FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JetBlue Welcomes Customers to Their New Home in Long Island City
Long Island City, New York, March 4, 2015 - Tour the recently opened JetBlue headquarters and fly a simulator on Sunday, May 3 at 11 AM. Tell JetBlue where you want to fly by voting on the new JetBlue destination, which will be revealed after a lunch catered by Eventful.nyc and will feature dishes from various JetBlue destinations. Attendees will watch a sneak peek video on upcoming JetBlue insider plans. There will also be a raffle for two JetBlue tickets to any current destination. Tickets are $20, exclusive to TrueBlue members, and available on a first come first serve basis, so call today. Stay informed about upcoming events on JetBlue’s blog at http://blog.jetblue.com.
"Our commitments to our customers, crewmembers, and investors are all integrally connected and critically important to the long-term future of this great company,” says new CEO Robin Hayes. According to Hayes, this event is essential to keep JetBlue in touch with its customers and to keep the customers informed about their favorite American airline.
Founded in 1998, JetBlue is ranked in the top five low cost airlines. It is traded in the top 10% on NASDAQ. JetBlue focuses on "you above all." With over 82 destinations and a variety of added features, JetBlue provides an enjoyable, hassle-free trip. JetBlue puts the customer first with over 15,000 employees to assist you during your travels. As the first airline to offer live TV and Apple Pay, JetBlue is always progressive and looking for new ways to make your flight as comfortable as possible.
- U.S. Travel Association (Trade Association)
- Media (journalists, reporters, etc.)
- VIPs: Celebrities that fly JetBlue (Meryl Streep, Kristi Yamaguchi, Pauly D, Tyson Jackson)
- TrueBlue members
- 200 people total
- Tour of the Long Island City JetBlue Headquarters
- Luncheon to meet the new JetBlue CEO (Robin Hayes)
- Catering by Eventfull.nyc with stations with different foods from different JetBlue locations
- Sneak peek video on upcoming JetBlue insider plans (new destinations, wifi, larger planes, etc.)
- Vote for the new JetBlue destination
- Raffle for two JetBlue tickets to any destination with free entertainment and alcoholic beverages
- Flight simulation trials
- 10% of all proceeds on flights in the month of May go toward three main causes(youth education, environment, & scholarships for aviation-related education) - charities include, but not limited to, Soar With Reading, First Book, Carbonfund.org, One Thing That’s Green, and KaBOOM!
- JetBlue picture frames as gifts
- First Sunday in April at 11 AM
- Long Island City, NY - JetBlue Headquarters
- Create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and associate it with the JetBlue experience
- Emphasize the importance of keeping customers "in the loop"
- $20 per person for advance tickets, $25 per person when booking during the last week
Robin Hayes Speaking, Video, & Voting
- Company: JetBlue
- Products/Services: flights to over 82 destinations with free TV & snacks and more legroom
- Annual Revenue: $401 million
- Number of Employees: over 15,000
- Top execs: founded by David Gary Neeleman (August 1998), Joel C. Peterson (chairman), Robin Hayes (president, CEO, & director), Jefferey Martin (Senior VP of Operations), Mark D. Powers (Exec. VP & Chief Financial Officers), Eash Sundaram (Exec. VP & Chief Info. Officer)
o Robin Hayes: officially became the CEO Feb. 16th, 2015, 48 y/o, became a US citizen a few years ago, married to a British Airways exec.
o Headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, NY in the Brewster Building
- Markets served: people who want to travel comfortably at a low cost, usually people going on vacation (flying south to warmer weather)
- Company position in the industry: ranked #4 in the category of Low Cost Airlines
- What's different
o First to offer live TV
o First airline to start Apple Pay
- What's new
o Up to 100 channels of live TV & free wifi & power outlets
o Adding more seats on planes (up to 15 on some)
o Going to start charging for the first bag in spring 2015
o Adding more flight destinationso Bringing Angry Orchard on board (America's #1 hard cider)
o New CEO (Robin Hayes)
- What are your customers interested in
o Low prices
- What has your brand accomplished
o Fitch Ratings upgraded JetBlue from B to B+
o Chairman rated in top 10% on NASDAQ scorecard
o More legroom than any other airline in North America
- How has your company overcome adversity
o Trying to please Wall Street & customers - charges for the first bag but keeping other benefits (free TV, snacks, etc.)
- Social media
o Blog (Blue Tales)
o Fly-fi widget for wifi
- There’s not a lot of new airline companies, because it’s a mature industry
- Intense competition among current companies in the industry
- Maintain customer loyalty with current customers
- Bring in new customers that will be loyal to JetBlue
- Make them feel like part of the JetBlue family
- Show them why JetBlue they should fly JetBlue (features, awards, etc.)
- There's a "Contact Us" link at the top.
- Social media is listed at the bottom with number of followers/likes (not up-to-date though).
- There are 6 tabs to assist customers in booking flights ("Plan A Trip," "Manage Flights," "Where We Jet," "Travel Information," "TrueBlue")
- This is a section on the JetBlue website where customers can post their photos & share travel tips.
- The SoFly section has interesting facts about JetBlue with links so customers canrepost these facts on their social media accounts.
- This section also has a poll asking what customers do in the Caribbean (oneJetBlue destination).
- There are also quotes by customers.
- There's a link to apply for a job with JetBlue.
- This section resembles a Pinterest board (blocks of text and images that continueas you scroll down).
- Promotion of their hashtag (#JetBlueSoFly) is prominent in this section.
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JetBlue)
- There are posts at least once or twice a day.
- This page has over a million likes.
- The page has almost two million visits.
- This page also has photo & video tabs.
- Most of the posts have a photo.
- There's also a section on the front page where people can see other people's posts that mention JetBlue.
- They have almost 2 million followers.
- They have over 260 K tweets
- Their account is very active (tweets responding to customers' tweets that mention JetBlue).
- They also post photos (same photos as their Facebook page).
- They have almost 53 K followers.
- They only have 301 posts.
- They use the same photos as their Facebook page.
- They have over 7,000 subscribers.
- They group their videos into themes.
- One video has almost 2 million views, but most of the videos have between 400-1,000 views.
- They post about 3-4 times a month.
- The blog began in September 2008.
- There's no list for the number of views and it doesn't allow for followers.
- Each post has links to share posts on different social media.
JetBlue's strongest form of social media is twitter. They're the most active on twitter, and therefore, they have the most followers on twitter. JetBlue should interact as much on other forms of social media as they do with their twitter account. For instance, they could hold contests where followers post pictures of themselves on or near a JetBlue plane, and the one with the most likes wins a free JetBlue ticket.
JetBlue could also post more interesting bits of information or different photos or videos on different forms of social media rather than just reposting the same photos and videos on the different sites. They can still promote that they posted a new photo on Instagram or a new video on YouTube on the other social media sites, but they also need to incorporate new information too. If they do promote that they posted on another social media site, they should link it to that site to encourage followers on their other forms of social media rather than just reposting the photo or video.
On their website, JetBlue's social media is also difficult to find at the bottom of the page. In addition, it needs to be updated to reflect the correct numbers. Their social media information can be delivered in a more aesthetically pleasing way in terms of graphics that can be added to the website. Other than the listed social media, interaction is low, because the website’s primary goal is to book flights. A map of JetBlue destinations could be the opening page to draw in customers and increase interactivity.
Reposting people's photos or videos that fly JetBlue or retweeting positive tweets about JetBlue are also great ways to interact more with their customers. Furthermore, they need to be more active with their blog. It's a great source of information about JetBlue, but people can't follow the blog. There's no two-way flow of communication, because only JetBlue is posting and people can't comment or join in on the conversation. This can be remedied by adding a discussion section or a comment section and creating a feature so people can get updates when there's a new blog post.
The winning JetBlue destination from the JetBlue tour and luncheon will be announced on the blog, which will help generate more traffic to the blog, making people aware that it exists. People at the tour and luncheon can also take pictures at the event and the best photos or tweets can be reposted or retweeted to make people feel as though they are part of the "JetBlue family."
JetBlue can manage their social media accounts with Hootsuite. Using Hootsuite, the number of followers and views on JetBlue's social media accounts can be analyzed. Through this website, JetBlue can send posts at times when the majority of their customers will see it. JetBlue can also keep track when they gain the most followers as a helpful indication of what types of posts are the most popular.
Tell JetBlue where you want to fly
The press will be invited to cover this event in the media, including Airways Magazine, as well as the U.S. Travel Association, which is the airline trade association. Celebrities who have previously flown with JetBlue will be invited to this event to generate interest and maintain their customer loyalty. Celebrities who accept will be given three free flights. A twitter contest will be held to tweet the your favorite thing about JetBlue. Select winners will be chosen and they will be invited to tour the new JetBlue headquarters and have lunch with the celebrities who attend.
JetBlue wants people to feel as though they are part of the JetBlue family by taking their opinions into account and counting their votes on the new destination.
The winning destination will be announced on the JetBlue blog to increase the number of views the blog receives. Twitter will also play a major role during the event as well as Facebook and Instagram.
SMS for event:
TrueBlue members can vote on the destination prior to the event. People will talk about this to their friends, which will generate interest among social groups. The voting information, such as where to vote, will be advertised on all their social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. Attention will be drawn to the JetBlue blog where the winning destination will be posted. This destination will be announced at the event before it is posted on the blog.
JetBlue responds to most tweets with their Twitter account, so they will continue doing that. For instance, if a twitter follower posts a picture that says “Had a great time with JetBlue! Met Meryl Streep!” JetBlue can reply saying “So glad you had a great time!” JetBlue can also retweet positive tweets to make followers feel good and make them feel as if their tweets are important to JetBlue. JetBlue can take this interactive approach with Facebook and Instagram, responding to posts and re-posting some as well.
JetBlue’s event features a tour of their new headquarters and a luncheon. The event will be exclusive to people who are invited, such as the press, the trade association (U.S. Travel Association), stockholders, and celebrities who have flown JetBlue. However, on social media, there will be a contest for select winners to attend this exclusive event where they have the opportunity to have lunch with celebrities. Celebrities who attend will be given 3 free JetBlue first-class tickets to any destination of their choice to show JetBlue’s appreciation of their support. The celebrities who RSVP that they will attend will be announced on social media. Prior to the event, TrueBlue members will be able to vote on the new JetBlue destination, which will be publicized on social media. The destination will be announced at the event and on the JetBlue blog.
The main social media platform that will be used is Twitter for the social media contest. JetBlue will encourage their TrueBlue customers to tweet what they love most about JetBlue and use a hashtag to group those tweets together. This expands the JetBlue name on Twitter, because whoever participates and tweets, their followers will see their tweets about what they love most about JetBlue. Therefore, it broadens JetBlue on Twitter to more than just their followers. JetBlue will then choose select tweets and invite the user (as long as they are a TrueBlue customer) to attend the event. Anyone on Twitter can also search for tweets that contain that hashtag and see every tweet that contains that hashtag. Before the social media contest, Twitter among other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, will be used to encourage TrueBlue customers to vote on the new JetBlue destination. During the event itself, attendees can tweet about the event, using a hashtag, so people who aren’t attending the event can feel as if they’re there. To encourage tweets at the event, JetBlue will select a tweet from one attendee for a free JetBlue ticket to any destination of their choosing, including the new one that will be revealed at the event.
Throughout each step of the process, Hootsuite can be used to determine the success on social media. With Hootsuite, JetBlue can schedule to send tweets at the best time, which would be the time when the most people will see it. This will publicize the vote on the new JetBlue destination and after the social media contest to attend the event. All the social media accounts JetBlue has can be managed on Hootsuite as well. This will help when publicizing the vote on the new JetBlue destination, since this will be across various social media platforms. JetBlue can determine how many people click on the link to vote to determine which social media platform has the most active followers. Finding the platform with the most active followers is essential to promote customer interaction. In addition, Hootsuite allows you to target specific audiences with your social media posts. This will allow JetBlue to target their posts at people who enjoy traveling, which is their prime market. Hootsuite also provides custom profiles of their followers, which portrays the demographics of their followers and whoever favorites their tweets. In addition, Hootsuite offers a brand sentiment segment where JetBlue can see whether the interaction they’re receiving is positive, negative, or neutral. If the social media contest is a success, the brand sentiment segment should be mainly positive.
To evaluate the success of this campaign, I would record the brand sentiment each day at the same time and put it into a graph to hopefully see an increasing trend. Benchmarking this segment will generate the data for this curve. The steeper the curve, the more successful the campaign is. Hootsuite can extend beyond the event and assist JetBlue in the future. For instance, if they find that the most negative tweets are from businessmen complaining about crying babies on their flights, they might offer anyone who flies business class free headphones. Furthermore, Hootsuite can filter their social media newsfeeds to only show them posts that are of interest to them without having to scroll through the extra irrelevant posts. Finally, Hootsuite displays the trends. This relates to the social media contest, because if most people are posting about how they love the customer service JetBlue provides, this will show them the trending words. The social media contest will encourage community engagement, because people will be tweeting to JetBlue where their followers will see it, thus bringing them into the community. I would monitor the various aspects of Hootsuite throughout the campaign, but focusing on the brand sentiment segment and how many followers were gained throughout the campaign to see if other people’s tweets encouraged others to follow JetBlue.
The airline industry is a profitable industry in the U.S. although it took a hit after 9/11. Airlines can generate a profit by transporting either passengers or cargo. After the recovery period after 9/11, which took years, and the slight impediment after the 2008 recession, the industry began resuming its position as one of the most developed and successful industries. The strengths and opportunities in this industry outweigh the weaknesses and threats, which suggests positive outcomes for airline companies in the future.
There are many strengths to the airline industry that make it so successful. One of these strengths is that consumer spending has increased since the 2008 recession, so more people can afford to travel (Brennan). Since more people are traveling and oil prices are decreasing, many airline companies have the flexibility to raise their rates without losing revenue. Another strength is that airlines have software now that can assist them in filling as many seats as possible (Brennan). By flying at maximum capacity for each flight, airlines can maximize profits. In addition, they have new yield-management software, which can predict the demand for certain flights (Brennan). Airlines can use this software to price the flights as high as possible according to the demand the software predicts. Another new form of technology that benefits the airline industry is that airlines have the capability to figure out how to cut routes to make their flights as direct as possible (Brennan). This allows them to save on fuel costs, thus increasing profit. Furthermore, airline travel is much faster than other forms of transportation (Brennan). With the U.S. being so large, it is much more efficient for consumers to choose airline travel as their form of travel. Finally, airlines are now offering more route options for consumers, so people are more inclined to travel by plane (Brennan).
While there are many positive aspects for being involved in the airline industry, there are also some weaknesses that hinder profit. For instance, airlines have increased the prices of their add-ons to combat lost revenues from the 2008 recession (Brennan). This discourages some consumers from purchasing these add-ons, such as checking in an additional bag. It might come to that extreme point where consumers with a lot of luggage may choose a different travel option if the cost of getting to their destinations are more significant to them than the time they will arrive at their destinations. Airlines are also trying to save by reducing meal options and other in-flight services (Brennan). This could have a similar effect where consumers may choose other travel options if they’re unsatisfied with any particular airline’s service. Another weakness is that airlines’ employees are expected to drop at an annual rate of 0.3% (Brennan). This could have numerous effects, such as a longer wait at any point in the airport terminal or consumers feeling like there’s not enough assistance to get them through the process of airline travel. In addition, the airline industry is a mature industry (Brennan). In other words, there is very little room for growth or entrance into the industry if the company is not already established. The only advancement would be by out-competing current competitors. Lastly, the development for aircraft machinery is declining (Brennan). This also supports the notion that the airline industry is mostly set, so there could be a lack of growth in the future.
Although there are suggestions that the airline industry has already reached full potential, there are many factors that relate to how airline companies could actually prosper further. One opportunity that airline industries have is that companies are merging (Brennan). This reduces the amount of competition and allows companies to maintain their low prices without risking profits. Another opportunity researchers observed was that major airlines suffered heavy losses during the 2008 recession, except for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue (Brennan). Both of these airlines do not have a charge for the first checked in bag, so this could indicate that this benefit for consumers could maintain customer loyalty even during tough times. Furthermore, researchers noticed success in the corporate world correlates with more flights purchased by business customers (Brennan). Since corporate profit is expected to increase in 2015, it is likely that more flights will be purchased by businessmen and businesswomen (Brennan). Similar to that prediction, researchers have found that consumers’ income correlates with the amount of tickets being purchased (Brennan). Like corporate profit, consumers’ income is also expected to increase in 2015, which suggests that more tickets will be purchased and airlines will increase their profits (Brennan). More people are expected to travel to the U.S. as well (Brennan). This could indicate positive results for the industry, because then there is a larger market. In addition, people in remote locations fly out of necessity (Brennan). The demand in this specific segment of the industry’s target market suggests potential profits in the future. Finally, researchers have predicted that the industry is expected to increase at a 1.5% rate to $154 billion over the next five years (Brennan).
Though the airline industry appears to be prospering, there are also many factors that could threaten this industry. For example, the aggressive price competition in this industry could eventually lead to some airline companies not even being able to compete without losing profits (Brennan). Another threat is that this industry is extremely dependent on oil prices, and they tend to fluctuate often and rarely remain steady (Brennan). One sharp increase could cost an airline company significant profit. The increasing freight rates could also cost some companies profit if the rates are high enough that businesses choose to ship through other means (Brennan). In addition, although corporate profit is expected to increase, indicating more businessmen and businesswomen will be traveling, many corporate people prefer video conferencing as opposed to traveling (Brennan). Finally, after 9/11, people were afraid to travel by plane (Brennan). Even after this subsided, many people are still genuinely afraid of flying. If another terrorist attack of this magnitude occurs, this could have disastrous results for this industry.
Overall, the airline industry is in a promising place with the strengths and opportunities outweighing the weaknesses and threats. Those weaknesses and threats, however, should not be taken lightly, since one significant factor could lead airline companies to bankruptcy. Researchers have predicted positive results for the airline industry in the future though. Therefore, the airline industry will most likely stay profitable for existing airline companies.
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