Posted by Steve Hulford on 07.10.09
Campbell's Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach launched for the second year on September 14, 2009 . the program is a call for Canadians to nominate a coach for the esteemed honour of being named the Chunky MVC. The winning Coach will be awarded $25,000 in prizing for their athletes and community.
The Chunky MVC site allows individuals to nominate, become a fan and/or and leave personal testimonial about their favourite coach. To help bring the program to life, Chunky partnered with the Coaching Association of Canada (www.coach.ca) and TSN.
TSN and Coach.ca have done a great job driving to the Chunky MVC website, but kudos goes to the website audience who have broadcast their social activities onto their Facebook profiles. Each time someone signs up for the site, becomes a fan of a coach, or leaves a testimonial about a coach the information is broadcast into the newsfeed on Facebook. Friends see the comment, and have the ability to click on what their friend is doing, which takes them out of Facebook and into the Chunky MVC website.
Coaches from all over Canada are eligible to be nominated. They can be found with the help of a map on the Chunky MVC homepage that showcases over 300 coaches.
In the less than a month since site launch over 100 coaches have been nominated.Over 26% Referral rate from Facebook
Lets look at some impressive numbers. To date 26.86% of the visitors to Chunky MVC have come from Facebook . Of this group 75% are clicking on messages in their Facebook news feed, or from a friends profile. A further 5% have come from emails notifications that friends have sent from the Chunky MVC website.
By comparison , Coach.ca and TSN.ca have provided almost 21% of all referral visits (16.8% and 4% respectively) , and Google has contributed 4%.
Direct referrals have the single largest source of traffic. The direct referral traffic would include a) Un-tagged audience members, b) Users who have typed the URL in directly c) Ads that have linked directly to the website. TSN traffic would be understated as much of it would be included in the direct referral numbers.
With that in mind the Facebook Connect numbers stand out as the largest single source of traffic to the website.Why does Facebook Garner such high numbers?
People care about what their friends have to say! Word of mouth has always been and continues to be an effective way of getting your message out to the masses.(recall the 1980's shampoo campaign I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on and so on and so on" )
Facebook applications attached to marketing efforts in effect work as a new channel of viral marketing. Instead of having to breakthrough all the clutter of marketing messages to the universe, the marketers pass on the work to a smaller segment of the universe. Through personal recommendations (newsfeeds etc), the Campbell's brand and the MVC contest is being presented to an extended audience that may of otherwise dismissed the marketing effort all together. Think about this when designing your next concept.Why not drop the micro site and run the contest in Facebook?
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