Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills and more consumer goods leaders have been named to the 2012 “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) .
The list, which appears in Working Mother magazine’s March 2012 issue, highlights organizations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women’s careers. Results are based on factors such as succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender pay parity, support programs and work-life balance.
The NAFE Top 10 Companies (in alpha order)
Bank of America
Johnson & Johnson
The New York Times Companu
Procter & Gamble
State Farm Insurance
Other notable consumer goods and retail companies to make the top 50 list include: Colgate-Palmolive, Kraft Foods and Walmart. Click here to access the full list.
Here are three ways brands can leverage Pinterest now:
1. Add Pinterest Content to Your Existing Facebook Presence.
Images are more effective than text at encouraging engagement, and an effective technology platform will allow you to surface visually appealing content on one or more Facebook Tabs. This content can be presented as a simple pinboard, as part of a game, or even in the News Feed.
2. Optimize Your Web Properties to Draw People to Your Pinterest Content.
You can always put a “Follow Me on Pinterest” button on your website. But remember, a user’s choice to “Follow” may not be brand-specific, but rather board-specific. This gives you an opportunity to segment your followers in ways relevant to your business. Lowe’s does a nice job of this and has seasonal boards (the Big Game, Valentine’s Day), themed boards (Craft Ideas, Unique Pet Projects), and boards that tie to specific merchandise areas (Lighting, Bedrooms, Bathrooms).
3. Make Your Pins Work Harder For You.
This means using a URL shortening and redirection strategy, preferably one that aggregates your Pinterest analytics (views, Repins, etc.) in a central location. This will allow the metrics to be combined with, and compared to, those from your othersocial properties. You also need to combat the link rot that can occur when the source image feeding your Pin is removed from its website.
Lastly, the pinned images themselves can be set to click through to a variety of sites. Imagine a Pin of a product that, once clicked, takes you to a flash sale where the product is sold at a discount after a minimum purchase threshold is met. All of this is possible now!
According to a Booz & Co. estimate, social commerce will grow to $30 billion globally in the next five years. But consumers still have security concerns about making purchases via social networks. More than half (55%) of social media users aren’t comfortable giving credit card information via social networks, according to a new Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Digitas.
Online shopping for CPG is most popular with those 45 and older. Surprised?
“The Checkout,” an ongoing shopper-behavior study, shows increasing comfort with shopping online among all age groups, with baby boomers taking the lead. Fifty-two percent of shoppers ages 50 to 54 buy health and beauty products online, and 29% of those ages 45 to 49 buy food and beverages online. “Grocery shopping online is a concept most shoppers have yet to adopt, which means there are conventions ingrained in their shopping behavior that must be disrupted,” said Craig Elston, senior vice president of The Integer Group.
Pinterest – which technically is still in closed, invitation-only beta — drives more sales to retailers than YouTube, Google + and LinkedIn combined and is nearly equal to Twitter’s referral traffic.
How moms are using Pinterest:
Women currently dominate Pinterest making up nearly 70% of their active users. Moms are using Pinterest in a variety of ways to organize and learn more about their interests. They follow experts to be in the know about trends on a variety of topics from parenting, to fashion and design, to cooking. They’re also following friends and finding Pinners with similar interests to share and be inspired by.
They’re also following brands. Retailers like Nordstrom and West Elm have significant followings on Pinterest – similar to on Facebook, moms want to connect and interact with their favorite brands.
All hail consumer packaged goods.
Throughout 2011, CPG brands spent more than any other group on video advertising — making up 24% of all dollars spent, according to new data from YuMe. Health and pharmaceutical brands came in second — with a 16% share of the video ad market– despite a 400% year-over-year increase in spending.
The 25-54 consumers were the most-requested demographic — making up 15% of RFPs — the video ad network found. Females 25-54 were the most-requested female demographic in 2011, with 39% of requested RFPs.
In another finding, the majority of ad impressions that YuMe served in 2011 were in California at 11.0% of total volume, followed by New York at 7.9% and Texas at 6.8%.
Here are five reasons your brand should consider marketing on Pinterest.
- Shift in consumer behavior from search to discovery – Search is great for finding answers. Discovery is great for finding inspiration. Pinterest taps into that phenomenon. As Samil Shah explained on TechCrunch back in November, Pinterest is bringing some of that discovery online…which could lead to a revolution in how we purchase items. Right now we are trained to go to Amazon or Google to find what we want. Pinterest starts before that search, before we even thinking we want to buy a particular product. For example, if I wanted a sound system for my laptop, I might hop on to Pinterest, browse a category devoted to sound systems and then land on a product. Within that discovery phase, however, I may never end up at Amazon since Pinterest drives traffic back to a retailer’s site.
- Little interaction needed for brands – A legitimate concern for any brand considering jumping into a new social media platform is the resource question: do you have it in the budget to staff? The nice thing about Pinterest is there isn’t a lot of overhead. Outside of pinning, categorizing and tagging images, you don’t have to worry about managing comments or playing the follower game. You can push content at your own pace.
- Connect with the visual segment of your audience - Pinterest is visual. So it attracts an entirely different crowd…those who may have an appeal for an image over written words. Why is this important? Consider how content marketers typically engage their audiences…through words, videos or audio podcasts. You can open the doors to a new segment of buyers who may be interested in your product…but not know about it…by building a community around the images you pin. That can draw others in who are inspired by your account and lead to referrals.
- Repinning is the new “retweet” –It’s quite possible that you can build a community from simply sharing other people’s pins…the same way some Twitter power users have built a following off of retweeting or Tumblr users who’ve reblogged.
- It’s beating out Facebook referrals – Finally, perhaps one of the best reasons for using Pinterest in your social media marketing plans is that it is outperforming Facebook. The general manager of digital for the print magazine Real Life said that Pinterest was a huge source of traffic in October 2011…more than Facebook. Time to re-tool our marketing strategies, don’t you think?
Why set up shop on Facebook? To sell more product? Nope.
To build your brand. Yep.
That’s the approach that CPG giant Unilever is taking to launch a brand extension to its billion-dollar mega-brand Axe (‘Lynx’ in the UK) in the UK, ‘Lynx Attract for Her’. A first 100 cans of the hither-to men-only brand went on sale to the brands 700K+ fans on a pop-up Facebook fan-store.
100 cans at £3.25 ($5.11) netted the brand all of £325 ($511) when they went on sale at 4pm, January 23, 2012 – and sold out pretty much immediately. Why bother?
Cynics will call it a PR stunt. Unilever can claim “launched on Facebook” credibility for the youth-oriented Lynx Attract for Her. And in the trade press, the stunt has captured headlines. Good for Unilever sales teams negotiating shelf space in supermarkets and drug stores, and good resumé fodder for the digital team too.
But launching products with pop-up stores on Facebook, and more generally brand-building with pop-up f-commerce is smart branding.
Essentially the Axe fan-store will build brand value by activating brand fans (700K+ registered on Facebook) through fan-first exclusivity.
General Mills is updating the marketing concept of surprises in the cereal box.
“You point to a logo [on food packaging], and things start to appear,” said Chief Marketing Officer Mark Addicks. “Maybe some functional content will pop up on a cake-mix box, or you might see entertainment and games coming from a cereal box. What I’m hoping for is pure entertainment.”
Addicks hopes to update the marketing concept of offering a surprise inside the cereal box. Instead, kids could point a smartphone at the box and “see visual surprises.”
He’s looking at QR (quick response) codes to do this — those little square boxes that appear now in so many ads and, when scanned with a smartphone’s camera, take consumers directly to a website. But he’s also looking beyond the code to apps. He’s already got apps for Betty Crocker and Yoplait Yogurt and is exploring apps for cereal brands. “You point to a logo and things start to appear,” he says. “Maybe some functional content will pop up on a cake-mix box, or you might see entertainment and games coming from a cereal box. What I’m hoping for is pure entertainment.”
The shaving division of Energizer Personal Care is mocking Gillette in a new campaign for its Hydro 5 shaver. The campaign, which is entirely online, takes a different approach from prior Hydro 5 creative. Ads for Schick Hydro have thus far focused on features like its “Hydrating Gel Reservoir” with creative offering metaphors for the shaving/hydration experience.
But the new ads, with football and baseball themes, compete directly with the big dog in the category, whose Fusion ProGlide launched shortly after the 2010 launch of Schick Hydro.
The central message of the Web video ads is that men prefer the Schick Hydro 5 over Gillette Fusion ProGlide at a better price. The effort includes a Schick Hydro 5 deal on Facebook.com/HydroExperience offering a $1 discount.
Patrick Kane, senior brand manager for Schick Hydro, tells Marketing Daily that the company’s digital/social programs and coverage on social media have done a good job of building awareness and reach. The company launched the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which garnered a lot of earned media, he says.
“We got a lot of pickup within social networks, which was a pleasant surprise,” he says, adding that the product also got play in tech pages at the New York Times, and other top-shelf consumer publications “We had one of our engineers there who gave the razor to [tech writer and Leoville.com blogger] Leo Laporte. He tweeted about it and talked about it in a podcast. Two weeks later, [actor] Steve Martin tweeted about not being able to find it. So you get this pickup from social, but you really can’t predict when it happens.”