Google is the number one internet search engine use worldwide, even to the point of becoming a verb for searching information online. Anything you could possibly think of is available at your fingertips, whether it’s information regarding research, looking for recipes or images, to locating and identifying nearby businesses.
It is hard to believe that purchasing razor blades would include a little comic relief but that is exactly what you get when you subscribe to the Dollar Shave Club. My husband, a member since 2014 signed up for The Dollar Shave Club (DSC) after seeing a video shared on Facebook. The Los Angeles-based startup launched in 2011 with the goal idea to steal market share from razor powerhouse, Gillette. Founder & CEO Michael Dubin promised a better price point: for $3 a month, no contracts and no hidden fees, DSC sends you a high quality razor. He created a crude and goofy viral video to support the launch. Fast forward to 2018 and that that video has been viewed over 25 million times, and DSC has grown to include 1.1 million subscribers, a whopping $615 million valuation in 2015, and most recently a $1 Billion all-cash acquisition by Unilever. DSC is a young, smart, stylish, yet playful brand. When you join the club, you’re not just signing on for low-cost razors and blades, you’re investing in the monthly “delight” that comes along with it. As a member, you get in on the joke and belong to an exclusive community that no other brand offers. If your brand can give someone an experience unlike any other; something they can share on Instagram, or mention to their coworkers or friends, they will be that much more pleased (and loyal) in the long run.
Building a business starts with a mission, an idea, a desire to bring a product or service to a wanting market. But what if you alone are the product, the marketer, the designer, and the administrator, a one-woman business band? How can you maximize your reach, market yourself, and cultivate your business in an effective, timely way? Luckily, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Google analytics, Twitter) and their measurement systems have provided a relief in this entrepreneurial scenario, giving easy insights into potential target markets, post performance, reach, follower growth, and more. This technological milestone in marketing has allowed small business owners to reach a wider audience, gauge the success or failure of digital campaigns, and have a wide-angle view of potential consumers. The ease and availability of social metrics in these realms have also made it possible for individuals to pursue their areas of interest, making careers out of things they love to do. Nancy Silverman, a Toronto-based yoga instructor and Kombucha expert, did just that.
Worldwide, many people were shocked by the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 2016. It’s been just over one full year since Trump’s electoral win and, although the race between Trump and Clinton was close, many of the electoral polls forecasted Clinton as the likely winner of the 2016 election (Perez, 2016). While the outcome of said election left many data scientists confused, many social media analytics firms are claiming that their measurements would have been a much better predictor (Perez, 2016).
Each year we print four billion flyers that are read by 81% of our readers, making them the most used source of local shopping information. For Metroland Media, their competitors and readers, these numbers are astonishing. Supply chain management is now more relevant than ever in terms of any organization succeeding. Products need to be properly designed, developed and distributed, while still being cost effective, easily adaptable to changes in the product or market and remain at a high-quality level for customer satisfaction. Metroland makes it apparent that the products they produce find there way into the customer’s hands with the same quality it left their organization. They know that improving their network of organizations and people involved in these processes enhance a variety of factors within their supply chain. Metroland Media is an excellent example of how an organization should run their supply chain and how it can be managed and improved.
Nowadays it’s hard to believe that there was time when the most popular webmail service – Google mail, i.e. Gmail, was available to the private “invitation-only” audience. Gmail – free, advertising-supported email service is a product from Google. Users may access Gmail services on the web or via apps on Android and iOS mobile devices. As of February 2016, Gmail has 1 billion active users worldwide. It is also the first app in Google Play Store to hit 1 billion installations on Android devices. In 2014 it was reported that 60% of US mid-sized companies and 92% of US start-up companies were using Gmail.
Church leaders of all ministry types and sizes will likely agree that the task of numerically measuring progress, although sometimes tedious, can be one important means of gaining insight to a ministry’s health. We measure congregational attendance and engagement to help gauge existing ministry connection and determine future programming, staffing and resource needs. We measure congregational giving both in the monetary sense and by way of volunteer hours, to help with our strategic planning and ongoing ministry mission. Many churches have broadened their mission field to include the online world. This includes utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more to connect and network with people who may otherwise never engage with any aspect of the church. According to Church Works, “Social media can be a brilliant way to reach users who may be entirely outside of your community…effective, generous engagement on social media can attract new followers who appreciate your message and identify with your mission.” How then can we best measure our social media and digital reach?
Even if you’re not in the market to buy or sell a home, you’ve likely had your eye caught by a realtor’s face on a bench sign, bus stop ad or other billboard-type promotion. It has been a successful exposure-gaining method used for decades by people in the real estate industry, one that has often been a strong step to gaining contacts for potential deals. But did you know that according to Realtor Social Marketing, 90% of home buyers begin their search online? Nicole Bafaro, Sales Representative with Sutton Group Heritage Realty in Ontario’s Durham Region, has successfully built her real estate career by venturing beyond the goal of simply making contacts; she is building and strengthening relationships through online client engagement within her community through her use of social media.
DB Schenker supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods: in land transport, worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management.1 Globally they employ over 66,000 employees at over 2000 locations. Their Canadian operations account for over 1600 employees at over 40 locations. Roughly 3 years ago, DB Schenker started to utilize social media as part of their marketing strategy.
Organisation name: Google Industry: Internet Information Provider. Employees and adaptive management techniques are what drives a business’s success, one concept Google understands. Google workers, dubbed Googlers, are graced with the ability to work on important projects, meet the company’s leaders, and collaborate with other employees. Take Google Employee Noah Levin; working in interaction design with the company, he was approached… Read more »
Companies: The Tonight Show Star vs. Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Star Industries: Acting (Comedy) vs. Sports (Football/Soccer) President & CEO’s: Jimmy Fallon (Actor) vs. Cristiano Ronaldo (Footballer) Jimmy Fallon vs. Cristiano Ronaldo Why Jimmy Fallon & Cristiano Ronaldo you ask? Well, I love to laugh and the first person that… Read more »
Organization: CPR Cell Phone Repair Industry: Small Business – Retail Name of contact: Robert Elder, Owner, Cambridge (Ontario) location Web references: CPR Cell Phone Repair, CPR Cambridge, Hootsuite Blog, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Facebook, The Record, Community eBook: “Practical Social Media Measurement & Analysis” (March 2010) What started out as a “life after Blackberry (formerly RIM)” story has… Read more »
Organization Name: Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) Industry: Retail (Canadian consumers’ co-operative, selling outdoor equipment and clothing) Web References: MEC Website, MEC Facebook, MEC Twitter, MEC YouTube MEC Flickr, MEC google+, MEC Blog, social media explorer, Chron , social zoom factor Description: While MEC may prepare patrons for some wild offline adventures in remote locations, it first needs to reach customers online. Taking… Read more »
Organization: Royal Roads University Industry: Post-secondary education Contact: Catherine Riggins, Director, Branding, Marketing and Recruitment firstname.lastname@example.org Web references: Royal Roads University, Future View microsite, marketingmag.ca, Facebook, Twitter, Cossette A BOLD MOVE Royal Roads University boldly abandoned its traditional print-media recruitment campaign recently and bet the near future on GoPro cameras, Google Glass and social media. The Future View campaign,… Read more »
Organization name: Icelandair Industry: Airline Web references: Icelandair, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, annual report, Brilliant Online Marketing How social media is used for business performance: My wife has been captivated by Icelandair’s social media offerings lately. She regularly nudges me to peek at her laptop screen to check out an online marketing campaign or a clever tweet by… Read more »
Organization Name: Retail Equipment Incorporated Industry: Retail Specialty/Consumers Co-operative Name of contact if available: Jerry Stritzke, CEO Web references: REI From a Spark to a Flame Founded in 1938 by Lloyd and Mary Anderson, Retail Equipment Incorporated has grown into one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since 1998. Current CEO, Jerry Stritzke, attributes their success to these core… Read more »
Title of Post: Where Next for Social Media? Organization Name: Sauble Trading Post – Ice Cream Parlour and General Store Industry: Tourism Sector Retail Name of Contact: Kim Mizen, Owner Web References: Sauble Trading Post Facebook “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is HOW WELL WE DO IT.” ProjectRYF The future is right… Read more »
Organization: McDonald’s Industry: Fast Food I have a confession to make. I like to eat McDonald’s food – particularly the French fries and Big Mac. I always have and chances are I always will. That said, I certainly don’t go to McDonald’s to get my ‘greens’ or ‘veggie-full.’ I know better than that. However, as one of the world’s largest… Read more »
ORGANIZATION NAME: Fortress Real Developments INDUSTRY: Financial Services – Mortgage Products NAME OF CONTACT: John Tenpenny, Manager of Communications, FDS Broker Services I’m fortunate to have raised both my 24 & 25 year old daughters on the “MATRIX” franchise which with the inclusion of all three movies, grossed over $742,000,000. “The Matrix … depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by… Read more »
Organization: FedEx Industry: Logistics Contact: Fred Smith, CEO Like most Canadians my husband and I work full time and have two kids; a stop off at the mall in between hockey practices, swimming lessons and everything else that needs to be done a weekend is a bit daunting. I love the idea of shopping at my convenience and then… Read more »
https://soundcloud.com/gangbusters504/gangbusters-rain-down-in Organization Name: World Vision Canada Industry: Charity Name of Contact: Paola Philip How does charity get done locally, regionally, nationally or internationally? Local charity is simpler to facilitate – many churches have feeding & clothing programs etc. What about large scale global issues, humanitarian crisis, Ebola outbreaks and the like? How do charities arrive within the crisis area within 24-48 hours? Deployment with… Read more »
Organization: Loblaws Industry: Retail Loblaws is Developing Products that Consumers are Talking About When I was a kid we sat down at the dinner table for Thanksgiving, said grace and ate. After dinner we sat around chatting and played a game of cards. Things sure have changed. In the age of social media, we sit down to a Thanksgiving meal… Read more »
Company: Toyota Industry: Automotive Description: Toyota is a Japanese motor vehicle production and sales company with its Head Office in Toyota City, Japan. Founded in 1937, the company is guided by Kaizen, a Japanese principle that entails making continual small improvements to business processes, which possibly has contributed to its wholehearted adoption of social media. If you happen to have… Read more »
“Everything that is to do with online begins and ends with the search engine, and thus the job of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) exists…” Social Search The very first page many of us click on when we first go to the web is a search engine. This is the stepping stone to the internet, and in more… Read more »
A prerequisite for managing social media is their effective measurement. A sensible collection of key performance metrics linking marketing input via metrics to outcomes is the tool of choice — but what should organizations take into account when designing their dashboard metrics for social media? Luke Chitwood in his article 5 Social Media Metrics That Your Business Should Be Tracking… Read more »