A tangible way that Yoplait contributes to the success of its Twitter account is to post lots of fun and colorful visual content. Following a strategy we’ve long espoused, it posts pictures from its Instagram account, including generic upbeat images like the one above. Of course, it posts lots of product shots as well. These are usually accompanied with some thought-provoking copy, such as “What challenges are you facing today?”
As you might expect, Yoplait also has vibrant image galleries on Facebook and Pinterest and occasionally cross-posts these pictures to Twitter. The net result of all these images in its Twitter stream is that Yoplait’s followers are exposed to numerous visual impressions of the brand in a way that never seems like advertising. The visual strategy on Twitter is obviously working. Alexandra confirms that its visual content always gets the most interaction whether it’s “a picture of yogurt pops or a cute baby animal.”
Encourage Suggestions and Feedback
Other tweets that you’ll see a lot of when you peruse Yoplait’s stream are solicitations for feeback, suggestions and input from its followers. “We get a lot of product suggestions for new flavors and new products,” says Alexandra, adding that they’re always interested to hear what their fans think of the brand. It’s evident that fans are obviously paying attention to the brand on Twitter because the account is filled with retweets from happy consumers.
Use Social Media Management Tools and Teams
I addition to Alexandra, the Yoplait Twitter account is staffed by a second, part-time Community Engagement Specialist, Sara Fryar. Alexandra says that she and Sara are given a lot of autonomy from parent company General Mills to post whatever they feel is appropriate to the brand. “Most of the time we don’t need approval before posting something,” she says.
To make sure there are no problems or issues though, Yoplait has put some social media policy guidelines in place. “Our legal department put together a handbook of topical guidelines for us which is very helpful in creating content. If we want to do anything like a sweepstakes though, we schedule a meeting to make sure we’ve covered the details appropriately.”
Yoplait also uses a variety of social media management tools (including Sprout Social) to stay on top of the large volume of incoming and outgoing tweets this account generates. Alexandra says that “the digital/social division across the company helps select tools to assist us in scheduling posts, but we handle all the interactions.”
Advice Applicable to All Brands
When asked if she has any advice for brands and community managers using Twitter, Alexandra says “don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Be transparent — consumers respect that — and try to be as timely as possible.”
Referring to Yoplait specifically, Alexandra adds a lesson that can be applied to all brands: “Anything we post that reminds our fans that the voice of Yoplait is coming from real people — that’s a success in our books!”
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