- 90,000+ “comments”* (*just in the last 6 months) Facebook “2 Billion photo uploads a month - nearly 70 million a day…” USA TODAY 8/09
5000 Mentions a Day - Here is a taste of what they are saying… Conversation Cloud for top terms mentioned on FB coca-cola fan page (September 2009) N = 1,276 posts* *non-english language posts removed Source: Analysis of Facebook for Sept 1st – 30th 2009
General comments about the brand and other Coke products are top topics… Positive Conversation Tones “Coca-Cola is the best drink!!!! I love it...” “ALWAYS COCA-COLA!! funny add from Coca-Cola with Grant Theft Auto!” “DIET COKE IS WHERE IT'S AT YA'LL!!!! :)” Availability Ideas/ Suggestions Advertising “Biggest Fan” Other Coke Products General Comments Consumption Habits/ Addicted Low Post Volume High Post Volume “i am the # 1 fan. just ask anyone who knows me.” “I adore cola! I can drink it every day :D” “Anyone know if 'Kosher Coke' is available in Colorado??” “. . . Bring back the glass bottle it makes a difference” Negative Conversation Tones
And they are producing GREAT Content - for the LOVE of THEIR Brand
Sometimes we ask for it… Where have you had a Coke lately? “It was taken from the peak of the Iztaccihuatl, Mexico's third highest mountain. [At 5,230m... you can guess why was the bottle half-full! :-)] “Les Grand Montets near Mont Blanc French Alps 3275m” “NEVADO DEL TOLIMA KOLOMBIA 5.800 MTS...CHARLYTOONS” 11
Our Fan Focused approach has yielded a Highly Engaged fan community… Coke fans interact with each other, and the brand, more than they do on any other top brand fan pages. InteractionS Per Post Source: FB Fan Page Analysis , Sept 2009 *Interactions = likes + comments
In the past – We were not building sustainable relationships Campaigns Based on Earning Sustainable Relationships Traditional Campaigns Fans/Follows/Friends Fans/Follows/Friends Time Time Traditional Campaigns start from zero and abandon the audiencethey’ve amassed upon completion. Campaigns based on earning Sustainable Relationships leverage the existing audience and grow it for future use.
Our “Fans First” Approach: We will be Everywhere Our Consumers are in an Authentic “Member of the Community – Non BIG Brand Way” 16 Majority of our efforts Enabling Fans to Comment, Upload and Consume THEIR own consumer generated brand related content Strategically targeted messaging in support of our brand objectives Our approach is designed to foster equitable engagement to earn sustainable relationships that are authentic, delightful and reciprocal. Being a Fan, Friend or Follower does not mean that they opted in to have advertising blasted at them.
Our “less about us-more about them” approach is getting noticed Missed Opportunity... Pepsi. The company makes a disappointing showing on Facebook…has 250,000 fans, a fraction of rival Coke's. The company mostly uses it as a channel for pumping out updates of marketing activities. MSNBC on 11/30/09
Clear Principles are a must to insure everyone is aligned… http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/socialmedia
Finally, Some Quick Lessons Learned… SMM is a tactic and should always be in support of brand objectives These platforms change frequently and can be very disruptive Keep it simple and intuitive – fewer objectives is better and shorten users’ paths at every opportunity Silly to start from zero… “Viral” shouldn’t BE your strategy – just part of a comprehensive plan Clear the Legal hurdles first – this is new for everyone so legitimate questions arise around every corner Always work with pros…There is no “sticking your toe in the water” Each new Community is an entirely new market and should be treated as such Moderation is a must!
What’s Next… “Fans First” will continue to be our compass Continue building Common Solutions to Amplify our Global & Local campaigns More Brands on More Platforms We will continue to Test, Learn, Share, SCALE & REPEAT…Again, and Again, and Again