As an International Product Development Specialist with Dempsey Corporation, I know firsthand all of the tiny, painstaking, and highly particular details that go into bringing a product from ideation, to fruition, to the retailer. From the initial RFP (Request for Proposal) to the actual proposals, to working with manufacturers, buyers and marketing teams, developing a single product can take MONTHS. In a world of infinite ideas, how does anyone know what will sell? A buyer’s worst nightmare is backing and investing in a product that flops – wasting value time, effort and resources that didn’t ultimately turn a profit. And, as a product developer, a buyer’s worst nightmare is also my own. If I don’t propose and develop products that stand half a chance of doing well for a particular client, my value as a developer plummets. So how can I (and other product developers) help mitigate some of that seemingly impossible-to-predict burden? Well, before the internet, we had to rely solely on visiting the brick and mortar stores, attending trade shows, setting up brainstorming meetings, and networking with businesses and people who were doing what we ourselves were trying to do – source, develop and buy products that will ultimately mean success for our enterprise. Unfortunately for us, what is currently in the stores won’t necessarily be on trend next year, and word of mouth can only take you so far. However, with the advent of the internet and the introduction of social media, my job just got a whole lot more interesting. Let me tell you some of the ways I use Social Media in my day to day work as a product developer.
In a world where social media can make or break a business, Tripcentral.ca puts it all on the line for their customers. The only major travel agency to leave their Facebook reviews open for public comment (with a 4.8 star approval rating and immediate responses to any negative comments), they put their reputation to task daily to hold themselves accountable to their customers, and to be the best they can be.
Victoria’s Secret is a brand known around the world for it’s glamours images of it’s elusive Angels creating a goal that many aspire to. In the fast paced world of today the excitement of receiving their catalogue in the mail has been replaced by a few easy clicks to order a little piece of the magic. Though this provides quick and easy access to the customer, the company has been faced with the question of how to reinvent that same excitement in today’s world? Enter social media.
If you’re like me, it’s hard to scroll through your Facebook feed without having a video from Tasty pop up. Launched in December of 2015, this Buzzfeed-owned online food channel is garnering attention from across demographics. Tasty’s videos demonstrate how easy it can be to create mouthwatering food. Through simple marketing, Tasty has managed to attract consumer interest by creating a winning formula of customer engagement. Tasty has capitalized on the fact that people are looking to be able to make delicious food without having to watch a long step-by-step video, or follow a deeply detailed recipe. By promoting trendy videos across multiple social media channels, Tasty has managed to ingrain itself into social media culture across the globe.
From a marketing perspective, being able to distinguish your brand in a sea of competition is a difficult challenge. That being said, if you are the brand, this task takes on a much more strategic and personal dynamic. You are putting your personal interpretations and artistic creativity on display in an open forum for all to see. It can be an extremely daunting and vulnerable process. Your success as a artist/business, relies heavily on your ability to tell your story in a way that allows the consumer to relate to you, and your artwork. Such is the challenge for Joanna Gresik, a Canadian abstract artist by night and corporate interior designer by day, living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Joanna creates paintings that are inspired by the energy and life of towns and cities shown through sharp lines, carefully crafted colour palettes and gestural abstract expressionist marks. Joanna has a unique ability to see architecture and landscape through a different lense , and even more impressive is her ability to express those interpretations onto a canvas. With the emergence of social media as a trusted marketing tool for businesses over the last decade or so, it comes as no surprise that these same social media channels now play an important role for small business owners and artists just like Joanna. By providing a platform and a vehicle for messaging, social media marketers can now reach a wider more specific target audience with their products and services. Joanna understands the importance of creating such relationships and quickly determined that these interactions were essential for her growth, not only as an artist, but also as a business person.
Are you hungry yet? If not, take a look at the amazing recipes from The Two Purple Figs food blog. Creator and blogger, Mahy Elamin has posted hundreds to choose from, in many popular categories, over the past 18 months. Her passion for food has earned Mahy significant momentum with foodie followers. By creating useful content showcased with professional photography she has registered over 1,400 subscribers to her blog. Even more impressive is the traffic to Mahy’s website, which now attains more than 70,000 visits per month. Her content is featured on MSN food, The Huffington Post, Yummly, StumbleUpon, Yahoo Food, foodgawker, tastespotting and findingvegan. Two Purple Figs was created when Mahy merged her love of cooking with her food science degree and decided to share it simply as a blog. But, about a year ago Mahy began social media marketing efforts, which resonated with a much larger audience. The Two Purple Figs blog has since become an actual business.
If you’ve played sports or watched almost any team sport you know the sound of the referees whistle. Those 3 different tones are clear and identifiable and their source is a Fox 40 pea-less whistle. What you may not know is that the pea-less whistle was developed and designed by Hamilton Ontario basketball referee Ron Foxcroft. His turning point came when he encountered the failure of his standard cork-pea whistle. Worst of all, it occurred during a game he was officiating in the Montreal 1976 Olympics, with 18,000 booing spectators in the stands. This event changed his life and the sports world forever. The complete story of Fox 40 whistle is on the company’s website.
If you were using social media for personal or business use in Canada during the summer of 2016, you will have no doubt heard at least something about The Tragically Hip. The favoured Canadian band was touring in what likely would be their last, due to frontman Gord Downie’s onset of brain cancer. Concerts sold out and media of all sorts took note of what was developing into a notable time in our country’s music and lifestyle history. As the final concert came to pass in August – complete with the attendance and interaction of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – an influential social media phenomenon was occurring. Ensight Canada reported, “In addition to multiple trending topics throughout the weekend of the concert, social media posts about The Hip and (Gord) Downie’s First Nations comments generated roughly 20 million potential impressions across Canada over the past week. What’s really telling is that Canada has about 14 million daily Facebook users, so when we look at the impressions generated, we can conclude almost everyone in the country who used the internet or social media came in contact with the story in some way.”
Today’s marketing landscape is ever changing, and with it, the way we engage with our customers. It is no longer about selling a service or a product; now it is all about the customer experience. Companies like T by Daniel, a Brampton based tea house, strive to provide a genuinely exceptional experience for each and every person they meet. Lovers of tea, fashion and especially people, Daniela and Renata Lewis had a vision to start something that could speak to all generations and could bring people together 1. It began when Daniel Lewis overcame a tragedy and used his new found passion for life to follow his dream with his loving wife by his side. “From the moment a person walks into our store, our immediate goal is to wow them” says Renata Lewis, co-founder. Their friendly staff focus on getting to know their customers, whether in person or online.
Social media has helped create a world of wants, image and envy. On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.., over and over people are given channels to present themselves to the world, however they want. It’s contributed to a new phenomenon, coined ‘Facebook Depression’. It’s also given businesses a window to fuel that image obsessed mentality. As social media continues to adapt and advance, it also molds it audience. It can create a longing and desire that we didn’t have before, simply by being exposed to it, or by it being implied enough that it’s something we want. When individuals we look up to, or friends tell us how great something is, we are being both obviously and subliminally being impacted.
Organization Name: Cosmopolitan Industry: Publishing Web References: Cosmo, Forbes, Digiday Where to next for social media marketing? Has social taken its place as a major marketing discipline alongside direct marketing, advertising, or PR? Despite its promise, the answer is no. Organic social media stopped working.” Those words are from the latest Forrester report, “It’s Time to separate the ‘Social’ from the ‘Media.’” Augie Ray,… Read more »
Organisation name: Man Crates. Website: http://www.mancrates.com/gifts-for-men Industry: Curated and themed masculine gift boxes. Brag-worthy Gifts for Guys, Crowbar Included. With only the $1000 he was allowed by his wife, Jonathan Beekman created the business that is today known as Man Crates. Man Crates offers customers the ability to purchase and ship themed gifts contained in unique and memorable packaging; and contents… Read more »
Organisation Name: Lolly Wolly Doodle. Website: http://www.lollywollydoodle.com/ Industry: Personalized children’s wear and accessories. Started as a way to use up extra fabric from crafting clothing for her own children, Brandi Tysinger-Temple used social media with some unexpected results. When looking at the clothing available to children in stores, Brandi Tysinger-Temple felt they didn’t reflect her view of how a child should… Read more »
Organisation name: Starbucks Website: http://www.starbucks.com/ Industry: Designer caffeinated drinks. Want to create a positive social media interaction for every customer? Starbucks should be your model. Being one of the first companies to adopt social media as a form of communication with consumers, Starbucks is no beginner at using the various social platforms at our disposal today. Whether they use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,… 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 »
Organizations name: Drone Research Industry: Nonprofits Website: http://www.droneresearch.org/ Every time you hear the words “social media” I bet your connotation is “marketing”; and yes, I am going to focus on marketing today, but would like to change the usual scope and concentrate in nonprofits and their ways to market their services an recruit new audiences. In order to get a… Read more »
ORGANIZATION NAME: Candybox Marketing INDUSTRY: Marketing & Communications NAME OF CONTACT: Darrell Keezer, President & CEO Throughout history humanity has always wanted to know the future. In a time when little changed over millennia, history looked for predictors, seers, prophets and guru’s. Today people not only want to know the future, they want to create it. Social Media “experts” are popping up all… Read more »
Industry: Social Media Web references: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102029041# When I was doing research on this week’s blog post someone in particular came to mind. As a Communications major, I was introduced to Marshal McLuhan and his work on media theory. His famously coined expression – ‘The Medium is the Message’ got me thinking about social media and its future. Perhaps we need… 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: Pinterest.com Industry: Advertisement/Brand Marketing/Social Media Platform Web References: http://www.pinterest.com/, http://business.pinterest.com/ Description of how social media is used for business performance: Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, curate, and discover new interests by visual posting, also known as “pinning” images or videos to their own or others’ pin boards on the Pinterest website. Since the… Read more »
Title: Whole Foods Market – Using Social Media To Influence The Supply Chain Organization Name: Whole Foods Market Industry: Food, Supermarket Name of Contact: John Mackey (Founder and CEO) Who Are They? Whole Foods Market is an American grocery retailer that specializes in providing natural and organic food options throughout their supermarket style stores. It currently has just shy of 400 stores located… Read more »
Organization Name: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Industry: Tourism Name of contact: Pam Wamback, Media Relations Web references: Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Description In an increasingly digital world, consumers are no longer taking a passive approach when it comes to spending their money. Consumers are turning to online sources to research a product or service before spending their… Read more »
Organization Name: Starbucks Industry: Food and Beverage Web references: starbucks.com Starbucks turned to social media to connect with existing customers and to introduce new customers to their brand and products. Today, the company has more than 35 million Facebook followers; close to seven million Twitter followers; more than three million Instagram followers and several Pinterest boards. Starbucks… Read more »
Organization Name: The Coca-Cola Company Industry: Beverages Web references: Lessons from Coca-Cola’s Social Media Strategy: Cohesive Campaigns and Creative Content, Econsultancy.com, What She Said Marketing Solutions, The Coca-Cola Company, USA Today I’m not a real fan of pop as far as beverages go, but for as long as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed Coca-Cola (especially an ice-cold one). Turns out, I’m… Read more »