A recent tweet from Innocent Drinks gave the brand’s followers a peek behind the scenes, showing how a photoshoot was rigged:
Our super smoothies are packed full of more good stuff than you can shake a stick at. This photo is packed full of more sticks than any person could reasonably hold so we had to improvise. pic.twitter.com/DsnN7dh4SQ
— innocent drinks (@innocent) November 16, 2020
The move is a great way to be authentic and offer your followers a peak into the people behind your brand, which builds both trust and favor.
Have you made similar efforts? Please tell us your experiences under the #DailyScoop hashtag.
Here are today’s top stories:
Nestlé renames Australian candy that’s ‘out of step’
The company announced that it was rebranding two of its Allen’s candies: “Red Skins” will be “Red Ripper,” and “Chicos” will be renamed “Cheekies.” Both products will retain their packaging aside from the new monikers, and will be available in early 2021.
In June, Nestlé said it was changing the names because of “overtones which are out of step with the company’s values.”
In a press release, Nestlé’s general manager of confectionery, Chris O’Donnell, said: “Nestle has an unwavering commitment to upholding respect for our friends, neighbours and colleagues”.
Why it’s important: If there is something within your organization—a product name, company tradition, policy—that is “out of step” with your mission and values, address it now. Don’t get left behind as organizations across industries embrace social and racial justice efforts, including diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Waffle House has partnered with Oconee Brewing Company to create the restaurant chain’s first branded beer, “Bacon & Kegs”:
— oconeebrewingco (@oconeebrewingco) November 16, 2020
Leslie Tillery, Oconee’s media director, said the collaboration first came about after she reached out to Waffle House in January to gauge interest in collaborating on a beer.
“We knew that Waffle House had dipped their toes (or dipped their hash browns, as I like to say in this situation!) into the industry when they allowed beer at their Braves stadium kiosk in 2018,” Tillery told CNN in an email. “I thought (hoped) that they might be interested in craft beer collaboration, so I found an email address for someone at corporate headquarters and proposed the idea. He was kind enough to respond with willingness to discuss the idea more!”
As organizations continue to brainstorm creative ways to answer changing consumer behaviors during and beyond COVID-19, the product highlights the opportunity for creative and branded partnerships.
Top Design Firms released survey data about the importance of diversity marketing, revealing that 34% of consumers would consider brands’ commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion while choosing between two identical products. In addition, 67% become repeat customers because of organizations’ DE&I initiatives.
Consumers ages 18-34 are most likely to support brands that have diverse marketing messages (73%), but those efforts are also important for consumers ages 35-54 and for those 55-years-old and above (65% and 61%, respectively).
Though there is wide support for diversity within PR and marketing campaigns, only 43% of consumers surveyed believe their race is frequently represented, and only 34% feel that representation is accurate. That underlines the work left for communicators across industries looking to be more welcoming and diverse.
You can read the entire report here.
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Instagram offers users control over ad data
The social media app launched a new ad setting, called “Data from Partners,” which enables users to choose whether or not Instagram will share their online activity with marketing partners.
The setting comes as Instagram also announced its placing ads in Reels—the platform’s feature that competes with TikTok. The move allows both Instagram and its marketing partners to take advantage of the rise of online shopping, along with purchases through social media platforms.
The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, told CNBC the company will put ads in its TikTok competitor, Reels, and make it easier for users to browse for products to drive the company’s growing e-commerce business. Instagram takes a slice of each transaction for purchase made through the app. Mosseri said these changes are a necessary evolution of the app to keep up with the competition and to serve its users and creators, especially in light of the pandemic changing consumer behavior.
“It accelerated existing trends and accelerated the shift of shopping from offline to online; it’s increased the amount of demand there is for entertaining video out there,” he said.
Why it matters: Not only should brand managers consider how consumers interact with Instagram Reels, compared with Stories or the app’s newsfeed, but they should also take notes now on consumer behaviors and how they’re changing. Giving users the ability to turn off data sharing means potentially less-targeted ads. Your digital content will have to be more enticing and compelling than ever before to grab and keep consumers’ attention.
Oreos is going gluten free: The company announced a new sandwich cookie, available at the beginning of next year:
Milk’s Favorite Cookie, now in a Gluten Free version. Coming January 2021. pic.twitter.com/2wbBB5MpwQ
— OREO Cookie (@Oreo) November 16, 2020
“With the addition of the new line, Oreo invites snackers with a gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivities to enjoy our cookies too,” a representative said.
The company said it focused on making sure the recipe delivered a “comparable snacking experience to the original recipe.”
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