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When actor Chris Hemsworth is not on screen swinging Thor’s hammer, you can usually find him in the gym crushing a weight training workout with Luke Zocchi of Zoco Body Pro. Hemsworth uses Zocchi’s expertise to get in shape for major movie roles, but Zoco Body Pro’s target market is the regular joe. Having A-list clients was enough to attract viewers to the company’s social media, but they have stayed for the incredible content. Zoco body pro has used their social media presence to create a new avenue for a business that started as a personal training, and while they still do that, their new market is global. When training local clients, Luke prefers hands on training. Some people like to be yelled at, that old-school, drill sergeant approach, but I normally train alongside the people I work with and that’s how I like to do it. This strategy is excellent for customers lucky enough to live near Zoco Body Pro, but the company has made a move on social media that will also help potential customers that can’t travel to “The Iron Temple”. They have recently launched a program called Twenty40 training that allows anyone on Earth to try the same workout regimen that has produced world famous results. This is an online venture that provides customers with step by step instructions on how to sculpt their goal physique, as well as giving nutrition tips to help fuel the new body. Zoco Body Pro uses many aspects of social media effectively to run their organization, and this new program will help spread their fitness message world wide.

On the day I read the content of this case study I had a nasty headache. As I reached for my bottle of Tylenol I wondered how does the manufacturing  industry use social media and the resulting supply chain management ?  Having close relatives in this industry and for confidentiality reasons I decided to look into the manufacturing/vendor side as opposed to discussing a large well-known pharmaceutical company.  What I learned at this level of this industry was it has various levels of complexities of graphs, processes and disconnected communications.

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.

How it all Began Today, Stonyfield Organic is a New Hampshire based organic dairy brand specializing in the production of yogurt, smoothies, frozen yogurt, milk and cream as well as some lactose free soy based products. The mission of the company is to provide healthy organic options to everyone that are free of pesticides, antibiotics, artificial hormones or GMOs while helping family farms survive and doing it all in a sustainable manner. However, 3o years ago the two founders Samuel Kaymen and Gary Hirshberg didn’t think it would be their dairy products changing the world. Stonyfield began as non-profit organic farming school where the two men shared their love of healthy eating, protecting the environment and family farming. They needed a way to fund their school so they started to make organic yogurt with the 7 dairy cows that they had. They knew that they were staying true to their values by producing the organic yogurt they just didn’t know how much everyone else was going to love it! 30 years later and only 30 miles East of the original farm, the business is stronger than ever providing a plethora of tasty and healthy options with the same goals in mind from the start.

Most of us who went to McDonald’s as kids remember our first taste of their delicious French fries and that special sauce packed Big Mac. We also likely remember as we became adults, just how bad their coffee was (as was the coffee at many other restaurants). Well, McDonald’s listened to its customers over the years and introduced a new coffee and most recently a new McCafe restaurant concept. A winner for customers, the McDonald’s business and for social media.

ModCloth comes from humble beginnings in a dorm room. The company, founded in 2008, has grown in leaps in bounds since its inception. Including a 600% growth rate over the last two years and an annual revenue of over 150 million in 2014. One of the mainstays of ModCloth’s expert marketing strategy is their customer engagement. The company leverages their brand advocates and creates inclusive social media communities where fans can review products, post pictures of themselves wearing Modcloth apparel, take part in the design and purchase of inventory, and discuss all things ModCloth.

In today’s social media communities it can be noisy, even annoying, to see sponsored and promoted messages, have products clamouring for your attention, and marketing departments from companies of all sizes try their best to stand out in the chaos. But for one ABC television show, they’ve successfully approached social media in a different way. To listen. The show itself (The Bachelor) is a marketing goldmine. The quest for love, smothered in manipulated drama, to appeal to the hopeless romantics, or provide an endless parade of judge worthy material for the cynics. Its hard to deny the vapid nature of the show itself, but what the show has done with it’s social media offers a lot of lessons for the marketing community.

Are people really honest? One company decided to find out and in the process they managed to create one of the best social media campaigns in 2015.[1]  Honest Tea,  has prided themselves to be transparent in all their endeavors, and are now inspiring a nation to do the same. Challenging American’s  to prove they are honest people, and in the process managing to conquering their own brand awareness like never before. The Social Experiment Since 2010, Honest Tea has conducted a social experiment where they set up unmanned racks of Honest Tea offered for $1 each on an honor system. Monitored by hidden cameras and employees who tracked the percentage of people who paid by city. It started with 6 major cities across the U.S. to determine how honest people are when they think no one is watching. And has expanded across the nation ever since proving each year that over 90% of Americans are honest and continue to be. Please take a peak at the Teaser video below for more on the Honest Tea’s Campaign To see which states were the most honest and  other interesting results, quench your curiosity by clicking on the National Honesty Index     So why did they conduct this experiment? Seth Goldman is president and TeaEO of Honest Tea explains: “Beyond the fact that we seek to have honest and direct relationships with our ingredients, suppliers, and consumers, it’s a fun way for people to interact with our brand. We do lots of sampling over the summer, but our Honest pop-up stores offer an opportunity for people to be part of our company rather than just passive drinkers. It turns out that it’s also a nice way to help people think differently about our society and each other.”[2] Each year Honest Tea matched the contributions from these pop-up stores and donates them all to a specific charity in order to help people help themselves and increase sustainability in the world.

I will admit that until very recently I was not familiar with the brand Chobani. You see, despite being the number one Greek yogurt in the United States, Chobani’s line of all-natural, non-GMO products aren’t currently available in Canada. However, when I started researching companies using social media as a means to engage their customers I kept seeing the Chobani name come up, so I decided to explore this brand and its strategy a little deeper. And now I’m thinking it might be time for a road trip south to see what all the fuss is about. Founded just over 10 years ago by Kurdish-American businessman Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani has quickly risen to the forefront of the yogurt industry capitalizing on the market shift towards the creamier Greek-style of yogurt. In a 2013 interview Ulukaya stated that at the time of Chobani’s product launch in 2007 “Greek yogurt market share in the United States was less than 1 percent. And today it is almost 60 percent.” Becoming the top brand in that marketplace is quite the accomplishment, and proves that the company is doing something right not only with its product but its marketing strategy as well.

Transparency is a funny thing. To successfully engage customers, it’s an important subject for organizations in today’s marketplace. Yet, how does a company walk the line between reflecting an image of transparency, while still being able to function successfully without ‘giving it all away’? For the Baltimore Ravens, it’s an ability to appear transparent to the consumer, by appealing to the emotional side. Football teams can have the unique advantage of extremely passionate customers. Sure, it helps if the team performs better and the players are easily ‘marketable’ to the audience, but football is a game for passionate people, with strong feelings to their respective teams.

The Future of Social Media

Meg Walsh   November 17, 2015
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Companies: Indigo, Facebook & Twitter Industry: Literature & Social Media Social Media, like technology, is changing constantly. If you go on a vacation for a week, it seems that your computer, TV, phone or any other personal device becomes obsolete. Social media is not much different. New channels are emerging all the time whether they are successful like Snapchat or… Read more »

Canadian Blood Services Gets Under Your Skin for the Greater Good

Dianne McBride   November 7, 2015
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Canadian Blood Services media campaign symbol that indicates a greater need for blood donations in the community. Organization:  Canadian Blood Services Industry:  Not for Profit, Health and Medical Contact(s): Dianne McBride,  Web references: HealthyDebate.ca, cbc.ca, Canadian Blood Services,  Facebook, Wikipedia.org, Twitter, Vimeo, Youtube, History.com, Talk about a red hot topic. Canadian Blood Services has a multi-storied past, including the 1980’s blood scandal… Read more »

Stonyfield Shows Ultimate Transparency in Their Supply Chain

Meg Walsh   October 26, 2015

Organization Name: Stonyfield Industry: Dairy Farming / Yogurt     Today’s market place has become more competitive than ever. It is vital for companies to think of innovative new ways to streamline their operations, increase efficiencies, and optimize productivity in order to stay ahead of the competition. One important aspect of business that many organizations do not apply social media… Read more »

Increase in transparency for C&S Wholesale Grocers

Ken Lupton   October 26, 2015
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Organization Name: C&S Wholesale Grocers Industry: Food and Beverage CEO: Richard B Cohen Web references: C&S, FaceBook, Twitter, Wikipedia About C&S Wholesale Grocers C&S was founded in 1918 by Israel Cohen and Abraham Siegel and began as a small grocery distribution center stocking 1,200 products.  They now have more than 95,000 products from 50 warehouses to distribute to supermarkets and… Read more »

Dell Takes Ideation and Product Innovation by “Storm” with Online Community

jvaishnav   October 19, 2015
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Organization name: Dell Inc. Industry: Computer hardware Name of contact: Michael Dell, Founder, Chairman & CEO Web references: Wikipedia, About IdeaStorm, Merriam-Webster Dictionary – crowdsourcing,  eWeek article – EMC Will Be Latest and Greatest of Dell’s Many Acquisitions, Business Computing World article – How to Make the Most Out of Crowdsourcing, FIR IndeaStorm Interview with Project Manager Cy Jervis, Video: Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Explained About… Read more »

A New Frontier: Customer Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry

lwarburt   October 11, 2015
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Title of Post: A New Frontier: Customer Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry Industry: Pharmaceuticals Web References: Wikepedia, Health Canada, Pharmaceutical Advertising  Advisory Board,Youtube,Twitter, Boehringer Ingelheim ,Olgilvy Healthworld, Sound Cloud Galderma, Instagram It may seem like an oxymoron to include customer engagement and strategic business management  in the same sentence to achieve a united goal, and in no other sector may this seem more apparent… Read more »

Business transformation through enterprise social networking – the story of Deloitte Australia

jvaishnav   October 5, 2015

Organization Name: Deloitte Australia, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Industry: Professional services (accounting, auditing, taxes) Name of contact: Cindy Hook, CEO Web references: Deloitte Australia website: About Deloitte Australia, Careers, Culture and Behaviours Deloitte Australia Facebook page Forrester – Ted Schadler’s Blog: Winners of the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Awards (Management Division) ReadWrite.com – Deloitte’s Yammer Time Social Media at… Read more »

Let there be shoes – How Zappos is changing the social media game with employee involvement

ekastner   October 5, 2015
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Title of Post: Let there be shoes – How Zappos is changing the social media game with employee involvement Organization: Zappos.com Industry: Online retail CEO: Tony Hsieh Web references: Zappos, Social Media Examiner, simply-communicate, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram When it comes to employee engagement, Zappos is doing it right! Consistently topping the leader boards with employee retention their practices are often… Read more »

Ready or Not – The Future is Here for Social Media and B2B Marketing

tlittle   July 15, 2015
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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 »

La Tienda: Ham and the Supply Chain

psegura   June 24, 2015

Organisation Name:  La Tienda Web References:  latienda.com Industry:  Retail Name of Contact:  Jonathan Harris, President and Creative Director Web References:  latienda.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, Wikipedia   Description of how social media is used for business performance  Ibérico ham from Spain is one of the most expensive hams in the world.  The ham, made from celebrated pigs lovingly cared… Read more »

Pizza with a Promise: Delivery Not Always Included

C. Laughren   June 10, 2015

    Organization: Pizza Pizza Industry: Food Services Web references: www.pizzapizza.ca, Facebook, Twitter, www.hootsuite.com, www.entrepreneur.com Loyalty lost One March evening, Christine C., a resident of Kitchener, Ontario, decided to order pizza for her family. She chose Pizza Pizza, a favourite pizza place, during their free movie deal promotion. It was a win-win for her family with pizza that night and… Read more »

Seeing Through The Mountain

tlittle   June 10, 2015

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 »

The MexiCan and MexiCan’ts in the fast food world

MGardiner   June 9, 2015

Organisation Name: Chipotle Mexican Grill Industry: Fast Food  Name of contact if available:  Steve Ells, Founder Web references: Chipotle.com, facebook.com/chipotle, twitter.com/chipotle, instagram.com/chipotle, pinterest.com/chipotle, youtube.com/chipotle Company Overview: Chipotle started out as a small idea from a man named Steve Ells. After completing his education at the Culinary Institute of America, Steve saw the potential in selling low priced Mexican cuisine. The first… Read more »

#LaurierLove: University recruiters modify their methods as social media evolve

mirko   March 15, 2015
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Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University Industry: Post-secondary education Contacts: Melissa Stephens, Laurier’s manager of marketing and communications – recruitment and admissions, mstephens@wlu.ca; Sandra Muir, Laurier’s social media strategist, samuir@wlu.ca Web references: Wilfrid Laurier University and its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram, as well as other sources with links posted throughout this blog entry. Like any suitor… Read more »