Customer engagement with brands has become an increasingly important element in marketing strategies. Engagement contributes to a customer’s trust and loyalty towards the brand, as customers feel they are allowed to freely express their opinions and are being listened to. Brands are then able to receive candid feedback from the customers, and therefore they can use this feedback to improve their products and services. Many huge companies use social media platforms as a way to directly engage with their customers in order to increase brand awareness and to make customers feel that they are a part of something: a community. Nike is a brand that is currently dominating the market in terms of social media engagement.
In early August of this year, Nike’s Jordan Brand had a first: they outfitted the Michigan Wolverine’s football team. The day the uniform was unveiled coincided with the release of Instagram’s latest feature: Instagram Stories. Nike then saw this as an opportunity to increase their brand awareness through social media, as well as engage with customers by giving them an intimate, inside-look on the brand’s new launch. Nike’s Jordan Brand posted a one-minute Instagram story that contained photos and videos of the players wearing and trying on the new uniforms. The story reached 800,000 views within 24 hours.
Nike was able to utilize Instagram’s new feature in the best way possible by using it on the day it was released. At this time, Instagram users were hyped up and curious about the new feature and therefore were extremely active on the app. By Nike posting those images on their Jordan Brand Instagram story, the brand was able to create an intimate feeling between themselves and customers, therefore making customers feel more engaged with the brand.
There are plenty of other examples to show how Nike is engaging with their customers. Nike Women also utilized Instagram by creating a feature that allowed customers to click on a photo that Nike posted, and then be taken directly to a specific product page. Nike+ Run Club and Nike+ Training club are apps that the company has created to further enhance relationships with consumers. The apps unite runners and athletes all over the world through an online community. Users are given access to a wide range of Nike Expert running and training guidance and are also able to interact with fellow users in the community. This allows users to share the experiences and opinions with each other, and therefore enhancing the feeling of belonging to something, which can help with brand loyalty. Through this Nike is also able to tap into the conversations that are going on throughout the community, and further better their products and services from these comments.
By: Kirsten Matthewman