A powerful component of social media from a business perspective is the ability to listen to what consumers are saying. Social listening technologies are available to track conversations around specific phrases, words or brands. As a result, companies are able to identifying new opportunities that may not have been on their radar, and many are responding with innovative product development or design. Twenty-five years ago, it would have been costly and time consuming to gather focus groups in order to gain feedback. But today, this valuable market information can be gathered in a matter of minutes—assuming of course that people are in fact talking about your brand. The food industry is a specific sector where product development is critical to success. There are a number of reasons why this specific industry is constantly creating new products or innovating existing ones. I chatted with my colleague, Karen Proper, who is a technical manager in the product and process development department at NSF International to gain more insight on this topic. Karen and her team work with clients in the food and beverage industry to help bring a product concept to life, overcome production challenges or to innovate an existing one. When asked why product development is so integral to business, especially in the food industry, Karen replied, “Product development keeps companies competitive in the marketplace, compliant to regulations, able to react to ingredient and manufacturing process changes, and also responsive to trends and consumer demands—all of which are critical to success in the food industry today.”
Coca-Cola has found a way to stay relevant in a market that is slowly turning away from sugary drinks like soda. Coke’s integrated marketing strategies utilize both traditional and new media to create unique ads that tell a brand story across multiple channels. Coke employs social media as a way to invite consumers to be a part of their story. Using social media as a marketing tool allows Coke to onboard younger generations and creates a call to action. Personalized content and an innovative delivery system are what make Coke so popular. No matter which way you slice it, Coke is winning the social media ad game. Because after watching these videos, you’re probably going to be thinking about having a Coke.
Organization Name: CocaColaCompany.com Industry: Beverages Name of Contact: The Coca-Cola Company P.O. Box 1734 Atlanta, GA 30301 Attn: Industry and Consumer Affairs (404) 676-2121 Web References: http://www.coca-colacompany.com, http://www.coca-cola.com/global/glp.html, http://www.oecd.com, http://www.qz.com, http://www.dailymail.co.uk, http://www.cnn.com, http://epode-international-network.com and Coke official channels on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. Can you fight obesity and drink Coca-Cola at the same time? Writing about customer engagement for a product like smart phones or… Read more »
Recently, Coca-Cola became the first retail brand to cross 50 million likes on Facebook. That’s impressive. What is even more impressive though, is their social media strategy for the next decade. Having taken the social media world head on, Coca-Cola has redefined how to interact with their consumers. Coca-Cola’s mission statement is to refresh the world, inspire moments of happiness… Read more »