The Swift Lift: How Taylor Swift Boosts Brands’ Social Media

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Taylor Swift, the reigning queen of pop, has taken the world by storm in the last year with her record-breaking world tour, her movie lighting up theaters, and her constant attention from the media. 

She's not just famous; she's at that untouchable level of fame that very few celebrities will ever reach.  

But what does that mean for your brand? Well, if you're not already in on the action, it's time to hop on the Taylor Swift train. 

Leveraging the pop culture phenomenon that is Taylor Swift can turn your social media campaigns into hits that resonate with the young, passionate audience your brand craves.

(Disclaimer: We aren’t liable for any eye-rolling that occurs from the excessive Taylor Swift puns that lie ahead.)

Sparks Flew with These Brand Posts

Let's dive into some real-world examples of how brands have expertly harnessed the Taylor Swift phenomenon to amplify their digital presence. 

These posts demonstrate the art of blending Swift's fame with brand identity, resulting in social media content that not only entertained audiences but also contributed to business success. 

It’s a “Seemingly Ranch” Story

Perhaps the biggest and most hilarious example is the "Seemingly Ranch" phenomenon.

Back in October, while Taylor Swift was attending a Kansas City Chiefs football game, a popular fan account on X posted that Taylor was “eating a piece of chicken with ketchup and seemingly ranch!”

Multiple brands jumped on this, with Hidden Valley Ranch changing their username to “Seemingly Ranch,” and Heinz creating limited edition bottles of Ketchup and Seemingly Ranch. 

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This post went viral, generating nearly double the engagement they receive on an average Instagram post. 

Is It Over Now? More “Seemingly Ranch”

Food brands really went hard on this one. 

Lay’s also leaned forward into the “seemingly ranch” meme by creating a fake mockup of a new flavor of their chips. 

This post currently has 1.2 million views, with their usual post views only being in the thousands. 

Arby’s jumped in as well, recreating Swift’s plate from the viral photo with their own chicken wings. 

This post currently has over 5 million views, with their usual post views being less than 50k. 

Gold Rush: The NFL Cashes In

The whole world, it seems, has been watching Taylor Swift’s attendance at the Chiefs games. 

The NFL social media accounts have cashed in on this opportunity, of course. One Taylor Swift GIF they shared on X garnered more than 11 million views.

Her appearances have also led to a reported increase in NFL ratings and viewership. The game she attended on Sunday, October 1 of last year drew in 27 million viewers, the most-watched Sunday show since the 2023 Super Bowl

Now that the Chiefs will be in the Super Bowl this year, we’re sure millions of eyes will be watching to see if Swift attends to support her boyfriend Travis Kelce

We’re curious to see what marketing opportunities brands will jump on to take advantage of Swift’s appearance at the most-watched sporting event of the year. 

Never Go Out of Style

One brand that quickly jumped on the Swift marketing train was KidSuper Studios, who designed an outfit that Travis Kelce was wearing in one viral video of him and Swift leaving a Chiefs game last year. 


p solid day for the two of them 🫡 #taylorswift #traviskelce #kansascitychiefs #nfl (via JarrettPayton/X)

♬ original sound - NFL

The matching jacket and jeans set were originally named “The Bedroom Painting,” but the brand renamed it to “1989 Bedroom Painting” after this video went viral. The set has since sold out. 

We’re in Our Engagement Boost Era

Random has even joined in the Taylor fun, with our rendition on one viral meme back in September.

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This was a top post on our channels that month, and it even received 18% more engagement on our Facebook compared to previous months. 

Question…? How Can You Apply This to Your Content?

In the world of Taylor Swift-themed marketing, speed is your ally. 

Taylor's cultural moments can come and go in the blink of an eye, so you should have a process in place for expedited approval of reactive posts. 

While we're not suggesting hiring a whole team dedicated to your Taylor-themed endeavors, we wouldn't mind having one ourselves.

Dear Reader: Authenticity is Key

Before you sprinkle your content with Taylor Swift references, remember this: authenticity is key. 

Ensure that her presence in your brand's social posts is genuine and resonates with your audience. If you're not well-versed in Taylor Swift's lore, it's best to tread carefully. 

Using the power of Taylor Swift comes with great responsibility – make sure you're handling it delicately.

Long Story Short: Be Swift and Genuine

When it comes to leveraging the power of Taylor Swift in your brand's social media content, the key is to be swift, genuine, and mindful of your audience

Just like Taylor herself, who has mastered the art of reinvention and staying relevant, your brand can find its place in the digital spotlight by embracing the Taylor Swift phenomenon. 

We’ve got a blank space, baby, and we’ll write your name. Our social media experts at Random are ready to turn your next social campaign into a wonderland of success. We’d be enchanted to work with you. Reach out below! 

Why Your Business Will Be Better if You Listen to Taylor Swift

As the world is taken by storm, yet again, by Taylor Swift, we should all take note of what she, as a businesswoman, keeps getting right. With the re-release of her Red album breaking records and popping up in everyone's feed Taylor continues to deeply connect to her audience and make an overall impact on the world. By looking closely, it's obvious why“she listens.

Her fans knew she would be re-releasing her albums, but Red held a special place in their hearts. Not only was it Taylor's first dip into pop but on social media, since its original release in 2012, the album took on a life of its own (despite being one of her least awarded works). A whole autumnal aesthetic was created around it. The emotional song-writing was worshipped by writers and fans alike. And the longest song on the album, All Too Well, became a fan favorite.

Now nearly ten years later Taylor took back all that feedback and put it into practice with Red (Taylor's Version). She finished building that universe the fans built around the album. She released the original ten-minute version of All Too Well. She made a short film around the song. She made a music video for a never-heard-before song on the album, I Bet You Think About Me, and left subtle references to the storytelling in other songs.

Taylor embraced public feedback. She took what was important to her audience and let them know she was listening by giving them what they wanted and maybe a little bit more. This not only brought her great success but a deeper, stronger connection with her fans.

In the case of a business, this translates into observing your target audience. What's important to them? Is there something they're interested in? Is there something currently happening in the world that matters to them?

Listening to people and taking their opinions into account breeds loyalty and appreciation. It also makes your brand feel smart and human. 

With Red (Taylor's Version) gathering so much attention in the media and jumping to the top of the charts, brands like Starbucks, Sour Patch Kids and Target took advantage of a huge part of their customer base being fans of Taylor. A lot of them used humor, dishing out jabs to the possible ex-boyfriend that inspired Taylor's songs.

It all goes back to giving the people what they want. Sometimes it's not even about your brand, but about forming a community and a genuine bond with your audience. And liking the same things brings people together. Agreeing that All Too Well was a masterpiece that tore us all up is more than enough proof of trustworthiness.

If you're looking for help building a community around your brand, reach out to our team today. We're also available to chat about Taylor Swift any time.