For years I have been a lover of the Royal Variety show, the only problem is that before the days on PVR it coincided with my annual end of year festivities culminating in 31 December. So as I sit back and watch the Diamond Jubilee with old favorites like the one of the two Ronnies, it brings back fond memories.
On 4th and 5th June the UK (and the rest of the world, clearly) celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Although we’re but a wee stone’s throw over the pond, it’s interesting to note ways in which SME’s residing under Her Royal Highness rule are taking advantage of the (uncommonly) lifted mood of British citizens.
Turn that frown upside down
With the recession still looming over and in many British pockets, the Jubilee celebration is an excuse for the average Tommy to forget the doom and gloom and join in the festivities as one of the fundamental reasons for any Jubilee is to uplift the nation’s spirits.
And so, with this in mind, it offers brands an opportunity to capitalize on a nation’s festivities, and perhaps to keep this in mind when the glitter settles and things return to normal.
Perhaps we can learn a trick or two from the Brits about how they stretch their pennies a little further, giving us Saffers a thing or two to think about. Innit?
Buy British (local is lekker)
Instead of looking at an event like this in isolation businesses would be wise to treat the Royal celebration as a way to boost patriotic sales throughout the year. Possibly something we can bear in mind here at home when our president decides to get married again which of course calls for a nationwide celebration. Yes, no? Probably not.
On a serious note, brands could use the theme around an event like this and tie it into their online communication quite easily. For example, a theme that could work for a British business all year round is ‘Best of British.’ Brands could tap into the demand for heritage products and interest in ‘buying local’ to boost sales during the celebrations. Now that’s something we can use here is SA.
Bob’s your uncle
It goes without saying that social media is an excellent means to promote British products during the Jubilee celebrations. The #buybritish hashtag is popular at the best of times, so with #diamondjubilee trending on twitter it makes sense to jump on board.
The Diamond Jubilee isn’t just a time for the British public to celebrate their heritage or pay homage to Queen Elizabeth. It’s an opportunity for marketers to drum up brand engagement through creating royalty-themed ad campaigns.
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As part of its sponsorship deal with ‘The Big Jubilee Lunch’, Kingsmill rebranded and launched a Majestic Makeover app.
The app allows users to superimpose their face onto the body of a royal, and then post the image to their wall or set as their profile picture.
It’s a fairly basic app, but on the plus side requires very limited personal data and you aren’t forced to ‘like’ it.
Marmite has also rebranded for the occasion, even going so far as to alter the product name in-store.
The brand has already built a huge online community of more than 850,000 fans, and keeps them engaged with daily posts of videos, images and user-generated content.
The jubilee forms part of its ongoing community management strategy, with content relating to the occasion posted daily over the past few weeks.
While it hasn’t rebranded (royalty-themed puns involving Waitrose aren’t easy), the food retailer has been running a jubilee competition.
It has been crowdsourcing picnic treats such as Pimms, cupcakes and cheese, for its ‘Best of British’ street party competition.
Consumers could enter on Facebook for the opportunity to win all the goodies.
Waitrose has also been using its Facebook page to promote its Heston Blumenthal range of Diamond Jubilee recipes.
The food retailer has launched a Jubilee Family Festival app crammed with information to promote its two-day event in Hyde Park this weekend.
It shows teaser clips, has links to ticket purchasing sites and allows the Facebook community to comment on what they are looking forward to.
The app offers a huge amount of information and there are no barriers to get through before you can use it – it’s a good example of what can be achieved using Facebook apps.
Fairy has also launched a new app, this time giving users ideas for a jubilee party.
Fans can download the pack to get everything from bunting templates and party tips to recipes and instructions on creating a rocket from a fairy liquid bottle.
The app will also host a fan photo competition after the jubilee weekend, and encourages users to take ‘plenty of pictures of the celebrations.’ Like Ma’amite, Fairy has launched a limited edition bottle for the jubilee.
The retailer has been posting patriotic images everyday for the past few weeks, including pictures of products, food and even Buckingham Palace.
Earlier this week it also hosted a Q&A on its Facebook wall with a cake chef to give its fan tips for jubilee tea parties.