Businesses’ New Year’s Resolutions… with Social Media!?

While thinking about my new blog post I was eating chocolate.. most probably from Nestlé. Well, of course, it was Christmas! That’s what you do at Christmas.. eat, eat, eat! But what happens after having eaten all that crap? The New Year is about to arrive and people make New Year’s Resolutions! Often these resolutions have to do with losing weight, becoming fitter, stopping to smoke and all kinds of things related to health and looks. Somehow all the food companies manage to make you forget these resolutions during the year, so that you end up having the same resolutions again at the end of the year. Sounds familiar?

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Music, Moods and Marketing

Christmas is over and everyone – me as well – is waiting anxiously to celebrate the New Year. The last few days I enjoyed Christmas cookies, a lot of family time, and Christmas songs being played all day long.

I am actually always looking forward to the day the first Christmas song is played on the radio or  the first holiday commercial is shown on TV. One of my favorite commercials is this one:

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Ben & Jerry’s around the whirled

Giving gifts to others on its own birthday…

Every year since Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry’s in 1978, the ice cream company celebrates its annual birthday by having a “Free Cone Day” at their shops. Mmmh…FREE Cone Days?! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? …Well…it IS!

It basically serves as an appreciation gift for Ben & Jerry’s customers and takes place around April. In addition, they also collect donations on that day for local social organizations. The most recent Free Cone Day was on April 12, 2011, so stay tuned for the next. They always celebrate that day in all different countries, not only in the US, but also in the UK or the most important for us: in Germany.Over one million free cones are given away each year which led to the company’s slogan:

Catching Colors & the Troubles of Imagination

When I started writing this post, I did not know what to write about. I had some blurry images of my next topics in mind, but nothing specific. I guess I was at a low, with no real imagination and motivation. Since Christmas is getting closer I started longing for the holidays, not wanting to occupy my mind anymore with complicated formulas, presentations, and time-robbing homework.

So for the first time and because of not having any real good ideas, I tried to follow the suggestion I had been given earlier: To think about something that really, really interests me. So the first two things that popped into my mind were:

  1. Biology & Research
  2. Creativity

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Let’s write „Fair Trade” on it and make it more expensive…

…this is how it sometimes seems to me when I see Fair Trade products. Maybe you read Ly’s last post about Ben & Jerry’s and their effort of making their products part of Fair Trade. After having read her post, there were several questions I asked myself. This is why I decided to myself dig deeper in this subject.

Why is Fair Trade more expensive?

According to the British Fairtrade Foundation,

the costs of a Fairtrade product are more than the extra price paid to producers while the benefits of Fairtrade to producers are also far more than just this price difference.

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Thinking, Searching, Extracting – My Way of Blogging

1. Getting an Idea

When I do not know what topic I will write about next, I usually either google “Coca-Cola”, think about something that interests me, or go to the official Coca-Cola website and look for topics that catch my attention. I also keep my eyes open when I am outside for any signs of Coca-Cola commercials or similar things.

This way I found the topic for my next post: Yesterday I went to a Christmas market with a friend at the Berlin Gendarmenmarkt and saw a huge billboard there, hanging above the market. It was red and brightly lit and showed a huge Coca-Cola drinking Santa Clause. In the middle of the billboard one could see a frequently changing display board which displayed Christmas greetings sent from people via text message. So I decided to do my next topic on Coca-Cola’s marketing strategies.

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How to blog like me

1. What is Ben & Jerry’s about?

At the very beginning, when I decided to blog about Ben & Jerry’s, I just googled “Ben & Jerry’s” and “Ben & Jerry’s scandal”. I opened many many tabs.

How I got to the topic of my next post

1st step: thinking 

After having posted about the critical aspects of Nestlé, like the use of palm oil from companies who were trashing Indonesian rainforests, I tried to find out something recent, positive about the company which is when I found the new Markplatz, I talked about in my last post.  (more…)

Anyone wants FAIR ICE CREAM?

In 2006, Ben & Jerry’s launched the world’s first ever Fairtrade vanilla ice cream and three years later three more of their flavors achieved Fairtrade status (Vanilla Toffee Crunch, Chocolate Macademia and Chunky Monkey). In 2010 six more were certified and by the end of this year every ingredient in each ice cream they produce and sell in Germany that can be Fairtrade certified, will be.

But…What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. – by Jerry Greenfield (more…)

Social Media “victim” now offering own platform.

Every fourth person in Germany makes food purchases on the Internet, while around 1.5 billion Google searches here relate to the food sector.
said Gerhard Berssenbrugge, chief executive of Nestlé Germany. On top of that consumers also tend to want to know more about the products they consume. Transparency has become a very important matter for food and beverage businesses. That is why Nestlé, the is reacting towards these demands with a social commerce plaform.
After having been a “victim” of Social Media, as you probably got out of my first posts, Nestlé is now starting this approach to actually use Social Commerce in a proper and effective way, benefitting their customers as well as themeselves.
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