- Baby’s Twitter page (screenshot #1 below and note 1;): This is a new effort launched Jan. 22, the same day the 2009 outtakes clip was released into the wild via YouTube and press release. The baby Tweeted a few times on the days leading up to the game, and a few since, but the funniest part was the 26 game-day Tweets that actually incorporated real-time events into the script. There are only 650 followers today, but that’s up 150 since Monday morning — not a bad start for a low-cost marketing tool.
- Baby’s Facebook page (screenshot #2 below): Also launched around Jan. 22, the E*Trade baby Facebook page already has 3,825 fans. The commercials are posted along with a photo album.
The E*Trade homepage has also been used before and after the game to take advantage of interest in the baby ads. The baby dominated E*Trade’s homepage the day after the big game (see screenshot #3 below of the Monday morning homepage).
Lessons for financial institutions
You don’t have to be a Super Bowl advertiser to use social media to support your advertising campaigns. Banks and credit unions of any size can use these relatively low-cost tactics.
Here are the eight key support elements to consider for your next campaign:
1. Press release
2. Blog entries
3. Facebook page
4. Twitter stream
5. YouTube page
6. Homepage placement
7. Landing page
8. Google keyword buys (see screenshot #4 below)
1. E*Trade baby Twitter page (link, 3 Feb. 2009)
2. E*Trade Facebook page (link, 3 Feb. 2009)
3. E*Trade homepage the morning after Super Bowl XVIII (2 Feb. 2009)
4. E*Trade is running Google ads on searches for “etrade baby”
(3 Feb. 2009, 6PM Pacific)
1. Thanks Jeffry Pilcher for the Twitter tip.
2. See our Online Banking Report: Bank 2.0 for more ideas.