Social Media vs Print Advertising in the food industry.

Social media > print advertising in the food industry.

According to the Grant Thornton International Food and Beverage report, ‘Hunger for growth: Food and Beverage looks to the future’, social media is now more important than print advertising in the food industry.

This is supported by figures which show 49% of food and beverage executives say social media is at the heart of attracting and keeping customers. 46% preferred print advertising.

Customers have access to social media 24/7 – so why not utilise this? Food and drink brands – whether they’re large or small – are using social media in ways such as launching new products, offering discounts and promoting competitions – and making it all exclusive to social media audiences!

For example, ‘Innocent’ smoothies have won first place in the top 100 social media list. They did this through various strategies:

#         Creating value for people – Instead of coldly sending messages, Innocent appealed to the customer by promoting their product as sustainable –  ‘We sure aren’t perfect but we’re trying to do the right thing’ This creates a desire to help the brand.

#         Responsive – replying to messages or comments improves the brand-customer relationship and targets the right audience (those commenting are usually those interested!)

#         Physical objects – Interacting with the customers through the products (as if they have personalities) engages and entertains the consumer. For example, the advert of a smoothie acting as a superhero!

As social media is usually for one’s spare time, consumers are more open to watch the videos, or follow the links – increasing website traffic! This digital presence also allows pages to be shared with anyone, gaining a wider audience and increasing brand awareness – a Twitter post can be shared and travel to other countries within seconds! This is much more than print advertising could ever do!

By Jessica Watkins – Marketme Social Media Account Manager.


Marketme is a leading small business to small business news, marketing advice and product review website. Supporting business across the UK with sponsored article submissions and promotions to a community of over 50,000 on Twitter.