Social media failsWhat happens when things go wrong and how to fix it
As well as knowing when your brand needs social media, and what platform it’s                              best suited to....
Brands are no longer in control                                    THE MOMENT A                                   BRAND OP...
“Consumers can now openly challenge brands in an environment   where there is scope to make a massive amount of noise.”“Co...
Where can it go wrong?There is a big list of ways that social media end in disaster, but we will take a lookat examples th...
Human error
Chrysler              THE TWEET WAS             DELETED AFTER A            COUPLE OF MINUTES             BUT IT WAS LONG  ...
American Red Cross                        SIMPLE CASE OF                      TWEETING FROM THE                       WRON...
Vodafone               ONE OF THE               COMMUNITY           MANAGERS WENT ON              A BREAK AND A           ...
VodafoneThe results were quick and damaging for Vodafone. The employee was suspended, thousands of userstweeted their outr...
Rules to avoid human error1. Need to have approval and sign off processes in place...and always double   check after the u...
Misjudging the audience
Kenneth Cole                 THIS SHOWS THAT                  EVEN WITH THE                  OWNER OF THE               BU...
Ragu         RAGU TWEETED AT         INFLUENTIAL DADS        WITH A SHORT VIDEO        BASHING DADS FOR             NOT BE...
Rules to avoid misjudging the audience1. Think before you post.2. Really think before you post!3. Is what you are about to...
PR disaster
Nestle v Greenpeace                         GREENPEACE                       LAUNCHED AN ALL                        OUT AT...
Nestle v Greenpeace                      RATHER THAN ADOPT                        A STAND POINT OF                      DA...
Nestle v Greenpeace                                 Share price                  1.5 million  200K emails                 ...
Kryptonite             TOUTED AS BEING THE              MOST SECURE BIKE                 LOCK ON THE               MARKET,...
Rules for avoiding a PR disaster1. Depending on the scale of the issue, you might have to resign yourself to   damage limi...
How to prepare
Social media crisis management planIn simple terms, these three golden rules should always apply: Transparency and      ho...
Social media crisis management planAt a granular levels, you should be prepared for a range of situations:                ...
In any situation...                                                                        Be                             ...
Doing nothing, and hoping it will fix itself,    is the worse thing you can do...
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  1. 1. Social media failsWhat happens when things go wrong and how to fix it
  2. 2. As well as knowing when your brand needs social media, and what platform it’s best suited to... ...you need to know what to do when it goes wrong
  3. 3. Brands are no longer in control THE MOMENT A BRAND OPENS A FACEBOOK PAGE OR A TWITTER ACCOUNT, THEY ARE HANDING A BIG CHUNK OF CONTROL TO THEIR FANS AND FOLLOWERS...
  4. 4. “Consumers can now openly challenge brands in an environment where there is scope to make a massive amount of noise.”“Companies can’t gag users, or ignore them. It is feasibly possibleto hold brands to a certain extent of reputation ransom, at least for those firms that care about their reputations (not all do)” Econsultancy
  5. 5. Where can it go wrong?There is a big list of ways that social media end in disaster, but we will take a lookat examples that fall under these three areas: Human error 1 Misjudging the audience 2 PR disaster 3In some cases, brands have been known to fall foul of all three!!
  6. 6. Human error
  7. 7. Chrysler THE TWEET WAS DELETED AFTER A COUPLE OF MINUTES BUT IT WAS LONG ENOUGH FOR FOLLOWERS TO SEE IT AND RETWEET. CHRYSLER POSTED A PUBLIC APOLOGY ON THEIR BLOG. THE MISTAKE WAS MADE BY AN EMPLOYEE OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA AGENCY AND HE WAS DULY FIRED NOT LONG AFTER, AND CHRYSLER PULLED THE ACCOUNT.
  8. 8. American Red Cross SIMPLE CASE OF TWEETING FROM THE WRONG ACCOUNT, BUT THIS TIME RED CROSS TURNED THE FAIL INTO A SUCCESS WITH A COMEDY RESPONSE WHICH LED TO DOGFISH HEAD GIVING THEM A #FF AND INSTRUCTING THEIR OWN FOLLOWERS TO DONATE TO THE RED CROSS, WHICH THEY DID. WITH THE RIGHT BRAND AND IF YOU ARE QUICK, A NIGHTMARE CAN BE TURNED INTO A SUCCESS STORY
  9. 9. Vodafone ONE OF THE COMMUNITY MANAGERS WENT ON A BREAK AND A FRIEND SENT THE ABUSIVE TWEET FROM WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS HIS COLLEAGUES PERSONAL ACCOUNT. IT WASN‟T THE TWEET WENT OUT TO ALL VODAFONE FOLLOWERS AND WAS QUICKLY RETWEETED AND SPREAD AROUND THE PLATFORM, FINDING IT‟S WAY ONTO NEWS SITES AND BLOGS
  10. 10. VodafoneThe results were quick and damaging for Vodafone. The employee was suspended, thousands of userstweeted their outrage @Vodafone and they had to dedicate a significant amount of resource toapologising to angry consumers. 000s Message retweets, Staff sent to 9k despite member immediate removal of suspension followers offending tweet
  11. 11. Rules to avoid human error1. Need to have approval and sign off processes in place...and always double check after the update has been posted.2. If it is wrong, take it down immediately and monitor the reaction. Were you quick enough? 1. Yes - Amend and re-post where possible. 2. No - If you were not quick enough or the situation is serious, escalate and follow your crisis management planBut most importantly, run your personal Twitter account from somewheredifferent to the brand account.
  12. 12. Misjudging the audience
  13. 13. Kenneth Cole THIS SHOWS THAT EVEN WITH THE OWNER OF THE BUSINESS BEHIND THE WHEEL IT CAN STILL GO HORRIBLY WRONG WHEN YOU MIS JUDGE THE AUDIENCE THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE HIGHT OF THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION WHEN TWITTER WAS BEING USED BY EGYPTIANS TO COORDINATE DEMOS. THE RESULT WAS PUBLIC OUTCRY AND A FORMAL APOLOGY FROM KENNETH COLE HIMSELF
  14. 14. Ragu RAGU TWEETED AT INFLUENTIAL DADS WITH A SHORT VIDEO BASHING DADS FOR NOT BEING ADVENTUROUS WITH THEIR COOKING AMONG THE BLOGGERS CONTACTED WAS CC CHAPMAN, A KEY INFLUENCER AND PROUD FATHER, WHO FOUND THE VIDEO HIGHLY OFFENSIVE AND BLOGGED ABOUT IT, LEADING TO A TRENDING HASHTAG, #RAGUHATESDADS
  15. 15. Rules to avoid misjudging the audience1. Think before you post.2. Really think before you post!3. Is what you are about to post relevant and value adding to the audience? If the answer is „no‟ you probably shouldn‟t post it.4. When it goes wrong, it goes wrong very fast so be prepared with a robust crisis management plan.
  16. 16. PR disaster
  17. 17. Nestle v Greenpeace GREENPEACE LAUNCHED AN ALL OUT ATTACK ON NESTLE FOR USING PALM OIL FROM UNSUSTAINABLE SOURCES WITH NO WHERE ELSE TO VENT, ANGRY CONSUMERS FLOCKED TO THE NESTLE SOCIAL PRESENCES
  18. 18. Nestle v Greenpeace RATHER THAN ADOPT A STAND POINT OF DAMAGE LIMITATION, NESTLE BEGAN DELETING NEGATIVE COMMENTS AND REPLYING TO POSTS WITH SNIDY AND RUDE REMARKS ONE GENUINE FAN OF THE PAGE WROTE “I WAS A BIG FAN OF YOUR PRODUCTS, BUT NOW, WHEN I SEE WHAT YOU GUYS WROTE, I THINK I‟M GUNNA STOP BUYING THEM”
  19. 19. Nestle v Greenpeace Share price 1.5 million 200K emails dropped 2 views of sent points in 48 YouTube videos hours
  20. 20. Kryptonite TOUTED AS BEING THE MOST SECURE BIKE LOCK ON THE MARKET, A VIDEO POPPED UP SHOWING THE „EVOLUTION 2000‟ BEING PICKED WITH A BIRO RATHER THAN ACKNOWLEDGE THE FAULT, KRYPTONITE STAYED SILENT AND MISSED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO CROWD SOURCE THE R&D OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF LOCKS WITH THEIR FANS AND FOLLOWERS
  21. 21. Rules for avoiding a PR disaster1. Depending on the scale of the issue, you might have to resign yourself to damage limitation2. Employ social media best practice and put that crisis management plan into practice3. Keep fans and followers updated. There is nothing worse than unchecked rumours to fuel the fire4. Is this a negative that could be turned into a positive?But most importantly, TALK TO YOUR AUDIENCE, DON’T GIVE THEM THESILENT TREATMENT
  22. 22. How to prepare
  23. 23. Social media crisis management planIn simple terms, these three golden rules should always apply: Transparency and honesty Openness Moving quickly The Speaking to Agility personal customers in a personal tone of touch voice
  24. 24. Social media crisis management planAt a granular levels, you should be prepared for a range of situations: REMOVE POSTS FROM INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS DEEMED TO BE OFFENSIVE / IS THE POST POSITIVE? ABUSIVE LAUNGUAGE WHERE APPROPRIATE YES RESPOND TO THE POSTER NO (3 STRIKES AND YOU’RE GREAT OUT APPROACH) YOU CAN LET THE POST STAND MONITOR THE SITE FOR YES OR RESPOND WITH THANKS IS THE POST OFFENSIVE, PERSISTENT OFFENDERS DEFAMATORY OR (WARN/ REPORT / REMOVE SHOULD YOU RESPOND? DEGRADING IN NATURE? FAN AS APPROPRIATE) NO RESPOND DIRECTLY TO THE POST WITH THE CORRECT FACTUAL IS THE POST YES INFORMATION FACTUALLY INCORRECT AND LINKS TO NO YES OR MISGUIDED? FURTHER DETAILS RESPOND AND RECTIFY NO DO NOT THE SITUATION RESPOND SHOW GRATITUDE IS THE POST FROM AN ACT APPROPRIATELY AND LET THE POST FOR POSITIVE UNHAPPY CUSTOMER, YES DEMONSTRATE HOW WE WILL STAND IF FEEDBACK ( A POOR EXPERIENCE LEARN FROM THE SITUATION IT’S A NEUTRAL INSTORE / WITH PRODUCT AND IMPROVE THESERVICE / POSTING / FROM COLLEAGUE ETC)? PRODUCT IN FUTURE
  25. 25. In any situation... Be Take Listen Prepare Be open consiste action ntListen to the conversation happening around your brandPrepare a point of view and how you will aim to add value, or limit the damage being causedBe open and honest in all of your communications, through all of your channelsConsistent communication across all of the stakeholders and consumer touch points to make sure there isno confusionAnd finally, take action and put it all into practice.
  26. 26. Doing nothing, and hoping it will fix itself, is the worse thing you can do...

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