Trends in 2015: Ready for The Next Big Thing?

Christine_jan15When reviewing 2014 it seems clear that localization has been a bigger challenge than first anticipated by many. Some global brands can now proudly state that they are able to have a global strategic direction alongside with a flexible structure to adapt to a local context – the majority however are still lacking behind.

 

 

Social is Local

An increasing number of agencies are now offering global Social Media services to their clients to help them succeed, e.g. managing multiple Facebook communities across several markets for global brands. But having multilingual employees in your office does not solve this task in the most optimal way. Managing a community is not just about getting the language right: It’s about capturing that unique local feeling, culture and context, which only a native Community Manager positioned in the local market is able to do.

Local Community Managers live and breathe amongst the consumers we all try to reach. They have the opportunity to observe the spirit of the people everyday through personal impressions in real life, Social Media, news and other media –  all essential when managing a community on a local level. Moreover, having a Community Manager present in the specific market not only enhances your chances of building a closer relationships with potential consumers. It also secures that your online communication strategy is aligned with the way your brand/product is actually perceived in the local market. Being a global brand wanting to practice local Community Management is easier said than done. Lots of efforts are needed and the challenge to operate globally with several local content hubs may still seem unmanageable to many.

Read more about the importance of local social media management.

 

So what’s going to be the buzzwords this year? We all have some pretty good guesses but hopefully 2015 will be the year for brands to excel, and our biggest advise is to do smarter and don’t move on to the next before your Glocal Social Media strategy and setup outperform your competitors’.

 

All that said here are five trends to keep an eye on in 2015:

  • Content distribution strategy – maybe you produce world-class content, but 2015 is the year to think about reach.
  • Vlogging – this is becoming an increasingly common advertising channel, but we have only seen the beginning of it.
  • Social Shopping – 2015 will probably make you consider adding social “buy buttons”.
  • Native Advertising – native is tricky to execute, but traditional digital advertising has become wallpaper, and advertisers seem ready to rethink and reallocate display budgets.
  • Wearables – some had this on their 2014 trend list but 2015 finally looks to be the year that wearables – especially smartwatches – really takeoff.

 

 

 

 

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.