Case Study: Tic Tac Launches Social Media Contest on Twitter

With high profile marketing blasts from favorite candies like Twix and Mike & Ike, the world of sweets has become a large adopter of social networks. This month, Tic Tac became the latest candy company to flex its social muscles. The brand has been making breaths friendlier since 1969, but hopes its latest Twitter campaign will “shake things up.”

The Campaign
The campaign centers around Twitter. Users are asked to share how they want to shake things up in their lives. Via the hashtag “#SIUPledge”, users include this pledge in a tweet with the words “I pledge to shake it up by…” as well as an image that illustrate themselves and their promise.

A search on Twitter shows a large number of entries:


At the end of the campaign, Tic Tac will view all entries to determine a winner. The winner is chosen based on a score looking at relevancy to theme, originality of the photo, clarity of the tweet, and the ability of the pledge to actually be completed.

A user is also selected weekly to be featured as an “entry of the week”- and shared via social platforms- albeit through some awful graphic design.

Tic Tac bad graphic design Facebook Bryan Nagy

How to Enter
Despite taking place on Twitter, the campaign’s starting point is actually on Facebook. Via a special section of the Tic Tac Facebook Page, users are introduced to the contest requirements and rules. Once they’ve done this, users must “like” the Tic Tac Page to be taken to a registration form for the contest. Upon completing the form, users are entered into the contest- all they have to do now is share their tweet!


How it’s Promoted
The campaign is promoted heavily through Tic Tac’s Facebook Page and Twitter profile. Multiple tweets and page posts refer to the contest, helping to drive entries. The main item missing is a presence on the Tic Tac website, although it is possible the traffic here is so low it wasn’t worth developing content for. Still, I would enjoy seeing an all-around integrated marketing campaign here.


What it Does

The campaign does a few things for Tic Tac:

  1. Requiring users to like the Tic Tac Facebook Page drives page likes, leading to increased exposure to future Facebook content posted by Tic Tac
  2. Using registration forms gathers customer data
  3. The use of a contest drives user engagement with the Tic Tac brand
  4. Incorporating Twitter hashtags makes for search-friendly results and garnishes increased likelihood users are reading each other’s posts, leading to an increased positive feeling towards the brand