Wowzers! I stumbled upon my own blog today and imagine my surprise when I see that it was a year ago since I set up the account and a year ago since I posted anything. For shame!!! My intention was to have "interesting" things to say at least every month or so. So far that certainly hasn't happened. Will it change going forward? I won't promise anything. I do love writing and now that the PhD degree is on hiatus perhaps more blogging can be a writing venue for me. Again, I won't promise anything.
So where are things at with Social Media in my life? Not much has changed. Facebook is still my main social network. I sometimes read updates on Twitter (such as t.v. show spoilers) and sometimes retweet an interesting post. Rarely (if ever) go on Pinterest. No good reason... it serves an interesting purpose but I don't take time to creep it. I do enjoy creeping Linkedin on a bi-weekly (or so) basis. I wish more people were on there and I had more connections. The new feature of "endorsing" people's skills is nifty... you can quickly click "endorse" on a specific skills on your connection's profiles. Linkedin keeps a running tally of those endorsements. That seems like a quick way to interact with people and takes much less time then writing an actual endorsement for the person.
Have not spent any time on Google+, nor Instagram (has anyone???). I do enjoy the new photo filters that Facebook has introduced in the past few months (did this come from Facebook's purchase of Instagram? Probably). Besides the filters I have little use for Instagram. As said, Facebook still reigns supreme in my life.
A friend/acquantance recently suggested to me that his daughter (who is approx 11 years old) ONLY communicates on Twitter with her friends. He says this is b/c her parents aren't on Twitter (and they are on Facebook); so she's avoiding her parentals creeping her on Facebook. And mainly the reason for her being on Twitter is b/c that's where her friends are. It's an interesting thing to think about... is Facebook not appealing to the younger generation? Is Facebook now going to only appeal to people in my generation and the yougins are to be found on Twitter. This could have great impact for social media marketing. Anyway, I have not looked into the stats but anecdotally it's interesting to note that Twitter is still alive and well, at least in my friend's daughter's peer group.
Work and social media - I've been *so* busy with corporate sales in the past several months that my social media expertise is falling behind. Hopefully I can get the corporate sales responsibilities lifted back onto another employee so I can get back to the fun social media marketing activities. I did sign up and take a quick "look around" HootSuite last week. Totally unimpressed. What's the big deal? Unless you are managing several *very active* social media accounts I really don't see the big whoop about it. And creating reports (that would hopefully be meaningful), takes more than the 4 minutes I put into testing it. Although, before I write it off, I should spend some more time with the app.
Okay, I'm signing off. Hopefully I'll write something up again on here before another year goes by.
Stay social ya'll. Cheers!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Have you seen this? Am I missing something or is this Facebook contest an "epic fail"? As social media marketers, what can we learn about this "epic fail"?
So KD is running a Facebook contest called "Battle Zone." ( http://www.facebook.com/kraftdinner ) The basic premise: There are 5 battles. People submit an entry and people vote on the entries. The entry with the most votes at the end of the battle is the "winner."
1. Concept: The concept is fun and *should* appeal to a younger and older crowd. It asks customers to interact with their brand in unique ways and entering the contest is easy.
Here is what's WINNING about this contest idea IMO:
2. Facebook Design: It's very well designed. The graphics are high-quality and appealing. They have their own Facebook "app" and it's completely branded. All round, it's very solid.
3. YouTube: The "Battle Zone" YouTube videos are funny and snappy. They represent and explain the contest well. The "two guys" are on point throughout. Again, high quality. See their YouTube channel.
4. Battles: The battles themselves are relevent and pick up on popular viral campaigns. For example, "KD bombing" (photo bombing) and a caption contest. This *should* appeal a wide range of Facebook users.
5. TV: They have TV commercials to support their contest; yes, you heard me correct. TV commercials; that can't be cheap. While watching TV (in Canada anyway) you will likely see commercials that promote the contest with the two same guys as the YouTube vids. The commercials are short, funny, and snappy and tell you to "join the battle" on their Facebook page.
So with all these great things going on... why is this campaign FAILING?
There is one reason why I consider this contest an "epic fail" (as the yougins say these days). And that reason is: shockingly low participation rates! Let's look more closely at this.
Battle 1 - "KD Bombing" - The "winning" photo bomb had 258 votes (258!!!). The top three entries had a total of 619 votes between them (total!). (Okay, it's the first battle, things will improve, right?)
Battle 2 - "Get Gify With It" - The "winning" GIF 133 votes (less than battle 1, what??!!?). The top three entries had a total of 355 votes between them (oh man, half as many as battle #1, things are getting worse). Maybe people don't remember what animated GIFs are?
Battle 3 - "Caption Clash" - The "winning" caption had... wait for it.... 81 votes (yes, for real). (185 total votes between the top three entries). What is happeing here?
Battle 4 - "Make it Epic" - This is the current battle (at the time of writing this) and the first place leader entry has 142 votes thus far. I've been "watching" this contest for a couple of weeks now so it is likely that this battle will end shortly; with little hope of much more success.
Battle 5 "FreeStyle" - Post ANYTHING related to KD... a poem, a picture, a commercial. This is kind of a cop-out? Is this because they realize their campaign has failed? As of posting this there were three entries and the entry in first place had 29 votes. Let's see how many entries and votes this one gets.....
This makes no sense...
Why are the low participation rates SHOCKINGLY LOW? The KD page has 257,998 "likes" (fans) (at time of writing this). You would think with an audience *this huge* this campaign would be doing better. You would think that if you had a facebook contest that was being supported through commercials on television (which has an audience of MILLIONS), it would be doing better.
What was their campaign goal?
Sure, we do not know KD's campaign goal. Was it to increase Facebook likes? Was it to introduce two new "faces" of their brand? Was it to test a new facebook app? While, we do not know their specific goal, we can certainly assume that when they pump *this much* money into a campaign (2 actors, videographers, video editors, app developers, marketing folk, tv commercial production costs, etc.etc.etc.etc.) they very likely expected it to be more successful (in terms of 'fan' participation and virility).
I searched high and low to find out what the prizes were for "winning" in the Battle Zone. I couldn't find the answer, so I asked....
How about, offer prizes when you run a contest (this seems like a no-brainer to most of us social media marketing people). I just can't believe such a social media failure from such a large brand. Who is their social media marketing manager? I need to get in there and replace that person because something is wrong here....
As social media marketers, what can we learn from this "epic fail"?
Are there other lessons to be learned here? Does anyone have any other ideas why this campaign is failing? I'd LOVE to hear your ideas and discuss this more... Please COMMENT.
Posted by alyshia at 7:09 AM