The big question – how to meaningfully engage consumers on social media?

Mar 03 2012

Continuing from where we left off in the last topic, a little digging throws insights on what SpiceJet has been able to do on social media. Here are a few bullets which CMOs & marketing execs can draw from:

  1. Engaging posts every day – 3-4 on an average (seems like a reasonable frequency, definitely not over-the-top)
  2. Open ended questions very relevant to both the audience and the business which prompt users to key-in a response!
  3. Using polls for engagement and more importantly for research/analytics

But first off, lets start off with how consumers reacted to the announcement of the addition of Surat to the list of connections. 145 or so ‘likes’ and congratulatory comments are no mean feat. See below!

Examples from SpiceJet's FB engagement on #2 (open ended but relevant questions) are below. Notice the engagement levels (number of comments, likes etc.) which are one of the important measures for campaign effectiveness:

The response to the simple question above (both relevant and open ended) was huge with over 40 comments with suggestions. Similar response can be had with a 'quiz style' question which again is relevant to the audience and the business.. See example below which subtly announced the addition of Kathmandu as a connection, but through a simple quiz!

Or the one  below, again subtly but interestingly announcing new flights to Pune which had a similar effect...

Examples of #3 (research and analytics) include asking questions similar to a market research, which indicates popularity of destinations - a very actionable result for an airline. The below is awesome because this question evinced 980 responses and a hand full of qualitative comments. How much would this cost had SpiceJet engaged a multi-city market research firm? The best part is that the young upwardly mobile Sec-A audience is right here engaged on social mediums like facebook!

SpiceJet’s consumer-connect on Facebook leads to action

Mar 03 2012

Team GenY Medium will present (or re-present) some examples of companies who have used social media to their advantage. One such recent incident is from the beleaguered Airlines Industry in India. Selection of routes, cities, connections etc. is an involved optimization task. How does an airline estimate which routes to pick and which to leave.

SpiceJet Facebook casestudy


Well, given the overlap of airline travellers and their propensity to use Internet actively, monitoring online activity of consumers can lead to cues and potent data.  A group on facebook named “We want a working airport at Surat” which boasts of over 2000 members have been posting, blogging and commenting on the need for more connections from Surat. Seeing this consistent and growing demand on facebook, SpiceJet has decided to connect Surat with Mumbai, Delhi and Mangalore. Is this an emotional response? Unlikely because of 2 reasons.

First, all airlines are now thinking beyond the larger cities to Tier II cities. Surat is the second fastest growing city in India after Ghaziabad and is an important city in the fastest growing state in India (Gujarat). Data from social media networks such as facebook in combination with these macro factors make a very strong business case for selection of Surat in the list of cities connected by SpiceJet.

SpiceJet’s facebook page has over 300,000 fans and is a very active one – allowing users to discuss, comment and also book tickets. Better analytics, consumer demand understanding can lead to better prediction of load factors which today is the single biggest driver of profitability and sustainability for airlines. GenY Medium believes that digital media research and analytics is an important tool in the hands of marketeers as well as strategy folks to bring offerings more relevant to the consumers.