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Challenge

In order to evolve the Horizon Organic brand beyond the dairy aisle, Horizon introduced new center-store products in 2014, including Macaroni and Cheese. Driving awareness and trial of these new Mac and Cheese products was essential for a successful launch, especially with moms, who make grocery purchasing decisions. The brand needed to connect with consumers in a way that helped moms understand the new products are an extension of the Horizon brand they’ve come to know and trust.

Solution

Linhart PR planned and executed an online “surprise and delight” program targeting consumers with a follower base of 500 on Twitter or 100 on Instagram to drive product awareness and trial. Consumers engaging in social media conversations about relevant topics, such as family dinners, were offered a free month’s supply of Horizon Mac and Cheese, along with other Horizon goodies, including coupons. Fans who received samples were encouraged to share their Horizon prize pack on their social channels. To continue creating positive brand awareness, Linhart PR encouraged consumers to visit Horizon’s Mac-N-Ator microsite in order to browse unique Mac and Cheese recipes to prepare, using the free product they received. From there, consumers were encouraged to share their fun and tasty recipe creations on social media using #MACNATOR.

Results

  • 80+ consumers with online followings of 1,000 or more received prize pack
  • More than 100 social and blog posts promoting the products, as well as the Mac-N-Ator microsite, were created by consumers who received free product -- 1.25 pieces of original social content per fan
  • Nearly 125,000 impressions were generated from the social media content
  • The program provided Horizon with new, timely content for its owned channels, since posts created by selected consumers were shared

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