Casey Anthony Verdict Leads To Social Media Mishap For Entenmann’s

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Casey Anthony Verdict Leads To Social Media Mishap For Entenmann’s
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Perhaps social media marketing is a harder beast than it gets credit for, because there has to be an explanation for all the abject failures — both professional and personal — that seemingly occur on a daily basis. Whether it’s an athlete broadcasting insults to the commissioner of his league or a car company commenting on the driving quality of potential customers, it’s pretty clear social media is not the easiest field to navigate, especially when a little forethought can prevent all kinds of backlash.

The latest incident comes courtesy of Entenmann’s, maker of some fantastic donuts and other bakery items, and the Casey Anthony trial. As WebProNews’ coverage indicated, the Anthony verdict caused so much reaction on Twitter, not to mention an almost constant switching of the most popular Twitter trends, it was almost impossible to keep up with the deluge of tweets being posted. Unfortunately for Entenmann’s, one of their tweets did not escape the Internet’s watchful eye — of which, there are plenty.

One of the popular trends after the Anthony verdict was for the #notguilty hashtag, which was par for the course. People jumped on and shared their opinion about the trial, which is standard fare in today’s world. However, during the tidal wave of related tweets, Entenmann’s Twitter account tweeted the following, which has since been deleted:

“Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?!”

While the tweet should probably be considered insensitive, especially towards the memory of Caylee Anthony, as Twitter screw ups go, Entenmann’s was fairly mild. That, however, did not stop them from total capitulation, which including putting the company they hired to handle their social media activity — Likeable Media — on notice. The result was an avalanche of apologetic tweets from the Entenmann’s account, and a post from Likeable, explaining the reason for the unfortunate tweet.

Simply put, Likeable didn’t understand the meaning of the hashtag and was simply following the crowd:

The truth is, our team was leveraging the trending topics and moving so fast they neglected to see what the hashtag was related to. It was obviously insensitive, and on behalf of the entire Likeable team and our client, Entenmann’s, I’m sorry. Please know that I am working on refining our process to ensure that this does not happen again.

The question is, is that a legitimate excuse for a Twitter failure? I mean, if you’re going to post something that leverages a trending topic, shouldn’t you know what the hashtag is referring to? Furthermore, if that was indeed the reason behind the Entenmann’s tweet, why are there no tweets related to the never-ending popularity of the #riseandgrind trend? That topic falls in line with products Entenmann’s offers, but yet, no related tweets.

Another discussion for another time, apparently.

It’s hard not to wonder if Entenmann’s is going to retain Likeable Media for future social media endeavors? When a company is reduced to making these kinds of Twitter posts:

Our #notguilty tweet was insensitive, albeit completely unintentional. We are sincerely sorry. 17 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

One would think the professional relationship that caused these unfortunately necessary reactions would come to an end.

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Casey Anthony Verdict Leads To Social Media Mishap For Entenmann’s
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  • http://myspace daryl

    Casey anthony not guilty in the death of her on daughter how could this happen?this is a tragidy a serial killer gets off scott free so she thinks.She forgot about GOD who is aware of our every move because when we all die and appear before the white throne known as the judgement seat of christ she will burn in hell.

    • Pete

      Careful the words you choose–a serial killer is one who kills a series of people.

    • http://jamiesarner.com/ Jamie

      Weeeell…maybe the first thing to do is to check something after you write it and maybe look some words up in the dictionary? You know, she killed one person, she is not a serial killer…

      And yeah, I am sure she killed her daughter, the evidence was compelling. Too bad jury “couldn’t bear the thought of an innocent going to jail”…I hope they can bear the thought of a murderer walking free.


      • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

        What evidence is that Jamie?

  • Sam

    Daryl… What does thay have to do with entenmann’s?

  • ray ray

    This article cracks me up almost as much as the link Daryl’s myspace.

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