What Would a New Facebook ’Want’ Button Mean for Brands?

Facebook might be in the process of testing a Want button to go along side its existing Like button according to InsideFacebook. But what would an addition to Facebook’s button arsenal in the form of a Want button actually mean for companies and brands?


Opportunities for brands
Facebook’s current Like button is a great tool for advertisers to figure out things such as target demographics and popular trends on Facebook. But when Facebook users ‘like’ a post or a product, it doesn’t necessarily indicate an intent to buy. A Want button, however, removes the ambiguity about whether a user just appreciates and ‘likes’ a product or whether they actually have a real desire to buy it. It could thus be a potentially huge development for brands as it is a more tangible measure that they might be able to extract great value from. The Want button would provide Facebook with a massive amount of new data on their users’ purchase-intent. If they make this data available to advertisers, brands would then be able to target brand messages based on the users’ ‘want’ preferences.

Marketing prospects
The Want button might make Facebook more competitive with Google in the battle for online advertising revenue. The current power of Google’s Adwords is that when someone searches for an item on Google, shopping intent is very often inferred. At the moment not many people go to Facebook to do shopping. However, the Want button would allow Facebook users to add products to some kind of virtual wish lists. This would again make it a very valuable tool for advertisers, who would then be able to target ads and product recommendations based on a users desire for similar products. If Facebook goes ahead with the new Want button and the users start creating their own virtual wish lists, it is possible that shopping directly from Facebook might soon become much more widespread than it is at the moment. It will be interesting to see whether Facebook actually rolls out this new Want button sometime in the near future. If this is the case, which other marketing opportunities do you predict a Want button could potentially have for brands? And do you think ‘wanting’ something implies shopping intent the same way that searching for something on Google does?

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.