Best Use of Social Media

Say ‘Skis!’ Olympus pairs social media with winter festival

Content, creativity, and great cameras can and do create buzz.


Most companies recognize that social media is a powerful word-of-mouth marketing tool. But when a company effectively uses social media before, during, and after a live event—it’s created a powerhouse combination. Mullen, a marketing communications agency, worked with famed camera and electronics manufacturer Olympus to help build buzz around the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, which Olympus was sponsoring.

The key goals were to increase awareness of the sponsorship through social media, grow the brand’s social following on Facebook, create powerful content that showcases Olympus products’ capabilities, increase traffic to the company’s booth at the festival, and gain media coverage.

They accomplished all of this and more, earning top honors in the Best Use of Social Media category in PR Daily’s 2013 Media Relations Awards.

The strategy
Mullen integrated social media, direct on-location consumer engagement, and media relations to create a robust marketing and PR strategy for Olympus.

Before the festival
To build buzz around the Olympus brand, Mullen created a “Road to Whistler” social media sweepstakes on the Get Olympus Facebook page. The contest was hosted on a custom-designed tab. Two winners got to fly to Canada for the festival.

During the event
Olympus hosted a booth on the mountain with a daily “Ticket to Win It” sweep. This sweep encouraged participants to like Olympus on Facebook and type in a special code to enter. These “Ticket to Win It” cards were distributed throughout bars, restaurants, and shops in the area. To keep people continually interested, Olympus hosted a daily contest and shared the happy winners’ faces via social media.

Additionally, Olympus spent time entertaining and educating media about the latest cameras.

The content
A skiing and snowboarding festival offers endless opportunities to easily create enticing, engaging, and exhilarating content. Olympus capitalized on this by sharing photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and more. As Olympus also sponsors a “Filmmaker Showdown” during the festival, the company gained access to the talents of filmmakers documenting the event using Olympus products.

The results
Some notable social media stats:

  • 42,673 new Facebook fans since launch
  • 19,771 entries into the “Road to Whistler” sweeps (which fed into the Olympus email marketing database)
  • 50 percent more foot traffic to the Olympus booth generated this year over last year as a result of “Ticket to Win It”
  • 22 original films shot with Olympus gear as part of the Olympus 72-hour “Filmmaker Showdown”

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