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Thursday, February 17, 2011

“People Beside Themselves As Brand Has Human Moment on Twitter.”

Another example of brand honesty. Sorta. So the Red Cross got *caught* being real on Twitter with an update not meant for public consumption. They subsequently followed it up with an apology and deletion of the original with extreme prejudice. Result: social Media order of the universe restored, yea! On one hand, you have to respect any brand that remains consistent in its messaging wherever it appears.

But you don’t always come here for the *other* hand.

This won’t hurt them in the long run, far from it, but the tone of the tweet highlights a paranoia found in too many brands these days, thanks to the passionate about social media crowd. What’s unfortunate though is that in following the Universal Social Media Playbook espoused by many of them, the Red Cross shows a level of fear online that brands have been goaded into adopting.



I appreciate that the people behind it all have a life. Unfortunately, they’ve fallen for the notion that they can’t tell anyone about it for fear of deluting their brand’s voice. That’s absurd. The Red Cross is a brand that inherently deals with people who find themselves at the lowest point or most harrowing moments of their lives.

What could be human than that?

There’s a big difference between a brand having to get out in front and come clean regarding corporate malfeasance and a staffer having a brew. Somewhere it became taboo to veer from the script and reveal a little of what makes us normal, even human.

Brands, here’s permission to relax a little because people will actually appreciate you for it. If a brand helped find me a new place to live after a fire? I’m buying every last rescuer a case of whatever they drink and y’all can catch us celebrating on YouTube, Flickr and Facebook.

(Just as long as legal says it’s okay.)

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terri said...

I totally agree. Without the chance to express some human"ness", it's just pointless boring tweets.

Nick Stamoulis said...

When it comes to Twitter and social media there's a fine line between being personable (which you should be) and inappropriate. Of course, it all depends on the company. While some companies may be OK with certain content, others might not be. That's why it's always important to have a strategy in place and if you are at all in doubt, just don't post it.