Posts Tagged ‘socialmedia’

Bring Your Binoculars

March 17, 2010

I’m excited to be delivering an advanced social media workshop webinar tomorrow, Bring Your Binoculars, an EverythingCU.com 301 Workshop. I’ll be going beyond Twitter and Facebook 101 to explain how to link your social media efforts together to increase their impact, how to monitor what people are saying about you, and how to promote your events.

I’ll be using several CUs in the examples you can follow along with: Mt. Lehman CU in BC, Fairwinds CU in Orlando FL, and Public Service CU in Michigan. We’re spanning North America to bring you the info you need!

Divine providence?

January 24, 2010

Or just coincidence?

Friday, the conversation on EverythingCU and my blog was all about how to convince management to not be “dead-set” against social media involvement. Then yesterday, my mother sent me this article on Yahoo News: Pope to Priests: Go forth and blog.

Your interpretation?

Motrin gives itself a migraine no painkiller can cure

November 17, 2008

When I opened my laptop this morning (Sunday), #motrinmoms was number one on Twitter Search. My curiosity piqued, I had to find out what this was all about. I discovered:

Last night, Motrin put this video ad on its web site.

Within an hour, one mom got upset and twittered about it.

Less than an hour after that, the hashtag #motrinmoms hit number one on on Twitter Search.

And the floodgates opened. #motrinmoms is still number one, 24 hours later. (While writing this post, another 35 messages have been tweeted.) The total number of tweets on the subject is more than 2,000.

A mommyblogger created and posted this You Tube video and another made this one containing some of the tweets that had been flying all night.

Then the bloggers started blogging about it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and… well, you get the idea.

Laura Fitton, aka Pistachio, wrote about it, and this fun summary was written at Enterprise Social Media.

A spoof of the ad, mocking the ad agency, appeared on YouTube.

Finally, 20 hours after the offending video went live, the VP of Marketing for MacNeil Consumer Health Care, the parent company of Motrin (itself a division of Johnson & Johnson) took its site down and issued an apology.

Yet #motrinmoms is *still* number one on Twitter Search.

As Laura Fitton said, this is going to be covered extensively in business media, as a negative case study, for a quite a while.

There are many who don’t understand what the fuss is about. I will admit that when I first read the transcript of the ad, I didn’t find it terribly offensive. But after watching the commercial, I understood the concern much more clearly. Notice that there is a “cuckoo” sound effect that occurs directly after the line “tired & crazy.” But anyone who thinks this is overblown is missing the point. The point is not whether or not you personally find the ad offensive, or think that mommy bloggers/twitterers are overreacting, the point is that the ad HAS offended a significant portion of the target audience, and that this entire mess could have been avoided if a.) the ad agency had any empathy with moms and had a mom write an ad to promote the product to begin with or b.) was monitoring the blogo/twittersphere for mentions of its name.

Takeaway: whether or not you launch ANY sort of marketing campaign (but especially if you are), monitor your brand name in the blogosphere (using Google Alerts) and the twitterverse (using Twitter Search).

Update 11/17 12:50pm: The New York Times has an article this morning, Moms and Motrin.

The four phases of twitter

July 28, 2008

I’ve seen the pattern repeated over and over again when someone is introduced to Twitter for the first time. There are four classic phases:

Denial: There is NO way on earth I will EVER use a silly chat service like twitter. I have no use, time, nor place for it in my life.

Surprise: You mean my friends and colleagues are here? It’s not just teenagers with nothing better to do?

Acceptance: Okay, I like having twitter in my life. This is pretty cool.

Addiction: OMG Twitter is doooooooownnnnnnn!