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KLM Surprise…

So, Spanair eased the painful wait on luggage at the end of the journey. And KLM hit the nail on the head with their random acts of kindness at another travel pressure point.

The loooooong wait in the departure lounge.

This video’s a tad lengthy, but it’s great to see a little of the behind the scenes effort, showcasing how the social team worked with the ground staff.

Nicely joined up effort and some very smilely passengers as a result.

Much more individual than the euphoric Spanair group effort, but it showcases how personal data can be used to maximum effect without feeling too big brothery. Good effort KLM, keep up the good work…

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And is ready for some random acts of kindness to come my way. Pretty please?

P.S. Sure it’s a coincidence many of the travellers late on were off to a social media conference. Those KLM’ers are a canny bunch…

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How do take over twitter (without dying a la Michael Jackson)

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Every now and then, you get a tweet and think, bugger me.

The old tricks just don’t go out of fashion…

Moonfruit (a web design software company) has utilised a classic give-away promotion in order to become one of the most tweeted about subjects as word of its MacBook Pro giveaway spread like wildfire across the Twitt-o-sphere.

Those canny Moonfruit boys n girls are giving away 10 MacBook Pros over the next 10 days, to mark their 10th year of operation. Brilliant! 

All you have to do to enter, is tweet the term #moonfruit, sit back, pray and cross your fingers that the algorithm will randomly choose you as a winner!

They haven’t stopped there however…

People are invited to tweet the term as many times as possible, leading to #moonfruit becoming a trending topic. Why does that matter?

Well, for those that don’t tweet, trending topics appear on the front of the Twitter site and encourage thousands more users to click and see what it is that everyone is talking about on the site.

Its a massive reason a certain King of Pop’s death literally took over the site within minutes.

Expect to see a lot more of this as the year unfolds, and not just with free giveaways.

Canny brands will no doubt utilise similar techniques to tease, taunt (another ‘t’ I can’t think of), and respond immediately to competitive campaigns with counter offers / messages etc.

2009 is hotting up…  

Iain Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And hopes you remember me if you win a laptop as a result of reading this wee post…

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Growing pains…

growing pains are never easy...

growing pains are never easy...

So, twitter is growing up. And Facebook is preparing to fight back…

We had the ‘first love’ moment, when Facebook courted Twitter. They danced round each other, the future looked rosy. Then, they tweeted off their separate ways…

We had the onset of puberty when charging business users was floated. It went down very badly…

Immediate statements to the contrary were hastily issued. On top of this, Facebook has decided its time to fight back. It doesn’t like twitter cannibalising what it sees as its web traffic. So a more tweet like ‘real time’ changes are expected to be rolled out across facebook shortly…

And now, the growing pains really kick in. Desparate to monetise the site and find a model that works for them, Twitter plod on. However, some good news came their way today.

Omniture have rather handily announced it has added a feature to its web analytics product that allows marketers to measure brand activity on twitter.

This feature will allow marketers to take advantage real-time, making it possible to send emails or SMS messages to mobile devices based on pre-determined criteria (e.g. a massive spike in brand related terms).

Great in moments of PR crisis. This will no doubt split opionion of the tweeters, but for now, great news for marketers…

Iain Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And can be found tweeting if you go a hunting for @igmorrison

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Ryanair 1.0

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Many brands (and marketers) struggle to grapple with the true reality of digital marketing. 

In a landscape that’s ever changing, with technology improving daily, consumers constantly seeking our new and exciting ways to interact with each other (and manage their relationships with brands), the pace of development to some can be daunting. To others, exhilarating…

For any of you reading this that work in marketing and feel as though you could do with dusting down your digital skill set, head over to the IAB  (Internet Advertising Bureau) who run some great seminars and training courses to help brand owners (and agencies) deal with the ever changing playing field. Best part, is they are free to advertisers and members…

One marketing department that could do with popping over for tea and biscuits with the chaps over at the IAB is Ryanair, who have two big negative PR stories in the press this week. A ‘so what’ for brands under the old rules, but as we know, the old rules of brand management no longer apply…

One Jason Roe (a web developer by trade), put a post on his blog claiming he’d found a way to cheat certain pricing elements on the Ryanair website.

The following chain of events could be categorised as unfortunate, but they do clearly demonstrate how certain brands simply do not understand how to engage with their customers in a relevant and meaningful way in the digital space.

As yet unnamed Ryanair staff responded (quite negatively) to his blog post. This included calling him a liar, telling him they could hack his site and do what they wanted with it, the list goes on.

Not the most customer friendly response…

In the olden days we had the old adage of a good experience being shared with two or three close friends, and a bad experience being shared by eight or nine. These days however, the potential for an irate customers to spread the word are almost infinite.

After being picked up in the press, the official Ryanair response was;

‘Ryanair can confirm that a Ryanair staff member did engage in a blog discussion. It is Ryanair policy not to waste time and energy corresponding with idiot bloggers and Ryanair can confirm that it won’t be happening again’.

Again, a clear demonstration that the brand ands its stewards do not understand the potential of the web, and the damage just a few individuals can very quickly wreak on the brand.

What started as an innocent blog post first set the blogosphere alight.

It was then picked up by the press, the fallout from the official response picking up even more column inches. All the while there are tweets a plenty, facebook on fire. The list goes on, all adding fuel to the fire…

The blog was the tip of the iceberg.

As this grew, the negative perception of the brand travelled at speed with it. Jason’s blog alone has 450 comments at last count. Now, factor in the way this has travelled across the social networks, email, the wider media.

The potential for this single negative brand experience to be swiftly shared with many and prolong the damage to the brand is truly enormous. We’re certainly talking a lot more than the eight or nine people we used to share a negative experience with in the ‘good old days’.

Smart brands engage. Provide a forum where irate customers can vent. But what separates the wheat from the chaff? The brands that use that very forum as a space to deal with the issues presented.

Turning that negative into a positive, ensuring angry consumers don’t ‘do a Jason Roe’, instead re-invigorating their love for your brand / product, ensuring they remain a true brand ambassador. And preferably spreading the good word.  

With a little careful management and a considered response from HQ, this could have been dealt with very, very quickly.

However, it was closely followed up with the negative press surrounding the possibility of people having to spend £1.00 to use Ryanairs’ onboard toilets.

Another PR clanger.

And as such, the Jason Roe story rumbles on, all the while leaving the hangar doors open to more negative brand exposure. I think it’s fair to say this hasn’t been the best week for Ryanair…

Iain Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. Whilst his personal views don’t reflect that of his organisation, I can’t imagine there are too many of us out there keen to spend a pound in order to spend a penny.

Idiot blogger signing off… 

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