Ever wondered how wildcard content can break through the noise, boost engagement, and even elevate an entire campaign, all while keeping your audience guessing? We don’t just tell, we’ll show you with Coca-Cola as our example.
What is Wildcard Content?
Wildcard content can be described as content that deviates from your usual posting schedule or theme, often designed to capture new audience attention or create buzz.
Unlike your standard posts, which may be planned weeks or months in advance and follow specific marketing goals, wildcard content is often spontaneous, unpredictable, and incredibly engaging. It’s that ‘ace up your sleeve’ that keeps your audience guessing, engaged, and excited for what’s coming next.
How Does Wildcard Content Work?
When done correctly, wildcard content can stimulate high engagement, provoke discussion, and even go viral. Because this content is so different from your norm, it captures attention instantly. The unpredictability makes it shareable, and the engagement rates can exceed your expectations.
Coca-Cola: A Case Study in Wildcard Content
The Pink Coke Reveal
Remember when Coca-Cola shocked everyone by introducing Pink Coke? They already had a well-established brand persona revolving around the iconic red logo and the message of unity and happiness. So, when they launched a Pink Coke can out of nowhere, it stirred up quite the social media storm. This is a classic example of using wildcard content to make a massive impact.
Christmas in July
Coca-Cola, known for their heartwarming Christmas ads, surprised their audience one summer with a ‘Christmas in July’ campaign. By doing something unexpected, yet tied to their brand’s heritage, they created a massive engagement spike.
During the pandemic, when everyone was locked down, Coca-Cola launched a spontaneous #OpenForSummer campaign, providing suggestions for enjoying the summer safely. The campaign wasn’t aligned with any specific product launch or seasonal promotion, making it a wildcard that got people talking.
The Point is, Great Brands Use Wildcard Content All The Time
The beauty of wildcard content is its ability to adapt.
Whether leveraging emerging trends, tapping into current news, or playing off insights from audience interactions and user-generated content, brands like Coca-Cola masterfully use wildcard content to keep their messaging fresh and engaging.
How Creatrix Can Help You Generate Your Next Wildcard Campaign
For instance, let’s say the top Coca-Cola posts for the past quarter have revolved around nostalgia and feel-good moments, with a particular focus on family gatherings. Creatrix’s analytics tools can delve into this data, examining likes, shares, comments, and even the tone of the comments to understand why these particular posts have performed so well.
Creatrix-Powered Prediction: #CokeFamilyReunion
Based on this data, Creatrix might predict that a wildcard campaign focused on a surprise “Coca-Cola Family Reunion” event would capture audience attention. In a twist, Coca-Cola could invite fans to submit their own family stories for a chance to win a real-life family reunion party sponsored by Coca-Cola. The campaign could be announced spontaneously across social media platforms, capturing the element of surprise integral to wildcard content.
Why It’s Predicted to Work So Well
- Engagement: Family has been a proven theme for Coca-Cola, making it likely that an extension of this theme would engage the audience.
- Unpredictability: As a spontaneous campaign announced out-of-the-blue, it would create buzz and get people talking.
- User-Generated Content: By involving the audience in the campaign through story submissions, Coca-Cola creates a ripple effect of engagement, where every shared story becomes a mini wildcard post within the larger campaign.
Disrupt the routine and catch attention.
With predictive tools like Creatrix, you can not only gauge what type of wildcard campaign might work but also predict its impact, creating a strategy that’s both spontaneous and smart with heart. (At Malva Media Heart Smart content is our goal and that means making ART above content churn.)
Elevating a Creatrix-Generated Content Strategy
Transforming Data-Driven Strategies into Visually Stunning Campaigns:
Leveraging Data from the 3rd Most Popular Post of Coke’s Audit, Creatrix gave us Content Strategy 3: “Painting the Town Pink”.
This campaign wasn’t born in a brainstorming session or conjured out of thin air; it was meticulously crafted based on data analytics.
Creatrix pinpointed the exact elements that made Coca-Cola’s third most popular post a hit. From the color schemes to the tempo and even the cultural elements, each aspect was carefully analyzed and then incorporated into a broader campaign strategy.
The Real Magic: Mixing the Best Elements
Coca-Cola’s Real Magic campaigns have been known for their cultural relevance and artistic infusion. This new wildcard strategy takes those elements and reimagines them in a visually arresting setup.
Think of it as taking the essence of what worked before and giving it a new lease on life — a dynamic amalgamation of visual art, pop culture, and the age-old charm of Coca-Cola.
Why It Works: Unifying Popular Campaign Elements
- Visual Impact: The vibrant pink and dynamic visuals ensure that this campaign is eye-catching and memorable.
- Cultural Relevance: Incorporating graffiti and paint parties adds a layer of cultural richness, making it relatable and trendy.
- Engagement: By taking proven elements from popular posts, Coca-Cola ensures that this campaign will resonate with its target audience.
The brilliance of this campaign lies in its ability to be both data-driven and creatively expansive. It’s a shining example of what can happen when analytics meet artistry, proving that when powered by Creatrix, the only limit to your social media campaign’s success is your imagination.
Injecting Artistic and Cultural Fusion
At Malva Media, we’d take this campaign a step further by involving actual street artists and graffiti experts.
Imagine cityscapes transformed into stunning canvases of pink, courtesy of skilled graffiti artists. Add to this the spectacle of powered smoke paint parties, a fast-paced, colorful extravaganza that combines visual appeal with cultural fusion.
While this campaign could be AI-generated, cartoon style, or a multitude of options we believe that the more human the better.
Let AI like Creatrix give creatives the data to support bold ideas and then let humans make them come to life.