California Avocados Take to Social Media for Winter Games

  • Mar 15, 2018

With the winter games capturing the attention of the nation and the world, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) created a social media marketing campaign to help kick off California avocado season. The program started a few days before the games’ opening ceremony and showcased California avocados leading into their 2018 season, taking advantage of the social engagement the event generates.

The initial stage of the campaign centered on the official start of the games. As different nations’ teams entered the arena during the winter games opening ceremony prime-time event, CAC shared tweets highlighting California avocado guacamole recipes that featured ingredients specific to the entering country. To increase consumer engagement, the tweets tagged each respective country’s Olympic committee using the #OpeningCeremony hashtag, along with CAC’s own #OpeningSharemony hashtag. Leading up to this activation, CAC shared and promoted teaser videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spark excitement.

“The Opening Ceremony is the most tweeted-about moment of the winter games, and we wanted to ensure that California avocados were a part of that conversation,” said Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission vice president marketing. “With 19,500 social engagements (such as “likes” and “shares”), 87,000 video views and 1,280,000 social impressions, CAC’s program was effective and very efficient.”

CAC’s winter games social program continued through the closing ceremony of the winter games on February 25. One component featured communications by renowned registered dietitian, Mitzi Dulan, who is an award-winning sports nutritionist and a best-selling author. Dulan created several post-exercise recovery recipes and tips featuring California avocados, including California Avocado Pineapple Recovery Smoothie. She shared these usage ideas via CAC’s social channels and blog during the winter games, noting that avocados can act as a "nutrient booster" by helping to increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K and E.

Dulan was the team sports nutritionist for the 2015 World Series Champions, Kansas City Royals, working with them for 11 seasons and was the team nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs over eight seasons. Her posts on behalf of the Commission utilized her sports nutrition expertise and showcased easy recipes for athletes of all levels.

Award-winning sports nutritionist Mitzi Dulan created post-exercise recipes featuring California avocados as part of the Commission’s winter games promotions.

This California Avocado Pineapple Recovery Smoothie created by Mitzi Dulan can act as a post-exercise “nutrient booster.”

During the winter games opening ceremony, CAC tweeted California avocado guacamole recipes featuring ingredients specific to entering countries.

To celebrate the winter games, the Commission shared this meatless avocado power bowl recipe on its social media channels.

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