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People Are Relentlessly Mocking Shell Over Greenpeace’s Social Media Take Down*

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/people-are-relentlessly-mocking-shell-over-this-massive-social-media-fail-2012-6

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UPDATE: Greenpeace did such a good job with this social media campaign—prompting people to create their own memes about Shell drilling in the Arctic—that they had us fooled. If it’s any consolation, at least we weren’t the only advertising site to be tricked.

Check out the hilarious memes users have made mocking shells new campaign.

Here are the memes>

ORIGINAL POST: In one of the worst examples of marketer-prompted crowdsourcing gone wrong, Shell has asked the people of the internet to create their own meme about the oil company (featuring cute, soon-to-be-endangered or extinct animals of the Arctic).

Obama recently “granted Shell unrivaled access to drill the vast snowy wastes of the North” (yes, it really says that) and the oil company is super “pumped” to have people express how excited they are about the project to, you know, “free much-needed Arctic resources.”

 In perhaps the most predictable move of all time, thousands of people have created “ads” (featuring Shell’s “Let’s Go” slogan) that tear the company to shreds over its impact on global warming and wildlife. It ranges from absolutely hilarious to completely nasty. Virtually no one took Shell’s lead in creating heartwarming, “thanks for saving the day!” copy.

“But why?” some naive Shell social media manager is surely asking as he packs up his desk. Well, wanna know the kind of people who love snarky memes? The kind of people who don’t love Shell. Shell, meet the internet.

Remember the time McDonald’s had the horrible idea to have people tweet their experiences at McDonald’s under the #McDStories hashtag only to be inundated with graphic tales of food poisoning or how the stench of Type 2 Diabetes wafts through the restaurant? This is debatably worse.

We would have asked Shell to comment, but it hadn’t set up the voicemail of its media contact number at the time of publication. Oy.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Made-Up Word Advertising — “Retina Display” — is how Apple Launches New Products

A made-up word “retina display” had every major blog and news outlet scrambling to help explain what it was. Nearly 1.1 Million search results in 19 hours. It was covered on every evening news; look closely at the thousands of related news articles, etc.  And all the major, powerful sites like Gizmodo, MacRumors, Engadget, etc. covered the event.  Similarly 1.2 million search results on the “one more thing” feature — video calling on the iPhone called FaceTime. All entirely free primetime coverage — talk about the tens of millions of impressions achieved with NO media cost — they can definitely used the money saved to ensure Steve Job’s next keynote will have sufficient WiFi bandwidth for all those live blogging the event.

Look at the following graph of relative search volume. The spike in search volume for All-You-Can-Jet (in red) is about 4X higher than the orange line (Footlongs). And the blue line for “retina display”  is 8X. Consider the cost of the paid TV media campaign supporting Subway’s Footlongs compared to the cost savings of the social media launch of JetBlue’s All-You-Can-Jet Pass and the no cost media for Apple.

Of course, not all companies will achieve the same mass coverage, but the techniques for product launches can be the same. Footlongs is an expensive paid media campaign by Subway and note how low the orange line is compared to the TWO no-cost launches.

And one more graph that shows Drobo plus 2 social media success stories — Groupon and FourSquare that even blow away Apple’s retina display — all for FREE.

Other notable examples of using made-up word advertising include JetBlue’s All-you-Can-Jet Pass and Subway’s Footlongs. Further details about JetBlue’s launch of the All-You-Can-Jet Pass is here – http://go-digital.net/blog/2009/08/jetblue-all-you-can-jet-pass/

Earlier unfiltered results on Google within 10 hours of launch — there are 3.9 Million results which will be de-duped overnight.

Day 1 Stats – page 1 position 3 in 44.6 million results

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 Branding, integrated marketing 1 Comment

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