Candis Communications is a boutique PR firm in New York City, NY, that specializes in the hospitality sector. It’s owned and operated by publicist and principal, Will Candis. In the 10 years or so that Will has been running his agency, he’s become a specialist in leveraging localized knowledge, contacts, information, and events, to craft highly targeted marketing messages for his clients.
With the advent of social media, and Twitter in particular, Will saw an opportunity to combine his existing PR skills with the rapidly evolving world of social media marketing. He uses this medium to intricately connect the dots between his clients and their customers.
Candis says traditionally, PR was used as a broadcast medium, but “suddenly I saw customers in my clients’ target markets talking amongst themselves on Twitter,” he says. Using his other PR skills such as research, partnering, and information dissemination, “I figured out a way, not only to join these conversations, but to bring other resources into those discussions as well”, he adds.
Know Your Local Marketplace
If you read a newspaper, use the Internet, or watch TV, you know that Wall Street bankers are not quite as popular as they once used to be. In fact, when New York-based restaurateur and media personality, Mario Batali, called bankers “greedy,” Candis Communications saw this as an opportunity for its client — The Little Italy Business Association of New York City — to get a little positive PR (and more patrons to its restaurants).
Acting on behalf of the Little Italy Association (@LittleItalyNYC1), Candis created the hashtag #Bataligate. Participating Little Italy restaurants offered a free glass of wine if patrons mentioned that they saw the #Bataligate hashtag on Twitter. The tweet (pictured above) was retweeted over 20,000 times.
The net result, according to Candis, was “over 100 bankers coming to Little Italy to get a free glass a wine — and patronizing Little Italy restaurants instead of Mario Batali’s restaurants.”
Clearly, Candis’ methods were perhaps a little cheeky, but it’s hard to dispute the results of such a successful Twitter marketing campaign.
The Take Aways
“Good PR agencies tell good stories about their clients,” says Mr. Candis. “Twitter has allowed us to tell those stories more effectively, to a very targeted audience,” he adds.
In order to add depth and also to increase the likelihood of creating a desired action from your Twitter marketing, take a lesson from Candis Communications: research your target market and include information in your tweets that resonates specifically with them.
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