Facebook Reactions – Three Months On

fb reactionsThree months on and Facebook’s Reactions haven’t quite replaced the trusted “Like” button, which still reigns supreme. Out of the new options, “Love” is the most popular, with a whopping 51% share. However, it can be argued that “Love” is ultimately “Like +” in disguise, so perhaps it just goes to show how strong the “Like” really is. Quintly recently analysed 130,000 Facebook posts and found that 76% of interactions were still “Likes”. Having said this, many brands have already tried to embrace the change by posting associated content. Chevrolet did a commercial that was driven heavily by the feature and it was even released the exact same day the feature was announced. One really interesting thing to come out of this so far was Facebook’s first ever testing of a temporary Reaction – a flower for Mother’s Day in the US (and other countries that celebrate this event in May). This shows their intentions for the future and the massive potential for customised actions on one-off days or events such as this. The fact that they disappear after one day gives a Snapchat-esque feel to the whole thing.


Value for Marketers

There has also been some negative press on Reactions recently, privacy-wise, which seems to be a yearly routine for Facebook now. This year’s privacy concern involves the Belgian police warning consumers that Facebook is curating data through Reactions on how to advertise to them. At this point, however, it seems more and more obvious to count this as one of Facebook’s intentions – what is more intimate than knowing someone’s emotions towards things that you could potentially sell them? This brings us to social engagement insights, which is now a great deal more data-rich. The more people start to use Reactions, the more useful they will become for marketers.

This simple change is hugely valuable to marketers because the emotion or message behind “liking” is in many ways sub-divided and finally quantifiable – which it hasn’t been in the past. Furthermore, looking deeper into the consumer behaviours on social, if Reactions grow in popularity, the “Like” could potentially become the mundane acknowledgement of a post. This should not affect the algorithm, as it’s still post engagement and Facebook has confirmed all Reactions count in the same way but receiving a “Like” compared to a “Wow”, for instance, is fairly unexciting and might lose weight.


In Need of Wow’s

Another point for brands is the potential to use Reactions in a customer service sense – e.g. to reach out to people who are “Angry” at a post. Or retarget your next post to everyone who “Wow’s” your content. This is significantly simpler than trawling through comments to calculate how people feel about your content. And best of all, it can all be done within Facebook Insights, eliminating the need for third-party tools, which gives a more solid sense of validation.

Over time, this could affect social engagement as a whole, as people may essentially choose to engage with content based on how many “Wow’s” it has. Whether or not our dear friend “Like” ends up being acquaintance-zoned is hard to say, but the changes in social behaviour around Likes and Reactions have only started to show at this point in time.



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.