Will The New Pinterest Analytics Convince More Brands To Start Pinning?

Pinterest-logoAs images are becoming more and more prominent in social media marketing, Pinterest has quickly become an increasingly popular choice of platform among brands. One thing the platform has been lacking is a free and easy way to collect metrics but that has just changed with the launch of the new Pinterest Analytics tool.

 

Measure your pins

Pinterest has announced the release of a new set of tools to help brands analyse the effectiveness of their content marketing and social engagement on the platform. This means that brands will now be able to measure pins just like tweets, likes, views and shares.

Pinterest Web Analytics allows businesses to track user engagement, check how many visitors are referred to their site, how many people are pinning from their site and clicking their content. It also measures which pins get the most repins, who pins them, what people pin alongside them, and allows you to pick a time frame to see how your numbers trend over time.

Even though the analytics seem to be pretty basic so far, compared to Facebook Insights, it still enables businesses to start analysing the value of their activity on the platform, which they might have been missing previously. It will help brands gain a quick and easy overview of the types of content that is resonating well with fans and consumers. It could thus turn out to be a very powerful motivator for small businesses who haven’t yet examined their site’s engagement on Pinterest and are keen to know more about their consumers’ ever-changing preferences.

 

Get started

Marketers can begin using Pinterest Web Analytics straight away. To get started, you have to activate Pinterest’s new look. Here you will find a Pinterest Web Analytics walk through that will show you how to make the most of the page.
It seems very likely that more brands will start pinning away with these new improvements that might just be beginning of much more to come from Pinterest. What do you think?

 

 

Why Oreo’s ‘Daily Twist’ is one of our all-time favorite social media campaigns

Few cookies have reached the same level of iconicity as Kraft Foods’ Oreo. Its round shape, blackish color and white cream stuffing have undeniably added to its success but as a social media agency we wonder: where would the crowd-pleasing, twistable cookie be today without effective social media marketing?

Let’s zoom in on one of their global digital and social media campaigns that reached millions of hearts (and mouths) and delivered proof that even cookies can provide endless food for thought. We are talking about the wildly successful ‘Daily Twist’ campaign that saw a 110% growth in fan interaction per social-media post only a few months after the campaign was launched. Even though the campaign dates back to 2012, in our view, it earned a spot among the best food branding campaigns on social media ever. Here’s why…

It used milestones and pop culture events to create engagement

2012 was the year that America’s favorite cookie turned 100. Needless to say, it was a cause for celebration.

Every day for 100 days, the Oreo was given a different “twist” – styled to look like Elvis, a panda bear or like the surface of Mars after the Mars Rover had driven over it. On the ‘Daily Twist’ site, users could suggest their “twist”. The campaign was driven on Facebook and also featured on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.

The Oreo twists were especially created to spark conversation and sharing, referring to milestones or pop culture events that people could relate to and share their thoughts about.

It had timely and shareable content combined with an element of surprise

While some of the cookie designs were planned ahead like the Olympics or Labor Day, others were more agile, tapping into events like the premiere of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’, the release of the iPhone5 and the birth of a Chinese panda bear. Monitoring trending topics and utilizing current events ensured the content was always relevant and timely. Couple that with the surprise of what each day would bring, and you’ve got a campaign worth tuning into.

They exercized strong brand values

The campaign kicked-off with the Gay Pride rainbow cookie in recognition of the LGBT community, much to the chagrin of conservative crowds.

The Facebook post set off a heated online debate that even led opponents of gay marriage to call for an Oreo boycott. But while supporters and opponents were fighting their online battle, the rainbow cookie doubled Oreo’s fan growth.

By having a strong stance and sticking to it, Oreo established itself as a courageous brand amongst its more liberal fans.

The campaign had an integrated marketing approach, combining the offline and online worlds

The campaign finale took place at Times Square in New York. They set up a pop up agency there, from which they designed the last ‘Daily Twist’, based on suggestions from fans. Earlier that morning, the brand had asked its Twitter followers and Facebook fans to offer ideas, which were going up live on a billboard. Creatives would select the best ones and three of them were then put to an online vote. The winning cookie, celebrating the anniversary of the first high five, was designed on the spot and was displayed on a big billboard.

A seamless flow between the online and offline worlds, and the mix of social and traditional marketing allowed for a greater experience and showed that Oreo mastered the integrated marketing approach.

It put the product in the center – without being self-centered

Oreo’s ability to put their product at the center of the campaign and still make the content relatable and entertaining for a massive range of users is (in our opinion) the most important factor in the success of the ‘Daily Twist’ campaign. The content was heavily branded, yet still relevant, timely and shareable – without ever begging for likes, comments and shares.

Lessons learned

The ‘Daily Twist’ campaign set an example of how important it is to create content that resonates with your audience. There are many ways to find out what moves your fans. For Lurpak®, we identified what kind of recipes the audience was searching for. As a result, we created content that we already knew people wanted to engage with. Read how we did it here.