Engaging You Toes Up.

Engaging You Toes Up.

Crocs

I was invited to a closed-door Crocs’s blogger event two weeks ago jointly organised by Lewis PR and Salesforce for Crocs. It was held in the cozy lounge of The Screening Room. The handful of guests were served with a comfortable selection of gourmet tapas.

To be really honest, I was never a fan of Crocs, much less to say that I even liked it. I thought it was a product over-priced, overly-hyped, a fad and ugly. As a member of the individualistic generation, obviously I do not enjoy wearing something that is so highly recognizable and everyone seem to be owning. Those were my introduction lines to JP, the Event Specialist of Crocs Singapore, when asked about my impression of the brand.

CrocsIdeas.com

The main objective of this event is to gather feedback on a new engagement site Crocs has designed as an effort to hear consumers’ wants and needs. Hence the birth of CrocsIdeas.com. Singapore is chosen as the testing ground for this pilot project before it is being officially launched worldwide. CrocsIdeas.com is generated by Salesforce and works on the same platform as Dell’s IdeasStorm. The concept is for users to suggest what they hope to see or have in the products or innovations that can potentially be executed to improve it. Then, users can also “promote” or “demote” the item according to their individual likings. Although not all suggestions may be feasible for production, but if certain items on the list gains popularity, the Crocs team will reply and look into it. If an idea has been adapted, the user will be given credit and possibly find THAT very product in their mailbox when it is launched.

Dell has always been the frontier in adapting social media in its business strategies. Dell’s IdeasStorm is an astoundingly successful project and more than 350 ideas from consumers has been implemented since the site was first launched. Another brand that has modelled after Dell based on the same platform, is Starbucks and it has received many positive feedback on the initiative.  Perhaps a shoe-brand like Crocs may receive less attention but such an attempt is a good start and I foresee it could snowball positively if adequate marketing and integration with the parent site is implemented effectively. What Crocs should be careful is not to leave it unmanaged and allow it to become another white elephant. Most brands get excited in the preliminary phases but the efforts are not carried through thereafter. A common feedback about Dell’s IdeasStorm is that there is lack of interaction and engagement from Dell’s marketing team on the site. Which, is something I casually voiced out to the marketing team of Crocs. Consumers generally do not enjoy talking to an “administrator” or a “logo”. Putting a face to a response helps in bridging the relationship. And such loyalty is what brands really want to establish over the long period.

Genuinely, there are things to be excited about in Crocs’s new range of footwear. I hated the classic design because I had no idea why I am paying so much for a piece of plastic. Apparently, I was convinced I’m wrong. Crocs are recommended footwear designed for therapeutic relief for a number of foot conditions. Did you know that? Well, that’s pretty new to me indeed. The intention is for you to feel like you are walking in the air when you wear them. I may be weird, but I didn’t really like weightless shoes. However, I tried on a few pairs and hmm… I don’t hate them. I am convinced that I can give them a second chance. Most importantly, they understood they had to innovate and explore a wide variety of designs for different people. No one shoe fits all but everyone should find a shoe that fits them. “Shoe the World”, that’s what Crocs is trying to achieve. But the common perception of Crocs in Asia has been mixed extremes. Will the strong image of Crocs as simply a fashion fad cover the true quality of what seems to be like a down-to-earth wear? It would be too early for a baby brand like this to say if it will be successful but there are some headways made as far as I can see.

And to end it off, here’s a preview of some unreleased Crocs design.

New Crocs

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5 thoughts on “Engaging You Toes Up.

  1. Joyce Chiong

    Thanks for the report! I have always have a mixed feeling about Croc shoes, I like them cos they are like and they look really good FOR my feet, but I don’t like the way they look ON my feet. LOL!

    It is bold of Crocs to start the ball rolling in Singapore, and I agree with you. Them marketers better sustain the initiative and maintain both their’s and the consumer’s interest on the developments, because otherwise, it’d just be another campaign to spend marketing dollars with, with no added value added to the brand.

  2. Such a feedback platform could become a norm in the next five years. And when that circle becomes saturated, it may then become obsolete. Having a dedicated team to look after it, review, respond and maintain is always challenging. Hopefully the US-led Crocs will prove Asia wrong and bring the SOCIAL back to Media.

  3. Allanjit Singh

    Interesting share. Will have to agree with you on need for enterprises to share their “human” side when interacting with customers. As much tolerance that we have for virtual interfaces these days, nothing beats seeing a friendly face on screen and delivering a response with some personality.
    There’s great potential for the Ideas site, lets hope they keep up the personal touch when it launches globally.

  4. Belinda – this article is very insightful.. and it is amazing how you have captured the very things we talk about and discuss within the marketing walls day to day. We realize we are a young brand and we do not have all the answers to our customer’s needs yet; we believe this site will help us to get there.

    Hope you enjoy your Lydia’s when the arrive – thanks for coming to the event and giving crocs a “2nd chance”… 😛

  5. Hello JP

    I enjoyed exchanging the marketing ideas with yourself and Megan over at the event the other day. It has been a great experience for me too. And somehow I’m pretty positive about the directions your team is going. I believe Crocs will imprint a stronger brand equity over time.

    I’m definitely looking forward to my pair of Lydias. And hey… a white Axis for ladies too!

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