Here are 10 examples of the best social media marketing campaigns. They all made a huge buzz and attracted many followers and buyers! Learn from them to level up your own social media marketing campaign
- Burger King – Big come back
After 15 years of absence in France, Burger King made a very noteworthy comeback. They made a Facebook post with a comment saying they would open a restaurant in the city of the last person who comments on the post.
24 hours later, the post was commented more than 1300 times and 65 000 persons throughout the world saw it.
Of course, the last comment could never exist. Today, people are still commenting on the post. Burger King has now a bigger fan base, a better idea about where to open a restaurant, and the whole world knows they are coming back in France, without spending any more money than the Community Manager’s salary.
Like Burger King, use your social media channels to spread the news, but also ask for advice while making the buzz!
2. Cas Smirnoff – Tell me what you have in your fridge…
Smirnoff started a very efficient campaign on Instagram: take a photo of your fridge and post it on their Instagram account. Then, a bartender will use what you have in your fridge to make an incredible cocktail. That way, they increased a lot their fan base and their sales.
3. Le Louvre – Culture and YouTube
Le Louvre in Paris decided to improve their YouTube channel by inviting three YouTube influencers to the museum. They all made one video for the Louvre YouTube channel and one other for their own channel.
The objective was to show the museum under a new modern light. This initiative was a success, the videos were watched more than 1.3 billion times and more than 80 newspapers talked about it.
4. KFC recipes – Twitter followers
KFC’s marketing team started to follow just 11 persons on Twitter: the five original Spice Girls, and six dudes named Herb. This was linked to KFC’s secret recipe composed of five spices and six herbs.
A month later, one person noticed it and commented on it. This was the start of tens of thousands of other tweets, retweets, and comments on KFC’s news feed.
As Freddie Powell, creative director at Wieden+Kennedy, said: “Frankly, we weren’t sure if anybody was going to find it. Sometimes you just have to put stuff out into the universe and cross your fingers that the internet will work its magic.”
Subtle is a risk, but it can have a great payoff if it’s clever enough.
5. Dom from Domino’s – Chatbots are Coming
Domino’s Pizza used chatbots to enable clients to order a pizza via Facebook Messenger. The chatbot is even funny and makes jokes which created quite a buzz on social media.
6. Intermarché – “L’amour, l’amour”
Intermarché, a brand of French supermarkets broke the rules of the usual ads of supermarkets by making a 3-minute short movie about friendship, love, and health. The story is about a young client who falls in love with a cashier.
We understand at the end that the purpose is an advertisement. Although the video appeared one time on television, it got more than 8.5 million views on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter, was 36,000 times shared and got 63,000 reactions.
7. WWF – #EndangeredEmoji
Seventeen of the animals included in the emoji index were identified as representative of endangered species. WWF used this insight to launch a campaign to raise donations for species protection. For each retweet of an animal emoji shared by the @WWF Twitter account, users were encouraged to donate 10 cents.
The launch tweet was retweeted more than 36,000 times with 38,000 responses. The campaign hashtag generated 1 million tweets and WWF gained more than 200,000 new followers and received 59,000 dollars of donations in the first two months of the campaign alone.
8. WesJet – “Real-Time Giving”
Before a flight, WestJet, a Canadian airline company asked their passengers what would they like for Christmas. After the landing, these passengers were surprised to see their desired gifts appear on the treadmill. Of course, everything was filmed and viewers could see children receiving toys and amazed grown-ups getting televisions or camera.
On YouTube, the ad got 200,000 likes and more than 20,000 comments for 40 million views. After this campaign, WestJet sales increased by 86% compared with the previous year…
Sometimes it pays to go really big.
9. Spotify – Play This At My Funerals
In 2016, Spotify collected its users’ data to create a funny marketing campaign. The idea was to highlight the strange titles some users gave to their playlist. In a video, some artists got involved and were asked to react to the fact that their songs were on a “Play This At My Funerals” playlist. This original campaign generated a positive worldwide buzz as every user could identify themselves with it.
10. Burger King 2 – From one account to another
Another very simple post, but very efficient. They let people know about their different social media accounts and about their new “Xtra Long Chili Cheese”. If you want to see a whole picture of their very long new burger, you would have to follow the steps:
- They started with a Facebook post: if you want to discover their new burger, you have to click on a link which redirects them to the Twitter account.
- On the Twitter account, you find a new post with an image of the burger but the burger is not whole: you have to click on a link to see the whole burger.
- Then, the link leads you to their Instagram account,
- it goes on to their Vine account,
- then on Youtube.
- You end up the little game on Facebook, with a post announcing that the new burger is available in the restaurants, and you can see the end of the photo of the burger.