Grey Poupon Makes a Case for Favoritism on Facebook

In the 1980s, Kraft Foods’ Grey Poupon formed an indelible image in our minds with its TV commercial set in the English countryside featuring one distinguished gentleman in a Rolls-Royce politely asking another for a jar of Grey Poupon. The commercial’s aspirational tone sparked a plethora of high-end condiment competitors, yet Grey Poupon has maintained its upscale image and popularity over the decades with a remarkable 97 percent awareness level among consumers. In an effort to introduce the mustard brand to a younger audience, Kraft is revisiting the popular theme through its new Grey Poupon Facebook page entitled, “The Society of Good Taste.” recently reported on how Kraft is giving a social media spin to a classic campaign.

Recalling the aristocratic tone of the TV spot, this new social media marketing campaign evaluates the pedigree of potential members’ Facebook pages to determine if they are worthy of joining this “Society of Good Taste.”

Candidates’ personal pages are thoroughly evaluated through a special algorithm that gives heavier significance to an applicant’s more high-minded pursuits, such as top-rated universities and upscale interests. It also checks for proper grammar and good manners. While a certain percentage of members are granted membership, some are denied, yet they are eligible to apply again and their persistence usually pays off.

While most brands focus on getting more ‘likes’ to prove their popularity, the use of such a selective approach in its social media marketing enables Grey Poupon to stand out amidst the all-inclusive tone of other social media pages while conveying the brand’s essence of exclusivity in a fun and memorable way. By carefully choosing its Facebook page members, the brand believes that it will instill a stronger sense of advocacy and greater loyalty among these fortunate few who will go far in influencing a new generation.

“We’re looking for a Facebook following that’s a little engaged,” said executive creative director Tom Markham of CP+B, the agency of record for Grey Poupon. “When you go after people who are tasteful and witty, you tend to get influencers.”

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