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Social media marketing at the FIFA World Cup spikes Nike sales

Even though the brand spent more than usual on advertising this quarter, its results were still better than expected.

Nike has reported that even though it spent more on advertising such as social media marketing as the FIFA World Cup got underway, it still managed to achieve results that were stronger than expected for its fiscal fourth quarter.

The company has stated that strong social media played an important role in this success.

The brand explained that the gains that it experienced were the result of a number of different efforts, which include strong social media marketing campaigns, new products, and a digital advertising strategy that was well received, including the “Risk Everything” campaign. As a result of this, the company not only saw its revenues rise, but they increased notably higher than they had anticipated.

This helps to illustrate the strength of a well implemented social media marketing campaign.

It reported that its revenues rose by 11 percent to reach $7.4 billion. The Nike brand product sales increased by 13 percent to break the $7 billion mark. Its Converse revenues also rose by 15 percent, to reach $410 million. The brand also pointed out that these revenue increases were experienced in every one of its regions and in its key categories, as well as in their children’s, men’s and women’s businesses. Their profits rose by 5 percent, to hit $698 million.Social Media Marketing - Nike sales spiked by World Cup

According to the president and CEO of Nike, Mark Parker, “An ongoing two-way dialogue with consumers is a critical element of our digital ecosystem.” He also went on to explain that this type of interactive experience offers the brand considerable innovation driving insights that boost the connection between the consumer and the company’s brands. Social media and mobile marketing also offer a platform over which consumers can interact with each other, not just the brands, themselves.

Parker added that “Through our social media platforms, we leverage the power and passion of sport to deepen our relationship with our consumers.”

As companies and brands continue to discover the ways in which they can properly implement social media marketing campaigns, it is clear that this type of success story will become increasingly common.

McDonald’s social media marketing creeps out the public

Social media users find new Happy Meal mascot from the fast-food giant “horrifying”.

McDonald’s Corporation recently introduced its new character, Happy, on Twitter, but their social media marketing did not produce the desired effect the company was hoping for because instead of a positive response, twitter users responded with fear and mockery.

Happy was designed to promote healthier Happy Meals for children but is now regarded as an “epic fail”.

Shaped like a happy meal box, Happy has bug eyes, a huge grinning mouth with a full set of big teeth, long, skinny rubbery arms and short skinny legs with running shoes. Since the mascot’s release, it has mostly generated negative social media news attention, with many people calling it “creepy” and “horrifying”. Some of the comments left by social media users after watching the video featuring the mascot on McDonald’s facebook page included “Epic fail” and “This makes me crave Burger King”. Not exactly the types of responses and feedback McDonald’s was aiming to receive.

However, McDonald’s is still hopeful that children will like Happy more than the average social media user. According to an Illinois based McDonald’s in Oak Brook, the new character “is about bringing more fun and excitement to kids’ meals, including eating wholesome food choices like low-fat yogurt.” The company added that the mascot will motivate children to eat more vegetables and fruits and to choose healthier drink options, such as milk, juice or water, over soda.

Despite the negative response to McDonald’s social media marketing of Happy, the company still has confidence in its character.

Social Media Marketing - McDonald's new character, HappyHappy may be new to America, but this character was introduced in France back in 2009 and has since made its way to other countries in Europe and in Latin America. On May 23, Happy will officially begin appearing across McDonald’s in the U.S.

Obesity is a serious problem in America and in an effort to help improve nutrition, the popular fast-food organization is attempting to reach out to children and encourage them to choose healthier options. In addition to the smaller-sized fry portion and offering apple slices in its Happy Meals – changes that were made in 2012 – McDonald’s now intends to offer kids a low-fat yogurt side, which will be introduced July 4.

Only time will tell if Happy is an actual success or if it will terrify kids as much as it did online and mobile users via social media marketing.