Organizations of all sizes have seen immense success in the use and integration of social media. The tools, data, and many other capabilities that these platforms provide, have shown to deliver significant benefits for any organization’s overall performance. Despite all the known qualities social media platforms have to offer, the true reason these organizations see positive results is because of the proper application, structure, management, overall strategy and its effectiveness when it comes to integrating social media across the whole organization. We have seen how social media can benefit organizations in a variety of areas, but once social media has been integrated across the whole organization and working in unison, we can also see more powerful and substantial results.
It is safe to say that social media is one of the most talked about topics currently in the world and it doesn’t look to be fizzling out anytime soon. Social media platforms have gone from a place to connect with friends and family, to a regular social tool for organizations to utilize and maximize the many properties and capabilities it holds. Technology is advancing at an astonishing rate, and there is no telling what a social media platform will look like or what the functionality of it will be in the future. For an organization like Metroland Media, they are already behind in terms of implementing any kind of social media, so if they do choose to move forward with it, it’s possible for them to enter the social media world at a very different and confusing time. The real question is, will they?
Few condiments hold a candle to this savory-sweet, palate-pleasing treat enjoyed by adults and children alike. Ketchup, your pairings are endless: eggs, bacon, bologna, hot dogs, fries, burgers, sausages, onion rings, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, fish sticks…alright maybe not endless. That’s getting pretty close to an exhaustive list, as far as any self-respecting person can enumerate. Yes, this powerful condiment possesses an innate ability to make-or-break your summer BBQ. And it recently showed off some of its unique power to rally social media supporters in a very surprising way. Canadian Connoisseurs Speak Up In March 2016, Loblaws decided to pull French’s ketchup from its shelves without warning, inciting a viral backlash demanding Loblaws re-list the item. The sense of importance associated with this particular product most likely stems from its local origins. French’s ketchup is made with tomatoes grown here in Canada; Leamington, Ontario to be geographically precise. Thus it’s a source of national pride, of small-town Canadian jobs and, ultimately, of significance extending well beyond something squeezed from a bottle. This high level of engagement in the supply chain management process led Globe and Mail food columnist Sylvan Charlebois to declare in his Ketchup Wars opinion piece that “the politics of food distribution are alive and well in Canada”. Many speculated that unfair competitive practices among vendors may have had something to do with Loblaws’ decision to de-list the product. Finding evidence to support this theory is challenging. However, the ketchup story illustrates how the complexities of food retailing are increasingly intermingling with unexpected social media uprisings.
Any organization, despite the industry, is tracking metrics day in and day out. These metrics play a significant role in the organizations overall performance, and every organization tracks and monitor some type of performance metric, these areas could include: sales, finance, social media, marketing, lead generation, consumer data, and the list goes on. These metrics are vital for the organization to improve in those areas and their overall performance and can also be used to increase customer satisfaction, customer retention, revenue and employee performance. Without metrics, these organizations would be left without key consumer data, have a challenging time marketing their products or services, understanding their consumers, tracking sales and revenue, and their research and development would slow down tremendously. Metrics support and improve the overall performance of organizations, that is why Metroland Media remains one of the media industry leaders in Canada, due to their strong metric management.
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.
Damco is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain management and freight forwarding services. For more than 100 years, They have been providing customers with logistics solutions that support the way they want to do business, wherever they are in the world. Their strategic approach and hands-on services are extensive and tailored; whether it’s a competitive rate for an urgent shipment or a strategic solution to create short-term efficiencies and build up long-term competitiveness. Damco is part of the Maersk Group. More information on Damco and Damco services can be found on http://www.damco.com.
Dubai Autodrome circuit is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, as it has a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The venue is part of the Union Properties Motor city development in the greater Dubai and area. Track experiences give the chance to sample race cars and super-cars through the Race & Drive Center – a perfect place to hone skills and develop better driving abilities.
For Metroland Media, customer engagement is essential for many aspects of their business since there are such large selections of print publications and other media sources available to the public. Although all media channels are equally important to Metroland Media, their community newspapers and print publications are their number one source of revenue. Today we see the Internet evolving into a larger number of social media channels and television alternatives; this puts customer engagement at the top of their priority list. With the amount of choices available, competition amongst companies and brand loyalty becomes a problem.
Everybody knows of their community newspapers, but few know that these community newspapers are owned, operated and published in Ontario by Metroland Media. It’s a surprise that Metroland Media is not a common household name, having most of Ontario’s community media market share. In fact many people refer to their community newspapers by the name on the front page, but behind it all, is Metroland Media. Metroland Media Group has gone through many stages of ownership and various titles, but has since been remained Metroland Media Group after the 2006 merge of Metroland Publishing and City Media Group. Torstar, originally The Toronto Star, owns and operates Metroland Media Group, Star Media Group and has a diverse and developing portfolio of operations mainly across Canada, as well as other sectors around the world.
“I think that [social media] will be more integrated into everything. As you think further down the road, I don’t think that there’s going to be something called social media that people will be talking about in 30 years. I’m not even sure if people will be talking about it in five years.” – Ellie Wheeler, Greycroft Partners, Principal Social Media’s future is being shaped by such emerging technological trends as wearable electronic devices and activity tracker applications. Both FitBit wearable activity tracker device and iFit fitness application for treadmills are actively engaged in building social communities on-line, making them an integral part of the overall experience.
Role of Innovation in Consumer Packaged Goods Developing innovative products for consumers is considered as one of essential marketing functions at Parmalat. Product innovation usually plays an important role in life cycle of any consumer packaged goods company. Innovation is tasked to drive incremental volume for the company, keep consumer delighted with its products and provide retailers with increased profits opportunities. In Food Industry, major players, such as Parmalat, are literally expected to come up with new products every year to inject news and dynamics to the category and “protect” their shelf space at retail.
Background Parmalat is one of the largest food companies in Canada with $2.2 billion annual revenues. The company is a marketer of such popular retail brands as Black Diamond cheese, Ficello Cheese Strings, Astro Yogurt, Lactancia Milk & Butter and Balderson cheese. The company has a large and diverse work force of 2,900 people, operating a large corporate office in Toronto, 2 major sales offices in Calgary and Montreal and 16 manufacturing plants across Canada. Challenge Given the scale and complexity of its work force, Parmalat Canada has been searching for effective ways of promoting company’s values and increasing employee engagement across many branches with their unique geography, organizational culture and regional dynamics. This challenge is especially magnified by the company’s work force composition – only about 30% of work force is full-time employees working in main offices or plants, whereas 70% of workers are part-time hourly workers at various plants. The HR Department has turned to Social Media to increase employees engagement. The idea was to encourage company’s employees to share new ideas on improve various aspects of company’s operations ranging from work processes, life balance, health & safety and even new product ideas. Social Media Solution The choice of social media tools that will allow for maximum participation in the initiative was difficult one. The company’s digital culture has been defined by work force average age (40+), and a long practice of using IBM Lotus Notes as a major source of all inter-company communication. As such, the HR department has opted for finding new ways of using existing technologies, expanding their ability to function as social media tool as opposed to creating new social spaces on Intranet or developing dedicated digital applications modeled after popular applications like Facebook, My Space etc. Towards that end, the corporate Lotus Notes was re-designed to give birth to a large digital project called “Parmalat’s New Ideas” that allowed employees to integrate social media functions with their regular activities on the Intranet. The new platform provided capabilities to share and discuss ideas on various topics and select the best ideas by employees voting (15 votes required to put the idea for the Senior Management consideration). Real Life Roll-out/Early Wins In 2015, the Communication Manager, Ambra Sultzbaugh , led the roll-out of this initiative to employees in a series of in-person meetings across different regions. Since then, the program has significantly exceeded initial expectations… Read more »
When Lululemon was founded in 1998, it was a yoga studio. As the business grew, it became a brand committed to selling the best yoga wear that the company could manufacture. Lululemon understood that their target market valued sustainability, and they designed their supply chain with that in mind. They strive to manufacture products that are free of cruelty, whether that be human or animal, and they try to keep environmental damage to a minimum. Social media has helped the company monitor the current values of their customers. They then update their practices to stay true to the beliefs of their core consumer base. This not only helps their supply chain stay committed to the company’s values, but also provides Lululemon with a chance to market its product.
Company: NewBay+ Marketing Services Industry: Audio visual, integrated media Contact: Joe Braue, VP Marketing Services Web references: NewBay Media, NewBay+ Marketing Services, BETT, ISTE, CES, InfoComm International, Christie NewBay+ Marketing Services has found a way to seamlessly integrate traditional and new media opportunities and, turn the experience into a repeatable social media exercise that garners likes, clicks, views and shares for their customers… Read more »
Organization: Social Media Examiner Industry: Social Media Marketing Contact: Phil Mershon, Director of Events Web references: Social Media Examiner®, Social Media Success Summit® 2015, Simply Measured, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube Social Media Success Summit 2015 – Social Media Examiner Social Media Examiner® is one of the world’s largest business blogs, helping millions of businesses discover how to best use social media. Nearly 400,000… Read more »
Organization name: TEVA Canada Industry: Pharmaceuticals Name of contact: Antonio (Tony) Martins, formerly Vice President, Supply Chain at TEVA Canada and Ratiopharm Web references: Supplychain247.com – The Social Side of Supply Chain Management The WallStreet Journal – Teva to Acquire Generics Firm Computerworld.com – Drug maker goes social to end supply chain crisis Article: Want a Fast-Response Supply Chain? Facilitate People-to-People Communication… Read more »
Title: Pharma’s Opportunity for Innovative Product Design: Social Media Industry: Pharmaceuticals Name of Contacts: Peter Carr; PhD, Dept of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ray Chepesiuk; Commissioner of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board Web References: Wikepedia, Eye for Pharma, UCB, YouTube, MyHealthTeams, CMS Wire, Bloomberg Business , mPedrigree Network, Social Media for Business Performance, Facebook, The pharmaceutical industry has an opportunity for innovative product design during this exciting digital… Read more »
Organization Name: Deloitte Industry: Financial Services Name of Contact: N/A Web References: http://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en.html https://twitter.com/deloittecanada, Deloitte Film Fest, http://www.impactvideoproduction.com/articles/032-socialmedia.pdf, #impactday This story begins in 2007 when a new internet trend called Social Media is beginning to unfold. Numerous companies are reluctant to use it, calling it a passing notion and block their employees from social sites at work. While others are… Read more »
Web references: IABC, CNBC, Forbes, Tech Republic It’s become so easy. We just slip them into our pocket or bag, and off we go without a second thought. We’re constantly connected to friends, family and frequently our work. Tweets, posts, emails, pictures, video clips, calls – all allow us to remain up-to-date, get things done, and find information quickly, at… Read more »
Organizations: Business in Bare Feet, Nano-Nouvelle, Owner Media Group, Publet, TalentVine Industry: B2B Marketing Name of Contacts: Mark Phillips – Business in Bare Feet; Stephanie Moroz – Nano-Nouvelle; Chris Brogan – Owner Media Group; Christie Nicholson – Publet; Justin Falk – TalentVine, Web References: Publet Website, Christie Nicholson Nano-Nouvelle Website, Stephanie Moroz LinkedIn, TalentVine Website, Justin Falk LinkedIn, Business in Bare Feet Website,… Read more »
Organization Name: Wildcoast Adventures Ltd. Industry: Tourism – Kayaking Adventures Name of Contact: Kristen Mucha, Owner Web References: Marketing Examples, Wildcoast Website, Wildcoast Twitter, Louis L’Amour, Wild West, Wildcoast YouTube, Wildcoast Facebook, Wildcoast Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Wildcoast Google+, content marketing, SM marketing tips, Stumbleupon, Nielson White Paper, Flying the Nest Description: You may have heard we are still in the Wild… Read more »
Organization Name: Union Gas Limited Industry: Natural gas Name of Contact: Andrea Stass, Manager of External Communications and Media Relations Web References:Union Gas Website, TechTarget, Union Gas Facebook, Union Gas Twitter, Union Gas YouTube, Union Gas LinkedIn, TheVerge, Live Tweet Blog, Digital Surgeons, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Comcast Business, Description: Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage,… Read more »
Organization: Food Banks Canada Industry: Not-for-profit (Canada) Name of contact: Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director Web references: Food Banks Canada, Capacity Canada, Facebook, Twitter, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, “Introduction to Supply Chain Management” (Dr. Harvi Millar) It can happen to anyone at any time – a life circumstance interrupts your plans and you need help. A lost job. A broken… Read more »
Organization Name: Liberty Linehaul Inc. Industry: Trucking Name of Contact: Ron Cameron, Safety & Compliance Web References: Liberty Linehaul Website, Liberty Twitter, Liberty Facebook, Wikipedia, SM and SCM, Effective SCM through Social Networking, Trucking SM, Waze, Business Wire, Truck News, Trucking HR Canada, fun facts, RoadsideAmerica, Arnold Schwarzenegger, RealtyToday Description: Using social media within your supply chain got your truck stalled? Okay, so the… Read more »
Organization: Oral-B Industry: Dental Health Care Web references: Oral-B, wikipedia, eYeka, YouTube, Peanut Labs, MaRS Once upon a time, product developers used blindfolded taste tests and home delivery (snail) mail campaigns to involve their customers. Those days have long passed into our collective nostalgia as trivia game questions. Today, we are truly on the cusp of formative changes… Read more »