How To (Really) Fail At Your Social Media Campaign
Let me start with this: evidently, many people cannot spell Qantas. That is never good for a brand. There are probably more people typing “Quantas” out there. Maybe they need a (social media) campaign just to imprint the right name in people’s minds. But I digress.
Now back to our story. Still fresh from last month’s shocking global plane-grounding incident that left many smarting from time, money, and sanity losses, Qantas launched a social media campaign on Twitter, asking fans to respond to what they think is a dream luxury inflight experience. The most creative answer would be given a gift pack that includes Qantas pajamas and a luxury amenity kit.
What were they thinking? Qantas PJs? Really??
Needless to say, the campaign drew all sorts of wrong attention & tweets, such as:
Even (fake) Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airlines, even got into the action with a tweet of his own:
Now, I think that the best has got to be this video meme of Hitler as Alan Joyce. Watch it and laugh!
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But seriously, the morale of the story is that when you are in quicksand, you should stop swimming or you’ll sink even further. In Qantas’ case, they’ve gone 5 feet below. This tweet sums it all up. ‘Nuff said.
Social Media campaigns, like any other campaigns, can and will pay off when it is strategized, planned & well executed. Needless to say, timing is always crucial. For Qantas, they failed. However, kudos to them for (still) having a sense of humor!
PS: If you’re interested to know what went on during the 2-day drama when Qantas was grounded, you can read the play-by-play here.