Influencers Plays A Crucial Role In Feeding America’s Social Media Activities

By Andrew Flaherty, Allison Fortney, and Skylar Nicholson

Of Feeding America’s primary competitors, World Central Kitchen is the largest competitor with 42% of the share of voice measured on Twitter from January 1 – September 10, 2020.

From our analysis of Feeding America’s Twitter content, as well as comparative data from competitors like World Central Kitchen (WCK), we found several key performance indicators (KPIs) that can increase the impact of Feeding America’s social media content. The first KPI is the share of voice analysis. From our review of World Central Kitchen, Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, United Way, and YMCA, we found that World Central Kitchen held a comfortable margin of the conversation between January 1st and September 10th of 2020. We found two additional KPIs that we believe are related to the advantage that World Central Kitchen maintains. 

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The second KPI that we believe can contribute to the success of Feeding America’s social media is the use of designated influencers or spokesperson(s). The founder of World Central Kitchen uses his personal Twitter account to provide updates on the organization, contribute original content, and form personal connections with stars of pop culture. In the linked example, Chef Andres includes Lin Manuel Miranda and the popular Broadway production, Hamilton, in his content. The “behind the scenes” content makes this video engaging, real, and the references provide relatability to the audience. World Central Kitchen is able to connect with their audience long-term by creating a “household” connection. 

Out of all the posts Feeding America has sent out since January 1 – September 10, 2020 (N=277), not including retweets or replies, 60% of posts do not include a hashtag. Among top performers of themes, hashtags pertaining to pop culture perform best.

The connection that WCK creates can reach (and engage) with larger audiences because of one other notable KPI – unique, themed hashtags. In the example above, the hashtags are #RecipesForThePeople and #ChefsForAmerica. These two themes allow World Central Kitchen to create conversations based on the content that they put out.

Contrast this with this donation Tweet from Feeding America or this Parks and Rec reunion Tweet and notice that these hashtags are broad and mostly untargeted. While a hashtag such as #COVID will enable Feeding America to reach a larger conversation, it may not correlate to more engagement. We believe that generating some hashtags to carry out a conversation, like the one around Parks and Rec, would allow the audience to contribute to a “household” conversation. One example might be something like #PlatesForPawnee to celebrate donating to Feeding America during the reunion month.