How The HoneyBaked Ham Company is using gamification to engage with their followers.

Kaitlynn Crane 08/11/15 - 2:38 pm

Since 1957, The HoneyBaked Ham Company has been providing the entrees we all know and love. But now, they’re giving us even more—a chance to have fun on their Facebook page.

As early adapters of gamification, their page is full of fun opportunities to play.  And as the company’s social media advertising agency, we think the visuals are just as fun to create. In fact, one of our favorite concepts to develop is one of the most well-received. We’ve named it “Spot the Differences,” because that’s exactly what users are asked to do. In the image below, seven details have changed from the picture on the left to the picture on the right, and as you can see, many fans played along. (Are you playing, too? See if you can spot all seven, and then check out our answer key.)


It doesn’t take long to see how delicious a meal from HoneyBaked is, but it may take you a little longer to see the differences between these two photos. Can you spot all seven?

Posted by The HoneyBaked Ham Company on Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Now, let’s get into the Christmas spirit. With winter holidays being peak season for the products, we knew it’d be easy to share photos of beautiful Hams and Turkey Breasts every day of the week. But, would they reach enough people? Would they increase engagement? We weren’t sure. So, we put our game faces on—developing another new series for their Facebook page. Knowing how popular the rebus used to be in newspapers and magazines, we brought it back to life, spelling out classic Christmas songs with icons instead of words. Almost 2,500 people guessed a song title, with most guessing correctly. (If “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” was their answer, they were winners.)


Can you name that holiday tune?

Posted by The HoneyBaked Ham Company on Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Now, we know what you’re thinking. Isn’t there a way to weave the personality AND the product together? And to that, we say absolutely. In an effort to promote shipping (did you know you can ship a HoneyBaked Ham anywhere in the U.S.?), we sent our Ham packing. In this postcard series, we captured it in cities all over the country—in major markets, of course—and then asked our fans to guess where it was. On this day in particular, more than 170 people tested their knowledge, and they found out the following day that the HoneyBaked Ham was hanging out in San Francisco, California.


Because HoneyBaked ships anywhere in the U.S., the Travelin’ Ham can go all over the country. Today, it’s high atop a…

Posted by The HoneyBaked Ham Company on Friday, November 21, 2014


Another series we continue to execute is Table Trivia. It’s easy. It’s educational. And it’s fun. By asking our audience questions related to current events and key holidays, we ask them to engage with us. And many do just that.


Which president made Thanksgiving an official holiday?

Posted by The HoneyBaked Ham Company on Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The same is true for our Family Food series. As an imitation of Family Feud, we pose questions about HoneyBaked, and our fans give us answers. In this instance, we asked, “What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name HoneyBaked?” And as a result, almost 250 people told us their favorite things about the brand.


How about a game of Family Food? Tell us your four guesses in the comments below.

Posted by The HoneyBaked Ham Company on Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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To see how other brands are using gamification to increase engagement, visit the original post in this series.

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