This week in content marketing: McCormick spiced up the job market. Vidyard offers influencers a movie-premiere experience. What does it all mean to content marketing? And Ben & Jerry’s ends its Twitter deep freeze.
Let’s dig in.
McCormick creates a delicious new job for one seasoned lover of tacos
McCormick Spices turned to Twitter to find candidates for a new position.We are looking for a Director of Taco Relations to be McCormick’s resident taco expert. “Are you passionate about tacos, finding the latest trends & creating engaging taco content for social media? We’re searching for our first-ever Director of Taco Relations to be McCormick’s resident consulting taco expert.”
Are you passionate about tacos, finding the latest trends & creating engaging taco content for social media?
We’re searching for our first ever Director of Taco Relations to be McCormick’s resident consulting taco expert. 🌮
Submit & learn more here: https://t.co/WypA2FaOKI pic.twitter.com/4OZ0ko4voi
— McCormick Spices (@mccormickspices) July 13, 2021
It sounds like a great gig.
As the Director of Taco Relations, you will be McCormick’s resident consulting taco expert. You will be the official eyes and ears of McCormick on all things tacos. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the McCormick Kitchens team to develop innovative and delish taco recipes, travel across the country in search of the latest taco trends, dialogue with other like-minded taco connoisseurs across social media, and be in on the latest Street Taco seasoning mixes developed by the McCormick innovation lab.
What is the pay? Between September and December 2021, the pay could reach as high as $25,000 per month for 20 hour work weeks. (Sorry job seekers: the deadline for applications was earlier this week.
WHY IT MATTERS: McCormick’s approach to combining HR and content marketing – using an innovative tactic and title to attract top talent – caught our eye. And then we got to the “salary” for a part-time gig and realized it was a content play.
Still, we’re intrigued by the responsibilities for the temporary role of director of taco relations – in-person experiences, content (and food) creations, and social media promotion. And it’s all focused on a single product line from McCormick’s. Advertise the role and spice brand will attract attention from those who have taken the time to make videos (future user-generated material anyone?) as well as casual observers BEFORE the role of taco relations director is ever filled.
While this gig may be short-lived and intended for a person who already has a great following, it is food for thought on how HR and content marketing can work together – to be creative, to stand out in the crowded marketplace, and to get more (and more qualified) candidates to apply for positions.
Vidyard hosts the virtual red carpet for influencers and documentary makers
Vidyard, a B2B video platform, presented its new movie with an online premiere. The event was a resounding success – 20% of the 500 people invited showed up to the event.
The story may be familiar if you read Ann Handley’s Total Annarchy newsletter. Ann attended the live event and later talked with Vidyard’s Tyler Lessard.
“In over 16 minutes, re:connection tells stories of how real people connect with others in a remote world – and what it all means for the future of business as the world becomes less remote again,” Ann writes.
Vidyard sent out personal invites with popcorn, candy, or other goodies in advance to attract guests. To promote attendance gathering and watching together, Vidyard made it a private screening, which included a live Q&A with the movie’s stars.
WHY IT MATTERS: B2B content shouldn’t be boring – and neither should the promotion of that content. Vidyard did a great job on so many levels. It created a video that tells people’s stories, not their businesses, created a live event that felt unique and interesting enough that it earned a 20% response rate, and promoted it so well that Ann Handley and CMI also told their communities about it. As always, Ann’s writing perfectly captures the impact:
I’m telling you about it because of the way Tyler & team launched and marketed the marketing — turning a new program release into an “event,” and then seamlessly linking live/virtual components to make it a party. Even though the US/Canadian border has been closed, many of us are still hesitant about going to a party.
Read about how @Vidyard marketed its new documentary with a hybrid on-demand/live virtual premiere that earned buckets of digital ink from @AnnHandley, @CMIContent, and others. #WeeklyWrap Click To Tweet
Ben & Jerry’s thaws Twitter account after two months in deep freeze
A week ago, the Boston Globe ran an article questioning why ice cream brand Ben and Jerry’s hadn’t tweeted since May 18. Its last tweet? “Any mint lovers out there?”
It seemed unusual that a major newspaper would write about a brand’s tweeting frequency until readers consumed the full article. Ben & Jerry’s tweet about ice cream flavors happened the same day the Israeli government launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, and Hamas and other militant groups fired rockets into Israel. Although it is known for taking on social causes, the brand chose to remain silent on this issue, prompting outrage in the replies to the tweet about mint. Ben & Jerry’s did respond to some replies related to the flavor question, further indicating it had seen the other replies but deliberately ignored them. Original commentary on the platform also arose to criticize Ben and Jerry’s for its business dealings in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
On Monday, Ben and Jerry’s ended its two-month Twitter silence with a proclamation: “Ben & Jerry’s will end sales of our ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
Ben & Jerry’s will end sales of our ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Read our full statement: https://t.co/2mGWYGN4GA pic.twitter.com/kFeu7aXOf3
— Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) July 19, 2021
WHY IT MATTERS: Looking at the content approach to this situation, Ben & Jerry’s made some interesting decisions. While company leadership took time to determine the business response to the criticisms, the social media team remained silent. Although they should have been completely silent and not replied to any tweet replies, they did so. Sometimes silence is better than action. Otherwise, every post (no matter how seemingly innocuous) opens the door to criticism you can’t yet answer. Early reaction to the decision was mixed in the Ben & Jerry’s Twitter feed.
Cover image by Joseph Kalinowski/Content Marketing Institute