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Starbucks #RedCupArt Influencer Marketing Report

Elise Yu

Nov 22, 2023

For nearly 20 years Starbucks has released a special edition of their cups around the holiday season. The company sets aside the labeled white cups and serves its drinks in festive red cups.

In this blog, we will take a look at the outcome of this campaign by presenting you with the #RedCupArt influencer campaign report.

What Is the #RedCupArt Campaign from Starbucks?

This holiday season Starbucks decided to make something special: they released a limited edition of the red cups decorated with 13 paintings made by customers from all around the world.

The painted cups are part of Starbucks’ #RedCupArt campaign, in which the company invites its customers to visit the stores, grab a plain red holiday cup, and paint their own masterpiece on it. When shared through Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #RedCupArt, the artwork can be featured on Starbucks’ popular social channels.

Starbucks' Smart Influencer Choices

To help jumpstart the social campaign, Starbucks reached out to creative illustrators and invited them to express their ideas over a holiday cup. Here are some of the influencers Starbucks connected with:

  • Heather Rooney is a self-taught Illustrator and a popular YouTuber with more than a million subscribers. From her demographics data, we can see that 64% of her audience is highly involved in drawing, art, and design.
  • Sam Larson is a fascinating artist from Portland. When looking at his all-time top content, it’s easy to notice his love for coffee cup painting goes way back. More than one-third of his audience are artists themselves.
  • Kelly Klapstein, a Lettering artist. Kelly posts on her popular Instagram channel lettering videos that are being watched by tens of thousands of people.
  • Pinot Ichwandardi, a well-known animator. Pinot knows the marketing industry from the inside out, from his work at the digital agency Vayner Media. The vast majority of his audience is into animation, sketching, and drawing.
  • Jesi is an artist with a colorful poppy style from Ohio. Take a look at her profile to get the full experience of her happy beautiful art.

And the list goes on and on. As you can see, Starbucks made well-informed choices with their influencer selection. They reached out to influencers with relevant expertise, especially those with highly engaged communities in the space of graphic design, drawing, and illustration. After making these choices, let’s see what the artists have created, and what was in it for Starbucks.

Screenshot of Starbuck's #RedCupArt influencer campaign

Measuring the Starbucks #RedCupArt Influencer Marketing Campaign Success

Gathering all the data about an influencer marketing campaign and measuring influencer marketing campaign success can be cumbersome. To overcome this burden, within Meltwater Influencer Marketing we recently launched a new smart feature that helps marketers get a full influencer campaign report with just one click of a button.

The new reporting feature sends the marketer a fully designed PDF report with the influencers' performance breakdown. The #RedCupArt influencer campaign was a great opportunity to test it out.

The first step to see the campaign results was to monitor mentions of the #RedCupArt hashtag. From that monitor, it was easy to curated a sample list of 15 influencers from the States and Canada, who shared updates with the #RedCupArt hashtag.

And then there was only one thing left to do – click the PDF Report button. Here’s what we got (feel free to click the influencers’ profiles and posts):

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As you can see from the report above, the selected influencers reached almost half a million people and nearly 100,000 engagements with their paintings.

But we shouldn’t stop here. One of the biggest insights to gain from the report is learning more about the impact each of the influencers made. You can dive into the report, and see how many times the influencer used the hashtag, how many engagements they got, and how many people they reached with the True Reach metric.

The data makes it easier to make smarter decisions in any future campaigns. With a better understanding of past performance, one can fine-tune the optimal number of influencers to work with, the number of posts they should share, the influencer selection, and much more.

For Starbucks, just one Instagram post from each influencer was effective enough to start the ripple and get the conversation around the campaign going.

Know Your ROI with Meltwater

Today, every company that works with influencers needs an easy solution to summarize their efforts and measure the campaign ROI. In the marketer’s hyperactive life, the 1-click-report is a powerful tool that effortlessly summarizes the influencers' performance.

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