Crunchy and Cheesy

cheetosTPCRUNCHY NUGGET: I love a fun online, user-experience.  And I just found one reading an article first on ClickZ, and then trying it for myself: it’s from Cheetos and their Project T.P. Put down that bag of salty, snacky cheesy-ness, lick your fingers and give this read:

Glow, baby, glow: How do you make Cheetos relevant to Halloween?  First, change your packaging to feature glow in the dark graphics, and offer them in treat-sized packages.  Doing just this is fun, right?  Oh but there’s more…

Virtual TP opp: Cheetos has a Project TP – as in toilet paper, the verb – site where you can enter in any street address, and if it registers on google (maps, street view), lets you TP the area, thanks to Cheetos mascot Chester (the image in this post is by my community swimming pool).  Of course, you can share the image with friends. Again, fun, easy, really great user experience. But hold on, there’s even more…

Your mission, get social and you can win: Cheetos is also extending the play by giving consumers online missions via social posts. So not just TP’ing your neighborhood, but a fountain or a castle.  Different missions share a variety of places to TP.  Consumers who share their images via Facebook or Twitter fulfilling these missions get entered to win a Cheetos prize pack in a sweeps.  Nice!

Coming ’round full circle, what made me share this example was the fun user experience – it was easy, it was engaging, and it made me smile.  Note that it did NOT ask for my information, it did NOT offer me a coupon.  Missed opportunities?  Perhaps.  But mission accomplished for fun with a little, old school Halloween mischief.  By the way, here is the ClickZ article:

Hello, Pumpkin

ImageCRUNCHY NUGGETS:  Oh hello there!  My oh my, it’s been just about a year since this post:  And here I am, once again, ready to talk about PUMPKIN, as inspired by an article from Nielsen entitled: “Pumpkin Power!”  Last year, New York magazine declared pumpkin flavor “the new bacon.”  Flash forward to this year–and consumer love for all things pumpkin continues.  Open up a pumpkin-flavored Greek yogurt (to be REALLY on-trend, foodwise) and give this a read:

Tis the season, get it NOW: According to Nielsen reported data, last year, 70% of pumpkin-oriented grocery sales in the U.S. occurred between September and November.  

What’s hot, what’s growing: Pie filling is still the leading pumpkin item making up (filling?!) 42.7% of all things pumpkin.  Breakfast foods was the overall growth leader, representing 7 out of 10 of the top growing pumpkin-related categories when ranked on dollar growth.  And for you sweet-toothed pumpkin fans, Frozen Sweets/Desserts grew 763.1% in dollar growth versus the year prior!

More, more, more: And for those die-hard fans of all-things pumpkin, be on the lookout this season for pumpkin flavored: M&Ms, bagels, Pringles, Food Should Taste Good chips, Dunkin’ Donuts, marshmallows, beer and vodka.

Here’s the “Pumpkin Power” Nielsen article if you’d like to take a peek at other pumpkin flavored categories:

How ’bout you?  A lil’ pumpkin martini with your chips?!

Raising the Bar

ImageCRUNCHY NUGGETS:  One of my favorite websites (and apps, for that matter) is  For those who are unfamiliar with TED, essentially, they post talks, host conferences — all with the purpose of spreading good ideas.  I personally love a good TED talk — typically a 20 minutes or less video given by a subject expert on a particular focus.  And the topics range from technology to what makes a good leader to the benefits of doodling to the plight of the bees…it’s endless.  Anyway…TED recently challenged, voted, judged, gathered together, and shared 10 Ads Worth Spreading.  What makes the winners of the challenge worth spreading are three pillars that make anything online shareworthy.  That said, these are ads that:

  1. Elevate the everyday and make it fascinating.
  2. Feature visuals that “access our child’s mind” — in other words, ads that pull together seemingly disconnected images and story lines yet brilliantly manage to get these visuals and stories to work together well, and make sense.
  3. Deliver an energy exchange.  I interpret this as point as what I’ve read  makes something buzzworthy or shareworthy.  Essentially, content that stirs up emotion and gives the person who passes it along a sense of fulfillment in sharing. 

So enough of my chitchat.  When you have a few minutes, do check these ads out.  They raise the bar in brand story telling.  Love that TED.



Selfie & Selfless

ImageCRUNCHY NUGGETS:  Well hey there, stranger!  My oh my it’s been a busy a few months as I started a new job with a whole new set of clients and type of business.  But enough about me…let’s get right to what this blog is all about: CRUNCHY MARKETING NUGGETS!  Here’s one (really two) that I’ve been holding onto and want to share.  Take a read…

SELFIES – You know what a selfie is right?  Of course you do…it’s a photo you snap of yourself (sometimes with others, as per my own example with me, my Sister and my Nephew) using your cell phone.  And then you share it.  A few smart marketers have taken notice and not only include selfies in their promotions — but also use the word “selfie” to truly connect to the real-life consumer behavior.  Brilliant!  Here’s an article from JWT (a must opt-in for seekers of insights and crunchy good trends) that shares these examples.  Now before I whisk you away with a link, please do come back as I have more:

SELFLESS — Hi! Thanks for coming back. You may have noted a J&J program — an app that encourages consumers to take photos and share, with $1 donated to a cause for every photo snapped.  Now…a photo as donation trigger is pretty darn cool itself.  And I love that they share the causes impacted, e.g., “1,500 children helped; 40,008 mothers helped,” etc.  But it’s part of a larger, corporate initiative from J&J to truly solidify the emotional connection the J&J brand has with consumers: “For All You Love.”  You may have seen black and white TV spots, the banner ads, etc.  Kudos to J&J for leveraging their full corporate positioning and their equity.  So important for a company that deliver healthcare and wellness promises. 

Now, I’m going to whisk you away again so you can see their campaign.  And I’ll thank you for stopping by – feels good to be back! Now off with you…

Using Your Head

ellenCRUNCHY NUGGET: Well hello there, it’s a been a while, right?!  I’ve recently had a lil’ time off and one of my favorite shows to catch during the day is “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” This past Thursday, she introduced an app available for sale (99 cents) on iTunes called “Heads Up!” It replicates a game similar to “Celebrity” that she plays with guests.  One person holds a card above his or her forehead, and the other person gives clues to help the card-holder guess what-who is written on the card.  The app version let’s players choose from themes such as movies, animals, music, accents, etc. Players are up against a timer.  And the motion of moving the apple device up or down lets players pass and move on (tilt up), or acknowledge that the answer is correct (tilt down).  Fun, right?  What makes this app/idea so crunchy are a few things:  Yes…it went directly to #1 on iTunes, so mass awareness from Ellen was a big plus.  Absolutely…at 99 cents a sale, Warner Brothers and Ellen and the dev folks will make a nice lil’ profit.  Terrific…it’s fun and engaging and brings the spirit of Ellen and her show into real people’s homes.  And what I think is the most crunchy bit:  CONTENT!  Get this…the app uses the camera on the iPhone (or iPad) to record the game play.  App users can opt to save the video and share this content on Facebook or with the Ellen Show.  What an excellent means of spreading the word and getting real-life user examples for on-air content.  And again…very much in the fun, lighthearted spirit of the show.  Ah, content, love that!  (So much so I had to put it in bold!)

Admittedly, I have downloaded the app and am looking forward to giving it a try.  Gotta love a crunchy nugget found during a day off on an enjoyable TV program!  #goodidea #socialmediamarketing #appideas #contentmarketing

C’mon Work Happy 2

TEDCRUNCHY NUGGETS:  Seriously, I didn’t mean to prolong this topic, but I couldn’t help it.  I am a big fan of TED talks. If you haven’t yet explored the world of TED talks you should, they cover a ton of interesting topics delivered by world experts, all in nice, bite-sized videos that are well under 15-minutes each (if not much less).  Anyway…so the newest talk to bubble-up when I went to their site was given by Dan Ariely: “What makes us feel good about work?”  Honestly, I didn’t mean to continue the conversation about happiness…but like I said, I love these talks and so I decided to watch it to get another POV on human behavior and what motivates us.  According to Mr. Arierly and his research, it’s a few common elements:

Purpose & acknowledgement & meaning: He shared tales of experiments that required participants to build things, make things for pay and for some sort of feedback.  And then had the outcomes (the rewards, if you will) of the building/making different.  Specifically: participants built Legos and had these pieces either set aside and told that they’d be re-used – or – taken apart in front of them.  There were also participants who completed word puzzles and had these puzzles either acknowledged very simply (just a “hmm…” FYI) and put aside – or – simply put aside (nothing said) – or – shredded in front of them.  And in every case, the participants who were torn-down or shredded before their eyes were less happy, less productive despite the income earned.  What I thought was most interesting was the same feelings were shared by were the participants who were not acknowledged – they felt just as badly for not having their work noticed.  There was also a difference in people who liked doing the work – they liked Legos already, e.g.  They, too, did and felt better.  As well as a difference in people who felt value out of what they were doing: these people were proud of what they did and saw value and meaning in it.

OK…so what now?  What do I do with this, nugget girl?  you’re asking, I’m sure.  Thanks for asking, I do appreciate the participation!  My take is less of a marketing nugget and more of a life-behavior-motivation nugget.  It’s that acknowledgement is an important means of driving productivity.  And not big grandiose stuff, just make your team feel like they’re part of a journey and an effort –versus working to no-end. If you want your teams to do more-do better, you need to let them know how they’re doing, and make them feel that there is meaning and value in what they’re delivering. 

I’m pretty certain I’m done with this topic now. Again I swear I didn’t purposely seek it out.  I was just a girl in search of a good TED talk.  Find them here starting with the one I watched for this post:

What do you think?  What motivates YOU?  Perhaps the thought of a good weekend?  Enjoy it!  #humanbehavior #deliveringhappiness #insights #motivation

C’mon Work Happy!

smileycookieCRUNCHY NUGGETS: Are you a happy person?  Are you happy at work?  And do you think your happiness impacts your productivity at work?  Oh, I’m sorry…I typically don’t come at you with lots of questions.  But I’ve recently read two articles about how people behave and what motivates them — specifically, at work.  Two different, interesting points of view.  No need to get stuck on the questions I’ve asked, keep moving with me, come along…

Give to Get: The New York Times Sunday Magazine recently featured an article about author and professor Adam Grant.  He has studied workplace dynamics for years and has found that the secret to productivity at work is giving.  Grant has found that traditionally the thinking at work has been that employers should deliver incentives based on self-interest: financial incentives, ensuring that the work that is interesting, or offering the possibility for career advancement.  But what his studies have uncovered is that the most compelling source of motivation is in a sense of service for others.  In other words, the more you feel like you’re helping others, the more you’ll want to work.  This certainly makes sense as its been noted that feeling a sense of purpose is a big factor in longevity.  But what if you’re in a thankless position?  What if you don’t get any sort of positive feedback?  Well thank you for asking because that leads me to my second article…

Gratitude, Nurturing, Making it Unique: Fast Company also shared an article about how happiness can be learned, and the difference it makes toward creating a productive work environment.  Feeling grateful yourself and gratitude for your own life is a good place to start.  It helps you better deal with stress, overall.  And then sharing the love by nurturing others and figuring out what makes them happy at a very personal level is important (i.e., one size doesn’t fit all in morale as one person’s day off is another person’s access to a company iPhone, and not just hosting a happy hour-have a drink you’re happy this hour, right?!).  Making an effort to ensure your employees’ happiness leads to: 37% more sales, 31% increase in productivity, and accuracy on tasks rises by 19%!  That’s pretty powerful stuff, particularly as there are courses that can help and give employees a sense of empowerment, self-growth, and motivation.  In other words, you don’t have to do it all and teach happiness to others — there are resources who can help.

So why share these insights?  Because they show human behavior — what motivates people — and how a smile means so much in getting what you want from others.  Here are the articles if you wish to check them out:

And be happy!  #consumerinsights #consumerbehavior #deliveringhappingess #behappy