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Russell Stover readies GIFs, Instagram ‘bunny hunt’ for Easter (MC)


Russell Stover’s social media campaigns arrive as millions of Americans face the possibility of not seeing loved ones on Easter, the biggest time of year for giving chocolate as a gift. The chocolatier’s Instagram challenge and virtual hugs on Giphy give the brand a way to participate in conversations among consumers who have become much more reliant on social media to stay connected with friends and family during the pandemic.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is digital marketing?
  2. Why do brands engage in digital marketing activities?
  3. Why do you think Russell Stover chose to launch a social media marketing campaign tied to Easter?
  4. What is consumer engagement? How might this campaign help Russell Stover to boost its levels of consumer engagement?
  5. Why do you think the brand chose to launch the bunny hunt promotion on Instagram instead of Facebook or Twitter or Snapchat? Why do you think they partnered with Giphy? Explain your answers in the space below.
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.