Tag: Communication

The do’s and don’ts of marketing healthy food through social media.

Social Media and Digital campaigns can absolutely boost sales for food brands, even ones marketing healthy food. But not in the way we are used to. Brands must use social the way it was intended to be used—to talk TO consumers until they talk about YOU. In other words, talk to consumers in a way that gets them feeling more connected to your brand­­­ by demonstrating an understanding of what they to know, see, and experience. This shouldn’t be that difficult. They are very public. This has always been a challenge for brands, but it’s even harder on social....

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Re-modeling: The shift from skinny to fit and what it means for marketing healthy food

The way that consumers look at food is seeing a sweeping shift; we are now defining health based on fueling and strengthening the human body, not cheating it.   Going to the gym, eating well, and strengthening fitness has become the centerfold of today’s health campaigns. The affect it’s having on body image is not only fascinating, but it’s something marketers need to pay attention to (especially those marketing healthy food).   The message: super skinny doesn’t equal super healthy, and we’re seeing it everywhere – in food, fitness, and fashion.   Despite doubts and controversy, the fact that there...

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Healthy Food Marketing: Personalization Is Key

  What all consumers, but especially the valuable health-conscious ones want most these days is personalization. They want to feel like marketers understand them, and more importantly listen to and appreciate them. But attaining this aspect of personalization is growing more and more difficult for healthy food marketing as the health food category grows. So, how do you make a product feel personal, while still appealing to the masses? There are some companies that are doing an incredible job, and are really leading by example in showing us where brands are headed. Two MIT grads, Richard Yau and Joe...

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Healthy Food Marketing: Can Yesterday’s Diets Survive In Today’s World?

Healthy food marketers want to know- Is there still a place in the world for mainstream diet brands such as Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers, as consumers who used to call themselves dieters instead identify as health-conscious?   That’s a question these tried and true brands are asking. And here’s the question that I’m asking: Is a celebrity spokesperson still the best way to connect?   Marie Osmond for Nutrisystem, Kirstie Alley for Jenny Craig and now the spokeswoman of all spokeswomen-Oprah for Weight Watchers? Is it possible for the “Oprah Effect” to return Weight Watchers to its...

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Healthy Food Marketing: Health-Concious Millennials Crave Community

Everyone in healthy food marketing knows that Millennials are health-obsessed and goal-oriented, and being part of a bigger fitness community keeps them inspired and on-track.   Every day it seems that there are more and more ways to do that. The days of secret dieting and personal fitness plans are becoming a thing of the past. The Whole 30 diet is just one of many examples when it comes to eating plans.   Despite all the super-tough restrictions that are part of this plan, it has an incredible Millennial following. More evidence that they are serious when it comes to...

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Marketing healthy foods in today’s fragmented world

If you are a marketer, you know the days of messaging to a homogeneous target and broad/umbrella are gone. In order to break through and make a real connection today, all brands must understand this super-fragmented communication landscape. They need to leverage their available platforms to meet consumers right where they are and pinpoint the right message for that particular medium. That is no easy task, even when marketing healthy food.   We now live in a world where consumers are becoming increasingly complex; gender lines are blurred, stereotypical roles have been turned on their heads…and yet the expectation...

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Healthy Food Marketing Trends: There’s a more exciting way to find out what’s next

Marketers can spend a fortune on research when they are trying to uncover what health minded consumers will want next, or perhaps just take a quick trip to a city that’s always a few steps ahead.   For example: Portland, Oregon. Simply taking a walk in this trend zone might make research more robust and more exciting than merely looking at the latest statistics.  Healthy food marketing research just became more fun.   Coffee Portland takes their coffee really seriously (so not the place for those in a hurry!), and they know that high quality coffee is what consumers want....

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Marketing Healthy Food: The fight against excess sugar

  Marketers could learn a lot from yogurt brands like Siggi’s and Blue Hill. Not just what they are saying, but what they are doing while marketing healthy food. It’s pretty radical. These two brands are just a couple of the brands on a mission to retrain American taste buds. They are helping people to realize that their bodies don’t need near the amount of sugar they’re eating now. Both brands have been successful by being clear about what they stand for. Siggi’s is already making a huge impact in the category. Their tagline is simple and direct and...

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Marketing “Healthy” Food– It’s Not One Size Fits All

You can ask 20 people on the street what “healthy” means and you are likely to get 20 different answers. Especially when it comes to food. Between fad diets, changing food pyramids and the new “conscious lifestyle”, it’s enough to make your head spin—especially marketers embarking on uncharted territory. So what’s a marketer to do when they set out to put a healthy spin on their brand? Start with their target. For many, “ Healthy” may have an elusive and ever changing definition in the marketplace but the intentions behind it are often best communicated when they suggest ‘choosing...

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