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Avocados From Mexico dominates SXSW social media chatter

Avocados From Mexico returned to South By Southwest with a happiness-fueled influencer campaign that drove widespread SXSW-related engagement.

According to data from the social media monitoring company SimplyMeasured, AFM’s #AvoHappiness activities generated more than 90,000 mentions, which resulted in over 1.6 billion impressions for the “Always in Season” brand. This impressive engagement allowed the Avo Happiness message to become a significant driver of SXSW-related online conversation, extending beyond the festival with an estimated potential reach of 23 million.  afmlogo

SXSW was an ideal time for AFM to engage new audiences, and their participation continues the brand’s commitment to connecting with consumers in unexpected ways.  AFM’s attendance was focused on showcasing the always-in-season fruit, and how the brand embraces innovation and new technologies — specifically around personalization. The brand did this through introducing SXSW attendees to its one-of-a-kind, kitchen of the future, avocado vending machine called the Avo-Matic.

The Avo-Matic features four computer screens where attendees could select their favorite ingredients to create the perfect, personalized avocado dish. Minutes after selecting their favorite ingredients, their avo-concoction would appear.  All the while, consumers were able to engage with intuitive Artificial Emotional intelligence software — inserted into the Avo-Matic’s ordering screens — to help them reach a maximum level of happiness — what the brand refers to as “Avo Happiness”.

Avo Happiness wasn’t just available to the consumers attending SXSW, but also online for desktop and mobile users too. Avocados From Mexico partnered with its web developer, Wealthy Mind, and Affectiva, to also create a customized experience using cloud-based emotion detection APIs to send people's selfies to the cloud for real-time analysis. The result was a first-to-market emotion-enabled experience so anyone, anywhere could enjoy Avo Happiness.

"We are always looking for unexpected ways to push our brand and raise awareness for all that avocados offer," Ivonne Kinser, digital marketing director of Avocados From Mexico, said in a press release. “The Avo-Matic proves this point two-fold, as the activation found the intersection between great, tasty, customized dishes and showcasing how we’re incorporating the latest innovations into our brand strategy.”

As a pop culture trailblazer in the produce category, Avocados From Mexico also sponsored SouthBites, an annual event featuring the best food trucks from Texas and across the United States. This year, all the food trucks participating infused avocado dishes into their menus, giving guests the opportunity to engage with various cuisines while still enjoying the always-in-season, deliciousness of avocados.

In addition, the brand hosted a VIP culinary experience with acclaimed chef Kent Rathbun and treated attendees to fresh guacamole at local Austin restaurant, El Naranjo. Through all of Avocados From Mexico’s on-the-ground activations, it’s estimated that nearly 23,000 attendees interacted with the brand during SXSW.  

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