedicated hashtag #lifeatloreal – a brilliant idea that generates great response). </p> <p>(L’Oréal Careers: 12,100 Twitter followers and 246,000 likes on Facebook. 970 posts on Instragram using the #lifeatloreal hashtag).</p> <h3>Humanise the business before the brand</h3> <p>According to Michael Brito, "While many organisations are trying desperately to humanise their brand, they are failing to understand that they need to humanise their business first." And the best way to humanise a business is starting from the people that make it.</p> <p>By empowering employees at all levels to suggest ideas for content, ‘lend’ their face and images to the company, monitor conversations, and promptly ‘jump’ into them when relevant, companies can have a positive impact on the way customers perceive their brand and culture, influencing purchasing decisions as well.</p> <p>Once a company is ready to take the 'humanising' leap of faith, employee advocacy platforms prove extremely useful in sourcing, customising and amplifying all different kinds of social media content.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66918 2015-09-16T15:02:13+01:00 2015-09-16T15:02:13+01:00 How employee advocacy can strengthen your communications Maz Nadjm <p>Employees often create and share content about their company, whether it's by promoting a new campaign, expressing excitement about some company news or just talking about their days at work.</p> <p>For this reason, many companies find themselves facing a specific challenge: they are not able to acknowledge and measure their <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66806-how-to-turn-your-employees-into-company-advocates">employees’ brand advocacy</a> even though it's already happening.</p> <p>There is a vast network of channels, so how would you possibly go about influencing them efficiently? Also, what are the actual benefits <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66320-who-understands-the-why-of-your-company-a-portrait-of-an-employee-advocacy-champion">advocacy</a> could bring to your brand?</p> <p>If used to its potential, social media can help spread your messages further, contacting people you would never normally reach.</p> <p>A great way of doing this is through an employee advocacy platform. Granting access to a repository of approved, relevant content to their colleagues, a communications department to influence their external messages and monitor the consequent digital image of the brand.</p> <p>Here are some ways that an employee advocacy platform can help steer communications in the right direction:</p> <h3>The informed advocate</h3> <p>Informing employees on all the latest company updates helps to keep them in the loop about the most exciting company news.</p> <p>Using an employee advocacy platform, you can easily share and promote the messages that you want your stakeholders, clients and prospects to hear.</p> <p>Also by keeping employees informed, they are more likely to want to talk about their company and reach out to the wider community.</p> <p>Your employees’ social networks expand into all sorts of various routes from a prospect to a family member, thus expanding your company message into their personal networks.</p> <h3>Competitive edge</h3> <p>Many companies are yet to venture into the field of employee advocacy. When it comes to external communications, engaging your employees in the company message can demonstrate that edge over your competitors.</p> <p>Research shows that socially engaged companies are <a href="https://soamp.li/cjK">40% more likely to be perceived as more competitive</a>. This means that employees are talking about their brand and displaying passion for their work.</p> <p>This kind of activity is a reflection of the true nature of the company, something that your prospects will hopefully be interested in connecting with.</p> <h3>Preventing and correcting miscommunication</h3> <p>Although social media can be a wonderful method of promoting company content, it can be dangerous and prone to misuse.</p> <p>Employees will use social media to talk about their personal and professional lives regardless of whether it is supported by a company or not, but often company encouragement is exactly what they need. 38% are more likely to share relevant company content with co-workers and customers when the company shares content in social media.</p> <p>Using an employee advocacy platform will enable administrators to approve the content that their colleagues suggest, allowing them to be a vital source of information while making sure the out-going message stays always accurate and on-brand.</p> <p>Providing this kind of filter, the company significantly lowers the risk of miscommunicating messages. </p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66874 2015-09-01T14:23:00+01:00 2015-09-01T14:23:00+01:00 Björn Borg underwear: why I think they’re the Masters of Marketing Parry Malm <p>Björn Borg was the Lionel Messi of tennis in the early 1980s.</p> <p>He won 40% of the Grand Slams he entered and 90% of the matches in the big four tournaments overall. His flowing blonde locks were the pro sports’ parallel to Abba’s Swedish invasion of the Western world.</p> <p>Björn rewrote the rulebook on excellence in his field.</p> <p>Björn put down his racket when he was 26 and turned his attention to business. His first couple of ventures failed, and he flirted with bankruptcy.</p> <p>Then Björn hit gold dust. And I wear that gold dust around my backside every day.</p> <p><img src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/public/imgur/4ZzbUa0.jpg" alt="" width="283" height="323"> </p> <h3>Does your mother know…</h3> <p>My first Björn experience came when I was living in Amsterdam in about 2008. My mom came to visit me from Canada and, as mom’s do, bought me some underwear. I had no idea at that time how life-changing that moment would be.</p> <p>See, previous to that time, I had no underwear worth speaking of. I had long graduated from the tighty-whiteys of my childhood, but my selection remained... well... boring.</p> <p>A few white, a few black and a few blue ones for days when I just felt crazy. But overall I was living a listless, colourless life.</p> <p>I opened the packaging of this new Björn underwear… and my first impression? “Huh, these look sweet.”</p> <p>Oh, but I still had no idea.</p> <p>I put them on and I found... utopia. Forget bacon. Forget whiskey. Forget illegal street drugs. I found utopia.</p> <p>Were I a true wordsmith, I’d have the words to describe the intensity of the comfort I felt on that glorious day. But I am a mere digital marketer, so let’s just put it this way: me, and by me I mean my hinterlands, were reborn that day.</p> <p>Björn’s underwear was the most comfortable underwear I had ever worn. And stylish! The designs were not just ahead of their time, Björn was creating a new category for fashionable 'package' coverings.</p> <p>Remember, in 2008, hipsters were but a gleam in the eye of moustache wax ad-men. Beards were for hobos. 'Pop-ups' referred to children’s books and man buns referred to what Björn’s were to soon cover.</p> <p>Underwear, up until this point, was either boring, or gimmicky (think: Space Jam boxers. Yeah.)</p> <p>Björn’s introduced me to the wild world of colourful underwear, and my life hasn’t been the same since.</p> <h3>Gimme Gimme Gimme (some pants after midnight)</h3> <p>Fast forward to today: I own 18 pairs of Björn underwear… and a further 22 pairs of Björn socks, which are equally awesome.</p> <p>And this for me is a feat. See, I’m not a brand-loyal person. I tend to live quite a utilitarian life. Having lived in three countries and who knows how many houses over the last 10 years, I’ve learned minimalism as both an art and a skill. I don’t like stuff.</p> <p>In fact, I have very few prized possessions. Aside from a Luongo-signed hockey puck, a battery-powered A-Team van, and a flea-market-bought cowboy hat, I don’t care about many things.</p> <p>Things are liabilities. Things get old. Things go away. But not my Björn’s!</p> <p>And surprisingly, Björn’s are a premium brand.</p> <p>I understand the allure of premium brands, but I don’t personally gain any enjoyment from having an expensive thing.</p> <p>Maybe it’s my austere upbringing, or maybe it’s common sense. But I have been trained by Björn, to spend more on my underwear and socks than I ever imagined I would. And I don’t regret spending a single penny.</p> <h3>The Winner Takes It All</h3> <p>Growing up, I, of course, knew who Björn Borg was, so the brand had instant recognition with me. But, I’m not a tennis guy. Unless you lace up ice skates and punch people, your sport doesn’t really interest me. Still, the recognition was there.</p> <p>But since I’ve become a fan of their brand, I’ve watched out for their marketing campaigns and they don’t disappoint. And I learn from them...</p> <h3>Case 1: The Drop – Björn’s in North Korea</h3> <p>Colourful underwear and the world’s last closed communist dictatorship are strange bedfellows. And herein lies the opportunity.</p> <p>See, one thing that bugs me about marketing these days is it’s boring.</p> <p>For example:</p> <blockquote> <p>Social Media Manager at Brand A sends out a marginally funny tweet about Brand B.</p> <p>Social Media Manager at Brand B hits back with another marginally funny tweet about Brand A.</p> <p>And hilarity ensues.</p> </blockquote> <p>Or actually, what ensues is a <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64595-what-do-we-get-out-of-brands-interacting-with-each-other-on-twitter">pointless interaction attempting to humanise huge brands</a> that ceased to be animated long ago.</p> <p>It’s a self-gratifying combination of boring, silly, pointless, non-revenue-generating tosh. But I digress.</p> <p>Björn, if nothing else, is <strong>creative and courageous.</strong></p> <p>In 2013, Björn asked its customers to vote for, and I quote, “which place in the world needs some love and seduction?”</p> <p>The runaway winner: North Korea!</p> <p>So what did Björn do? It got one of its staff to smuggle dozens of pairs of Björn’s into the secret state of North Korea and surreptitiously distribute their colourful wares to people throughout the rogue nation.</p> <p>Think about that for a sec.</p> <p>Most brands have a failed stand-up comedian send out a few tweets, <strong>Björn Borg smuggled colourful underwear into the world’s most secretive state!</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/public/imgur/e9eQqTV.jpg" alt="" width="515" height="184"></strong></p> <p>Marketing in 2015 and beyond needs to be courageous.</p> <p>For example: <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66169-start-me-up-a-profile-of-phrasee">my company</a> is in the email marketing business. And, we know that the last thing anyone needs is another four-page whitepaper that’s a thinly veiled brochure for a commodified service not unlike 1,384 other whitepapers on the internet.</p> <p>The first reason why I love Björn is it has taught me to be courageous, and I have taken its lesson and applied it to my own company.</p> <p>You’ll either love it, or be deeply offended. And that’s the point. Like the time we made a joke about Arsenal losing to West Ham, and an email marketing person from Arsenal FC unsubscribed. Whoops.</p> <p>Check out <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20140613053228/http://thedrop.bjornborg.com/" target="_blank">Björn’s venture The Drop on this link</a>. Note that the site has been taken down now as it was a while ago, so this less-awesome version is hosted on the WayBack machine.</p> <h3>Case 2: Pun-tastic plays on words that define a campaign</h3> <p>Most copywriters will agree that puns are something to stay away from… unless they’re awesome. Björn has developed an entire marketing campaign around a pun. And not just any pun – one that is controversial, or at least edgy.</p> <p>See, Björn position themselves as being underwear for sexy people. <em>(Editor’s note: Parry is not the target audience.)</em></p> <p>But how do you stand out from the crowd? Other brands spend billions of pounds branding themselves, with expensive celebrity endorsements and the like.</p> <p><strong>First:</strong> if a company has to resort to a celebrity endorsement, clearly the product isn’t very good. Just saying. Maybe I’m a cynic, but hey, it is what it is.</p> <p><strong>Second:</strong> this is often 'easy' marketing. Sometimes it’s done well, but often the celebrity is simply an unfranchised face, flogging a brand for a paycheque. Which to me, is disingenuous.</p> <p>Björn eschews that. It is original. It is courageous. And Björn is awesome.</p> <p>The following, most likely, is my favourite brand-led marketing pun-paign of all time.</p> <p><strong>Weapons of Mass Seduction</strong></p> <p><img src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/public/imgur/hPEDMCi.jpg" alt="" width="472" height="247"></p> <p>The imagery is sweet, and the message is clear. No longer is underwear a pawn, it is now the king.</p> <p>Björn has, through the cunning use of language and positioning, moved its product from being basic loin-coverings… to a must-have fashion accessory.</p> <h3>Money, Money, Money</h3> <p>More marketing = more sales. This is a fact, and that’s why we do what we do.</p> <p>But... Good marketing = more advocates.</p> <p>Here are some facts:</p> <ol> <li>Björn Borg is the only brand that I follow on the four main online channels I use: Email, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.</li> <li>The only underwear I’m willing to wear now are Björn’s. There are other brands out there like them, but they are the one for me.</li> <li>Ask anyone who knows me – if you want to get me excited about a topic, ask me about my Björns.</li> </ol> <p>You can’t buy that level of advocacy.</p> <p>That is money.</p> <p>For Björn, it’s not just about making one more sale this month compared to last month. It’s about creating brand loyalty… and ultimately, creating brand advocates.</p> <p>I’ve just spent the better part of an hour writing what is basically a love letter to the Björn Borg brand of underwear and socks. And I’ve never even met anyone from that company.</p> <ul> <li>Björn's marketing is courageous and creative.</li> <li>Björn's marketing inspires me to be better at my job.</li> <li>Björn's marketing disrupted my perception of what marketing is.</li> </ul> <p><strong>That’s why Björn Borg are the true Masters of Marketing.</strong></p> <p>PS: If you ever see me in a pub, ask me to see my pants. I guarantee that it will be 1) colourful, and 2) awkward… for you, not me, I’ll show them to anyone. I’m that brand loyal.</p> <p><em>Vote for your own favourite </em><a href="http://ecly.co/1JouG5L"><em>Brand of the Year</em></a><em> at The Masters of Marketing awards, </em><em>brought to you by Econsultancy and Marketing Week. </em><em>Please hurry, the deadline is 23 September 2015.</em></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66688 2015-07-14T09:53:00+01:00 2015-07-14T09:53:00+01:00 Wimbledon and brand marketing: serving up a match made in heaven Kasia Piekut <p dir="ltr">No matter if you watch it at home, at work or on the court, brands are there to celebrate tennis’s golden moments with you through the use of content, cutting-edge technology and agile social marketing. </p> <h2 dir="ltr">Jaguar tests technology for real-time sentiment discovery </h2> <p dir="ltr">To find Wimbledon’s hotspots, Jaguar Land Rover has introduced biometric trackers designed to track, measure and record the crowd’s emotions during Wimbledon 2015. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0C4ujBBlqFM?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">To understand how real-time events influence audience, Jaguar, first time official car sponsor of Wimbledon, used a mixture of the latest technology and sociometric tracking.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Each day 20 fans were given biometric wristbands which monitored the wearer’s heart rate and excitement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Noise and crowd movement, ‘sociometric’ data generated from engagement on social media, were measured by atmospheric sensors. Those were placed around the venue with an aim to detect changes in relation to events happening on the court during tournaments.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/5049/jaguar-wearable-tech-wimbledon.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467"> </p> <p dir="ltr">The information provided by users, from pulse in real-time, mood and excitement level, mixed with various activities on social media, became part of live <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66131-17-visualisation-tools-to-make-your-data-beautiful">data visualisations</a> gathered on <a href="http://jaguar.wimbledon.com/en_GB/wrapper/jlr/index.html" target="_blank">Jaguar’s microsite</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The discovered sentiment and other insights were shared on Jaguar’s social media with the use of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FeelWimbledon?src=hash" target="_blank">#FeelWimbledon hashtag</a> which fans unable to attend the event were able to use to get involved in the Wimbledon’s spirit and join those in the stands. </p> <h2>Robinsons’s treasure hunt </h2> <p dir="ltr"> To draw attention of a wide range of younger tennis fans, Robinsons launched a multi-channel campaign '80 Years at Wimbledon'. </p> <p dir="ltr">Using the power of short video and animated GIFs the brand grew excitement to the launch of Wimbledon with '<a href="https://www.robinsonssquash.co.uk/HuntForWimbledon/default.aspx" target="_blank">The Great Robinsons Ball Hunt</a>'.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/5042/great-robinsons-ball-hunt.png" alt="" width="586" height="342"></p> <p dir="ltr">Followers on Twitter were asked to discover locations of giant tennis balls hidden across the country for a chance to win prizes from tennis merchandise to VIP tickets to The Championships.</p> <p dir="ltr">Everyday, s series of clues and teasers were revealed on the company’s Twitter encouraging others to join in. The hunt was endorsed with the appearance of British number one tennis player, Tim Henman, who became the ‘face’ of the campaign and presented clues on Twitter while asking the public to find the balls and tweet a picture of them. </p> <p dir="ltr">This rather simple idea became a great way of building up anticipation for a major sporting event while the competitive angle encouraged fans to become more involved in the hunt.</p> <p dir="ltr">For some, it was also a chance to be closer to an experience they always dreamed about and swap the TV screen for the actual court. </p> <h2>Stella Artois virtual reality experience </h2> <p>This year Stella Artois brought again something rather new to Wimbledon by taking inspiration from legendary hawk Rufus, who helps keep pigeons away from Wimbledon’s grounds.</p> <p>To allow tennis fans to get a bird’s eye view of Wimbledon’s court, the brand introduced 'The Perfect Flight’' virtual reality (VR) app.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuZ2_rsv0VI?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>With the use of Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and 360° technology, Stella Artois created an immersive experience which gives tennis enthusiasts the chance to admire London’s Waterloo Station in a 360 degree video from above the courts.</p> <p>Using the app, available on iTunes, Google Play Store and cardboard googles, users can fly like Rufus from the comfort of their living room while admiring Wimbledon's iconic sights.  </p> <p>The VR kit which enables the app to work on smartphone was up for grabs on Stella Artois’s Twitter. In order to win it, the brand asked for retweets reaching in total 1,845.</p> <p>If you scroll over Stella Artois’s social media you will be able to discover <a href="http://tandcs.stellaartois.com/" target="_blank">other giveaways</a> from cider hampers, Cidre Le Poolwear, to Wimbledon accessory set giveaway’s. </p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/5043/stella-artios-wimbledon-competition.png" alt="" width="580" height="473"></p> <h2>Evian’s celebrity content series aimed at raising emotions </h2> <p dir="ltr">To empower tennis enthusiasts’ to share their emotions from this year’s Wimbledon, Evian boosted these efforts with daily video series hosted by celebrities, bloggers and tennis fans which express their reactions to the events on Wimbledon’s court.</p> <p dir="ltr">Every morning a show recorded at the brand’s onsite ‘Live Young Suite’ is released on <a href="http://www.wimbledon.com/index.html" target="_blank">Wimbledon’s website</a> while mobile users can access them using Shazam’s new visual recognition feature available on Evian’s print adverts.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/5044/evian-wimble-watch-social-media-campaign.png" alt="" width="581" height="396"></p> <p dir="ltr">Using the power of social media, Evian is encouraging fans to show their Wimbledon reactions on Twitter and Instagram with the use of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23wimbledonwatch&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#wimbledonwatch hashtag</a> with a promise of making the most engaging ones into a video leading up to the finalists.</p> <p dir="ltr">By merging fan emotions with the potential of getting some of the Wimbledon limelight, the brand hopes to unite closer fans at home with those on the court while driving genuine examples of the sport’s excitement. </p> <p dir="ltr">Creating ‘Live Young Suite’ and filming celebrity comments from Wimbledon’s daily events allowed the brand to tap into the power of influencer endorsement while expanding the campaign's reach through celebrity recognition. </p> <h2>Paddy Power supports mischief at Wimbledon’s ups and downs  </h2> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/5045/paddy-power-wimbledon.png" alt="" width="585" height="542"></p> <p>In this crowded space where brands try to steal the limelight from Wimbledon’s fever, Paddy Power differentiated itself by bringing a mixture of humor and sarcasm. Starting with '<a href="http://blog.paddypower.com/2015/06/29/you-cant-be-serious-paddy-powers-creepy-wimbledon-quiz/" target="_blank">Paddy Power’s creepy Wimbledon quiz</a>', using Vine to have a laugh from from TV presenters, to posting updates on Facebook like this one:</p> <blockquote> <p>Nick Kyrgios, just like the rest of us, can't be arsed with work on a Monday morning’</p> </blockquote> <p>(This generated 268,651 views and 5,290 people likes).</p> <p>is the best proof that some brands don't need high tech solutions or fancy campaigns in order to engage its audience. What works for them is staying original to their branded personality with cheekiness and reactivity in messaging. </p> <h2>Expanding the reach of real-time campaigns  </h2> <p>Every year, to enhance Wimbledon’s spectator experience, brands work on their real-time marketing proposition to deliver campaigns which can help them own this unforgettable moment.</p> <p>But in order to make it work, they have to earn tennis enthusiasts’ attention with useful, relevant and entertaining experience. </p> <p>There’s going to be a lot of pressure to succeed at Wimbledon 2016 with real-time campaigns and solutions that can hit people with the right emotions and energy while reflecting the mood of the game.</p> <p>By getting it right, brands are able to gain some significant benefits but achieving them will be only possible by merging together technology, content and social media.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66589 2015-06-16T09:48:00+01:00 2015-06-16T09:48:00+01:00 Five key social media pillars that all charities should embrace Tom Brickley <p>But charities do have something up their sleeve.</p> <p>Here are some of the top points to consider if your charity is looking to add some spice and cut through the ever-bloated world of social media.</p> <h2>1) Content isn’t king, your audience is</h2> <p>I’ve seen it time and again, charities broadcasting their latest appeal with new imagery and videos while ignoring their core supporters. They’re the foundation on which your very social presence is built, so treat them with care and respect.</p> <p>What does this look like in practice?</p> <p>Ensure that each mention, post, Instagram shot, video, pin etc. is acknowledged. That doesn’t mean you move heaven and earth to show that you care, a simple favourite or comment will do. Pair this with a fast response (within 10 minutes) and you’ve got a very happy supporter.</p> <p>Content is quite clearly one of the core pillars for social media, but <strong>your audience are there waiting to help you achieve your goals.</strong></p> <p>At Marie Curie we’ve seen repeat engagements, actions from those that have engaged with us previously, increase by nearly 200% purely by ensuring that each and every interaction is recognised.</p> <p>Take Marie Curie's #ThankYouThursday initiative. Our Marketing Team take 10 minutes out of their day to draw and create a little thank you message to anyone tweeting the @mariecurieuk account to say how they’ve supported us. </p> <p>We’ve had people phone us saying they’ve been moved to tears by this simple gesture.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThankYouThursday?src=hash">#ThankYouThursday</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/carly9124">@carly9124</a> who's completed 7 events over 5 years, raising £2,000 for Marie Curie! <a href="http://t.co/gaAbmO9xDT">pic.twitter.com/gaAbmO9xDT</a></p> — Marie Curie (@mariecurieuk) <a href="https://twitter.com/mariecurieuk/status/608989492763086848">June 11, 2015</a> </blockquote> <h2>2) Listen. Listen hard</h2> <p>It’s all well and good creating a campaign utilising one of the latest social platforms to show you’re ‘with it’, or devising some convoluted competition to increase your metrics. But these don’t always pay off.</p> <p>Listening pays off. Finding out what your supporters, audiences and partners are actively doing or wanting to do on social can give you a truly valuable insight.</p> <p>Whether that’s through aggregating mentions and tagging their purpose, or analysing user generated content, it’s worthwhile in the long run.</p> <p>At Marie Curie we found that a lot of our supporters were sharing pictures of their loved ones who received care and support through our services onto our Facebook page and on Twitter. This was great, but soon enough they melt into the social media ether.</p> <p>We came to the conclusion that a web platform to host these photos and the stories behind them would be of huge benefit, not just to us, but to those that wanted to share their experiences.</p> <p>After the platform went live at Christmas, we saw more than 400 photos, videos and stories shared within two weeks. This increased traffic to our website and, in turn, opportunities to donate.</p> <p>By all means, test a new product, fundraising mechanism or content type that might not be an initial obvious fit (see the forth point below), but ensure it’s seen as a test internally and that you grab all the data you can on how it’s performed.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/4094/marie_curie.png" alt="" width="700"></p> <h2>3) Measure it</h2> <p>It seems silly to say this in 2015, but there are still huge branded accounts and pages out there that don’t measure the effectiveness of what they do on social.</p> <p>Measurements go a lot further than listing out how many retweets you saw last week, or highlighting that your post last Monday received 50 more likes than a similar post two weeks prior.</p> <p>It’s about real, meaningful actions and observations that in turn allow you to hone and adapt your approach. Visits to your website are meaningful, donations from a tweet are meaningful, understanding who your audience are is meaningful.</p> <p>All of this data and understanding can be used to showcase a return on investment, something inherently tricky with organic social media.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good luck to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamMarieCurie?src=hash">#TeamMarieCurie</a> riders taking on <a href="https://twitter.com/VelothonWales">@VelothonWales</a> tomorrow - you're all stars! <a href="http://t.co/dQvb93WyRJ">pic.twitter.com/dQvb93WyRJ</a></p> — Marie Curie (@mariecurieuk) <a href="https://twitter.com/mariecurieuk/status/609774759891439618">June 13, 2015</a> </blockquote> <h2>4) Think it. Test it. Prove it</h2> <p>Someone in the fundraising department comes up with a crazy idea to increase repeat donations through Facebook? Test it. That’s the beauty of social media. No print runs, no prototype, no budget sign off. Get your idea out there and see if it works.</p> <p>We all know charities don’t have the most extensive budgets out there, so it’s essential we do what we can with what we have.</p> <p>Organic social media is a powerful beast, so let’s use it.</p> <p>There are location targeting options, interest options and a host of others, your target audience can be adapted to suit your test. Want to see what the difference in gender response to this new repeat donations idea is? Just head to Facebook.</p> <p>There are a couple of small but critical caveats here.</p> <p>Firstly, ensure that everyone that needs to know about the test knows – you don’t want to have to explain yourself when your latest FB post fails to set the world alight. Secondly, ensure you’ve got measures in place before you go live. You don’t want to be scrambling and digging for data after the test has finished.</p> <h2>5) You’re special</h2> <p>What makes your charity stand out from the crowd? Do you have the pleasure of working with cute animals? Or maybe you have access to some touching stories? Use these to your advantage.</p> <p>I was lucky enough to start my charity career at WWF UK (the panda people, not the wrestlers). They had an almighty database of stunning animal and environmental imagery that really couldn’t be matched. So we made the most of it.</p> <p>Our campaigns and engagement periods were peppered with the type of imagery you see on BBC documentaries and photography awards, mainly because these WERE the images winning the awards.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/4096/wwf_pinterest.png" alt="" width="800"></p> <p>Now at Marie Curie, we have a library of amazing stories of people who have experienced our Nurses and Hospices. We use them to cement our content and campaigns in the minds of our audience, and allow their own experiences to emerge in comments and tweets.</p> <p>Think, what do we have that others don’t? You’ll gain that edge in grabbing attention and get to the core of what makes your supporters care.</p> <p>These are the core areas that charities should really look at, but most are applicable for all types of businesses using social media. When used together, there’s an extremely solid base to move forward from.</p> <p>Let me know if you have any other key points to share in the comments.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66390 2015-05-01T09:25:00+01:00 2015-05-01T09:25:00+01:00 How to use social media to build a teaser campaign Kasia Piekut <p>Due to the limitations in evaluating the return from traditional teaser campaigns, ads and print are being modernised and moved over to social.</p> <p>Here, real-time communication is allowing brands to build momentum through organic social interaction by getting others involved in the conversation and the process of sharing.   </p> <p>As you will see in the examples below, some of the campaigns of the year couldn’t have happened without social media.</p> <p>Here is how brands are teasing to please by doing <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65485-what-is-storytelling-for-brands-and-why-do-you-need-it">storytelling</a> a little bit differently...</p> <h3><strong>Gif-ing way to excitement: HBO, Gifs and Game of Thrones </strong></h3> <p>On Twitter, where space is limited, brands like HBO are merging text with different forms of media, balancing communications with branded graphics and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66303-where-to-find-and-create-your-own-brilliant-gifs">animated Gifs</a>.</p> <p>The best example is HBO’s new teaser campaign #DragonHunt, which was launched ahead of the season five premiere of Game of Thrones. </p> <p><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/2684/catch-dragon-social-media-campaign-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="411"></p> <p>Fans were challenged to catch the Dragon from a 'Dragon Bait Shop', housed on Giphy (a search engine for Gifs).</p> <p>To get access to special content or prizes, they were given glimpses of a dragon in posts which they had to retweet quickly before they disappeared. They were also encouraged to create their own bait. </p> <p>HBO understands very well that for many of their fans, the premiere day has become a cultural event. By offering something unexpected and fun, HBO not only found a way to reward their audience for their devotion but also offered something creative they could become a part of.</p> <p>Sounds simple, yet managing this real-time campaign required setting up a ‘war room’ of 15 to 20 staffers from HBO, 360i, and Giphy to manage Game of Thrones’s broad audience.</p> <p>Creative campaigns like this one are the best examples of how to attract an audience. It’s not just the fame that helps Game of Thrones grow their social presence, but well executed campaigns like this one.</p> <h4><strong>Results: </strong></h4> <ul> <li>According to social analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, #GameofThrones generated 948,500 worldwide tweets on Sunday, the highest daily total in the show’s history.</li> <li>6m people saw a tweet about the show’s premiere.<a href="http://www.nielsensocial.com/nielsentwittertvratings/weekly/"><br></a> </li> <li>The campaign brought 1.9m users to Facebook and helped the show's Facebook page reach 10m fans </li> <li>Brands like Arbys and Pringles also got involved in the hunt </li> </ul> <h4> <strong>Takeaways:</strong> What helped promote this campaign?  </h4> <ul> <li>Flexibility and simplicity of the concept  </li> <li>Relevant hashtag: #DragonHunt easily explains the concept behind the campaign </li> <li>Pro tip: “The rule is, if you can't explain what the campaign is in a hashtag, it's probably the wrong campaign." HBO Digital and Social Media Director Jim Marsh </li> </ul> <h3><strong>Merging social with offline: Coldplay’s 'Ghost Stories' </strong></h3> <p>The band have decided to reveal the lyrics for each song from #GhostStories by hiding them in ghost story books in libraries in nine countries.</p> <p>Coldplay added a completely new angle to a teaser campaign by turning it into an international #lyricshunt scavenger hunt.</p> <p>To add mystery, three weeks before their 6th album release, the band hid nine handwritten lyrics by singer Chris Martin, in nine libraries located across the globe (Mexico City, Helsinki, Barcelona, Singapore, New York, Dublin, Johannesburg, Kent and Tauranga). </p> <p>'Ghost Stories' was firstly revealed on Coldplay's Twitter with the intention to set Mexico City fans in search of the lyrics. Later on, more location hints and cryptic photos followed, encouraging fans to get involved and send in their photos from the hunt.  </p> <p><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0006/2682/coldplay-lyrics-hunt.png" alt="" width="604" height="402"></p> <p>For more clues, fans were directed to the band’s website and Twitter, which were supposed to help them get closer to the main prize: a “golden ticket” offering a trip to London to see the band perform.</p> <p>14,000 tweets with the hashtag #lyricshunt were generated just in the first day, the best proof of the excellence of this campaign. </p> <p><strong>Takeaways: </strong> </p> <ul> <li>Support the campaign with a simple, relevant yet unique hashtag </li> <li>Don’t forget about meticulous planning </li> <li>Use clues and cryptic messages </li> </ul> <h3><strong>Building anticipation through one channel </strong></h3> <p>Instead of giving everything away, brands are smartly and strategically whetting their fans’ appetites with VIP content which is available only to them, exclusively on one channel. </p> <p><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0006/2683/instagram-oscar-de-la-renta-blog-flyer.png" alt="" width="470" height="270"></p> <p>Cadbury, for instance, introduced their new chocolate bar on Google+, while Dior debuted their new #IconicColors makeup line on Twitter.</p> <p>In these instances, both brands place exclusivity on one channel, but later expanded it across other networks, like Facebook and YouTube.  </p> <p>Fashion brands like Oscar de la Renta or Donna Karan prefer to create buzz around their new collections on Instagram. As a response to consumer shift, retailers are changing their tactics while mixing old promotion formats with social media.</p> <p>Even so, Instagram's links are inactive, the latest trend shows that fashion brands tend to use social media to release news, inform about future magazine highlights, or even to encourage pre-orders, while ads and magazine covers follow up second. </p> <h3><strong>Why is it important to keep followers excited? </strong></h3> <p>Social media provides unique opportunities to businesses launching new products or services, as they allow the messages to be tailored and personalised.</p> <p>Social media teasers can keep consumers engaged and interested in the brand offering before, during and after their launch. </p> <p><strong>Here are some final tips and suggestions to inspire your future teaser or countdown activities:  </strong></p> <ul> <li>For full impact merge both owned and paid media. </li> <li>Tailor your message to the social platform and its users. </li> <li>Make prizes personal and valuable to your followers.</li> <li>Don’t over complicate the campaign, keep it simple and easy to follow. </li> <li>Collaborate with influencers to help you in promotion.</li> </ul>